Recently in Sustainable Nutrition Category
In a recent decision memorandum by The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity (CAG-00423N), CMS determined that potentially lifesaving and risk reducing preventive services for Obesity could only be furnished by primary care providers in the primary care setting (i.e. MDs, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Practitioners, and Physicians' Assistants). Interesting that all these practitioners are also part of the care team for surgical /obesity patients or patients treated with pharmaceuticals. None of them qualify as nutrition experts.
"Eat whole sustainable local foods as much as possible." This can be an easy mental guide for people to follow when they are trying to make a healthy food decision.
It's a great time of year to "develop a better relationship with Food". To seek fresh, local and sustainable foods such as produce and meats at the farmers markets, your local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farm or local natural foods store. If you have not made the change to local or regional foods, make a goal to shop at one of these venues in the next 7 days and change your life forever. You will feel better, have more energy and start to create the foundation to vital health.
My last blog included a call to the community to support expanding Sustainable Farming. This was actually an article I put out in the last issue of Ecolocal Living. I asked my readers to connect with a local farmer whom is active in this issue, or myself, if they had ideas to help this process. Within a week of the article, I received a phone call from a farmer with a very large gift.
This is part one of a two part article. Both were blogged on the same day.
The Function of Farming Determines the Function of You
The Farm -to-Fork ("Farm-to") movement is one of many programs, which is evidence of a paradigm shift in how we think, grow, purchase and use food.
Sprouted from the desire to support community-based food systems, strengthen family farms, and improve the health of our land and ourselve's, the sustainable farm movement is amongst the fastest growing business in the world.
Healthy Food access, by all accounts, by now should be viewed as a foundational birthright. So why are so many of us still without access to it ? Because there isn't enough local, sustainable farms to serve us. If you purchase organic foods from your local supermarket, you purchase foods with little nutritional value. These foods are picked way before the ripened state; the state of highest nutritional value. SO they are pretty "dead" in terms of nutritional life. You are also supporting the area where it came from - thousands of miles away, not your local area. In essence, you're really not getting anything for the purchase of it.