It's crunch time. Your head is probably spinning with the splendid whiz and whir of holiday preparations as you stock every last corner of the refrigerator full of rich autumn foods or rush to shove that last pair of shoes into your suitcase before hitting the road. You may even find yourself inwardly dreading the stress of it all, or secretly grumbling about the big, dramatic production this bustling time of year brings. In such cases, this little recipe might be just what you need to turn the frantic holiday scene into a sparkling celebratory success. However, be warned: it may not be exactly what you expect...
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More and more, I hear people express that they want to turn to cooking from home as a means of saving money and getting healthy. Except for there is one problem: standing behind a shopping cart or in front of the stove, the excuses come flooding out. "There's no time." "Trudging up and down the aisles of the grocery store is exhausting."Doing all of those messy dishes is just too much." "I don't know how." With half of the US food dollars spent on items eaten outside the home, we have created a generation of the kitchen-afraid, who think of peanut butter and jelly as gourmet, and mac 'n cheese as the ultimate balanced meal. As a result, our relationship to food has shifted and unspiralled into troublesome physical and psychological consequences.
Cholesterol. It’s a scary word right? One that sends a shudder through the shoulders of diet followers nationwide and brings the eery chords of a horror-movie soundtrack to mind. The modern medical establishment blames nearly everything on this yucky, sludgy stuff, and we are taught to supress our cravings for cholesterol rich foods with a sense of urgency and shame. Shimmering butter, sizzling slices of bacon or wedges of satisfying white cheese are met with a quick “Now you wouldn’t eat that, would you?!” So instead our meals are sheepishly garnished with lite salad spritzers and washed down with sloshes of nutrient bereft skim milk. Yet, contrary to this fear-ridden thinking, recent evidence has shown that low cholesterol could paradoxically be contributing to the staggering increase in depression and inflammatory disease over the past century.
There’s no denying that food these days is confusing. With over 40,000 items lining grocery store shelves and countless divergent “diet” theories, food choices can start to seem endless, scary, and frustrating. Sifting through the clutter of contradictory nutrition articles on the internet or standing paralyzed comparing the minuscule nutrient profiles on food labels, sometimes it seems easier just to throw the reusable grocery bags in the air and eat a candy bar. Yet, nourishing your body and mind doesn’t have to be this mystifying and frightening. In fact savoring the wholesome foods of nature’s design is one of the most intuitive, beautiful and simple things you can do to return to the vibrant health that is your very essence- and to contribute to a safe world for generations to come. If you or someone you know is making the transition to a nutrient dense diet, or considering it, this basic outline may make those pesky food choices seem a bit less daunting....
There are few things more wholesome and enjoyable than picking up a good book and flipping through its pages. Add a cozy armchair and steaming mug of herbal tea, and you have yourself a completely lovely and enlightening afternoon. More than just a resource, a well-crafted book can offer sweet relief from the rumbling growl of fast-paced, manipulative media messages that we are exposed to daily. This year, we were inspired by many traditional food and natural living writers who captured the essence of what it truly means to live simply, healthfully and joyfully. And so, whether you find the time to make an event of it or just read a few pages on the go, here are the influential books we've read in 2012 that you don't want to miss.
"Believe it or not, every thought or feeling you have affects everything around you. Think about it. What happens when you smile at someone? They smile right back! When you share joyful feelings you pass on positive energy and help create joy in other people. And your feelings don't affect just people. They affect the entire planet..."
Every once in a while, I am inspired to pick up a children’s book. As a researcher accustomed to reading complexly detailed scientific articles from renowned health journals, the simplicity of children's books is altogether refreshing from time to time. And though seemingly juvenile, they are often far more informative than we sophisticated adults give them credit for. Children's books frequently remind of the creative and whimsical simplicities of life that "grown-ups", entranced by to-do-lists and stymied by deadlines, forget.
30 years ago: 1 in 2,500 children have autism.
Today: 1 in 91 children have autism. The rate is increasing by 10-17% yearly.
The rates of autism have reached epidemic proportions. Doctors, pharmaceutical companies and media organizations state there is no hard scientific evidence to point to a cause...
According to Dr. Bruce Fife, coconut oil can help rebalance your brain! The key is found in coconut ketones.
Substantial and overwhelming research shows that we can all reap significant benefits from incorporating basic changes into our habits and lifestyles. It is simply a matter of making a commitment to taking control of our health so that we may enjoy a radiant life, full of robust vitality!
Every now and then, a nutrition book is written that is so well researched, grounded in science and makes so much common sense that we are simply compelled to write about it and share it with as many like-minded people. Perfect Health Diet by Paul Jaminet, Ph.D. and Shiu-Ching Jaminet, Ph.D. is such a book.