Monthly Archives: January 2013

John Robbins: 25 years after Diet for a New America

After 25 years, the food fight is just beginning
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published by News Press on January 29, 2013.  Posted with permission. 

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Twenty-five years ago, John Robbins published the first edition of “Diet for a New America.”  With no apologies but far less in-your-face than today’s “Skinny Bitch,” Robbins dragged vegetarianism out of the hippie closet and into the mainstream.

I called Robbins to discuss the state of humanity since the publication of his seminal work because a lot can change in 25 years. Given recent reports of dwindling life expectancy and poorer health of Americans compared to peer nations, sky-high healthcare costs, and global climate change, I asked him, “Is this war?”

“It’s revolution,” he said.

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Unlock the breath for health and vitality

Unlocking the breath for health and vitality
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on January 15, 2013.  Posted with permission. 

Watch sleeping babies.  Their bellies rise and fall.  How did we lose that?

We’re oxygen deprived.  Most adult breath is locked in the upper chest filling only 1/3 of your breathing capacity. Healthy breathing expands the diaphragm and belly, stretching the ribcage and lungs for maximum oxygen intake.

Susan Rennie, respiratory therapist with Lee Memorial Health System, explained that the breath “is magic we can manage.”

“Oxygen is the source of all energy and activity in the body.  The better we breathe, the better we think, pump, digest, and heal,” Rennie said.

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Know-a-tarian diet for body, mind and soul

The Know-a-tarian Diet for Body, Mind, and Soul: Part II
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on January 8, 2013.  Posted with permission. 

There’s an odyssey on your dinner plate, and it’s epic.   A know-a-tarian knows the story.

Calculate the number of miles your food traveled to arrive.  Think about the fossil fuels burned in transportation, processing, and storage not to mention the pesticides. Some studies find that it takes seven to ten calories of input energy to create one calorie for the consumer.

Know that food is its most nutritious when it’s freshest.  Why should a Floridian eat an orange grown in California?  Does it matter? Buying locally not only supports your local economy, but it’s better for your health and for the environment.  Know that.

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Mindful purchasing

Finding redemption in your wallet
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on January 8, 2013.  Posted with permission. 

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In a Volkswagen commercial, a blue Beetle emerged from the mist: “If you sold your soul in the 80s, here’s your chance to buy it back.”

The 80s were linked with “Greed is good” conspicuous consumption, yet the iconic hippie-mobile, The VW Bug, was synonymous with Earth-friendly cosmic consciousness.  Is buying a Beetle delivering more than transportation?  Is the metaphorical Beetle a redemption vehicle?

This is branding at its finest.  You’re not buying a car; you’re purchasing a lifestyle or image.  The same goes for purses, jeans, phones, laptops, and coffee.  But, a car is just a car.  A purse is just a purse.  A cup of coffee is just a cup of coffee.

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Being a know-a-tarian

The Know-a-tarian Diet for Body, Mind, and Soul: Part I
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on January 1, 2013.  Posted with permission.

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Kelly Walsh in the FGCU Food Forest

 Part I.

During the holidays we more than recognize that food connects people.  Yet, ironically, food is also humanity’s greatest disconnect.

How can this be?

Eating is our fundamental intimacy with nature, but the average person doesn’t know squash about what’s on the plate.  People will actually do more investigation into potential sexual partners than they will about the food they place on their tongues and swallow.

It’s time we all started using protection and practiced safe eating.

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