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Local foods arrive at the market within 24 hours of being harvested in season. They don’t only taste delicious, they last longer as well.
2. Great Taste-Less Waste
The quality of the food remains because the farmer will allow the food to ripen in the field and will harvest them at the peak of their flavor. They are crisp with good texture. The farmer’s also have tons of tips on growing and preparing the fresh fruits and veggies.
3. Season and Community
There is nothing like strolling on a beautiful saturday morning with a fresh cup of coffee and the dog while listening to a local musician singing. It’s just a good way to start the day!
Each farmer will have his own variety of items and may introduce you to something you might not have considered trying. Have you ever tried purple dragon carrots? They just sound sexy!
5. Helping Local Farmers
This is my number one reason for visiting the market. For each dollar spent in conventional food markets, only 9 cents actually goes to the farmer. The rest goes to suppliers, processors, middlemen and marketers.
Nothing goes better with those raw veggies than ranch dressing! I am personally addicted to ranch and would eat it with almost anything. However, with my recent nutritional education journey-I have decided that it’s time to substitute my processed version of this sugar loaded dressing with something a little healthier–Here is what I tried–
Paleo Ranch Dressing
1 cup olive oil
1 cup coconut milk (use canned for thick texture)
1 Tbs dijon mustard
1 tbs onion powder
1 tbs garlic powder
2 tsp Dill
1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
1 tsp chives
4 Tbs lemon juice
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp parsley
Combine all the ingredients in the blender or the Ninja and Voila! A healthy version of Ranch!
Conventional diet wisdom is wrong! Changes in our diets have occurred as a result of the agricultural revolution 7,000 years ago. Unfortunately, the more recent industrial revolution has happened so quickly that our genes haven’t had time to adapt. Heart disease, cancer, and diabetes were virtually nonexistent before we rapidly changed our diets. Our ancestors for more than 2 million years ate meats, fish, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Grains like wheat and corn, soybeans, and sugar were not part of their diet. The processed foods that we are consuming now only contain food like substances and not nutrients. If you don’t believe me–go into Walmart and count how many healthy looking people over the age of 30 you see. More food for thought—Watch this tidbit about the Paleo Diet.
Remember the MUFA’s? These are the infamous plant-based oils that are packed with nutrients to keep your skin looking beautiful and youthful. Remember that including them at every meal will help you lose that belly fat. A wonderful way to help incorporate them is to make nut butters. Buy unshelled nuts because they are fresher. If you buy shelled for convenience, choose the natural, salt-free type. Store them in an airtight container and keep them in a cool, dark place.
Nut butters are easy to make and they are better than store-bought types and are totally free of preservatives, salt, and sugar. Place shelled, roasted nuts in a food processor with a spoonful of olive oil. It’s that simple! Voila–you have a great spread–use them on gluten-free breads, in dessert making, to sauté veggies or anywhere you would use regular butter. Store these in the refrigerator and they will last for about a month! Don’t forget, you can always add a little flax-seed or vanilla for flavoring!
There is no controversy over the fact that childhood obesity is a huge problem in the United States. More than enough data and research has been done to prove that 1 in 5 American children will be obese by 2020 if the current trends continue. These are the facts, but what can we do to change things? There are many possible actions but it all starts at the home level. We can be more successful as parents by leading by example. For instance, making my girls watch “Forks Over Knives” and “Hungry For Change” was a real battle; they did however get some subliminal messages from watching those two documentaries. I noticed they replaced the traditional peanut butter cracker after school snack with fruit. They get more messages from me as they see me painfully wean my diet mtn dew consumption. Changing a lifestyle and years of bad habits isn’t easy. My theory is that if I change myself gradually, they will also. Research shows that replacing sugar-sweetened beverages in schools could reduce obesity by 12 kcal/day, as long as children didn’t consume any extra sugary drinks outside of school. So that is my call to action, I have to eliminate the sugar at home first. There aren’t any distinct answers in how to change the diet of the country and healthcare on average. But, it starts with us! Let’s do this Marines. Let’s work to educate ourselves on whole foods and nutrition. Lead by example.
T. Colin Campbell does a nice 18min presentation that you can watch here:
Reference: Wang YC, et al “Reaching the Healthy People goals for reducing childhood obesity: closing the energy gap” A, K Prev Med 2012
For more info on T. Colin Campbell and Forks Over Knives visit: http://www.forksoverknives.com
Here is a little information regarding the buzzwords on labels that you might find interesting. I had no idea the difference between some of these different labels and just assumed that if it said cage-free or all natural –it was a good product to buy. Wow–I did make an ass out of you and me on that one.
There is no legal definition of this term. If hens are labeled cage-free, the do have more space than caged hens but they can still be crammed inside barns or houses etc. It also doesn’t tell us anything about the hen’s diet. The best bet is to buy pastured eggs.
The USDA doesn’t have defined standards for free-range. The hens simply have access to the outdoors but, it doesn’t mean they actually see the light of day. This also doesn’t tell us anything about the hen’s diet.
Meat and dairy can be labelled grass-fed if they were fed grass for the majority of their lives. However, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t tie grains, soy, or other farming byproducts during their lifetime. You are better off looking for grass-finished products which are required to be fed grass 100% of their life. Look for grass-finished and organic on those labels.
The USDA allows this label to be placed on any minimal processed product without artificial sweeteners or additives. It does not refer to how the animal was raised and it could still be fed additives and or antibiotics. So don’t be fooled by the term “Natural”
5. No added hormones
The USDA prohibits added hormones in poultry and pork so this label may give you false confidence in the quality of the product. Beef hormone use is up to the farmer–so an organic label is a little more promising.
For more information on label reading and buzzwords visit http://whole9life.com
I was recently reviewing the current fad diet trends and had to ask myself–what are these people thinking? My guess is that women are so desperate for the truth that they are willing to try absolutely anything. These top trends are shocking.
1. The Feeding Tube Diet—the new hot fad for brides-to-be is placing a feeding tube thru the nose into the stomach that provides a continuous protein drip at around 800 calories a day. With no solid food, weight loss is inevitable. Really??? That’s a sexy look for your new husband on the wedding night!
2. Body Wraps–Real Housewives of Atlanta, Kim Zolciak, tried this wacky trick. They wrap you in elastic bandages and then you stay in motion for 60 minutes and the inches are squeezed off your body. Really?? How do you move once mummified?
3. Tape Worms–these wacky dieters will ingest a parasite in pill form and it grows and attaches itself to the intestine. Since the parasite eats all the food you ingest–weight loss and nutritional deficiencies are inevitable. Really?? Who cares if you are skinny if you are pooping worms!
The bottom line is–diets don’t work! You have to change your lifestyle in order to lose weight. Throw away the scales and focus on health! Whole unprocessed foods are healthy–and if you eat only those when you are hungry, you will never have to worry about fad dieting again.
Dear Gym Bag,
I have to confess that I am unfulfilled in our relationship right now. It’s not you, it’s me. I have allowed these drought filled dog days of 100 degree heat to play tricks on my mind. I have left you sweltering in the car all day while I worked only to come outside and blow you off without giving you any love because I was tired and too hot to go running. I’m no better than the people leaving dogs and kids in cars in this heat. I have been selfish! It would be easy for me to wake up earlier and hook up with you in the am. You always leave me feeling refreshed, energetic, sweaty, and confident! I can’t believe I have failed my loyal love drug! I would like to renew my vows with you again next week. In any good committed relationship or marriage, if you aren’t working on it, it’s won’t work. I’m seeking therapy now. I recently read that people cheat in relationships because of loneliness and I can’t revisit my toxic romance with Diet Mtn Dew–it left me drained, depressed and I have moved on. Please accept my apology and know that you are my Christian Grey–and I do love what you do for me!