Watch FOOD MATTERS for Free
According to a review at Top Documentary Films, the “focus of the film is in helping us rethink the belief systems fed to us by our modern medical and health care establishments." Under the subtitle You Are What You Eat "the filmmakers have interviewed several leading experts in nutrition and natural healing who claim that not only are we harming our bodies with improper nutrition, but that the right kind of foods, supplements and detoxification can be used to treat chronic illnesses as fatal as terminally diagnosed cancer.”
User reviews at Top Documentary Films and at IMDB give FOOD MATTERS very good ratings, although not everybody found it entertaining and some complained that the main theme is highly repetitive. While not everybody does agree with every opinion or interpretation of this documentary, its fundamental truth seems to be undisputed: What we eat matters and our food has a tremendous effect on our well-being. To quote the 2010 press release for this film: “a natural approach can be more effective, more economical and less harmful than most conventional medical treatments”!
So, take advantage of this unique opportunity to watch FOOD MATTERS for free … and then, after the holidays, when it’s time for your New Year’s Resolution, remember to Eat What Makes Sense, because food does indeed matter to your health!
METABOLIC BALANCE Article in SoFit Magazine
metabolic balance coach Myra Nissen, a Certified Classical Homeopath, who practices in the San Francisco Bay Area, wrote this article titled HEALING THROUGH METABOLIC BALANCE for the current issue of SoFit Magazine. In her article Myra explains why women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) may find losing weight more challenging and how a customized nutrition program like metabolic balance can help with the symptoms of PCOS.
Holiday Weight Gain - Fact or Fiction?
It’s the time of the year when many of us wonder how much weight we might gain this holiday season. The most commonly used rule of thumb says 5-7 pounds, although there does not seem to be strong scientific support for this number.
An old study from 2000, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, is frequently quoted to relieve our fears: researchers reported that on average, adult Americans only gain one pound during the period from mid-November through New Year’s Day.
There are just a few issues with this study that mainstream media usually forgets to mention:
the study used a convenience sample, primarily National Institutes of Health employees, rather than a population-based sample
those, who had a major holiday weight gain (more than 5 pounds), were more likely to be overweight or obese
among the entire population, weight gain during the holiday season explained 51% of annual weight gain
A brand new study published in the September 2013 issue of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition supports these concerns and concludes that the majority of the average annual weight gain (1 kg / year) reported by others may occur during the holiday season. Obese participants were most at risk as they showed the greatest increases in body fat. Initial body weight, not exercise, significantly predicted body fat and weight gain.
So, regardless of the exact number, holiday weight gain is a fact and, furthermore, the additional weight is there to stay. To make things worse, there is a good chance that overweight or obese people may add significantly more weight - which affects two thirds of the American population!
In other words - now is the time for healthy choices! Follow our blog throughout the holiday season to find healthy recipes and tips & tricks for healthy celebrations.
In last week’s blog about America Recycles Day we mentioned that the concept of Sustainability is being adopted by more and more companies. This reminded me of another holistic and environment-friendly method that we observed first hand at a winery tour after our San Francisco Certification Seminar in August - Biodynamic Farming.
Here we learned that all Benziger Family Winery estate vineyards are Demeter-certified Biodynamic, which is the highest level of organic farming. On the tour on can experience this approach, where eliminating synthetic chemicals is just the beginning. Biodynamics goes further, encouraging biodiversity and a closed nutrient system. Instead of bagged fertilizer, weed killer and pesticides the estate vineyards rely on composting, natural predator-prey relationships, cover crops, and the animals that live on the estates, to keep the vineyard healthy and balanced.
Biodynamic farming is not only used for wine - the method is used for many other products. Consumers who are already shopping organic to optimize the nutritional value of their foods but also want to minimize their ecological impact, may want to look at producs from biodynamic farms.
Biodynamic food healthier for our bodies …
… and it’s healthier for our environment!
America Recycles - Do You?
Actually America doesn’t either! Only a minority of Americans truly do - how else can one explain that in “2011, Americans generated about 250 million tons of trash and recycled and composted almost 87 million tons of this material, equivalent to a 34.7 percent recycling rate" .
According to the annual EPA Facts and Figures Report we are doing pretty well with the recycling of some materials / products (auto batteries, paper, aluminum cans) while our success with others (food, plastic, tires) can only be called emberrasing! Click on the EPA Infographic below for more facts about the state of recycling in the USA today.
Learn: I will find out what materials are collected for recycling in my community.
Act: Reduce my personal waste by recycling. Within the next month, I will recycle more.
Share: In the next month, I will encourage one family member or one friend to take the pledge.
While recycling may seem an off-topic for this blog, there are many interactions between the state of our environment and our well-being - newer research has actually revealed strong indications of a significant correlation between contamination / pollution and obesity!
I am inclined to attribute the majority of the recently improved recycling statistics to an increased focus on corporate sustainability. As a matter of fact, a survey conducted by Ernst & Young and the GreenBiz Group in 2011 suggests that “sustainability efforts are now well-integrated into the corporate fabric of a growing number of large and midsized companies”.
Today is the day to demonstrate that we are at least as committed as those businesses and that sustainability efforts are well-integrated into our personal fabric:
Set an example today and drop your recycled waste with one of the almost 10,000 curbside recycling programs!
We certainly will!