Archive for October, 2012

Eating for a Healthy Life

One of the bigger topics on the lips of many residents of Missoula is the growing statistics over the number of obese residents in the city compared to those from two decades ago. The numbers are climbing fast and seem to be out of control, tending to keep pace with the national average.

This does not bode well for the health of the city’s inhabitants, but what can be done to apply the brakes to this runaway wagon? The obvious answer is to get people to take a closer look at what they’re eating and the volume of food they consume each day. In many cases, the overweight people’s actual diet is in a terrible state and to compound the problem, they’re eating way too much of it.

So let’s look at what can be done in the short term and how people can be saved from themselves so they can look forward to a healthier future.

Being Aware of Portion Sizes

One of the massive problems faced by people in many fast food restaurants is the full-on promotion of extra large or super size meal combos. They are made to look so tempting while appealing to the customer’s sense of value that they are irresistible. Unfortunately, what people are buying is a ticket to an early one way visit to the cemetery!

Eating high levels of this type of food will load on more than just excess calories. It also contains a lot of trans fats, sodium, sugar and preservative. These are bad for the heart, causing high cholesterol and triglyceride levels, narrowing the arteries and leading to strokes and heart attacks.

Knowing Where to Make Cuts

Amazingly, it’s not really necessary to start a set diet program to lose weight. All it takes is some common sense in what is already being consumed and making tactical reductions of the worst offenders.

The obvious first choice is to cut down on sugar intake. Drinking soda, especially the super size cups in fast food restaurants, adds an enormous amount of sugar and with it hundreds of empty calories. Cutting out this beverage altogether can help many people to lose a pound or more every week without making any other changes to their eating habits!

Taking Each Step at a Time

Of course, the next step is cutting down on the amount of processed junk food being consumed. This will reduce the level of bad fats as well as further cut down on calorie consumption.

Swapping just one super size happy meal per week for a healthy, home cooked meal made from fresh ingredients and not from a packet will help reduce the calorie count further. Learning about eating a healthy life diet is easy, so it’s worth visiting to get more information and increasing your knowledge and understanding of this subject.

Reversing the obesity figures for Missoula just takes some sound thinking by the people most affected. Taking action is the way to beat this problem, so all people need to do is take the first step and act!

Party Politics

Just as with the great chicken argument in Missoula, there is a split in the local community on the Thai island of Koh Phangan about the famous (or infamous) Full Moon Party that sees an invasion of young people descend upon the usually sleepy Thai island for a week of sex, drugs and trance music. There are those who welcome the shot in the arm that the party gives the economy of the island, and there are those who bitterly oppose how the party has changed the island.

Every month between 20 and 30 thousand people descend on Koh Phangan. Many come 3 or 4 days before the main party to get a cheap bungalow in Haad Rin. The parties start a week before the Full Moon. There is the famous foam party held by the Drop in Club. All the bars along the beach crank up the music to draw in the punters.

On the night of the party, the small town of Haad Rin becomes inundated with fluorescent paint daubed youngsters getting drunk, taking illicit substances and displaying a remarkable lack of embarrasment. It is like New Year’s eve every month.

The bars on Haad Rin Nai and Haad Rin Nok beaches take a lot of money as do the small ’bucket stands’ between the bars. The prices for accommodation not only in Haad Rin but all over the island go up and so the resorts also do very well from the party. And then there are after parties that go on until the following night that also do very well.

On the other hand, those who do not want to party but live in Haad Rin find it imposssible to sleep for 48 hours. The beach and town are inevitably left with lots of litter, broken glass and passed out bodies to deal with. The one hospital on the island cannot cope with the numerous injuries and ’psychological’ problems the party causes.

The police force have a field day collecting tourists who break the law and throw them in the cells. Their fate is usually a hefty fine and sometimes jail time. And of course, Thailand is traditionally a conservative Buddhist culture. The party is an affront to the traditional peaceful and reserved way of doing things in Thailand.

The debate between those who want the party and those that don’t is one that cannot be easily resolved. One small step in the right direction is the recent move to charge entry for the party. Some of this revenue is used to clean up the beach.