- pineapple (2 cups, cubed) + mint (10 leaves), or
- cucumber (1 large, sliced) + melon (1/4 honeydew, cubed + ¼ cantaloupe, cubed), or
- watermelon (2 cups seedless, cubed) + basil (10 to 12 leaves)
When public education campaigns, product warning labels, and advertising controls don’t work (http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-declines-to-take-lead-on-curbing-soda-sales-3658064.php), some public officials like Richmond City Council member Jeff Ritterman, MD (cardiologist) think a soda tax will work. He told us that “a one-cent per ounce fee on sweetened drinks will help the City to raise $2-$8 million to prevent childhood obesity and diabetes” through treatment for uninsured Richmond kids, support after-school sport programs, serve healthier meals at Richmond schools, and (dig this!) build school and community gardens in Richmond!
Worried about sweets? Take charge of your health!
According to Chinese Five Element Theory, the sweet taste is associated with the earth element, the transition between seasons, and digestion. Why did the ancient Taoists make this connection between sweet (taste) and worry (emotion) and digestion? Are sugary, probiotic kombucha drinks (which originated in northern China before spreading to Siberia and the rest of the world) healthy for daily consumption?
Get the answers to these questions from Briahn Kelly-Brennan, L.Ac. (http://www.ccsf.edu/Resources/Faculty/bkelly/), who is teaching Everyday Healing Foods and Herbs (HCT 108) this Fall at CCSF’s Chinatown campus on Wednesday evenings, 6-9 pm, starting August 15 (http://www.ccsf.edu/Schedule/Fall/health_care_technology.shtml#Health_Care_Technology). You will learn the proper use of foods and herbs in the Chinese medical tradition for sustaining a long and vigorous life; learn to respond to each season and climate by choosing the proper foods and herbs, and to identify and address any tendencies towards imbalance. This class includes hands-on traditional cooking with SLOW (Seasonal, Local, Organic, Whole) foods, as covered in http://thefreefarm.blogspot.com/2012/04/grow-plants-cook-plants.html).
Ron Chapman, MD, Director of California Department of Public Health, suggests gardening as a way to build muscles: “This isn't about going to the gym. This is not about exercising. It’s about physical activity. Gardening can count toward working the muscle groups.” (http://www.baycitizen.org/health/story/health-chief-struggles-meet-exercise/)
Also on Wednesday, a compassionate Toronto nutritionist who saw a video of teens bullying a bus monitor launched a fundraising campaign because he thought she deserved a vacation. (http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/bullying-bus-monitor-sparks-amazing-compassion-campaign-video-143135242.html) Let’s invite the bus monitor to vacation at The Free Farm!