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5 Reasons to Eat More Raw Food!

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

5 benefits of eating raw foods:

High in fiber
Vegetables, fruits, seeds, and beans are fiber rich foods and are associated with a number of health benefits including: weight control, cardiovascular health, disease fighting phytochemicals, and digestive health among many more.
Weight loss
Raw foods are low in calories, so incorporating more raw foods in your diet can help aid weight loss and help detoxify our bodies. However, our caloric needs may not be met through fruits and vegetables alone. To make sure you’re maintaining a healthy weight on a raw foods diet, it’s important to consume plenty of  nuts, seeds, and avocado.
Vitamins and minerals
Certain vitamins in foods such as vitamin C and folate are destroyed by heat. Research shows that cooking foods like broccoli destroys its cancer fighting properties. And the advice that cooking tomatoes allows the body to more readily absorb lycopen? You can blend tomatoes for the same effect!
Cooling and hydrating—
Raw foods contain a high water content which helps cool down your body and keep you hydrated. Snack on fresh fruits and vegetables like watermelon, cucumbers, pears, and leafy greens to stay energized during the summer months.
Increased energy
Since they are closer to their alive and natural states, raw foods can provide us with a higher quality of energy so we are ready to take on the day. And because of the high fiber content, eating raw veggies, nuts, seeds, and unprocessed,whole grains keeps your blood sugar and energy levels even throughout the day. No sugar spikes & crashes!

Raw foodists believe that heat destroys enzymes that are vital to our health, as well denatures other essential vitamins and minerals. The more raw foods in our diet, the healthier we will be. Raw food doesn’t mean just boring salads! The possibilities are endless, and the techniques simple to master. Food2Live4 can teach you how to start your journey to better health through healthy eating. Visit our Classes & Events Page for upcoming class info!

What are GMO’s and why should you care?

Thursday, November 8th, 2012
GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms. Typically, the term GMO is used to describe foods that we eat. Genes from plants, viruses, bacteria, and animals are inserted into the genes of other plants, like corn, in an attempt to make them resistant to drought, disease and pesticides. Sounds all well and good. However, the safety of such foods has not been proven with long term studies, and other countries have banned GMOs from being imported or grown in their soil. Many processed foods are created from or contain genetically modified crops, like corn and soybeans.
What could be wrong with GMO foods? The issue most distressing to scientists is the possibility that our bodies do not recognize the DNA of GMO foods, and when we eat these altered foods, are bodies treat them as foreign “invaders” and an allergic reaction ensues. The reaction can be severe (think anaphalactic shock experienced by those with food allergies like milk or nuts) or more systemic, like inflammation throughout the body or in the digestive track (IBS). The rise in autoimmune disorders, autism, diabetes, allergies, and other diseases associated with inflammation seem to correlate with the widespread introduction of GMOs into the U.S food supply. Many scientists and advocates for whole foods are convinced that foods not found in nature are part of the reason we are getting sicker. They believe more studies are needed to prove GMOs are safe, and at the very least, should be labeled.
I’m including a few links here, so you can do your own research and decide how you feel about labeling laws and the safetly of our food supply.

http://geneticroulettemovie.com

For practical shopping tips:

http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/


Nutrition Conference in NYC is inspiring!

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

So inspired by yesterday’s speakers at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition conference in NYC: Dr. Neal Barnard, President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Dr. Marion Nestle, author of Food Politics and Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University, and Dr. Susan Blum, Founder of the Blum Center for Health and a pioneer in the field of functional medicine and chronic illness treatment. Feeling blessed to be here with a 1000 other holistic health coaches. So many people really do care about the health of our society!

Can’t wait for today’s line up of speakers and to learn more about food, politics, and how to impact this country’s health!


Does “No Trans Fat” Really Mean No Trans Fat?

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

 

Do you read the nutrition information labels on the packaged food you buy? Do you read the ingredient list? Do you look at the claim of “No Trans Fat!” on the front of the package and believe it?

There is a discrepency between what the manufacturers claim, and the truth.

Ever notice that some products in the grocery store are marked “No Trans Fat” on the front, but the ingredient list includes partially hydrogenated vegetable oil? How can that be?

The FDA allows foods to contain up to 0.5 gm of trans fat per serving and still round down to zero! This is, unfortunately, very confusing.

If this is just an occasional food, maybe you’re not concerned about it.

However, for commonly consumed foods, like margarine, these half grams per serving could add up to several grams a day. Remember why transfat is harmful?
Trans fatty acid is an artery clogging fat that raises LDL or “bad” cholesterol, while lowering HDL or “good” cholesterol levels in blood, and is linked to increased risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

“Don’t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food,” Michael Pollan

How much trans fat is ok? According to some leading health professionals and researchers, the answer is none!
Walter Willett, M.D., Dr. P.H., Chair of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, said, “If New Yorkers replace all sources of artificial trans fat, by even the most conservative estimates, at least 500 deaths from heart disease would be prevented each year in New York City – more than the number of people killed annually in motor vehicle crashes. Based on long- term studies, the number of preventable deaths may be many times higher. Trans fat from partially hydrogenated vegetable oil is a toxic substance that does not belong in food.

And what does the FDA have to say?
“As things now stand, the FDA acknowledges that trans fats are unhealthy at any level, and yet maintains that the partially hydrogenated oils that contain them are basically safe. The agency can‟t have it both ways.‟ Editorial, New York Times, June 25, 2005.

As far as labeling goes, shouldn’t “no” mean “no”?

New raw food prep classes for October are posted!  Learn how to pack really healthy lunches, click on the classes and events tab above.


Is Buying Organic a Waste of Money?!

Monday, September 17th, 2012

The Stanford University Medical School team published a paper on the nutritional quality and safety of conventional versus organic food earlier this month (http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1355685) and concluded that:

“The published literature lacks strong evidence that organic foods are significantly more nutritious than conventional foods,” and “Consumption of organic foods may reduce exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.”

 

There may be a few problems with the study, such as the definition of “significantly more nutritious,” for starters.  Read The Devil in the Details (http://organicfarms.wsu.edu/blog/devil-in-the-details/) by Chuck Benbrook for a recap of shortcomings in the study and a different view of what the numbers mean.

 

Aside from the nutrition question, there are proponents of organic farming because it’s more environmentally sustainable than conventional farming, keeping pesticides out of our soil and water, and our bodies.

 

This leads us to the second finding, “Consumption of organic foods may reduce exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.” In fact, 38% of conventional produce tested positive for pesticide residue vs. 7% of organic produce. Limiting exposure to pesticides is particularly important in children. Even the EPA admits that children are at greater risk for adverse affects because they have limited resistance to pesticides and “There are “critical periods” in human development when exposure to a toxin can permanently alter the way an individual’s biological system operates,” http://www.epa.gov/opp00001/factsheets/kidpesticide.htm

 

Ultimately, it’s important to examine your reasons for buying organic. Are you purchasing organic because it is higher in certain nutrients (but not all) or because you want to limit your or your children’s exposure to pesticides? Michael Pollan’s response to the recent headlines (http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2012/09/04/michael-pollan-organic-study/) helps put the Stanford University findings into perspective when trying to make purchasing decisions.

 

Then there is the question of locally grown vs. organic, but we’ll save that for another day!

 

Peace & Raw!


“May all be fed, may all be healed, may all be loved,” John Robbins

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Today I met John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America, The Food Revolution, and his latest, No Happy Cows. Mr. Robbins was a featured speaker at the Living & Eating Green Expo held in Kirtland, Ohio, along with Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., who was featured in the Movie Forks over Knives.

If you’ve read any of Robbins’ books, you know he is the son of Baskin & Robbins 31 Flavors founder, Irv Robbins. Although groomed to take over the family business, he rejected his family’s fortune after making the connection between diet and health, and watching members of his family succumb to disease and early death.

In his books, he details the impact of dietary choices on our personal health, the health of our planet and its creatures, and our spiritual well-being. In person, he is warm, articulate, and speaks with passion and intelligence about what is clearly his life’s mission: making our world a safe and better place for all God’s creatures. Thankfully, it wasn’t to create a 32nd flavor!

Read his books and be prepared to change your view on the agribusiness practices in this country, our government’s national health policies, and most importantly, your own food choices.

Peace & Raw,

Jennifer


Make a New Ending

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending,” Maria Robinson


Hungry for Change, the movie

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

I watched the latest documentary from the Food Matters people, online, while it was premiering for free.  The movie does an excellent job of summarizing information and opinions from various disciplines/approaches to eating a healthy diet, and focuses on the one component on which nearly all the experts interviewed agree:  processed food is very bad for you and long term use will make you sick.  A good portion of the film focuses on all the foods we shouldn’t be eating: refined sugars, refined grains, and chemical laden packaged foods.  In standard documentary form, the argument against processed foods is made through a series of interviews with well know experts and authors in nutrition.  The case is made that the food industry knows these foods are harmful and intentionally makes them as addicting as possible, and if you are struggling with your weight and food cravings, it may not be your fault.  The film is no longer available for free online, but can be ordered on the Hungry For Change website.

 

 


Turkish Proverb

Sunday, April 8th, 2012
No matter how far you have gone on a wrong road, turn back.