A recent Study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology shows that if you have a sweet tooth, you may have a sweeter personality. :)U.S. researchers conducted a series of experiments that compared people's tastes for sweets with their behavior.
One test found that people who ate chocolate were more likely to volunteer to help another person in need, compared to those who ate a cracker or no food. Another test found that people tend to believe that people who like sweet foods are also more agreeable or helpful."Our results suggest there is a real link between sweet tastes and pro-social behavior,"
Michael D. Robinson, a psychology professor at North Dakota State University in Fargo, said in a university news release.Perfect Time To Enjoy Gratitude Gourmet Chocolate! :)
Your Call Radio recently had a Show on the Topic: How Diet Affects Our Health.
Guests included: Matthew Lederman, physician and co-founder of Exsalus Health and Wellness Center, Los Angeles, California and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, director of cardiovascular disease reversal and prevention at the Cleveland Clinic.
They had a conversation about the documentary film Forks Over Knives
and the book: The China Study.
Cases of diabetes are exploding, especially among the younger population, and about half of us are taking at least one prescription drug. Dr. Esselstyn mentions that in medical school, students are not given all the tools they really need to help people, i.e. nutrition. So what can be done to reverse these alarming statistics? Click to Listen: How does diet impact our health?
Here is a past article on Caldwell Esselstyn for reference:
Video: Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. MD & Dean Ornish MD Explain Bill Clinton's Diet To CNN
It's time again for the Farm Sanctuary 'Celebration FOR the Turkeys' events happening in:
Orland, CA: Nov. 19, 2011
Watkins Glen, NY: Nov. 20, 2011Acton, CA: Nov. 20, 2011
It's the 25th Anniversary for the annual Celebration FOR the Turkeys where
turkeys are placed at the center of our attention, rather than at the center of our plates. The Orland and Watkins Glen Shelter festivities include special guest presentations, musical performances, delicious Thanksgiving feasts, and of course abundant time spent with rescued farm animal friends, including The Feeding of the Turkeys
ceremonies where the rescued turkeys will dine on their favorite holiday treats: stuffed squash, pumpkin pie and cranberries (all served on silver platters, of course). This event sells out fast so register soon.
Here's a recent FDA Listeria outbreak update via Businessweek:
"A dump truck parked near the open-air packing facility is among the possible causes of the contamination, Jim Gorny, a senior adviser for produce safety at the FDA, said on the conference call. The truck had hauled misshapen cantaloupes away from the facility and dumped them at a cattle ranch.
“Cattle are definitely a reservoir” of listeria and can transmit it through their feces, Gorny said. FDA inspectors later found the truck “parked in the general proximity, right next to where food is handled,” he said."
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Thank you for being a Gratitude Gourmet Friend! We've been featuring smart science, nutrition, and restaurant and winery reviews since 2008.
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Gratitude Gourmet Healthy Vegan Snack Box
Great News! Gratitude Gourmet, a California-Certified Bay Area Green Business, has launched monthly Healthy Vegan Snack Box Deliveries to your home, school or office
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Colleen Patrick-Goudreau released her latest book called The 30-Day Vegan Challenge.
If you've considered trying nutritious and delicious vegan options and need some great coaching ideas, this is the book for you! I've written about Colleen many times over the years (see article/video)
, and she has been a great inspiration to me since I saw her speak in Washington DC. I was happy to learn she's in the San Francisco Bay Area and took her Holiday vegan cooking lessons and bought her Joy of Vegan Baking and Vegan Table books
. I appreciate gourmet (and satisfying) vegan cuisine, and Colleen inspired me and members of my family
including midwest residents who tried her Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Onions & Toasted Pistachios Entree,
and we were all raving about it for days! Her new book includes practical themes including:
weekly menu ideas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, celebrating the holidays, finding harmony in a mixed household, eating out, finding abundant food options while traveling, choosing plant-based milks, B12: a bacteria-based (not meat-based) vitamin, eating healthfully affordably, and stocking a healthful vegan kitchen. Here's a video of Colleen describing her book.btw - I heard about Tempeh (a slightly fermented soy and grain product high in protein and calcium) via Colleen a few years ago and here's a video of her making Tempeh-Bacon
. She states: it's a "delicious tempeh bacon that is full of familiar saltiness, smokiness, and flavor but devoid of saturated fat, dietary cholesterol, and animal suffering. It's a win-win!" I'm sure my Gratitude Gourmet readers are/will be inspired by Colleen and her latest book: 30-Day Vegan Challenge.
What are your thoughts about the 30-Day Vegan Challenge, and what are your favorite recipes from Colleen's books?
Executive Chef Eric Harring
Per Eric Harring, Executive Chef at Ristorante Villa Portofino, Catalina Island is a place where "you feel you're a million miles away
...it feels like another Country."
If you want to getaway from the hustle and bustle and go back in time, check out California's Catalina Island.
People have been living on Santa Catalina Island for at least 7,000 years.
In September 2011, I took the Catalina Express
Ferry from Long Beach to Avalon and stayed at the Oceanfront Hotel Portofino
which has very friendly and professional staff. I stayed in a nice upgraded room with a fireplace, balcony, marble bathroom, and partial ocean view. I would recommend you stay at least one night to really start understanding the Catalina Island ambiance and make a toast to the beautiful sunrises and sunsets.
Chef Eric is originally from Wisconsin and is very proud of his staff and cuisine. He says, "We have a great staff, one of my senior cooks has been here for 20 years, and we go out of our way for our guests"
During Dinner, I ordered the Kundera Family Estate Sustainably Farmed 2007 Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, and it was superb with every appetizer and entree.
The Minestrone was recommended by Chef Eric, and it included flavorful sautéed fresh vegetables in a light herb and tomato broth with carrots.
The Vegetable Lasagna was prepared with fresh seasonal vegetables, cauliflower, carrots, and marinara sauce. As soon you're served your entree, freshly ground pepper awaits along with Italian music playing in the background with a view of the Pacific Ocean.
For Dessert, I chose the homemade Tiramisu, and it was paired with cappuccino and a gorgeous sunset. Perfect! All the guests seemed to be happy and relaxed.
The next morning, the Hotel Portofino served a continental breakfast for the guests. While we were sitting outside admiring the beautiful morning ocean view...
.. a Pigeon eagerly trying to enjoy breakfast with me had a string caught in between its feet and it could only hop. After some patient tries, I carefully caught and lifted the bird, and through some group collaboration by getting a pair of scissors from the hotel's front desk, the string was cut and removed. Success! :) The bird flew to the roof next door and my breakfast patio counterparts clapped!! The bird's rescue was one of the best parts of the trip for me.
I recommend taking a nice walk along the Ocean at least once during your stay to enjoy the soothing sound of the waves.
If you go, please let me know your thoughts and experiences!