Last weekend, while watching my beloved Oregon Ducks take a loss, I somehow found my buddies and I in a debate regarding the role of meat in heart disease and cancer.
In their opinion, meat is something that should seldom be consumed. The saturated fat will kill you. Studies show that it causes cancer. It’s hard on “the system” to digest.
Blah. Blah. Blah.
But hey, I used to believe a lot of the same stuff. I can completely understand where they were coming from. I’ve been there.
I told them about the difference between grass-fed and grain-fed meats.
I explained how the CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) in grass-fed meat actually fights cancer.
I pretty much performed a YouTube bit on the lack of evidence demonstrating that saturated fat causes heart disease.
In one ear. Out the other.
You know how it goes. Friends and family rarely change their minds about anything if YOU are the one relaying the information. But if a complete stranger tells them the same thing, they’ll believe every word of it.
So to close out this week of UW awesomeness, I’ll leave you with a video I shot with juicing expert Drew Canole.
In my 4 years of hosting UW Radio, I had never received so many email/Facebook questions for a single guest — there were actually too many to ask Drew on the air! So I asked him to stop by the studio for a Q&A session to answer some of the questions we didn’t get to on the show.
Drew’s appearance on UW Radio was the second most listened to show ever — second only to the episode with Paul Chek and Joel Salatin.
We covered topics like blending versus juicing, potential problems with plant toxins, how juicing improves digestion, and the best juicers YOU can use at home.
Drew even went Oprah on us, giving away a juicer to one of our callers!
Over the years, I have gotten my fair share of email from readers, viewers, and listeners wondering what they can do if high-quality (grass-fed, free-range, wild) protein sources aren’t quite in the budget.
Well, here’s a pretty cool option — you can drink more bone broth!
It’s cheap. It heals the gut, thus improving nutrient absorption. And apparently, when consumed in sufficient quantities, it reduces our protein needs. In other words, we can get away with consuming less protein.
Sarah Pope covered this topic pretty thoroughly in her Real Food Summit presentation, which I have posted for FREE viewing as part of yesterday’s blog.
Check out the video clip below in which Chef Lance Roll and I discuss this fascinating benefit of that magical elixir we call bone broth.
Last Saturday, I had the privilege of presenting at the Black Male Empowerment Summit at Georgia Southern University (GSU). In the hours leading up to the first of my two talks, I wondered if these young men (and a few women) would even be interested in listening to me babble about holistic health and wellness for an hour. Turns out they were.
They raised their hands and asked great questions.
They shared their own experiences.
They expressed their frustrations with the limited access to healthy food.
These young people really cared.
Despite their interest in the topic, I wondered if I had really made an impact — would any of my attendees actually put the information to use?
Then this week, while I read Will Allen’s book The Good Food Revolution for the second time, I came across a passage regarding a recent study of one hundred sixth-graders who had participated in a hands-on, garden-based nutrition education program. Allen writes,
“(These students were compared) with two other groups: students who were taught nutrition lessons in a classroom and those who were given no nutrition education at all. The researchers found no significant difference a year later in the vegetable and fruit consumption of children without nutrition education and those who received nutrition classes. The students who received hands-on training in a garden, however, increased their fruit and vegetable intake by more than two servings a day.” (Allen, 160-161)
No, I don’t typically work with sixth-graders (then again, maybe I should), but I can’t help but wonder…