In Books: The International Diabetes Federation is predicting that at least one in 10 of us will have diabetes by 2030. Sobering Statistics.
In his book Wheat Belly, cardiologist William Davis makes the argument that grains are a leading contributor to the obesity epidemic.
‘Wheat Belly’ refers to the accumulation of fat that results from years of consuming foods that trigger insulin, our body’s highly efficient fat storage hormone. This fat gets stored in our tummies and is unique in that it provokes a cascade of inflammatory processes in the body.
Whether or not you agree with Dr. Davis in whole or in part (or otherwise), he does make a strong case for rethinking our overwhelming attachment to carbohydrates. Wheat Belly is a cogent and well researched contribution to the scientific dialogue on obesity and one that we will no doubt be hearing more about in the coming years.
In Cookware: Offering the convenience of non-stick without the usual toxins and carcinogens, GreenPan™ has developed an eco-friendly PFOA/PTFE-free line of frying pans using Thermolon – A natural, non-stick mineral-based coating. Visit the company’s website to view their full line of products and learn more about their technology and commitment to “constainability” (convenience and sustainability).
In Giving Back: Last year my son and a few of his buddies launched Kids can Kare – an initiative aimed at raising money for families in developing countries. The idea behind the initiative was to show other boys and girls their age that they are never too young to start changing the world. With a little ingenuity and lots of enthusiasm, Kids can Kare raised enough money to buy: 2 calves; 6 ‘rapidly reproducing’ rabbits (my favourite); 3 baby chicks; one sheep; one goat and two mango trees. Pretty wonderful what 10-year-olds are up to these days…
Now on to the Recipe!
1 head curly lettuce, washed and cut into smaller pieces
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1 green apple, skin on chopped
1 cup frozen shelled edamame (soybeans), run under hot water for a couple minutes and drain thoroughly
A snippet of chives
A generous 1/2 cup of fresh raspberries
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp agave nectar
- Sea salt