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“The very fact that we are having a national conversation about what we should eat, that we are struggling with the question about what the best diet is, is symptomatic of how far we have strayed from . . . the simple act of eating real, whole, fresh food. When it becomes a revolutionary act to eat real food, we are in trouble.”

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Food, Fitness and Philanthropy

In true form, the 30th anniversary Aspen 2012 FOOD & WINE Classic kicked off with a major party (huge pans of paella by José Andrés and a river of great wine) and went well into the early hours of June 15. But at daybreak—hangover or not—there were no excuses. More than 300 chefs, attendees and…

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Your Fishmonger: A Key to Your Health and Ocean Sustainability

When was the last time you used the term fishmonger? Never, you say? Well, you’ve got company: perhaps a handful of foodies can use the word meaningfully in a sentence, which is a shame considering the expertise it takes to become one of this rare breed. Now is a perfect opportunity to become familiar with the term—and the type of skilled person it represents—for the sake of your health and for the planet’s well-being.

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Cracking the Numbers on Product Lookup Codes

Have you ever wondered why retailers put those pesky numbered stickers—also known as product lookup codes (PLU)—on fresh fruits and vegetables? According to the International Federation for Produce Standards, “PLU codes have been used by supermarkets since 1990 to make check-out and inventory control easier, faster and more accurate. PLU codes are used to identify…

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Navigating Restaurant Menus

Eating out healthy

Growing up, I learned to view restaurant cuisine as a rare treat. Rare enough that I developed a restraint-free menu mentality: restaurant meals were about as frequent as blue moons, so I could pretty much order whatever I wanted off any menu with little consequence to my long-term well-being. I suspect many of us grew up thinking the same way.

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Effective Verbal Feedback for Older Clients

Senior exercisers learn differently than younger ones do. They also process information differently from younger exercisers, and they react differently to the same information. This means trainers need to know

whether to give feedback, and how to give it;
when to give feedback—whether during a movement or once it’s completed; and
what exactly to focus on and what to say.

Giving effective verbal feedback during exercise—knowing what to say and when to say it—is essential to the fitness success of older clients.

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The Happiness Factor, Part Two

Do you think of yourself as being in the happiness business? Whether you know it or not, you are. Happiness and all its related positive emotions—optimism, purpose, life satisfaction and a sense of well-being, to name a few—are powerfully linked with health (as we reviewed in the June issue of IDEA Fitness Journal). One of the most valuable keys to sustainable happiness may be exercise—bingo!

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Cuing Lateral Breathing

Breathing is one of the Pilates principles and a foundation for movement. Lateral breathing focuses on expanding the rib cage laterally “while maintaining a consistent inward pull of the deep abdominal muscles during inhalation and exhalation.”

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