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Where to eat? That's the question. It's a question that's even more complicated when you're trying to satisfy the tastes of a group. Review sites like Yelp or Google are no help. They're weighted down by competing interests, evil business models and a need to appeal to the lowest common denominator. That's where PlateRate comes in. PlateRate is a r…
 
In an ongoing series that proves that food is medicine, we meet John Baumann. At the height of his career as a corporate attorney, John learned that he had Parkinson's Disease and needed to prepare for the neurological decline that comes with that disorder. John and his wife Bernadette chose to fight back, literally and figuratively with lifestyle …
 
This episode of The Foodcast is brought to you by the letter "O." Have you heard the latest? Coconut Oil is not healthy and never was? What do we do now? Also, we take another deep dive into the world of herbs and spices. This time our victim is Oregano. Finally, in the next installment of "What in the Actual Fudge is..." we examine COQ10 a mysteri…
 
Stop eating beef, pork and chicken and our environmental problems will be solved. At least that's what films like Cowspiracy want you to believe. Make no mistake about it, farm animals have a huge environmental footprint. But, in fact, when you consider everything we eat and the way we eat it, meat and other animal products barely scratch the surfa…
 
What does an obscure but insidious FDA rule, marijuana, mint, wheat and the wisdom of Carl Spackler have in common? Probably nothing. But they are all interesting and entertainingly related to health and wellness. In this episode of The Karma Sense Foodcast, we explore a loophole in FDA regulations that allows food manufacturers to slip anything th…
 
Impossible tasks are often metaphorically described as "fighting world hunger." But is fighting world hunger really impossible? Maybe. But what if we think globally but act locally? In this episode of The Foodcast we look at the local challenges to fighting hunger, we interview Rana Abu Ghazaleh, Project Manager with the City of Alexandria, VA. Ran…
 
Dietary supplements? Vitamins, minerals and other magic elixirs...are they really magic or are they a gamble? In this episode of The Foodcast, you'll get some Karma Sense advice on how to get the most from dietary supplements or better yet, from your diet. 00:17 Introduction 00:58 Overall Supplement Advice 11:29 Supplementing Essential Macronutrien…
 
There's no easy way to lose weight. The best methods for losing weight and keeping it off are hard work. In this episode of The Foodcast, you'll learn why it's worth the effort if you need to lose weight. And if you don't need to lose weight, you learn why you need to be supportive of those who do. 00:15 Introduction 00:51 Rant 08:10 Interview with…
 
Wacky food stunts are a great way to generate web site clicks. But do they teach us anything about the food in question? Or do they stupify us? In this episode of The Karma Sense Foodcast, we examine the folks who attempt toy recreate their own version of Super Size Me with a random sampling of these attempts at self-experimentation. In the end, do…
 
Artificial Sweeteners, what a “rabbit hole!” By rabbit hole, I refer to the Wikipedia definition, “a metaphor for an entry into the unknown, the disorientating or the mentally deranging, from its use in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” In this metaphor, artificial sweeteners stand in for the rabbit. I’m Alice (although I look better in a navy blu…
 
On May 1, 2017, United States Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue announced changes to the 2010 Healthy and Hunger Free Kids act that set strict standards for meals served in public schools. It sounds like a wonky subject but it affects everyone whether you have school age kids or not. It's wonky, but your host makes it accessible, interesting a…
 
The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. And that's what happened to me in the production of this week's episode of The Foodcast. But resilience breeds perseverance and the results is an action packed episode in which you learn how to grill responsibly (and for optimal health) and the perils of salt, both too much and too little. All that…
 
It's time for another Dear Davey H episode of The Foodcast in which I respond to listener questions. So you have the audience to blame for my discussing whether cheese can be part of a healthy diet, My Cousin Vinnie, The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a new study that analyzes the superiority or lack thereof of the vegetarian diet, Australians, mora…
 
A wonk is someone who takes an excessive interest in minor details of political policy. Ergo, a word you’d expect a wonk to use, a food wonk is someone with an excessive interest in minor details of food policy and its politics. Longtime listeners of The Foodcast may think this is an apt description of someone associated with this show (i.e., the h…
 
In this episode of The Foodcast we meet Rob Krupicka, a tech entrepreneur and public servant who moved into the food service business, specifically donuts, so he could really make a difference. Rob takes us through the process of how he made this transition, how he manages risk by adding a twist to the standard donut shop model (hint: it involves c…
 
Every once in a while The Foodcast collects random sets of listener questions that don't relate together in a nice neat theme. They are apropos of nothing. In this episode of The Foodcast, we explore this flotsam and jetsam in the usual in-depth, educational and entertaining way. 01:14 Introduction 02:23 S.M.A.R.T. Goals and Managing Your Health 18…
 
Traceability is the ability to track any food through all stages of production, processing and distribution. It sounds like something we as consumers should never care about. And indeed it is something targeted towards regulators and supply chain managers. But whenever we as consumers make a decision about what we're going to eat, and in making tha…
 
In this episode of The Foodcast, we examine a whole range of listener questions and learn more about soaking nut, popcorn philosophy, milking cockroaches than you ever thought you'd want to know. And that's only the half of it. See the topic index below and know that the usual batch of stupid jokes and pop culture Easter Eggs are spread throughout.…
 
It's one thing to adopt a mindfulness practice. It's another think to apply it to resolve health challenges. Whether it's to manage appetite or addressing major health conditions, a mindfulness practice helps you focus on how you undermine your health and shake things up so you can make the changes you want. In this episode of The Karma Sense Foodc…
 
If the world is a stage, the inner workings of America's health system is one of its most bizarre plays. It's full of intrigue, intricate plot twists, and reprehensible characters. In this episode of The Foodcast we review this play and meet some of its players from the Healthcare Industrial Complex. 00:27 Introduction 02:23 The Healthcare Industri…
 
Mash up a specialty grocery store with high-quality local meat, dairy, produce and dry goods. Throw in a healthy dose of independent coffee shop vibe without the snooty staff. The end result is something very much like Farmer's Daughter in tiny and rural Capon Bridge, WV. Co-owners Kate and Pete Pacelli along with their friendly and knowledgeable s…
 
Chazerai is Yiddish for "stuff." In this episode of The Foodcast, I explore a decree from the World Health Organization (WHO) that eating meat causes cancer and put it in context so you know how seriously to take the threat. Then I help a friend who is considering giving up meat and all animal products by advising what nutrition deficiencies he'll …
 
We hear that the concept of the family meal is history? Is that true and does it matter? In this episode of the Karma Sense Foodcast, we explore what science says about the shared family meal. Then we hear from Sam Hellman about his recollection of what family meals were like with the H family and how that affected him as he grew up. Finally, Sam a…
 
Why coffee ABCs? Because in 2015, US government Agencies Blessed Coffee. Specifically, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans ("the guidelines") endorsed moderate coffee consumption. To many of you, this is a non-event. To people with an unnatural, irrational and insatiable curiosity about food policy, this is unprecedented. Changes in food poli…
 
Impossible tasks are often metaphorically described as "fighting world hunger." But is fighting world hunger really impossible? Maybe. But what if we think globally but act locally? In this episode of The Foodcast we look at the local challenges to fighting hunger, we interview Rana Abu Ghazaleh, Project Manager with the City of Alexandria, VA. Ran…
 
Listicles seem to be the clickbait of choice for web content in the health and wellness community. They tell you what to eat, how to exercise, what's trendy and more. But are they every right? In this episode of The Foodcast, Davey H takes a random sampling of the listicles he gets in his email and picks them apart. Find our what he learns about li…
 
There are four main reasons why people pursue a plant-based diet that totally avoids meat. TasteSustainabilityHumanityHealth This episode of The Foodcast explores these priorities. First, Davey H rants about the impact meat eating and plant eating have on each. Then, he interviews Remi Rory, a personal trainer in incredible shape who's chosen the v…
 
People have strong beliefs about what foods are good and bad for you. Sometimes, their focus is misguided. Often, they preach nutrition dogma about foods you should never eat, even though the body handles them just fine. In this episode, we look at three of those beliefs. We look at some people's strange beliefs about sugar, gluten, gluten free pro…
 
In this episode of the Foodcast we explore the world of edible insects. Insects have been part of the human diet since prehistoric times and they're still eaten by many cultures in the world. But in much of the developed western world, they're taboo. Meanwhile, our demand for protein is skyrocketing and our existing agricultural system can't meet t…
 
The Karma Sense Foodcast audience asks great questions. Often they're inspired by food choices of celebrities. In this episode of The Foodcast, Davey H responds to a collection of questions and gives his warped but technically correct view of these hot new trends. 00:28 Intro 00:57 Gwyneth Paltrow and Golden Milk 4:20 Kelly Ripa and the Alkaline Di…
 
Don't panic. There is no episode 0013 of The Foodcast. I just skipped that unlucky number 13 and went to 14. In this episode of The Karma Sense Foodcast, I rant about deceptive health claims the food industry makes about their products. I also interview Jackie Oken of Unified Health Coaching. She's a seasoned veteran in the health and wellness who'…
 
The latest Silicon Valley innovation, Soylent, is a "food" product that packs a nutritional wallop and is super convenient. It is also engineered to have a bland taste. It's not food. It's nutrition. In this episode of The Foodcast, I analyze Soylent from all angles including a thorough taste test. In the process, Soylent made the news in a bad way…
 
In this episode of The Karma Sense Foodcast, we explore the state of childhood nutrition. I rant about how sorry it is but come up with a winning solution. Then I interview Chef Michael McDermott, creator of The Kids Cooking Network. To tie it all together, I research the ugly underbelly of what nutrition information is available for kids. It's a p…
 
As with everything else people put in their mouths, there is an incredible amount of misinformation as to whether alcoholic beverages are healthful or not. In this episode I discuss the role alcohol can have in a healthy lifestyle. Is wine as healthy as they say? How much drinking is too much? Do I need to stop drinking to lose weight? Find out in …
 
In this episode of the Foodcast, we meet Larry "Oz" Osman, a man who transitioned from "Big Food" to "Little Food." Larry worked for Nabisco for thirty years before deciding to go out on his own and create his own food business, Uncle Larry's Schlumpia. Schlumpia is the world's first and only mashup between traditional Filipino and Jewish cooking. …
 
On September 20, 2016, I presented a Mindful Eating Workshop and Practice Demonstration at Dean's Natural Food Stores in Basking Ridge, NJ. In this episode of The Foodcast, I offer an excerpt from that presentation. The excerpt focuses on why diets don't work and how mindful eating can help you overcome their shortcoming. 00:00 Introduction 01:25 K…
 
The humble biscuit is experiencing a renaissance. September is even National Biscuit Month. In this episode of the Foodcast we explore the phenomenon of National Whatever Month/Week/Day. Then, we meet Barbara Mancini who took a risk and opened a gourmet bakery in the heart of a neighborhood that was less than welcoming. In the exciting conclusion, …
 
Living with Karma Sense means respecting what science has to say about wellness. But scientific research is far from perfect and the talking heads with perfect hair that interpret this research for you are clueless. In this episode of the Foodcast I cover the 10 things that make me wary about research. Learn about these 10 items and you'll be ready…
 
Good grief. I've got a busy few weeks ahead of me and don't have a lot of time. Fortunately, Foodcast listeners have great ideas of their own. In this episode of the Foodcast, I answer listener questions including whether Oreos will kill you, a Google anomaly, a Bad MTHFR, nifty hints for preserving food and saving money, and Life, The Universe and…
 
In this episode, the Foodcast explores what we know about the bacteria in our gut and how to get the most for your mone,y if you're looking to take care of those little guys. Also, I talk to Patient Zero. A guy who turned his health around after a scary visit to the emergency room. He made one change to his diet and it reaped huge benefits. And the…
 
In this mini episode, you learn the answer to the age-old question, does eating bacon give you jet lag? According to a recent study, certain types of fat in the diet cause your cells to get out of sync. This is similar to what happens when you experience jet lag. It's a cool theory. But, how significant is this study in the annals of nutrition rese…
 
Learn about an evil creation of the restaurant industry, a recent winner of the Center for Science in the Public Interest's 2016 Xtreme Eating Awards. Also, Davey H interviews one of the rock stars of the foodie world, an independent, local butcher. Taylor Hudnall from Let's Meat on the Avenue in Alexandria, VA joins me to tell me about this trend.…
 
In the first FULL episode of The Karma Sense Wellness Foodcast, Davey H discusses the Karma Sense principles that will drive all future content of this podcast. Here's how things play out: 00:00 Corny Intro 00:22 Them Music That Sounds Like it Came from a 1970s o (not that I know what that sounds like) 01:34 Outline for Structure of Future Episodes…
 
Whether you believe it or not, food is at the center of everything you do. The Foodcast helps gain a new appreciation for the entire lifecycle of food and nutrition with thoughtful analysis and humor. This episode of The Foodcast provides a brief introduction to the importance of food in your life and describes the approach we take to expand your k…
 
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