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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, May 29, 2015

The Latest News on The Property Protection Act....

The information revealed in the article below is astounding and unbelievable. How can our society continue to progress in an ethical way if such issues as factory farm abuse goes untold -- or worse, "swept under the carpet" for no one to document?

How will this Act -- if passed -- affect our environment and economy as well? Some food for thought...

Will North Carolina Make It Illegal to Document Abuse On Factory Farms?

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Food Technology For All

In this interesting perspective discussed in the article, "Food Technology For All", food technologies are focusing more on doing things more economically for not only the larger food corporation, but for the small farm as well. We are still in the process of seeing many technologies evolve to capacities that will allow more efficient data analysis as an example. This in turn will help retailers and producers lower costs and stay competitive. 

The new approach to what is considered to be a new food economy will not only remain competitive, but it will become more innovative and provide a landscape to a variety of investors making the industrial model that has existed for decades, to become obsolete. This business report encapsulates what this new food economy is about through what we are currently seeing in the market with the financing of food start ups, development of new foods and even in how consumers are shopping and eating.

To learn more about how this new food economy is changing, Food Tech Connect, has become a great resource to find such information. In fact, "between January 2013 and December 2014, 47 funds launched with plans to invest in food and agriculture and venture investment in food-tech startups climbed to more than $1 billion in 2014". Such large investors like Google Ventures and other Silicon Valley investors have "shown interest in companies with creative approaches to producing new foods such as vegetable-based beef substitutes, protein bars made with cricket flour and other products".

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

List of Healthy Carbohydrates

For many people looking for the best way to lose weight -- may not truly be -- the best way. Sure, while summertime approaches many are concerned about looking "svelte" in their wardrobe or swimsuit, but has nutrition been overlooked in the equation of what really constitutes a healthy diet? Are people more concerned about getting into a smaller pair of jeans or a smaller size of clothes as soon as possible in lieu of getting to a healthy weight over a longer period of time? Just as our society has dictated to us what foods to eat and what foods to avoid, what happened to simply eating sensibly? To add to that, there has been so much confusion even with what constitutes a carbohydrate.

Carbohydrates are actually the most important source to creating the energy that our bodies need to function properly. So, in hearing so many "buzz" words out there like, "I'm going on a low-carb diet" or "I'm avoiding carbs all together" can be a pretty tricky proposition to follow. Why not learn more about what carbs to stay away from and what carbs to eat more of instead of eliminating them all together? Not all carbs are created equal....

To find out more about carbs, check out the following list of healthy carbs to add to your diet that will not only prove to be good for you, but also will keep you satisfied longer.

Friday, May 22, 2015

A Few Good Eating Tips On How To Diet

So, I was reading a special report provided by Nutrition, on ways to safely and effectively eat healthy to stay healthy. It makes sense that good eating habits just build upon a better way of living, but, why is it so hard for so many? Perhaps in reading and abiding by some simple rules, healthy habits can be gained -- instead of gaining weight in an unhealthy, non-nutritious way.

I'd posted some of the Best Basic Foods You can Eat on a previous post, now to expand on that there are some great variations to dips and soups to add to your diet. Some of those dips and soups that come to mind are a basic guacamole with avocado and thawed frozen green peas! To find the recipe go to the Nutrition Action's 121Good-Eating tips. There are plenty more, but read about other recipes by going to the link above. 

Also, by going to the 121 Good Eating tips, you can learn about some quick healthy snacks, delicious vegetables and side dishes, some easy main courses, healthy fruits & desserts, and healthy drinks & shakes. Included in these tips are simple ways to make changes in the way you eat by being mindful and choosing wisely. Lastly, who doesn't want to know about food preparation secrets, shopping tips and safe food-handling tips? A good reason to find out more...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Nutrition Action: 9 Basic Best Foods to Eat

It has been awhile since I've posted. Apologies, I was away on a short vacation. But, during that time, I would have to say that sometimes you need to "unplug" from your regular life and see what you come up with "eating-wise" when you are away from home.

By in large, I was pretty good, but in reviewing the following 9 basic good foods to eat, it reminded me that it really is not that hard to "get back on the horse". You just need to want to do it, wouldn't you agree?

So, here are your 9 foods:

1) Cantaloupe: Just a small portion of this fruit provides you enough vitamins A & C to last throughout the day.

2) Sweet Potatoes: So delicious and easy to prepare! These potatoes have a ton of great vitamin C, potassium for a healthy heart beat, muscle movement and great nerve balance and fiber.

3) Fat-free (skim) or Low-Fat Milk is a great source of calcium, vitamins and little to no saturated fat.

4) Oranges are not only delicious, but they have vitamin C, folate for healthy cell repair and boosting immunity...don't forget the fiber too!

5) Broccoli contains folate, carotenoids and vitamin C. In their role as antioxidants, carotenoids are a rich addition to what Broccoli contains.

6) Whole-grain Bread. Of course, this may not be suitable for everyone -- particularly those that have  Celiac's Disease or are wheat intolerant, but if you don't fall under either of those two categories, this bread contains fiber, vitamins and minerals.

7) Watermelon: Now that we are close to summer, watermelon is a great choice as it is full of antioxidants and vitamin C.

8) Beans are low in fat, high in protein, iron, folate and fiber.

9) Lastly, both Spinach and Kale provide a great source of vitamin C, fiber, calcium and carotenoids.

Bon Appetit!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

7 Food Pairings for Successful Weight Loss

There is more to food than meets the eye and there are so many wonderful compliments to food as well -- like, spices! But, in this particular case, let me stick to the following 7 foods that are so beneficial to us, especially when paired together.

7 More Food Pairings That Dial Up Your Weight Loss

1) Bananas and Spinach

2) Tuna and Ginger

3) Apples and Watermelon

4) Corn and Beans

5) Coffee and Cinnamon

6) Potatoes and Black Pepper

7) Yogurt and Raspberries

Will Poor People Buy Healthier Food If They Can?

There certainly is more to eliminating food deserts in areas where healthy food is not readily available to residents in a neighborhood. Urban areas where affordable or good, higher quality fresh food is difficult to buy doesn't always equate to poorer people becoming "instantly healthier" merely because they have a higher quality grocery store in the neighborhood.

Yes, many people in underserved neighborhoods want to know that the food they purchase for their families and themselves is good, but how can they all know what foods are better and more nutritious for them when they haven't typically bought their food that way? There are several issues to consider for many people -- not just poorer people -- with regard to changing the way they buy food and the food marketers of America who don't make it easier for them to do so. For one, junk foods or processed foods are typically much cheaper and more abundant than say fresh fruits and vegetables and for another, for those on budgets, it is much easier to justify buying what's on sale as opposed to buying what is in season.

In reading the following article, it becomes clear that food preferences are strongly part of the way that people -- poor people or not -- buy their food too. The focus falls more strongly on poor people because clearly food is harder to afford and than there is also the education-piece of the puzzle. Much to the disappointment of what adds to the long-standing obesity rates seen in this country is the lack of poorer people not having a full-scope view of what processed foods do to their bodies. Additionally, processed foods are more addictive and more than likely more "palatable" to those with children because they've been trained to like these foods that are familiar to them. 

A powerful statement from the article states that, "If people can't afford healthier foods, then it would be reasonable to think that just giving them a better store wouldn't solve their problems. But, the education of shoppers is more predictive than their incomes. Poorer families bought less healthy food than richer ones. But, a bigger gap was found between families with or without a college education. Those results suggest that improving people's diets will require both making food accessible and affordable and also changing people's perceptions and habits about diet and health".

To read more about food deserts, learn more about them from the food empowerment project

To learn more about the power of habit and why habits can be so difficult to change, particularly when it comes to perceptions of diet and health, check out how Changing Habits, Not Just Diets is so important to understand.