Common Sense Your Diet

There are so many diets out there -- and everyone suggests that their way is the best! It may be that each diet has something that makes sense, but is one better than the other? And is that "one" the same for everyone? Dr. Vijay Vad presents some common sense information and recommendations that can be applied to all of us.........

Will Wild Mustangs Be On Your Menu?

Will Wild Mustangs Be On Your Menu?

Last month - news broke that nearly 50,000 tons of meat supplied by two Dutch meat processing companies and sold across Europe since January of 2011 may have contained horse meat. The discovery startled Europeans and people across the globe - and many Americans began worrying if they might be eating horsemeat in their hamburgers.

Can We Trust the Organic Label?

Can We Trust the Organic Label?

"...findings illustrate a larger point: Independent of choices we make as consumers — whether we buy milk in glass bottles or microwave food in plastic containers — processing is taking place beyond our view that can contaminate our food with endocrine-disrupting chemicals."

What Kind of Fish Are You REALLY Eating?

 

According to a study conducted by Oceana, a non-profit organization working to protect the oceans, the seafood sold in stores and restaurants in the USA is often mislabeled. You think you're buying wild salmon, but are actually eating farm-raised salmon. OK, maybe we suspected that at times... But what about...

What Is a Demitarian and Why Do More People Need To Become One?

 

What Is a Demitarian and Why Do More People Need To Become One?

Halve meat consumption, scientists urge rich world. People in the rich world should become "demitarians" – eating half as much meat as usual, while stopping short of giving it up – in order to avoid severe environmental damage, scientists have urged, in the clearest picture yet of how farming practices are destroying the natural world...

About Cannabis: Its Role in Herbal Medicine

About Cannabis: Its Role in Herbal Medicine, Politics, Science, and Culture

The very basic idea of plant-as-medicine dates back to before recorded history. Cannabis has been a medicine since at least 2800 BCE, and until the 1940s, it was listed in America’s pharmacopeia. In the past few decades, we have seen a return to herbal remedies and treatments. Despite the pharmaceutical industry’s attempts at...

Beware of Honey Laundering

Chinese Honey

You would think that food safety would be a top priority since much of our food is grown somewhere else and most of us have to eat out of the grocery stores. But it seems that is not the case. For instance, ever wonder why the ongoing collapse of US honeybee populations hasn't caused a scarcity of honey or a spike in prices?

What About Detoxification?

A study released in January 2011 in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives revealed that essentially 100 percent of the 268 pregnant women tested were contaminated with highly toxic synthetic chemicals.

Gluten and Grains: Good or Bad?

Gluten and Grains: Good or Bad?

 

Our forebears began eating grains only about 10,000 years ago with the advent of agriculture. Grain had several clear advantages: You could store it for those times when animal food and seafood were in short supply, and the grains themselves were the seeds needed to plant new crops.

Common Sense & Your Diet

 Common Sense and Your Diet

There are so many diets out there -- and everyone suggests that their way is the best! It may be that each diet has something that makes sense, but is one better than the other? And is that "one" the same for everyone? Dr. Vijay Vad presents some common sense information and recommendations that can be applied to all of us...

The Practice of Food: New Routines & Measuring Portions

The Practice of Food: Routines, Portions, Honesty

by Dayna Macy. "Am I fat?" I’ve never actually asked this question of another human being — until now. I’m sitting in the office of Dr. Linda Bacon, a nutrition professor in the Biology Department at City College of San Francisco and author of Health at Every Size. “Yes.” I want to make sure I’ve heard correctly. “You just said I’m fat, right?” She nods and...

Introduction to Vegetarianism: Why Become a Vegetarian?

Introduction to Vegetarianism: Why Become a Vegetarian?Vegetarianism is now quite common in our society. Though each person's decision to adopt a vegetarian diet is usually based on a combination of reasons uniquely his or hers, there are three primary concerns that vegetarians may have considered. These are improved health, ethical and environmental concerns, and spiritual convictions.

Fried Rice with Nori

Recipe for Fried Rice with Wild Nori.
Our nori goes excellently with all cooked grains, especially rice. Simply roast it and crumple it on, or sprinkle on our pre-roasted Nori Granules Sea Seasoning. For something a little creative with rice try this recipe from Montse Bradford.

Gluckastan Recipe

This recipe came from the Pacific Northwest where the Tsawatainak Indian tribe would harvest their local laver (nori) each year and cook it up with corn. Traditionally they undoubtedly did not use dairy products, but by the time Judith Cooper Madlener came on this recipe, they had started using a local brand of creamed corn. Take your pick.

Anorexia and Bulimia

Unfortunately many girls, in order to look like a supermodel, need to develop an eating disorder and spend a lot of time being concerned with their food and their weight. Bulimia nervosa is a form of compulsive eating where you binge and then purge. Types of purging may include...

Aliens R Us

The material contained in this article is not for the faint-hearted, and many may find it highly disturbing. These reports concern an alien civilization that perpetuates sinister and barbaric practices against beings on their own planet. It has been a solemn reminder to me, that although there are many loving beings in the universe, there are also many who do not respect life and are plainly deceitful and sadistic, and not to be trusted.

Bones R Us: Food and Our Bones

Calcium is essential for blood clotting, nerve transmission, muscle contraction and growth, heart function, general metabolism, and various hormone functions. Lack of enough calcium prevents bone deposition and contributes to thinner bones. Too much calcium can encourage kidney stones and gallstones.

Eating Out & On-the-Go

One way to ensure that you'll enjoy a variety of delicious vegetarian meals is by eating out, but many new vegetarians feel unsure about what to order. With my busy workshop schedule, I travel nearly every weekend. I've learned how to maintain my vegetarian lifestyle, no matter what type of restaurant I'm in.

Are You Eating Frankenfood?

Genetically altered food is being quietly slipped into our markets and supermarkets without proper labels, and without having passed adequate safety tests. Furthermore, genetically engineered food confers no advantage to consumers: it doesn't look better, taste better, cost less, or provide better nutrition. In Europe they call it "GMO food." Here, we use a new term: "genfood."

Eating Raw Foods for A New You

There are dozens and hundreds and thousands of diets, diet books and diet experts in the world today. For one reason or another, many people have decided to adopt some restrictions. The greatest value of the raw food diet is its transformative value.

Six Healing Secrets of Food

Six Healing Secrets of Food by Deborah Kesten.

by Deborah Kesten. We are being cheated nutritionally. Food constitutes a six-part gift, but all we're hearing about is one thing. But this skewed perspective, focusing solely on the physiological aspects of food, has become the norm. I call our one-sided, limited view the Dark Ages of nutrition.

Answers About Healthy Foods

More than ever, American shoppers are motivated by health concerns, especially about fats and cholesterol, and are turning away from meats and toward meals that are based on whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Whenever I tell people that I am a vegetarian, I invariably get lots of questions.

Eating Disorders

When an eating disorder exists, it is recognized by certain behaviors, the most noticeable being an obsession with food and weight. This obsession can take the form of binge eating, starving, vomiting, compulsive exercising, or other behaviors focused on eating, getting rid of, or avoiding food.

Acid and Alkaline Balance

For optimal energy and to maintain health, a balance between the acids and the alkalis of the body is essential. The acid-alkaline balance varies with the individual and his or her stress level. Generally it ranges between 75 percent and 85 percent alkaline-producing foods to between 15 percent and 25 percent acid-producing foods in the diet.

SUGAR: Like A Kid in a Candy Store

Sugar is not only the most prevalent addiction in our society, but it's also the least recognized and one of the hardest to kick. Yet almost no one calls sugar an addictive substance. What's truly frightening about it is that sugar is found in practically every food product on the grocery store shelf. Are we a society of unknowing addicts? Perhaps.

Color Code Eating

Americans seem constantly to be on diets -- grapefruit diets, cabbage diets, low-carb diets, high-protein diets, raw food diets, you name it. The elusive goal of these many plans is weight loss. Yet we have the fattest society ever...

Anti-Oxidants for Disease Prevention

Regardless of what media outlet you receive your health and medical information from, it is likely that the term "antioxidant" is a familiar one. Since the 1980's, antioxidants have been the indisputable star topic in the field of nutritional biochemistry. What exactly are these compounds, and how do they function in the body?

Calorie Counting... Down the Scale

My diets always consisted of severely cutting down on calories. I got results, but I suffered! I would lose the weight, but how I missed my dear friend, delicious food! I would get down to my "skinny" clothes for the date I needed to look my best, and then I would go home and reward myself with a feast of all the glorious treats I'd been missing. Of course, I would vow to get right back to a "healthy" way of eating so that I would not destroy all the progress I had made.

Detoxification Therapies for Better Health

The more toxic we are, the faster we age. "Everyone needs detoxification...because the air that we breathe is polluted, the water that we drink is full of chlorine, the clothing we wear is made of artificial fabrics and chemicals, the lotions and shampoos that we use all contain chemicals."

Diet - A Four-Letter Word (2)

The word diet simply defines the food we ingest each day. But it has become a four-letter word or a badge of honor, sometimes even a badge of martyrdom. Dieting has become a national pastime, with everyone waiting in line for the next diet of the month, guaranteed to make us all fit and trim.

Diet - A Four-Letter Word

The word diet simply defines the food we ingest each day. But it has become a four-letter word or a badge of honor, sometimes even a badge of martyrdom. Dieting has become a national pastime, with everyone waiting in line for the next diet of the month, guaranteed to make us all fit and trim.

Eat Great, Lose Weight

I've tried every diet in the world. The shakes, the calorie counting, the packaged foods, the fasting, the grapefruit, the cottage cheese, the celery... What I really wanted was to find a way to eat healthy, nutritious, yet flavorful foods in substantial portions and still lose weight. And I'm happy to tell you I have found it.

FDA Supplement Guide

Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, which set up a new framework for FDA regulation of dietary supplements, requires consumers, as well as manufacturers, to be responsible for checking the safety of these products and determining the truthfulness of their label claims.

Food Combining

Our digestive system has to break down into their useful component parts a variety of different 'feedstocks' each requiring a different process. The foregoing consideration leads to the concept of eating food in batches, which require the same chemical and mechanical treatment in the digestive tract. It is known as the principle of proper food combining.

Foods That Fight Pain

by Neal Barnard, M.D. Foods have medicinal value -- this has long been accepted in the medical traditions of China, India, Native America, and other cultures around the world, and is now being confirmed by the latest Western medical research. Foods can also fight pain. This idea is drawn from a wealth of new research from prestigious medical centers around the world.

Juices & Sprouts

Minerals are essential to keep our chemistry in balance and to supply our bones, blood, and tissues with the elements necessary for normal function and growth. Minerals are needed in the tissues for tone and as conductors of electromagnetic light waves, which link the chromosomes of the cells to the finer energies of Nature.

Mediterranean Diet

by Marissa Cloutier, MS, RD. and Eve Adamson. Is it really possible to eat well, savoring and relishing delicious food, and at the same time increase our wellness? In fact, it is possible, and also surprisingly easy to accomplish. We need only look to the Mediterranean lands...by Marissa Cloutier, MS, RD. and Eve Adamson. Is it really possible to eat well, savoring and relishing delicious food, and at the same time increase our wellness? In fact, it is possible, and also surprisingly easy to accomplish. We need only look to the Mediterranean lands...

From Eating... to Obesity

Everything we know about our prehistoric ancestors is that they were lean. If they finished lunch hungry, they had a choice. Go off for an hour or two and find more food or have a siesta during the heat of the day. You had to really want the food to go to the effort of getting it. Today of course, in the affluent countries, we are surrounded by food.

Gradually Becoming Vegetarian

If you decide to become a vegetarian for loving reasons, such as loving your body, your spiritual gifts, animals, and the environment, you'll enjoy the transition more. However, if you are motivated by fear -- such as wanting to lose weight to please someone else -- you're apt to struggle with food cravings and dissatisfaction.

Zinc Triggers Body Defenses

Cold sufferers take heart: A University of Florida study offers new evidence that zinc—the latest rage in cold remedies—may provide immediate protection against disease. "We were startled that the response in people was so dramatic and so rapid," said...

What is the Zone?

For generations, every male on my father's side of my family suffered from a similar fate: a premature heart attack that cut their life short decades too early. I knew I couldn't change my genes, but I was determined to find a way to lead a normal, healthy life span...

Self-Discovery Through Obesity

If we are so gracious with flu symptoms in ourselves, or pneumonia symptoms in our friends, why then are we so cruel with symptoms of another disorder that affects nearly 70% of the American population? Obesity. Do we really think that someone would choose to be overweight? Do we really think that children say, "When I grow up I want to be fat?"

Herb And Plant Dyes

The leaves, flowers and roots of many herbs may impart dye colors such as red, blue, green, yellow, brown and gray. The herbs can be either fresh or dried however the or dried however the fresher the herb... the brighter the color.

Herbal Medicine Guide

Herbal medicine and the medicinal benefits of herbs have been known for centuries. Records of Native American, Roman, Egyptian, Persian, and Hebrew medical practices show that herbs were used extensively to cure practically every known illness.

Herbs And Cooking

Herbs And Cooking When cooking herbs there are certain things you need to remember. The food will taste as good as the mood you are in and whatever herbs you use to spice up the meal is according to one's own personal taste. Experimenting with herbs is fun and adds a bit of pizazz to one's daily meals.

Natural Approach To Prostate Health

It appears that common diseases among men over 50 involve the prostate sex organ (and the colon and cardiovascular system). The modern lifestyle of stress; long hours of sitting, driving or TV watching; stuffing food and emotions; eating fast food, flesh and milk products; regular intake of sugar, caffeine, and alcohol; and...

Taking Herbal Baths

Herb baths were popular around the 3rd century B.C. Bathhouses, both private and public, were used in ancient Greece. and Rome. Baths were enjoyed both for their healing and beautifying properties. There are different types of baths such as mineral, oil, steam, massage, or friction baths...