On a recent flight on my way to present my slideshow on carnism, I struck up a conversation with the woman sitting next to me, a conversation that was not terribly different from many of my in-flight dialogues:
Although I had been a collegiate athlete, I had completely lost touch with health and fitness. For many years, my focus was on things I think we can all relate to: building my career as a lawyer, getting married, raising four kids and just getting the bills paid. Along the way, I became sedentary without a second thought devoted to how and what I put down my throat. As I inched towards forty, my addiction to cheeseburgers, pizza, fries and buffalo chicken wings began to catch up to me. I was fifty pounds overweight, but I continued to convince myself that I was still that fit college athlete, bulletproof to obesity and declining health despite the fact that I was perpetually exhausted, lethargic and depressed. Never underestimate the power of denial.
It is an astonishing fact that America — the best fed nation in the world — is the most unhealthy. Immigrants to America plunge from being healthy to unhealthy in a few short years of arrival. Every country that follows our dietary example is on a declining curve toward ill health.
I love to share the art of Indian cooking I learned in my mother’s kitchen in India. My food is a fusion of Indian cuisine and other styles of cooking from around the world. Please enjoy my recipe for Black-Eyed Pea Stew.
The time was August 2000, I had just won a Gold Medal in two of the biggest Brazilian Ju-jitsu tournaments in the world and opened my first Monkey Bar Gymnasium. Needless to say I was feeling pretty darn good!
Three years later and things had changed dramatically. Although my gym was doing great, I could barely train ju-jitsu anymore or workout. Why? I had severe pain in my hands and feet, plus severe knee and back pain! I never had a problem like this before. Why would this happen to me? I ate the perfect athlete diet: oatmeal, raw nuts, whey protein and a banana for breakfast; whey protein bar for a snack; chicken breast sandwich on whole wheat bun with veggies for lunch; smoothie with whey protein for an after workout recovery drink; and salmon, broccoli and potato for dinner. Perfect!
Are potatoes dangerous? Do potatoes cause diabetes?
You might think so if you followed the headlines. In 2006, the media was full of reports making these claims, some of which are still being made today. All of this attention was based on the results of a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.1
Any excuse to eat cornbread is a good one in my book. This delicious and spicy cornbread-topped casserole is a complete meal with grains, beans and vegetables all in one dish, and can be found in Everyday Happy Herbivore.