Tuesday, September 13, 2016

spin4 Crohn’s & Colitis Cures Event + Tank Top Fundraiser

Hi guys!

On October 30th, I will be participating in spin4 Crohn’s & Colitis Cures, an indoor cycling relay to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA).

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The CCFA is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to finding cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. These diseases are collectively known as IBD or inflammatory bowel disease and there is not cure (yet). Since the organization’s founding in 1967, the CCFA has funded over $285 million in research as well as 194 investigator-initiated research projects with an investment of $28 million in 2015.

I know I’ve told this story before on CNC, but it’s worth telling again to emphasize how important this type of research is to patients like myself. When my doctor was hired at MGH in 1996, the only drug options available for IBD patients were steroids and narcotics– both of which are harmful in the long-term. Today, there are so many more options– most which with fewer side effects and long-term risks– and they continue to grow every year. In fact, just a few years ago, Entyvio, the drug that finally put me into remission, wasn’t even available to patients. Fundraising helps to make this research possible, which is why I am so exciting to be part of the Boston spin4 event.

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The first ever spin4 event launched last year in 9 cities across the country with 650 people in attendance raising nearly $400,000. This year, the indoor cycling relay will be held in over 20 cities for another round of bike parties, so be sure to see if the event is happening near you!

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Obviously, IBD is a cause that is near and dear to my heart. More than 1.6 million patients across the country suffer from Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, so I’m sure this disease has touched some of you personally too. Beyond raising money for research, spin4 will bring together the IBD community in a fun and motivating way. It’s a chance to celebrate our efforts of increasing awareness and raising funds by having a #partyonabike!

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My personal goal is to raise $2,000+ to help find cures for IBD, and I need your help. Here’s how: I recently partnered with Teespring to create a tank top fundraiser to benefit the CCFA. (Tank top pictured below. It comes in black, blue, and green.)

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Each tank top says: “Happy Hour Starts Now,” which, for me, often refers to the hour that I’m at CrossFit, KFIT, or running. Being physically active is such an important of my life, especially since being diagnosed with a chronic and sometimes debilitating disease. Over the years, there have been so many times that I was too sick to exercise. I actually remember being in such a bad flare that I couldn’t even leave my house long enough to walk Murphy around the block. At times, this disease has really kicked my butt, so I appreciate every second that I’m able to exercise. Working out is truly my happy hour.

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This tank top also refers to another favorite in my life: Happy hour! You guys know how much I love a glass of wine and, of course, there’s nothing better than a good happy hour, so this tank covers a lot of bases. I mean, you could totally wear it to a bar after a workout, right?

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When you purchase a tank top from Teespring, a portion of your money will cover the cost of the tank and printing, but all of the profits will go directly to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. The more shirts we sell, the more money we can give to the CCFA, so be sure to tell your friends or even buy more than one! 🙂

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If you’d like to donate to the spin4 event and benefit the CCFA by buying a tank, you just need to order from Teespring. Pick your favorite color and shirt size and then click the “buy now” button. And please, please, PLEASE spread the word about this fundraiser. Those of us with IBD really appreciate it! <3



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Starbucks Finally Publishes Drink Ingredient List… Here Are The Worst Ones!

If you’ve been a long time Food Babe Army member you know, I’ve been investigating Starbucks for a long time and am so happy to report another major victory! After years of hiding the list of ingredients in their drinks … Continued

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How Using Fat for Fuel Can Boost Athletic Performance

Dear Mark: Did Three New Studies Debunk the Primal Blueprint?

Weekend Link Love – Edition 417

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Vitamin D may reduce asthma attacks.

Nibbling your nuts linked to lower inflammation.

Human brains are particularly blood-thirsty.

Antibiotic prescriptions linked to food allergies in kids. Parents: if you’re faced with giving your kid antibiotics, read this.

The majority of your brain’s structure was inherited from your parents.

Caffeine may keep cognitive decline at bay.

“Leisure-time physical activity,” or play, also protects against cognitive decline.

Among males with a genetic predisposition, exposure to first-trimester ultrasound may increase the severity of autism.

Foam rolling one limb affects the other.

Now appearing in human brains near you: toxic nanoparticles from air pollution.

Minor dehydration impairs cognitive ability.

To improve frailty scores (and other reasons, too), seniors should be eating a bare minimum of 1 g/kg protein.

In obese European-American and African-American women, a low-carb diet improved GERD.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

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Episode 134: Domini Kemp and Patricia Daly: Two cancer survivors who used ketogenic dieting to beat the disease visit the podcast to chat about their new ketogenic cookbook, how various diet strategies affect cancer, and much more.

Each week, select Mark’s Daily Apple blog posts are prepared as Primal Blueprint Podcasts. Need to catch up on reading, but don’t have the time? Prefer to listen to articles while on the go? Check out the new blog post podcasts below, and subscribe to the Primal Blueprint Podcast here so you never miss an episode.

Interesting Blog Posts

Maybe kids should play with sharp things.

We aren’t perceiving objective reality, and it’s probably for the best.

Media, Schmedia

Our gut bacteria contain microbiomes made up of viruses.

The possible evolutionary role of loneliness.

Good riddance.

Everything Else

Sometimes organic is a scam.

Awesome libraries.

Maldives sinking, Schmaldives schminking: climate change could make coffee go extinct.

Got cats? Make ’em work for their food.

Haven’t these scientists ever watched Them!?

The Chuck Yeager fitness regimen (e-book out soon?).

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Sep 11 – Sep 17)

Comment of the Week

“Love the new look: cleaner, brighter, bigger and well organized!”

– Thanks, Susan. It’s amazing what a new dress suit can do. Oh, you mean the site? Yeah, I’m digging the new look, too.

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Are You Vegan Curious?

In her new book, The Book of Veganish (Pam Krauss Books/Avery, 2016), Kathy Freston shares her own journey from omnivore to vegan — including many stops along the way. “I’d always been an animal lover, and one day after seeing a pamphlet depicting animals being led to slaughter, I realized that I wanted to be someone who loved animals, not ate them,” she recalls. That was 12 years ago, but she didn’t go cold turkey on burgers, ice cream, cheese and eggs. Instead, she gradually started leaning toward a more plant-based diet. “I didn’t give up anything until I’d found an alternative I liked as much or more, so it never felt like I was depriving myself,” she says.

So what exactly does it mean to be “veganish?”
Kathy Freston: I’m all about the -ish. I get upset with the ‘vegan police’ who insist on purity and a strict regime. Too many people will reject that message because it’s just too hard. It’s OK to give yourself a little wiggle room as you investigate plant-based eating and move away from eating animals. But it should be a joyful process done in your own way at your own pace. ‘Veganish’ is about individual choice and not putting too much pressure on yourself to do it perfectly.

What do you suggest as a starting point for someone who wants to be veganish but doesn’t really know where to begin?
KF: When I started eating this way, I didn’t have the benefit of social media to help me out. Now, the best thing you can do is check out Instagram, type in #VeganFood or #VeganRecipes and you’ll get tons of amazing ideas. It’s really inspiring. And once you see all of the options, it doesn’t feel so daunting to eat this way.

You mention in the book that 12 percent of millennials call themselves vegetarians (as opposed to just 1 percent of baby boomers). Why do you think plant-based diets are becoming more popular?
KF: I think a lot of forces are converging right now to make people of all ages more inclined to eat veganish. There are so many more restaurants — from upscale to quick serve — that offer delicious vegetable-focused dishes. Entrepreneurs are starting companies devoted to creating plant-based meats and cheeses that are incredibly delicious. And people are also becoming more conscious of what’s happening to animals, the environmental impact of our food and also how food affects our own health.

What do you say to those who think that it’s too hard to eat a veganish diet — too hard to feed a family, too hard to stay on a budget, too hard to get meals ready in a hurry?
KF: Making any change is challenging, but I think it’s easier now than ever because there are so many more options at the grocery store and when you go out to eat. There are plenty of convenient plant-based foods you can keep on hand for quick meals: frozen veggie burgers, cans of cooked beans, frozen rice or grains. And if you’re cooking for your family, you don’t have to try to convert them. Just make new things and be excited about sharing them. It’s about experimenting together — not telling others what they should or shouldn’t eat.

Hearty Peanut and Red Bean Stew
Makes 4 servings

4 cups chopped kale or spinach
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
One 14.5-ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
2 cups vegetable broth
Salt
One 15.5-ounce can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts

Steam the kale in a steamer basket over boiling water until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain well, pressing out any remaining liquid, and set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the sweet potato, bell pepper and garlic. Cover and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the ginger, cumin and cayenne (if using), and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in the tomatoes and their juices, the broth, and salt to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, add the kidney beans, and simmer until the vegetables are soft, about 30 minutes.

In a small bowl, thin out the peanut butter with 1 cup of the hot liquid from the stew, stirring until blended, then stir the mixture back into the pot. Add the cooked kale, stirring to incorporate. Serve hot, sprinkled with the roasted peanuts.

Recipes and photos courtesy of Kathy Freston

Sally Wadyka is a Boulder, Colorado-based journalist who writes about nutrition, health and wellness.



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Drink Good, Do Good

This post is sponsored by Naked Juice

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In an ideal world we would all grow our own vegetables on plots of earth, and eat fresh whole foods prepared from scratch every day. But for many Americans, the reality is that there are great barriers to getting fresh, whole foods onto the dinner table each night. One of these barriers is food deserts, areas of the country where it is difficult to buy affordable, fresh, high-quality food. In fact, nearly 30 million Americans live in these food deserts (source). For example, maybe the nearest grocery store is 10 miles away and your family doesn’t have a car or money for gas, but there’s a convenience store that sells fast food and snacks on your block. You might have food to eat, but you don’t have any healthy or fresh choices.

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Naked Juice is partnering with Wholesome Wave to provide fresh produce where there is none – through the #DrinkGoodDoGood campaign. They’ve asked me to use my platform to help spread the word since every time the #DrinkGoodDoGood hashtag is used on social media along with a fruit and veggie selfie, Naked Juice will donate 10 pounds of produce to communities in need. And to kick things off, they’re donating a 250,000-pound contribution.

Me and my herbs (and a green caterpillar hidden in the mix!)

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Learn more at DrinkGoodDoGood.com, and please spread the word!

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