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06/26 2013

Create a Healthy Eating Infrastructure

I recently heard Mark Fenton speak at an event in Boise. His life mission is building environmental infrastructures that encourage physical activity in communities. His data shows that education, coaching and similar influences motivate individuals to stick to a fitness plan for about six months, at which point compliance drops off. He believes community infrastructure, Read More

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06/20 2013

ABCs of Nutrition: Eat Less Sugar (Part II)

Unless you need to remove sugar from your diet for health reasons (e.g., diabetes), then learn to cut back without completely cutting it out. Complete deprivation, in my opinion, may later lead to extreme eating. By enjoying something sweet in moderation, you experience pleasure without the guilt, and feel physically better while you’re at it. Read More

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06/18 2013

ABCs of Nutrition: Eat Less Sugar (Part I)

Excessive sugar has not only been linked to obesity, but it can also lead to weight gain, diabetes and other chronic illnesses. Sadly, though, sugar isn’t just about a luscious dessert any more. According to Michael Moss, author of Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, “Food scientists have deliberately bumped up the sugar Read More

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06/4 2013

ABCs of Nutrition: Shop Smart

One of the easiest ways to positively impact your eating habits is to shop smart. If you buy packages of brownie mix to store in your cabinets, then you’re much more likely to eat brownies in the evening when you’re hanging out watching TV. Same goes with ice-cream and Pepperidge Farm cookies. If you buy Read More

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05/29 2013

ABCs of Nutrition: Stay Informed

You don’t have to be a food expert to be smart about what you’re eating, but sometimes it can be challenging to recognize information you can trust. Not only is there something in the news almost daily about cures and/or causes of various illnesses, there are also misleading health claims on a range of products. Read More

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05/21 2013

ABCs of Nutrition: Don’t Skip Meals

There are many excuses for skipping meals. Perhaps you don’t have time, don’t make the time or simply forgot (the latter of which I find quite perplexing because I never forgotten a meal in my life!). More than likely, however, you have skipped meals to avoid unnecessary calories, save up for a meal you haven’t Read More

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05/14 2013

The Great Veggie Challenge: Dinner Finale

I just finished teaching a six-week course at Anser Charter School entitled the Great Veggie Challenge. After planting potatoes, touring organic markets and preparing a whole host of vegetables at my house, we celebrated by visiting Peaceful Belly to harvest vegetables and cook for parents.  Just the other day, Luke told me that his last day Read More

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05/9 2013

ABCs of Nutrition: Eat Healthy, Whole Foods

There are so many benefits to eating healthy, whole foods that it’s hard to find a reason not to eat them. They contain nutrients, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, iron and pretty much everything else that’s good for you. When in doubt about what to eat, go whole! So why? No processed worries Many processed foods contain Read More

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05/7 2013

Great Veggie Challenge: Week 5

For six weeks, I am teaching a course at Anser Charter School in Boise called the Great Veggie Challenge for students in grades 1-3. The course description starts by saying: Are you ready to take the challenge and prove to yourself and your parents that you can eat – and actually like – vegetables? During Read More

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05/2 2013

ABCs of Nutrition: Learn How to Cook

One of the best ways, in my opinion, to improve your health and well-being is to learn how to cook. In fact, that’s why I wrote a book about it. After all, how can you possibly count calories or grams of fat if someone else is always making meals for you? Buying and preparing your Read More

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