Fast Food, Politics and (of course) Money

Here is an interesting clip about the relationship between the fast food industry and politics in the US.  While there are many social factors to be considered when discussing peoples’ purchasing power and food choices, it ultimately comes down to how much money can they afford to spend on food.  Where the fast food industry is concerned, it also comes down to money:  How cheaply can they sell their food and still make a profit?

What do you think?

Reaching a healthy weight: Two sides to the same coin

Last year, I wrote a post about a weight-loss incentive program implemented by the mayor of Varallo, Italy.  The reward for this program was 200 euros if the individual was able to lose a certain amount of weight and maintain the weight loss for a period of 5 months.  I also posted what I thought were some pros and cons to implementing such a program.

A couple of months ago, I came across another incentive program.  This time, the State of Alabama is encouraging employees to lose weight by telling them that a $25/month insurance fee will be charged to them if within one year they do not make any progress on adopting a healthy lifestyle.  Note that this insurance fee is not applicable for all those employees who are already considered healthy.

In both cases, people are being encouraged to adopt healthy behaviours which is a positive thing.  However, it feels like the incentives are coming from opposite ends of the spectrum; reward versus punishment.

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Chiropractic medicine: My first experience

I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus from my beloved circus school for the past 6 weeks.  I’d love to say that this break was solely the result of the school moving locations.  Though the school closure is a fact, the truth is that I injured my back.

As someone who has never dealt with any type of back pain, this was a new experience for me; and not a pleasant one.  By all accounts, my injury was fairly minor and did not cause any nerve or disc damage to speak of.  And though I was happy to hear that it was nothing serious, my heart goes out to those who have to deal with this, and more severe pain, on a regular basis.

For those of you who have had back pain, you have probably explored many types of treatment.  However, this was a new world for me.  When my coach suggested that I see a chiropractor, my initial reaction was to cringe and reply skeptically, “A what?”.

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What’s your city’s traffic personality?

It’s the beginning of the Labour Day weekend and along with the many families getting ready for the first day of school, I’m sure that there are just as many people planning on getting out of the city for the next few days; myself included. 

As soon as the clock strikes 4pm, I’m planning on dashing out of the office, getting into my car and onto the road for a solid 4 hour drive from Toronto to Ottawa.  In an ideal world, it should take about 4 to 4.5 hours.  However, it will realistically take longer.  It once took 7 hours over the Thanksgiving holidays!

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Letting in a bit of unwanted advice.

The other day I was having dinner with a good friend of mine and we were discussing some of the recent changes in my job.   I’ve been in my new job for about one month now and there have been many changes that have taken place.

Our conversation turned to some words of wisdom that people have shared with us in the past and that have, perhaps surprisingly, stayed with us to help us to succeed in the various roles that we have taken on in the evolution of our young careers.

I often feel that some form of advice is dished out to me by just about every person I meet.  I have no intention of minimizing these well-intentioned words, however I will admit that the significance of these words is generally lost.   There are very few instances where I feel that words of advice have really had any significance to me.

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Someone’s got a case of the Mondays!

This morning, a particularly difficult Tuesday morning (since yesterday was a holiday, so it felt even more like a Monday), I sat at my computer at work staring blankly at the screen.

My to-do list had grown again since last Friday, and all I could think about was how much I’d rather still be in bed.  Suddenly, I seemed to hear a voice saying “Someone’s got a case of the Mondays!”

Let’s start with a clip from one of the most genius movies, or should I say documentaries, I’ve ever seen.

Seeing this movie as a student in high school, I enjoyed it for it’s comedic value, it’s seeming exaggeration of the workplace environment that I was striving to be a part of, and the movie’s ability to bring lightness to what I realistically thought might simply be monotonous days at work.

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What do you want?

It’s been about 6 weeks now since I’ve started my Circus School classes and I’m really loving being able to jump around, test my physical limits and re-learn old tumbling skills.  Like I mentioned in my post about about “Never Going to the Gym Again!“, after being away from any sort of gymnastics training for over 10 years (am I really that old?!), I decided to stick with something that I was familiar with.

I didn’t think it was such a bad strategy as we all know that when you have been away from physical activity for some time, it’s always best to start slowly.

After noticing that some skills were coming back more quickly than expected, my coach pulled me aside last week and asked me “What do you want to get out of this?”.  I quickly responded with a blank stare and a shrug of my shoulders.

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Wii Fit: popular but hard to find!

Lots of people have been talking about the Wii Fit, which came out at the end of May in North America. While the popularity has been great for Nintendo, it’s certainly made it difficult for any Wii fans to get the newest Wii peripheral.

That hasn’t stopped people from using the Wii Fit to some creative ends however. Injured athletes, for example, are getting rehabilitated by using the balance board. Doing the tedious and repetitive exercises required by rehab is a bit more fun when you can make it a game.

Other people have tried using the Wii Fit as an exercise toolwith varying success. Others have even wondered if the Wii Fit could be used to retrain the balance systems of people suffering from balance disorders.

I just hope I can get one soon to try it out!

Never going to the gym again!

Yes, you read it correctly. I’ve decided never to go to the gym again…sort of.

After paying monthly membership fees for a year to one of the larger exercises facilities in Toronto, I decided to cancel my membership when I realised that I could count the number of times I actually went to the gym over the past year on one hand. Not a very good track record and I think rather hypocritical of me to not practice what I preach.

In any case, I decided that I needed to find something that I actually enjoyed. I remember being a kid and really loving to move around. I took all sorts of dance and gymnastics classes, not to mention loving school gym class and joining just about every school sports team that I could. When did exercise become such a chore?

Well, I recently decided to go back to what I love and sign up for some adult programs in Toronto. Let me tell you, it was the best exercise-related decision I have ever made!

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Dofollow: your reward for a comment!

While working on a new design for Healthy Simplicity, I’ve decided to implement Do Follow, a plugin that removes the ‘nofollow’ attribute from the URL a commenter provides.

While there’s quite a bit of debate about the ‘nofollow’ attribut, and whether it’s effective or not, I wanted to provide a small thank you for those commenter’s that take the time to write an insightful comment here — and that thank you is a link back to your site.

Don’t worry, this won’t change your experience on Healthy Simplicity whatsoever, except in the background where you’ll now get a nice link back to your site for taking the time to comment.

I know there haven’t been too many updates recently, but that’s mainly due to the work that’s being put into the new design. After the design is completed, I should be back to a more regular posting schedule.