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The Healthy Family Meals Newsletter, Issue #147 Reject Infobesity
September 21, 2011

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Kindy's Musings....

Have Your Family Take a Techfast this Month

In a Breakpoint Worldviews article, Chuck Colson writes how recently he was at a dinner party but one of the dinner guests had his head down the whole time. Colson writes, "I thought he was falling asleep. But, lo and behold, after dinner I discovered he had actually been reading his Blackberry!"

Colson continues, "now I'm not wagging a finger at him, because I have been guilty of overindulging in technology myself. I like to call it multitasking, but my wife, Patty, has another name for it. Recently we were able to get away from our normally hectic lives to celebrate her birthday for a few days. Do you know what she wanted for her present? A promise that I would put my iPhone away for the whole time!

Susan Maushart, author of the new book, "The Winter of Our Disconnect", describes this kind of addiction to media with the marvelous term "infobesity." Just as Americans have a growing reputation-if you'll pardon the pun-for physical obesity, we also have an expanding commitment to staying "connected" through social media such as Facebook and devices such as smart phones."

As a registered dietitian, I agree with Colson - just as too much of a good thing-such as food-can be unhealthy for us, so also can too much social and electronic networking. And I mean that literally! In January some security cameras in Reading, Pennsylvania, recorded a shopper who was so busy texting as she was walking along in a mall that she didn't see a fountain in front of her-and fell right into the pool.The video went viral, and millions had a laugh at the poor woman's expense.

In her new book, "Alone Together", MIT professor Sherry Turkle writes that technology-despite its many obvious benefits-is also threatening to increase our isolation and make us less human. Experts say e-mail, online games, social networking, and blogs are addicting in part because they are portable, provide instant gratification, and allow us an easy escape from relationships that may be difficult and require a lot more work.

Sharon Gilchrest O'Neill, a marriage and family therapist in New York, suggests that "Technology should be on the list of the top reasons why people divorce, along with money, sex and parenting."

Of course, technology can be a blessing. Many people rightly point out that Facebook, rather than forcing them into isolation, has helped them find old friends and neighbors. Droids, iPhones, and other technologies can be seen as expressions of our God-given creative potential. How can we can use technology rather than let it use us?

So how do you know whether you or your family is suffering from infobesity? Why not try a tech-fast, maybe for a day, or even a week. Don't use your iPhone, don't sign in to Facebook, whatever your tech weakness is, just withdraw for a while, and see what happens.

If that seems too radical or impossible to attempt, then I'm afraid you probably do have an advanced case of infobesity. And, please, watch out for those mall fountains.

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Health Benefits of 100% Fruit Juice


100% juice is a featured ingredient in the following tasty recipe.

Ingredients and Instructions:

6 skinless and boneless chicken breasts

1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic halves, lightly pounded

3 c white grape juice

1/4 c fresh lemon juice

1-1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 -1/2 teaspoon black pepper

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger (or 1-1/2 teaspoon ground ginger)

Place chicken in baking dish. Combine white grape juice, lemon juice, ginger, garlic, salt and pepper in bowl. Pour over chicken, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about four hours.

Preheat grill or grill pan over medium high heat. Remove chicken from marinade; set marinade aside. Grill chicken thoroughly on both sides, until firm to the touch. Remove to serving plate, cover and set aside.

Pour reserved marinade into medium-sized saucepan. Cook over high heat until marinade is syrupy and reduced to about 3/4 c Remove from heat and whisk in butter one piece at a time. Pour glaze over chicken and serve. Serves 6.

SOURCE: Fruit Juice Facts

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