Moon Drop Grapes, and others

Lately when the Victor crew goes shopping, we’ve been seeing something different called Moon Drop Grapes. They look dark, kind of like a Concord grape but elongated. The company that makes them, Grapery, claim they are non-GMO, which is a good thing. When we went to their website, we found they show six different kinds of grapes that are different than ones we may be used to. They are called Cotton Candy, Gum Drops, Tear Drops, Flavor Pops, and Flavor Promise. This last category, Flavor Promise is comprised of Sweet Celebration, Sweet Surrender, Autumn Royal, and Sweet Globe grapes (this last one new this year only available from mid-September to mid-October.

Moon Drop grapes are available from mid-August to mid-September so if you still see them, know they are a little older. Grapery’s grapes are grown in the Southern San Joaquin Valley, California. They have patented their grapes so you won’t be able to find them to grow yourself. The grapes are cultivated to be sweeter, crisper, and tastier than regular grapes, although they may not be able to made into jams or wine. That still remains to be seen.

Here is a CBS news video that shows how to look for these grapes.

Food Waste

Do you ever think about all the food you throw out? Anthony Bourdain made a new documentary about just that. There are so many ways we throw away our food. We let it go bad in our refrigerators, we reject “ugly” looking produce, it sits on shelves until the expiration date, we let our leftovers grow fur.

Bourdain’s philosophy is “Use everything. Waste nothing.” Food gets wasted at the farm, at the grocery, in restaurants, and at home. It includes chefs such as Mario Batali, Bourdain, and Massimo Bottura to name a few.

Here are some tips the Victor crew found from the website to help combat food waste yourself:
Plan meals ahead of time
Shop with a list
Use more of the food you usually throw away
Use leftovers
Store food properly
Support businesses that use sustainable practices
Support businesses that try to reduce waste
Encourage grocers to donate food
Start composting

The movie starts tomorrow in select theaters, On Demand, on Amazon, and iTunes. Below is the trailer.

Wasted! website

Did you know you can work yourself to death?

A woman from Japan, it was just revealed, died from working too much, it was just recently revealed. She logged 159 hours of overtime in one month before dying from heart failure. She was only 31 but only took 2 days off when she worked all these hours.

If you look at the numbers, in 4 weeks, most Americans work 160 hours. Now double that. Many Japanese workers even commit suicide due to overwork. They have a word, karoshi, for “death from overwork.”

The Prime Minister of Japan proposed a monthly cap of 100 hours overtime. Asians sleep an average of less than 6 1/2 hours each work night.

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DNA Dieting

You’ve heard of DNA testing to find your lineage. Now there are some diet plans you can get by testing your DNA and finding the best fit just for you, individually. The premise is that everybody and every body is different and their genes play a role in how food is metabolized, what kinds of foods you tend to eat, what health issues you may have. Let’s explore a couple of them.

FitnessGenes
Here is a story of someone who was tested and tried this plan. Not only are the foods planned but also the workouts. This will cost $289 for the DNA Analysis and 12-week plan

DNAFit
This one uses your saliva sample where it tests your DNA. You can be tested for diet and fitness, sports, or well-being. It will look at your carbohydrate response, saturated fat response, and lactose tolerance. Depending on the plan you choose, it will cost $199 or $299. Here is a story about someone who used this plan.

Cheat Days

So there was a new study done in Australia that concludes that having cheat days can help in weight loss. Now this is not a license to binge or overeat but quite contrary.

What they really are conveying is that it is better to stick to your strict diet for maybe two weeks and then for the next two weeks eat the things you want but keep within the calorie frame for maintaining your weight. For instance, if it’s determined that your maintenance calories are 2,000 per day you can go ahead and sustain that for two weeks and then go back to your 1,200 calorie per day dieting for two weeks.

After a while of dieting your body goes into “starvation” mode (the study called it ER or Energy Restriction) and by doing this, you may trick it into not doing that.