Music, measuring tape and me
On Saturday evening my sweetheart and I were invited to a music recital and jam. The students were not playing “Twinkle Twinkle” and other basic favorites on the piano. Instead they were strumming guitars and playing fiddles. One very talented young girl played a penny whistle as well as two other instruments.
The Bluegrass and Celtic jam that followed was only made more perfect by the carry-in supper eaten under a blue sky with a slight breeze. It was a perfect night.
On my bucket list of things to do before I die is to play the stand up bass in a Bluegrass band. I do not own one and have no idea how to play the large instrument but it looks like fun. It will take a lot of time and practice.
Instead I spend my time learning more about nutrition and related topics. In my spare time this week I have read some very interesting scientific articles.
The concept of eating at night has been debated for years in the weight loss community. A new study published in the Journal of Cell Metabolism suggests that losing weight may have less to do with watching calories and more to do with timing.
Professors from research think tanks around the nation are proving that during the past 100 years not only has obesity increased but so has eating during the night. Studies report that a day starting with breakfast upon waking and a time-restricted eating pattern through out the day is the best way to restrict calories and control weight.
Activity throughout the day uses the calories eaten. There is a connection to the supply and demand for food that is the key to a healthy weight.
My mother always taught me to not eat after dinner. An occasional treat in the evening was the exception. The problem with many people is that the occasional after dinner treat is now a routine and treats add even more calories.
This strange hobby of reading nutrition research proves to me once again that my dear mother was right all along. I have no idea how she got to be so smart.
Another article that caught my eye may cause some of my readers to march right to their bathrooms, pick up their scale and pitch it in the trash. For years people have been obsessed with the numbers. I have spent decades of my life trying to convince people that those numbers were a tool, not a verdict.
Stop jumping on that guilt producing measurement devise. Go to the sewing box and pull out a measuring tape.
New research from the World Health Organization reports that keeping the circumference of your waist to less than half of your height can help increase life expectancy for every person in the world.
It is as simple as that. Measure your waist, multiply by 2 and that’s how tall you should be. If you want to be healthy, either grow taller or lose inches.
Someday I will play bass in a Bluegrass band, but for today, I’m getting out my measuring tape. I need to be healthy for a long time if I plan on accomplishing everything on that bucket list.
Bobbie Randall is a certified diabetes educator, registered, licensed dietitian. She supervises a diabetes self-management training program at Aultman-Orrville Hospital, Orrville. Contact her at email@example.com, 330–684-4776.