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    "You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces--just good food from fresh ingredients."
    --Julia Child


    "If we're not willing to settle for 'junk living,' we shouldn't settle for junk food."
    --Sally Edwards

  • Food is medicine



    "Let medicine be thy food, and food be thy medicine."
    --Hippocrates


    "Don't eat anything your great grandmother wouldn't recognize as food."
    --Michael Pollen

Friday, September 19, 2014

Tricking your tastebuds?

It is quite well-known that kids are not the only ones to hate their vegetables. There are many adults -- both men and women who can't stand them either! It's so sad really. Aside from knowing that vegetables are super good for you, apparently the vegetable haters just aren't convinced.

Will it literally take an "aroma fork" for kids and other vegetable haters to actually eat their vegetables and like them?

To find out more, read the article....

Thursday, September 18, 2014

U.S. Waist Sizes Keep Expanding

There is no doubt that belly fat is something that we just don't want! Aside from the fact that it is not a desirable thing to look at -- belly fat is simply bad for us. Research has shown us that abdominal fat is by far worse than fat in other areas of the body.
For one, although our internal organs do need a little "fat cushion" for protection; too much of it can be just detrimental to our health. Simply put, too much fat around essential organs like our kidneys, stomach, liver and heart deters these organs from functioning properly. Also, with the addition of extra weight -- especially around the belly -- there is a higher risk of getting diabetes and heart disease which can lead to premature death.
According to Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, he says "The increase in abdominal obesity in the U.S. population is very worrisome." "The total amount of body fat is important, but the location of the fat is also important," he says. Abdominal fat is particularly dangerous, he says, even in people who are not otherwise obese.
               To learn more about abdominal fat, go to the following links:


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Five Amazing Health Benefits of Avocados

Avocados...so near and dear to my heart. As they should be!

First, they make you feel full; in large part due to the amount of fiber and good fats.

Second, because they avocados contain good fats, eating them creates a great strategy of weight-loss.
They also have lots of antioxidants and help in fighting inflammation.

Third, avocados help in maintaining blood pressure and blood flow and of course, avocados help in taking care of the heart -- very important!

Fourth, avocados have a ton of nutrition!

Fifth, avocados aren't typically thought of as fruit -- but, they are! So aside from guacamole -- have
them in a fruit/veggie smoothie, smashed on toast with lemon and a little hot sauce or just eaten plain.




Monday, September 15, 2014

What's the future of the food industry?

There is a demand for knowing where the food on your plate comes from -- period.  Now-a-days there is so much concern with food allergies, going vegan, going vegetarian, should I go gluten-free and so on that many issues beyond just buying food at the supermarket come to mind.

It seems we are hearing more and more about food recalls or food contaminations or just food safety in general. There are many things to think about which also include the places outside of your home that you eat at; namely restaurants.

Restaurants happen to have a huge impact on the US Economy according to the National Restaurant Association which makes it that much more important for restaurants to be particularly careful with knowing where their food comes from, wouldn't you agree?

The food industry is no doubt changing in a way that will affect what goes on your dinner plate - whether you are eating at home or in a restaurant. Those that share a particular interest in the future of our food industry? Millennials. Yes, now with a strong emphasis on not only knowing where your food comes from, but how it will ultimately affect our health is critical too.

The above article adds an interesting perspective on how the future of our food industry will change and what things we can expect.



Monday, September 8, 2014

Moderation: Where do you draw the line?

I had an interesting conversation with someone not long ago -- precisely about -- what does eating in moderation really mean? It happened to be that this conversation took place at a "Slow Food" gathering. In this context, "Slow Food" is an international movement founded by Carlo Petrini in 1986.

Slow Food is meant to promote and be an alternative to fast food and it also strives to preserve traditional and regional cuisine. But, on a larger scale, slow food should be seen as a healthier alternative to what we know now -- an industrialized food production. What did our grandparents eat before the industrialization of food? Real food! Anyway, I digress.

In going back to my conversation with this person, how can we expect to make lasting changes with the way we eat if we can't even agree on such basics as food moderation? Really eating
in moderation strongly encourages eating a variety of foods in a portion-controlled environment. This means no "super-sizing" or eating like it was your last meal.

The following is an interesting perspective on what moderation means. Do you agree?




Friday, September 5, 2014

6 Surprising Sources of Refined Carbohydrates

It is possible to eat carbs, remain healthy and still have a balanced diet. It's in watching the carbs that we eat that really makes the difference. In eating more complex carbs instead of simple carbs, you will be sure to have a balanced diet.

Complex carbs consist of the following:

  1. Green vegetables;
  2. Whole grains and foods made from them like oatmeal, pasta and whole-grain breads;
  3. Starchy veggies like sweet potatoes, regular potatoes and corn
  4. Beans, peas and lentils
Simple carbs to avoid: 
  1. White breads and white pastas
  2. Sodas/soft drinks
  3. Candies/Sweeteners
  4. Jams and jellies
Here is a list of 6 Surprising Sources of Refined Carbohydrates to watch out for and below are
some of those complex carbs that should be part of a healthy diet...



Friday, August 29, 2014

GRAS: Generally Recognized As Safe?

There is a lot in the news these days about Big Food, the broken Food System and the use of unwarranted ingredients in the foods we typically eat from the grocery store. We are continually caught in a vicious cycle of "good foods" "bad foods" and "portion control".

In short, people are confused. While yes, I absolutely agree that eating in moderation is key, eating in moderation may have a different meaning -- to just about anyone. Then, what about another difficult issue to tackle -- namely, who really determines what foods are safe for us to eat! Would you trust a complete stranger with feeding your own school-aged child (let alone an infant) a nutritionally-balanced meal?

At the same time, how is it that we are so trusting of those that set the rules of the foods we eat and those that label those foods as "GRAS", generally recognized as safe. The FDA? If you haven't been aware of such issues as food labeling/food safety, it would be wise of you to become more informed about food safety in general. In the following article by Food Safety News, there is evidence that:

 “While industry initiative and cooperation is integral to ensuring the safety of food ingredients, it is not an acceptable substitute for government regulation,” said Donna Solen, CFS senior attorney. “The stakes are simply too high in the area of food safety to allow industry to fill a void left by FDA. For nearly 20 years, FDA has failed to even finalize the regulations that govern GRAS substances, and this is another example of its inaction in this key realm of public health.”
  • To learn more about what GRAS is, go here.
  • To learn more about the Center for Food Security and Public Health, go here
  • To learn more about the Grocery Manufacturers Association, go here.
  • To learn more about Big Food's disclosure of chemicals used in popular snacks, go here.




Thursday, August 28, 2014

10 Great Reasons to buy Locally-Sourced Food

With the proliferation of people wanting to know where their food comes from, there is also an increasing amount of reasons to buy and eat locally-sourced food whenever possible.

In buying locally sourced food, people can rest assured in knowing that their food will not only
be delicious, but it also supports good sustainable farming practices and contributes to the local economy. In addition, consumers can truly feel good about making better economical food
choices that don't involve miles of unnecessary food travel.

There are many more reasons in buying local, here are 10 reasons:

1)    Fresh & Tasty Food

2)    Sustainable Farming

3)    Natural tasting food -- truly natural -- with no preservatives

4)    Local Economy

5)    Ecosystem Benefits

6)    Less distribution costs

7)    Diversity of Diet

8)    More Eco-friendly

9)    Healthier for us

10)  Creates self-reliance