Saturday, April 25, 2009

Encyclopedia of Foods

As you can see I'm a bit of a cookie junkie. (Love 'em!) But eating cookies all the time isn't exactly conducive to wearing your jeans or having the energy to keep up with crazy little munchkins. Ken recently had a conversation with a co-worker who said something to the effect - "We're all going to die some day. So why exercise or eat right?" The answer is pretty simple - cooking and eating a healthy diet will improve your quality of life (Exercise helps too).

David H. Murdock recently appeared on the Oprah show. If you don't know who he is (I didn't either :) he's the owner of Dole and the founder of David H. Murdock Research Institute which is dedicated to studying how food affects our health. Dave's wife died of cancer and despite his best efforts and immense wealth, he couldn't save her. This event was the catalyst for seeking out a healthier way to live.

After watching Dave on that show, I ordered the book that he helped put together. It's called "Encyclopedia of Foods: A Guide to Healthy Nutrition". This book is a collaboration by medical and nutrition experts from the Mayo Clinic, UCLA and the Dole Food Co. It's an awesome book because it not only offers insight into the best foods to eat but also includes recipes for better health. It also talks about using food to treat certain types of illness.

Look for me to try out some of these healthy recipes in weeks to come. :)

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