Is the Western Diet bad for you?

Hello my friends!
I know I've been a bad blogger lately.
After feeling quite rundown and getting sick, it has been extraordinarily hard to get back into the saddle...
if you know what I mean. I don't know if it's the seasonal change or just feeling a bit down after my friend left, or just plain old home sickness. But, I'm here now and I'm taking it one day at a time.
I've really missed you all and will be by soon to say hello.

do you suffer from these moments? 

now here's a thought-provoking chart that you might find interesting. 
the argument is quite compelling.

After reading this chart and article you might want to put down that fork full of pasta or that sandwich. According to this research article from Canada's British Columbia Cancer Research Centre, there is a link between a high-carbohydrate diet and the increase of a cancer risk and the growth of tumours. 
I am now living in a country where pasta and bread is the principal diet. 
Should I be worried? What do you think?

go here for more on this article.

Now that I have that outta the way.

Have a great day my dears!



  1. I do suffer of being homesick, and then just normal sick - just got an awful flu and trying still to paddle out at work.

    I was used to high carb lifestyle, and didn't realise until lately that the carbs makes me sick. Literally sick, with a football size tummy that aches.

    I belive that eating less carbs (pasta,bread etc) makes more healthy life, but need to stay in moderation too. I can't leave everything off, either. Now and then I eat potatoes, sometimes pasta and pizza but not daily basis.

    Have a great week! :)

  2. The real trick for big mammals like us is exercise. The Mediterranean diet is based on lean protein, whole grain and legumes, and plenty of exercise, walking, tending the fields, social exchanges, not sitting behind a desk all day.
    This said, we could all use fewer calories.

  3. Reese, hope you feel well soon. I have been feeling like that these past few days, and have been on medication since yesterday.

    It's difficult settling on what diet is healthy. I guess we all are different, and so are our nutritional requirements. But yes, I have been trying to avoid carbs too.

  4. huh, should i also be worried? haha. i think as long as we eat a balanced diet and practice a healthy lifestyle, we'll be fine. ;) i'll still check out the article though. :)

    <3, Mimi

  5. While what you say is true, bread and pasta are relatively cheap and filling. The diet of economically depressed people. In a country where 1 in 15 is unemployed. A sign of the larger sickness in North American society.

  6. Bah! I am seriously sitting here eating my Jimmy Johns sandwich when I read this. Dang it!!! Nice way to spoil my appetite ;)

  7. Oh gosh, I hope you are feeling better.

    I do love carbs, however, the times in my life that I have limited them I felt really good. I don't think I could live in a world without mashed potatoes though.


  8. I am glad you are feeling better! I know it is hard to get back into the swing of things after not feeling well.
    This study is so interesting. I think in the U.S. people just don't eat well at all. There isn't much of a balance in their diet and a lot of things they eat aren't fresh. I think if you eat a lot of fresh foods, and more of a variety, then eating more pasta might be okay!

  9. I hear you all. I used to eat way too much carbs but I try and pay attention to it. Although, I must say I am addicted to potatoes and french fries. It's one thing I can't go without at least once or twice a week.

    Here's to a balanced diet and regular exercise (which is something I implement into my life)!

    Love R

  10. I hope you are feeling better. Hello! :)

    Thank you very much for this post, it's quite thought-provoking. I for the most part try to eat as healthy as I possibly can.

  11. But I thought Italians lived a pretty long time in spite of the smoking, carbs, and wine!

    In any case, living in Japan really changed how I think about food- especially portions and meat. While I still love big portions, we do tend to think of meat as an accent instead of the main course and focus on vegs instead.


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