Sunday, January 28, 2007

Mission Organic 2010

The Organic Center, a non-profit based in Rhode Island, has launched a campaign to get the word out about the many ways that organic products benefit our health -- and that of the environment. The group's goal is to get consumers to pledge that 10% of their grocery cart will contain organic products by the year 2010. Among the many benefits to look forward to upon meeting this goal are less pesticides in our water and the elimination of antibiotics and growth hormones from 20 million servings of milk. Ready to pledge? Click on the link above.

Monday, January 15, 2007

One Theory on Why Diets Fail

Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, has a theory on why diets fail. In an interview published by The Oprah Magazine she explains that, based on animal studies, people experience withdrawal when they try to kick certain foods that their brains have become dependent on. "This makes it hard for them to eliminate those foods because they may feel depressed or sluggish or generally horrible." In many ways, it's no different from quitting smoking or drugs. The secret, she says, is changing your diet slowly and gradually getting yourself "hooked" on healthier foods.