Think vegans can’t get power from their food? Think again! Believe it or not, tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams follow a healthy, balanced raw vegan diet during the tennis season. That’s right, both raw and vegan! These women kick serious butt on the court without eating any cooked food or animal products. While the superstar sisters technically consider themselves ‘chegan’ — because they occasionally indulge in cooked fish or chicken if they feel the need/want to celebrate — their foundational diet for health and training is both raw and vegan. The sisters didn’t grow up like this. While their mother made a lot of green juices, they consumed traditional American fare. However, when Venus was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease —Sjögren’s syndrome — she decided to become raw vegan to take control of her body and health. She began consuming a lot of veggies, green juices and raw, sprouted foods. She’s a big fan of smoothies, her favorite ingredients being strawberry, mango, spinach, orange juice and ginger. Read
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) doesn’t buy Monsanto’s claim that GM foods are ‘safe.’ In fact, the agency states, “several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food.” So why are we still being force-fed unlabeled GM foods by big multinational food companies? The AAEM reports that GM foods can cause multiple adverse health conditions including “infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system.” The AAEM has even asked physicians to tell their patients to avoid GM foods. Does your doctor tell you to avoid genetically modified organisms? Does your doctor even know what GMOs are? Read More
Russia has just announced a game-changing move in the fight against Monsanto’s GMOs, completely banning the use of genetically modified ingredients in any and all food production. In other words, Russia just blazed way past the issue of GMO labeling and shut down the use of any and all GMOs that would have otherwise entered the food supply through the creation of packaged foods (and the cultivation of GMO crops). Read
A shocking new report released Tuesday by the organization GMO Free USA found that Gerber’s food product known as “Graduates Lil’ Crunchies” contain Roundup Ready corn—a type of genetically-modified corn that actually produces insecticides. According to GMO Free USA: “We sent a package of Gerber Graduates Lil’ Crunchies Veggie Dip Baked Whole Grain Corn Snack to a certified lab to test for the presence of GMO material. The quantitative PCR test verified, by DNA analysis, that 100 percent of the corn in the Lil’ Crunchies Veggie Dip was GMO. All of the corn has been genetically-engineered to be herbicide tolerant (Roundup Ready) and the corn contained DNA sequences known to be present in Bt insecticide-producing GMO corn.” Read
No one bats 1000, but according to Ignacio Chapela, a microbiologist from UC Berkeley in California, the biotech industry. He says they’ve only come up with 2 genetically modified traits in 40 years despite fouling our air, water, and soil, while genetically engineering our food to withstand copious amounts of toxic chemicals. Chapela says that no one talks about just how badly biotech is progressing, despite billions spent on research and the forever-promise of new organisms that repel pests, or to supposedly stop malaria from spreading, or some other biotech-specific trait that they have yet to master. Chapela points out that GMO scientists have become like priests, with a ‘central dogma’ that specific traits are determined by certain genes. If that were true, we could have put wings on pigs to make them fly. He explains: Read
If you’re thirsty, pure water is always a good bet for a healthy beverage. But if you’re looking for a beverage to sip and savor while you start your day, take a work break, or relax in the evening, water doesn’t always hit the spot. Fortunately, while there is no substitute for water (your body needs a healthy amount each and every day) there are other healthy beverages to choose from. Chief among those are coffee and tea, which should be good news to most of you, since these are among the most consumed beverages in the world. Read More
When you drop a piece of food on the floor, is it really OK to eat if you pick up within five seconds? This urban food myth contends that if food spends just a few seconds on the floor, dirt and germs won’t have much of a chance to contaminate it. Research in my lab has focused on how food and food contact surfaces become contaminated, and we’ve done some work on this particular piece of wisdom. While the “five-second rule” might not seem like the most pressing issue for food scientists to get to the bottom of, it’s still worth investigating food myths like this one because they shape our beliefs about when food is safe to eat. So is five seconds on the floor the critical threshold that separates an edible morsel from a case of food poisoning? It’s a bit a more complicated than that. It depends on just how much bacteria can make it from floor to food in a few seconds and just how dirty the floor is. Read
On today's Warrior Connection, they had a discussion about diet, nutrition, and weight control. The physiological effects of toxic exposures have a serious negative effect on cellular nutrition and hence a sound well balanced diet is essential.
Part II: Karin Dina, The Raw Food Nutrition Handbook: An Essential Guide to Understanding Raw Food Diets
Karin-DinaKarin Dina is a chiropractic doctor who has been studying and practicing raw food nutrition for over 25 years. Karin studied naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University, graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic West, and has an honors degree in biology.
The Karin and Rick Dinas are co-developers and instructors of the series of Science of Raw Food Nutrition classes taught at Living Light Culinary Institute in Ft. Bragg, California. They have an international consulting and lab work analysis practice and are dedicated to teaching a functional and scientifically sound approach to raw, plant-based diets.
The Natural Nurse Ellen Kamhi PhD RN, www.naturalnurse.com, interviews Registered Dietitian Beth Warren, author of Living a Real Life with Real Food: How to Get Healthy, Lose Weight and Stay Energized, – The Kosher Way! Beth is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a New York State Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist with a private practice in Brooklyn, New York. Beth holds a Master of Science degree in Nutrition from Brooklyn College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Yeshiva University. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM) and Nutrition Entrepreneurs (NE) practice groups, New York State Dietetic Association (NYSDA) and the Society of Nutrition Education (SNE). Beth is also a nutrition expert for healthprofs.com, a part of the Kosher Food Blogger and Around the Plate blogging communities and a certified PreventObesity.net leader. She serves on the nutrition advisory board for the food company Tryst Gourmet.
Along with conducting nutrition counseling in her private practice for both pediatric and adult clients, Beth is the nutritionist at the Morris I. Franco Community Cancer Center and the head sports nutritionist for the Sephardic Bikur Holim, a not-for-profit organization. She also works as a consultant for schools and businesses to help organize nutritious and delicious meals and snacks, perform workshops, health fairs and lectures for clients including The Macular Degeneration Association and the Sephardic Community Center.
Through research and clinical experiences in varied healthcare settings including working with children with food allergies, Autism and ADHD, elderly in nursing homes, patients in a hospital with diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, malnourishment, eating disorder or other medical conditions, Beth witnessed first-hand, the power of good nutrition in healing the mind and body. The commonality she discovered was the importance of cleaning up the diet as the foundation for healthy living. Good nutrition begins with eating real food. And real food is Beth’s real life. CONTACT:www.BethWarrenNutrition.com.