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Seriously…What The Health?


So….I’m sure you have heard of this new Netflix documentary entitled “What The Health”. If you haven’t yet, go watch it.

What The Health is a compelling account of how we need to pay far better attention to what we eat, where our food is sourced, how the vast majority of food manufacturers show a general lack of concern for public health, the negative implications of the “American Diet”, etc.

Knowing that I’m a wellness enthusiast, a few friends recently asked me if I have seen What The Health, as they found it rather revelatory and were profoundly impacted by its message. While I was thrilled to hear that my friends intend to make some positive changes in their diet as a result of seeing the film, something far deeper occurred to me when I heard this. My first knee-jerk thought was….haven’t you already seen Food Inc, Forks Over Knives, and all of those other documentaries with an identical message?? My second thought was – SHIT – have you never read my blog?! 

Half joking aside, this same exact “food revolution” type of content has been presented to us over the years time and time again. Yes, admittedly the information is always one-sided and very dramatic (by design), but it all centers around a profoundly true message. The message is very clear and easy to understand. If we all collectively adopt more of a plant-based diet, we will improve our health, the health of animals and the health of our planet. There is absolutely no way to scientifically dispute this fact.
While I certainly appreciate What The Health and other films which promote this altruistic message — and it IS entirely altruistic, as the producers of the films stand to gain ZERO if you adopted a vegan diet — I truly wonder when this message will finally “catch on”. I wonder if it will happen in my lifetime. I wonder if it will ever happen at all….

I believe the only way this message has the potential to catch on is if/when someone with SERIOUS INFLUENCE makes it a priority to educate the masses, tell everyone that we are all moving in a very dangerous direction and we desperately need to course correct. And I’m not talking about some hippie MD that no one knows….I’m talking about someone that everyone knows, trusts, likes and respects. The deterrent is that any major progress in this area unravel the entire animal agriculture industry. The ramifications on our nation’s economy could be fairly widespread — some negative (meat and dairy industries) and some positive (out-of-control healthcare spending spiral). I’m guessing the uncertainty of it all is why we don’t see more of a concerted effort in this manner being served up by any of our public leadership? Perhaps with a healthy side dish of apathy? Not to mention threatening the “free will” that Americans so cherish so deeply. Because if someone wants a cheeseburger, they should be able to snap their fingers and get a cheeseburger….right?? UGH.

Americans may not realize this, but we have had some “close calls” over the years when it comes to the concept of national dietary overhaul. Bill Clinton effectively REVERSED his heart disease by adopting a plant-based diet. I wish that Bill and the Clinton Foundation was more involved in promoting his incredible story of transformation to the masses but, since there really isn’t any money to be made in it, nothing much has become of it. And Michelle Obama tried to fight childhood obesity more recently through her “Let’s Move” program, but this was just barely scratching the surface of the issue and didn’t have sharp teeth. So while there has been some activity around this subject, no one of any relevance has made this their UNWAVERING CAUSE and changed our collective mindset on food. I think we may need an upheaval to initiate a total overhaul in how we eat and it must come soon. I believe that the issue of public health is AT LEAST on par with the climate change issue and, like climate change, I’m afraid we may potentially be past the point of return. We are too divided on the topic, it is too controversial and the damage is done. I sincerely hope I am wrong. I hope I will see this change in my lifetime. Our health depends on it.

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Homegrown

Another spring season is here and we just got our plants in the ground….


On the top deck, we planted Persian cucumbers (that climb up the arched trellis), thyme, oregano, parsley, basil, mint, green onion and cilantro (from seed).


On the bottom two decks, we planted tomatoes (6 varietals!), zucchini and sunflowers (from seed).

All of our transplants and seeds, purchased at SLOAT, are locally sourced and non-GMO. As you can see from the photos, we are still getting free “organic” irrigation from the sky.

When it’s all said and done (soil amendment, transplants, seeds, irrigation, etc), I estimate the cost of growing food at home exceeds the cost of buying it at the store.

Having said that, there is a certain satisfaction in growing your own food, knowing where it comes from, how it is grown and it’s a great lesson and fun experience for our children.

If you have ever considered growing food at home but have yet to try it, I would recommend planting a DIY starter kit in a small area of your backyard to get some experience. I saw a product called SeedSheet on a recent episode of SHARK TANK, which I thought was a brilliantly easy way to start your own garden.

Happy planting!

#Homegrown #Truthology #HJID

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Kids Fit Club – Dinner Edition

Kids Fit Club, an organization dedicated to educating youth on the value of proper nutrition and exercise, hosted a dinner event tonight where 4 children (ages 6-9yo) prepared a Mediterranean feast for a group of 14 attendees.

The dinner consisted of the following dishes, listed with ingredients in parenthesis:

– Veggie Platter Appetizer (Carrots, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Red Bell Peppers, Yellow Bell Peppers & Hummus)


– Hummus (Garbanzo Beans, Tahini, Garlic, Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, Salt, Pepper & topped with Pine Nuts & Paprika)


– Salad (Arugula, Cucumber, Avocado, Pine Nuts, Olive Oil, Garlic, Lemon Juice, Salt & Pepper)


– Quinoa Tabouli (Quinoa, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Italian Parsley, Green Onions, Mint, Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, Salt & Pepper)


– Grilled Chicken (Boneless skinless butterflied chicken breast with Shwarma marinade).

– Served with fresh pita and lavash bread.

The dinner was healthy, delicious and a great time was had by all in attendance!

Looking forward to our next KFC event!

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Kids Fit Club

Courtesy of Google Images

Courtesy of Google Images

My dietary transformation has been a very personal journey for me and has not been adopted entirely by my immediate family. For example, just because I genuinely believe that humans are not designed to consume another animal’s milk (especially throughout the course of their lifetime), I have NOT imposed a household ban on dairy products. Meanwhile, I would argue that some of my dietary habits have rubbed off on my family. Continue reading

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Reflecting on the past

July 2008

July 2008

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” – George Santayana

I was reminded of this famous quote the other day when my family was watching a home video from the Summer of 2008, which is depicted in the above photo collage. This was the heaviest period of my life – I believe that I weighed in excess of 270 lbs. Continue reading

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Inertia of the status quo

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

I am celebrating this year’s gastronomic holiday in a new decade….and reflecting on my 40th birthday earlier this week, I am reminded of the very purpose behind this blog….to question what we eat and why we eat it.  Today my focus is on DESSERT. Continue reading

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The talk

Preface

I’ve been purposely eating fewer animals recently.  What began as simply a health-related decision has been further reinforced by the issue of morality.  I have compassion for living creatures that are unknowingly sacrificing what they hold most precious – their life, in order for us human beings to survive.  It begs the question of whether or not it is even necessary.  Think: TRUTHOLOGY.  At the very least, can the line can be drawn at a more reasonable and sustainable point?  I believe so!  Animal agriculture is killing millions of animals for food each and every day….well into billions of animals per year.  Take a moment and consider how many preserved dead animal carcasses are literally scattered around your community at supermarkets, restaurants, household refrigerators, etc.  It’s a pretty morbid, yet fascinating thought. This is our socially accepted reality….which is particularly stunning considering the negative consequences of animal agriculture to our health and the health of our planet.  Evaluating your diet and decreasing your consumption of animals by one meal per day, just one, is not a very extensive commitment and would make a big impact on your health and our global footprint.  It has been relatively easy for me to accomplish this goal each day and I feel much better physically and mentally as a result. Continue reading

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