Spirit Magazine - September 2013 - (Page 20)

From the Editor Dear Reader, This month we offer you cookies, in the form of a sweet package of stories starting on page 56. Also this month, coincidentally, a meal replacement product called Soylent goes on the market. Soylent is the invention of Rob Rhinehart, a 24-year-old electrical engineer who grew tired of eating junk food but didn’t want to cook. He mixed a batch of calcium carbonate, magnesium gluconate, protein isolates, maltodextrin … yeah, I don’t have that stuff in my refrigerator either. Anyway, he came up with a drink that he lived off of exclusively for 30 days; he says it made him the healthiest he’s ever been. (He geekily chose the name Soylent from the book that inspired the sci-fi film Soylent Green.) As of this writing Soylent has $1 million in preorders, according to the website TechCrunch. But let’s get back to cookies. The staff covered the gamut, from history (the Civil War helped create the modern American cookie!) to booze (cookie pairings!), all while celebrating the cookie’s simple beauty as the ideal treat. We Americans have grown kind of weird about treats. Either we shy from the calories or we eat fat and sugar for every meal. Neither way is healthiest, according to the latest science. In fact, an occasional treat can actually be good for controlling our weight. The secret is eating sensibly the rest of the time. There’s an old saying that goes, “Eat to live; don’t live to eat.” That’s why the idea behind Soylent is kind of cool: It’s about eating to live. Nutritionists will tell you it’s best to cook real food, and Soylent hasn’t been tested on many people yet. But it’s the philosophy of it that interests me. Feed the body what it needs, then have a treat. Even Rob Rhinehart, Mr. Soylent himself, says he likes to go out to a restaurant now and then. Good for him. My own mother would have agreed. “It’s called dessert because you have to deserve it,” she would tell us kids. “So eat your vegetables first.” Then have a cookie. —Jay Heinrichs Editorial Director WITHIN REACH Even a healthy diet has room for treats. 20 SPIRIT SEPTEMBER 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Spirit Magazine - September 2013

Contents
Gary's Greeting
Gary's Greeting en Español
Star of the Month
Freedom Story
From the Editor
Your Words
Your Pictures
Media Center
Eat Drink Sleep
The Numbers
Business
Chomp, Chomp
"Are You Famous Amos?"
Health
Calendar
Fun!
Spotlight
Community Outreach
Products and Services
Flight Service
Terminal Maps
Information
Rapid Rewards Partners
Route Map
The "If" List

Spirit Magazine - September 2013

https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pace/southwest_201412
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pace/southwest_201411
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pace/southwest_201410
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pace/southwest_201409
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pace/spirit_201408
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pace/spirit_201407
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pace/spirit_201406
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pace/spirit_201405
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pace/spirit_201404
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pace/spirit_201403
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pace/spirit_201402
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pace/spirit_201401
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pace/spirit_201312
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pace/spirit_201311
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pace/spirit_201310
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pace/spirit_201309
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pace/spirit_201308
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pace/spirit_201307
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pace/spirit_201306
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pace/spirit_201305
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pace/spirit_201304
https://www.nxtbookmedia.com