my hand in a pocket after feeding the horses one morning and
was reminded of something I read in a book my friend gave me.
"You might be a cowgirl," it began, "if you
have hay in the pockets of all your jackets…and you wear
Victoria’s Secret flannel pajamas and a pair of cowboy boots
to feed your horses in the morning."
totally identify. But since this is a nutrition column and not
my personal cowgirl agenda, let’s get to some recent
findings that might be true if…
might be more likely to eat fruits and vegetables if these
foods are offered by parents a) with meals; b) with meals and
snacks; c) duh. Answer: b. That’s according to a recent
study in the journal, Eating Behaviors.
might be prone to be overweight if you a) dine out more than 3
times a week; b) eat fast food on a regular basis; c) only run
to the food counter. Answers: a and b, from a report in the
International Journal of Obesity.
might lower your risk to develop colon cancer if you a) eat a
vegetarian diet; b) add fish to your vegetarian diet; c) use
your turn signals when you change lanes. Answers: a, b. A
recent study in the Journal of the American Medical
Association found that all types of vegetarian diets were
associated with a lower risk for all types of colorectal
might be at increased risk to be overweight if you eat a)
fewer than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day; b)
like a horse; c) too few oranges or beans. Answers: a, c.
Lower intakes of citrus fruits and legumes was associated with
higher weights in women, according to research in the Journal
might have a higher quality diet if you use this when you shop
for groceries: a) a list; b) a glass of wine; c) a shovel and
a wheelbarrow. Answer a. According to the Journal of Nutrition
Education and Behavior, people who shopped with a list had
healthier diets and were less likely to be overweight.
might have lower blood pressure if you a) hug your horse every
day; b) consume dairy products; c) recognize your true inner
cowgirl. Answer: b. According to a recent article in Nutrition
Reviews, milk products contain unique proteins with blood
pressure lowering qualities.
might be a cowgirl, said the late Dale Evans, if, when life
bucks you off, you a) dust yourself off; b) cowgirl up; c) get
back in the saddle. All are correct. What counts most in this
life, said this queen of cowgirls, is the way you ride the