by Andres VergaraLAc, MAc and Michele Collins, RH (AHG), MPH
The concept of sweet that we tend to think of in the west is very different from the way traditional systems, like Chinese medicine classify sweet foods. Sweet foods in any traditional system include nearly all vegetables, meats, as well as whole grains and legummes. These foods comprise the basis of a healthy diet...
Editor´s Note: This is a great article that explains the concept of 'sweet' foods according to Chinese medicine. It offers an explanation to the process of cravings, and a simple and convenient way to counteract a sweet tooth.
Editor´s Note: The pomegranate is a healthy, beautiful and delicious fruit, but how many of us pass right by them, thinking "too much work" or just have no clue on how to prepare. This short video presents the simple preparation of this ancient fruit, packed with powerful anti-oxidants and fiber.
by Lynn Colwell & Corey Colwell-Lipson
Summer’s long over. School is back in session. And that means Halloween is knocking at your door.
We thought that in addition to reminding you to check out GreenHalloween for ideas, we’d pass on some tips from our fellow green bloggers...
Editor´s Note: Whether it's using tea oil to preserve a pumpkin from molding or avoiding lead in Halloween candy, authors of "Celebrate Green" Lynn Colwell and daughter Corey Colwell-Lipson have summoned top bloggers that are in the know for a green Halloween.
Editor’s Note: This is a really great light soup that makes a great lunch when paired with a salad, or for a heartier meal pair a stir-fry of seasonal vegetables. The miso here is made from chickpeas and although it is just typically used as a flavoring agent, it has quite a nutrient profile. It contains a substantial amount of protein in a relatively small amount and because it is fermented with a fungus that can produce vitamin B12, it is one of very few vegan sources of that vitamin. It also provides tryptophan, an amino acid essential for the production of serotonin with in the body, diets high in this amino acid have been associated with lower levels of depression...
by Katharine Pike
There's a common misperception that if we’ve got the right food formula, our problems will go away. Reality is that we can have what we think is the perfect amalgam of ingredients and it can produce exactly the opposite results that we want because there are so many other factors to consider...
Editor's Note from Neda Smith: We have all been on diets either it being Atkins, Dukan or deciding to become vegan. The one area all the diets fail to touch upon is the vocabulary we assign to our foods. This food is "good" and this one is "bad". Katharine Pike provides us with a different set of rules and vocabulary to live by. One that is in line with who YOU are.
by Alex Duncan, PhD
Please note, this is not an exhaustive discussion of the pros and cons of raw versus cooked food diets. As a rule of thumb, Ayurveda does not advise a 100% or near 100% raw food diet for long term use...
Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Eating raw foods is always a topic of interest when discussing diet with followers of Ayurveda. Most individuals do not posess enough agni, nor live in climates where a 100% raw food diet is possible. The Asthanga Hrydayam notes how an all raw food diet can significantly affect Vata and lead to disease. Ayurveda therefore usually advises against a raw food diet and supports fresh, gently cooked foods for maximum nutrition and building agni. Join Alex Duncan in his article's discussion of raw food diets and see how raw foods may or may not fit into your diet. Namaste
Editor's Note from Neda Smith: Since the 1970's there has been a lot of controversy about high cholesterol foods and their affects on the body. There is now evidence showing that Statin pills can cause cancer, especially skin cancer. Since Statins have been on the market there has also been a rise of skin cancer. Here is a short excerpt on the movie Statin Nation. It is definitely worth it.
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