Eat Mostly Plants, Especially Leaves

by Landon Gilfillan on August 29, 2015

Eat Plants, Mostly Leaves

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

This phrase beautifully sums up the context of Michael Pollan’s book, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. While he elaborates on this phrase throughout the course of the book, Pollan awards the shining star of the food chain to plants, especially leaves.

During the travels of Weston A. Price, dentist and nutrition aficionado, he discovered that multiple people groups survived and thrived off an endless diversity of foods.  There was no “one diet fits all” superstar among those he studied.  However, what Price did notice was that a “common denominator of good health” was found in those who ate fresh foods and plants grown from soils rich in nutrients (see the above link for more of his findings).

The general consensus of nutrition experts and nutrition scientists alike is to “eat more plants”.  Of course, there is much complexity in this simple phrase since plants are complex organisms.  They are made up of a myriad of nutrients and components, making them the superstars for omnivores and herbivores alike.

However, to simplify things just a bit, Pollan discusses a few attributes that highlight the power of these green giants. [Read More…]

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Why Is Processed Food Lower In Nutrients?

by Landon Gilfillan on August 28, 2015

Why Is Processed Food Lower In Nutrients?

Twinkie, anyone?

A popular phrase describing the Western diet and in particular, the Standard American Diet, is “overfed and undernourished”.  The premise of this phrase reveals the sad fact that while the vast majority of Americans are eating large amounts of food (mostly processed), the actual nourishment they receive  is slim to none.

This unfortunate reality is due to the state of America’s food industry, which according to  Michael Pollan in his bestseller, In Defense of Food, churns out around 17,000 new food products every year – the majority of which are processed.  The truth is, almost all processed foods are high in calories, fat, and sodium, yet low in nutrients (unless they are added back in).  But no matter… we keep buying them, so they keep making them!

So what’s the draw with all these processed foods anyway, and why do so many Americans find themselves eating them?  I mean, who hasn’t had a Twinkie at some point in their life??  But I digress. [Read More…]

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Is Modern Farming Robbing Our Food?

by Landon Gilfillan on August 27, 2015

Is Modern Farming Robbing Your Food?

In Defense of Food

Michael Pollan, well-known author, food journalist, and activist wrote a fabulous book called, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, in which he simplifies, in a matter of words, the way we should approach food today:

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly Plants.  That, more or less, is the short answer to the supposedly incredibly complicated and confusing question of what we humans should eat in order to be maximally healthy (Pollan, 2008).

In a world where food is the center of much debate, the topic of many conversations, and a dividing line between various diet ideologies, Pollan brings real food back to the forefront as friend, not foe. [Read More…]

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Raw Milk Does a Body Good, or Does It?

by Landon Gilfillan on August 21, 2015

To Drink or Not To Drink

To Drink or Not To Drink, That Is The Question

The ongoing debate about the risks and benefits of drinking raw milk is not only a hot one, but also a confusing one. Proponents from both sides of the controversy stand firm in their beliefs about whether or not drinking raw milk is safe. Those in favor of raw milk believe in their freedom to choose where and how their milk is sourced. They also believe that in its raw form, milk is more nutritious, more easily digested, and beneficial to their overall health. Those on the other side ask whether these reasons justify the potential risks involved in drinking raw milk, especially for those most vulnerable. [Read More…]

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Lunchmeat, anyone?

by Landon Gilfillan on August 16, 2015

Lunchmeat, anyone?

Recently, I had to write a comparison article for my nutrition class at American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS), analyzing the nutrition facts panel on two products, one a healthier version of the other.

Yes, if you’ve been wondering where I’ve been, I’ve gone back to school – and it’s been great!  I’m studying for my Masters in Holistic Nutrition, and while I’ve loved every minute of class, I’ve also missed posting here.  So, I recently decided to share some of what I’ve been learning in school with you.

We’ve been talking a lot about processed foods and their impact on the health of our society.  This topic is widespread, and covers more than I can write about in one post.  However, I do plan to share some of my discoveries, and hopefully some of my classmates’, over the next few months.

In light of that, here is my recent take on the “natural” lunchmeat selection at your local grocery store.  You might be surprised by what you see.  You might also want to take a look at what your current lunchmeat’s ingredients and Nutritional Panel contain, as it was a rather frightening eye-opener for me! [Read More…]

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Wellness Challenge Day 3 – Keep a Health Journal

by Landon Gilfillan on December 11, 2014

Wellness Challenge Day 3 - Keep a Health Journal

Jot It Down

I used to be an excellent journalist, but those days have long since past.  I’ve often had the thought to write memoirs based on the countless journals that are sitting in a box in my garage, but the thought of combing through thousands of entries bewilders me.

And so, as I read this challenge, I am faced again with the fact that I know too well:  if i don’t write something down, I will not be able to recall it a year, a month or even a day down the road.  I’m also faced with the truth that I loath journaling for the sheer fact that I just don’t have the time to do it as I would like. [Read More…]

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Wellness Challenge Day 2 – Plan To Succeed

by Landon Gilfillan on December 5, 2014

Wellness Challenge Day 2 - Plan To Succeed

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”

So says Benjamin Franklin, and in my experience, he is right!  When I don’t have a plan in place for my day, for my meals, or for the things I want to accomplish, I am a complete disaster!

Without a plan, I am stressed, I can’t remember anything, I don’t manage my house well, very little gets accomplished and my family and myself suffer for it.  When I do have a plan, it is unreal how much more successful I am! [Read More…]

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Wellness Challenge Day 1 - Throw it out!

Throw it out!!!

Okay, so here we go! I mentioned in my last post that I’m going to be taking on Wellness Mama’s 30-day Wellness Challenge and journaling about it as I go.  Her first challenge is to throw out all the “junk food, fake foods and chemically created foods” so that we won’t be tempted by them when Weakness rears its ugly head. [Read More…]

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My 30-Day Wellness Challenge

by Landon Gilfillan on November 29, 2014

30 Days of Wellness

Well, I’m back.  It’s been awhile, I know.  Life’s funny like that.  It ebbs and flows, and one never knows what to expect from one day to the next. [Read More…]

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Paleo Meal Plan #14 with Ole Smokey

by Landon Gilfillan on April 25, 2014

Paleo Meal Plan #14 with Mr. Weber & Ole Smokey

Fire Up The Grill!

When this time of the years rolls around, it is rare that you will find me or my family inside.  We practically move the entire contents of our house outdoors.  Heck, I even take my naps outside!  I LOVE THE SPRING!!!

This also means we are eating and cooking outside as well.  Now, I must admit, I am not the griller of the family.  That would be Hubby.  I’ve tried to fire up the grill a number of times, but not enough to be consistent.  So every time I think about approaching Mr. Weber, I have to start the whole “getting to know you” process all over again.

I don’t have time for that!

So for now, Mr. Weber, ‘Ole Smokey’ and Hubby can hang out, and I’ll just get to know them another day.  Plus, I enjoy seeing Hubby out there in his kingdom – Jim Beam and coke in hand, focused on the mission.

So, enjoy some of the grilled fare featured below, and if you are like me and don’t have a thing for grilling, invite someone over who is (or just pull out your stove top grill – no one has to know.) [Read More…]

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