January 1st, 2007 - Barbara Feiner
Happy 2007 from OrganicAuthority.com!
If nurturing your organic body and soul has made your list of New Year’s resolutions, then mark your calendar for 9 p.m. Thursday. That’s when “The Dan Ho Show” debuts on the Discovery Health Channel.
Author of Rescue from Domestic Perfection, Dan Ho’s life changed in February 1998. While working during the dinner service at his successful Chicago restaurant, he had a seizure, followed by an out-of-body experience.
The man who owned a large house, decorated with a vengeance and meticulously tended to his garden realized his life was not his own. Everything had been “perfectly” executed—the way it was “supposed to be”—down to the last platter and end table in his living room.
Ho realized his lifestyle and struggle to attain perfection were detrimental to his health. His culinary talents and impossible-to-achieve fitness regimen had backfired, leaving him obese.
Ho decided to simplify his life, paying close attention to his health and environment. Style and wellness, he decided, cannot exist independently.
“The Dan Ho Show” is designed to liberate viewers from the “deluge of lifestyle gurus who portray an impossible standard of so-called perfection, all at the expense of true, expressive style.” Ho’s suggestions will help you crawl out from under the rigid commandments imposed by cooking, entertaining, gardening, decorating, cleaning and grooming mavens.
Start the new year by playing the Dan Ho Game online.
Photo by Todd Plitt
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January 4th, 2006 - Barbara Feiner
Yesterday, I explained the Food and Drug Administration’s new labeling requirements on trans fats, which became effective Jan. 1. As you settle into your organic lifestyle routines during this first week of 2006—and assuming your New Year’s resolutions are not yet in need of resuscitation—here are some additional tips on reducing your consumption of saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol to prevent heart disease.
Read the “Nutrition Facts” Panel on Grocery Items—Even the Organic Kind
Choose foods lower in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol. For saturated fat and cholesterol, keep in mind when reading labels that 5% of the daily value (%DV) or less is low and 20% or more is high. (There is no %DV for trans fat.)
Choose Alternative Fats
Replace saturated and trans fats with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which don’t raise low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels (“bad” cholesterol) and have health benefits when eaten in moderation. Sources of monounsaturated fats include olive and canola oils. Sources of polyunsaturated fats include soybean oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, and foods like nuts and fish. Avoid saturated fats like coconut and palm kernel oils.
Bond with Your Waiter
When dining out, don’t be afraid to ask which fats are being used in food preparation.
The FDA is conducting research to determine whether a footnote on Nutrition Facts panels, featuring dietary advice on saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol consumption, would be helpful to consumers as they monitor their diets.
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