Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Top Foodie Picks For Movie Night At Home

These 2 documentaries are on my 'must watch' list and should be on yours if you are concerned about the food you and your family eats.
Here is a synopsis: "In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that's been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, insecticide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won't go bad, but we also have new strains of e coli--the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually." (
The second one is King Corn (
“For the first time in American history, our generation was at risk of having a shorter lifespan than our parents. And it was because of what we ate.”
—Curt Ellis, KING CORN filmmaker

6 Surprising Exercise Facts

From cardio and cravings to weight training and energy drinks. For the full article click here:

Friday, April 16, 2010

Genes and Breast Cancer

Experts say that women in Western countries can reduce their breast cancer risk by up to one third by changing their diet and physical activity. Some experts believe 90 percent of cases are preventable.
If you have a family history of breast cancer your risk rises significantly. However, according to research only 20-30 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer are actually genetically predisposed to it.
(According to Dr. Mercola): "And the truth is, you are NOT a captive to your genes. The KEY to remember here is that it is NOT your genes that dictate your health but rather the expression of your genes. You have the ability to easily turn genes on and off with your lifestyle and emotional state." To read on:

Lack of Border Inspection of U.S. Food Supply

It is estimated that about 0.6 percent of our food supply entering the U.S.A is inspected by the FDA. This poses serious health risks especially when the food is contaminated with toxins, banned chemicals, carcinogens, and high levels of antibiotics. According to Economy in Crisis 80% of the fish sold in America is from third world countries not known for their food safety standards.
For the full article go to:

Friday, April 9, 2010

Yes, fat is good for you!

Here is another handy list of the best types of fat that should be in your diet:

1. Organic, free-range animal meats and fats such as lard, tallow etc. (high heat cooking)
2. Fish or high quality fish-oil supplements. (should come from wild fish that have been filtered for heavy metal toxicity and other metal toxicity.)
3. Organic, free-range eggs –the yolk should be kept intact during cooking to prevent oxidizing the cholesterol in the yolk. (boiling or low-temperature poaching and frying)
4. Raw nuts, soaked before eating to break down the phyto-nutrients and makes all the nutrients more bio-available.
5. Avocados – a good source of monounsaturated oleic acid.
6. Cold-pressed, unfiltered organic olive oil –(moderate temperature cooking)
7. Butter, raw if possible – Butter has many benefits including fat-soluble vitamins, short and medium chain fatty acids-from pasture-fed cows only – this has strong anti-cancer properties
8. Ghee (clarified butter)
9. Coconut oil or butter – high in medium-chain FA(high heat cooking)
10. Pumpkin seed oil
11. Flax seed oil – Always keep refrigerated and never heat.
12. Castor oil
13. Cod liver oil
14. Palm oil – (high heat cooking)
Go to one of the best websites to learn more:

Top Offenders

Many of us cannot afford to buy all of our fruits and vegetables in the organic section. Although, organic is the best route if you want to reduce your consumption of pesticides,if you can't or if it's not available experts say to at least focus on the foods you eat most of the time. Copy this list of top pesticide offenders and stick it on your refrigerator as a reminder: apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, imported grapes, nectarines, strawberries,peaches,pears,lettuce, spinach, and potatoes.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Soy And Corn Tied To Bee Colony Collapse

Here is a very interesting article on the declining bee colony issue. Pesticides, genetically modified crops, corn pollen, and cell phone towers have all been named as possible causes. Some beekeepers feed their bees a mixture of sugar and soy protein to stimulate breeding and production which contributes to immune system depression. Go to and scroll to Soy Alert on the sidebar for the full article.