FOOD FIGHT and Healthful Living

My name is Chris Taylor and I have directed a documentary about food culture in America called FOOD FIGHT. Francesca was nice enough to list it in her “Recommended Documentaries” and I am grateful for that, because I know the people logging into “Healthful Living San Diego” will share the same beliefs I do about locally grown, organic, sustainable food. Since the film is listed here (along with a number of other excellent food films) I thought I would add a little bit of information about it.

I will start by answering the two most important questions that you might have about FOOD FIGHT: 1)What’s it about? And 2) Why did you make it?

The fight in FOOD FIGHT is between two food cultures. One arose out of WWII, and used WWII technology to create an industrial packaged food system that [...]

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The Importance of Eating Real Food

Evolutionary studies suggest that it takes 60-90.000 years for a species to adapt to a new food source. The foods we find on our supermarket shelves have really nothing in common to what our ancestors used to eat just 150 years ago.

Since the beginning of the 20th century we have been flooded with new man-made concoctions to which our bodies are yet to adjust.

Every time we take a perfect food that Mother Nature has given us, and we process it, refine it, strip it of its nutrients, we lose. Recent research studies found a correlation between the appearance of degenerative diseases and poor eating habits.

The majority of the American population lives in a state of non-health, in which diseases have not kicked in yet, but abundant health is not present. Aches and pains, headaches, fatigue are all symptoms that [...]

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The Healing Power of Nuts

“Nuts and seeds are the vehicles of plant reproduction. Locked inside them is the genetic material for an entire plant.” The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods

Did you know that there are more than 300 types of nuts?
Nuts, like seeds and other plant foods, are rich not only in their nutrient content but also in their phytochemical content. In addition to fiber components, important phytochemical in nuts and seeds include protease inhibitors, ellagic acid, and other polyphenols. Nuts are also the best source of arginine, an amino acid that plays an important role in wound healing, detoxification reactions, immune functions, and promotion of the secretion of several hormones, including insulin and growth hormone.

We’ve all heard about the heart-healthy power of nuts, but these snacks offer loads of other health benefits:

Walnuts (serving size: 14 halves; calories: 185)
They are a good source [...]

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