Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New Standards for School Lunches

Championed by First Lady Michelle Obama, the USDA has released new nutrition standards for school lunches. Lunches should now include more whole grains, leafy greens, fruits and vegetables. The new guidelines also set maximum calories per meal and targets that aim to reduce sodium, saturated and trans fats in school lunches. Click here for comments from the  Environmental Working Group and related news coverage.  
Of course the proof is in the pudding and the question is, will kids eat it? Mealtime comes down to individual plates and palates when the new standards are served up.
Marion Nestle’s blog Food Politics details the history of how the new nutrition standards came to be. There’s been some compromise on what counts as a vegetable; an inexact word, as a result pizza now counts as a vegetable.
Marion suggests our next steps:
·         Set nutrition standards for competitive foods in schools—those sold outside of the lunch program as snacks and meal replacements.
·         Teach kids where food comes from
·         Teach kids to cook

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Nutrition and Food for Healthy Pregnancy


You are invited to join us Tuesday January 31st, 2012 at 4pm PST as we host Julie Matthews, CNC for a webinar entitled “Nourish the Future: Nutrition and Food for Healthy Pregnancy.” 

Julie will discuss which nutrients are vital for fertility, pre-conception planning, and pregnancy. She’ll tell us about essential foods for a baby’s healthful growth and brain development, and insights into “stacking the deck” to help prevent autism based on 10 years of experience.  Learn how to reduce sugar cravings and blood sugar swings during pregnancy. Learn how to combine traditional wisdom with modern insights for optimal nutrition for preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum.

Julie Matthews is a Certified Nutrition Consultant specializing in autism spectrum disorders, healthy pregnancy, moms and babies, and therapeutic diets and nutrition for childhood disorders. Julie is the author of two amazing resources on autism: Nourishing Hope & the Cooking to Heal, cookbook and educational DVD. Julie is a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP), Chapter Leader of the SanFrancisco Holistic Mom’s Network, and nutritionist with the Mama’s Resource Network. You can reach Julie at http://nourishinghope.com/

To participate online click here and follow the online registration instructions.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Celebrating 10 Years of Excellence in Holistic Nutrition Education

Hawthorn University is a not for profit institution dedicated to providing personalized, professional, and comprehensive distance education in the field of holistic health and nutrition to a diverse population of adult learners. Hawthorn offers certificate, graduate, and doctoral programs in a supportive distance learning environment to prepare graduates to reach their personal and professional goals, educate others, and work in their communities.

Learn more at www.hawthornuniversity.org. Review an archived webinar or join us online for a live demonstration of the community at Hawthorn. Our online courses are rich in practical exercises. Get the foundation and deep skill set needed to be successful in the field of holistic nutrition and start transforming lives.
We currently offer the following programs:
·         Continuing Education Programs (Short CE Credit Courses and Related Electives)

Friday, January 13, 2012

Coming up National Soup Swap Day!

January 21, 2012 is the 6th Annual Soup Swap Day, a tradition started by Knox Gardener. Soup Chick's blog gives a great description of the day’s events. Hold one in your community!

Its pipe freezing cold here in northern California and it’s a good time to have some soup at the ready. My ready favorite this season has been a curried squash variation with carrots, leeks, onions and cauliflower i.e. winter veggies. I bulk it out with homemade chicken broth and coconut milk. It’s a filling and satisfying soup and also accepts leftover proteins as available. I usually make up a big batch and freeze several quarts. Soup swap day had me looking for new recipes and I’m looking forward to trying ParsnipSoup with Leeks and Parsley from Simply Recipes.  Thanks Soup Chick for the recommendation!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

One Man's Food is Another's Poison

Hawthorn University’s Webinar Series resumes January 17, 2012 at 4:00 pm Pacific. 
Join the live online presentation and ask questions via chat! There is no charge for attendance, but participation is limited to the first 100 attendees. 

On Tuesday January 17th, 2012 at 4pm PST we will host Traditional Naturopath Glen Depke for a webinar entitled “Understand Your Nutritional ID: One Man's Food is Another's Poison.”
In this presentation Glen Depke will be teaching us how to determine which nutritional plan would be best for your specific individuality.  The genetics as well as the functional health challenges we experience play a role in determining our Nutritional ID. Glen will discuss the concepts of biochemical individuality, Metabolic Typing, Nutritional Typing, Nutritional ID and a specific questionnaire that assists in determining which diet and nutrients may be of greatest benefit. He will also touch on fine tuning your meal plan, shifts in Nutritional ID as well as PH per Nutritional ID.
Glen Depke, Traditional Naturopath, is one of our nation’s leaders in hormone balancing, customized nutrition and enzyme therapy.  Before moving to California, Glen was the Chief Nutritionist, Primary EFT Therapist and Wellness Director for the world renowned clinic of Dr. Joseph Mercola in the Chicago area. Glen is also the developer of the system of Nutritional Typing used by Dr. Mercola at Mercola.com as well as within his clinic.
To participate online and to view the webinar click here  and follow the online registration instructions.