This Is Your Brain On Exercise

Everyone knows exercise is good for you, but most people do it to 'lose weight and get in shape'.  Burn off that bodyfat and tone those muscles!  Exercise does so much more than simply burn fuel and shape our muscles, it makes us feel good!  It increases the blood flow to not only our muscles, heart and lungs, but also to our most important body part...our brain.  Exercise stimulates muscle AND brain cell growth.  It makes you smart AND good looking! One of my favorite books on this subject is Spark by John J. Ratey, MD.  I read it back in 2008, so when my son's fourth grade teacher, Miranda Reagan, decided to "spark" her students' brains to help them relieve stress and increase … [Read more...]

The Poison in Peanuts

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I am not nuts about peanuts!  They are not even a nut.  They are a legume...a bean.  Actually, they are the seed of a legume. Before I get too deep into all the reasons I cringe when my clients tell me they eat peanuts, check out this email I got last week from a friend in Georgia: "I noticed today, the farmer who leases our property "burning" his empty peanut seed bags. Every time he would fill his planter hoppers he would burn the empty bags on the spot. I happened upon this partially burned seed bag label that was laying in one of the ash piles at the end of a row. I scanned it for you to read and tell me if you think the peanut butter you're eating is safe?????" Yeah, I … [Read more...]

How to Find Your Whey (Protein Powder)

How do you go about finding a high quality Whey Protein Powder?  This can be a daunting task.  The shelves are crammed full of different makes and models.  Deciphering the labels, and all the benefits they claim, can seem overwhelming without a degree in Organic Chemistry.  Below is a condensed list, thanks to Dr. Mercola, of 9 important rules to follow when trying to decide if that can of whey protein you're considering ingesting, is not just a can of overly processed, additive enhanced, nutrient devoid, glorified talcum powder.  The video below will also help explain the benefits of whey protein powder and why this may be just what you need to include as part of your REAL food … [Read more...]

Does A Fire Truck Cause The Fire?

In my last video blog (vlog), about how to grocery shop, I mentioned that saturated fat doesn't cause heart disease, the number one killer in the USA.  I quipped that saturated fat isn't bad for us, and that inflammation is the primary cause of heart disease.  Even though my video wasn't meant to be a lecture on nutrition, I got quite a few questions about that statement.  Apparently, there are a lot of people who have never heard this, and are a bit skeptical.  How can you blame them?  Since the late 1950's we have been taught, by the scientific and medical industry, that cholesterol and saturated fat are artery clogging.  Mainstream media continues to this day to perpetuate this … [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...]

Vegetable Oil Is People!

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Just kidding with the title, but if you have ever seen the movie Soylent Green you know what I am talking about. So what the heck is 'vegetable oil'?  Does it even come from a vegetable?  So where does it come from?  The term 'vegetable oil' has come to encompass all those yellowy looking oils, and an ingredient of almost every product you find, on the inside shelves of  a grocery store.  A more accurate word is 'industrial seed oil'.  Hold on to your seats everyone because I am about to tell you something that is going to rock your world.  That 'heart healthy', cholesterol free (did you know that eating cholesterol doesn't raise blood cholesterol, but that is another rant I will post … [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...]

You’re Invited to a Hosting of Fresh The Movie

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  This is the beginning of a New Year and a New You!  Have you made your New Year resolutions yet?  In 2012 one of my goals is to present the community with health conscious movies every 8 weeks.  Please join us for the the first presentation! Health Coach Penny and The Market in Maryville invite you to a showing of Fresh The Movie on Saturday, January 28th, 2012 from 3:00-5:00pm.  Relax in the comfort of the beautiful Bount County Library's movie room, enjoy an informative post movie discussion with local Fresh food providers, then join us at The Market in Maryville, TN for a tasting of some of  this area's finest local feastings!  The event is free and open to the … [Read more...]