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My Radio Interview With Lisa Davis From It’s Your Health


In this day of computers, television, and Internet, it’s nice to know that radio broadcasts are still around. We have so many different ways of communication than just 30 years ago when I was a child.

With the advent of other new technologies like chatting on Facebook, posts on Twitter, e-mail, and text messaging on cell phones, it somehow feels like our communication gets further and further removed from real, human interaction.

The value of radio interviews
While radio may not be face-to-face, there is a very human element to this way of communication, and that is the sound of the human voice. The human voice can convey feeling and meaning in a way that texting or email simply cannot. It also provides the listener with something to imagine and think about while hearing the people who are talking – which I like tremendously.

A few months back, I was contacted by a woman named Lisa Davis, MPH, CNC of WUML 96.9 FM Boston Talks who hosts and produces the radio and television shows by the same name called “It’s Your Health“. Lisa had seen my web site and wanted to interview me for a radio broadcast in her city, Boston, Massachusetts.

Guests on “It’s Your Health” include Suzanne Somers, Michael Tucker, Mariel Hemingway, Jill Eikenberry, Bethenny Frankel, Mayim Bialik, John Elder Robison (author of Look Me In The Eye: My Life With Aspergers), Temple Grandin, Harold Kushner (author of Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People), and Marco Borges (celebrity trainer to Beyonce and Gwen Stefani).

Lisa Davis, MPH, CNC
I was very interested in guesting on It’s Your Health because like me and many other people in the sustainable food community, Lisa is passionate and excited about teaching people how to improve their health through real food and other positive lifestyle changes. As well as being a Certified Nutritional Consultant and teaching yoga to children, Lisa has worked in some aspect of the complimentary health field for 20 years. She has a keen understanding of the challenges people face when it comes to health, and also a fantastic awareness of the concept of sustainability as it applies to the larger health model. Her radio show features a wide variety of guests – something for everyone – authors, celebrities, cooks, fitness trainers, and health experts of different types – and of course, regular, ordinary people like me who are trying to make a difference in the world by teaching people about sustainable and slow food.

Listen to our conversation!
During the interview we talk briefly about the health problems I experienced which lead to the creation of this site, and how real food solved many of my problems. We also discuss the importance of traditional foods – foods that our ancestors ate for thousands and thousands of years before the industrial revolution.

Lisa and I also have a conversation about the concept of paleo diets and how the consumption of grains can adversely affect human health. Then we talk about how to find a good source for eggs from hens on pasture. A lot of our discussion centers around the importance of slow, sustainable foods I share my experiences of buying local food from farmers in my area. Finally I talk about thethe myth that sustainable food can’t feed our populations. A repeating theme in our conversation is making the switch to grass-fed meats, an important part of getting healthy proteins and fats in your diet from a clean, nutrient-dense source.

To listen to my interview with Lisa follow this link. Click on click on Radio Shows, then click on audio archives. Once in audio archives, click on Special previews and that will take you to the interview. This is a preview chance to hear this broadcast, and the interview will be featured on the air in early December. I want to extend a warm thank you to Lisa for doing what she does and for having me on her show. Keep up the great work, Lisa! :)

Here’s more information about the topics Lisa and I cover in my interview:

Sustainable farming – is it practical and can it feed us all?
Deciphering egg and poultry labels
The Grass-fed meat challenge – busting myths about meat, part I
The Weston A. Price Wise Traditions Conference, 2010
Locavore’s shopping tour – local farms, local food

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Breakfast Makeovers – You Really Can Rise And Shine!


Does this picture of breakfast food look healthy? It may look appealing and tasty, but it provides little to no nutritional value.

If you are like many people, your morning time does not allow for the preparation of a healthy meal that will satisfy your hunger and provide the nutrients you need for starting your day.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because you are literally breaking a fast from not eating since the night before. Your body has not eaten in quite a few hours – perhaps 10 or more. So what you put in your body is extremely important.

Many people start off their day with coffee and something processed with a lot of carbohydrates in it and little protein such as toast with jam, a cinnamon roll, pop tart, blueberry muffin, or bagel with cream cheese. Even fruit is of little help when it is produced from a conventional source and accompanies the likes of  such processed, sugary foods.

Sound familiar? A breakfast like this will fill your body with toxins and wreak havoc on your blood sugar levels. Over time, consuming this type of breakfast will cause weight gain, mood disorders, insulin resistance and eventually Diabetes and heart disease.

By contrast, traditional, whole foods are just what nature ordered. They contain the right amounts of fats, proteins, cholesterol, and other vital nutrients to help balance out our weight, mood, blood sugar, blood pressure, and organ system health. Fat soluble vitamins only found in whole foods with fat help the body to properly absorb and use nutrients for good health.

If you are suffering from health problems, making a switch to whole, traditional foods can help you to eliminate sugar cravings, hunger, mood swings, weight problems, headaches, and other problems that lead to chronic disease and illnesses of all types. And the perfect place to start is breakfast!

Ask yourself this important question…what do you normally eat for breakfast in the morning, and does it satisfy your hunger and keep you going until lunch? Or, does it leave you hanging and feeling hungry in an hour or two…or even worse, sick and jittery?

Why I changed my breakfast habits

Years ago I used to eat garbage for breakfast. My typical eating choices were a cup of tea with a slice of processed bread and peanut butter. Sometimes I’d eat cereal and milk or a sugary yogurt (my favorite brand was Yoplait…one of *the* most unhealthy yogurt products you can eat) with my cup of tea. I never felt satisfied but I didn’t think I had time for anything else. By 9:30 or 10 a.m. I’d start feeling shaky and sick. I couldn’t understand what could possibly be the matter. Usually I was at work, so there was nothing else to eat until lunch unless I had brought something from home (which I hadn’t), or if someone happened to bring bagels or muffins into the break room to share. Invariably, I’d be starving and cranky by lunch. And most of the time my lunch wasn’t nutritious either. So by the time dinner came, I was starving again and hadn’t really eaten anything substantial all day.

When I discovered how different I could feel by preparing a nutritious breakfast, I finally made the connection that making those choices to eat garbage all those years had damaged my health and made me feel lousy. Now I eat a nutritious meal each morning.

What’s nutritious and what’s not? Here’s how to transform an unhealthy breakfast into a healthy one:

Breakfast 1: cold cereal and milk with orange juice and toast becomes:

  • whole grains (soaked overnight) such as oatmeal or millet, cooked the next morning with
  • real butter melted on the top and mixed into the cereal
  • whole milk (raw milk is a plus!) or plain whole milk yogurt (home-made from raw milk is a plus!) poured over cereal
  • fresh fruit of your choice (blueberries, blackberries, bananas, strawberries)
  • freshly ground flax seeds (optional)
  • a bit of raw honey or real maple syrup

Breakfast 2: a bagel and cream cheese with coffee or orange juice becomes:

  • sprouted, whole grain bagel or bread (we use Silver Hills)
  • real butter (we use Kerrygold) – grass-fed Irish butter)
  • raw melted cheese from grass-fed cows) or spreadable fresh goat’s cheese and cow’s cheese mixture
  • scrambled eggs from pasture-raised chickens (optional)
  • your choice of fresh fruit

Breakfast 3: frozen breakfast sandwich from your freezer, local coffee house, or work kiosk becomes:

  • sprouted, whole grain bagel or bread with real butter
  • raw melted cheese
  • over-easy or scrambled eggs from pasture-raised chickens
  • real bacon, or ham, or sausage from pasture-raised hogs or grass-fed beef or game (we sometimes use Organic Prairie products)

Breakfast 4: pop tarts or toaster strudel, orange juice, and milk becomes:

  • Fancy French toast made on sprouted grain bread dipped in egg mixture from pasture-raised chickens, cooked with plenty of butter

Put on a plate and serve with:

  • plain, whole milk yogurt
  • your choice of fresh fruit
  • freshly ground flax seeds (optional)
  • a drizzle of real maple syrup and a glass of whole milk (raw is a plus)

Breakfast 5: scrambled eggs and toast becomes

  • omelet or scrambled eggs with real butter
  • chopped broccoli and avocado slices (vegetables for breakfast? Yes! Get used to the idea of incorporating these colorful, nutrient-dense foods in with your breakfast meals and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how good you feel!)
  • diced onions
  • garlic (optional)
  • shredded raw cheese
  • topped with salsa made from organic ingredients (home-made or store bought)
  • sprouted grain toast with real butter

So what’s the secret to making these breakfasts a success? Budgeting, planning, and a little research. Decide where you’d rather spend your money – on cheap, industrial food that is quick and convenient and then pay later with poor health, low energy, doctor bills, and missed time at work or school, or making an effort to prepare home-made versions of some of these foods or locate good, wholesome foods that are locally produced or sold at your health food store, farmer’s market, or from a local food grower or farmer.

Other ideas for healthy breakfasts items: Try plain, whole milk yogurt with fresh fruit and freshly ground flax seeds, or hard-boiled pasture-raised eggs with sprouted grain toast spread with real butter and raw almond butter, or home-made pancakes with sprouted whole-grain flour spread with plenty of butter and fresh fruit with plain whole milk yogurt and perhaps a bit of real maple syrup or raw honey. Left over grass-fed meats or poultry are fantastic with eggs or in omelets and hash-browned potatoes.

Don’t forget the vegetables in your egg creation – whatever you have around – zucchini, broccoli, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, garlic, or mushrooms. If you find that big breakfasts are just too much, limit your portions to smaller servings. You can still eat a healthy breakfast with good foods that isn’t too overwhelmingly large.

Don’t forget to cook with healthy oils such as real butter, extra-virgin olive, coconut, and palm oils. Good lard from pasture-raised hogs is amazingly healthy and tastes great, too.

Eliminate the grains
If you’ve had health issues in the past, try removing grains from your meals and concentrate on high-fat and protein choices with some fruit or vegetables. You can eat all of the above foods just as described and omit the grains. Grains can be the culprit of a wide span of health problems, and especially the way our culture eats them with such frequency and in their processed forms – which are nothing like people throughout history before the modern era consumed them. For some grain-free meal ideas, read Go-grain free & still eat delicious, healthy meals

With a little bit of planning and variation, in no time you can create a menu of delicious and nutritious breakfast choices to switch around so you are not becoming bored with meals and you are giving your body the best there is to offer for optimal health.

Once you have located the sources for your healthy food and worked into your personal routine, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without healthy food – especially when you discover a new sense of energy and well-being. Some of the foods you’ll have to spend extra money on up front; in general, healthy, organic food tends to cost more than processed, industrial food. But the money you’ll save on your health care costs later will be worth it.

If you are diligent, you can save money on organic and local foods by clipping coupons, watching for sales, bartering, volunteering to work at farms or make deliveries in exchange for food, and supporting local agriculture by purchasing from your neighboring farmers. Local foods travel less distance so that part of the cost is normally reduced for selling the food (and it’s better for you and the environment).

Some of these foods can be made more healthy just by a few minutes of advance preparation such as soaking your organic grains overnight in filtered water and a bit of whey from real milk or yogurt, kefir, apple cider vinegar, or lemon juice. These substances help break down phytic acid activity in grains that renders them indigestible and damaging to the digestive tract (think IBS, Crohn’s disease, grain intolerance, and allergies). Many people who are allergic to grains find that they can consume soaked and sprouted grain products with no problem at all.

What’s the bottom line?

Budget your finances and make time for your health! These makeovers really pack a nutrition punch..not to mention, they are delicious! With a little bit of planning and variation, in no time you can create a menu of delicious and nutritious breakfast choices to switch around so you are not becoming bored with meals and you are giving your body the best there is to offer for great health. Next time you go into the kitchen to make breakfast, consider these alternatives to the boring, nutritionally-bankrupt foods you’ve been eating…and make healthy eating the new order of the day.

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