Delays + Double Finals

by Jenn (eating bender) on December 2, 2008

Hi everyone! I apologize for my lack of posting these past few days. I’ve been studying for two exams – both of which I am taking TODAY – and doing some end-of-quarter homework. It also didn’t help that my flight yesterday was delayed for FOUR hours šŸ‘æ I know some of you have been dealing with similar holiday travel woes – I’m right there with you!

Before I head out to my doom exams, I wanted to share an interesting article with you. It shows how some foods that are consided “low glycemic” – aka good for a healthy diet – are not what you’d expect. The headline says it all: Twix and pizza – are these really diet foods?

According to some science, eating a Twix would be better for you than eating a slice of watermelon. Hm…something doesn’t seem right there!! Let me know what your thoughts are if you get a chance to read it!

Stay tuned for a lot of holiday excitement, including:

  • Mama Bender’s Peppermint Egg Nog Punch
  • Christmas Cookie Madness
  • Samples Galore
  • Product Reviews

I’m utilizing my skills as a broadcast journalist to tease you! Muahaha – but seriously, check out that article and let me know what you think!! Here again is the link.

Ciao for now :mrgreen:

1 Andrea December 2, 2008 at 10:40 am

hmmm that seems very wrong to me too!

2 sweetandnatural December 2, 2008 at 10:42 am

Good luck with exams!

3 Megan December 2, 2008 at 10:47 am

Good luck with exams! I can’t wait to see all the Christmas excitement coming up…especially the punch!

4 Erica December 2, 2008 at 10:59 am

Gooooood luck today!

5 jenngirl December 2, 2008 at 11:07 am

ugh sorry to hear about those unhappy travels, at least your back now, and ready to finish up the semester!

Can’t wait for your holiday excitement to come, good luck on exams :)

6 Halie December 2, 2008 at 11:14 am

Very interesting article. I just don’t think that eating foods according to their glycemic index is the way to go. For a twix to be “better” than watermelon, you’d have to compare 5 cups of watermelon to 3/4 a king size twix, according to the article. And you are still comparing a nutrient filled calories to empty calories.

I can’t think of anything that can beat a nutrient filled diet that includes lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains with protein and good fats! Everything in moderation!

7 HeatherBakes December 2, 2008 at 11:17 am

Good luck on your exams, Jenn! Sorry about the travel issues :( I HATED having to deal with holiday travel back in college- especially with exams right around the corner. Yuck. But at least you’re back now and the end of the semester will be here before you know it!!

8 eatingbirdfood December 2, 2008 at 11:17 am

Interesting article, and good to know, especially if companies start marketing their products as healthy if they have a low GI.

I am excited for all the holiday fun!

Good luck on your exams.

9 Pearl December 2, 2008 at 11:20 am

good luck on your exams!

and thank you for sharing that article – so interesting!

10 Grounded Fitness December 2, 2008 at 11:29 am

good luck!

i think everyone has been a little rushed these past few days- no worries!

Kelly Turner

11 VeggieGirl December 2, 2008 at 11:44 am


The glycemic index is going to mislead people, biiiiig time.

12 Fit Bottomed Girls December 2, 2008 at 11:47 am

Ooh, exam time. Good luck!!!

And that article was really, really interesting. Makes sense to me!

13 ksgoodeats December 2, 2008 at 11:55 am

Yike – sorry to hear about your delayed flight AND exams! Good luck!!

I haven’t read the article yet but I’d certainly take some watermelon over a twix any day!

14 HangryPants December 2, 2008 at 11:57 am

I read that article in Men’s Health and it was very informative. I find the glycemic index fascinating.

Good luck with those exams. Second to last set of your college career, right?

15 gina (fitnessista) December 2, 2008 at 12:25 pm

good luck on your exams!
i’m stoked for all of the upcoming things you’re going to be posting!
as far as the article goes, it further proves what i’ve thought for a while: glycemic index isn’t the way to go. whole foods and fitness are what it’s all about šŸ˜€
have a wonderful day!

16 Maggie December 2, 2008 at 12:27 pm

The article is interesting – I kind of knew that GI was a load of crap, but this article brought up some really interesting stuff. Thanks :)

17 Lindsay December 2, 2008 at 12:33 pm

ehh sorry to hear about the 4 hr delay – that stinks!

i read something similar about the GI diet a few weeks ago and thought the same thing – it truly makes NO sense!

18 coco December 2, 2008 at 12:45 pm

I can agree on this one!

good luck on your exam!!!! (holiday is so close!!!) :)

19 Sarah December 2, 2008 at 12:51 pm


i think that article is BS. i’ve always been opposed to diets that cut out or limit healthy foods like fruit just because they have some sugar (i tried south beach once and thought it was RIDICULOUS that I couldn’t have an apple for 2 weeks. wtf!) in my opinion it’s all about eating as many real, whole foods as possible and enjoying indulgent goodies in moderation. + exercise of course!

20 Erin December 2, 2008 at 2:46 pm

That is messed up! As if un-inquiring minds need more reason to eat shit!

21 Andrea [bella eats] December 2, 2008 at 3:20 pm

Great article! This is my favorite part: “A food’s ranking on the glycemic index doesn’t necessarily indicate whether it’s a good or bad choice. As a general rule of thumb, whole foods ā€” such as produce ā€” are superior to their processed counterparts, regardless of where the items fall on the glycemic index.” Precisely. :)

Can’t wait for the peppermint egg nog punch!!! I’ve got some egg nog in the fridge just screamin’ to be spiced up… :)

22 Karla December 2, 2008 at 4:48 pm

Wow! Your finals are early! Good luck, I’m sure you’ll do great šŸ˜‰ And I’m glad to hear you’re back safe and sound.

Candy bar over fruit? Ummm…that has to set off a warning signal for anyone in the medical/dietetics field. I’m a bit confused about how some doctors actually endorse things like this. I saw a MD on TV a couple weeks ago saying that you should eat nothing for breakfast, five bites for lunch and five bites for dinner (and it didn’t matter what you ate). I was laughing out loud–No way I could do that!

23 seeleelive December 2, 2008 at 5:27 pm

Whooppeee–that is a crazy! i heard a similar diet like the “5 bite” one about eating SNICKERS and 2 whoppers a day!! how strange our society is!! seriously–

24 runningwithfood December 2, 2008 at 7:47 pm

I hope your exams went well, girly! :)

I didn’t make it through the whole article, but I read enough … the bottom line, in my opinion, is the sugar found naturally in foods is WAY better for you than any manufactured product, wrapped in a pretty package and bought in a store. Interesting article – thanks for sharing!

25 glidingcalm December 2, 2008 at 8:38 pm

my flight was delayed 3.5 hours!! IT WAS AWFUL!

and I’m swamped in school work too! Good luck with your Finals, Jenn! There is a light at the end of the tunnel! :)

Miss you and your bloggggg!

26 lexisuzanne December 2, 2008 at 8:55 pm

good luck on finals! i know you will do awsome!
have an awsome night!

27 Melissa S. December 2, 2008 at 9:41 pm

oh, best of luck w/ the exams babe!!! i’m sure you’re going to get some great scores!!!!

28 Kristie December 2, 2008 at 9:57 pm

I’ve always been kind of skeptical of the GI trend. Because that is all it seems to be – yet another trendy “diet”. I don’t buy it.

Best of luck with the exams!!

29 Sharon December 2, 2008 at 11:50 pm

Egg nog punch? Sounds neat!

Good luck on your exams!

30 Lara December 3, 2008 at 1:43 am

I guess I just can’t get on board the the GI diet or any other diet, for that matter. I think it’s finally catching on that you just need to eat healthy, whole foods as much as you can and exercise. People are always looking for the magic solution when the simplist (yet often times, most difficult) solution is right there in front of us! Interesting article!
Good luck with finals!

31 healthy ashley December 3, 2008 at 8:50 am

Twix and pizza? Pizza, YES (for me!), but I don’t think Twix could ever be a healthy food- unless they were somehow made out of apples and carrots!

I hope you did well on the exams!

32 Hil December 3, 2008 at 12:43 pm

As anyone who reads my blog knows, I am a big fan of the glycemic index, but it absolutely can’t be taken out of context, any more than fat content or fiber content or sugar content can be taken out of context. Junk food is junk food, whether or not it happens to be free of sugar or contain slowly absorbed carbohydrates or whatever.

It’s important to remember that a high fat content slows the rate at which your body absorbs carbohydrates, so foods that are high in fat are generally lower on the glycemic index. This doesn’t mean that the glycemic index is bad or broken…just that it doesn’t tell you everything about a piece of food.

33 eatingbender December 3, 2008 at 6:08 pm

Thanks everyone for the good luck wishes. For those of you who also provided your $.02 on the article – great insights! I love sharing articles because it always reveals the vast amounts of knowledge that all of you have to share :)

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