Leilani Munter and The Cove

Leilani Munter, the world’s number one eco-athlete realizes that she may come across as an oxymoron. When she isn’t fighting for the welfare of the environment and sustainable practices, she’s burning rubber in her 200mph racecar. Some people don’t get it; how could someone who drives racecars possibly care about the environment? The answer is quite simple: she’s an environmental …

Food Crisis: Where is the Government?

According to the CDC, Percentage of obese U.S. adults: 35.7% Estimated Annual Medical Cost of Obesity (in 2008 dollars): $147 Billion. Difference in Individual Medical Cost between obese and those of normal weight: $1,429.   The United States is currently dealing with an obesity crisis and something needs to be done about it. There are many entities (governments and organizations) that …

Dangers with Hydrogenated Oils

Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils are involved in the creation of hundreds of food items that we enjoy on a daily basis. Many are unaware of the harmful effects that ingesting these ingredients have on their body. These oils are unable to be digested by the acids in our stomachs and lead to serious health problems such as: high blood …

“We’ve Gotten Fat on Low-Fat Products”

‘Low-fat’, ‘lite’, ‘reduced fat’, ‘nonfat’. These are some of the labels you are surrounded with when you enter a grocery store. But are these supposedly healthier products actually better for you? These days you hear more and more voices claiming that none of the products in our grocery stores with these types of labels are in fact healthier for you …

Lunchable or Vomitable?

Modern day women have to straddle the line between their work life as smart professional career women and perfect mothers that keep a neat home and care for their children. There is often no time for thought out, nutritional food preparation. Oh but, never fear, because Lunchables are here, offering to provide your child with a healthy, fun filled lunch …

Food Shaming: The New Social Pressure

We come to class every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday prepared to talk about how we can make our eating habits healthier for both ourselves and our planet. We’ve discussed food deserts, cultural differences, and fiscal constraints and actually come up with some pretty solid ideas for mitigating the impact of these problems. That’s great. What I find not so great …

Food: A Passing Discipline or Lifelong Punishment?

It’s something we don’t think about: using food to teach proper behavior. I doubt there are many parents out there who haven’t bribed or disciplined their children with food. Growing up, how many times were you rewarded with ice cream for good behavior? How many times were you denied dessert for bad behavior? Parents reinforce behavior by disciplining and rewarding …