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Prevention Starts in the Kitchen!

Eat Your Veggies, but Kick the Can- We all know vegetables are great for us, but the lining in canned food can leach chemicals like BPA. Farmers’ market-fresh vegetables are a better choice, but if you can’t make it to the market or want something out of season, choose frozen over canned or look for brands that make BPA-free cans.

Eat Smart with Organic Foods – Organic produce is grown without harmful man-made pesticides and herbicides. Visit a farmers’ market for locally grown organic fruits and vegetables, or ask your grocer to stock organic produce. For extra points, look for antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables high in vitamin E, vitamin C and beta-carotene.

Eat Hormone-free Meat and Dairy- When we eat meat and dairy products, we’re also eating the residue of what those animals ate, including pesticides, growth hormones and contaminants. Choose hormone-free beef or dairy to eliminate those traces of hormones that can enter our bodies and contribute to an increased risk of breast cancer.

Catch Some Non-toxic Seafood – In addition to mercury, seafood can also be contaminated with high levels of PCBs and dioxins. Buy farmed fish that are lower on the food chain; for larger fish like salmon and sea bass, buy wild-raised. And limit consumption of fattier fish, like lake trout, or fish that are bottom dwellers, like wild catfish.

Cook Healthier Fish – When you do eat fish, careful preparation and cooking can reduce the amount of PCBs consumed. Fillet fish to remove as much fat as possible. Frying may actually seal some of the toxic chemicals within the remaining fat, so bake it or broil it instead, which will cook off natural fats and cause the accumulated chemicals to drip out.

Grill with Care – Found in cigarette smoke and car exhaust, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are also found in the char of heavily grilled foods. So when grilling, use a slower roast method, go for medium instead of well-done, and scrape off any of the black stuff that results from overcooking.

Include Soy, but Don’t Overdo It – Natural plant-based estrogens in soy may provide healthy benefits in low doses, but may be a risk factor for breast cancer in higher doses.


Sarah Jane Lockenmeyer Intro to Forks over Knives

Hello everyone!

I am so excited you have have found this blog, it’s is going to be an excellent space vibrant with great energy to inspire you on a healthy path to wellness and inform you of the amazing events happening right around campus!

I hope everyone can feel the amazing energy and excitement i’m feeling just by reading my words! I am just getting back from Yoga Fest where I sat as a Q&A panel member for the amazing documentary, Forks over Knives.

The showroom was packed with 100 plus people all filled with questions about adapting a plant based diet into their lifestyle. Something amazing happened during the questioning, this one women stood up and broke out in tears, the prompt handed her the mike and she began to speak, “You mean to tell me if I want to be healthy, I have to give up all the things I love and was raised on…meat,eggs, milk, CHEESE?!!!”

My fellow panel members and I were a bit taken by surprise, this had to be approached gently, I took to the microphone and replied.

“A journey to a plant based diet is a long beautiful journey, the things you love don’t all go away overnight, in fact they never go away, their just replaced with new loves.During the transition these foods are crowded out with more sustainable ones. It’s not that you will have to deny your body of the foods you crave, once you embark on a plant based diet the consciousness is heightened, the body no longer desires these types of food. How’s this for inspiration… every time you pick up a fork with plant based food on the end, not only are you nourishing yourself, you nourish the environment- it takes about 80% more water, land and fossil fuel to produce animal product. Your nourishing your fellow man- with the amount of grain it takes to just fatten a cow we could solve the issues of world hunger! That to me is reason enough to vote with my fork over the knives that slaughter and ultimately kill our environment, our bodies and our fellow man”

The woman came up to me as I was leaving the theater and said to me “I’m ready to begin my journey!”




Interested in embarking on your own journey? The screening of Forks Over Knives is coming to Georgian Court, Tuesday October 4 at 6pm in the Little Theater, please call or email Sachiko for your free e-ticket.


Sarah Jane Lockenmeyer is a holistic health coach currently practicing in Monmouth and Ocean County. She uses a mind, body, soul approach to both educate on proper nutrition and repair the relationship with foods. She believes in a primarily whole foods, plant based diet along with nourishing the spirit. Sarah Jane received her certification from The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, NYC and is currently enrolled in the Holistic Health program at Georgian Court University.

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.