My Interview With a Hunter-Gatherer

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There I was, sitting down for dinner after my first afternoon tracking animals in the Kwara Camp of Botswana, Africa. The thick aroma of what smelled like a mixture of wild animals, along with dung and an unfamiliar earthiness, made me realize I was in a macrocosm of life far removed from the sterile man-made environment I had traveled from 24 hours prior.   I couldn't help but wonder if there might be some trace of an olfactory memory encoded in my genes of this land I had left behind hundreds of thousands of years ago. I closed my eyes, inhaled the air deep into my lungs, searching for any remembrance of my past.  Nothing.  All I felt was  hunger after a long bumpy ride through the … [Read more...]

Why I Drink Raw Milk

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This past week the farm where I own cow shares, and supplies my family with milk, was raided by the government.  Apparently 3 children were hospitalized with E.coli infection and my farm was a suspect. Of course the media jumped on the band wagon to spread this news.  Now the test results have been revealed and they show no E.coli in McBee's milk. But this news must not be scandalous enough to report, because all the farm is left with is the scar of bad press. If you are not familiar with "raw" milk it is simply milk straight from the cow that hasn't been pasteurized or homogenized. It is REAL milk. Because of this 'scandal' I have been getting bombarded with questions about why I choose … [Read more...]

Fitness Is A Balancing Act

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http://youtu.be/nNHePOZb7sY Is balance a sign of good fitness or is it a matter of practice makes perfect?    The fact is, balance is not necessarily a reflection of fitness.  Sure, it helps to have the muscle strength and eye-hand coordination that develops with exercise, but when it comes to balance, if you don't use it you lose it.  We have an incredible ability to balance built into an equilibrium monitoring system in our inner ear, but the effectiveness of that system can deteriorate with disuse. Why do older folks have more problems with maintaining balance?  Is it loss of a center of gravity, nervous system control, inner ear problem, diminishing eye sight, or simply if … [Read more...]

MovNat: REAL Fitness

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  I recently took a survey for ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine), the most highly respected personal training certification in the world.  It was to determine the fitness trends of the future, what are the fads, and what is here to stay. Of course, it mentioned Crossfit and Zumba, plus some really unusual trends such as Hula-Hoop and Prancercise. I was shocked to see that they missed the oldest form of exercise that is making a roaring comeback: MovNat. Moving Naturally. If you haven't heard of MovNat, it's only because you have forgotten. I'm here to refresh your memory. The man on the cover of this magazine is the founder, Erwan Le Corre, here is an excellent interview … [Read more...]

Is Your Desk Making You Fatsickandnearlydead?

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How many hours each day do you sit?  Now, I don't like being the bearer of bad news, but you may want to stand up while you read this.   Did you know that sitting all day can literally kill you! In a recent study it was found that women who sit 6 hours a day were 37% more likely to die, and men 17%, during the course of the study.  It has also been linked to dramatic increases in colon cancer, type II diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and depression.  It's not just the ergonomics of it, it is also the metabolic and systemic damage that occurs because of the slothfulness of sitting.  It all boils down to, 'If you don't use it you lose it'.  So why not just head out and do a … [Read more...]

In Search of REAL Food

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"We come unbidden into this life, and if we are lucky we find a purpose beyond starvation...which, lest we forget, is the common lot"--Abraham Verghese in Cutting For Stone It is difficult to imagine starvation as a worldwide problem when food is literally at our fingertips in America.  We are lucky to have the opportunity to be so picky as to choose where and what we eat, much less have difficulty in finding REAL food among the myriad of available sources.  Since the advent of the 'supermarket' in 1946 (yes, supermarkets are a mid-20th century phenomenon), we have separated ourselves from where and how food is actually grown...in the earth, and from animals that eat food naturally … [Read more...]

Grocery Shopping For REAL Food

At last!  Here is the video I have received the most requests for…how to navigate a big chain grocery store in search of REAL food. I compare this type of shopping to walking through a casino.  Everything is set up to keep you shopping as long as possible, to squeeze as much money out of you as possible, and make all the products as alluring as possible.  The music, the lighting, and the positioning of the products on the shelves are well thought out by the food industry.  I guess you could say we are just pawns in their chess game.  Let's see if we can out maneuver the aisles and hold onto our King (our health). This video is not about nutrition education, that takes a few … [Read more...]

A Video Tour of Hydroponic Heaven

What exactly is hydroponics?  I have been pondering this ever since visiting my friend's restaurant, Windhorse in Eustis, FL, where they have hydroponic towers in the outdoor dining area.  They use these towers to grow food for their salads.  It is an amazing site and a culinary delight.  When I stumbled upon Innovative Hydroponics in Alcoa, TN I was determined to finally get to the root of it (pun intended!).  So, with video camera in hand and my inquisitive husband in tow, we swooped in on Andrea Rzad to pick her brain and her plants. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions in water, without soil.  The Latin derivative hydro, is 'water', and … [Read more...]

My Raw Milk Farm Video Trip

I wanted to see what all the fuss was about raw milk so I drove to Blaine, TN to video what I thought would be a farm run by mild mannered agrarians with long skirts.  You know...cows, goats, pigs, chickens, a garden, and homeschooling.  Boy, was I wrong!  It was a real backwoods farm, but Sherry Byington, the captain of this amazing operation, runs a tight ship.  She is a walking organic farming encyclopedia, and she is anything but mild mannered.  I thought I was doing well buying my fresh produce and grass fed meats, but this added a whole new dimension to eating REAL food.  Sherry runs circles around all of us, "whining because we have to drive 5 minutes to the store", city … [Read more...]

The Magic Kingdom of Mushrooms

If a mushroom had a nutritional label it would read like a superfood.  They are chocked full of vital minerals such as the antioxidant producing selenium (click here for a great post by Chris Kresser about selenium's thyroid benefits), and copper.  Plus, one portabella mushroom has more potassium than a banana!  They are low calorie, contain no cholesterol, and are low in fat (if you're into that), and sodium.  If that isn't reason enough to start consuming mounds of mushrooms how about the fact that they are high in fiber and contain a B vitamin profile similar to meat.  The amino acid content is higher per serving than corn, peanuts, kidney beans, and soybeans! Check out my recent … [Read more...]