We hope that your new year is off to a great start. Here are a
timely articles to stir your mid winter thinking.
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updated website, making its debut in early March at
www.HealthfulLiving.org. We are emerging the Healthful Living
Seed of Life, six lenses through which to focus our
consciousness and affect positive change for all living things.
It's an exciting time to be co-creating with all of you, we look
forward to sharing Healthful Living and contining our collective
journey for health, healing, and happiness.
|McDonald's: Fries Have Potential Allergens By Dave Carpenter, AP Business Writer
CHICAGO - Not long after disclosing that its french fries contain
more trans fat than thought, McDonald's Corp. said Monday that
wheat and dairy ingredients are used to flavor the popular
menu item — an acknowledgment it had not previously made.
The presence of those substances can cause allergic or other
medical reactions in food-sensitive consumers.
McDonald's had said until recently that its fries were free of
gluten and milk or wheat allergens and safe to eat for those
with dietary issues related to the consumption of dairy items.
But the fast-food company quietly added "Contains wheat and
milk ingredients" this month to the french fries listing on its
The company said the move came in response to new rules by
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the packaged foods
industry, including one requiring that the presence of common
allergens such as milk, eggs, wheat, fish or peanuts be
reported. As a restaurant operator, Oak Brook, Ill.-based
McDonald's does not have to comply but is doing so voluntarily.
McDonald's director of global nutrition, Cathy Kapica, said its
potato suppliers remove all wheat and dairy proteins, such as
gluten, which can cause allergic reactions. But the flavoring
agent in the cooking oil is a derivative of wheat and dairy
ingredients, and the company decided to note their presence
because of the FDA's stipulation that potential allergens be
"We knew there were always wheat and dairy derivatives in
there, but they were not the protein component," she said.
"Technically there are no allergens in there. What this is an
example of is science evolving" and McDonald's responding as
more is learned, she said. While the company wanted to make
consumers aware that fries were derived in part from wheat
and dairy sources, she said, those who have eaten the product
without problem should be able to continue to do so without
The acknowledgment has stirred anger and some concern
among consumers who are on gluten-free diets since it was
posted on McDonald's Web site.
"If they're saying there's wheat and dairy derivatives in the oil,
as far as anyone with this disease is concerned there's actually
wheat in it," said New York resident Jillian Williams, one of
more than 2 million Americans with celiac disease, an
autoimmune disorder triggered by gluten.
"They should have disclosed that all along," she said. "They
should never have been calling them gluten-free."
It's not the first time McDonald's forthrightness has been called
into question concerning what's in its famous fries.
The company paid $10 million in 2002 to settle a lawsuit by
vegetarian groups after it was disclosed that its fries were
cooked in beef-flavored oil despite the company's insistence in
1990 that it was abandoning beef tallow for pure vegetable oil.
Last February, it paid $8.5 million to settle a suit by a nonprofit
advocacy group accusing the company of misleading consumers
by announcing plans in September 2002 to change its cooking
oil but then delaying the switch indefinitely within months.
Reluctant to change the taste of a top-selling item, McDonald's
has continued to maintain for the past three years that testing
Asked about the status of those efforts Monday, Kapica said:
"It's a very high priority and we are very committed to
continuing with testing and lowering the level of trans fat
without raising the level of saturated fat. ... It's a lot harder
than we originally thought but that is not stopping us."
|“Top Nutritional Tips for People on the Autistic Spectrum“
February 25th Autism Group lead by Julie
Join us for our monthly autism group, the 4th Sunday of every
This month, I (Julie Matthews) will be leading the
discussion. The topic will be, " “Top Nutritional Tips for
People on the Spectrum.“ We will discuss enzymes, probiotics
and fermented foods, EFA’s, the best multi-vitamins, foods and
substances to avoid, the importance of organic food without
additives, yeast and gut health, Alkaline vs. Acid, and the best
times and portions to eat throughout the day.
Sunday, February 26th
Location: Marin City Southern Marin Public Safety Building
Annette Rose Meeting Room
850 Drake Avenue, Marin City.
RSVP if you can, or just show up. We'd love to see you.
Please contact us if you are interested in attending and/or
getting your name on our group email list.
|Are you healthful living? by Martin Matthews
(This article serves as entre' to the paradigm of
healthful living, and sets the stage for the model for Healthful
Living that we'll present in the next issue)
When’s the last time you stopped to
contemplate your life?
How well are you treating
yourself on this journey? Life zips by and for all you know, your
body is always there for you. But is it? You’d be surprised what
some people think, ignore, and deny.
Your physical body is a complex organism: bones, flesh,
muscles, blood, brains, intelligence, and consciousnessthere’s
a lot going on. You are the result of massive co-
creationtrillions of individual cells working together to
manifest what you see in the mirror. These cells are
“programmed” to “know” their respective roles and purposes in
the overall make up of your human being.
But like any program or system, living organisms are affected
by the environment in which they find themselves (thoughts,
negative people, toxins, food), and they adapt and change as
required by the circumstances of life.
Knowing that everything is affected by everything else, you can
act and think to set up circumstances that best support the
flourishing of life. Healthful living means acknowledging an
active role in the creation of your life experience. It’s about
adopting a particular way of being; an approach to lifestyle and
wellness that promotes overall health, healing, and happiness.
It’s about fully accepting your role as CEO of the organization
of cells that comprise your body.
And, as CEO, it’s your responsibility to set the vision,
understand the mission, determine the strategy, and ensure the
organization has what’s needed to flourish long term. You
oversee the internal and external terrain and make well,
thought out choices about nourishment of mind, body and
spirit, and how to protect from toxic invaders or circumstances.
Ask, what is healthful living for me? What life experience am
providing for myself? What am I doing with my body? What am
I feeding my mind? Are these things serving me?
Healthful living can be your personal doctrine for life. There
are no strict rules to adhere to, no getting it wrong, and no
punishment associated with the choice of healthful living.
Rather, agree to always being in pursuit. There is no “arrival”
at “the perfection of healthful living,” no stress about trying to
get it right (stress is correlated with 90% of our health
Simply ponder your mind’s responses to the many questions
put forth here. In doing so, you may conduct your own personal
review of your performance as CEO of your body and perhaps
generate an improvement plan. Write things down. Wonder. You
can incorporate these principles and practices in your own
personal declaration of healthful living for the New Year, and
Deepak Chopra says, “The way you think, behave, and eat, can
influence your life by 30 to 50 years.” Hopefully, as leader of
your biological system, long-term health (living!) is top
priority. Healthful living is a journey that can begin simply from
reading an article, thinking, and then taking another sip of a
warm, nourishing drink.
|Cooking Class: Recipe for a Healthy Family
This nutrition and cooking class will teach you how to prepare
healthy food for the whole family. The class includes
information for women that are pregnant or planning for
pregnancy. We'll cover nutrients essential for baby's
development, tips for children that are picky eaters, and ideas
for parents on the go. It is taught by a Certified Nutrition
Consultant (me!) and will contain nutrition education on the
health benefits of these delicious foods, as well as hands-on
experience preparing them.
You will learn the benefits of, and how to prepare:
- Fermented foods: Raw sauerkraut, kombucha, yogurt and
- Broths and soups: Vegetable and mineral broths, chicken and
beef stocks, and soups
- Raw dairy and fermented dairy products including whey
- Spices for flavor and healing
We will discuss how these foods aid digestion, increase nutrient
absorption and reserves, enhance immune function, support
recovery from childbirth, and nourish the growth and
development of babies and children.
DATE: Saturday, February 25th
TIME: 10 AM - 2 PM
LOCATION: San Francisco
Register Now as space is limited: Email Julie at
Julie@HealthfulLiving.org or call 415-437-6807
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