Friday, October 03, 2008

Why I will not eat too much spanakopita this weekend

In case you needed another reason to put down the jumbo-sized bag of tortilla chips, here goes...apparently binge eating can make your brain go haywire. According to researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (shout out to my alma mater!!), overeating could literally kick-start the type of damage that causes diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses. The new findings - which have been reported in the journal Cell - show that overeating appears to activate a usually dormant immune system pathway in the brain, sending out immune cells to attack and destroy invaders that are not there. Scientists say this could help explain why obesity causes so many different diseases. It might also offer a way to prevent obesity itself.

Okay. So while it sounds like these guys hope to eventually find a drug or gene therapy that prevents all this from happening, I'm thinking it's just another excuse to practice healthy eating habits and not indulge in every delicious item put in front of me. Putting it into yet another perspective...the economy is pretty lousy these days. And I certainly don't have the money to buy a whole new wardrobe once my pants get too tight!!

However, I may have to allow myself just a wee bit of wiggle room on Sunday, when I stop by Atlanta's Greek Festival. I love me some souvlaki, pastitsio, tiropita, rice pilaf and spanakopita! I know, I know...I'll be good. But you KNOW I will be enjoying at least one plate of food.

By the way, looky what I found! A sucralose sweetened, low calorie baklava recipe. OPA!

Baklava

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