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Infographic: What the World Eats

The following graphic visual representation of how the world eats is brought to you by National Geographic. This representation shows data and information on different places of the world and what foods are typically eaten more frequently than others. This visual is also important to show various patterns and trends that can be improved upon.

By merely clicking on the particular country or region, you can see what the typical calories per person is as well as how consumption patterns have changed over the past 50 years!

Infographic: What the World Eats

10 Essentials to becoming Food Wise

My philosophy: Try to see food as medicine that nourishes your body and gives you great energy. So, listen to your body!

The following are my 10 "Go-To" Essentials to living a Food Wise Life....

1)  Focus on good organic foods. Everything doesn't have to be organic -- and, I certainly understand that that can be unrealistic -- but, you should be aware of the foods that should be organic. Check out the list.
2)  Pay attention to the way you feel after eating a cheeseburger and fries as opposed to grilled chicken or fish and vegetables. (For starters, where did the meat/fish come from. Did it come from a sustainable source? Was the meat grass fed or not?) Refer to this article for the best sources of meat and fish.
3)  Eat more real food and less processed foods. If there are more than 5 ingredients to processed foods and if you can't pronounce the ingredient on the list, just avoid it! Try to follow Michael Pollan's approach to eating junk food. If you can't make …

So, what is ORTHOREXIA anyway?

I had heard of Orthorexia before, but, frankly it really didn't occur to me that it was such a "big thing". It makes sense though that it would be since we have such an obsession with food in general. I mean really -- many people have a fear of food! There's even a book about it called: "The Fear of Food: A History of Why We Worry About What We Eat".
Orthorexia -- which by the way has its very own website -- is an unnatural obsession with eating healthy food. The term Orthorexia nervosa comes from the Greek "ortho" meaning "correct" and is meant to be a close parallel with anorexia nervosa. 
What is a healthy food plan anyway? In a book entitled, "Total Nutrition: The Only Guide You'll Ever Need" ,(From the Mount Sinai School of Medicine), one of the main key ingredients to take away as good knowledge is the importance of abiding by the principles of moderation, variety and balance. I mean really, isn't one of the joys of…

Inside Look: JBF's First Application

No fear in preparing those vegetables that were more than likely overcooked when you were a kid -- or, perhaps whoever was doing the cooking just didn't really know how to prepare vegetables so they actually taste good.

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...

7 New Apps for Healthy Eating

It seems like we are in the midst of a whole lot of change with regard to how we see, buy and eat food. We've now got access to a wide variety of apps that instruct us on how to be healthier, the best places to go grocery shopping, how to avoid the "wrong kinds of foods" and so much more.

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 childhoo…

11 Mobile Apps for your next Farmers Market Visit

People everywhere expect to get the most delicious and in-season produce at their local farmers market. You know -- that produce that contains the least amount of pesticides too.

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) TheDirty 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) TheFarmstand 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…

How to cook like Michael Pollen

Okay, okay, I don't necessarily believe that you need to cook like Michael Pollen -- but, I do like his explanations as to why eating wisely with the following 4 rules of eating is important. According to Michael Pollen,"between one-fifth and one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions result from our food system." 

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 …

How long does it take to form a healthy habit?

I'm not sure there is an exact science to this, but certainly there is a good chance that healthy habits can be formed with desire for positive change and repetition. Conventional wisdom gives a timeline of around 60 days to build a habit, but this could be different for anybody. So much can depend on age, your environment, your current personal health and being able to admit that a healthy habit should be formed to begin with on this journey of forming a habit.

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&…

At last...Fast-food chains going...healthy

For all those people out there who haven't quite caught on to the meaning of what healthy is -- no worries. There is plenty of good stuff out there. But, I have spoken to people who are really not "in the mood" to change their minds and give up fast food altogether. There is no need to go completely cold turkey after all. It's just a matter of time before our culture starts a healthier food shift -- and that's really a good thing!

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.

EWG's Food Scores: About the Database

In learning about a non-profit organization such as the Environmental Working Group there is hope that our food system could be improved over time. The EWG works toward such sustainable practices that improve well being and our environment. EWG's message to the general public is meant to empower and enable people to make wiser food and health choices that not only affect them, but that of their surrounding environment. 

As most recently, the EWG has launched a food scores database that contains well over 80,000 products based on three criteria involving nutrition, ingredient concerns and degree of processing. To learn more,check out the video about the database below....

As an all-embracing well-being advocate myself, I am optimistic that healthy change is wellwithin our reach. People need a well-informed approach to eating healthfully which would also lead them to naturally make smarter food choices. It's all about "eating wisely with every bite".