Culture of health

The woman beside me has a large weight problem. She's also drinking a diet Coke. You just want to say to her, "diet soda is more strongly correlated with weight gain than even the regular syrupy sodas. It is not your answer, anfd it may be part of your...

Coming home

Eating on the road is horrendous. Even when you eat at locations that have decent ingredients, expansive portions can make your portions expansive, and I personally can't wait to get home and eat my own food. Another aspect that makes travel difficult is the disruption of sleep and a...

Southern hospitality

I spoke today for the Rome, Ga Rotary club. This is an organization of about 200 business leaders committed to improving their community. They provided lunch, and I knew I was south of the Mason Dixon when I saw what they were serving: black-eyed peas, corn bread, green beans,...

Salsa

Submitted by Bill at Keystone Oaks School District. Thank you Bill! You’ll Need: ½ cup of white onion 3 med. tomatoes 2-3 cloves of garlic 1 small bunch of cilantro 1 mild jalapeño pepper Juice from ½ to 1 lime Directions: Chop ingredients and mix together. Serve with sesame,...

kickoff

It reminds me of the time when Whole Foods finally made it to Pittsburgh. For its first 6 months, this particular Whole Foods did more volume per square foot than any WF in the nation. There was a serious market for healthy foods. People want it, and respond with...

day two

Yesterday was a very long day. I had gotten in the night before around midnight, got probably 3 hrs sleep, and woke up early for an interview.   It took about 7 hrs to train about 15 people to be able to deliver our programs across campus. The energy in...

Bacteria Equals Big Bucks

There is money on the table. Probiotics are the next, new, hot, crankin’, market, wonder product. But there are many forms of probiotics (foods with bacteria that are healthy for your gut). Those foods that have been fermented over time. Those foods that have been sterilized, and then have...

Making Sour Pickles

Timeframe: 1-4 weeks Special Equipment: Ceramic crock or food-grade plastic bucket Plate that fits inside crock or bucket1-gallon/4-liter jug filled with water, or other weight Cloth cover You’ll Need: (for 1 gallon/4 liters): 3 to 4 pounds/1.5 to 2 kilograms unwaxed cucumbers (small to medium size) 3⁄8 cup (6...

Big Beginnings

Berry College has fully embraced a campus-wide wellness initiative. They’re integrating our Mediterranean approach across the board, across the disparate departments, to make a substantial improvement in the health status of their students. But the faculty, staff, and leadership are all taking part. I am training about 25 of...

Chlorinated Brownies

My daughter was asking about making brownies for a bake sale at her school (a public high school), and was told that she certainly could. Great!! Oh, as long as you make them with chlorinate sugar (a.k.a., Splenda). The cafeteria had gone over their limit in the amount of...

Basic Pickle Brine Recipe

  You can adjust this recipe to make larger or smaller quantities; just be sure to keep the proportions of salt to vinegar to water the same. You’ll Need: 1 3/4 cups pickling salt (not iodized) 2 1/2 gallons water 2 1/2 cups vinegar 1/2-3/4 cup Pickling Spice Mix...

3:00 AM, College wellness on the brain

It's 3:00 am. I can't sleep, I think, because I'm so excited about this upcoming week. This week, I will be on the road at Berry College, my alma mater. We are launching an amazing initiative that coordinates all aspects of campus life, from Food Service and Academic Affairs...