Thursday, August 3, 2017

Monsanto Caught Ghost-Writing Pieces Published In Forbes

There are a couple breaking stories that I want to make sure you know about…

Newly released emails show how Monsanto infiltrated a scientific journal and persuaded them to retract a published study which revealed tumors on rats who were fed GMOs and Roundup. This has been coined the “Seralini Study”, which Monsanto has attacked since its initial publication in 2012. Over the years, many people have been misled to believe this study was a farce. This is one of the reasons why the dangers of GMOs coupled with Roundup continues to be questioned by the press and public. Monsanto will do anything to cover up the health risks of using their chemicals.

The website Forbes just ended their relationship with writer Henry Miller after discovering that Monsanto ghost-wrote his article that was trying to downplay the cancer risk of Roundup. Forbes took the article down from their website yesterday but you’ve got to wonder how many people it misled since that article was up for over two years. Nowhere in the article did Miller disclose his relationship with Monsanto, nor the fact that they wrote for him! Monsanto admitted to the New York Times, “Our scientists have on occasion collaborated with Dr. Miller on other pieces” – so this wasn’t an isolated incident. Miller has been writing pro-GMO articles for Forbes for over 10 years. Who else at Forbes is hiding conflicts of interest like this? I have my own hunches on that.

This is a good reminder to be our own health advocates and pay close attention to who is writing what we read. Look into who they are, who funds their work, and what types of claims they’ve made in the past. This is something I do when reading health-related articles – and in today’s age of political and industry propaganda and manipulations, it is imperative that we all take this step.

And lastly, the “fact checking” website Snopes gets caught making untrue statements again..

After I outed the website Snopes.com for trying to squash the lab results showing Roundup in products like Cheerios, Stacy’s Pita Chips and Ritz Crackers, a member of the Food Babe Army forwarded me a copy of an email response they received from Snopes (I’ve highlighted the interesting parts in red):

See my tweets to Snopes here and here… feel free to retweet them! It’s awful that a “fact checking” website like Snopes would make such defamatory statements about me and what we do here at Food Babe.

As you can see, there are some serious detractors that do not want the truth about our food to be heard and these are just a few examples. It’s thrilling for me to see these relationships exposed, and I’m working on a HUGE project on this topic that I can’t wait to reveal to y’all in coming months.

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Until next time…

Xo,

Vani

P.S. Earlier this week I asked you to share one ingredient that you NEVER eat – and got hundreds of responses. Make sure you chime in here!

“The truth always finds its way out, even years and years and years later. The truth always prevails” ~ Tyler Hamilton

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The Inaugural Primal Health Coach Masterclass: A Weekend to Remember

phc_masterclass_logo_navy_340I’m a little nervous.

For whatever reason, I always get the jitters before hosting people at my house. Usually it’s for a dinner party or birthday celebration or something similar and more intimate, with close friends. People who aren’t expecting anything out of you except good food and good conversation in other words.

Today’s different.

Today, I’m hosting a group of students and graduates of the Primal Health Coach certification program. These are people who have devoted their time, money, and energy to gain a deep understanding of the Primal Blueprint concepts and to learn how to become effective and successful health coaches.

These are folks who have joined me in my mission to create a global network of coaches to transform the health and wellness of communities around the world using ancestral health principles.

And now, they’re making an even bigger commitment: to the Primal Health Coach Masterclass—a weekend retreat designed to help Primal Health Coach students and graduates break through any barriers they may have and push forward to create the career of their dreams.

As soon as the attendees begin arriving, the jitters melt away. These are my people. They’re here to learn how to translate their passion for Primal living into business and clients, and my team and I are here to show them.

Said team includes:

Christine Hassler, coaching director of the Primal Health Coach program. Christine has spent the last couple decades writing books, giving talks, running retreats, and coaching lives. She’s a coaches’ coach.

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Erin Power, head of student/grad support. Erin has 20 years of experience working in marketing, fitness marketing, and fitness coaching. She hits all the bases.

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Laura Rupsis, head of admissions and co-owner of Absolution CrossFit in LaGrange, Illinois. She left a lucrative 20-year career in the financial sector to pursue her passion: helping people get strong, fit, and healthy.

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Jill Esplin, leader in the personal growth industry and spiritual psychologist.

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They’re a formidable bunch.

The day kicks off with a keynote address from yours truly and Christine. We talk about the mindset necessary to be an entrepreneur, the hard work, the pain, and the payoff.

The biggest hurdle for any business owner, coach, trainer, or really anyone offering a piece of themselves up in service of others is how to ask for money. It trips everyone up. Even I get a little trepidatious when I’m about to offer a new product, book, or service. Everyone has that “Am I really worth it?” moment. The brief bout of imposter syndrome that, I think, is a healthy, necessary, and—let’s admit it—unavoidable occurrence in the life of any entrepreneur.

But you have to move past it. And right here, right now, I’m watching 32 people making that leap in real time. Thirty-two people realizing that they aren’t just good enough—they’re better. They understand the material. They hold in their heads the keys to help the people around them achieve better health. It’s a powerful thing, that moment when you understand and accept your power and competency. Feels good.

Like all good events, this one is a great mix of scheduled events and spontaneous interactions. I give my keynote. We have a session on sales tactics, a Q&A with all the coaches, a class on marketing techniques. A constant theme is balancing the passion with the drive to realize that passion and make it a sustainable business. Pairing the dream to reality. The lofty ideals to the mundane day-to-day demands. Nearly every attendee came loaded with the former and seeking clarity on the latter.

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Outside the scheduled sessions it’s a whirlwind of energy, a release valve for the flood of information welling up during the talks. You get snippets of conversation so interesting you strain to hear it all. Breakout sessions erupt all around as attendees get together to hash out ideas, schemes, concepts. I’m pulled into one, tell a story about my first client, give some pointers about sales tactics, brainstorm a bit. If you’ve ever read On the Road or any of the other Beat writers’ works, the weekend was full of that same kind of exuberant excitement about life and ideas and dreams. Only instead of whisky and cheap jug wine, we had bottled water and ketones. And instead of rambling monologues, they’re speaking concrete plans of action.

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The catered lunches and dinner are fantastic. I always like seeing Primal people realize they’re no longer the weird ones at the dinner table.

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The final group session is the most powerful. Everything comes to a head, and attendees are mapping their future. Planning the next few moves in concrete terms. It’s real. I see it dawning on their faces. It’s actually happening, provided they just take that next step. Will they? I think so.

Closing ceremonies fast approaching. I’m tearing up a bit on the inside. Maybe outside, too. Whatever. I can’t help it. For me, this is the culmination of something I’ve been dreaming about for a decade: building a team of Primal ambassadors to spread the good word. I’m a big proponent of grass-roots action. I recoil from top-down central planning. So, instead of having the authorities mandate a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise, and a great diet, you give them the tools to figure it out themselves. People don’t respond well to authority. They rebel. They do the opposite of what the authority recommends. And then it gets ugly and counterproductive.

But people respond well to other people meeting them as individuals, granting them the dignity inherent to each of us. You won’t listen to some stuffy government official telling you what to eat, but you will listen to your best friend, your co-worker, your coach. It’s what I’ve always envisioned as the next step forward for this movement, and it’s actually happening. Doesn’t hurt that people are starting businesses and figuring out how to turn profits based on this stuff. In fact, it makes it even better. It makes the movement sustainable and self-perpetuating. Organic, rather than propped up.

The weekend is ending. Hugs and handshakes and back claps everywhere. The folks are filing out. I’m exhausted, but in a good way—how you feel after a long hike. Physically tired, mentally energized. I guess that’s what happens when you spend an entire weekend in a swarm of intelligent, creative, passionate individuals and their ideas, visions, and dreams.

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Magic probably isn’t real, but this is about as close as it gets.

We’ll definitely be holding more of these Masterclasses. It was a lot of fun, it was helpful to our attendees, and, selfishly, I found it far more rewarding than I expected. If you want to stay apprised of our plans, or want more information about becoming a Primal Health Coach yourself, head on over here and give it a shot!

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Is Smelling Your Food Making You Fat?

Is smelling your food making you fat? Smell and metabolism may be more closely connected than we realize, a new study suggests.

 

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, temporarily eliminated the sense of smell in adult mice and found that obese smell-deficient mice shed serious weight, slimming down to a sleek physique even while eating a high-fat diet. Meanwhile, mice who retained their sense of smell ate the very same amount of fatty food (and moved around the same amount) as the smell-deficient mice and packed on the weight, ballooning to twice their previous weight, the researchers say.

 

A third group of mice with a super sharp sense of smell — super smellers — were also fed the same amount of fatty food. Guess what happened to them? Yep. They bulked up even more on the high-fat diet than the mice with normal senses of smell.

 

The research suggest that our ability to smell food goes beyond just helping us find and assess it. It may play an active role in metabolism, affecting the way our body contends with calories – rewiring our brain to signal whether to burn fat or store it.

 

One theory about what’s going on here is that because we are less sensitive to smell after we have eaten than when we are hungry, removing the sense of smell tricks the body into thinking it has already eaten and doesn’t need the calories it is taking in, making it free to burn them.

 

So might the link between smell and weight hold true for humans, as well as mice? “It has a good chance,” Andrew Dillin, the molecular and cell biologist who led the study, tells Healthy Eats. “We know that smell is linked to hunger and satiety in humans. When hungry, our sense of smell increases and after eating our sense of smell decreases…so I think it will be conserved.”

 

Alas, simply holding your nose when eating won’t help you shed pounds. Working with the mice, the scientists used gene therapy to temporarily eliminate the neurons that sense odorants. (Don’t worry; the olfactory neurons grew back in about three weeks and the mice could go back to their normal smell-sensing selves.)

 

However, “It will be interesting to ask if obese people can be stratified based on their ability to smell. Perhaps there is a population of obese humans that are super smellers,” Dillin says. “Sensory perception, or how we perceive our calories, could have a profound impact upon health in some individuals.”

 

And that’s nothing to sniff at.

 

Amy Reiter is a writer and editor based in New York. Her work has appeared in publications including The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Glamour and Marie Claire, as well as Salon, where she was a longtime editor and senior writer. In addition to contributing to Healthy Eats, she blogs for Food Network’s FN Dish.



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How I Got My Four Year Old To Eat Vegetables

I get asked a lot how Mazen learned to eat healthy foods like kale salad, mussels and asparagus. Just as every child has a different temperament, I don’t think there is a one-size-fits-all formula to encourage healthy eating in kids. However, I can share my story in the hope that it might help your kids too! Here are ten things that Matt and I (and Thomas and our extended family) have done this year to encourage healthy eating.

  1. Waited patiently. Mazen was a very healthy eater from ages 6 months to about 2 years old. He gobbled down veggies as a baby and loved No Bull Burgers (made from lentils and cooked vegetables) and smoked salmon. Then, as most kids do, he went through a very picky phase. While I didn’t resort to completely bland kids foods, I stopped trying a lot of green things because I was tired of making them and wasting them (I could eat some leftovers but most of them got tossed on the floor!). My plan: wait it out. So years 2 and 3 were quite picky, although he did still have some healthy foods he’d eat like yogurt, broccoli with parmesan cheese, and spinach on pizza.
  2. Made him a sous chef. When he was finally old enough to follow simple instructions in the kitchen, we started to get him more involved. I have to give major props to Matt on this one because he does an awesome job cooking with Mazen. I am not as good with that at my house, but cooking with Matt was one of the big catalysts for getting Mazen to try new foods. He’d make something with Matt, like mushrooms on pizza, and then I would piggyback on that and repeat the same food that week. It worked because it was fresh in his mind. My goal with healthy eating has always been exposure, exposure, exposure, so just seeing it and talking about it was a win, even if he refused to try it. So whichever parent (or grandparent or role model) can get your child most excited about cooking, have them kick things off. We also get Mazen involved in the shopping and ask him what vegetables he’s in the mood for, and that helps too!
  3. Created a new foods chart. Mazen is very motivated by charts and lists, so we made a big chart on the fridge and talked it up. If he ate 10 new-to-him foods, we would take him to Toys R Us for a new toy (I got to set the budget and decide what counted as a new food). I have never seen my child so excited to eat cabbage, sardines, green beans, a beet, etc. He didn’t blink an eye. I also made a point of asking him how it tasted, and most of the time he said “good.”
  4. Emphasized family dinners. I know in an ideal world the family should enjoy a well-balanced dinner together every night, but that is unrealistic for us all the time. Mazen couldn’t wait past 5:30 to eat, and I never wanted to eat that early, so when he was younger I compromised and used to make him a separate early dinner. But around age 4, I decided he was old enough to wait a bit, so I started giving him a healthy-ish snack around 5 and serving dinner between 6 and 6:30 (I met in the middle on time since the grown-ups used to eat at 7:30 or so). He complained at first about sitting down with us and about the food I prepared, but after a few weeks of realizing I wasn’t bending, the whining minimized and then went away. He is definitely more likely to eat what we’re eating when we eat together. We don’t eat together every night because of having two households and activities, but we try to do it 3-4 nights a week.
  5. Asked his opinion. I ask Mazen most nights, “Which vegetable do you want tonight?” It’s the classic parent trick of switching the question from “Do you want a…” to “WHICH one do you want…” They get to decide and pick something they’re in the mood for. This doesn’t always work (if I’m preparing a family meal with limited choices, for example) but I ask whenever I can. For example, if I’m making quesadillas, I’ll ask which vegetable he wants inside (choices might be bell peppers, spinach, or kale).
  6. Kept my tone casual. If he’s not eating something on his plate, I remind him that he doesn’t have to eat anything he doesn’t want to, but that he can’t have any second helpings of his favorite thing on the plate (or any dessert if that’s an option) unless he eats the vegetables. I keep my tone casual and “no big deal” style. Generally, when he realizes this, he’ll eat the vegetable in order to get what he wants.
  7. Let him mix healthy with not-so-healthy. Since exposure, exposure, exposure was my goal, I have been flexible and open minded about Mazen’s wishes. Matt loves mayo and Mazen loves it too. If he wants to dip his nutritious kale salad in a glob of mayo, so be it. I am just happy he eats the kale! Because the more exposure he gets to it, the better it is in the long run.
  8. Talked about simple nutrition. Mazen has really been into Superheroes this year, and so he wants to be strong. We talk about how vegetables make you strong, and fruits, grains, and water give you energy to run fast. But sugar slows you down! Sugar isn’t bad, but it doesn’t really help the body grow or get stronger either. Sometimes if you eat too much sugar you have to focus on healthy foods for a while to build your body back up. Mazen has asked me questions about certain foods (“What does meat do?”) and I try to answer in my most simple language (“It’s made of protein and helps your muscles grow.”).
  9. Offered boring snacks. Now, before you think I am getting holier than thou, my child eats plenty of Goldfish and “kid snacks”. But when he’s in a snacky mood, I give him three options that I consider to be very healthy: almonds, carrots, yogurt, Mini Babybel cheese, or a popsicle (which is a frozen smoothie, so made with good stuff). If he rejects them all, then I know he’s not really that hungry and is just chasing after some junkier foods. He also knows that if he doesn’t eat his dinner his options for a bedtime snack are slim carrots or almonds. If he’s really hungry, he will take one of those.
  10. Let him be a kid. When I was young, I ate pixie sticks and rock candy and ring pops and Skittles. I don’t want to deprive him of getting to experience these, so I relax a bit and let him enjoy some of these treats when the occasion suits. Nutrition is important, but so is being a kid! And life is all about balance, anyways.

I certainly don’t have all the answers, and might be doing something that goes against what the experts recommend. But knowing my own child’s temperament, we have made huge strides towards eating a diverse array of vegetables (and healthy foods in general like fish and brown rice) this year. No parent’s choices will be perfect, and Mazen doesn’t jump up and down for vegetables (except for spinach pizza!). But the difference in his attitude towards healthy food between ages three and a half and almost five is huge.

Please share your success stories, struggles and tips! We’re all here to help one another 🙂

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