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The countries with the highest grain consumption are most often the most malnourished too
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Part of the reason for that is that grain is cheap filler food. The double-edged sword of moving from hunter-gatherer groups to agriculture-based societies is that, yes, population increased and other aspects of human development came about, but the people were smaller and weaker. In highly populated areas of Asia where rice is consumed, it may not be feasible to incorporate meats other than some chicken, fish, and pork.

But then there are areas of the world (many African countries) who switched from subsistence farming and very little famine to “modern” monoculture farming, only to find it is not a sustainable model. Once traditional farming is gone and the populations are dependent on grain, then a single crop failure can be disastrous; monoculture also has the distinction of stripping soil of nutrients (and allowing topsoil to be washed away in general), so even without crop failure there are diminishing returns. (In the US, farmers compensate with expensive chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides that third world farmers may not be able to afford.)

Another part of the puzzle is that when grains were prepared using traditional methods (fermentation, sprouting, etc.), they did offer up more nutrients. But as Western methods of food preparation accompanied our “superior” farming, many of those food traditions were pushed aside. Sadly, the US does supply food to much of the world, not so much like a knight in shining armor, but more like a drug dealer who gets his clients dependent

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-katz-md/diets_b_4069694.html (via sabelmouse)

thespartanwarrior:

A restrictive diet will do more harm than good in the long run. Cheat meals are more of an indicator of a poor relationship with food or possible early signs of eating disorders. Moderation and balance in your dieting efforts is the key to long term success and making dieting a normal, healthy part of your lifestyle. There is no such thing as clean/dirty or good/bad foods. If you speak in such ways then it’s a dead giveaway that your knowledge of the bare basics and fundamentals of nutrition science is lacking. Being healthy isn’t just about your physical well being, but also how you are mentally and emotionally which when dieting improperly can take a significant blow.
A balanced approach does not require cheat meals or days. You’ll feel like you’re cheating the system when you learn to practice moderation and flexibility in your diet and you’ll be at a healthier state.

"Few things are more pretentious, hypocritical, and downright annoying to me than people who act morally superior about eating ‘clean’ but then have massive binges that they try to justify as ‘cheat’ meals. Let me tell you something, severe caloric restriction followed by massive uncontrolled binging is NOT an effective long term diet solution for your health… mentally or physically. It’s a recipe for an eating disorder. FIND BALANCE! Stop attaching ‘good’ or ‘bad’ labels to food. A small amount of ‘unclean’ food isn’t going to ruin your diet if you account for it in your macronutrient intake and consume it in moderation. What kills your diet is when you consume the entire pizza followed by a carton of ice cream because you cannot stop once you start due to the way your diet has programmed you. Find balance, over time your mental health, and your physique will thank you!" -Layne Norton

thespartanwarrior:

A restrictive diet will do more harm than good in the long run. Cheat meals are more of an indicator of a poor relationship with food or possible early signs of eating disorders. Moderation and balance in your dieting efforts is the key to long term success and making dieting a normal, healthy part of your lifestyle. 

There is no such thing as clean/dirty or good/bad foods. If you speak in such ways then it’s a dead giveaway that your knowledge of the bare basics and fundamentals of nutrition science is lacking. Being healthy isn’t just about your physical well being, but also how you are mentally and emotionally which when dieting improperly can take a significant blow.

A balanced approach does not require cheat meals or days. You’ll feel like you’re cheating the system when you learn to practice moderation and flexibility in your diet and you’ll be at a healthier state.

"Few things are more pretentious, hypocritical, and downright annoying to me than people who act morally superior about eating ‘clean’ but then have massive binges that they try to justify as ‘cheat’ meals. Let me tell you something, severe caloric restriction followed by massive uncontrolled binging is NOT an effective long term diet solution for your health… mentally or physically. It’s a recipe for an eating disorder. FIND BALANCE! Stop attaching ‘good’ or ‘bad’ labels to food. A small amount of ‘unclean’ food isn’t going to ruin your diet if you account for it in your macronutrient intake and consume it in moderation. What kills your diet is when you consume the entire pizza followed by a carton of ice cream because you cannot stop once you start due to the way your diet has programmed you. Find balance, over time your mental health, and your physique will thank you!" -Layne Norton

speakerforthetrees:

rawlivingfoods:

Seattle’s vision of an urban food oasis is going forward. A seven-acre plot of land in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood will be planted with hundreds of different kinds of edibles: walnut and chestnut trees; blueberry and raspberry bushes; fruit trees, including apples and pears; exotics like pineapple, yuzu citrus, guava, persimmons, honeyberries, and lingonberries; herbs; and more. All will be available for public plucking to anyone who wanders into the city’s first food forest.
“This is totally innovative, and has never been done before in a public park,” Margarett Harrison, lead landscape architect for the Beacon Food Forest project, tells TakePart. Harrison is working on construction and permit drawings now and expects to break ground this summer.
The concept of a food forest certainly pushes the envelope on urban agriculture and is grounded in the concept of permaculture, which means it will be perennial and self-sustaining, like a forest is in the wild. Not only is this forest Seattle’s first large-scale permaculture project, but it’s also believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.
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speakerforthetrees:

rawlivingfoods:

Seattle’s vision of an urban food oasis is going forward. A seven-acre plot of land in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood will be planted with hundreds of different kinds of edibles: walnut and chestnut trees; blueberry and raspberry bushes; fruit trees, including apples and pears; exotics like pineapple, yuzu citrus, guava, persimmons, honeyberries, and lingonberries; herbs; and more. All will be available for public plucking to anyone who wanders into the city’s first food forest.

“This is totally innovative, and has never been done before in a public park,” Margarett Harrison, lead landscape architect for the Beacon Food Forest project, tells TakePart. Harrison is working on construction and permit drawings now and expects to break ground this summer.

The concept of a food forest certainly pushes the envelope on urban agriculture and is grounded in the concept of permaculture, which means it will be perennial and self-sustaining, like a forest is in the wild. Not only is this forest Seattle’s first large-scale permaculture project, but it’s also believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.

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So proud!!!

  • Doctors: Anorexia is an epidemic, people need to eat.
  • Doctors: Obesity is an epidemic, people eat too much.
  • Society: People have unhealthy body images, accept your body the way it is!
  • Society: People should be more concerend about their health, exercise & eat right!
  • Media: Celebrities are way too skinny, they are setting a bad example for young girls.
  • Media: This singer gained 20 pounds, she must be really unhappy.
  • People: Being too skinny is gross, real women have curves.
  • People: Eww, fat rolls.
  • Friends: You're so pretty, you're not fat.
  • Friends: Eww I'm so gross, I need to lose weight.
  • Family: Don't starve yourself, eat. It's not that hard.
  • Family: You ate all of this for breakfast? What is wrong with you?
  • And people wonder why we have such distorted body images.