Posts Tagged "Balance"

Words of Wellness: Paleo

Posted by on Aug 14, 2012 in The Food Well | 14 comments

Words of Wellness: Paleo

Let me stipulate right up front that this is not a post about the pros and cons of the hunter/gatherer diet. Plenty of other better-qualified folks are researching, reviewing and debating the merits of eating like a caveman. Not I.  (If you’re interested, Dr. David Katz’s HuffPost commentary from 2011 is a good place to start.) My interest is purely…epicurean. Paleo piqued my curiosity when it surfaced unexpectedly in two unrelated conversations. The first was with my son Ben. He’s 26, lives in San Francisco, and is part of an electronic music group, The M Machine. During a recent...

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Words of Wellness: The New Balance

Posted by on May 30, 2012 in The Food Well | 1 comment

Recently I came across this quote from Janet Riley, president of the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council (a branch of the American Meat Institute): “Hot dogs are a great Chicago tradition and part of a healthy, balanced diet.” Granted she was under duress. The Harvard School of Public Health had just released a study linking red meat with an early grave, and the activist group Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine had just erected giant billboards near ballparks claiming “Hot dogs cause butt cancer.” She was offering up the standard AMI line. Yet the words “balanced...

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Words of Wellness: Wellness

Posted by on Apr 20, 2012 in The Food Well | 0 comments

Words of Wellness: Wellness

So well meaning…. The other day, I informed my tai chi teacher that I worked for the Food and Wellness Group. He looked at me funny. “I hate this word wellness,” he said.  “Why don’t you just say health?” I could have pointed out that his tai chi classes were part of the Y’s “Wellness” offering (and also that tai chi teachers shouldn’t be haters) but thought better of it. The words health and wellness are often coupled together as if they were two peas in a pod. Is there a difference between them? I decided to do some skimming  (as in skim-the-surface research).  I...

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