Several months ago I watched an impressive video, featuring Robert Lustig, bout the dangers of sugar. In the synchronistic style of the universe to which I’m accustomed, my friend Brad later mentioned a book he thought I’d enjoy called Fat Chance. I looked up the book on Amazon and discovered it was written by Robert Lustig. What a great read!
Lustig draws us in early by naming what we see all around us: More than half of all American adults are now overweight or obese. And, worldwide, 30 percent more people are obese than malnourished. So obesity—and non-communicable diseases related to obesity—are now bigger global health problems than hunger or infectious diseases. And that represents a significant paradigm shift. Continue reading →
Last year was the first Food Revolution Summit. And it was awesome. This week is the second Food Revolution beginning today, April 27, and running until Monday, May 5. This year’s summit features 24 inspiring, practical, and life-changing interviews. You may participate live via tele-conference call or computer – for free. Continue reading →
Like most Americans, I grew up eating during most of my waking hours. I typically began eating soon after rising and didn’t stop until shortly before retiring—some 15 hours later. That changed about four years ago.
In 2009 I learned about two key hormones: ghrelin and leptin. These hormones signal our body about whether to eat more, whether to store food as fat or burn it for energy. In addition, ghrelin and leptin affect our mood. I also learned we can manipulate ghrelin and leptin to our advantage based on what we eat and, importantly, when we eat. Continue reading →
Just in time for the end of Fall, here’s a savory variation.
Think of raw soup like a super tasty and healthy salad — except quicker and easier to make plus easier to digest. Raw soup takes about five minutes to make, about 10 minutes to enjoy, and about three minutes to clean up. Though it’s not essential, I recommend a powerful blender like a Vitamix since some blenders may have a tough time blending certain ingredients.
The real beauty of the raw soup recipe is that, by rotating ingredients, you can create an array of different soups. Not only do the different soups keep our taste buds happy, they also provide a variety of nutrients. Furthermore, it’s easy to improvise with a few ingredients you have on hand or that you find at farmer’s market. You can keep it simple or get as complex as you want — it doesn’t take much to whip up a great raw soup. Continue reading →
This vintage poster was probably not intended to look scary. But it does, and it should.
Like most Americans, you probably believe that fluoride prevents cavities and is good for your teeth. Aside from the fact that most name-brand toothpastes contain the synthetic sweetener saccharin and artificial colors, did you know there is no conclusive evidence fluoride prevents cavities?
In fact, all fluoridated toothpaste contains these warnings, which do not appear on fluoride-free toothpastes:
“Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age.”
“If more than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.”
“…do not swallow.” Continue reading →
DNA associates with histone proteins to form chromatin. Translation: You are in charge of your physical destiny.
You know the nature vs. nurture debate. And, until recently, nature seemed to be winning. That is to say, the dominant paradigm suggested that our health or illness was largely a function of our DNA. You got cancer? You must have been genetically predisposed. Uncle had a heart attack? It runs in the family. You get the idea.
In fact, the much-ballyhooed Human Genome Project was supposed to pave the way for any number of magic bullet treatments to correct our defective genes which, purportedly, were the source of our ills.
Enter the new paradigm, epigenetics: “the study of heritable changes in gene expression or cellular phenotype caused by mechanisms other than changes in the underlying DNA sequence.” (There’s a great epigenics page on Wikipedia.)
In plain speak, this means our genes can express themselves in various ways, depending on the environment. And environment is another way of saying nurture. That means we can shape our health depending on our lifestyle. Continue reading →
Our skin is our body’s largest organ. We’ve been told for decades that sun exposure causes skin cancer, wrinkles, and cataracts. But sun exposure is not only pleasurable, it also has health benefits that probably exceed any health risks.
Flax seeds are an excellent source of healthy saturated fats.
The idea that fat is bad for us is deeply ingrained in our culture. In fact it was listed as one of the key facts of “Life” in the recently released, otherwise clever iPhone commercial starring John Malkovich and Siri. But the fact is, eating fat is really good for us.
Based on decades-old faulty science, most Americans believe two things: (1) Eating fat makes us fat (what makes us fat is sugar and grains, not fat), and (2) Eating fat raises cholesterol, which causes heart disease. Both ideas are false. In fact, we need good fats — and plenty of them — to be healthy. Continue reading →