Fighting Food Insecurity

Today, we invited Laurie Burhoe to discuss her work in food education and sustainable
gardening. Laurie has lived in Maine for 45 years. She is an artist specializing in wildlife and
landscapes. She was a public school teacher and is a master gardener and master naturalist in
the state of Maine.

Kids in the Kitchen – Why I’m Vegan

Anuragini Barman has been vegan since before conception. She lives in North Carolina and is one of the Kids in the Kitchen who put on a whole food, vegan, plant-based cooking show every other month (somanycooks.com/kids) demonstrating their love and knowledge of cooking and nutrition. She loves animals, the outdoors, reading, writing, math, and homeschool.

Gardening 101

Spending time working in the yard is not one of my favorite summer past times.
Spending time planting and working in my garden is something I do enjoy immensely during the summer months. Gardening is an excellent way to spend time outdoors and soak up some Vitamin D, get exercise, and an opportunity to reap the rewards of eating healthy food.

How to Make a Difference

This week, I am following the Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD). The FMD was created by Dr. Valter Longo, researcher, and Director of the Longevity Institute, University of Southern California. https://www.valterlongo.com/biography/ The FMD involves consuming minimal amounts of whole plant foods, lots of water, and herbal teas for 5 days. According to Dr. Longo’s research, eating this way helps the body remove old, declining cells and release stem cells, thus supporting health, rejuvenation, and longevity.

Fighting the Climate Crisis

This week, we invited Laughlin Artz to discuss how individuals can impact the climate crisis. Artz is the Executive Director of 2030 or Bust, championing its mission to empower humanity to end the climate crisis. Laughlin has distinguished himself as a global radical change agent, putting the power to resolve humanity’s most urgent issue in the hands of ordinary people.

Taking Chef AJ to Kenya

You know, it is a huge gift to be invited to do what you love with a positive person urging you on and asking questions. That was my experience of being with Chef AJ. She was light-hearted and sassy- her trademarks!

Now Is The Time for Direct Action

The document was commissioned by the Department for Businesses, Energy, and Industrial Strategy and written by the Behavioral Insights Team. Unfortunately, it was only up for a few short hours before it was taken down and downplayed. The reasons provided for the retraction were 1) that it is a research paper, not government policy and 2) they didn’t want to tell people what to do.

Water

It is summer in the northern hemisphere. The temperatures are hotter than usual, especially with climate change. So now, more than ever, we need to focus on drinking enough water.

Water, H2O, is an essential nutrient. That means we cannot produce enough from our body processes to sustain ourselves. Furthermore, we can’t get enough just from eating solid food. We must drink enough water to meet our body’s needs.

An easy way to know how much water you need daily is to take half your weight in pounds. That is the number of ounces you should drink every day. For example, a person weighing 200lbs should drink 100 ounces of water per day.