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A Busy Summer for Sustainable Food and Health

08/04/2013

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This past summer there have been some important decisions going on in the legal world having to do with public health, organic labeling, and factory farming that I want to share with you. Here are some highlights.

 

In New York, an appeals court affirmed and overturned Mayor Bloomberg’s Soda Ban.

  •  What’s Next? The mayor has indicated that he will bring the case to the court of appeals, but for now, it has been put down. But he should act before the upcoming Mayoral elections, since we don’t know how our future Mayor will view this issue

 

The USDA has issued final interim rules restricting junk food in schools.

  •  What’s Next? Since the rule is “interim,” the USDA has 120 days to make any changes, and you can count on various lobbying groups to do their best to change this piece of legislation as much as possible.  

 

A California judge postponed proceedings in response to a proposed class action against Gruma Corp for advertising GMO tortilla chips as “all natural,” so that the FDA can answer the age-old question of whether non-organic food can be classified as natural.

  •  What’s Next? The FDA’s compliance has many implications; if its guidance surrounding trans fat proves informative, then its decision might not be enough.

 

Cal-Maine Foods Inc. (CALM) struck a deal to pay $28 million to settle antitrust claims when Sodexo Inc. filed suit against them (and a number of other egg companies) alleging that they conspired to produce fewer eggs—by killing off more hens—in order to fix prices.

  •  What’s Next? These companies were able to use this scheme to create  a more “humane” facility for the remaining animals. Just goes to show that there is more to “humane” and “cage-free” than meets the eye.

 

Jarrod Barney Juarez was convicted of one count of animal cruelty following a trial this week for abusing a piglet at a factory farm that was supplying pigs to Tyson Foods. Juarez was sentenced to a fine, court costs, a suspended 30 day jail sentence, and six months of probation.

  •  What’s Next? Juarez’s guilty plea is one of many that comes from a series of undercover investigations undergone by the Humane Society. Hopefully, more of these individuals’ crimes will come to light.

 

That’s all for now. Make sure to follow future posts to stay informed!

 

Last Minute Flight Survival Tips

08/02/2013

Greetings from Long Beach, CA!

Normally when I’m flying somewhere, I pre-prepare a whole bunch of meals and snacks for the plane, since I usually can’t eat a single thing there. But this time, I spent the whole morning and night before moving out of my apartment and into a new Brooklyn apartment that I didn’t have a second to spare. So I had to use my creative skills to work to find a way to fuel myself on this flight. Fortunately, JFK is a pretty resourceful airport, so here’s what I was able to find.

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JAMU Pineapple Juice

While a green juice would have been preferred, this juice was a pretty good option under the circumstances. During flights a lot of us tend to have indigestion, so I wanted to make sure I had something that would be able to prevent it. Pineapple is perfect for this reason because it has a great deal of enzymes that help in breaking down foods and curbing bloating. The juice also had curcumin and ginger, which also help with indigestion. In addition, this juice was extremely hydrating, which is important since flights can also contribute to dehydration!

 

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A Huge Bottle of Water—very important because we all know that those little cups are definitely NOT sufficient.

 

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A Desperate Salad Turned Delicious

Desperate times called for desperate measures. Here’s how I can usually find a meal almost anywhere.

 

  1. Get a plain packaged salad. I was lucky to find kale, but any type of lettuce will do.
  2. Throw out the dressing (if there is any) I can guarantee you it’s soy, sugar-filled, garbage.
  3. Find an avocado. I looked around the food court to see which restaurants had avocado-containing dishes. Then I went to the manager, put on my sweetest smile, and asked for an avocado. And I got one. In addition to a few laughs. 😉
  4. Bring a plastic fork and knife onto the flight (they likely won’t give you one unless you purchase food) and mash the whole avocado into your salad to make a dressing. VOILA!

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Brad’s Kale Chips

I was very luck to find these in the airport! These chips are dehydrated and sprinkled with raw nuts and spices to make a delicious and satisfying snack that beats the Lay’s and Planters snacks that are on the plane.

 

I hope this goes to show that eating a healthful, vegan diet can be done under ANY circumstance and even with little planning!

What I Eat in A Day

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Normally when I tell people about my gluten-free, processed food free, vegan, very minimal soy diet, the first thing they ask is: WHAT DO YOU EAT? Aren’t you hungry?? Anybody who knows me usually laughs…because I eat a lot! I love food! Here’s a little sampling of what I eat in a day.

Breakfast number one:

Normally I start out my days with a huge green juice with cucumber, celery, lemon, and kale. If I had an early dinner I’ll make it a smoothie and throw in some fruit as well. Such a refreshing way to start the day!

 

Breakfast number two:

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A delicious medley of coconut milk, soaked steel cut oats (certified gluten-free), soaked chia seeds topped with blueberries or some other sweetener such as stevia, a little coconut sugar, etc.

 

Snack (not pictured)

Baby carrots! I always keep some in the shared fridge at work.

 

Lunch

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OK, so this isn’t my greatest lunch ever because I was a weee on the lazy side today. Woops. I didn’t have time to make lunch, so I grabbed an avocado, some dulse flakes, and nutritional yeast and stuffed it in a bag on my way out of the house this morning. When it came time to lunch, I ordered a plain salad for delivery. I topped it off with the avocado and condiments and it was definitely not too bad!

 

Snack (not pictured)

About two handfuls of walnuts

 

Dinner

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Quinoa, mushroom, and kale sauteed with coconut oil and gluten-free tamari. By far one of my favorite recipes. It was sooooo good!

 

Dessert

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Chia seed mixed with blueberry puree and a few spoonfuls of Luna and Larry’s Dairy-Free Coconut flavored ice-cream. Delicious!!

Rawlicious is Delicious

07/08/2013

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Has anyone ever been to rawlicious in NYC? It is delicious! I think it might be tied with quintessence as my number 1, with Rockin Raw coming in a close second. Tucked away in a side-street in Soho, this place had my mouth watering from start to finish. I started off my meal with some veggie sushi rolls, which were stuffed with vibrant micro-green sprouts and topped with coconut aminos. Then, I had the raw vegan flat bread and pizza with dill cashew nut cheese and tomato marinara. And for my fellow Brooklynites, it’s only a few miles away from the bridge, so you can hop on your bikes and get a sweat on before replenishing with some rawliciousness.