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GCU Food Movement

Hello Everyone!

We had a great two days at GCU filled with bringing awareness to the power a person’s diet has over their health.

Meatless monday was a great success with the introduction of more vegetarian and vegan food options in both the dining hall and the court cafe. You can check out comments in the previous blog post about meatless mondays. If you took part in meatless mondays in any way, I would love to hear about it and share it on the blog with a post. Please email me about making a post of your own at ts89457@georgian.edu.

Dr. Campbell

We also had a screening of the movie “Forks over Knives.” The message of the movie is all about using food as medicine, rather than “knives” or surgical tools. It is based on the works of two well known researchers, Dr. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.  Both of these men,  grew up on farms raising dairy cows and cattle. They have found through years of research and clinical trials, that animal proteins found in food may turn on cancer genes in the body, while plant based proteins turn cancer genes off. The movie also shares the stories of people who are struggling with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic fatigue, and other ailments that occumpanying getting older in this country and their fight to reverse these problems with diet.

This movie definitely has the power to change your life. I hope you take the time to see it and think about attending other movies we plan on showing during the school year. While I believe a diet is a personal choice for everyone, I encourage everyone to take a look at their diet and see if there are better choices that could be made.

I want to leave this post with a quote that was posted in the movie. It is said by Hippocrates who is considered to be the father of Western Medicine and doctor’s still take the Hippocratic oath before the practice medicine.


Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food.

                                                                                                                            -Hippocrates

Years ago Hippocrates saw that there was more to medicine and healing than taking pills, but some how that has gotten lost over the years. It is movies like “Forks over Knives” and movements like “Meatless Mondays” thanks to the Vegetarian Society and Sustainabilty that we can be reminded of this again.

Great job GCU and please keep up the work in making strides to better your health every day.

Tracey

What kind of eater are you?

Anderson Cooper had always been my go to person with news in the world. He now has a new talk show on every weekday at 4pm on channel 11. His show on Tuesday was about looking at his own eating habits and examining his relationship with food. Anderson has never tried most green vegetables or coffee, hot beverages make him nausous, and he says he truly does not care about food. For him, he is only comfortable eating a handful of foods at a given time. Once he picks his favorite food for the time, he eats them everyday until he gets tired of them. For example, he is on his forth month of eating Boston Market turkey breast, with 2 sides of corn, corn bread, and cranberry sauce for lunch. He pretty much can count the different kinds of foods he eats at a time on one hand.

Sondra Kronberg is the nutritional therapist Anderson had on the show to discuss his own habits. For Anderson, his father died of a heart attack when he was 10 years old and he began his perfectionist eating habits at 11. The therapists mentioned to Anderson that he is a disorder eater and for Anderson there is an emotional component to it. He does not eat because it is what his body wants, but because for him, it is a way to control his uncontrollable environment. He is scared of having a heart attack of his own, so he chooses “safe” foods and then continues to eat them over and over again until he is tired of them.

Take a look at this link from the Anderson Cooper site to see if you fit into any of the eating catgories.

He had a few guests on his show who also ate the same way, only more severe. One woman had literally built her diet on eating potatoes in different forms, mostly as french fries. She was 55 years old, but looked much older. She was heavy, but especially carried a lot of extra weight in her stomach. It was clear to me, this way of eating has definitely taken a toll on her on her body.

Anderson about to try brussel sprouts for the first time.

I want to share this story with you because I want all of you to take the time to look at your own eating habits. If you never have tried a green vegetable before try spinach, kale, or bok choy. If you have only eaten white bread or white rice, try whole grain bread or brown rice. By expanding the real wholesome foods in your diet, you are providing your body with the best kinds of nutrients.

Anderson tried a few new foods on the show as well, although his face shows you he was not a fan of spinach or brussel sprouts.

Anderson said on the show, he hates that the body needs food. I am challenging all of you to embrace the fact that your body thrives on and more importantly NEEDS real, wholesome foods. Changing your diet is one the most life changing things you can do for better or worse. This year take the time to explore what you eat, what your body wants you to eat, and what your mind is telling you to eat.

Tracey