Is Corn Bad For You?

I was once at a PR dinner where someone told me that corn is the worst thing that you could possibly eat. They told me this as I was slicing thickly buttered corn off of a cob to presumably put into my mouth and enjoy.

Corn is delicious, so I knew they couldn’t possibly be talking about the taste. They had to be talking about how nutritious it is–or the lack there of. This thought has honestly plagued me since they said it so I thought I would do my own investigating.

When you type “is corn” into Google, the first few things that pop up are:

-Is corn keto?

-Is corn healthy?

-Is corn a grain?

-Is corn gluten-free?

So clearly, people are having issues figuring out if corn will fit in to their keto and gluten-free diets as well as whether or not corn is a grain and if corn is overall a healthy thing to eat. Before now, I probably would have googled “is corn okay to eat after X many days” because I like to live dangerously and eat old leftovers sometimes when I find them in my fridge.

I am not an expert or a nutritionist or a doctor or on a diet. I am just a woman with a healthy curiosity about corn. So I did some investigating.

According to a report from Harvard, although corn is a vegetable it is the worst vegetable for you. 😡

The study found that starchy foods like corn and potatoes and peas have higher glycemic loads that make your blood sugar spike and will make you want to eat more of that item therefore causing you to gain weight. OH!

Since weight gain is not a bad thing, just a thing that happens if you are a person who eats and grows and ages, I had yet to be convinced. I wanted to find hard evidence that CORN IS BAD BECAUSE IT DOES XYZ TO YOUR BODY. You know, like internal bleeding from eating hot Cheetos. I kept digging.

Healthline brings up the fact that corn is frequently genetically modified, but that GMOs in relation to human health are a hotly debated topic. Some research shows that consuming GMOs can have a “toxic effect” on your organs. But apparently other research says there is practically no difference between the vegetable you grow in your backyard and the ones grown by Monsanto.

As someone who dated a person with raw vegan parents that owned a raw vegan restaurant and told fresh baby 18-year-old me that Monsanto is evil–something I have conducted further research on in my 20s and while I may not say that they are evil, they are incredibly sinister– I am more than likely to side with the fact that GMOS=bad.

HOWEVER

Healthline also lists a bunch of benefits about corn. Aside from it being tasty it benefits eye health, it’s packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals and it might even ward off colon disease.

This Healthline article was in DIRECT opposition of a thing I found on a weird paleo blog. This paleo blog says that it can actually harm your gut health severely. It also brings up GMOs. According to Paleo Flourish, corn is NOT paleo.

OKAY BUT THEN THIS RANDOM GUY, Dr. Axe, says that corn is high in vitamin c, is rich in magnesium and contains certain B-vitamins and potassium. He seems to be more in favor of corn but also brings up GMOs, high fructose corn syrup, and how it’s used in a lot of processed foods.

So is corn bad for you?

From what I can tell (I am NOT a corn expert, just a person who spent an hour online researching this) corn can be bad for you. Just like how people freak the fuck out over the high caloric content of a banana and its natural sugars, people seem to be freaking out about corn.

If it doesn’t fuck up your digestive system–meaning your body CAN digest it (not all bodies can)– it might spike your glucose levels which may cause you to eat more of it. If you’re eating genetically modified corn, it may cause health issues but also, if you’re eating fruits and vegetables from supermarkets in America without doing extensive research– You’re most likely eating genetically modified produce.

Corn does have nutritional benefits.

Gaining weight is a natural and normal.

If you want to explain to me why consuming corn will end my life…..shoot us an email or leave us a comment!

Corn is fine! Bye!

 

 

You Really Need To See This: The Canadian Cat Show Documentary

Sometimes after scrolling through Netflix for twenty minutes while gobbling up all of our TV snacks, we stumble upon a documentary that is just so perplexing we have to click on it.

Frequently, it’s about a murder or a missing person or even a missing murderer but this time it was about something far less sinister but nevertheless equally as titillating.

Catwalk: Tales From The Cat Show Circuit does not have a Rotten Tomatoes score yet, but when it does I hope it receives a sold 100% because that is what it deserves.

I am not a cat person despite my sister owning a cat since I was about nine. She is away at college and the cat still lives here and he has IBS and I have to clean up his barf and poop and I don’t even like this cat, much less love it.  Having him around has really influenced my feelings on cats. However, this film has profoundly changed how I feel about cat documentaries!**

**I had never seen a cat documentary until now so really I had nothing to compare it too anyway and therefore held no opinion on the matter other than probably “yuck, cats”

The film takes place in Canada at various cat shows and mainly follows two competing cat owners, married cat show judges, and a handful of cat admirers.

Right away you discover that Kim, the owner of  Bobby the white cat who always gets second place has it out for Shirley, the owner of the forever first place winner, a red fluffy cat named Oh La La. Bobby has never bested Oh La La (pronounced oo la la ?) who looks like she has had her face smashed against a door but is admittedly–very fluffy and beautiful.

Kim and the judges extoll the virtues of Bobby who seems great but looks pretty much like a regular cat that you would see sitting in a window.

Kim is kind of the villain of this story. There are other contestants and cat breeders that you see, who genuinely love their cats and don’t care–especially this woman with a cat named Maestro who she says she doesn’t care if he wins or loses because he is “the most beautiful thing in the world.” But Kim is not this way. Kim is a pageant mom.

Cat shows are not like dog shows. The cats don’t run in a circle or jump or whatever it is that they do during dog shows idk. It really seems to be all about how the cat looks. Again, Bobby looks fine but Bobby is no match for Oh La La and her feather duster/dust bunny looks. Kim seems to take this incredibly personally. “If you’re not number one, you’re the first loser!” she says in one part….to her cat or to herself? Who can say.

I’m pretty sure Kim also makes reference to Shirley (who just seems like a nice older lady with a hobby) and Shirley’s cat receiving bodily harm at some point? Kim is horribly bitter that Bobby has NEVER won!!! NEVER!! And like all villains, the root moment that inspired her towards vengeance is revealed in the documentary. And let me tell you, it does not disappoint. I will not ruin the film. All I will say is, if you’re a sympathetic puker….fast forward. It was not a good look for Bobby lol.

Yes, there are some adorable kittens. Yes, all of the women have cat hair clinging to every stitch of their clothing. We learn that not only is Kim desperate for Bobby to win, Kim is also insanely passionate about scuba diving, teaches scuba classes, and wants to retire to Mexico! We stan a queen with a full life! One of the judges also loves to garden. These women have lives beyond their 6 cats!

Overall, the doc is super comforting. It’s just about cats chillin’ while their human owners pet them.

I’m not going to say it made me like cats, but I will say it made me want to hold a baby kitten the entire time I was watching this show. It also made me want to encourage Kim to pursue her scuba dreams because they seem to honestly make her feel more free than the cat show world ever could!

Anyway, this documentary is magic. It’s on Netflix. I recommend watching it under a big blanket, preferably with a glass of wine. Or I guess, with a cat.

 

 

I’m Actually Doing Great On My New Year’s Resolutions, HBU?

The great part about New Year’s resolutions is that typically you make them and forget about them. This year however, we posted ours online which made me feel more responsible for them and also– this year I’ve been trying to hold myself more accountable for improving my life.

I made public resolutions and a few private ones. It is only January 16 (one day after my middle school crush’s bday!) but I wanted to check in with myself and with you about how we are doing.

So far in the new year I have thrown out all my old socks! Which is amazing. I literally had four drawers of socks that were anywhere from 10-years to 3-months-old. Now I only have one drawer of socks and they’re mainly holiday socks or sparkly fuzzy ones (which spark so much joy tbh)– so I am going to continue my Amazon search for nice inexpensive socks! Send me recs, please! Aren’t you riveted you read this paragraph.

I said I was going to cook all the bookmarked recipes I have saved on my computer. So far this year I have made one of them (pretty great for 2019!) and I know what my next few are going to be. However, I have also bookmarked 3 new recipes since January 1, so the list is growing. But they sound amazing! They are this crunchy looking salad, this Trader Joe’s potsticker stir-fry, and this insane-looking vegetable puff pastry thing.

Another one of my resolutions has been cooking more and I’ve been doing that in SPADES. They’ve just all been recipes I know and love. This year I’m gonna branch out, I promise!!!

In 2019 I have updated my computer every time it has asked me to (which is surprisingly a lot?) So you’re welcome, Steve Jobs.

I have yet to frame any of my art or go to 5 new states or go hot air ballooning, but I have tried new cheeses, said no to tomatoes on sandwiches/salads in restaurants, and worn more glitter on my face/body/hair.

I didn’t get clogs yet but I did get snakeskin boots and I have been drinking more gin in favor of drinking less vodka (and therefore less vodka cranberries, part of a private resolution). I would like to think I have been more honest about what I want and more honest about what scares me and also things that I hate. It may take me a while to get to Australia, but I have already secured my first freelancing gig of 2019, so that’s something.

I’m feeling pretty accountable and also like I finally found hair products that I like and think work for my texture and length.

How are your resolutions going? I hope you made them small enough to chew because I think that’s the secret, really. Do little things that you know will make you feel appreciative of yourself every day and it will improve your life and your attitude. Even if it’s only deleting Tinder.

xoxo

 

I Can’t Stop Thinking About This $250 At-Home Squat Machine

I’ll just be forthright with you all – I’m not exactly an active person. I’m essentially an overgrown indoors kid. Bookish type who would have thrived in the era of fainting couches is really the vibe I give off.

Over the past few years though, I have had various stages and spurts of being INTO exercise/fitness culture. In 2015, the workout app SworkIt was my go-to thing for at-home “strength training”. I even bought some 5 and 8 pound dumbbells from Amazon! Summer 2016 was when I took up running every day and could actually run an 7.5 minute mile. It was also the summer that I ended a 3 year long relationship, moved out the apartment we shared, lived with my mom, and got laid off all in the same month. You could I was trying to run away from my problems like a cliched metaphor come to life.

In 2017, I moved into a new apartment and started going “out” on a regular basis for the first time since college. I went through a phase of going to small clubs in Cambridge and dancing until my t-shirt would cling to my back with sweat. I also finally started dating again and went through the anxiety-ridden yet fun process of falling in love, which meant I was often too overcome with emotions to even remember eating. As a result, I was the thinnest that I had ever been in my adult life but wasn’t actually fit or strong.

My lack of strength really came to a head in 2018 when I struggled to open a heavy glass door in front of my coworkers. The next day I joined the expensive boxing gym across the street from my office. That’s right – I had been less than 30 feet away from achieving some level of Physical Fitness for over a year and it took an embarrassing glass door incident to get me into the gym. Shameful, I know.

The thing with a boxing gym is that the vibes are extremely intense. The gym was called Everybody Fights, for Christ’s sake. Music blared all the time and the trainers showed little mercy for my frail ass. There was one time though, when I was trying to swing a kettlebell and the trainer stopped me to give me an inflatable kettlebell. She couldn’t stand idly by watching me struggle so she subbed out the real weight with what essentially was a dodgeball with a handle attached. I never really recovered from the Kettlebell Incident and very quickly lost the motivation to go to the gym.

But now that 2019 has arrived, I’m feeling somewhat determined to get into fitness yet again! And while I probably should start small with a few classes before I go committing to something else intense or expensive that will most likely be short-lived, I’ve already found my new obsession: The DB Method Machine.

I won’t even try to sweet talk my way through this – it’s an at-home squat machine, or as the DB Method describes it, “the ultimate lower body strength and toning machine designed exclusively for the butt.” Its sole purpose is to help you do perfect squats. It costs $229 (plus $20 shipping) and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since two Instagram influencers I follow storied themselves using it while in their underwear. You can even fold it away and store in your closet or under your bed.

Yes, it’s borderline ridiculous, like a Shake Weight for your ass, but I can’t help but love it the idea of it. It almost looks fun! Like it would take the grueling and hard part out of exercising, which really appeals to my sloth girl vibe. I could finally watch all of Call the Midwife while toning and firming my butt! Sure, there is zero cardiovascular element involved and it won’t even tone my arms but my lower body will be out of control hot!

So should I buy it? Don’t all scream YES at once!

Monday Link Pack

How are you? How are your New Year’s resolutions going? I’ve already thrown out soooooo many socks and am now left with crazy holiday ones so I am on the hunt for the nice respectable kind. I am thinking either these or these.

As it is the beginning of our first actual week back at work, I have put together a link pack of cool shit on the internet to help you survive either the next ten minutes or all the way until Friday.

I fucking love Melissa McCarthy!! (P.s. the ham sandwiches from Joan’s On Third are divine)

What do you think a paleo, vegan, gluten-free bagel tastes like?

The Curvy Wife guy wrote the BEST Instagram caption–no, seriously!

Aritzia is having a massive sale and I just bought the cutest skirt from it

SEASON 4 CATASTROPHE TRAILER IS HERE

I made this Now & Again chili recipe from Julia Turshen and it was a huge hit! If you don’t have her book you can see the recipe HERE

I plan on making this furikake Chex Mix snack at some point

All I want are these clogs 

My mom DMed me this

I am obsessed with this tattoo artist’s Instagram 

Also, strongly considering purchasing some PamWear

Over Easy is my favorite column on the internet

Mrs. Maisel is hosting SNL and the musical guest is Greta Van Fleet LMAO what is this pairing!!!

Did Chrissy Metz call Allison Brie a bitch on the red carpet?

Come on guys….was this on purpose?

This is my favorite mask ever ever and it makes me so happy!

I tried one of the redness reducing products on this list and am currently loving it

Trying out this Chicago restaurant over the weekend

Just cuz

 

January Horoscopes

Aries

It’s the New Year and you’re highkicking into 2019 like the confident and cute ram that you are! You always feel enthusiastic and energetic for new beginnings because you jump at any chance to lead a new project or spearhead some initiative. You know that long list of goals in your Notes app? Prioritize and then put them in action! January is the best time for you to harness that intense ambitious streak of yours and make some big career advancements. Whatever you do, do it with boldness, babe!

Taurus

Oh sweet seeker of stability, you were feeling so well-rested and peaceful from the holidays and now that the reality of January has hit, you’re feeling like someone cruelly yanked your beloved blanket off your bed. Fear not though, there’s still plenty of warmth to find in others outside of your own fortress. A break from your routine brings new levels of intimacy from those who have been missing you and need your help. It feels good to be needed, doesn’t it? Almost like an IRL version of a cozy bed! There are so many people who seek a connection with you. Just remember that.

Gemini

At last! 2018 is over and you couldn’t be fucking happier. Last year was challenging to say the least but all of the drama is behind you now. A new year has arrived and you’re feeling light, bright, airy, and optimistic! Time to take 2019 and make it into everything that 2018 wasn’t. Channel this vibe and get all of the boring bullshit like taxes, bills, making doctor’s appointments, going to the dry cleaner, out of the way early so you can concentrate on fun and growth and freedom for the rest of the year!

Cancer

All you have to do to thrive in 2019 is protect your heart. At all costs. Cancers are not playing around this year with their most precious currency aka emotions. This will come in the form of not letting people be reckless with your feelings but also checking your own recklessness and how you react to things. January is the optimal time to set an intention to be more aware of how your reactions can be catalysts of change. Set another intention to not spiral out. Pay close attention to how both of these intention work in tandem and revel in the harmony that they bring to your life.

Leo

2019 is going to be your rebirth year, Leo love. You felt a bit held back and confined last year, and at times a little aimless too. That’s not like you. You’ve got so much drive but without a clear goal in mind, that roaring fire inside you will peter out. January is the month to set a dream in place and create your roadmap that will take you there. Make sure you clue in your close friends and confidantes because hey, what’s the fun in achieving your goal if your cheerleaders can’t celebrate with you? They’ll also help to keep you motivated and give you the applause that you love to lap up!

Virgo

New year, new beginnings! Aka the mantra that Virgos across the world have embodied since the stroke of 1/1/19. In terms of love, 2018 saw more lows than highs, both in terms of your relationships and the love that you felt for yourself. You may feel anxious to rush along any new blossoms of romance but you would only be doing yourself a disservice by trying to make anything too rigid or defined just yet. 2019 holds a lot of self-discovery for you. You’ve always been proud of your strong sense of self but it doesn’t hurt to question what you know from time to time, even if that means questioning the things you believe to be true about yourself.

Libra

A new year is a perfect time to evaluate what you want to bring into your future and what you can thank and leave behind in the past. Two big areas of your focus this month are relationships and work. In both arenas, it might feel like you’re putting in all of the effort and getting nothing but grief in return. And nothing make a Libra feel more out of sorts than an imbalance! The peacemaker in you wants reconciliation on both fronts but that might not be possible. If you’re already prepared yourself to feel let down, you already have you answer. No matter what happens, never forget that you’re worthy and ready for so much more.

Scorpio

You wouldn’t be a Scorpio if you didn’t already have an intense obsession with your 2019 goals. We’re only a few days into the new year but you’re already scheming away and hatching plans to make all of your fantasies into realities. This new motivation will have you exuding confidence and positivity that spills over into your relationships and fills in the areas that you used to be uncertain about. Don’t forget my silly scorpion, positivity and confidence are powerful traits of attraction. Those closest to you may feel even more drawn to you now. You have been warned.

Sagittarius

You’ve likely been telling yourself that this is the year that you grow up, get serious, blossom into a high-functioning adult. Guess what. I believe in you. We all do. You already have some of the most important things you need to make 2019 a success: your imagination and intuition. Now all you need is some commitment! I know, it’s a sore subject for you but it’s a skill that you can practice. It’s going to be a slow process, another dreaded fear of yours, but overcoming our fears puts you on the fast track to achieving so much more. Do I have your attention now, my flighty foal?

Capricorn

2019 is here and Caps are embracing it by filling out their calendars for the first three months of the year. You’re a planner at heart and you’ve likely already had your goals and resolutions cemented since September 2018. Top of the list for you: be heard. You have a lot that you want to share with the world and finding your voice will be a big part of your year. This will translate in an enormous way for your professional growth so don’t be afraid to speak out more often. Influential people will definitely notice.

Aquarius

Let’s be blunt, 2018 was all over the fucking map for you. If we’re being really honest, it almost feels like you’ve been in a rut for two years, which means you’re always pining for the future, wishing yourself out of the present and into a place, any place, where you feel good. Guess what. The future is here. Time to open yourself to everything that is in the now. Open yourself all the way up. To friends, new acquaintances, experiences. It’s all waiting for you! It has been this whole time.

Pisces

You’re more than ready to make positivity and security the themes of your year. Keeping these two things at the forefront of your mind means that you’ll want to pay more attention to the things and people outside of your fishbowl aka inner emotional world. You’ll find yourself exploring paths from the past, because that’s what your goal of security will inspire you to do. Just prepare yourself for the possibility that the past’s perceived security doesn’t align with your wish for positivity.

 

Lately’s New Year’s Resolutions

This year I will:

Lily

Cook all the recipes on my computer saved as bookmarks

Actually update my computer when it tells me to

Get rid of the socks in my sock drawer from middle school

Buy nice socks

Frame my art pieces

Visit (at least) 5 new states

Go hot air ballooning

Get clogs

Potentially visit Australia (not a hard and fast resolution)

Wear more glitter

Try new cheeses

Actually say “no tomato” when I order things I don’t want tomato on

Freelance for 7 different publications (can not be repeats from 2018)

Live my best 2019 life and refuse to fall down the hole of that 2018 disaster scenario ever again

Stop texting my ex

 

Kate

Finally commit to a morning routine

Finally read all of the books that I bought in 2018 and never opened

Travel to 3 new countries

Learn how to use my InstantPot

Say no to things and people that don’t serve me

Learn how to curl my hair

Reduce my plastic usage

Be more patient

Write more for pleasure

See more art

Learn Italian

Work on my passion projects with more fucking passion, work hard to achieve all of the dreams that I have

Prove some fucking people wrong