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Food VS Nutrition

Modern nutrition determines the healthiness of a food by isolating its vitamins, proteins, minerals, fats, and other constituents.  Choosing your foods based on the results of nutritional analysis, while it may help you become aware of your health needs, does not help you to know food intimately, which is where true health lies.  It is not the beta-carotene found in squash or carrots that makes these vegetables important food choices.  Vitamin C is not a valid reason to eat citrus fruits, nor should lycopene be the reason for eating tomatoes.  For a medical professional or other dietary professional to prescribe or suggest to someone an isolate nutrient like those just mentioned is quite a shame, for it helps no one.  

How Far Would You Travel For Your Food?

Do you ever wonder what Wonder Bread is really made of, or how many miles that head of lettuce has traveled? There's nothing like fresh, whole, organic foods to maintain your health and well-being. Farm-fresh produce and meats go directly from the source to your table, leaving little time for nutrients and it's natural vibration to be lost. Many foods at your supermarket have been picked or slaughtered weeks or even months before they make it onto the shelf. Most of these items are preserved by nitrogen or other artificial means, making them appear fresh. Moreover, foods treated with pesticides and artificial fertilizers have lower nutritional value than foods growing organically.

Take care of your local producer. Visit your local farmers market, support and join your local CSA. The money you spend on your food speaks louder than you can ever imagine, spend it wisely.

 

Celebrating the Meaning of the Fourth!

Last night my family and I watched the fireworks. It has long been my feeling that for national holidays such as these, that everything should be closed. July Fourth, Memorial Day, and so on, end up being retail sales days.

I believe people forget the meaning of the actual day, especially children who haven’t really learned the meaning yet. Men and women have died in order to protect our country. As more and more people from different lands come to the United States to live, it is of great importance that they know the meaning of what they are celebrating, and then in turn, can teach their families.

So while we may have celebrated these holidays it is not too late to celebrate what they stand for and to wish the home of the brave and the land of the free a very Happy Birthday.  If you have not already, have this conversation tonight at dinner!

It’s a wonderful time to talk about your family values and the values of our country.

Are You A Weiner, A Whiner, Or A Winner?

Are You A Weiner, A Whiner, Or A Winner?

With more than 14 million Americans currently looking for work, it is definitely a buyer’s market out there.  Companies understandably want to hire the best candidates they can find.  With so many people to choose among, businesses are looking beyond black-and-white credentials such as education and experience to identify prospective employees who bring something more to the table, such as basic common sense. 

In this regard, New York Congressman Anthony Weiner’s recent fall from grace should serve as an object lesson for anyone who has a job...and especially for anyone who is seeking a job. 

Hit the Trail

Hit the Trail

What would you expect a four-and-three-quarter-year-old to say at the end of a four-and-a-half-mile hike that she just finished using her own two feet? “What a wonderful day,” Sofi announced when we walked past the old Tavern (that I was wishing was still a tavern) at Great Falls National Park.

Combine Boating and Baseball this Summer!

Combine Boating and Baseball this Summer!

What better summer activities are there than Boating & Baseball?

DC Sail has combined the two for a perfect summer outing perfect for all ages! You can purchase tickets today for a one-of-a-kind sailing, sporting adventure. Your afternoon will begin with a sail aboard DC's only schooner, the American Spirit, docked at the Gangplank Marina on the Southwest Waterfront. Pack a picnic and bring some beer or wine to enjoy while sailing past our nation's monuments and memorials down to Old Town Alexandria. Return to the dock right in time for the game. Grab your mitt because DC Sail will provide you with tickets for a great night of baseball just a short walk away at the Nat's stadium!

Cruises depart from the Gangplank Marina promtly at 3:00 pm, so be sure to arrive a bit early. Nat's games start at  7:05 pm. Ticket price includes Schooner Sail and admission to the game.

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Bridal Expo Grants Wishes for Brides-to-Be and Terminal Breast Cancer Patients

Bridal Expo Grants Wishes for Brides-to-Be and Terminal Breast Cancer Patients

 

Dupont Hotel held a bridal wedding expo for a cause last Friday night to help those battling breast cancer. Brides Against Breast Cancer attracted brides-to-be across the region to find designer gowns at huge discounts.

“The dressing room is a mad house,” said Brides Against Breast Cancer volunteer who helped with the flow of things and the ‘go back rack’ on Friday evening.

Some gowns were as low as $199 and all of the proceeds benefited the ‘Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation.’ This group grants wishes for those battling stage 4 breast cancer.

“All of the gowns are discounted 35-75% off and all of the proceeds go towards granting wishes for terminal breast cancer patients,” said Brittney Wolf, the PR & Project Coordinator of Making Memories, Breast Cancer Foundation.