Saturday, September 27, 2008

Sensual eating

I'm speaking tonight for the PA sustainable agricultue dinner, and doing a session on sensual eating.

I teach them to taste their food. This is one of the most fundamental ways to control our cultural health problems.

Paying attention to the taste and texture and aroma of your food is something we need to do every time we eat.

I hope it goes well with them.
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Birthday

Today is my birthday.

Being another year older has never bothered me, as I know it does for some. I am so grateful to be alive, to breathe and to think and to feel and to laugh and to love and to taste and drink from this miraculous life.

Being older does hit with sledgehammer fear that the ride is almost over and you have to get off. It hits me that I have one more year to be thankful for living.

To see. To taste. To feel. To live fully. These are the things that I want to reaffirm on my birthday.
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Friday, September 26, 2008

Culture of health

The woman beside me has a large weight problem. She's also drinking a diet Coke.

You just want to say to her, "diet soda is more strongly correlated with weight gain than even the regular syrupy sodas.

It is not your answer, anfd it may be part of your troubles!!

I think we are making progress in changing the culture -- I see it in snippets now and then -- but it has a wicked strong undertow that wants to suck us out into an unhealthy lifestyle.
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Coming home

Eating on the road is horrendous. Even when you eat at locations that have decent ingredients, expansive portions can make your portions expansive, and I personally can't wait to get home and eat my own food.

Another aspect that makes travel difficult is the disruption of sleep and a normal schedule. This creates cravings, and does so in just the place where you don't have ready access to healthy food choices.

The perfect storm of dietary disaster.

So I'm just glad that I'll be sleeping in my own bed tinight and making my own dinner with Dottie.
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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Southern hospitality

I spoke today for the Rome, Ga Rotary club. This is an organization of about 200 business leaders committed to improving their community.

They provided lunch, and I knew I was south of the Mason Dixon when I saw what they were serving: black-eyed peas, corn bread, green beans, catfish, and blackberry cobbler.

There's no place like home, there's no place like home, there's no place like home.

What I appreciated about them is that, like people from San Diego to New York City to Omaha, they recognized the importance of improving our "culture of health".

We could talk about molecule micromanagement until you fall dead asleep, but that would do precisely nothing to help fix our health problems. It is better to emphasize the root causes, which stem from our errant culture of health.

The more we say it, the more it will seep into our consciousness -- and then have an impact.

The lunch was great. The group reception was warm and gracious. It was a good day.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

kickoff

It reminds me of the time when Whole Foods finally made it to Pittsburgh. For its first 6 months, this particular Whole Foods did more volume per square foot than any WF in the nation. There was a serious market for healthy foods. People want it, and respond with enthusiasm when they finally get it.
 
Today, at the big kickoff event, we had hoped to generate some interest on campus to just attend. We had hoped that our outreach strategy would get their attention. We had hoped we might get 100 or so students to show up for the kick off seminar.
 
We had 750. Their beautiful gym was packed. 
 
The enthusiasm is tremendous across the campus, from faculty, staff, students and the community. The coordination with food service, SGA, athletics, academics, HR, Student Affairs and the rest, is SO heartening, because this is exactly what we need to do to provide a real change; a real improvement in the culture of health.
 
For the rest of the day, I'm meeting w the IRB (to be able to publish our results as research), then Food Service, then a local radio interview, then SGA.
 
 

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day two

Yesterday was a very long day. I had gotten in the night before around midnight, got probably 3 hrs sleep, and woke up early for an interview.
 
It took about 7 hrs to train about 15 people to be able to deliver our programs across campus. The energy in the room was tremendous. They are enthusiastic about making a seismic change in the culture of campus health.
 
The athletes in the room (from Ladies Basketball) came and contributed a lot to the group, as did the guys representing the Residence Halls. What will make this work is exactly this kind of integrated collaboration.
 
It was a great day.
 
Today is the big kick off talk at 11:00, lunch w the President at noon, a 2:00 meeting w Aramark, and 7:00 w SGA.
 
I am so proud of Berry College for doing this.
 

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Bacteria Equals Big Bucks

There is money on the table. Probiotics are the next, new, hot, crankin', market, wonder product.

But there are many forms of probiotics (foods with bacteria that are healthy for your gut).
  1. Those foods that have been fermented over time.
  2. Those foods that have been sterilized, and then have had bacteria added back to them.
  3. Probiotic pills.

We know that the best source of vitamins are from your food. And we also now know that vitamin supplements can be harmful, or irrelevant, to improving your health. But we didn't figure that out until after we had been advised to take vitamin pills ... for over 40 years.

So now probiotics are the newest new thing, and we will certainly be approached by everyone on the planet to buy their "product". But is it good for you to eat the probiotic foods outside of the context of real foods?

Rather than eat the pills, the most conservative approach would be to stick with food, and wait for the next 40 years of studies to reveal whether the artificial form of the probiotics are actually healthy for you.


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Monday, September 22, 2008

Big Beginnings

Berry College has fully embraced a campus-wide wellness initiative. They're integrating our Mediterranean approach across the board, across the disparate departments, to make a substantial improvement in the health status of their students.

But the faculty, staff, and leadership are all taking part. I am training about 25 of them today, all day, to be able to present the PATH program in class and out of class.

When I talk about needing an improvement in the culture of health .... this is a perfect example.

I'm being interviewed this morning by the local Newspaper. We want to broaden the campus-wide outreach to become city wide. Again, to get a positive change in the culture of health.

It's exciting to start. We have a lot of good work to do!!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Chlorinated Brownies

My daughter was asking about making brownies for a bake sale at her school (a public high school), and was told that she certainly could.

Great!!

Oh, as long as you make them with chlorinate sugar (a.k.a., Splenda). The cafeteria had gone over their limit in the amount of sugar they can serve in a day.

So, as long as the brownies are made with synthetic chemicals, you can feed them to children.

The absurd part of this is the fact that the majority of sugar consumed in the U.S. Is eaten through the additive sugars found in processed food products (high fructose corn syrup, being the most common).

It does not come from the sugar in your tea (or brownies).

If the cafeteria is over their sugar limit, it is most likely because they are offering too many processed food products. There is no additive sugar in Potato, Chicken, or Fish.

This is a perfect example of our current culture of health.
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