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walking as exercise

How I Took Walking for Granted

“Increasingly, studies are reaching an elementary conclusion: a consistent routine of walking is just as good as running for preventing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and cancer. As a bonus, those who walk vigorously and consistently enjoy improved cognitive function and mood, and measurably lower mortality rates.” Run for Your Life by Dr. Mark …

Local Food

Do You Want to Eat More Local Food?

The average food item on a U.S. grocery shelf has traveled farther than most families go on their annual vacations. – Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Mineral Why Eat Local Food? Why would anyone choose to buy meat and produce from local farmers instead of from the grocery store? Why do some people spend time in …

hero in the kitchen

Be the Hero in the Kitchen

When you’re washing, peeling, and chopping vegetables, do you feel like a hero? When you drive past that fast food restaurant, despite the protests from the backseat, toward home and leftovers in the fridge, do you feel like Wonder Woman? Neither do I. But maybe we should. You’ve heard it said that the hand that …


Are There Artificial Growth Hormones in My Milk? Are They Safe? The Circle of No Reason

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Definition of Food

What are Artificial Growth Hormones and Why Are They in My Milk? rBGH, (recombinant bovine growth hormone) is a genetically modified veterinary drug, administered by injection, and is used to dramatically increase milk production in cows. Patented by Monsanto, rBGH was later renamed rBST (recombinant bovine soma-totropin) in an effort to drop the H and …

Health Direction

What is Your Health Trajectory?

What is Your Health Trajectory? Today you have made choices that will affect your health, either positively or negatively. Think of the choices (conscious or not) you have made today that are likely to improve your health as well as those that are likely to reduce it. Like a bank account, we want the positives …

GMO Genetically modified food

How My GMO Vision Was Shattered

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Definition of Food

“GMO firms are radically changing our food supply and we owe it to ourselves and our families to try to understand what they are doing and why. ” GMO Myths and Truths, Edition 2, John Fagan, PhD, Michael Antoniou, PhD, and Claire Robinson, MPhil “Roundup Ready©” and Monsanto are not new terms to me. Growing …