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Episode: 8

Veggie Packing Peanuts


We are sooooo busy. This is the 21st century! We have a lot of stuff to do! Blogs to write, soccer games to watch, smartphones to check every 3 minutes. Are we busier than we were in the 70’s?

Maybe…Probably. And we get hungry while we’re busy. So do we sit down for 3 meals a day at home like we mostly did in the 70’s? Probably not. We eat on the go. Takeout, pre-made meals, and snacks. A huge boatload of snacks.

Our away-from home food consumption is now almost 40 percent of our total food intake. 40 percent!!

It was only 18 percent in the 70’s.

We now spend nearly 50% of our food dollars on away-from home meals and snacks. HALF of our money! Ask your great-grandma how much she used to spend on food away from home.
And all that food eaten away from home isn’t grass-fed lamb and organic kale, that’s for certain. Eating real food in a moving SUV or on a bus is so totally inconvenient. Forks, dirty hands, fruit peels, plates, crumbs…messy, messy, inconvenient stuff.

And where are going to find a vending machine that sells local, organic apples or raw-milk cheese?

Maybe in Brooklyn…

So we pick up some “healthy” snacks. Stuff that says so right on the label. Things made from fruit, or soy, or “whole-grains”. It’s snack-time Foodiness all the way, that insidious doppleganger of food, pulling us down the rabbit hole, making us believe that its ok to eat veggie puffs and fruit gummies and soy bars to fill the real food void. It’s ok, we tell ourselves, we’re not eating doodles and nuggets and slushies, so we’re doing ok. The package says its good for us.

But it isn’t really. Foodiness marketing lies to us and tells us it’s something good, and healthy. The truth? Those “fruit” snacks are not made from fruit. They’re made almost entirely from the sugar derived from fruit. Those protein bars may seem better than a candy bar, but they often have more sugar than candy bars, and the protein is not nearly as good for you as the protein in meat, eggs or beans. As for those soy chips – the idea that soy is healthy is a big scam. In fact soy in chip form is probably not actually very good for you, and you’d be better off eating potato chips. Yogurt? Seems like you can’t wrong. Not so – most yogurts on the market are sweetened with corn syrup, are full of artificial “thickeners”, and you’re getting an insignificant amount of fruit that has been cooked to death and robbed of most of its nutritional value. And I hate to break it to you but there are no vegetables in veggie puffs.

But let’s get real about snacks. Eating real food as a snack is a tough one. Even I’m challenged, and this is what I do for a living. So for most people the answer is never going to be carrying around a baggie full of steamed broccoli in your purse or having locally grown organic peach juice drip down on your tie at work.

So how do you get real about snacks? Situationally always aim for something realer than less. Check out the 6 degrees of foodiness chart on this site and try to move up a notch with every snack. Dried apples are more real than an apple-flavored soy bar; yogurt with sugar is more real than yogurt with artificial sweetener; and almonds, which are full of protein, are definitely more real than a protein bar (and save yourself from 30 grams of sugar). You might even cook a meal one night a week and then take a bit of it with you somewhere. The point is to begin to make your way out of the foodiness rabbit hole…one real snack at a time.

Episode: 7

There’s no such thing as Whole-Grain Cap’n Crunch…


There’s no such thing as Whole Grain Cap’n Crunch. But there is Whole-Grain Lucky Charms, there are Whole Grain Pringles, and Vitamin enhanced water that makes you sexy and toned and brainy. And it seems like there’s Omega-3’s in EVERYTHING now. In places where it’s never, ever, meant to be. Like in cookies. Although there aren’t omega-3 Oreos out there…yet, there are a million different products that have omega-3 added to them now. Added to products where they don’t belong.

The explosion of Foodiness nutrition, taking the place of real nutrition, is dramatically changing the way we eat. The same way we now eat “strawberry” fruit bars instead of strawberries, we’re eating “Omega-3’s” in our cookies instead of getting real Omega 3 in the real foods that supply them naturally, like oily fish.

So why is there omega-3 added to yogurt? Or snack bars, cereal, drinks, bread, crackers, mayonnaise, pizza, orange juice, pasta, milk, eggs, popcorn, and infant formula?

Well, Omega-enriched foods and beverages have entered an explosive growth phase in the global retail market since 2004, after the FDA began allowing nutrition claims on packaging about their benefits. Once those floodgates were opened, the foodiness machine stormed their way in and started Omega3-ing everything.

The problem is that, with foodiness “nutrition” everywhere we turn, we are forgetting what actual nutrition is and where it comes from. And a whole generation of children are being led to believe that Omega 3s come from cookies, not from oily fish.

Which begs the question: why does my orange juice need omega 3? Does my fish need vitamin C? Does my yogurt really need added fiber or my cereal need added calcium? If you’re eating real food, it doesn’t.

How do you get out of this foodiness nutrition labyrinth? Eat real food when you want actual nutrition, and junk food when you don’t care. …and you never have to worry about whether your Oreos have Omega-3s or not.

Episode: 6

Non-Organic Milk = Gonads Gone Wild!


Does milk do a body good? Maybe if you’re Mongolian.

When Mongolian milk was tested against American conventionally produced milk, the American milk had 33 times more estrogen and 10 times more progesterone in it than the Mongolian milk. The Mongolian cows are only milked for human consumption 5 months a year, following their natural fertility cycles.

Here in the Foodiness-filled US, we’ve GOT MILK coming from those cows 300 days/year, thanks to them being kept preggers and producing all year round. A pregnant cow produces way more hormones than a non-preggers one. And she’s milked all throughout her delicate condition. That means a lotta hormones in the milk, and in you. And, she’s producing way more milk. So it makes financial sense for dairy farmers to keep them knocked up all year round, fat and pregnant, eating their corn and soy-based feed products, standing around, not moving…kind of like some other creatures we know well…

And the more hormonal milk we consume in our hay-lined stalls, the more those hormones are doing bad, bad things to us, like ovarian and breast cancer, feminized testes, and male breasts! What to do? drink ORGANIC, of course!

Got milk? I hope its organic.. Studies have linked consumption of non-organic milk to higher rates of all the down-below ills, ovarian and breast cancer, In particular. Countries with the highest consumption of dairy products have the highest rates of those cancers, plus prostate and testicular cancer too. Those same countries also have the highest rates of osteoporosis. Doesn’t make sense. Why do they keep telling me to eat all that milk to keep my bones strong? But there’s thought now that osteo diseases are caused by too little potassium and no exercise and a foodiness filled diet, not from too little calcium. Which makes perfect sense, since typically asian diets contain no dairy, but a lot of potassium and calcium from other sources.

Got milk? If you don’t want to eat sh*t, why would you ever drink it?

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