Archive for May, 2011

Life University plays for National Championship

A Sustainable LIFE would like to congratulate the Life University Rugby Super League team who will be playing for the National Championship this Saturday (May 21, 2010).

  Location: Life University

Game Time: 2:00 p.m.

Tailgate Party: Begins at 1:00 p.m.

Admission: $5 per person (general admission); LIFE students/staff get in free with Life University ID

Opponent: San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Club

Please come out to support our very own Running Eagles!

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Meatless Monday: Forks over Knives….A Documentary

Forks over Knives is a riveting documentary about the state of our diet. It premieres in Atlanta on May 20 @ the Midtown Art Cinema (Landmark), 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30308. I have seen the trailer and I cant wait to see the film.

From the movie trailer….

What has happened to us? Despite the most advanced medical technology in the world, we are sicker than ever by nearly every measure.

Two out of every three of us are overweight. Cases of diabetes are exploding, especially amongst our younger population. About half of us are taking at least one prescription drug. Major medical operations have become routine, helping to drive health care costs to astronomical levels. Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the country’s three leading causes of death, even though billions are spent each year to “battle” these very conditions. Millions suffer from a host of other degenerative diseases.

Could it be there’s a single solution to all of these problems? A solution so comprehensive but so utterly straightforward, that it’s mind-boggling that more of us haven’t taken is seriously?

FORKS OVER KNIVES examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the so-called “diseases of affluence” that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

Source: Forks Over Knives

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Are you eating vitamin depleted veggies?

Emagazine.com  features an “Earth Talk” column which answers questions about the environment. A Sustainable LIFE will occasionally share some of these Q&A’s with you.

Dear EarthTalk: What’s the nutritional difference between the carrot I ate in 1970 and one I eat today? I’ve heard that that there’s very little nutrition left.  Is that true? 

—Esther G., Newark, NJ

It would be overkill to say that the carrot you eat today has very little nutrition in it—especially compared to some of the other less healthy foods you likely also eat—but it is true that fruits and vegetables grown decades ago were much richer in vitamins and minerals than the varieties most of us get today. The main culprit in this disturbing nutritional trend is soil depletion: Modern intensive agricultural methods have stripped increasing amounts of nutrients from the soil in which the food we eat grows. Sadly, each successive generation of fast-growing, pest-resistant carrot is truly less good for you than the one before.

What can be done? The key to healthier produce is healthier soil. Alternating fields between growing seasons to give land time to restore would be one important step. Also, foregoing pesticides and fertilizers in favor of organic growing methods is good for the soil, the produce and its consumers. Those who want to get the most nutritious fruits and vegetables should buy regularly from local organic farmers.

UT’s Davis warns that just because fruits and vegetables aren’t as healthy as they used to be doesn’t mean we should avoid them. “Vegetables are extraordinarily rich in nutrients and beneficial phytochemicals,” he reported. “They are still there, and vegetables and fruits are our best sources for these.”

View the response in its entirety @ Emagazine.com

Wordless Wednesday

chandelier tree with bikes riding through photo

Source: Treehugger.com

Does local honey reduce seasonal allergies?

I have always heard that consuming local honey helps to reduce the effects of seasonal allergies. I have yet to test this theory but I’m sure many of you have.

It is said that since local bees pollinate local flowers, small amounts of the pollen prevalent in your area will end up in the honey. Eating the honey on a regular basis will help build up your immunity to these allergens.

It sounds like a pretty solid theory. Not only are you supporting local businesses by buying honey from producers in your community, it also reduces emissions from the transport of honey. This is a win-win for the economy and the environment.

But how much honey would I need to consume? How long would this take? Let me know what you think? Do you believe this really works….why or why not?

Source: Mother Nature Network

Photo: Cltampa.com

Wordless Wednesday

Source: India On Rent

What they left out of the brochure…..

 
 
 
 
 
 Sources for “good U.S.” map:
 
Sources for “bad U.S.” map:

Source: Mother Nature Network

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