"If people wanted this produce, the stores would be selling them and there would be vending carts on the street," he told Reuters.
So, is Councilman Liu saying that if stores in modest neighborhoods don’t sell much fresh produce, the people living there are just out of luck?
According to the New York Times, Liu wasn’t the only one that wasn’t wild about this initiative, also known as the Green Cart bill. Surprise, surprise, the retail food industry lobbied against it because they’re afraid they’ll lose customers to the fruit and vegetable vendors, the Times reports.
People often write to me because they learned that I attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
They pepper me with questions. They want to know if the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) was any good, how it helped me, what kinds of practical training it provided, etc. They want to know if this is the right school for them.
So, I decided to create a blog post about the Institute of Integrative Nutrition to answer the multitude of queries that come in. (Another two just came in this week.)
Here goes. Before I begin, my short answer to your question about whether or not you should go is this: Yes!: Attending IIN was an absolutely fabulous experience. I loved it and I wholeheartedly recommend that you sign up right now!
Here’s why: If you attend IIN, you get so much. For instance:
1) You have the opportunity to attend lectures by world-renowned speakers — big names like Deepak Chopra, Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Joe Mercola, plus you learn from experts in self care, dancing, eating disorders — you name it, you get it! (Learn about the stupendous speakers here.) This, for me, was the clincher that made me sign up for the school. These lecturers are amazing!
2) You get to meet hundreds of people from all over the country — and even the world. What’s really exciting is that you’re all on the same wave length — you’re all into eating healthfully, making a difference and becoming a better person. By attending IIN, it’s sort of like joining one big, health-minded, optimistic family. Whenever you meet anyone from IIN, you instantly bond. (Meet graduates here and notable alumni.)
3) The curriculum is all encompassing. For instance, you learn about a variety of dietary theories, from Atkins to macrobiotics. (What other nutrition school does this? None of which I’m aware. Sure, as with any school or program, you may not agree or relate to everything you learn. But that’s perfectly OK. For instance, I disagree with the sweetener recommendations. But I can live with that, because that’s just one very tiny piece of what this wonderful school teaches. What’s that expression? Why throw out the baby with the bath water? You will love all this instruction on conflicting theories! So cool!)
5) You get to meet the most wonderful new friends. That’s such a wonderful, unexpected plus of the whole experience. These fellow students are such great people!! I can’t rave about them enough. And even when you graduate, you can still connect with them. (For instance, today, one IIN grad who I met at an alumni party wrote to me to say that she may be able to make it to my lecture at Whole Foods in San Francisco next week. And another IIN grad, who also attended the school before me, recently wrote to me to invite me to come to Houston to talk about sugar shock.)
6) You are constantly inspired and motivated. How can you not be when you’re surrounded by these incredibly sweet, dedicated, empowering people?
7) You get much, much more than a nutrition education. You get a whole experience. For instance, you do fun, interactive exercises while in class. You attend meetings and study groups in your area. Etc. You learn about yourself as a person.
8) You get lots of practical training in building your health-counseling career, which to my knowledge, no other nutrition program does to this extent. (They teach you some really wonderful skills and techniques.)
9) You can connect with classmates through the wonderful online community. On the "OC," as we call it, you also can get questions answered, find out about upcoming programs, read articles, etc. (I spent a lot of time on the OC while atttending IIN, because I was writing my book SUGAR SHOCK! during this time.) You can even participate in an alumni OC after you graduate.
10) You’re welcomed and helped by warm, welcoming, hard-working, professional staff members. (Believe you me, they have one incredibly challenging job to do!)
11) Everything almost always runs smoothly. (They really do pull off major logistical miracles.)
NEDA — which is promoting National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2008 — offers programs, products and services to prevent, treat and find a cure for eating disorders.
This week, NEDA as its CEO will tell us, is trying to urge people to "Be comfortable in your genes."
To support NEDA, visit here. To get help now, call NEDA’s referral helpline at 1-800-931-2237.
Meanwhile, for this special one-hour Stop SUGAR SHOCK! Radio Show panel, I also will interview Jean Kristeller, Ph.D., psychology professor and director, Center for the Study of Health, Religion, & Spirituality at Indiana State University.
Dr. Kristeller, co-founder of the Center for Mindful Eating, will talk about some of the exciting work and research that she’s done to integrate meditative techniques into more comprehensive therapy or support programs to help people with binge eating disorder (BED). She’ll also discuss her research into the role of spirituality to help with serious medical illnesses.
But this panel will not be complete without the courage of two bold women, Ranae Whitmore and Caitlin Scafati, who both used to suffer from eating disorder (as did I.)
I do hope you’ll join us for this special show. Please listen yourself and send your loved ones, too.
Note from Connie: Yet another study citing the benefits of whole grains was just published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The findings are consistent with previous research. Jennifer gives you the details.
Researchers at Penn State University assigned 50 randomly-chosen obese adults with metabolic syndrome to either get all their grains from whole grain sources or to avoid whole grains in favor of refined ones for 12 weeks. Both groups cut 500 calories a day from their diet and otherwise received the same advice on how to eat.
While all 50 dieters lost weight and belly fat over the 12-week period, the whole-grain group lost much more belly fat than the refined-grain eaters, the researchers found.
This is important because excess weight in the mid-section is associated with greater risk of diabetes and heart disease.
Yet another medical study suggests that "diet" drinks and foods just aren’t an effective weight loss tool.
More specifically, this new study — from researchers at Purdue University — reveal that artificially sweetened foods may make you gain — rather than lose — weight. What’s more, you could pack on body fat to boot.
Not only that, but these fake sugar substitutes many cause more weight gain than sugar.
Pretty compelling findings, right?
But don’t take this as license to ditch the sugar substitutes and go for the sugar instead. (As readers of SUGAR SHOCK! know, I’m not a fan of large quantities of sugar or artificial sweeteners.)
The new study — which can be read in the current issue of the American Psychological Association’s Behavioral Neuroscience — found that rats fed yogurt sweetened with the artificial sweetener saccharin gained body weight and body fat.
In fact, the researchers conclude their data indicate that "consumption of products containing artificial sweeteners may lead to increased body weight and obesity by interfering with fundamental homeostatic, physiological processes."
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard such artificial-sweeteners-can-make-you-gain-weight conclusions from study co-authors Susan E. Swithers, Ph.D., an associate professor, and Terry Davidson, a professor, both in the psychological services department at Purdue University.
Interestingly, these studies rely on the idea that like Pavlov’s dogs, which salivated at the sound of a bell (because they expected food even if none was in sight), these rats fed artificial sweeteners tend to anticipate lots of calories when they taste something sweet.
So, with the new study, when the rats ate saccharin-sweetened food containing no calories, the rats ate more and gained weight nonetheless.
"The animals that had the artificial sweetener appear to have a different anticipatory response," Dr. Swithers told Alice Park of TIME magazine.
Preliminary and as-yet unpublished results of an international diabetes and heart disease trial based in Australia, called ADVANCE, indicate that intensive drug treatment to lower blood sugar doesn’t increase the chance of death in type 2 diabetics, according to the ADVANCE press release.
This contradicts the findings of a similar U.S. trial, called ACCORD, which found that subjects following an intensive drug- and insulin-regimen died at higher rates than those whose received standard treatment. (Click here for this blog’s report on the ACCORD trial.)
The two trials were similar but not identical, as reporter Sue Hughes of WebMD’s Heartwire news service details here.
I hope this news helps people realize how complicated treating diabetes can be and that they need to do what they can to avoid getting it by eating a healthier diet and exercising.