This is week 72 in my series of Shape Up! The weekly post on what I did over the last week in my quest to getting healthier.
This Shape Up is going to talk about eating bugs and a new dance craze! First the bugs, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization said grasshoppers, ants, and other members of the insect world can serve as an underutilized food for people, livestock and pets. A 200-page report says 2 billion people worldwide already supplement their diets with insects, which are high in protein and minerals, and have environmental benefits. Yes, the UN says eating insects can help the environment.
The UN has some interesting points about eating insects. Insects are extremely efficient in converting feed into edible meat. On average, they can convert 4.4 pounds of feed into 2.2 pounds of insect mass. In comparison, cattle require 17.6 pounds of feed to produce a kilo of meat. Most insects are likely to produce fewer environmentally harmful greenhouse gases, and also feed on human and food waste, compost and animal slurry, with the products being used for agricultural feed.
Insects can also be rich in copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium and zinc, and are a source of fiber. The UN wants to use mechanization to ratchet up insect farming production. The UN even says insects reproduce quickly and leaves a low environmental footprint. Insects and bugs provide high-quality protein and nutrients when compared with meat and fish and are particularly important as a food supplement for undernourished children.
So does this mean we will start seeing bugs at our local supermarkets? Probably not! Most people where I live will never turn to bugs and insects for food. People will always find a way to buy meat and produce to cook meals at home. I don’t think you will be seeing bugs and insects on your dinner plate anytime soon. Could you imagine driving up to McDonald’s and wanting to order a bug mac? Yeah, me neither!
Now on to the crazy dance craze that has taken off! Prancercise is an exercise program developed by Joanna Rohrback back in the 1980’s and now it has taken off! Prancercise is a springy, rhythmic way of moving forward, similar to a horse’s gait and ideally induced by elation. Billed as an alternative to workouts at the gym, Rohrback says Prancercise aims to get people back into nature with free-spirited exercising while listening to favorite music to stay engaged. Diet is also a crucial component of Prancercise, with instructions that foods that induce cravings should be eliminated.
There are several pointers while doing Prancercise. You first do some fast walking while doing a little skipping. Then there is the Prancercise Trot in which she maintains a steady pace while alternating her arm movements, before she lets it loose with the Prancercise Gallop, a springy-stepped jaunt with wider swings of the arms. The Prancercise Box, or shadow-box prance, involves ankle weights being moved to the arms where they are used for punching air mid-walk.
I have a very good feeling the Prancercise craze got started from another popular horse themed craze called Bronies. With My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic so hot right now, I think some fans wanted to find something that was pony and horse related and well, they found this! I think Prancercise is a very good exercise to do and I think it’s going to stick around for awhile! Yes, in my Shape Up video above, I did try to Prancercise, but since I am a bad dancer, it did not go very well!
This is what I ate last week:
Monday: Burger, Chips, Sweet Tea.
Tuesday: TV Dinner, Sweet Tea.
Wednesday: Burger, Chips, Sweet Tea.
Thursday: Pork Chops, Brown Rice, Sweet Tea.
Friday: Pizza, Sweet Tea.
Saturday: BBQ, Chicken Strips, Fries, Sweet Tea.
Sunday: Hotpockets, Sweet Tea.
Monday: Pork Chops, Brown Rice, Sweet Tea.
Tuesday: Pizza, Sweet Tea.
Have a great week everyone!
- Shape Up! – Weeks 70-71 (geekalabama.com)
- What Is Prancercise? How Effective Is Prancercise? (medicalnewstoday.com)
- Prancercising isn’t all Horseplay (newsfixnow.com)
- UN agency: Eating bugs could help fight world hunger (cbsnews.com)
- UN wants you to eat more bugs (bangordailynews.com)
- Prancercise: Gallop your way to fitness (wtvm.com)