Michael Pollan: Omnivore's Dilemma Lecture Video

Saturday, April 24, 2010 No comments
"UC Davis Mondavi Center presents bestselling author and UC Berkeley journalism professor Michael Pollan. He explores the ecology of eating to unveil why we consume what we consume in the twenty-first century. Michael Pollan is the author, most recently, of The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. Series: Mondavi Center Presents"

Jamie Oliver (Naked Chef): Food Revolution Videos

Friday, April 23, 2010 No comments
I never purchased school lunches once I reached middle school. This was mostly because I didn't receive money to purchase anything. Although I wasn't eating pizza and fries with my peers, I wasn't eating anything healthier. I usually packed a soda and cereal or crackers. Fast forward almost 10 years and a glimpse of my typical lunch at work is a TV dinner, sub from Quiznos, or something from Burger King.

In the videos below, Jamie Oliver travels to Huntington, WV to teach people how to cook. He works with the local school system to provide healthier lunches. Watch as he runs into several financial and training obstacles with the staff.



You can view more episodes of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution on hulu.com.

Rosacea- Severe Redness in the Face

Monday, March 1, 2010 No comments
I came across a Facebook page about the experience of someone that has overcome rosacea with a particular diet practice. She's even posted photos to prove it! (I have yet to post any photos...)

Read "Rosacea ? Dealing with it without drugs!"

The most obvious trigger of my red face is SUGAR. On her Facebook page, Megan posted a link about salicylate sensitivity. Here is a food guide that rates salicylate levels in foods by negligible to very high.

Honestly, I feel a little overwhelmed looking at the list. I just glanced at the seasonings list. Every single seasoning that I use is considered very high. Then a lot of the things I've read that are bad, are listed as negligible for the level of salicylates. If I want to try this, I think the best approach is to start with the allergy testing for things like wheat and dairy... then start to weed out salicylates.

Directly from her Facebook page, I've copied what she labels as foods to avoid:
ALL citrus, grapefruits,grapes, strawberries, raspberries, gherkins, olives, anything from the deli shop, tomatoes, capsicums, eggplants, mushrooms, all oils except for olive, sesame oil too, all vinegars except for malt vinegar, all processed meats, hard cheeses, all dried fruit, all spreads, jams, Vegemite, honey,cocoa, chocolate, full strength coffee, high amounts of preservatives, artificial flavoring (chips, noodles, crackers, snacks, cheese and BBQ flavoring, MSG), Chinese sauces, tomato sauces,tomato sauce, tandoori, all nuts except for cashews, sesame and sunflower seeds, wines, beers, all kinds of juice, vegetable and tomato juice, chili, dates, kiwi fruit, smoked meats, meat pies, soy sauce, cola drinks, orange juices, lemon butter, breakfast cereals containing dried fruits, coconut, coconut oil, yeast extracts, red and white wine vinegars, peanuts.

So from here, I'll list what I usually like to eat:
deli meat
Healthy choice TV dinners
grapefruit juice
orange juice

Wow, is my entire diet on the list of banned foods??!!

I've certainly heard this before... ZINC is great for the skin.

Monitor Your Pulse to Test for Food Allergies, Intolerance, and Sensitivity

Thursday, February 25, 2010 No comments
A quick and free way to test for allergies, intolerance, and sensitivity to certain foods is to monitor your pulse.

First, take your pulse before you've eaten to get a base rate. Then pick a food that you think may be the suspect (eggs, milk, other dairy products, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soy, seafood, and shellfish.) After eating the suspect ingredient, take your pulse. Repeat after 15, 30, and 60 minutes. When taking your pulse, it's best to measure while you're in the same positions (for example, while sitting.)

Low Blood Sugar

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 No comments
These are the signs of low blood sugar:

* Dizziness, shakiness or trembling
* Nervousness
* Rapid heartbeat
* Trouble concentrating
* Headache
* Irritability, moodiness or anger
* Sweating, chills or clamminess
* Tingling in your face or lips
* Extreme hunger

I don't experience extreme hunger. Everything else is fairly frequent, almost on a daily basis. I remember taking a biology course a few years ago and having my professor explain hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia. I suddenly realized that I was having lows and highs throughout the day because I'd use sugar to get through the day and then have a period of intense withdrawal or a "low". So that was back in 2006 and I still haven't done anything different with my diet or had my blood sugar levels checked. I just also saw that nightmares and night sweats can also be a sign.

Become an Acne Detective

According to an article by Certified Para-Medical Esthetician Barbara Strickland, you should be an "Acne Detective" when searching for products to use on your skin. She provides a very long list of ingredients and provides a ranking based on how likely they are to irritate your skin and comedogenicity (how likely your pores will become clogged.)

So her ranking system got me curious about Proactive. There are really too many varied ingredients to rank their products as "good" vs. "bad", but I've listed the ingredients here for your reference.

Here is the link to Ms. Strickland's site: Become an Acne Detective

Renewing Cleanser
Active Ingredient: benzoyl peroxide 2.5%.
Inactive Ingredients: water (aqua), magnesium aluminum silicate, glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, disodium dimethicone copolyol sulfosuccinate, sorbitol, dimethyl isosorbide, polyethylene, tridecyl stearate, neopentyl glycol dicaprylate/dicaprate, tridecyl trimellitate, cetyl esters, anthemis nobilis flower extract, sodium hyaluronate, sodium PCA, propylene glycol, xanthan gum, imidazolidinyl urea, methylparaben, propylparaben, fragrance (parfum).

Revitalizing Toner
Ingredients: water (aqua), glycolic acid, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) extract, anthemis nobilis flower extract, rosa canina fruit extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, sodium PCA, panthenol, glycerin, propylene glycol, allantoin, polysorbate-20, hydroxyethylcellulose, sodium hydroxide, benzophenone-4, tetrasodium EDTA, methylparaben, propylparaben, imidazolidinyl urea, fragrance (parfum), blue 1, yellow 5.

Repairing Lotion
Active Ingredient: benzoyl peroxide 2.5%.
Inactive Ingredients: water (aqua), cyclomethicone, ethoxydiglycol, propylene glycol, glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, cetearyl alcohol, dimethicone, panthenol, allantoin, carbomer, ceteareth-20, xanthan gum, triethanolamine, diazolidinyl urea, methylparaben, propylparaben, fragrance (parfum).

What is a Raw Food Diet

Thursday, February 18, 2010 No comments
I just finished reading a post called "What is a Raw Food Diet" on the Salad Bowl Inc. website.
Some of the content of the article is based on the book Mini Size Me which I've included a link to below.
I haven't read the book yet myself.

While reading the article, I came across a phrase 'enzyme-less diet.' I keep watching what other people eat and think to myself, "Geez. That is so unhealthy. They must feel horrible all the time." Then, while thinking more about the crap I eat, it's very obvious that I'm not getting enzymes. I love salads, but I typically drench them with ranch dressing and other add-ons like bacon-bits and starchy croutons. I usually drink a Mountain Dew as I eat the salad. :(

The article gives a list of the benefits of a raw food diet. One of them is improved animal instincts and responses. Now if you have a diet similar to mine, have you noticed any problems with your vision or hearing? My vision is often blurred (despite having a new pair of glasses... I work in an optical store so I know the Rx is fine!) I've noticed that I'm having to turn my head as people talk to me or watch their lips. I'm only 26--- my hearing should be good!

Anyway, take a look at the Salad Bowl Inc. website.