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My Soapbox on Bottled Water

When I was reporting at Business First back in the ’90s, I wrote a column saying that the marketing of bottled water was the biggest scam ever foisted on the American public. My reasoning was that these marketers from big corporations like Coca-Cola and Pepsico had somehow been able to convince regular folks to purchase something in a bottle they could get for free out of the tap. Perrier was really popular. Brilliant! The marketers of the product touted specious health benefits, and studies pointed to the benefits of drinking water, and Americans lined up to buy. Suckers! Despite my…


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Has the School Lunch Program Failed our Kids?

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N.        In the early 80s, I was a USDA School Lunch & Child Nutrition program reviewer for the Alaska Department of Education. I traveled all over Alaska to Indian & Eskimo villages and also to Anchorage and Fairbanks to review the School Lunch Program to ensure the children were getting a healthy meal, met the Federal Guidelines to qualify them for the USDA Federal reimbursements. In some cases, it was a shock how the food was prepared, how the serving plates & cooking utensils were cleaned, and how thankful some of the children were…


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What a cool idea! Evening bike ride to benefit a good cause

In these dog days of summer Prevent Blindness has come up with a very cool idea. It’s America’s first Night Rider. A light, evening bike ride followed by music from Gene Brock & The Hasselhoffs and The Hard Luck.  The event starts at Saints Pizza and Pub, 131 Breckenridge Lane, in the heart of St. Matthews. Sign in and late registration begins at 7:30 p.m. The ride begins at about 9. Music begins at 10:30.  The $25 registration includes the ride, a Night Rider t-shirt, and admission to the show. All proceeds benefit Prevent Blindness America. For details on early…


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Summer Sippin’ Drinks

One of the best things about living in Louisville is the attitude toward “southern sippin’ drinks”. It’s a luxury I know Northern folks don’t take advantage of.  My definition of a southern sippin’ drink is a small treat that allows you to stop and enjoy a summer evening even if it’s still 98 degrees at 8:00pm.  It could be a cool Arnold Palmer (half lemonade, half ice tea) or a Diet Cherry Limeade. I place a Gin and Tonic, Bourbon Slush or Sangria in this category if you prefer an alcoholic drink. One of my favorite new “sippin” drink is…


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Let Me Eat Cake! (The 2nd Best Part of Wedding Planning)

Newleyweds will tell you that one of the best parts of planning your wedding is choosing your cake-baker. David and I heard stories of tastings and flavors and bizarre bakers, but all of those stories ended with hours and hours of eating cake. I mean, eating cake … what else should a princess do with her time? Other than ride ponies and cut off heads? I was very much looking forward to it. Except that we fell in love with the cakes from the FIRST BAKER we tried. We could have lied to other people, or even lied to ourselves,…


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Expect Higher Prices for Restaurant Food & Food in Vending Machines in 2014 under Obamacare’s Mandated Calorie Labeling

  By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. One of the items buried in the 2700 pages of Obamacare is a mandate for chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments with 20 or more locations doing business under the same name and offering for sale the same menu items to disclose certain nutrition information on menu board so that consumers can make more informed choices about the food they purchase. As a registered dietitian, I have to admit this mandate sounds like a great idea. For years, however, as a health educator, I have been educating consumers on the caloric content…


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Budget Worries? Tips For Grocery Shopping On A Shoestring

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. Americans may find food shopping more challenging when trying to stay on track with their budget, while feeding their family a balance of nutrients each day. According to www.walletpop.com,  ground beef has gone up 3.7%, bananas up 5.2%, strawberries up 5.9%, bacon up 6.7%, table wine 8%, apples 9.2%, chicken 10.3%, bread 12.6%, broccoli 13.4%, coffee 18.4%, milk 28.8%, tomatoes 31% and eggs 36%. Here’s some suggestions that can help you get more bang for your buck:   Plan your menus and make a list Plan your weekly menus and make a grocery list. …


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The Last Out at Browning’s

Tonight, the crew at Browning’s is having its last hurrah. We’re gonna miss Paula Barmore and Anoosh Shariat, the proprietors of the ballpark restaurant, and being able to stop in for a cold one before Bats games. And for the last two years, it’s been a great spot for lunch downtown, thanks to Shariat’s creations in the kitchen and easy and convenient parking. So tonight let’s get down there and toast Browning’s and wish Paula and Anoosh well on their next adventure. And remember, beer fans, there’s plenty of reason for optimism about the location. A new group will open…


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Critiquing the Media with Judy Green

Let’s welcome embattled Metro Councilwoman Judy Green to the wide world of media. Green debuted her radio show over the weekend and, as the C-J reported, started by questioning the news judgment of the local paper for featuring a story about her ethics challenges on the front page.  Green didn’t take calls, ignored her attorney’s (Derwin Webb) advice and claimed (so let’s see it) to have a 2,500-signature petition from people who support her. And where’s she getting the money to buy radio time, anyway? Check out Ed Springston’s response to the story they’re selling, that Green is paying for…