Dining out with your friends

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Remember to Alkalinize

Remember your best friend in anti-aging and cancer prevention, alkalinity. You’ll get a full tummy on French fries, but you’ll get loaded with acid. Meats and dairy promote acidity too. Skip the fried foods and imagine yourself nourishing an even stronger body, sleeping more deeply, and feeling healthier.

Avoid the Bread

Restaurants often encourage you to eat more by putting a warm loaf of white bread on your table. Ask your friends to place it out of arm’s reach, or make a decision to not eat any bread until you’ve completed half your meal. By then, you won’t be hungry for it anymore.

Add the Alcohol

Choose a low sugar beverage that you enjoy, and make that your special treat. Longevity data shows that people who drink some alcohol live longer than teetotalers.

You can’t save up all your alcohol and drink a six-pack on Saturday, though. It’s best to enjoy it in moderation, in a social environment with people you love.

I love a pinot noir, but my favorite Asian restaurant makes a cucumber martini that is very crisp and flavorful without a lot of sugar. Consumed in this setting, alcohol will help with relaxation and promote a sense of connection rather than insecurity.

Skip the Menu

Too many options can lead to poor decisions. If you know your dinner destination during the day, look up the menu online after you’ve eaten your lunch. It’s easier to make a healthy decision when you’re not hungry. Scan the soup and salad long enough to find something healthy and appealing, and then quit tempting yourself with all the unhealthy choices.

If you’re choosing from the entrees, be courageous and ask your server to substitute a side salad or coleslaw for the French fries, and order everything dairy free. Refocus yourself as soon as possible on your great friends and their interests and concerns.

Food is fantastic, but it’s the social interaction that promotes happiness and extends your life – along with a glass of wine.

Fruit for Dessert

Splurge on a fresh fruit bowl at dessert, indulging in berries after your meal. I often enjoy coffee or tea after dinner with my berries, for a little extra love and warmth and an additional burst of alkalinity and longevity added to my successful dinner.

Find a Healthy Hangout

A new restaurant makes life so much easier. Some restaurants make it hard to find healthy food, and others are loaded with healthy choices. Almost every town has a great little progressive place with exciting choices on the menu. I love spending my dollars at places that share my vision for the future of my body, my furry friends, and my planet.

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Can you make a difference on Earth Day?

Hint: Yes!

Across Europe, Asia, and Africa, bread and noodles are staples that feed the world. More than half of US grain is fed to animals, rather than being consumed by humans. ​

If all the grain currently fed to livestock in the United States were consumed directly by people, the number of people who could be fed would be nearly 800 million,” says David Pimentel, professor of ecology in Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Exported, these grains would boost the U.S. trade balance by $80 billion a year.

An environmental analyst and longtime critic of waste and inefficiency in agricultural practices, Pimentel depicts grain-fed livestock farming as a costly and non-sustainable way to produce animal protein. He distinguishes grain-fed meat production from pasture-raised livestock, calling cattle-grazing a more reasonable use of marginal land.

Animal protein production requires more than eight times as much fossil-fuel energy than production of plant protein, while yielding protein that is only 1.4 times more concentrated for humans than the comparable amount of plant protein, according to the Cornell ecologist’s analysis. This concentration of protein has been linked to inflammation, and comes with the unfortunate side serving of saturated fat, cholesterol, and no fiber at all.

Animal agriculture is a leading consumer of water resources in the United States, as we have seen illustrated so shockingly in California recently. Grain-fed beef production takes 100,000 liters of water for every kilogram of food. Raising broiler chickens takes 3,500 liters of water to make a kilogram of meat. In comparison, soybean production uses 2,000 liters for kilogram of food produced; rice, 1,912; wheat, 900; and potatoes, 500 liters.

Being an ethical eater requires that we think about all the consequences of the choices we make. Our choices impact not just us as individuals and our immediate families, but also the environment and other human and nonhuman members of our planet. Eating simple foods gives everyone their best chance at optimum health and survival.

 

Posted on by Mary Clifton, MD

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