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How I View Food

Yesterday, a journalist was interviewing me and wanted to know about my eating habits.

When I proceeded to tell her all of the organic food that I keep in my fridge and that I put into my body each day, she then asked the question “What are your guilty pleasures?”

Maybe I am an anomaly but I don’t have any guilty pleasures. I simply do not view that way.

First, I view food as medicine. This means that I want to put the most nutritious food (organic food) into my body, so that my body will be as healthy as possible.

I make food selections based on what it is going to do to my physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Second, I eat food that tastes good. Even though I choose food based on its health quotient, this does not mean that it doesn’t taste good. I eat great tasting food every single day.

For example, the organic desserts at One Lucky Duck in New York City are as good, if not better, than any dessert anywhere.

Furthermore, I eat a good amount of raw, organic chocolate, which is amazing.

Cacao is one of the healthiest foods on the planet, and it is believed to have the highest level of antioxidants of any food. Cacao is a superfood in every respect.

Third, I don’t eat food that causes guilt. To most people, a “guilty pleasure” may be a non-organic piece of cake, candy, fried foods, french fries or something along those lines.

I eat certain kinds of organic ice cream but nothing that has refined sugar (even if it is organic) because refined sugar gets me depressed.

But I don’t eat foods that are going to make me feel badly afterwards. I used to do that but not anymore. I eat foods that are going to nourish me, make me feel energetic and keep me healthy.

Before I put food into my body, I ask myself two questions:

– Is this healthy?
– How am I going to feel after eating it?

If it is not healthy and if I am not going to feel good after eating it, I don’t eat it. Period.

So, the thought of a traditional “guilty pleasure” is not something that I can even relate to anymore.

Should all people eat like me? No.

These are my decisions, my diet works for me and is constantly evolving, and this has been a 10+ year journey of constant education as to what I should be eating.

In short, every person needs to decide what works for them and understand that what we eat truly matters.

The only thing that I would hope for is that people are choosing to eat as much organic as possible. It is unquestionably the best option for the health of a person’s body and our environment.

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MUST-WATCH: The Colbert Report Mocks GMOs, My Fox Interview Gets Airtime

I got a call at about 8AM this morning from my good friend Karl, who lives in Miami.

It was very surprising to hear from him at that hour because we normally talk late at night. However, he had some interesting news to share – my Fox News Channel interview had made The Colbert Report.

Colbert reported on the loss of I-522, the GMO-labeling initiative in Washington State, and took serious aim at GMOs and the GMO-companies who are fighting against labeling.

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The Struggles I Faced in College and How I Handled Them

As I wrote about the other day, it was during college when I went on antidepressants. Each day was getting harder than the next. The sky was growing darker and darker. It was a major struggle just to survive.

I was overwhelmed with a variety of responsibilities — school work, in which I seemed to be drowning; the tennis team, which occupied several hours of my time per day, not including constant traveling to other schools for matches and tournaments; and my fraternity, something in which I was very actively involved.

With my voice becoming more heavy during each phone conversation, my parents suggested that I go visit a local psychiatrist to see if he could help. More specifically, they thought that antidepressants were the answer. After a brief chat with the doctor, he diagnosed me with a mild case of depression and believed that Prozac would indeed improve my situation.

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“I Was Told My Brain Was Broken”

In November, I put up blog entry titled The Repercussions of Going on Antidepressants, and I received a comment on this post the other day that both disturbed me and confirmed what I already knew. I thought it merited its own discussion here.

The woman who wrote the comment calls herself NoRx4Me and left the following information:

I was put on an SSRI at 24 years old during a bad marriage. I needed guidance and support, instead I was told my brain was broken.

SSRI’s led to stimulants, mood stabilizers, SNRI’s, and lithium for a short time. I was a mess. I lost 13 years. I have little memory of those years (especially sad, because I was raising two boys). I didn’t grow as a person at all. I quit dating in 2003 and never developed knew friendships either. I didn’t even realize this was odd until I was off meds.

I probably would have responded like some others on here while I was still under the influence and told you the meds were great. With a clear mind and 20/20 hindsight, I know the facts, my life was destroyed.

And they do cause physical problems; I lost a ton of hair, and my teeth are a mess. I look like I’ve aged 20 years instead of 10.

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