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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

Friday, October 24, 2014

How much nutrition do you absorb from food?

The question of how much nutrition your body absorbs from food has always been fascinating to me. I mean -- it is so complex -- turning food into nutrients that your body than uses for energy and healthy cell formation to than getting rid of undigested food that your body no longer needs! 

In the following article published in Scientific American and written by nutrition diva Monica Reinagel, she answers a listeners question who asks:

 “We can measure the amount of vitamins and minerals in a food, but how do we know how much of that our bodies actually absorb? If a banana contains 422 mg of potassium, for example, do our bodies take in 100% of that? What factors determine how much (or how little) nutrition we get from our food?”
"There are, in fact, lots of things that influence what percentage of vitamins and minerals are absorbed, such as the other foods you eat at the same meal, how they are prepared, drugs or supplements you may be taking, even your age and the time of day. Taking all of these into account, you might absorb anywhere from 10 to 90% of a given nutrient from a given food!"

To learn more, check out the article when you click the link above.

Upon asking Andrew Weil, M.D., naturopath, teacher and writer on holistic health about absorbing all nutrients in the body he says, "it depends" - on the nutrients themselves and what is already in your stomach when you consume them. To learn more about this topic, go here

Another certain thing is that eating the right kinds of foods is what truly heals our bodies and more than likely will keep us out of the hospital due to lifestyle changes that could be better -- "food wise". Thoughts? There is no doubt that food as medicine only promotes good health and optimal well being -- and -- frankly, who doesn't want that?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

ONLY...Two Rules for a Good Diet.

In the Opinion Section of the New York Times yesterday, I found this well-written and to-the-point article by Mark Bittman (journalist, food writer and author) which focuses on us placing our efforts on what truly makes a good diet.

In this article, it is made clear that we have a much louder voice than we may realize. While our food system is in need of help, we can do something every day to make our own choices. It really is in implementing a few simple rules that involve making a strong effort to avoid eating junk food/processed foods whenever possible, eating more greens every day and start cooking!

The one thing I do love about cooking is in the choices of ingredients that we can use while preparing a meal. At times, it could even be fun to "think outside of the box" and use that hidden spice "Turmeric" that you have hidden in your pantry or that Swiss Chard that is sitting in your vegetable crisper or what about those turnips that you bought last week? Maybe you were thinking of making something special with them -- or not. Now-a-days we have so much information at our disposal. If you don't know how to prepare the turnips -- what can you do? What about looking up recipes on the web? So easy and you may just create a dish that becomes a "keeper" in your recipe arsenal.

Lastly, as Mark Bittman points out, "No need to rely on corporate benevolence or the government getting things right. The power lies with you." Let's take the power into our own hands, take care of our health and see how far we can go...

What's in your refrigerator?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

10 Restaurant Trends for 2015

Hard to believe, but 2015 is merely 71 days away! That's a little over 2 months! So what can we expect with changes in the restaurant world? The following are 10 trends for 2015...Below is a brief description of the 10 trends, but to get an even better understanding, go to the article listed in the link above.

1) Pictures. Customers love their phones and their cameras, so what better way to enjoy
your food than by taking a picture first.

2) Small-minded. In this sense, small-minded is not a bad thing. Diners are enjoying smaller
yet adaptable food portions and it looks like we will be seeing menus that are more targeted toward proper menu labeling.

3) Food service demand grows.  Now technology has made a serious impact in the food world with sophisticated onsite restaurants to focus their efforts in education and healthcare as an example. With regard to restaurants, there will be more demand for pop-ups and more tech friendly devices that encourage further food service growth.

4) Signature beverages. While many restaurants distinguish themselves with their cocktail lists, signature beverages will not necessarily mean strictly alcoholic beverages. Now, there will be more non-alcoholic versions presented on menus like pressed juices or special teas.

5) Food-focused Asian Influence. Yes, more spicy ramen noodles and Asian street food.

6) Going bold with bitters. This list can include anything from darker coffees, intensely flavored chocolate and hoppy beers.

7) DIY Health. Menus become more flexible with the particular needs of the diner like adding gluten-free options or Paleo options or Vegan...

8) Micro-local. There will be more of a focus on local all around. This includes house-purified water and locally manufactured beers and liquors.

9) Value in the people. What does this mean? Consumers will and are becoming more aware of the importance of fair treatment and generally good opportunity for the employee. Farmers are becoming more valuable as well.

10) Generation Z. This is the generation that comes after Millennials. As younger diners make more demands for high-tech service, the food experience will become even more meaningful and awareness will become heightened in the digital world.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Real Food Revolution

Frankly, I just don't step into a regular grocery store like Albertson's like I used to -- even from a few months ago. Unless you go to the grocery store with a list of things that you "stick by" -- or, you go to when you are not hungry -- or, you go when you had a lousy day and you just want to get something quick for dinner tonight, it's virtually so difficult to pass up on temptation.

What is the temptation?

It is not just the foods that you find in the center of the supermarket that typically carry all of the  chips and sodas and other processed foods, but so many "junk foods" are readily available and easily seen as soon as you walk in the store. This means you need to be prepared mentally to have a strong will every time you go into a regular grocery store without easily slipping in a six-pack of soda or a bag of chips or low-fat cookies in your cart. Fortunately, I believe I have a pretty strong will, but what about the millions of others who just find it so difficult to pass up on the Oreos that are on sale?

If you are going to go to the regular grocery store -- prepare and learn how to shop better. Try sticking to the perimeter of the supermarket where you get your produce, meats and dairy and avoid the center aisles if possible. Here is a good reference to check out. Many times it is the convenience of available junk foods that can easily "throw us off of our game" and promote unhealthy eating behaviors.

As the following article points out, the convenience we have in picking up fattening foods at the
grocery store is making things far too easy for people. "Interventions targeting the issue of convenience and quick or efficient preparation of nutritious alternatives to fast food could be more promising."

It truly is not that difficult to cook at home -- and, it can be done relatively quickly. It is just a matter of planning and practicing and seeing the benefits it will give you and your family in the long run. There is so much information on how to cook a healthy meal -- in your local community, on the web or simply by just asking around.

Here are a few more websites that are helpful in introducing cooking and being able to cook just about anything to what carbohydrates we really should be eating and even ways by which we can get involved in a Real Food Revolution as presented by Congressman Tim Ryan.

Friday, October 17, 2014

High Tech Gadgets Help Moderate Food Intake « CBS Boston

Yes, high tech gadgets are the latest and greatest -- now more than ever. Imagine a fork that literally measures how quickly you eat or how many bites you take? This could be a really good thing for people who have trouble trying to lose weight -- if it only told you what foods were better to eat for your health. Would it tell you to eat a pint of HaagenDaz Ice cream slower or eat your salad slower?

High Tech Gadgets Help Moderate Food Intake « CBS Boston

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Nutritionix: Making nutrition a top priority

What is Nutritionix? 
Nutritionix happens to be the largest open database providing nutritional information to restaurants and grocery stores. This database is a great tool -- especially now -- due to so many dietary changes and needs of people everywhere. With that said, it also is about creating relationships with food manufacturers and restaurants by giving them access to the database where they can easily add accurate nutritional information about their products. 
Originally created back in 2012, this application has grown significantly and is now available on the iOS app store as of last month. (Here is a Food Wisz-dom blog post about Nutritionix from 2012). This app is free to users and contains over 380,000 foods which also includes nutritional information on over 600 restaurants chains.
Go to the Nutritionix blog to learn more about iOS availability, to learn more about the FDA's proposal to update nutrition facts labels on food packaging and what the biggest changes will mean to you. 


New Proposed Nutrition Label

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

10 Terrible Nutrition Myths

It is as natural to just about anyone to talk about what is going on in the news or what the latest trend is, right? This brings to mind that saying, "water-cooler talk" -- as what one hears from others or the media and thinking it is a credible source without checking credible sources. What about myths -- in this case, food or nutrition myths? These can be widely held, but false ideas or beliefs.

In doing my continued research surrounding topics of health & wellness, I came upon this website called The reason I like this website for starters is that it is an independent
resource of supplementation and nutrition in an encyclopedia format with research conducted by reputable sources in the editing world, then reviewed by folks with nutrition degrees and doctoral degrees.

This website -- founded in 2011 -- has a primary goal to provide unbiased information to its readers regarding nutrition and more. To learn more about this website, go here.

To read up on the 10 awful nutrition myths posted by the above-mentioned website, go to the link below. See the re-cap of the 10 myths found below.

The following are 10 awful nutrition myths that have been exploited by the media.

(1)   Bread/carbs are bad for you. 

(2)   Eggs are bad for you. 

(3)   Red Meat causes cancer.

(4)   Saturated fat is bad for you.

(5)   Salt causes high blood pressure and should be avoided.

(6)   Whole grain bread is better than white bread.

(7)   High Fructose Corn Syrup is worse than sugar.

(8)   Too much protein can cause bone and kidney damage.

(9)   Vitamins from food are better than supplemented vitamins.

(10) Eating small meals throughout the day stokes your metabolic fire.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

7 of the World's Healthiest Foods

Aren't there so many lists of foods to eat, foods not to eat, foods that are high in fat or high in fiber?

This list on the 7 World's Healthiest Foods may not encompass every single healthy food -- because let's be honest, there are many of them -- but, at least it gives a good perspective on foods that we may not even think of, right? After all, it's not just Kale or Cauliflower...

How about 8 of the World's Healthiest Spices? This list is easy enough to incorporate into one's eating plan too.