Have you ever played rugby? I haven’t. I had the chance once. The super rad Jen Sinkler (you may know her as the strong-woman who coined the phrase, “How do I get my cardio? I lift weights faster.”) once invited me to play with her team. Actually I think she invited me like five or six times. Yet despite my whole shtick being trying new athletic stuff I balked at rugby. I’ll be honest: they were some of the most super-fit ladies I’ve ever seen and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to keep up at all. I’m not usually one to mind public humiliation but I was really intimidated. I mean, it’s rugby.
At the time all I knew about rugby was that it had really complicated rules, people got hurt a lot and it most closely resembles American football, the sport I most detest. (Yell at me if you want but for me watching football is worse than watching my cat lick her biz. The players only move for 11 minutes out of 3+ hours of game time – the rest is just watching people yell at each other without being able to hear what they’re saying. How is that fun??)
Forget GMO’s (although did you see Vermont voted GMO labeling into law?), food additives and the Trix Rabbit – the scariest thing to affect our food is now something more global than a single ingredient or process. A LOT more global actually: climate change. According to a new report from the Harvard School of Public Health, the same juggernaut that’s killing rainforests and marooning polar bears on itty bitty ‘bergs is now striking even closer to home by changing our food. The scientists found that increasing levels of CO2 in the air are making plants – particularly grain crops – grow bigger, faster. Yippeee! But there’s a big downside. The plants have less nutrients in them, causing the researchers to predict a growing epidemic of malnutrition – even when there are sufficient calories. “You get big plants but nothing to eat,” they wrote.
What was the last thing you did right before climbing into bed? If you’re like me, you brushed your teeth, just like your mama always told you. And then if you’re still like me, you play a few games on your phone. And then maybe check Facebook one last time. And then start completely freaking out because one of my friends commented on my post about food dyes that I also need to check my kids’ toothpaste because they often contain dye ohandbytheway fluoride is a neurotoxin. Goodnight! Sleep tight! Try not to think about how, at least according to some people, that little nightly ritual of scrubbing your teeth with toxic, neon-gel paste and then rinsing it off with toxin-laced city water is lulling you to sleep with dreams of cancerous tumors dancing through your head. Or if not death, at the very least that fluoride bath will make you stupider (ha!), to the tune of about seven IQ points.