Saturated Fats: Are They Really the Culprit in Obesity?

Saturated Fats: Are They Really the Culprit in Obesity?

“It was believed that since fat is the most ‘calorie-dense’ of the macro-nutrients, a reduction in its consumption would lead to a reduction in calories and a subsequent decrease in the incidence of obesity,” he said. But turning to carbohydrates such as sugar and corn syrup has led to a parallel increase in diabetes and obesity in the US.

Trusting Yourself to Heal Others with Plant Spirit Healing

Trusting Yourself to Heal Others with Plant Spirits

We can work with plant spirits for our own personal guidance and healing, but when we call upon plant spirits to engage in the healing of another, a particular type of dynamism is added to the healing process. Plants are community beings that are here to serve the community as a whole so that when we step beyond our own personal needs...

The Natural Way To Keep Produce Fresh & Stop Waste

The Natural Way To Keep Produce Fresh and Stop The Waste

Nearly a third of all the food produced in the world is lost or wasted, according to the UN’s World Resources Institute. It is a sad irony that we waste so much food – especially fruit and vegetables – but still fail to feed the world’s ever increasing population. We need to start minimizing the amount of food that is produced and then lost.

Little Kids Eat Healthier Snacks Than Teens

Little Kids Eat Healthier Snacks Than Teens

The average child in the US snacks three times a day. Concerned about the role of snacking in obesity, a team of researchers set out to explore how eating frequency relates to energy intake and diet quality in a sample of low-income urban school children in the Boston area.

Fat Free and Natural? Seven Food Labeling Tricks Exposed

Fat Free and Natural? Seven Food Labeling Tricks Exposed

If you’re confused by food labels, you’re not alone. Marketers use a variety of tricks to make foods seem healthier and more appealing than their competitors, particularly when it comes to products aimed at children. One of the most powerful advertising tools a food manufacturer has is the packaging.

The Energetics of Food: The Yin & Yang of Vitality & Health

The Energetics of Food: The Yin & Yang of Vitality & Health

Each of us manifests our own energetic makeup, and this determines the balance of foods that promote vitality and health with the foods that detoxify and eliminate cancerous agents. The dynamics of the yin and yang aspects of different foods and how they relate to each person are also significant...

Myths and Facts about Your Weight & Diet

Myths and Facts about Your Weight & Diet

It never ceases to amaze me how many myths we’re bombarded with concerning diet, exercise, and weight. Following are some common myths that I hear frequently from my patients. Have you heard them, too? Have you begun to realize that they’re false?

A Wholistic Approach to Weight Management

weight management

Although I don’t believe in calorie counting, I do believe it is essential to be wise in our dietary choices. If weight loss is a goal, then choosing low-energy-density foods for the bulk of your diet and using high-energy foods as condiments or...

What is Natural? Veganism or Radical Sustainability?

What is Natural? Veganism or Radical Sustainability?

On Vancouver Island, in the temperate northwest of North America, the Coast Salish people were very healthy in the early 20th century. What did they eat? Fish, grease (whale, fish, bear, seal etc.), sea mammals, shellfish, berries, deer and a variety of seasonal plant foods. They prized grease, guts and flesh as their most vital foods...

From Small Seeds to Mighty Well-Being and Health

From Small Seeds to Mighty Well-Being and Health

Seeds are where it all begins. They promise the start of things. They’re superconcentrated sources of energy. While vegetables still have their detractors (why? why?), anyone can chomp on a handful of seeds. If you’re struggling, they’ll support you nutritionally and offer a sprinkle of badly needed cheer...

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...

Gluten Affects Moods and Can Lead to Depression & Anxiety

Gluten Affect Moods and Can Lead to Depression & Anxiety

I once had a patient who came in and announced calmly, "I had a brownie yesterday, and then I felt really suicidal." For a moment, my conventional reaction was to think she was losing touch with reality. She was one of my least dramatic, most levelheaded clients and usually she understated rather than overstated everything.

Healing Starts with the Gut and Gastrointestinal Lining

Healing Starts with the Gut and Gastrointestinal Lining

We have over one hundred trillion bacteria living in our digestive system. We need these bacteria to be healthy. People with inflammatory bowel diseases have lower numbers of friendly bacteria. To repair your gut, increase absorption of nutrients, and overcome many health challenges...

Are Processed Foods & Sodas Making You Fat?

The Fructose Connection: Are Processed Foods Making You Fat?

Research from Princeton University showed that fructose can make you fat... “Some people have claimed that high-fructose corn syrup is no different than other sweeteners when it comes to weight gain and obesity, but our results make it clear that this just isn’t true..."

We Are What We Eat... Are You a Funnel Cake?

We Are What We Eat... Are You a Funnel Cake?

Our children are the first generation in human history predicted to have a shorter life span than the previous generation. Even with all the miracles of modern medicine, the kinds and the amounts of food we are giving our children, combined with a lack of exercise, is killing them...

Eat More Chocolate! It's Good For You!

Eat More Chocolate! It's Good For You! by Stasia BlissThe truth is, chocolate is very, very good for you. Honestly. Chocolate in its raw form contains a long list of key nutrients qualifying it as a 'superfood.' Chocolate's greatest benefits are delivered when taken in its natural form, the cacao bean, or the...

Compulsive Eating: Are You Eating Your Heart Out?

Compulsive Eating: Are You Eating Your Heart Out?

Emotional overeating involves eating large quantities of food in a short period of time, feeling out of control during these binges, eating rapidly, eating without physical hunger, choosing to eat alone, grazing (nibbling at food all day), and/or feeling depressed about overeating.

Trouble Losing Weight? Eight Ways to Pick up the Pace

Trouble Losing Weight? Eight Ways to Pick up the Pace

According to the Mayo Clinic, after some initial weight loss, most of us will hit a plateau unless we change a few behaviors--for instance, by eating less and exercising more. Here are eight changes you can make to your routine so you can reach your long-term goal more quickly.

Sprouting & Dehydrating: Seeds, Nuts and Sprouts

Sprouting & Dehydrating: Seeds, Nuts and Sprouts

by Louisa L. Williams, M.S., D.C., N.D. Nuts have numerous enzyme inhibitors and are best soaked or partially sprouted to make their nutrients most nontoxic and assimilable before eating. Therefore, raw nuts are significantly easier to digest if...

What Is The Paleo Caveman Diet?

What Is The Paleo Caveman Diet?

Based upon commonly available modern foods, the Paleolithic or caveman diet is a diet that seeks to mimic the diet of the hunter-gatherer. The diet consists of foods that can be hunted and fished and can be gathered.

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...

Taking a Stand Against S.A.D. (Standard American Diet)

Taking a Stand Against S.A.D. (Standard American Diet)

by John Robbins.

The U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and Health says that two-thirds of U.S. mortality is diet-related. At a certain point, one decides that the evidence is sufficiently complete and convincing to warrant action. To my eyes, when it comes to the health advantages of...

Is There Such A Thing As Brain Food?

Brain Food?

People who eat baked or broiled fish at least once a week may be protecting their brains from Alzheimer’s disease and other brain problems. Cyrus Raji of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and colleagues conducted brain scans on...

Helping The Economy: Buy Local On The Rise

Buy Local Food Sources

Buying food that is grown and raised locally has many advantages. One is obviously the fact that you're supporting your local farmers, businesses, neighbors, the parents of your children's friends, etc. So you're definitely helping your local economy, as well as...

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...

Transformation Through Fasting

by Dayna Macy. “You’ll fast for three days”. I’ve run from hunger my whole life, and now I’m going to turn and face it. Dayna Macy shares her experience and insights during a three day fast and reveals...

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.

Meatless Gunga: Pigeon Peas and Rice

Recipe for Gunga (Pigeon peas & rice). Let's see how this favorite Bahamian dish can be cooked... without meat! The recipe was excerpted with permission from the book: "The World In Your Kitchen" (out of print) by Troth Wells, ©1993.

Heavenly Rice and Spinach Recipe

Recipe for Heavenly Rice and Spinach. Leave standard potatoes or plain cooked rice behind! This adventurous side dish has an extraordinary rich flavor. This recipe was excerpted from The Garlic Cookbook, ©2000.

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...

The Vegetarian Diet: Why Vegetarianism

The Vegetarian Diet: An objective answer to those who want to know the nutritional, spiritual, and moral advantages of vegetarianism. A vegetarian is one who eats no animal products. Also he or she uses a minimum of leather, only where necessary.

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.

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