There are no coincidences. I met Bilal while renting a car for Responsible Eating And Living. He was managing the car rental office and he asked about my business. I can’t resist an opportunity to talk about food and I told him why I founded REAL and what we do. I had no idea until I saw this interview with Bilal how that one day helped inspire him to eat a healthier diet. We’ve had many discussions about food and health since that time and I am so proud of his progress, losing weight, feeling more energized and getting healthier. Read the entire Fitness Challenge Feature – Bilal on 16-bit Sirens.
Bilal was instrumental in getting a community grant for Responsible Eating And Living which never would have happened if we didn’t have that first conversation about food. Thank you Bilal!
I am a believer in eating whole, fresh, organically grown plant-foods. But in this world where food can come from any part of the globe and labels on food can suggest all kinds of characteristics (organic, low fat, no fat, low sodium, low carb, natural, etc.) knowing what’s healthy can be really confusing. Add on top of that, information that is put out in conference presentations and blogs by people who are respected when it comes to the best knowledge in nutrition. Some information contradicts other information and we can start to feel panicky. It can be so overwhelming, some just give up, and eat whatever seems appealing in the moment.
I follow a lot of nutrition experts. I have my own biases of course, my own favorite experts, and those who make me roll my eyes in disbelief. There are a few things that are certain. We simply do not know what the ideal diet is for humans, in order to achieve maximum longevity and wellness. We do know that our diets need plant foods, and lots of them. Yes, we are capable of consuming the flesh and bodily fluids of other animals. Yet we know that eating too many animal products dramatically increases the risk of chronic disease. In general, people can do very well on a small amount of animal food or with none at all, as long as the bulk of the diet consists of whole or minimally processed fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts and seeds. I personally prefer and promote the latter, a vegan diet, not only for health, but for ethical and environmental reasons as well.
Now that more people are focusing on plant foods we are hearing about the wide range of diets available with different experts stating that their diet is best. What’s a wellness-craving human to do? Read more »
“Doctors are Out”
“I’m not a Health and Wellness Expert, I just play one on TV.”
I don’t watch a lot of television. Yesterday morning I was informed about a discussion on The Doctor’s show regarding vegan and raw food so I went to their website and watched the clip. Jillian Michaels was very outspoken against vegan diets. The more she spoke, the more it was clear that she was not ‘one of the country’s leading health and wellness experts’ as claimed on The Doctor’s website. Read more »
Today’s New York Times had two articles in it that made my chemo-tainted blood boil: U.S. Scrambling To Ease Shortage of Vital Medicine and U.S Rejects Mayor’s Plan to Ban Use of Food Stamps to Buy Soda.
In the first article we learn that there has been an increase in shortages in drugs used to treat cancer, infections and other diseases. The shortages appear to be due to the consolidation of the generic drug industry that “compete only on price and have foreign plants that are rarely inspected”. Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment who go to their appointments for an infusion are told to go home and wait for new supplies to arrive.
The second article informs us about an administrator of the U.S.D.A. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) who explains that New York City’s proposed 2-year experiment to not allow people to buy sodas with food stamps in order to see if it would reduce obesity was “too large and complex” (no pun on my part intended) to implement and evaluate.
What is wrong here? Why are we so sick that we need all these drugs? Read more »
SAD is the acronym for Standard American Diet and it is sad indeed. The health of Americans is degrading quickly with some predicting that today’s generation of children will not live as long as their parents. Our diet is killing us and the planet – with animal agriculture warming the atmosphere and degrading the environment faster than you can say “Do you want fries with that?” A diet of organic, whole, unrefined fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts and seeds is the answer to health, longevity, and mitigation of environmental destruction. Books, cookbooks, documentaries and websites keep popping up to spread the news about the power of a plant-based diet. Yet every time I read an article or hear a program about vegan diets there is always a warning. Read more »
Dear Hilton Hotels:
I appreciated receiving an email from you today thanking me for choosing Hampton Inn & Suites in Bethlehem and letting me know that you want to make all my stays as comfortable and rewarding as possible. I received a message like yours back in March 2011 from the Hilton Garden Inn/Chelsea, in Manhattan. I responded with a letter similar to this one and am disappointed that more than 5 months later, no changes have been made. Read more »
The August 15&22, 2011 issue of The New Yorker includes an article in the Dept. Of Gastronomy section by Dana Goodyear, entitled “GRUB, Eating bugs to save the planet”.
Many react with the ‘ick’ factor when hearing about things others will eat that we in this country have not considered before as food. As a vegan, for health, environmental and ethical reasons, I frankly don’t see the difference between eating a cow or a dog or a bug. Nor do I see a difference in the ‘ickiness’ between the breast of a chicken or the eye of a grasshopper. Body parts are body parts, whether you eat them or not. What bugs me is not whether people choose to try specialty foods from around the world, including insects, but that we are not focusing on what is really essential for personal health and the health of the planet. Read more »
REAL is honored to know Mary Ann Lederer and have her as a friend. Her story is an inspiration to all. She recently celebrated her 70th birthday and gave the speech below at a Vegan Earth event in Cincinnati last month. We like to share stories about REAL people making a difference in this world and Mary Ann is one of them.
Celebrating 70 – Healthy Food and Lifestyle for Survival
by Mary Ann Lederer
It hasn’t been easy for me to get to 70, so I’m celebrating. Thirty-five years ago I was shot in the back. I was 35 at the time, so this September will be a turning point when I will have spent half my life paralyzed. And this July I turned 70. So I’m celebrating.
When I was shot 35 years ago, I had a near death experience, was in a coma and then woke up. I was soon asking myself some questions which I’m told are the questions most women ask when they have been severely injured. Who will care about me now? Who will love me? Who will be there for me when I need help? It was very scary the not knowing. But then I went through wonderful physical therapy and learned to take care of myself. Read more »
Between the Fourth of July and Bastille Day, another celebration is taking place in this hot month of July, right here in my apartment in New York City — Today, Wednesday, July 13, I am celebrating four years cancer-free. It was a harrowing time for me, when on October 3, 2006, I was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer and 10 months later on July 13, 2007, I went in for what I’d hoped would be the final surgery of three to rid my body of the deadly disease. Here I am, on July 13, 2011, four years later to proudly say it worked. Now I’ll bet you are asking yourself, define “it”? Glad you asked. Read more »
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