Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Marijuana and obesity, and chickpea pilaf

Chickpea pilaf
Food Diary (September 13, 2011)
Breakfast: Rolled oats with coconut, raisins, sunflower seeds and flax seeds
Dinner: Pasta and spinach
Baking/sweets: No bake peanut butter chocolate squares etc

I didn’t go to bed until around 6 in the morning, slept for 1-2 hours and was up again, working. And I was surprised that I managed to concentrate and be productive. I don’t talk about work in my blog, because my work is not food related, however I will make a tiny exception. I am working on bidding for a project in one of the Middle Eastern countries and we have partnered with a firm from Middle East. The amazing thing is that I contacted the firm through email and we agreed to collaborate, there were no meetings, phone calls or referrals. We were total strangers. Bidding for the project required a lot of time and effort, and some expenses. We both played our part without hesitation. I find it amazing that we manage to connect with people without meeting and knowing them, and they are willing to take responsibilities, meet certain obligations and also expenses. And this is where food comes in. Bloggers are doing guest blogs for others, giving away stuff, donating money and finding other ways to assist, even without meeting or knowing them. It is good to know that there are still lots of wonderful people in the world! 

What I’ve written above – I don’t know where it came from and it probably shouldn’t belong here but since I put a little bit of effort into writing it (not much actually), I will leave it. I don’t have much else to write today. My food today was delicious but nothing to talk about.

Today's Favourite Photo
Source: Sparklette
Sashimi Omakase taster and sushi rolls

Today’s Favourite Blog
Source: Reuters
The appetite of marijuana smokers increases when they are on a high, a phenomena affectionately referred to as "the munchies." Wondering what this does to your weight? A study from France has found that marijuana smokers are actually less likely than non-smokers to gain weight. Now don’t get any silly ideas on ways to maintain weight!

Data from more than 50,000 U.S. adults was analysed by French researchers. They found that roughly 14 percent to 17 percent of the people reporting that they smoked pot at least three days per week were obese. That compared with a 22 to 25 percent obesity rate among people who said they had not used pot in the past 12 months.

The article didn’t provide reasons why smoking could result in smokers not gaining weight. Scientists have researched the role of various molecules within marijuana smoke that produce the high feeling, block pain, and may underlie the hunger for food typically provoked by pot use. Cannabinoids, molecules similar to natural signalling chemicals in the body, are believed to be key to stimulating appetite. In 2006, a drug called Rimonabant, designed to work against cannabinoids, was developed. Rimonabant was approved in more than 30 countries, except in the United States, for the treatment of obesity. But the drug was pulled off the shelves two years later because of an increased risk of suicide among its users. Whether cannabinoids are the only appetite stimulants in pot smoke, or whether other chemicals might account for the effect, remains to be seen, the researchers say.

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  1. Chickpea piaf is a new one for me, but sounds delish!

  2. This sounds divine... I try to add chickpeas to most of my dishes...:)

  3. no bake pb choco squares and the chickpea pilaf sound wonderful!! ahhh i hear ya about work! i've only been sleeping 4 hours lately b/c i'm not in a good sleeping schedule yet. today's my first free night from the weekend to catch up on blogs!

  4. I hope you get an amazing, amazing sleep tonight! I love the look of the chickpea pilaf. So yellow-happy! :)

  5. I hope you get some sleep tonite...
    I love chickpea pilaf, your recipe sounds delicious...

  6. Now that is not what I had heard about marijuana use! :P Hope you catch up on some sleep tonight.

  7. Hmm ... I could put in my 2¢ about the article .. but I won't. Let's talk chickpea pilaf. Chickpea anything ... I like. Wait, I take that back. Chickpea durian is out. I doubt they go well together anyway.

  8. hope that you'll be able to catch up on some sleep soon! take care!

  9. This study is strange... I am not sure if I understood well: French marijuana smokers don't gain weight while the American ones are often obese??? So marijuana smokers or non-smokers, Americans are more often obese then the French. Nothing to do with marijuana. They could do the same study about people who eat carrots, who have blue eyes, big feet... the result would be the same (Or am I wrong???)

    It's so wonderful to read about people's honesty and kindness :-) I have also sometimes experience just a couple of hours of sleep and then a strange productivity. I think the organism catches up with sleep and "batteries' recharge" a bit later.

  10. It's awesome how cooperating people can be when they share goals or interests. Its a shame how horrible they can be when they don't though :(

  11. It's so great to hear about bloggers getting involved in real, important causes!

    Love chickpeas. Want that pilaf so bad!

  12. I know how you feel on the sleeping front. Can't seem to get a good night sleep either- might have to do with me being prego though:) Anyway, chickpea pilaf is so new to me but since i love chickpeas it looks fantastic in my book. A winner and can't wait to try it

  13. The chickpea pilaf looks tasty! Amazing how our brains and bodies can keep running on an adrenaline rush. :)

  14. a wonderful pilaf - love all the seeds and nuts in it - And it was an interesting read about the weed :)

  15. Cakelaw: thank you

    Cassie: it was divine, chickpeas are awesome!

    Junia: first free night? Work must have really piled on.

    Hannah: thank you, the pilaf made me happy to!

    Reem: thank you

    Lorraine: this is the researchers perspective, maybe far from reality. They should try themselves!

    ping: there are unusual combinations that work well – bacon in brownies, zucchini in chocolate cakes…chickpeas and durian could work well. There is only one way to find out.

    Sylvia: thank you

    Sissi: it is strange. The study was conducted in the US. Those who smoked were less obese. Maybe this was due to marijuana or could be other factors. If I come across a study done on carrot lovers with blue eyes and big feet I will let you know:) Kidding, I get your point, this is probably just data mining. A relationship was found between marijuana and weight but maybe there is no connection

    Parsley Sage: very well said

    Joanne: need to put food on the table:)

    Kitchen Belleicious: I hope you try it, its awesome

    Lifeisfull: exactly

    Now Serving: thank you

  16. I think what you wrote about people still being wonderful and doing things with expecting anything in return is absolutely fitting here. Thank you for sharing. For the article...you are giving silly ideas lol.

  17. I am so craving for sashimi now.