- Orthorexia is not listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Dr. Steven Bratman, who coined the term, even writes that he "do[es] not claim that orthorexia nervosa is or should be a DSM diagnosis."
- With Orthorexia, it is clear that an obsession with the quality/composition of meals exists. This obsession goes as far as having people spend several hours a day reading about or going out of their way to make the meal to exact specifications being careful not to eat unhealthfully. The unhealthful eating of foods that are not up to "healthful standards" leads to guilt and could even lead to imbalance and disruption of daily living.
Nutrition and wellness is tasteful
Exercise is a benefit to every part of the body--mind included.
Exercise makes you look better, lose weight, and lowers your risk of many chronic diseases, and slows down aging.
"You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces--just good food from fresh ingredients."
"If we're not willing to settle for 'junk living,' we shouldn't settle for junk food."
Food is medicine
"Let medicine be thy food, and food be thy medicine."
"Don't eat anything your great grandmother wouldn't recognize as food."
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Friday, November 14, 2014
Here is an inside look at the James Beard Foundation's first application available on the Apple App Store for vegetable preparation! There is also plenty of information to read up on the latest food trends, environmental concerns, food issues, etc.
The recipes that you will find here are from award-winning chefs like Thomas Keller or Daniel Boulud or Mario Batali. If you go to the Apple App Store, you can download the app for free! What could be better...
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Here is a list of the latest 7 Healthy Eating Apps. Go to the link for more information about the applications. Eat your heart out!
1) Food Scores: This app provides consumers with an extensive listing of hard to understand supermarket labels that are actually made to be more understandable with a little help from this app. Consumers can become more educated with making smarter food choices, great idea!
2) Up by Jawbone: This application provided to you by iPhone actually links Apple's Health kit in a streamlined digitized fashion with such things as food diary, sleep session logging capability and more...
3) Kurbo: This application is a great tool, particularly focusing on childhood obesity since it has become such an epidemic. What does it offer? The only safe and long-term solution in helping to change lifestyle habits to much healthier ones.
4) JBF Vegetables: This app, which originates from the well renowned New-York based James Beard Foundation, focuses on providing its customers with the simple joys of cooking with fresh vegetables. How great is that! Having famous chef educators sharing recipes with step-by-step photographs!
5) HowGood: This organization which was started by a Brooklyn, New York-based research organization wants to provide its consumers/customers with understandable grocery store aisle transparency. The products -- well over 100,000 -- get a full description that includes impact on health, society and the environment.
6) Rise: This application allows consumers to have access to a virtual coach in nutrition that is there to cheer you on with your future successes.
7) BluePrint: This is a pioneering company that's main focus is on demystifying fruits and vegetable juices organically. There are even cleanses available with motivation tips and more!
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
The following are 11 Mobile Apps that can change the way you shop at a farmers market, and can also really benefit the sellers as well. A brief description of each application is provided below, but to read more about each of them (as well as links associated with them) go to the article here.
1) The Dirty Dozen App. This app is free and published by the Environmental Working Group which is a nonprofit environmental research organization. The purpose of this app is to give the buyer the best conventionally raised produce with the lowest pesticide rates and -- just so you know --the produce that has the highest pesticide rates.
2) The Farmstand App. This application draws out a list of over 8,700 farmers markets world-wide while also connecting shoppers with the markets for the purchase of locally grown food. It supports the local community and also provides support to users by sharing photos with each other. Markets can be sorted by both opening times and location.
3) The Good Guide App. This application has the capability of rating products and food producers as reported by everything from produce to pet food as well as their health, social benefits and environmental issues. Even fresh produce, dairy and meats can be sorted using filters that distinguish organic, vegan and more.
4) The Harvest App. This application supplies its shoppers with a listing of pesticide levels on fruits and vegetables as well as providing methods for choosing the ripest and best piece of fruit/vegetable that is in season. It even gives you storage tips. Also, refer to this seasonal calendar for your in season shopping needs.
5) The Harvest Mark Food Traceability App. This app is free and it provides a 16-digit Harvest Mark code or QR code for all fruit, vegetable and dairy brand products that participate in providing their brands labels to the application itself. This process enables food producers to connect with their customers by offering more transparency.
Monday, November 10, 2014
In creating a time where cultural change is not only advantageous, but much needed to making a healthier and cleaner planet, it is equally important to educate consumers to make wiser choices with regard to being smarter consumers and eaters. Similarly, in promoting people to cook at home more, several benefits can be gained.
By eating foods that have been carefully chosen, there would than be less reliance on those foods prepared by corporations where the ingredients or the quantities used are not known. This means that those that don't cook at home on a regular basis have no real knowledge of how much fat, sugar or salt is really consumed -- even though it may say the amount on the label. In fact, in Pollen's book, "Cooked", the argument for "taking back control of cooking may be the single most important step anyone can take to help make the American food system healthier and more sustainable," is made.
In addition to shopping at farmers' markets, growing vegetables, and carrying cloth grocery bags are great ways to help prevent climate change, Pollen offers other good practices that can reap excellent rewards when it comes to being more sustainable.
1) Buy frozen. In the past, this had not even occurred to me to buy frozen on a regular basis. I thought "why should I" when I live in a continuously generous climate of 70 degree weather all year around. But, what do people that live in colder climates do? Upon doing more research between the difference of buying fresh vs. frozen vegetables for instance, "frozen vegetables may be even more healthful than some of the fresh produce sold in supermarkets, says Gene Lester, Ph.D., a plant physiologist at the USDA Agricultural Research Center in Weslaco, Texas. Why? Fruits and vegetables chosen for freezing tend to be processed at their peak ripeness, a time when—as a general rule—they are most nutrient-packed."
2) Cooking at home. In the words of the famous Julia Child, "Cooking well doesn’t mean cooking fancy." And, what do we value?
3) Raid the refrigerator. Many times it is about being creative and cooking with the ingredients we already have in the refrigerator.
4) Make cooking an "equal opportunity" event where everyone participates -- husbands and kids.
Friday, November 7, 2014
According to the 5 Steps for Creating Healthy Habits, that magic bullet (the miracle drug, etc.) isn't the right answer. Here is a brief outline of the 5 steps for creating that healthy habit...
1) Set goals by baselining your health. Start out by assessing where you are in your life. How are you feeling? Do you know you need to lose weight or should lose weight -- what about smoking? Do you smoke? Start by writing down your goals and seeing where you want to be realistically. "It would be great if I quit smoking" or "it would be great if I lost 8 pounds".
2) Set priorities. This article indicates that you should list out things that you are good at already and things that you may need work on doing better. List them as "hot spots" or weaknesses or "sweet spots" things you are doing well.
3) Identify harmful patterns. Maybe the harmful habit is not sleeping enough or not drinking enough water throughout the day -- this can change with more attention to changing it.
4) Make steady changes. Getting out of our comfort zone can be the most difficult, especially when those of us that love a regular routine, get shaken out of it. But, if your job is on the 4th floor of a building -- instead of taking the elevator -- take the stairs for the week.
5) Reinforce good decisions. Maybe in rewarding ourselves for one of our small victories, we change what we are rewarded with by going to a movie instead of having a slice of cheesecake...
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Instead of merely saying "healthy"foods though -- why not use other deliciously descriptive words like...flavorful or full-bodied or zesty or just delicious and good for you!
The following article, Bye-bye burgers: New Fast-food chains bet on healthy eating, gives a sense as to where America's interests lie with regard to locally sourced and healthy foods.