Photo Credit: Jesse Cool
Jesse Cool. a sustainable agriculture and cuisine advocate for over 35 years, and multi-restaurant owner and author, wrote an inspiring blogpost called Generosity, Gratitude and Doughnuts.about her recent trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The article is here, and I hope this post also inspires you: http://jesseziffcool.wordpress.com/2013/03/17/generosity-gratitude-and-doughnuts/
Conscious Capitalism 2013 is designed for business owners, executives, non-profits, students and others who want to understand the principles of Conscious Capitalism and how to apply them, the 2-day conference will feature dozens of speakers and workshop leaders from some of the most dynamic and innovative companies practicing Conscious Capitalism. Speakers include Whole Foods Market co-Founder & co-CEO, John Mackey, Fedele Bauccio, Co-Founder CEO Bon Appétit Management Company, Patagonia CEO Casey Sheahan, and The Motley Fool CEO Tom Gardner. http://consciouscapitalism.org/cc2013.
Becky Foust Pilates
Spring is Almost Here! What are you doing to Get In Shape for the Season?
Becky Foust Pilates has a great 60 Minute Amazon Instant Video.
Becky is a popular and caring Lake Tahoe, California Pilates Instructor and teaches tourists from around the world.
We Wish you Great Health and Wellness!
Credit: Fedele Bauccio
Gratitude Gourmet readers know that Fedele Bauccio, CEO of Bon Appétit Management Company, is my Hero.
Fedele's company was the Environmental Defense Fund's (EDF) 2009 Innovations Review Food and Beverage Innovator, recognized for reducing the environmental and carbon footprint and Winner of the National Resource Defense Council's (NRDC) 1st Annual Growing Green Awards.
Fedele has written a wonderful February 2013 Sustainability Editorial called: Redefining Sustainability - or Practicing What We Preach. His Editorial is a must-read for those concerned about our food policies, health, farm worker treatment, humane animal conditions, antibiotics ... and our Future.
The article link is here: http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1089/SUS.2013.9900
Please share with your colleagues, friends, families, communities, and policymakers. Thank you.
A Daily Dose of D
Drops in vitamin D levels are common during the winter months with shorter days and less exposure to sun which can cause depression and food cravings.
Implication: Supplement the sun. Try to take a 15 minute break at lunch to spend time outdoors. Too cold? Consider vitamin D supplements to ensure you are getting the recommended amount of 600IU according to The Institute of Medicine.
Eat for Immunity
A study published in Nature Chemical Biology found that the flu virus is more infectious in cold winter temperatures than during the warmer months.
Implication: Go for good bacteria. According to a recent study, probiotics help not only to regulate digestive health but to stimulate a strong immune system. Incorporate probiotic rich-foods into your diet by eating Soy Yogurt for breakfast or sipping on Kombucha at lunch.
Snack for Serotonin
During the winter months the “feel-good” brain chemical, serotonin starts to decline causing your cravings for carbohydrate-loaded comfort foods to skyrocket.
Implication: Turn to complex carbs. Instead of loading up on empty carb calories, choose snacks made of nutritious high-quality carbs – low on the glycemic index, full of fiber and proven to increase levels of serotonin. Try KIND Healthy Grains made with a blend of 100% whole grains including amaranth, buckwheat, millet, quinoa and gluten free oats.
8, The Magic Number
When the temperature drops, the air becomes drier meaning our bodies aren’t getting as much moisture as in warmer months.
Implication: Drink up. Whether it’s in the form of tea or plain old water, be sure to drink the recommended 8 glasses of water a day to stay hydrated whether on the slopes or curling up by the fire.
Franke James, Toronto Artist and Author, has created a compelling and beautiful story featuring the transformation of her driveway into a beautiful garden from her 2009 book, Bothered By My Green Conscience called 'Paradise Unpaved'.
Franke worked to convince Toronto City Hall that she should have a green driveway. Persistence pays off, and I'll let Gratitude Gourmet readers know when Franke will be visiting San Francisco for her book tour.