20 Hidden Gluten Traps

Gluten ahead, celiac disease patients Luckily, I do not have any food allergies. I eat gluten (in moderation, whole grain and organic whenever possible) – bread plays a significant role in the European kitchen.  But once you have celiac disease you will have to stay away from gluten for the rest of your life. It is not always obvious that products contain gluten.  Many arguments why we all should not eat gluten are in this article HERE I bet you did know many items from the 20 products below actually contain gluten:  Potato productsPotatoes are gluten free. But they are mixed into many ready-made potato pancakes, croquettes, and such contain… Read More

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True Cost Accounting of Food Production

The true price of cheap food Food is dirt cheap. To be exact: it is too cheap. The real costs are way higher than the prices we pay in supermarkets and at discounters. The ones paying the bill are our environment and people that are being exploited for the cheap production of food. True cost accounting is a trend I like for once. Do you remember my article “Why our food is too cheap“? If not just follow the link because it contains lots of detailled info on the subject. Weekend – Cheap end The weekend is approaching, and supermarkets are outdoing each other with discount prices. A pack of… Read More

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Short Life and Long Death of Hector Garcia

The price of obesity The tragic and short life of Hector Garcia During his bad times, Hector´s weight was around 650 pounds. In better times it was 425. Thanks to Lisa Krantz for the documentary this article is based on.  His nursery became his jail Ten years before he died Hector Garcia hid from the world in his playroom. He was 39 years old and his weight was nearly 665 pounds. He could not live alone anymore. His weight burdened his bones so much that every step was a risk of breaking his bones. How could it get to this? Hector Garcia said: “I never learned to be happy other… Read More

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Conditional Love: I Can´t Say No

The inability to say “no” or handle negative feedback are often the result of conditional love. What is conditional love Someone who is very close to you, like your life partner or parents, keeps giving you the feeling that you have to behave in a certain way or achieve certain results to deserve to be loved. They punish you by (playing to) taking their love away if you do not comply. It´s emotional blackmail and very unhealthy as it harms a person severely and haunts them for the rest of their lives – or until they take action to remove the damage. What are the effects of conditional love? Very… Read More

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Jerry is on a “lose it” diet

What´s wrong with Jerry? This is Jerry. He looks at his impression in the mirror. Who is that walrus standing in front of him? Didn´t he have a healthy weight for most of his life? Jerry decides that it cannot go on like this. The warning of his doctor still echoes in his mind. And his wife is not digging it. His kids make fun of Jerry. And could this be the reason he did not get that promotion? Jerry starts a diet Low-carb is trending. Paleo. That´s how you lose the extra pounds in no time. Jerry wants to be on the safe side. He does not buy one… Read More

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GMO and Organic Food Labeling

A Conflict in Food Labeling? Here is a thought I just had while I was chopping organic carrots. Yes, “organic carrots”. I was cutting carrots really but for some reason companies that produce food in natural ways have to go through a complicated and lengthy process to be allowed to tell me that they produced a healthy carrot in a sustainable way. Monsanto put on trial for crimes against the People Yesterday I read that Monsanto finally has been put on trial for crimes against humanity. Not for even a fraction of their “crimes” but it´s a start. It gave me back some hope. I cannot say for how many… Read More

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Killing time around Christmas

Time is all we have “Time is a game played beautifully by children.” Heraclitus German author Erich Kastner said: Remember the 5th commandment, don´t kill your time. Wait, that doesn’t sound right. It should say: “Thou shalt not kill”. Is this rewording just a catchy phrase or is a deeper meaning hidden behind it? In the end of the day, time is all we have left before we die. Lifetime. Killing time is like killing a little bit of yourself. I am probably guilty of some killing of time myself. I love the picture above this line. It looks so fragile and precious and is a great metaphor for the… Read More

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Foods That Make You More Productive

Food influences how much you get done My last posts were about goal-setting and how to achieve more by having the right mindset and attitude.  As pointed out in my articles Foods that boost your brainpower and 4 foods that sabotage your success the role of nutrition should not be underestimated when it comes to productivity. Just like bad fuel will make your car run slower or even damage the engine, your food choices have a huge impact on your productivity and finally your level of success.  Actually, that is a pretty good comparison – we all now what happens when you put sugar in the tank of your car (;… Read More

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GMO Danger – Foods to avoid

UPDATE 11/19/2015 GMO salmon cleared for human consumption. The AquaBounty frankensalmon I told you about received clearing by federal regulation. Shares went up 6.4 %. Cynical. No labelling required. http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/19/us-aquabounty-technologies-fda-idUSKCN0T826T20151119 Avoid these GMO Foods After chatting with someone yesterday who was under the impression that he is not taking in any foods that contain genetically modified organisms, I decided to publish a quick list. This list of GMO foods to avoid is for the United States of America. With a great amount of help from Monsanto, America is the leading GMO country and the list does not necessarily apply to other countries with stricter GMO laws. Introduced into the market… Read More

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