Food Matters

Over 455,365 people tuned in to see the film and we are so happy that this inspiring message was shared so widely across the world. This truly is history in the making!

We’ve had a lot of messages from people asking how they can purchase a copy of the Recipe Book and Film as a digital download. You can now find these products plus more in the all new ‘Hungry For Change’ store:

More White Rice, more diabetes risk

More white rice, more diabetes risk

Over 20 million people in the United States (about 8% of the population) have type 2diabetes.1 Carrying excess fat and eating high glycemic load (GL) foods contribute to the development of insulin resistance, leading to type 2 diabetes. In spite of considerable more overweight and obesity in the USA, and our dangerous diet, there is considerable more diabetes in China, Korea and Japan. This is mostly because of white rice – refined carbohydrates like white rice, devoid of fiber to slow down absorption of sugars, raise blood glucose more and faster (have a higher glycemic load, or GL) than their intact, unprocessed counterparts.

A new meta-analysis of four studies has explored the link between white rice and diabetes – overall, the researchers found that each daily serving of white rice increased the risk of diabetes by 11%.2 This new research serves to remind us: High-glycemic, nutrient-depleted, refined carbohydrates (like white rice) are more than just empty calories – they are disease-causing foods. Read more….

Not just diabetes – cancer too
High GL foods have dangers that reach beyond diabetes. Diets including large quantities of high GL foods increase the risk of several chronic diseases including diabetes, heart disease, and cancers.3 Low-nutrient, high glycemic foods could also contribute significantly to cancer by causing excessive insulin secretion. High insulin levels in the blood can promote the growth of cancer cells, in part by interacting with the receptor for insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1).4 Diabetics are far more likely to develop several cancers than non-diabetics. This increased risk of cancer observed in diabetics is thought to be due in part to cancer-promo ting effects of insulin therapy.5,6

In the past, white rice was looked upon as a healthful, low fat staple in a vegetariandiet. We have progressed in nutritional knowledge such that white rice can no longer be considered healthful, or even neutral – it is a disease-causing food. The damaging effects of high-GL foods have been brought to light, and we now know that the most healthful carbohydrate sources are those with lower GL – beans, peas, intact whole grains, and starchy vegetables.

Read more and comment at

Pre diabetic?Stop it now.

If you been told you are at risk for diabetes, then act on it fast. This is one disease you do not want. There are many ways to approach this, but to be successful you need a sound program and support to be successful. First LIne Therapy is one of those programs I use with clients, and thousands of people have found success . It is a Therapeutic Lifestyle Program, meant to stop and even reverse age related disease, such as pre-diabetes. As a certified instructor ,I can honestly say I have many clients turning their lives around.

March is National Nutrition Month

Take some time this month to evaluate your nutrition intake by the foods you choose to eat.  This is different from counting calories or points.  There is a huge difference between an eighty calorie apple and an eighty calorie cookie.  Start becoming a Nutritarian! A person who chooses foods that are high in nutrients. The nutritarian way to health and longevity concentrates their attention to consuming lots of high nutrient foods such as green vegetable, berries and seeds and eats fewer animal products. Check out  Eat for Health by Joel Furman,M.D, it may help direct you to eating more REAL foods. In Health, Mary

Personal travel tips!

After an adventurous trip to Botswana and South Africa with a very ‘demanding’ safari schedule, 12 flights, time change and food differences it took  a toll on the body- not to mention the mind.  My number one saving ‘must’ was to stay hydrated.  Between dried/bloody nostrils from the plane trips, the lack or drinkable water at our lodges, I found myself constantly buying or ordering water wherever I went. It helped with the daily BM as well as helped with the fatigue.  I also brought my netti pot and saline to help with the healing of my dehydrated sinuses. I certainly did not have my daily exercise routine but there was a lot of walking, good food to choose from and no ‘junk foods’.  I was happy not to over indulge to feel uncomfortable but certainly enjoyed the various game, fish, greens and fruits.  Sort of surprised with lack of nuts and beans- since it would be such a simple staple to have available.  However- maybe the lodges didn’t feel it was what guests would want.  I was consistent with my sleep schedule since I get very grumpy if I don’t get it- ask my husband!  I did have my bouts with an ‘upset stomach’, a sun rash and dry eyes, even with all the precautions.  I felt good that I spent the extra time to be prepared and ready for any minor health incident that may have happened.  All in all a great time- won’t be traveling that far away for some time, but glad I did it and had the opportunity to enjoy this beauty nature has to offer. 

Feeling Good?

Feeling Good!
Did you know that one negative thought can cancel out three positive ones? Neuroscience has a way of studying this.  The good news is we can train our brains to become more aware of the feel good information,  stop and smell the roses,or coffee or ocean , notice the sunrise, smile randomly. Taking just ten seconds to let it soak in can help make an emotional shift.  Try doing this daily three times a day – just 30 seconds. You can do this and start feeling good.

Heart to Heart

Heart to Heart!

February is heart healthy month. Take a moment not only to assess how much you give love, but how much you get love. Take another moment to track what you are doing to ‘feed’ love to your heart. It is a powerful muscular organ. It loves to be pampered with fresh greens, healthy oils, fiber, fish oils, fresh air, lots of focused activity and rest. The heart is an amazing machine. Honor it and treat it with the respect it deserves- it is what keeps you going every day. The average heart beats aprox. 60-70 beats per minute. Multiply this by 60, then by 24. A heart that beats 70 beats per minute will beat 100,800 beats PER DAY- try multiplying this by how many days you have been living! That is quite a remarkable accomplishment in my book.
Take time to be heart centered give back to yourself – in mind, body and spirit.
Be Well, Mary