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  • Exercise

    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.

  • Healthy children, healthy life

    "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."

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

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Comparing US Food System and Health Care Stats

Food for thought:

To learn more about this, refer to the article here.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Staying Motivated by bringing your own brown bag lunch

There is no doubt that during the work week we all like to go to lunch from time to time. But, does it need to be every day? Imagine how much money you can save if you only ate out a couple of times a week? What you can do with that money you saved!

With a little creativity, lunch made at home could be just as scrumptious -- as though you were eating out and certainly made completely to your liking. How can you beat that? But, as this article also points out, some of the other advantages of bringing your very own lunch is eating at your desk, then maybe taking a walk outside or working out or chitchatting with a friend. To learn about staying motivated in bringing your brown bagged lunch, check out the link below...

How to Stay Motivated to Keep brown bagging your lunch

Monday, January 26, 2015

5 Startups Changing the Way We Eat...Seasonally

The importance of eating seasonally truly is worth it. In eating with the seasons, foods are not only more delicious and at their peak of flavor, but they are also at the highest peak of nutrition. This is where the phrase "let food be thy medicine" really comes into play.

The thing is though, with so much confusion in the media on what to eat or what not to eat, it can become just overwhelming. There are 5 startup companies that are attempting to help people make wise food choices with a little help...

5 startups to check out:

1) Postmates: This startup is a wonderful resource in getting deliveries from any restaurant/cafe in your city, and on a budget too! This company has real-time tracking with a super good record for estimated times of delivery. Worth checking out.

2) GrubMarket: This company exists in 7 metro areas in the United States and delivers anywhere in the nation! Its main objective is to work with local farms and other food suppliers to get you the best access to the freshest food anywhere! Impressive.

3) Blue Apron: This organization provides you with recipes in addition to delivering fresh ingredients/foods to your home on a weekly basis. The company is focusing its efforts on having folks get back to basics in the kitchen by providing them with good cooking instructions.

4) Ripe Near Me: This company, based out of Australia, offers an app that shows anybody from around the world how to hunt or look for free, safe, good food in their own backyard. You will have the option to learn to truly forage in the wild or share your own food virtually. Interesting concept.

5) Instacart: Particularly for those that don't like to grocery shop, Instacart keeps you free from entering another grocery store again. And, apparently the food deliveries will occur within the hour of when you ordered them.

These are just a few startups that are focusing their efforts on creating a healthier community wherever you are. 


Friday, January 23, 2015

Let's Address the State of Food

In this past week's opinion section of the New York Times, Mark Bittman gave a brilliant overview of "the state of our food" which was discussed (or rather not discussed) in the recent State of the Union 2015 speech. Amazing that the points made of a much improved economy were made, yet our food stamp recipient numbers still are about the same -- if not worse -- since 2013. As Mr. Bittman stated: "the state of the union, food wise is not good". I agree.

Another point made -- SNAP (or food stamps) error rates were at an all-time low and there has been a steady improvement in payment accuracy which shows that the program has been successful around extensive quality control. 
There has been no fraud reported from abuse perhaps because people's pride and stigma might get in the way.

Another unfortunate thing is that there was no mention of food at all in this speech. It seems perhaps that food may not be all that important to everyone -- but, when you look at the big picture -- it does, everyone eats! Imagine if everyone ate sustainable, good, delicious food that was as natural and as unprocessed as possible. That would make tremendous strides in minimizing the current healthcare crisis that exists from escalating chronic diseases that are largely preventable! 

Those issues that truly affect most Americans are income, food (I'll say it again, everyone eats), health and climate change. Again, many of the above mentioned issues are interconnected and as Mr. Bittman points out, "You can’t address climate change without fixing agriculture, you can’t fix health without improving diet, you can’t improve diet without addressing income, and so on. The production, marketing and consumption of food is key to nearly everything. (It’s one of the keys to war, too, because large-scale agriculture is dependent on control of global land, oil, minerals and water.")

Lastly, there are several key points that should be tended to properly such as taking antibiotics out of the food system, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and defending the menu-labeling program in a better way. Mr. Bittman did significant research upon submitting this article and he certainly backed it up with the help of many of his reputable friends and colleagues such as Marion Nestle, Michael Pollan, and Raj Patel.

Mr. Bittman's final comment on the state of our food ended with a quote from Michael Pollan, well-known author, activist and journalist. This quote is what Mr. Pollan would like to hear the president say:

"I am expanding the portfolio of my new senior policy adviser for nutrition policy, Deb Eschmeyer, to encompass all the policy areas that food touches: agriculture, nutritional health and environmental health. She will be charged with harmonizing our policies across these three areas, so that, for example, our agriculture policies contribute not just to the prosperity of American farmers but to the health of our people and the land."

Imagine how much credibility he would gain from Americans if he made that comment in his speech....good food for thought.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

As the bone-broth craze heats up....

As we work on ways to make our health better by eating better foods, it does give me great hope to see that bone broth is getting its just praises! I remember growing up and having homemade broth -- which was fortified into a delicious soup -- many times for dinner! So good. The best part about it was when feeling like I was coming down with some nasty cold -- mom came to the rescue with this delicious and healthy treat.

Yes, while making bone-broth is a labor of love -- it is well worth it! Check out the article and see how bone broth is making a strong come back!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

6 of the best diet plans for 2015

Perhaps its just me -- but, the word "diet" just doesn't sound right. A diet sounds restrictive and can be even difficult or frustrating to follow.

There are several aspects of the 6 best diet plans for 2015 that made sense though, like:
  • portion-controlled foods, 
  • eating fewer calories than you burn in order to lose weight, 
  • having an occasional cheat day,
  • eating a variety of foods in moderation,
  • have an attainable and realistic weight-loss goal,
If the need to be on a diet is that important to you, or you legitimately need to be on some sort of special diet, make sure to check with a healthcare professional first. Otherwise, if you find you are pretty healthy and just want to shed some lbs., why not stick to a lifestyle diet plan by implementing some of the 5 aspects outlined above? Now, that is healthy!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

6 Secrets to Eating Healthier at Restaurants

Upon "re-charging" at the start of a new week, is it helpful to reflect back on the long weekend to see what foods we've eaten and how different those foods are from the "work week" foods we try to eat? Perhaps there was an extra order of onion rings or a plate of parmesan french fries or something along those lines. For some reason, we seem to get into a different mindset during the work week as opposed to the weekend, right? How many of us look forward to happy hour on Friday when we get to unwind after a long week? I know I do. But, can you indulge a little without getting carried away and throwing caution to the wind all together? Absolutely.

Another thing that most of us do is go to restaurants -- whether it is a social occasion, a work-related meeting or just a quick bite to eat before heading to the movies -- it's a social event. But, here are 6 secrets to eating healthier at restaurants that you may not know about.

6 Secrets of healthy restaurant dining:

1) Sight Line:Apparently, menus are usually read in a "Z-pattern", meaning that the items that fit in that configuration are ones that the restaurants highlight because that is what they believe the customer wants. So, placement of burgers usually is seen more prominently than a salad for instance. "Healthier fare will almost always be unboxed, unhighlighted and uncolored and tends to be in the middle right-hand side of the menu," says Wansink. (Brian Wansink, PhD, director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab and author of the new book Slim By Design).

2) Words have calories:With the analysis of thousands of menu descriptions and calorie counts in those dishes, this marketing team found that food items with the label "crispy" have on average more calories than an item labeled as "marinated", which had fewer calories.

3) What does your gut tell you?If you are indecisive about choosing between a more calorie-heavy entree and a salad for instance, think about what someone you admire as a "healthy person" would eat. Would you eat differently if you were eating with your best friend as opposed to a business associate or your sister?

4) Is temptation too great?Ask the waiter. What a great idea! If you are tempted to dive into the bacon cheeseburger with fries choice and you know you'd be regretting it after - don't do it! Ask the waiter what two or three of the chef's favorite healthier choices would be. It can be tricky to simply bypass the healthy item choice because it doesn't sound like it would be satisfying enough, but perhaps there is the lean pork chop or roasted chicken item that would hit the spot without leaving you wanting for more food.

5) Beat the bread bowl:If you are so hungry that you need to eat a slice or two of bread before the meal, choose a little butter instead of dipping liberally into the olive oil. Regardless of whether or not olive oil is good for you (and it is), one normally doesn't measure the amount of oil on their bread.

6) Ask and you may receive: Instead of ordering fried food, ask that it be broiled -- like fish for instance. The consumer does have choice after all. Bon Appetit!

Friday, January 16, 2015

8 Healthy Habits to Adopt Now

I really enjoyed reading this article on the 8 Healthy Habits to Adopt Now. There is so much truth to really knowing yourself and certainly your eating habits. Some people like a hearty breakfast -- some can just juice in the morning and have an early lunch. Then, there are those that like heartier lunches and small dinners.

Regardless, it certainly is important to simply eat as healthfully as possible  morning, noon or night. But, why not look forward to a nice dinner Friday night or a delicious brunch on Saturday or Sunday. To me, it's just as easy staying away from "danger" foods that I know I could easily overindulge with -- unless it's portion-sized already. The key is portion size!

The following are 8 Healthy Habits to Adopt Now...

1) Stock up on healthy food. We know what these foods are, right? Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, yogurts (watch the sugar content), dried fruit.

2) Eat sitting down. It is so customary for our fast-paced society to put so many demands on us, right? But, sitting down and eating helps with digestion and simply enjoying food the right way!

3) Drink water instead of other choices like soda or juice. Even by having a glass of water before a meal may lead to you eating less.

4) Snack on fruit instead of chips. I know, sometimes this is easier said than done. The thing is by savoring good foods that are unprocessed,  your palate can be re-trained to enjoy more wholesome foods.

5) Eat a salad every day or bright, colorful veggies. This is so easy to do! Just slice up a bell pepper and eat it with a little hummus or just plain -- delicious!

6) Chew your food well. If we eat in a rush, our body doesn't have the time to process what we've just eaten. The body needs about 15 minutes to even register that we are full!

7) Put leftovers away. Instead of having the temptation of overeating, just put it away.

8) To thyself be true! I love this. Yes, it is so important to know what your eating habits are already! If you know that a bag of potato chips will be your grand downfall -- then, just don't buy them.