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It's Black History Month

Every February we celebrate heart health and love. But we also celebrate Black History Month, paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society and to celebrate their amazing contributions to modern life. Their tenacity, inventiveness, achievements and ability to go high when society goes low teaches all of us valuable life lessons.

 

May We Live In Interesting Times

There’s an old Chinese saying: “May you live in interesting times.” Never has that been truer. With political upheaval, fundamental extremism, violence at every turn, hatred and division, climate change that can no longer be ignored, we have all chosen to live in interesting times.

Is there really anything to celebrate at this magical time of year?

You can be sure there is. Each and every one of us has the power to change the world, beginning with ourselves and letting that change vibrate through our families, communities, cities, countries and the world.

An Open Letter to the Philadelphia Eagles

November 21, 2015

Mr. Jeffrey Lurie, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Philadelphia Eagles
NovaCare Complex
One NovaCare Way
Philadelphia, PA 19145

 

Dear Mr. Lurie,

Label.ology: Agave Nectar (Syrup)

Label.ology

In this feature, we’re taking labels…and ingredients apart.

Foods Your Family Will Love

We have all had those days…or heard the stories. You are worried about your family’s health. You desperately want them to eat healthy food so you buy books, scour the internet for recipes, attend cooking classes. You create a colorful, creative, flavorful meal for them to enjoy and they turn up their noses. You scrape it into the trash, despondent over the fact that your family wouldn’t even consider eating it….didn’t even try it.

Now what?

No Choice but to Be Fat?

‘Sometimes I have no choice but to eat heavy, greasy food…’ goes the opening line in a television ad for ‘Activia,’ the yogurt enriched with ‘bifidus regularis’ (an invented marketing name for Dannon’s exclusively used probiotic) to normalize digestion. A professional-looking woman runs through her day, grabbing a hot dog, cake at a party to illustrate the point.

But it’s not Dannon and their manufactured bacteria that got me thinking about the health of this country. No, it was the opening line of the ad that got me.

The Impulses of Impulse Eating

We have all done it. We’re cleaning up after a party, holiday feast, or other celebration and you munch as you go. There’s one cookie left on the plate, and we eat it. We’re not hungry, but it’s there. Are you hungry? Nope, but we eat anyway.

What’s up? Are we weak-willed losers, or is there something more to impulse eating? Well, it’s complicated, and I am no expert on what makes us tick. Suffice it to say that I only know what I know from experience and talking to experts on the subject.

Why We Eat

Thirty years ago, I changed the way I eat in order to regain my health during a life-threatening illness. Obviously, it worked out well, as I am here and healthy these many years later.

In the process of discovering my way back to health, I was introduced to Japanese philosopher, Georges Oshawa, considered to be the father of modern macrobiotics and its accompanying lifestyle. Oshawa has penned many books and in my reading, I was enchanted (and sometimes shocked) by many of his very black and white statements.

Is Healthy Living the Privilege of a Few?

In these hard economic times, people are watching their dwindling money do less and less. We also continuously hear about living well, eating naturally and preventing disease. These three basic concepts of a healthy life have taken on the aura of out-of-reach luxury. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Can We Cut Crime by Changing Cafeteria Menus?

I know; I know. It’s controversial. Some say crazy, but what if we could reduce crime and violence by simply changing cafeteria menus? A high school in Appleton, Wisconsin tried an experiment under the enlightened guidance of their principal, LuAnn Coenen. She wanted to see if she could positively affect the fighting, weapons-carrying and general lack of focus and discipline in the school by changing the food the kids ate.