Shelf Talker

So, I’m reading an article about wines and how they are numerically rated and the term “shelf talker” comes up. If you’ve browsed the wine section at the grocery or your neighborhood wine shop, you’ll know immediately what is meant. There’s talk of  the nose, the legs, the fruit, the hints, the color, the tannins or lack thereof…

Do we need shelf talkers in the grocery to help us make healthy choices? The descriptions in the produce area would all scream – take me home! You’ll love me and I’ll love you. You can’t go wrong. My color is fab and so is my nutrition. You cannot live without me. And I smell great too.

Feeling a little tired? Well, here I am all cut up ready to go on your sandwich, your pizza, your salad or here’s some cubed melon so you don’t have to endure sticky counters.  Look, we’re even skewered and can go directly on the grill.

Each fruit and vegetable would score a 100.

Talk to me. The US food guide recommends half of your plate consist of fruits and vegetables. Five to nine servings each day is ideal; that doesn’t mean each needs to be different but the more variety, the better.

This is the perfect season to re-double your efforts in the produce section or farmer’s market. The shelves and bins are talking to YOU. Love your produce to be well,




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Super size?

Super SizeDoes it look to you like we Americans have been super sized into a super size?

The term “globesity” is being used with greater frequency as body weight climbs throughout the world –  a well documented phenomenon. As economic status improves, food availability increases, food costs drop, energy output declines; in other words, people eat more and move less.

But in the US, that first wave of readily available, cheap food is decades old. Why do we keep getting bigger? Could it be that we’ve super sized EVERYTHING! Our soda servings, wine glasses, dinner plates…

Recall Morgan Spurlock the Super Size Me documentarian who blamed his ill health on the fast food he ate for 30 days – a damaged liver was chief among his complaints. Apparently, there will be no sequel to Super Size Me as Mr. Spurlock, in a 2017 BBC online article confessional said, “Is it because I’ve consistently been drinking since the age of 13? I haven’t been sober for more than a week in 30 years.” 

So, how did that fast food affect his liver again?

Perhaps we shouldn’t be so quick to blame fast food on our growing waistlines. I think the blame goes to our portions. In an academic counterpoint to Super Size Me, Dr. James Painter, Eastern Illinois University, enlisted two grad students who ate fast food for 30 days in the portions correct for their size. They lost weight, lowered (!) their blood cholesterol levels and their livers remained healthy. So PORTIONS matter.

While I’m not endorsing a fast food diet or eating exclusively at restaurants, I don’t believe that’s the cause of the US obesity epidemic. Restaurants do typically serve more than twice what an adult requires (with respect to calories) but it’s up to us to portion size that plate. Share it with someone else or share it with yourself the next day.

Control your portions to be well,


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