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

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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?


Food Technology For All

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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 econom…

List of Healthy Carbohydrates

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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 …

A Few Good Eating Tips On How To Diet

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So, I was reading a special report provided by Nutrition Action.com, 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 …

Nutrition Action: 9 Basic Best Foods to Eat

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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 vit…

7 Food Pairings for Successful Weight Loss

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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?

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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, fo…

How to Eat Healthy Meals at Restaurants

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Eating is one of the pleasures of life and surrendering

How to Eat Healthy Meals at Restaurants


How Physicians Can Promote Healthy Lifestyle Changes

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It is most certain that creating and keeping a healthy habit can be difficult. But, what really makes someone want to live a healthier lifestyle? What motivates someone to want to go on a diet or simply get healthier -- is it because a friend or loved one tells us to do so? What makes us want to change a behavior. Is it out of personal need and necessity? And, why is it so hard to stick to it, especially when there are so many temptations out there to mess us up.  It is pretty clear that even those that we believe should know a better way to promote a healthy lifestyle, i.e., your doctor, finds it difficult to promote that healthy change. Then, to add to the mix, there may be  confusion for a patient who is prescribed medication for a particular ailment to eat the right kinds of foods.  Much to the benefit of patients, doctors and the general public, there is a program called "The Americans in Motion-Healthy Interventions (AIM-HI)" research study that is currently being pro…

Restaurant Revolution: Healthier Menus MAKE Healthier Profits

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I was speaking with a friend the other day who has an 8-year-old in school and we spoke about the food that is found in schools. Yes, although we are on the verge of making positive changes with regard to providing better nutrition in schools, there still is resistance. Kids still have a strong influence from television, their parents and even other kids. My friend even mentioned how going to restaurants can be "tricky" when ordering for her child because many of the "go to" items on the kids menu isn't very nutritionally sound.
And for every nutritionist (including myself) and every dietician or healthcare professional that I speak with regarding food, the bottom line is that there needs to be better balance, better portion control, healthier choices and reasonably priced food that won't break the bank. If going to a restaurant with the family means "splurging" and getting extra sauce, more fries or even soda, it looks like there could be more p…

The Untapped Potential of Wasted Food

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For those of us who love food from a great restaurant or a terrific home cooked meal -- and, frankly, who doesn't -- many times the thought of food waste just isn't appealing, right? But, in looking at the "big picture," it is a matter of being the best we can be. What do I mean by this? As a people of this planet, who is going to take care of our environment and be socially responsible if we don't do it? It's a matter of taking matters into our own hands and doing something constructive with it. That is what chef Roy Choi is doing. He seems to be on a pretty good path I'd say. Chef Roy Choi, who is best known for his work in bringing the food-truck movement to a recognizable place at America's table, is also wanting to bring high quality sustainable food to the urban mainstream that is competitively priced and shows the promise of minimizing food waste. How cool is that?!?!
In recognizing that many restaurants today waste tons of food in the blink of …

5 Steps for Creating Healthy Habits

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It can be so difficult to get out of your comfort zone, right? But, in knowing that starting a new healthy habit can benefit you in so many ways, it really is worth the effort to try! Just because old habits are hard to quit shouldn't be a reason to give up all together. According to Deepak Chopra, M.D., there are 5 steps to getting closer to creating and keeping your healthy habits....
1) Set Goals by Baselining Your Health Start out by setting goals based on things you already know about your body and general exercise/food habits. It's best to be open minded and not worried about what the outcome will be. In taking a look at the big picture -- knowing the benefits of what a healthy food/exercise routine can create in your life -- it gives hope of finally becoming successful with your overall wellness goals.  2) Set Priorities Know yourself -- start out by knowing what your weaknesses/strengths are so you can get a better idea of how to approach setting your priorities. It'…

For Chefs being Ethical is More Important than being Famous

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Some good food for thought when you are out at your next restaurant outing....

For Chefs being Ethical is more Important than being Famous