On My Mind Monday 05.20.13

on my mind -- what's in the news

It’s never the same two weeks in a row. A collection of what I find interesting in the world of food, nutrition, and holistic health. Here’s what’s on my mind.

Grocery Garbage Turned Into Energy – Given how much food we waste, something I write about on a regular basis, it’s great to see a use for food waste rather than sending it to the landfill to rot.  Of course the best option is not to waste food in the first place.  And if there is a surplus to be able to donate it somewhere so that it is eaten rather than rotting.  In our house it turns into compost but for major food suppliers such as grocery stores and restaurants composting just isn’t enough of an option.  Or course this isn’t a new idea.  Sweden has apparently been burning garbage (not just food but all garbage) so efficiently that only 4 percent of it’s trash actually winds up in the landfill.  They’ve become so efficient according to this story from NPR that they are seeking other sources of trash.  It’s an interesting concept and given how overcrowded our landfills are it represents a possible solution.

The Addictive Nature of Junk Food – We’ve all seen the growing number of articles talking about how addictive junk food is.  But sometimes we don’t really understand exactly how addictive.  I would consider paying more than double for four hour delivery through smuggling tunnels for cold fried chicken an extreme example.  It is astounding to think of what lengths people are willing to go to for this.  One piece of KFC extra crispy chicken breast delivers 490 calories, 26 g of fat, and 1140 mg sodium.  According to KFC’s website the ingredients are:  Fresh Chicken Marinated With: Salt, Sodium Phosphate and Monosodium Glutamate. Breaded With: Wheat Flour, Salt, Spices, Monosodium Glutamate, Leavening (Sodium Bicarbonate), Garlic Powder, Natural Flavorings, Citric Acid, Maltodextrin, Sugar, Corn Syrup Solids, With Not More Than 2% Calcium Silicate Added as an Anti Caking Agent.  Essentially a neurotransmitter stimulator with GMO ingredients.  Those “Natural Flavorings?”  That’s a probably code word for MSG, given that it appears twice in this recipe it wouldn’t surprise me.

Angelina Jolie – She’s all over the news for her decision to have a prophylactic double mastectomy and reconstruction.  I sympathize with the fear she must have felt to make the decision that she did.  And only she can say what the correct decision is for her.  What’s on my mind, however, is that there are options that do not include this and my concern is that many people, seeing a celebrity make this choice, will make the same choice without knowing that simply carrying the genetic mutation for BRCA1 is not a guarantee of getting breast cancer.  Although the title is a geared towards breast cancer survivors, there is an excellent book by Ed Bauman and Helayne Waldman, The Whole Food Guide for Breast Cancer Survivors, which discussed in depth some of the nutritional and other holistic strategies that people can use to support their bodies against breast cancer.  I’m certainly not advocating that people ignore other options such as the surgical route that Angelina Jolie took.  I am, however, advocating athorough examination of all avenues before making a decision.

The video this week is on making nut butters.  I’ve been sharing this information with a lot of clients lately as they shift away from peanut butter (which is highly inflammatory) and learn how much less expensive it is, and how easy, to make at home.

My reading material right now is my Clean Eating magazines.  I’ve been so busy I haven’t read the last two issues so now I’m catching up.  I love their recipes and they have some great articles in there.  If you have a favorite health or cooking magazine you like let me know.  I’m always interested to hear what other people are reading.

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About Mira

Mira Dessy is The Ingredient Guru. A holistic nutrition professional, author, and a popular public speaker, she knows that it's not just what you eat, but what's in what you eat. She is the author of The Pantry Principle: how to read the label and understand what’s really in their food. Dessy is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner whose mission is to educate and empower consumers. She curates the Lean Clean Green Subscription box, the premier, organic, earth-friendly, healthy, sustainable subscription box which can be found online at https://theingredientguru.memberbox.com