A friend of mine posted this article from theatlantic.com (@TheAtlantic) on Facebook:
How to Trick Your Taste Buds Into Enjoying More Healthy Foods
It makes great arguments about how we have evolved to eat certain types of foods (crunchy, sweet, and salty) based on survival instincts, and how we must use those instincts to replace processed foods with healthier choices.
While I agree with this article, particularly with regards to the “crunch” (chips are my Achilles heel…), it omits another – and potentially the biggest – “crunch” to which processed/junk foods appeal – the “time crunch“.
The processed food machines have also spent billions selling their “quick fix” meals to a society that, whether real or perceived, is also addicted to a time crunch. They have convinced us that time spent preparing meals is wasted, rather than time that can be enjoyed. As a result, many people would rather plunk their fat a$$ down in front of the TV with a pre-processed dinner cooking in the oven or microwave rather than take a little extra time to prepare a healthy meal. That needs to be addressed as well.
Jeff has written a great post about this here.
His main reasons for asserting this are:
1. Ubiquitous Broadband
2. Dirt Cheap Storage
3. Superb Usability
I might add one more reason:
Because everyone is using it!
Shawn Peterson, a young man I have the pleasure of knowing from his days as a student of mine at the New Brunswick Community College.
His current achievement was noted on his own blog post here.
His idea? From his own blog posts:
What if the data already collected by hospitals was used to display real-time estimates for emergency rooms wait times?
His product gives patients an idea of how much time they should be able to expect to wait in a hospital emergency room, based on their injury. It can be accessed via computer or a mobile device.
Shawn worked closely with Saint John Regional Hospital staff and administration for this project and hopes to have the project implemented provincially next.
Shawn has always been a go-getter. He is also the wonderful wizard behind Propertize.ca, a web site that puts the Province of New Brunswick’s existing property tax assessment information pages to shame.
A shining example of local creativity, determination, and talent, I can’t wait to see what Shawn comes up with next!