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Silicon Valley Doctor: The Gluten Effect

http://www.healthnowmedical.com/

I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Vikki Petersen speak at Whole Foods the other night. I learned so much about the latest on gluten intolerance and testing. I am going to take her up on her offer for a free consult tomorrow. Check her out on You Tube, she has a lot of interesting videos! Here is a link to her book, The Gluten Effect.

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Is Sugar Toxic?

My Dad just told me about this article and I finally sat down to read the whole thing….wow. Food for thought, especially around the holiday where I usually consume a lot of chocolate eggs.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/magazine/mag-17Sugar-t.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&sq=toxic%20sugar&st=cse&scp=1

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Agave Sweetener in the Spotlight

I try not to fall victim to marketing and current fads in the nutrition world. But after reading this article I realized that Michael Pollan is completely right: we do live in a society where we depend on nutritionists to tell us what to eat instead of trusting our gut and just sticking to whole foods that our ancestors ate. I did believe all the hype that Agave nectar was a new sweetener that was coming directly from the agave plant (hence the word NECTAR).  I never really considered that Agave nectar might not be a whole food, and that it was actually processed to the point of scoring just as bad in the health world as high fructose corn syrup. This article in the Huffington Post is good food for thought….

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mercola/agave-this-sweetener-is-f_b_537936.html

I guess if we are going to indulge in something sweet we are back to depending on honey and maple syrup?

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Food Revolution Premiere

After catching up on reading my RSS feeds last night I saw the ad for the season premiere of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution TV show. I turned it on thinking that it might be like many of the other reality TV shows that have a way of dragging you in to the story line and leaving you feel like you wasted your time when you finish watching. But after a half hour of watching him uncover what we are really serving our children in school cafeterias, I called my mom to tell her to watch. I am still pondering what I saw this morning…

A few years back when I was teaching 6th grade in an elementary school in Portland my mom visited the school for the day. I had told her how poorly the children in my class would eat, and she didn’t believe it until she saw it. So, I already knew about what most schools serve on their lunch menu: processed industrialized food. Yet Oliver still managed to shock me, and as I watched the program last night I was blown away with the scene where the 1st graders could not even recognize their basic vegetables: tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants or cauliflower. It really hit home, we are a nation that has lost its connection to its food.

I noticed that on Jamie Oliver’s web site you can sign a petition to support his cause. When we aim to eat more locally and with foods that are in season, we are really voting with our fork!! Help support his cause and enjoy his show, it might inspire you to keep up with your healthy cooking!

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CSA and Local Food Shopping: Before I hit the kitchen

Since my last post I have been feeling like spring really is going to come. My indoor seedling starts sprouted with all this sun we have had. I brought in the first blooms from my yard to my kitchen counter for inspiration…this was the first time I really dug the pink countertop in my rental house.

Before I could begin with this challenge this afternoon (yes…the first recipe is coming) I had to do some shopping. Normally I shop in the produce section by first selecting things that are in season and then organic if I can. Sometimes I have a certain recipe in mind. Eating as a “locavore” though proved to be a challenge, because many of these items are not labeled with their origin, only if they are organic or not. Some do say “Grown in the USA”, but that doesn’t help.

I hit the internet and found out about some CSA subscriptions, but I wasn’t sure if I was ready yet to commit to a 6-9 month subscription.  Then in the Eugene Weekly I stumbled upon an editorial with a write-up about Eugenelocalfoods.com, a service that allows you to order produce online and pick it up at the Hideaway Cafe down the street from me! I gave it a try and for $15.00 I picked up a whole bag of fresh smelling carrots, leek, kale, cilantro, and spinach. Not only did it take 5 minutes to click on the veggies I wanted from my computer screen, but the pick-up was efficient and festive. The employees from Hideaway Cafe were setting up for their “outdoor pizza night” in the parking lot; complete with heat lamps, white linens and a large clay oven. On my receipt it even told me the names of the farms where each product originated.

Thanks to the Willamette Farm and Food Coalition, I now have a complete magazine on my table with lists of local farms where I can purchase many more of my groceries like eggs, cheese and meat. I can shop online for produce, and Cafe Yumm is working on finding local legumes and grains. I’m off to the kitchen now….

Here are some of the prices for the CSA farms I found so far:

Groundworks Farm: Junction City $21.00 per week for 26 weeks

Winter Green Farms: Noti, OR $24.00 per week for 19 weeks (with option to extend until Nov.)

Sweetwater Farm: Creswell, OR $20.oo for small/week, $33 for medium, $44 for large (option to subscribe month to month)

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“Huffington Post” Discusses Dangers of Gluten

My husband found this article today that shows how all of us can benefit from eating gluten free!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/gluten-what-you-dont-know_b_379089.html

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Eugene’s Gluten-Free Restaurants and Markets Hit the News

One can only wish that your family members will jump on board when you make the switch to a gluten-free diet. I have experienced a wide array of familial responses to my new diet over the past 9 years, but I must give the “Most Accepting of My Difficult Diet Award” to my mother. She of all people has embraced the new way of thinking with the most interest and curiosity that makes me gawk each time I go home and open her cabinets. Every time I look, she has introduced new ingredients into her own pantry: flaxseed, a steady supply of nuts, corn chips (instead of Triscuits), and even my favorite Lära Bars! She has even ventured into the amazing bulk section of Market of Choice to try dried lentils and split peas.

Today she called to tell me about an article related to Celiacs Disease and gluten intolerance in the news. The Eugene Register Guard published this article today that highlights a few places in town that are open to gluten-intolerant customers. I didn’t realize that Papa John’s even makes a gluten-free pizza. Thanks, Mom, my biggest fan!

http://www.registerguard.com/csp/cms/sites/web/living/food/21587822-41/story.csp

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