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Clean Slate Cleanse

Sara Ivanhoe by Sara Ivanhoe | April 23rd, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Detox, Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Yoga | tags: anorexia, apple, clean slate cleanse, cleansing, crash dieting, desert, detox, eating, eating disorder, energy drinks, food, gaiam tv, guilt, healthy diet, juice cleanse, kind bars, macadamia nut, moderation, natural boost, protein, Sara Ivanhoe, starvation mode, tumeric alive, walnut, Yoga

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting wiped out by all these juice cleanses. Maybe it’s because I already sustain a pretty healthy diet, but personally, the moment I’m done with a juice cleanse, I end up eating worse food than I did before!

Cleansing has turned into an enormous business, and on many levels, I feel that it preys on people’s guilt and self-hatred: “I have been eating so badly — I need to cleanse.” It’s like a form of punishment. Once we have incurred the punishment, we are then absolved — free to do as we like — because we have paid the price. The problem is, the price can get pricey. Some of these cleanses can cost hundreds of dollars!

Gratitude for Food: Why I Fasted on Thanksgiving

Girlfriend@Gaiam by Girlfriend@Gaiam | November 28th, 2012 | 3 Comments
topic: Girlfriend@Gaiam, Giving Back, Personal Growth | tags: dinner, eating, empathize, empathy, family, fast, fasting, feast, food, food bank, friends, grateful, gratitide, holiday, homeless, hungry, mindful, mindfulness, poor, thankful, thanks, thanksgiving, Thich Nhat Hanh

Fasting

I love good food and celebrations with family and friends. Which makes Thanksgiving one of my favorite holidays — it serves up both in spades!

But this Thanksgiving, I did something a little different. Rather than filling my belly with the usual feast, I decided to observe a day of fasting, which I followed up with a donation to our local food bank.

That’s right: a no-food Thanksgiving!

Week 2: Learn to Love Food

Tanja Djelevic by Tanja Djelevic | February 27th, 2012 | 12 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: 10-week program, bikini body, confidence, diet, eating, energy, energy levels, food, food diary, food journal, food journaling, fork method, health, healthy, healthy-eating, learn to love food, metabolism, motivation, nutrition, personal trainer, processed food, self confidence, slow-food, spring training, week 2, week two, weeks, well-being, wellness, Whole Foods

Happy woman with fruits and veggiesDiet. I shiver just hearing the word. Don’t you? How many have you tried? Most importantly, how many have failed you?

Food is always a part of our life experience. In my home country of Sweden, we socialize a lot around food. In the world of fitness, proper nutrition is vital for making progress and increasing energy levels. As a child, food is a necessity for growth and development, and as we get older, we become more aware of our diet’s impact on our longevity. So why then do we get lost in the middle?

Organic Food Delivery: Fresher, Faster … Better?

Ginny Figlar Colón by Ginny Figlar Colón | October 11th, 2011 | 6 Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Eating | tags: csa, delivery, eat local, eat organic, eating, farm, farmers markets, fresh, healthy, home, kale, local, local food, locally-grown fruits and vegetables, lose-weight, organic, Organics to You, produce, produce delivery, recipes, weight-loss

Fall Produce DeliveryI’ve lost a pound in four days, and we’ve eaten healthy, organic meals the past three nights.

New diet? Nope. I just signed us up for organic produce home delivery.

I received my first delivery this week, and it’s already delivering much more than I had hoped for: a reason to try new recipes, eating fruits and vegetables I’ve never ventured to buy in the grocery store (hello, kale!), and losing weight in the process.

Also, I swear, the carrots just taste better.

Would You Dine on Insects to Save the Planet?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | January 21st, 2011 | 10 Comments
topic: Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: agave worms, agriculture, ants, beef, bees, beetles, bugs, carbon emissions, cicadas, climate change, crickets, crops, diet, eating, entomophagy, environment, factory farming, farmers, fat, fish, food, global food shortage, grasshoppers, health, healthy, insect farming, insects, larvae, meat, methane, nutrition, pests, population growth, production, protein, tarantulas, termites, toxins, water

Dragonfly

If it’s late morning or mid-afternoon where you are, chances are that you’ve already had at least one fleeting thought about dinner tonight. You may be picturing a juicy steak, a tender pork roast or a golden, baked chicken. I doubt that many of you dream about a steaming plate of stink beetles, leeches or cave spiders.

Meat: Much More Than What’s for Dinner

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | December 14th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Personal Growth | tags: bacon, carbon emissions, chickens, cooking class, cows, cruelty to animals, eating, Eating Animals, environment, farmers’ market, fishing, free range, healthy food, heart health, hunting, inhuman, Jonathan Safran Foer, kids, meat, meatless Mondays, morals, parenting, pets, pigs, protein, slaughterhouse, steak, sustainable diet, The Enchanted Broccoli Forest, vegan, vegetarian, vegetarianism

Cow on a feedlotI will never forget the day I explained to my then four-year-old son that steak is really cow. First he cried, then he asked why we don’t eat dogs like our lab Lewis, or at least the lost dogs at the pound. I didn’t have a very good answer for that one. Which really got me thinking.

Food Addiction: Could It Explain Why 70% of Americans Are Overweight?

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | December 7th, 2010 | 6 Comments
topic: Detox, Family Health, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: addictive, alcohol, appetite, calories, childhood obesity, children, detox, diet, disease, drugs, eating, fat, food addiction, food industry, government regulation, Huffington Post, hunger, junk food, kids, labeling, Mark Hyman, menu, michael pollan, nutrition, overeating, overweight, parenting, portion control, restaurants, school lunch, suger, weight-loss, withdrawal

Woman eating doughnuts

Our government and food industry both encourage more “personal responsibility” when it comes to battling the obesity epidemic and its associated diseases. They say people should exercise more self-control, make better choices, avoid overeating and reduce their intake of sugar-sweetened drinks and processed food. We are led to believe that there is no good food or bad food — that it’s all just a matter of balance.

Eating to Conceive

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | April 29th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: babies, baby, conception, dairy, diet, eating, fertility, folic acid, foods to conceive, male fertily, pregnancy, pregnant, prenatal vitamins, sperm counts, whole grains

Maybe it’s the spring air, but it seems like so many people I know are either pregnant at the moment or trying to get pregnant. And as with anything having to do with one’s body, what you eat can have a huge impact on your fertility. For anyone who might be hit with spring baby-making fever, here are some tips on how you might be able to increase your odds of getting pregnant by eating better.

Sustainable Eating, Year-Round

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | April 21st, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Eating | tags: Earth Day, eating, Food for Thought, sustainable, year-round

I like Earth Day because it puts the environment front and center, at least for one day. But every year when the organic cotton "Earth Day" T-shirts are put away, the festivals and celebrations are shut down and put away, and the lights are turned back on, I hope that the message of Earth Day will sustain us for a little longer.

For instance, at my daughter’s school, her teachers asked us to pack their lunches in waste-free, reusable containers, and to include whole grains, fruit and vegetables. The latter was easy enough, that’s typical of my daughter’s lunch every day (and, I’m pleased to see when I’m parent helper, is the norm in most of her classmates’ lunch boxes as well). But as I was packing Sadie’s lunch up, I realized that I’d gotten pretty wasteful about what I use to pack her lunch. I’ve long since lost the lids to many of my reusable plastic containers, so I often just cover the containers with plastic wrap. Worse, I’ve gotten into the habit of buying little individual containers of applesauce and yogurt, instead of buying a less-wasteful (and more economical) larger package and doling out servings into reusable containers. I found myself reaching automatically for a zip-top bag to use for Sadie’s veggies, but stopped myself and instead put them in a container that could come back home with her. And although I normally wrap her sippy cup of milk in a layer of aluminum foil to keep it cool, I instead just put an ice pack into her lunch bag.

Being more aware as I was packing her lunch was a good exercise, and I hope that I can keep it up through the end of the school year, maybe even digging through my cabinet to find the lids to all those containers, and retiring my plastic wrap and baggies in favor of containers that can be used again and again. Some people I know even rinse out and reuse plastic bags.

portant as reducing waste is being more mindful of how you eat, and how this impacts the food industry. I recently came across the Sustainable Table’s list of 10 Steps to Eating Sustainable, and was eager to see how many of these tips I already followed. Some of them are no-brainers, but many of the suggestions offer easy, minimal ways that you can incorporate more sustainable choices into your everyday eating habits. For instance, one suggestion is to cut out meat consumption one day a week (Americans already eat far more meat than the recommended daily allowance) to improve our health and help the environment. There’s even a campaign afoot, Meatless Mondays, that encourages people to refrain from eating meat every Monday. We rarely eat meat for breakfast and lunch, and typically two to three dinners each week are meatless, so I can check that tip off my list. The tips also suggest reducing consumption of bottled water. I took a "Water Footprint" test and was pleased to see that although I do occasionally buy bottles of water in a pinch, my water consumption is still below that of the average American.

My favorite tip is to eat as much as you can of your favorite foods when they’re in season, gorging on them, so that you’ve gotten your fill of these foods when they’re at their tastiest, and you won’t necessarily crave it when they’re out of season and no longer as delicious. I’ll certainly do that this summer with corn, tomatoes, watermelon and other fruits and vegetables that just aren’t nearly as good when they’re not in season. If my daughter is anything like me, she won’t mind seeing watermelon packed in her lunchbox day after day.

Hopefully by Earth Day next year, I’ll be able to reflect back on the year and realize that from the realizations I made this week, I’ll have changed my habits for good.

Eco-Food Book Cheat Sheet

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | March 17th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: Animal Vegetable Miracle Barbara Kingsolver, eating, food books, food labels, Food Matters, In Defense of Food, industrial food system, local food, Marion Nestle, Mark Bittman, meat-eating, michael pollan, organic, The Omnivore's Dilemma, vegetarianism, What to Eat

Last week in my blog about responsibly-raised meat I mentioned Barbara Kingsolver’s wonderful book about eating local, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, as well as Mark Bittman’s newer book on his own forays into the messy world of our nation’s food supply, Food Matters.