BPA – To Ban or Not to Ban? – Part 2

In my last post, I gave a quick summary of the BPA issue, including the FDA’s decision to not ban it, and some of the risks associated with it.

So, in case you’re worried about the effects of BPA on your family, here are 5 helpful tips to reduce your exposure:

  • Be a mindful shopper.  Look at the containers before you buy, especially for acidic foods.  Avoid cans; go for Tetra Paks instead.  For plastics, the recycling number 7 usually means it contains BPA.
  • Be wary of what you put in the microwave/dishwasher.  Although the packaging might say the container is microwave/dishwasher safe, plastics easily leach BPA when heated.
  • Switch to glass or BPA-free plastics.  It’s a win-win for the environment and for your health.  And while you’re at it…
  • Bring your own refillable BPA-free water bottle.  Or at least make sure not to leave your disposable plastic ones in a hot or freezing car.
  • Educate yourself.  The more you know about BPA, the better – that way you can easily make your own decisions, regardless of what the FDA or hardcore environmentalists push at you.

As for me, I try to avoid BPA.  I don’t eat much canned food (it’s probably healthier that way anyway), I have several refillable BPA-free beverage containers that I use throughout the day, and I try to stay educated in the world of nutritional news, including the BPA issue.

How about you?  Are you doing anything to avoid BPA?

Do you think it should be banned?  Why or why not?

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The Hunger Games, Movie Theaters, and Mindless Eating – Part 2

As promised in my last post, here are four ways you can plan ahead to combat mindless eating at the movies.  Not only will you eat less junk, but you’ll save some money, too!

1.  Take a pass.

This is what my brother and I did when we went to see The Hunger Games yesterday, which, by the way, was FANTASTIC.  We were able to last the whole 2 hours and 22 minutes (+1 hour wait/commercial time) without any food – it really wasn’t that difficult!

2.  Order small.

Trust me.  You don’t need the biggest size available – you’ll be so into the show that you’re not going to notice that much of a difference!  And if you finish eating before the credits roll, that’s great!  It will give you more time and energy to focus on the movie.  (Or if you’re seeing Hunger Games, you could spend the time trying not to cry, comparing book vs. movie, Peeta vs. Gale, etc… ;))

3.  Share.

Movies are better with a buddy, and so are the snacks – in fact, the more, the merrier!  Not only will you probably eat less, but you’ll also have to be polite about it, too – being sure not to take more than your share, not scarfing/shoveling it by the handful…  It’s a win-win!

4.  Bring your own.

I’m not sure what all theater policies are, but some don’t allow you to bring in your own snacks.  But that’s not to say that they won’t search your purse/pockets if you stuff them with Trader Joe’s goodies or other snacks from home…  Not that I’ve ever done that before!  It’s probably the best way to get the most health-conscious, cost-effective theater snack, though.  Just sayin’! 😉

So next time you go to the movies (or when you see Hunger Games for the third time), ask yourself what you’re going for – the film?  Or the drinks, candy, and popcorn?   Hopefully these four alternatives will help you avoid mindless eating while still enjoying your movie.

“May the odds be ever in your favor!”*

 *Disclaimer:  I’ve only seen the Hunger Games movie; I have not yet read any of the books.  Don’t worry – I am planning on reading them!