Beet Salad For Lunch

As lunch time rolled around today and I began to think about what to fill my hungry stomach with, I remembered the fresh beets I bought a few days ago at our local organic market. With Alan blogging out in the community today, leaving me home to enjoy the peace and quiet of our small suburban home, I realized this is the day to thoroughly enjoy my beets without offending my hubby.  Alan is pretty much disgusted with beets.  “They taste like dirt!” he says whenever they’re mentioned.  But to me, it’s the earthy flavor of fresh raw beets that is so truly palatable.  

This recipe for beet salad is on our website and in our vegan meal planner, but it’s worth mentioning here because it is so quick and easy.  For a single serving, peel one fresh, small beet. Next, julienne with a sharp knife or mandolin. Then, toss in a small bowl with a drizzle of olive oil, Bragg’s apple cider vinegar and honey. For extra flavor, sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.

Summer’s the season for beets. So if you’ve only ever eaten cooked or pickled beets, don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy fresh beets raw with this quick and easy beet salad recipe.

To your health!

Obama Health Care Show – What About Personal Responsibility?

As my wife and I were sitting around watching the Obama Health Care town meeting last night, one recurring thing that kept cropping up in our conversation about the prospect of the government spending another trillion and a half to 2 trillion dollars (money that we don’t have) on some new program was, what about personal responsibility?

Why doesn’t that question ever come up? The person who is most responsible for their own health is none other that you. You can do more for yourself than any government organization, insurance company or any kind of doctor by changing your diet away from processed foods and high fat meats and eating more fruits and vegetables that are high in nutrition. Shuffling around who makes the decisions for your healthcare and how the money in the system is allocated will do absolutely nothing to actually help people get healthier. And that’s the real issue we’re dealing with here, but instead we are only dealing with the symptoms.

Supposedly there are 46 million uninsured people living in the United States and the whole point of Obama health care is to figure out how to cover those people with insurance. But honestly, that’s just simply the wrong approach. What we should be talking about is how to get or keep those 46 million people healthy, not just how to insure them. We should also be working on programs for those that are already insured to keep them healthy as well. The current medical model of health care is to treat sick people instead of trying to keep people from getting sick in the first place.

Unfortunately, one of the major problems with healthcare today is that people in the medical field don’t seems associate diet with health. A perfect case in point is that one of the questions posed to President Obama last night came from nursing student Hershaw Davis Jr who is probably 150 pounds overweight. After answering Hershaw’s question, The President remarked that we need more people like Hershaw in the medical profession. I’m sorry to say this, but no we don’t. Mr Davis is the perfect example of entirely what’s wrong with the medical profession because he shows exactly the disconnect between diet and disease that is so rampant in medicine today. While Mr Davis may be able to do his job quite well, I wouldn’t know, the point is his size and the unhealthy conditions related to his obesity speaks volumes about where medicine is today.

My family has also experienced the oblivious to diet thinking in the medical profession when my dad had quadruple bypass surgery last year. After his radically invasive surgery and 4 days in cardiac intensive care, the second day up in his regular room he was served a pork sandwich and greasy french fries for lunch. Is there any other nearly perfect example of how out of touch medicine is with the benefits of a healthy diet? It is almost as if they were doing everthing they could to make sure my dad would be back in for another radical surgey some day.

The Cost Of Healthcare

Of course you can’t talk about national health care with out talking about the enormous cost and burden to Americans that something like this will be. And once again with Medicare we have another perfect example of government trying to run something and doing it about as inefficently as possible. In fact the question must be asked, has the government run any large scale program effieciently? Is there a single government program that anyone can point to that is profitable? What makes anyone think they can succeed with national health care?

But let’s get back to Medicare. Medicare was started to provide medical insurance to the elderly and is so seriously overbudget it threatens the economic fabric of our entire country. Medicare in effect is the elephant in the room. It is a disaster and is weighing down our economy to the tune of over $25 trillion (yes trillion, not billion) in unfunded liabilities.

We as a nation owe more to Medicare than all other government programs combigned, what makes anyone think that what the government couldn’t fund for the elderly will be able to fund for everyone else?

We will never, ever solve the healthcare crisis in the United States until we get down to the only issue at hand, the link between diet and disease. And until the medical profession and the government realizes the problem and stops throwing money at symptoms, money that we don’t have, nothing will get done.

The only thing you can personally do to increase your chances of avoiding serious disease is to eat a healthy diet rich in fiber, fruits and vegetables and exercise on a regular basis. The government will always do what it does best and that is spend money. Nationalized healthcare may be the last program the government creates before our entire economy goes bankrupt, the least you can do is choose to eat healthy and not participate in the coming fiasco.

The Mediterranean Diet Isn’t Such A Big Deal

The mediterranean diet seems to be all the rage today, but except for the fact that the diet promotes a moderate amount of healthy oils such as canola oil, olive oil and a bit of red meat, it really isn’t all that different than what a simple healthy diet should be.

We here at the healthy diet podcast blog have always believed in the motto of “eat healthy, be healthy” and our diet philosophy is simple – eat the most nutritious food possible. When you are always looking for your food to be in its most nutritious state (most of the time that means raw) you know that you are getting the most that particular food has to offer your body. And while some oils are good such as those recommended in the mediterranean diet, you have to make sure you are getting the right kind of those oils. You want to try and find cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil and other oils that are cold pressed and extra virgin as well.

These kinds of oils are minimally processed and not heated during their production and provide the best benefit that these oils are able to. The less heating and processing that goes into this oil, the better olive oil’s antioxidant properties.

There really isn’t any mystery to dieting, it’s all about eating nutritious food and guess what, you can eat as much of it as you want. That’s right, when you eat the most nutritious food possible, you don’t have to worry about counting calories, within reason. I wouldn’t recommend eating 5 pounds of potatoes at a sitting, but then again, you probably couldn’t do that.

The amazing things about eating highly nutritious food is that your body gets what it needs in the form of nutrients and then it tells your brain that you are no longer hungry. However, when you eat junk food, your body never gets the nutrients it needs and you essentially remain hungry until your stomach gets filled up. The more junk food you eat, the mosre you want to eat it because your body is searching for nutrition.

Yes, except for the minor amount of red meat included in the mediterranean diet, it is a good diet, but any diet is a good diet as long as you are eating the most nutritious food possible, which means mostly raw food. Dieting need not be so complicated.

Resveratrol Scams Continue To Frustrate Dr Oz

Dr Oz’s endorsement of a resveratrol supplement on the Oprah Show in front of millions of viewers is continuing to cause a bit of a headache for America’s Doctor. This endorsement, unfortunately for Dr Oz, has caused a plethora of resveratrol scams to perpetuate themselves all over the net.

The biggest scams seen lately are fake news sites that of course look very real complete with weather forecasts, other supposedly real news reports and the real clincher is completely fake “investigative reports” on resveratrol. These reports tout the benefits one so-called reporterette has had with her resveratrol supplements and she then challenges other reporters to see if they get the same results such as sleeping better, having less wrinkles and other feel good type benefits.

These scam news sites are advertising on the Drudge Report using pictures from celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman, Selma Hayek and Marisa Tomei and asking the question, “How Does She Look So Young?” The premise behind this advertising is that these celebrities are taking the rip-off brand of resveratrol that these fake news sites are selling. The truth is they aren’t, none of these celebrities endorse these resveratrol products and this is nothing but a huge scam.

The scam goes deeper because consumers think they’re getting a free trial of this junk and all they have to do is pay for shipping. But the truth is, these scam companies get your credit card numbers and start billing you $80 or $90 a month because you unknowingly signed up for a monthly auto ship of this stuff.

Don’t think this stuff is a scam? ComplaintsBoard.com lists 130 about Resveratrol Ultra complaints and the company that sells this junk, FWM Labs out of North Miami, FL has more than 2,600 complaints lodged against them at the Better Business Bureau. The Florida Attorney General is investigating unauthorized credit card charges by this company and others running such scams in the state.

Lawyers for Dr Oz are pursuing the perpetrators of these fake news sites and their advertising practices so hopefully they won’t be around much longer but beware, because these companies are known to just form another company, change the labels on their scam products and poof, they’ve got a brand new business.

Use your best judgement when it comes to weight loss, anti aging and all other health claims from people selling miracle pills. Unfortunately they give legitimate supplements and sellers of those supplements a bad name.

Avoid The Resveratrol Rebill Scam

It never ceases to amaze me that every time you turn around someone is running some kind of diet scam. The latest one to come around is the resveratrol scam.

Resveratrol was recently featured on 60 minutes as an ingredient in red wine that can help promote longevity, has antioxidant properties, weight loss and other healthy properties. Doctors have been saying for some time now that drinking a glass (that’s one glass) of red wine per day did help promote better health and digestion. The benefits of red wine have now been linked to the ingredient resveratrol in the wine.

Now diet pill and weight loss scammers have taken that to mean you can isolate resveratrol in wine and put it into some sort of pill and then charge people $80 a month or so to get this garbage shipped to you every month. The problem is, hardly anyone knowns they’re being billed until they get their credit card statement and see an errant $80 to $100 charge. And that’s not the end of it because the consumer then finds out that it’s nearly impossible to cancel these charges.

Avoiding Resveratrol Scams

Unfortunately the supposed resveratrol scam review sites you’ll find when you Google resveratrol terms aren’t real review sites at all, they’re just sites telling you that you need to read their review before they turn around and rip you off.

The best way to avoid getting ripped off if you think you want to try a resveratrol supplement is to buy it on eBay, from your favorite local health food store or from an online retailer like Vitamin Shoppe where you just pay for your bottle of supplements and if you like it then you can buy it again as you decide and not be rebilled on a monthly basis for it.

Don’t get scammed by the supposed free resveratrol trials, because they aren’t free at all. Read more about the resveratrol scams here.