FED UP - Official Trailer ›

Another documentary on my list of movies to watch.

Ten ways to eat more fruit and vegetables ›

People who consume at least seven servings of fruits and vegetables a day are one-third less likely to die from heart attack, stroke or cancer than people who consume less than one serving.

You know you should eat more veggies, but if you are struggling to get your servings, click on the link for some good suggestions.

Undiet by Meghan Telpner


 A few years ago, at the peak of her health crisis, Amy attended a lecture by Meghan Telpner. We liked her philosophy, read her blog and incorporated some of her suggestions. Now Meghan has a book.

Meghan Telpner has credibility because she is a Certified Nutritionist. After some serious health challenges of her own, and a less than helpful experience with 19 doctors who recommended drugs and surgery, she went  to school to get certified. The book explains how Meghan decided to take charge of her diet (and her life) and make herself well.

The book is interesting and inspiring. It explains exactly what kinds of foods to eat and why. It goes beyond food, to touch on physical exercise, perspective, natural beauty and home care. Meghan understands that good health is more than just what we eat or being slim.

So, whether you are looking to overhaul your eating habits or just do a little spring tune up, I would highly recommend Undiet.

Some more info about the book:


 Here is a link to Meghan’s blog:


Vegan Blueprint ›

There can be some challenges and confusion when trying to transition to a vegan diet. There are many myths about healthy eating in general, and eating a vegan diet specifically (the whole protein thing…) and good information can be hard to find.

If you need more support and coaching, and have a bit of cash, this might be of interest to you. It is a money-back guaranteed program with meal plans, recipes, videos, audio recordings, as well as live Q&As with a coach.

It might be what you need to make the switch to a healthier, more animal and planet-friendly way of eating.

How Long Would We Last If All Grocery Stores Ceased To Exist? ›


You ain’t seen nothing yet. Really. Leaders still aren’t showing enough political will to truly tackle climate change and hunger. As our planet warms up, extreme weather is killing the crops and animals that some of the world’s poorest people rely on to feed their families. 

REBLOG  if you agree European leaders and big business need to cut carbon emissions and stop climate change making people hungry.

Coconut Milk Rice Pudding with Citrus and Ginger recipe on Food52.com ›

I am not usually one for sweet things, but this pudding sounds like an amazing mid-afternoon snack!

Benefits of Lemon Water


I don’t usually revisit topics, but I have been reading a lot lately about the benefits of lemon water. This is a good habit that both Amy and I got into years ago.

 Here is a reprint of a blog I posted a few years ago with a new link at the end:

Have you ever noticed that sometimes we try to do things that we know are good for us because we feel we should but the habit doesn’t always stick? I have read so often about how I should start my day with the juice of a half of a lemon in a cup of warm water- how this is cleansing and good for my liver and such. Even so, it is a habit that I get lazy about. I decided that I wasn’t motivated enough to make this a habit because I didn’t really understand the rationale behind it.

Happily, today I came across a scientific explanation that has convinced me this habit is important enough to stick with. Thanks to Claudia Pillow (who has a PhD in Health Studies) and her book “The Gluten-Free Good Health Cookbook” I can share this explanation with you.

"Fresh lemon juice is highly stable, is water soluble, and contains a negatively charged ion. Negative charges (electrons) attract positive charges (protons). Therefore, lemon juice provides the electrons to neutralize free radicals in blood and help prevent cell and tissue damage that could lead to cellular damage and disease. After they lose electrons, lemon juice molecules do not become free radicals because they are highly stable antioxidants, with or without the electrons. Lemon juice increases the potent antioxidant function of water in our body."

Maybe this will motivate you to start or stick with this healthy habit, too.

Still not convinced? Read this:



On the subject of food waste, there’s this to chew on:

A new film, Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story, may be worth adding to your to-watch list. (See recently released trailer above.)

The film’s Web site says:

We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash?

Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. In a nation where one in 10 people is food insecure, the images they capture of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling. But as Grant’s addictive personality turns full tilt towards food rescue, the ‘thrill of the find’ has unexpected consequences.

Featuring interviews with TED lecturer Tristram Stewart and acclaimed author Jonathan Bloom, Just Eat It looks at our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe. Just Eat It brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment.

Just Eat It will premiere in Toronto in April 2014.

(trailer by Grant Baldwin Videography)

Well, this looks interesting!

Tonight’s meatless dinner was a nutritious bowl of organic, short-grain brown rice with sautéed napa cabbage and spinach, raw carrots and peas, and baked tofu, all dressed with Dragon Sauce (See Archive - December 22/13). So delicious!