Eating Seasonally

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Even though we all have heard time and again how important it is to get in our recommended servings of fruits and vegetables, most of us rarely do despite all of the health benefits associated with consuming them. However it’s not just eating our fruits and vegetables that benefit us, but also eating them seasonally. There are several reasons why consuming seasonal fruits and vegetables ranks even higher than just eating fruits and vegetables.

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Eco Farming Near New York City

My client recently left NYC, took her kids and moved to the country. A single mother with two amazing kids, left the hustle and bustle of Manhattan and set up an organic sustainable farm in upstate New York. They grow most of their own food. They compost, reuse pretty much everything, waste nothing and use animals for pest control. It looks like ‘the simple life’, but truthfully it is hard work that makes you strong and is thoroughly rewarding. The animals are heritage breeds (endangered species), which means they need to be farmed properly or they go extinct. Got that vegans?

This particular weekend I went upstate to the farm to help prepare for Hurricane Irene. I took all these beautiful photos with my Blackberry. There’s also a short video where my little buddy (who I have been coaching since he was 10 yrs old) takes us on a guided tour of their sustainable, small family farm.

Clouds rolling in… As Hurricane Irene approached, we had to harvest all the produce as fast as possible…

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Vegan vs. Paleo – Who Do You Believe?

Eat Meat or Go Vegetarian?  Who and what do you believe about ‘what to eat’?

I’d like to share some insight from my journey as a 15-year vegan/vegetarian. Really, I could write a book about it, and I might some day. For now, I’m going to do my best to summarize some important lessons on psychology (beliefs), food, health, environment and ethics of ‘paleo or vegan’ as well as some personal experiences.

These are critical points that people base their worldview on – these are personal, professional, spiritual and global issues. People need to be informed. If we are going to make diet & lifestyle choices, they need to be informed by truth, whether you eat meat or go vegan or are somewhere in between.

I’ll start with a brief overview of a few factors that influenced my transition from vegan/vegetarian to eating meat. Then I’ll cover two critical points most people get wrong – nutrition and the environmental issues surrounding eating meat. I will also dispel some myths about the topic so you’ll have real reasons to base your beliefs and guide your diet & lifestyle choices.

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Grass Fed Beef Nutrition Facts

Since the 1950’s Americans have been getting an official message from government & academia that animal foods (saturated fat & cholesterol) are bad for us and man made, processed foods (oils & grains in particular) are good.

In recent years red meat has gained a real bad rap – from increased risk of mortality from heart disease and cancer to environmental destruction.

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8 Nutrition Mistakes Uncovered and How to Avoid Them

I meet people everyday in NYC.

I do consultations weekly. Others I meet while hanging out with friends. I see some interesting things.

Interestingly enough, I have found that many people simply don’t care about their health and often times are lying to themselves about it. Many people have absolutely no idea what they are talking about. Some people don’t care until they get sick and diseased and then they are forced to deal with it. Even then, as Carolyn Myss says in her book Creating Health: ‘Most people would rather die than change their diet.’

Then there are the special few that truly want to look and feel better and want an awesome life regardless of their current level of health & wellness. These people are the exceptions – and the most inspiring people to hang out with and work with.

If you really want an awesome life and experience true health & vitality – make sure you don’t make these common mistakes that even the smartest people with the best intentions make.

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Does Red Meat Cause Cancer?

Does Red Meat Cause Cancer, Heart Disease and Eternal Damnation in Hell?

Earlier this week every major news organization published an article on a recent study that was published Monday in Archives of Internal Medicine. A research team led by Rashmi Sinha, Ph.D., from the National Cancer Institute looked at more than 500,000 people aged 50 to 71 and came to the conclusion that red meat causes cancer, heart disease and if we avoid it, we will live longer.

Headlines read ‘Want to live longer? Cut back on red meat’ and ‘Premature death from red meat’ and other similar sensational titles.

You want to know the real deal with red meat?

The truth is this —

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URGENT: Your Food Supply is in Danger!

If you value your health and your freedom to choose unpolluted food, then your help is needed.

The USDA is trying to mandate a program that will be so costly and bureaucratic for small farmers that it will likely drive them out of business.

Why Small Farms Are So Important

Organic food is an essential part of good health because

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Organic Produce – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

What’s the deal with organic food?

It seems to be everywhere these days, right?

Actually, its always been around. I was eating organic food in 1980 because my mom had a friend that owned a health food store in North Miami Beach.

Although many people think it is a new trend in food, organic farming has been practiced since the invention of farming about 12,000 years ago.

Organic produce is grown without pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, free from human or industrial waste, can not be genetically modified and processed with irradiation.

Organic food has fewer pesticides, fewer nitrates from fertilizers, is superior for our health and
the health of the environment, especially our soil.

The first list of produce below has the highest contamination from pesticides.

These are specific foods that you should definitely get organic.

If you can’t afford organic food all the time, or when you are traveling and don’t have much of a choice,
the second list of produce has the least amounts of pesticides and are relatively safer choices.

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Diet For Stress Management

A recent poll by the American Psychologist Association showed Americans are turning to junk food, alcohol and ‘comfort’ foods when stressed. I also see it every day in New York City – the more stress goes up, the more business for Starbucks. This might be a popular, but it is not a wise coping strategy and causes more stress in many other ways.

 

Your diet & lifestyle have a profound and underappreciated effect on your moods and physical stress response. I will cover some basics of nutrition & stress tips that will help you cope and get healthy at the same time!

 

Every meal produces a hormonal response. Your hormones control your emotions and thus affect your perception. Certain foods trigger a stress response while others can help you stay calm by balancing your energy and hormonal systems. What you eat before, during and after any stressful event will either help you cope or make it difficult to deal. Here are some tiups that will help you stay focused and energized during the economic crisis.

 

Eat a fat, protein and a carb at every meal or snack.

 

Since all carbs are sugars, eating a carb by itself (or skipping meals) is a sure fire way to create energy & hormonal imbalances. Yes, fruits and vegetables are carbs, the best carbs in fact. So choosing smart carbs like fruit and veggies, but also including a fat and protein, will help you tremendously.

 

Eat 4-6 times per day, no matter what! This creates hormonal balance and maintains energy levels so you can cope effectively.

 

You are designed to drink nothing but water. Even a small drop in your water needs can trigger brain fog. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day, spread throughout the day.

 

Sugar, in all its forms, triggers hormonal volatility. Artificial sweeteners can also trigger brain chemistry imbalance and cravings which not only make it difficult to deal, but also create more physical stress later in the day.

 

Due to the high prevalence and under diagnosed reality that is celiac disease, it may be helpful to simply avoid grains and notice how you feel. If you are gluten intolerant and don’t know about it, you could be eating foods that cause a whole host of health problems, including brain chemistry imbalance and digestive problems.

 

There are many other foods that trigger energy and hormonal imbalances and these are just a few.

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