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America’s No. 1 Addiction: Food

Jenny Sansouci by Jenny Sansouci | January 22nd, 2013 | 3 Comments
topic: Detox, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: addicted to food, brain chemicals, cocaine, comfort food, crack, cravings, detox, diet, DNA, dopamine, drug addict, emotional eating, epigenetics, exercise, fat, food addiction, Gaiam Inspirations, gaiam tv, GaiamTV, genes, gratification, healthy-eating, impulse control, meditate, meditation, mind, neurotransmitter, nicotine, nutrition expert, Pam Peeke, physician, pleasure, pre-frontal cortex, receptors, reward center, salt, stress hormones, sugar, The Hunger Fix, Whole Foods

Did you know that the brain has the same chemical reaction to sugary and fatty foods as it does to cocaine or nicotine? According to Dr. Pam Peeke, author of The Hunger Fix, the chemical reaction happens before you even eat the food — all you have to do is think about it!

Dr. Peeke recently appeared on GaiamTV.com’s Gaiam Inspirations to talk about America’s food addiction and how to retrain your brain to make healthier choices. Dr. Peeke’s interest in the topic of food addiction started because of the way her patients talked about food. “I can’t get off this stuff.” “The withdrawal is killing me.” They sounded like drug addicts, and she started to wonder if there was a connection between food and addiction.

She found that there’s a very striking connection — and the same centers of the brain are involved that regulate drug addiction. And, she says, don’t think for a second the food industry hasn’t figured this out.

An (Organic) Apple a Day + The Best Applesauce Recipe

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | October 22nd, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Home | tags: apple fritters, apple juice, apple pies, apples, birth defects, budget, chemical pesticides, chemical warfare, clean 15, conventional food, dirty dozen, GMOs, high fiber, insecticides, kitchen coach, leukemia, nervous system, organic, Organic Applesauce, organic food, organophosphates, peanut butter, pesticide exposure, stanford, USDA, vitamin C, Whole Foods

apple sauceWhat should I buy organic if I’m on a limited budget?

As a kitchen coach, I probably get asked that question more than any others. If I’m in an expansive mood, my answer can quickly veer into eye-glazing territory. I’m pretty passionate about organic food and tend to get long-winded when discussing things like the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15, the reasons why we want to avoid GMOs, the potential health risks of chemical pesticides, and, finally, how to clarify priorities since organic can be expensive.

But if I’m ever pressed to pick one single food to buy organic, the answer is quick and easy: apples.

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?

Saturday Splurging: Organic Shopping on a Budget

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | August 28th, 2007 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Eating | tags: budget, groceries, organic on a budget, Whole Foods

On many a Saturday night, if we get a particularly good choice from Netflix in our mailbox, and we don’t feel like dealing with the unpredictable adventures of dining out with a 9-month-old, we’ll opt instead to cook at home. But to make it a little more special than the typical weeknight meal, I’ll treat myself to grocery shopping at Whole Foods.