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Our Food Habit Of Not Asking The Right Question

OUR FOOD HABIT OF NOT ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTION (ISSUE 151) OCTOBER 21, 2014

By Diane GoldOur Food Habit Of Not Asking The Right Question

Our food habit of not asking questions is pretty common. We believe our grocers would never lead us astray, that they know more than they do about the foods they supply.

 

Prior to the year 2000, we were not taught to take responsibility for our foods. We were taught to budget enough for a meat-and-dairy-oriented pyramid of food that recommended too much protein, not from healthy sources, not enough plant-based phytonutrients and not enough raw food.

Schools after the second millennium are, at least, offering programs where students grow food in the school garden or in pots, for lack of land or portability and are conscious of too much fat, sugar and salt.

There are documentaries such as Lunch Hour that reveal how bad meat and dairy food may be offered in school because it is government subsidized. And, to reduce the amount of this type of food would require using school money that was earmarked elsewhere.

Here are a few questions we should have been asking all along and didn’t.

1) WHY IS MY FOOD SHINY AND WHY DIDN’T I KNOW ABOUT IT?

When We Went To Buy TomatoesWhen we went to buy tomatoes, we never thought about why they were shiny. We just thought they came that way. To this day, most people don’t know that most produce, including that which is certified organic, is sent to the finishing plant after the grower and before the retailer. It gets packaged for resale using lots of different questionably safe plastics. Plus, it often gets a coating that keeps the moisture in that we commonly refer to as vegetable or fruit wax.

 

(Then, there’s the paraffin wax that makes candy all sparkly and shiny. Although it’s food grade, so edible, it’s not digestible; it goes in one end and out the other, like produce wax – although some of the chemicals in the produce wax may be absorbed. Don’t we deserve to know which chemical foreign bodies are taking rides through our digestive tract, especially since some may stay in us?)

2) HOW CAN THE FDA ALLOW WAX, ANYWAY?

Studies Were Not Extensive Enough To Show Long-Term RisksThe Food and Drug Administration is responsible for the safety of food and drugs. Unfortunately, they are given information by industry giants aka Big Food, that may force them to allow certain chemical processes whose studies were not extensive enough to show the long-term risks. The FDA cares about protecting us from pathogens, like clostridium botulinum. Big Food & Chemical companies show them expensive studies where such and such a product, be it plastic wrapping or modification of the air used in packaging and storing or transporting, are safe for the consumer; the FDA approves this “finishing” process because they have seen the studies. Too bad the studies don’t go far enough.

Many of us know that bananas are gassed with ethylene when they are close to market. This allows the grower to harvest the banana before fully ripe and get it to market before it rots. This is a method of MAP, modified atmosphere packaging.

The FDA is swayed by companies with big studies. They are not, however, so quick to rescind regulations when cases of renal failure or accelerated growth of bacteria come to pass.

http://realitybloger.wordpress.com/2012/01/08/that-isn-wax-on-your-apple/

http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodScienceResearch/SafePracticesforFoodProcesses/ucm091368.htm

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: PIG JUICE ON MY PRODUCE

What both my children and I would find amusing, is that, vegans, of which I am one, work happily but hard at reducing harm to animals by not eating them. The amusing thing, if we see it that way, is that, if we are not investigative and conscientious; the veggies and fruits we use, may have cow, pig, casein and insect emulsion or laminate.

True, there is more control over knowing what wax is used on organic produce; but there is, at least, as much beeswax or lac beetle wax as vegetable grade wax on organics. So, vegans, know thy wax because it is rarely labeled.

3) WHAT’S THAT LITTLE BAG MADE OF?

Little Bags Of Alien OriginWe know that in some of our bags, even in the super food bags with my maca or my cacao, there are little bags of alien origin in them to absorb moisture. Why isn’t the contents of this desiccant made known to us? We have heard it’s made of silicon which is supposed to be food safe, according to the current research, but what about the covering? How many sets of fingers have been on that little bag, or how many kinds of oils were on the conveyer belt it rode down?

CONCLUSION

This is just one of the many mysteries that are part of our world of food. No one thinks to ask about it. And no manufacturer is going to volunteer to identify the product so as not to scare the consumer.

After all, what we don’t know won’t hurt us, right? Wrong. There are so many new facts that show what we thought were advances of the past 50 years that are showing to be tragic miscalculations on our part: genetically modified seeds, modification of air on produce and chemical mixtures that make up, oh, so many plastics, paints, adhesives and pesticides. The negatives for our health may, sadly, outweigh any benefits we might have thought we received.

Our food habit of not asking the right question prevails. We are asking more, though.

We may be fooled into thinking that the word “natural” has something to do with the word “organic” or the word “vegan” or the words “non-GMO.” And very often, people mistake the word “vegan” for the word “organic.” It is quite common, although not at all surprising, when I ask a grocer, by phone or in person, about a product and hear,

“Oh, this must be vegan because it says ‘all natural,'”

orSoy Wax For US Candles Is Genetically Modified

“It’s ‘certified organic,’ so it must be ‘vegan.’

Even though candles are not food, we use a food to make them. I wanted to include the following comment which refers to this food.

“These soy wax candles are so lovely; they must be good for the environment.”

Unfortunately, the major manufacturers of soy wax for candles (in the United States) are made from genetically modified soybeans.

ACTION STEPS

1) NOTICE THE CHEMICALS you are eating.

2) LOOK FOR THE FOLLOWING LABELS which conscious people are beginning to request:

eco friendly, gluten-free, cruelty free, organic, paraben-free, vegan, vegetarian, fair trade, kosher, halal, chemical-free, hexane free, B corporation, bpa-free, non-GMO.

3) NOTICE WHICH SUPPLIERS ARE BEING TRANSPARENT through labeling and are beginning to realize consumers have the right to know what’s in our food, even if our food habit of not asking the right question prevails.

4) NOTICE THE TERMS “CRUELTY FREE” or “GRASS FED.” It’s great when animals are treated with kindness or without testing and with free grazing before slaughter. But slaughter is cruel and companies that slaughter are not “cruelty free.”

5) BE CONSCIOUS OF YOUR FOOD AND ITS PACKAGING.
Co-Create
In the end, the more we ask, the more we get to know. The more we teach, the more we learn. The more we team, the more we co-create. Let’s be conscientious about asking the right question so we can care for our health and our planet and our species.

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DIANE GOLD, PUBLISHER AND AUTHOR

Diane Gold, Founder of Warriors of Weight, Turning Habits Into Health, is a mentor in tai chi, kung fu and meditation, a music, fitness and stress expert, dedicated mom, studying plant-based nutrition, peaceful conflict resolution and habit replacement.

She believes we can notice our habits the more we notice ourselves. She says,

“There are so many things that go on in our lives that we do over and over again, and we don’t even question them. They may not be in our best interest. They may not mesh with our own philosophy. Until we investigate and become aware.

“It is up to each of us to take enough time to realize what consumer goods we utilize and where they come from. Do we just buy without thinking about the ethics of the company that makes the product? Do we just eat with no regard for how the food has been grown, packaged, processed?

“Each of us decides the answers to these and our comfort level with each. Some people do not have enough food to consider whether a seed is modified genetically. Others don’t care. And others buy according to their philosophy of not supporting genetic modification because it is unhealthy and impoverishes the poor farmer, in the end.

“Whichever way we think, it is important to be aware of what is going on with our food. It will serve us well.

“Finally, let us all take good care of ourselves because we are so worth it!”

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Reading Food And Supplement Labels: How Habits Form

READING FOOD AND SUPPLEMENT LABELS: HOW HABITS FORM (ISSUE 91)

By Diane Gold

When we read food and supplement labels, habits form. We become more aware of what we are putting into our body. Or do we?

Dictionary For ResearchThere are so many ingredients in one product that the habit of reading labels must go along with doing research on what we read, if we wish to understand them.  I have been studying labeling of foods since the mid-1970s when I began studying a philosophy that includes meditation (sound yoga) , a lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet and a good clean moral life. I read every label and contacted every manufacturer of anything I ate or drank, and I would pass that info on to my fellow philosophers. My purpose was to eliminate meat, fish, poultry from the diet. I was surprised at how many ingredients and processes were withheld from the consumer. Not enough has changed since then.

FTC

I recently called the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) to question the wording on a label. I was excruciatingly shocked to find out that the “FTC can advocate on our behalf only if there is a pattern of abuse, rather than a single incident,” which means they cannot help us if we, as individuals, or people fewer than a group action find something wrong. The FTC looks for patterns of wrong doings. So, individual reports of inaccuracies remain unchanged.

This meant that the dietary supplements I called about did not fall under the purview of the FDA (Food And Drug Administration) that does not oversee dietary supplements, and I, alone, was not quantity enough to be heard by the FTC. So, nothing got done, and the product I called about continues to have an inaccurate label, since the FDA doesn’t regulate supplements and the FTC doesn’t regulate single complaints.
This is one of the many ways that the labeling system needs improvement.

THE SOURCE

What is also quite surprising to some is that manufacturers do not have to disclose what an ingredient is made from, as long as they acknowledge it exists in the product and someone, somewhere has tested it and it is GRAS (generally recognized as safe by the FDA).

WHAT THIS MEANS

Any ingredient whose source could be from animal, plant, synthetic sources might be from any of those sources at any time, the label does not specify. When a company discloses the source of each ingredient, it is showing respect to the consumer, in my opinion, and doing what all companies should be required to do.

Soy SauceExample One: Take the alcohol in the common soy sauce, for example. It can be made from animal fat, plant substance or it can be man-made. If we choose to stay away from animal products, we won’t know whether there is animal in it by the ingredient name only. If we have an allergy to certain plants, we may not even know we are ingesting the allergic substance due to incomplete labeling practices. And, then there’s synthetic alcohol. That leaves the ingredient “alcohol” open to any number of methods of alcohol preparation.

Example Two: Let’s look at companies that use lecithin, enzymes, mono and diglycerides, L-cysteine without identifying whether these come from animal, plant or synthetic sources. With these types of labeling techniques, much information is left out. In the case of soy lecithin, if all companies are not required to disclose genetic modified seeds, the ingredient easily can be made from modified seeds.

THE HABITS THAT FORM

Food In PackagesAside from the fact that we have been raised to buy food products in packages, the labels of those products don’t tell us the source, and the materials used in the manufacturing process are not required to be disclosed. We accept this and make it a standard in our buying habits.

We have been raised with produce that is waxed. There is no requirement for disclosure of this process, nor is there a mandate to tell us whether the wax is petroleum-based, animal, bee or plant-based, all for the purpose of maintaining moisture and eye appeal.
We have been raised not to expect ingredient labels on household products, paints and adhesives. This means that the fact that almost all our paper bags are glued with animal parts is not labeled as well as what is in the paint on our walls, the adhesive for our plumbing.

We have developed the habit of cheering when labels must disclose something additional, such as whether something is GMO-free (whether a product contains genetically modified organisms) or not. Shouldn’t disclosure be the norm and not the exception?

TO SUMMARIZE

Food Label1)   We accept an incomplete labeling system.

2)   We buy items that do not identify the source of ingredients.

3)   We buy items without knowing the ingredients used in manufacturing, processing or preparing, both in produce and packaged goods.

4)   Because we get a certain amount of information, we don’t ask manufacturers for more specific labeling.

 

Proof5)   When we do call a manufacturer and talk to the customer service rep, we accept what these reps tell us with no written proof.

6)   When we call a manufacturer and talk to the customer service rep about ingredients, we accept it when they say they don’t have any further information.

7)   We accept that manufacturers, in general, do not have written agreements with their suppliers to get ingredients from specific types of sources, that is, animal, plant, synthetic, organic.

ACTION STEPS

In order to upgrade the way that we eat, research and show respect to ourselves, here are some action steps to change habits that will be of permanent benefit to the way that we eat, feel and read labels. Check these out:

1)   Read labels and notice all the habits that you have regarding them. This noticing may be done over a period of time.

Notice All The Habits2)   Write down what you would require in a food, supplement or drink label to have, either to yourself or by commenting on the website.

3)   Ask your grocers lots of questions about their wares, and be gracious about saying that you will wait for an answer. When the grocers say they don’t know and ask that you call the corporate headquarters of the store you frequent, call the corporate entity, get the name of the reps you speak with and notice how long it takes someone to call you back, or if you get a call back at all. Notice whether the answer they give is complete.

4)   Ask questions of your fruit and vegetable managers. Then follow the steps in 3).

5)   If you are very inspired, write a note to your local newspaper reporting your experience about how knowledgeable your local grocers and fruit and vegetable managers are. The more people talk about the topic, the more quickly we shake our old habits. The more we share our interest in this topic, the more responsible the entire chain of people involved will become.

6)   Talk to friends about labels. Remember not to go on a complaint fest. But, do inform them of your inspiration to be accountable and help others be accountable by requesting food and supplements whose labels disclose and whose ingredients disclose sources.

CONCLUSION

Now that we have looked at some of the habits that reading labels develops, it is easier to change them.

Back in the 1970s, we learned about “subliminal seduction” in psychology class. This refers to any media that lures us into doing a certain behavior or thinking a certain way through repetition of words, audio or visual cues.  According to University of Michigan, this mind-persuading data began in the 5th Century, B.C.

When we read food and supplement labels, let’s be diligent and live by what we find. If we don’t know someone’s name, we ask. In the same way, when we don’t know an ingredient, we can ask.  This way, reading food and supplement labels will begin forming the habits that are right.
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Diane Gold, Founder of Warriors of Weight, Turning Habits Into Health, is a mentor in tai chi, kung fu and meditation, a music, fitness and stress expert, dedicated mom, studying plant-based nutrition and habit change.

She has studied the labeling system since the mid-1970s. She says,

“The more we list on a label, the more testing and accountability is required by the food producer or manufacturer. The label size has to grow to fit the information on it. This is an excuse many producers give for not supporting full disclosure of their product. Many also hide behind the “proprietary ingredients” banner when it does not apply.

“It’s my hope that there will come a time when every ingredient’s source will be listed on every label and that suppliers of ingredients will be required to certify said source, that the term “natural” shall be removed from labels so that consumers are not duped and that nutritional data listed on labels shall identify which company measured it and the last date of measurement.

“I would have all produce wax labeled with wax source, any type of pasteurization process such as the steaming of raw almonds revealed on the label. I’d even require farmers to divulge which animal products, unprocessed chemicals they put in their soil during the cultivation of their food and whether they use GMO seeds. I don’t know would no longer be an acceptable answer from anyone in the industry.

“It is my mission to encourage people to be more demanding of the information they receive about their food. Until the labeling system is truly upgraded, be bold, ask questions, do research. And let the habits we form from reading food and supplement labels be those that support our lives.

The One Necessary Success Habit Anyone Can Learn: And How To Develop It!

THE ONE NECESSARY SUCCESS HABIT ANYONE CAN LEARN: AND HOW TO DEVELOP IT! (ISSUE 86)

By Diane Gold

Success KeyIt would seem that it’d be hard to pinpoint one success habit that we need to succeed. But, it’s right in front of us and we all use it or lose it. The great thing is that everyone, more or less, can learn it. With respect to the developmentally delayed and emotionally fraught people I have and have not worked with and respect, it’s as easy as putting one foot in front of the other.

Let’s review the habit process, first. It is a behavior we have repeated over and over again after a cue which takes away pain or gives pleasure. We know that something TRIGGERs us to TAKE AN ACTION after which we get some type of result, commonly called a REWARD. This result or reward can be the joy of selling someone a product or an idea, which makes us feel powerful even though we often bill our mission as helping others.

OR it can be the joy we feel from the chemical change caused by taking some drug, alcohol or tobacco-like product, which we bill as fun but is usually to hide our lack of self-esteem. Or it can be the relief (joy) of preventing our bodies from going into withdrawal from lack of some drug to which we have developed a chemical dependence. It can even be as simple as the joy and focus we feel from taking a shower and feeling clean. In the latter example, we get up and feel dirty. This feeling triggers us to take a shower which leads us to feel that newness we feel after our skin is clean.

Okay, the one necessary success habit is not taking a shower, although most successful people respect themselves and others which would include bathing on a regular basis.

THE HABIT

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THE HABIT is to take one step after we fall, collapse, fail a test, fumble a deal, lose our status, get insulted, get demoted, fail a test, get fired, separate from a significant other, get embarrassed or get knocked down. Commit to this one step. When we go to take it, it might be the most unsure move we have ever taken, or so it feels at the time. It is crucial.

THE ACTION STEP

Here’s the easiest way to take that step which has a time limit on it.

Walk And TalkFor just about anything, go out in the world for a walk and a talk. You may not have a smile on your face when you leave, but your perspective will be different when you return. That is the way we are built. Any little distraction, like a walk or a few words with another person, changes where we were headed the moment before – if we let it. (When we are focused on positive goals, we often choose to ignore these distractions. However, after a fall, distractions heal us.)

If you were fired from a job, send out one cover letter and resume within 24 hours. Not that you are interested in job hunting now, but the action step will insure that you cement the habit to get up after falling. Remember, we are creating THE ONE NECESSARY HABIT that will lead to success.

If your relationship broke up, talk to someone within 24 hours, even if it’s the server at the local  coffee shop. Talk about anything, but connect with a human being. If possible, be with a group of happy people and talk about incidental things, dance, shoot golf balls.

If you fell off the wagon – any wagon – meaning you used drugs, drank alcohol or gorged yourself after a period of abstinence; celebrate that you are starting your first day toward your goal by telling a member of your support system within 24 hours. If you don’t have a support system, go to a library and talk to a librarian or go to the corner store and say hello to the owner. Talk about anything, but connect with a human being, outside, in the flesh.

If you gambled your rent away or just lost your retirement fund in a financial crash; go talk to the poorest person you know or have seen and talk about what is important in life. You might see life from a different angle after the talk. And it might help with your fall.

One Step After A Fall

Obviously, the idea is to make a move. Whether it’s walking, talking, dance, seeking out a poor person, sending a resume; the idea is to move forward to minimize the down time. When we tell another, we are opening up our negative dyke and allowing ourselves to let go of our disappointment and lead ourselves on a new path.

 

CAUTION

Do not wait to feel like taking a step. That’s the trick! You will not feel it right away. You will want to take time and beat yourself up. You can beat yourself up after you make a move, which means after you begin to form your new success habit. You can self-beat in 48 hours, if you still want to. But, within 24 hours, follow the action steps.

ADDITIONAL ACTION STEP ONESleeping In Bed

Make sure to lie down to rest early on the day of the fall. Sleep heals.
If you can’t get to sleep, play some kind of word game until you feel sleepy, knowing that sleep will heal you to some extent and that you will need your strength for your action step.

ADDITIONAL ACTION STEP TWO

Drink A Glass Of WaterIf we have experienced a chemical set back, meaning we have overeaten or done drugs or alcohol; our body will be in the fight or flight mode. Therefore, we will have to be aware that we will be getting cues to repeat the “fall” behavior. Every time we get our cue to do excess food or drugs or alcohol, we need to act according to plan.

Here’s the plan: we will drink a glass or two of water every time we get an urge. This will diminish and probably remove the urge or cue temporarily. The cues will become fewer and fewer and more controllable in time. And we can go on about our business without the fall we have just experienced. Our new reward will be our pride in self, our relief at moving toward our goal and development of our new great habit.

CONCLUSION

Success StarsThe important thing about learning the one necessary success habit is to follow through on a daily basis toward the goal we have set for ourselves. With substance abuse, when we get that urge, that cue to behave in a way that does not support our goals, we need to have a planned activity in mind so that we can take a positive action and get our reward. With losing face or money, the planned activity will be to take a step toward our goal within 24 hours AS IF we felt like it.

We each form our habits based on our personalities, our goals, how we were raised and how much repetition we have had at forming them. The more we plan and follow through with them, the more natural it will be to form a habit that helps us. And getting up after a fall is key. It puts us in position to have an internal resource for success, no matter what happens.

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DIANE GOLD, AUTHOR

Diane Gold, Founder of Warriors of Weight, Turning Habits Into Health, is a mentor in tai chi, kung fu and meditation, a music, fitness and stress expert, dedicated mom, studying plant-based nutrition.

She loves talking about habits and tiny but crucial strategies to develop good ones out of the ones that no longer empower us or never did. She says,

“With a little focus, we can beat the habit game. We can learn how to manipulate our own habits and use them to our advantage rather than have them be detrimental to us. All we need is a little awareness, a little one-pointed attention and a little faith and we can re-learn how to develop a habit to our standards.”

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Our Food Habit Of Not Asking The Right Question

by Diane Gold on October 21, 2014.

Our main essay talks about our food habit of not asking the right question. Easier than we think!

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How To Replace A Habit

by Diane Gold on October 14, 2014.

Our main essay talks about how to replace a habit. Easier than we think, even if it’s been excruciating in the past!

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Composting: How And Why

by Diane Gold on October 7, 2014.

Our main essay talks about composting and how to proceed successfully.
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What’s On Your Produce?

by Diane Gold on September 23, 2014.

Our main essay talks about knowing what’s on our fruits and vegetables with some surprising information about what the National Organic Program allows.

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Nutrient Composition, As Per T. Colin Campbell

by Diane Gold on September 16, 2014.

Our main essay talks about nutrient composition, the percentage of fats, proteins and carbohydrates that T. Colin Campbell, grand nutritionist, has discovered is the correct balance.

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Recognizing 9 Early Warning Signs Of Depression

by Diane Gold on September 2, 2014.

Our main essay talks about recognizing depression and how we each can be aware if the signs in ourselves or others.

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Our Habit Of War: 5 Mistakes We Make

by Diane Gold on August 26, 2014.

Our main essay talks about our habit of resolving aggression with aggression and how looking through the other person’s eyes is one way to get perspective.

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The Habit Of Meditation: The True Mission

by Diane Gold on August 19, 2014.

Our main essay talks about the habit of meditation and what it truly does for us.

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Inflated Ego At The Expense Of Others

by Diane Gold on August 12, 2014.

Our main essay talks about how, sometimes, our inflated ego can be cruel in order to cover up our own insecurities.

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Prejudice Is A Habit We Can Replace

by Diane Gold on August 5, 2014.

Our main essay talks about how prejudice is a habit and how that habit can be replaced with a new and more useful one.

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What If Nike’s Logo Meant Food For The Poor?

by Diane Gold on July 22, 2014.

Our main essay focuses on a “what if” scenario. “What if” the largest multinational companies’ missions were to benefit the world’s poor with food, water, clothing, housing, health care! This article suggests a possible model for this to happen. It also offers food for thought to encourage us to innovate the solution for ourselves.on patient’s rights and how our accepting doctor’s orders is not in our best interest until we’ve researched options and been given choices.

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Patient Rights vs. Doctor’s Orders

by Diane Gold on July 15, 2014.

Our main essay focuses on patient rights and how our accepting doctor’s orders is not in our best interest until we’ve researched options and been given choices.

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Our Habits Of Trusting Media: 5 Mistakes We Make

by Diane Gold on July 1, 2014. Our main essay talks about trusting media and the mistakes we make by not recognizing relationships that deter most media companies and their employees from reporting the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Also in this issue….



Profit From Peace-The Peace Industry TV Show

by Diane Gold on June 24, 2014. Our main essay talks about making profit from peace, rather than war, and proposes a competition based TV show to generate investors. Also in this issue….



Citizens For Change: No More Status Quo GMOs

by Diane Gold on May 27, 2014. Our main essay is about taking action toward protecting our food supply from genetic modified organisms (GMOs). Also in this issue….



Incomplete Medicine vs. Integrative Medicine

by Diane Gold on May 20, 2014. Our main essay is about integrative medicine and the possibilities of its being the standard way. Also in this issue….



The Habit Of An Eye For An Eye: Changing The Penal System For Non-Violent Crimes

by Diane Gold on May 13, 2014. Our main essay talks about the concept of an eye for an eye and some action steps to change the penal system for non-violent offenders. Also in this issue….



Move Over Botox, Exercise To Rejuvenate Skin

by Diane Gold on Apr. 22, 2014. Our main essay is about how exercise can rejuvenate the skin. It includes comment about injectable face fillers. Also in this issue….



7 Reasons For Workout Burnout: Then Do Tai Chi

by Diane Gold on Apr. 15, 2014. Our main essay is about workout burnout and how doing tai chi avoids it. Also in this issue….



Low Vitamin D Linked To Disease In 2 Big Studies

by Diane Gold on Apr. 8, 2014. Our main essay was written by Anahad O’Connor, our expert from The New York Times, and edited by the publisher. It is research about vitamin D and disease. Also in this issue….



Ignoring Conflicts Of Interest In Health Care

by Diane Gold on Apr. 1, 2014. Our main essay is about many of the conflicts of interest that cause some of the fractures in our health care system and how we are NOT doomed. Also in this issue….



The Habit Of Peaceful Conflict Resolution

by Diane Gold on Mar. 25, 2014. Our main essay is one of my favorites. It’s about cultivating peaceful methods to resolve conflict and how our actions may affect the future of peace. Also in this issue….



How Slouching Destroys Health

by Diane Gold on Mar. 18, 2014. This week’s main essay is about how slouching really destroys our health. Who knew? Also in this issue….



The Habit Of Eating Meat May Be Hurting Us

by Diane Gold on Mar. 11, 2014. Our main essay is about the habit of eating meat and what consequences come from that. Also in this issue….



Quitting A Habit!

by Diane Gold on Feb. 25, 2014. Our main essay talks about the the term “quitting” as it applies to habit change. Also in this issue….



The Real Scoop On The Health Care Law!

by Diane Gold on Feb. 18, 2014. Our main essay talks about the health care law and how it may cause people to work less as W-2 employees. Also in this issue….



The Number One Method For Habit Change

by Diane Gold on Feb. 11, 2014. Our essay delivers the simplest, universal formula for how to change a habit. This was inspired by my talk at the Women Referring Women luncheon. Also in this issue….



The Manipulation Of Evidence-Based Medicine

by Diane Gold on February 4, 2014. Our main essay shares many of the ways in which evidence-based medicine can be manipulated. (It also thanks those who are honest and noble in the industry.) Also in this issue….



Healthy Eating: Why Does The U.S. Fall Behind?

by Diane Gold on Jan. 28, 2014. Our main essay talks about the United States is not number one in healthy eating and why. Also in this issue….



10 Habit Change Mistakes Educated People Make

by Diane Gold on Jan. 21, 2014. Our main essay talks about habit change mistakes. We all tend to make them when we don’t ground ourselves first. Also in this issue….



How Personal Development Can Change The World

by Diane Gold on Jan. 7, 2014. This week, our main essay talks about personal development and how it can change the world. Also in this issue….



Habit Change: Our New Year’s Resolution

by Diane Gold on Dec. 31, 2013. Our Happy New Year main essay is about habit change and New Year’s resolution and, of course, success. Also in this issue….



The Habit Of Forgiveness: How To Forgive Even When It Seems Impossible

by Diane Gold on Dec. 24, 2013. This week, our main essay talks about developing the habit of forgiveness and how to go about it even when it seems impossible. Also in this issue….



Habit Change: Solving Not Complaining

by Diane Gold on Dec. 17, 2013. This week, our main essay talks about how we complain, exclusive of solving, and the importance of solutions. Also in this issue….



Best Ab Exercise In 30 Seconds Or Less

by Diane Gold on Dec. 10, 2013. This week, our main essay is a less than one minute exercise, in itself, along with an explanation about how to avoid injury during training. Also in this issue….



Hidden Clinical Trials

by Diane Gold on Dec. 3, 2013. This week, our main essay talks about clinical trials that are not reported. We rarely question this since we are in the habit of not questioning what doctors or medical professionals say. Also in this issue….



Are You An Enabler, Codependent On A User?

by Diane Gold on Nov. 26, 2013. This week, our main essay talks about being an enabler, someone so wrapped up in a user’s behavior, it’s bad news for both people. Also in this issue….



Habitual Behavior Develops Valuable Skills

by Diane Gold on Nov. 19, 2013. This week, our main essay talks about how, through learning how to maintain our habitual behavior, we develop very valuable skills that are beneficial to us and to the world. Also in this issue….



Pesticides: Which Fruits-Veggies Have Least?

by Diane Gold on Nov. 12, 2013. This week, our main essay talks about pesticides and includes two consumer guides to buying produce with the least amount of residue. Also in this issue….



6 Great Reasons For Plant-Based Nutrition

by Diane Gold on Nov. 5, 2013. This week, our main essay gives 6 valid reasons to consider plant-based nutrition. Also in this issue….



Is Sugar Good For Our Health?

by Diane Gold on Oct. 29, 2013. This week, our main essay talks about sugar and whether it is good for our health. Also in this issue….



The Habit Of Gratitude And 100 Ways To Feel It

by Diane Gold on Oct. 22, 2013. This week we are publishing our 100th Issue, which means we are celebrating our Second Anniversary. Therefore, we have a special main essay which is a list of 100 things that may make us feel gratitude. Also in this issue….



3 Habit Changes That Turn Sickness Into Health!

by Diane Gold on Oct. 14, 2013. This week, our main essay offers three habit changes that turn sickness into health. Also in this issue….



Social Influence, Habit Change And What’s Missing!

by Diane Gold on Oct. 7, 2013. This week, we bring you our main essay about groups that influence habit change and what’s missing from many of them. Also in this issue….



The One Secret To Habit Change: Get It And Use It!

by Diane Gold on Sept. 30, 2013. This week, we bring you the one secret to habit change. Also in this issue….



The 5 Biggest Mistakes Of Habit Change

by Diane Gold on Sept. 23, 2013. This week, we bring you THE mistakes of habit change that seem universal to humans. From these come the commandments to change a habit. Also in this issue…



Can Gut Microbes Help With Weight Loss?

by Diane Gold on Sept. 9, 2013. This week, our main article focuses on a study about gut microorganisms as a possible technique for weight loss. Also in this issue…



The Benefits Of Forgiveness And Revenge

by Diane Gold on Sept. 2, 2013. This week, our main article focuses on our ability to temper our forgiveness and our revenge. Also in this issue…



Our Path To Happiness:Do Our Genes Know Before We Do?

by Diane Gold on Aug. 26, 2013. This week, our main article focuses on how the significance of how we achieve happiness is detected and processed by our genes to our benefit or our detriment. Also in this issue…



Reading Food And Supplement Labels: How Habits Form

by Diane Gold on Aug. 19, 2013. This week, our main article focuses on food and supplement labels and how we form habits as a result. Also in this issue…



Habit Masters; We Are

by Diane Gold on Aug. 12, 2013. This week, our main article focuses on the idea that we are habit masters from all the training we have given ourselves with various life behaviors. There are 12 proposed action steps. Also in this issue…



Health Care Costs: Statistics And Solutions

by Diane Gold on Aug. 5, 2013. This week, our main article talks about the cost of health care. There are 11 possible action steps. Also in this issue…



Are You Liberated? And What That Means For Habit Change

by Diane Gold on July 29, 2013. This week, our main article talks about personal liberation and what it means for habit change. There are 10 action steps. Also in this issue…



How Water Works On Habit Change

by Diane Gold on July 22, 2013. This week, our main article talks about this simple technique that can mean the difference between habit change and frustration. And there are simple action steps to follow. Also in this issue…



The One Necessary Success Habit Anyone Can Learn: And How To Develop It!

by Diane Gold on July 15, 2013. This week, our main article talks about one habit that successful people all know about. Almost anyone can learn it through our action steps, included. Also in this issue…



Supplements vs. Pharmaceuticals: The Comparison

by Diane Gold on July 8, 2013. This week, our main article talks about some of the differences between supplements and pharmaceuticals, including a quote from Dr. Jaroslav Boublik. Also in this issue…



The Supplement Game: Are You In It?

by Diane Gold on July 1, 2013. This week, our main article talks about taking supplements at the expense of learning to eat well. Also in this issue…



Habits In Medical Care, Part Two: Pay That Bill!

by Diane Gold on June 24, 2013. This week, our main article focuses on habits in medical care: autopaying our bills. Also in this issue…



The Biggest Habit, The Inflexible Mind: 3 Scenarios

by Diane Gold on June 17, 2013. This week, our main article focuses on THE habit of the mind: inflexibility and three scenarios to recognize. Also in this issue…



Habits In Medical Care: Part One – What Certificate Is That?

by Diane Gold on June 3, 2013. This week, our main article focuses on habits obtained regarding medical care. Also in this issue…



Why Change A Habit? Your Legacy Awaits

by Diane Gold on May 27, 2013. This week, our main article focuses on why to change a habit and how that ties to our legacy. Also in this issue…



Changing Food Habits: Are You Eating GMOs, Organic Foods Or …?

by Diane Gold on May 20, 2013. This week, our main article focuses on changing our food habits as we have more knowledge of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and foods that are labeled “organic.” Also in this issue…



Education And Parenting: How To Build Good Habits

by Diane Gold on May 13, 2013. This week, our main article focuses on education and parenting, dedicated to all of us who have nurtured someone or something in this life. Also in this issue…



The Grade Game: Successful Habits In Education

by Diane Gold on May 6, 2013. This week, our main article focuses on using grades to measure success in education. Also in this issue…



Guru, Master & Mentor: Are You In The Habit Of Verifying The Title?

by Diane Gold on Apr. 29, 2013. This week, our main article focuses on the use of the words “guru, master and mentor.” Also in this issue…



Tai Chi, Walking & Other Fitness Training:Turning Exercise Into Habit

by Diane Gold on Apr. 22, 2013. This week, our main article focuses on fitness exercises and how we train them. Tai chi is first in the title in honor of World Tai Chi Day, Saturday. Also in this issue…



The Peace Process Formula: Phase 3

by Diane Gold on Apr. 15, 2013. This week, our main article focuses on the peace process formula. It is the third installment in the series. Also in this issue…



Women As Slaves: How To Change This Habit

by Diane Gold on Apr. 8, 2013. This week, our main article focuses on women as slaves and how we change this habit. Also in this issue…



What Martial Art … Helps Change A Habit?

by Diane Gold on Apr. 1, 2013. This week, our main article focuses on tai chi and how tai chi principle can help change a habit. Also in this issue…



Martial Arts Of The Mind

by Diane Gold on Mar. 25, 2013. This week, our main article is about martial arts of the mind. This article transpired as a discussion for a kung fu student who needed to understand that the physical exercises are the tools for the accomplishments of the mind. This article is a reminder of that truth. Also in this issue…



Change A Habit: How The Health Care System Has Taught Us Bad Habits

by Diane Gold on Mar. 18, 2013. This week, our main article is about how the U.S. Health Care System has led us to need to Change A Habit. Also in this issue…



Sprouts: 7 Reasons Why. With Commentary By Jason McCobb, aka Farmer Jay

by Diane Gold on Mar. 11, 2013. This week, our main article is about sprouting, with guidance from Farmer Jay of Farmer-Jay-Pure-Organics. Also in this issue…


The Gender Issue

by Diane Gold on Mar. 4, 2013. This week, our main article talks about the gender issue as it relates to women. Also in this issue…



Peace Needs A Bridge: How To Build It And Keep It Open

by Diane Gold on Feb. 25, 2013. This week, our main article talks about the fact that Peace needs a bridge in order to make it real. Also in this issue…



How To Change A Habit By Realizing Our Luxuries

by Diane Gold on Feb. 18, 2013. This week, we have an article about how to change a habit by realizing how much we have. Also in this issue…



Timing Of Meals Affects Weight Loss

by Diane Gold on Feb. 11, 2013. This week, we have an article on Timing Of Meals by Anahad O’Connor, followed by comments and action steps by me. Also in this issue…



The Protein Myth: That We Need All The Essential Amino Acids At Every Meal

by Diane Gold on Feb. 4, 2013. This week, we have an article about the protein myth, the fact that it’s not necessary to combine proteins to get all the amino acids in one sitting. Also in this issue…



Turning Habits Into Health: How 1 Step At A Time Can Make The Change

by Diane Gold on Jan. 28, 2013. This week, we talk about Turning Habits Into Health and the 1-step at a time approach to habit change. Also in this issue…



Water For Weight Loss, Emotional Eating Turned To Healthy Hydration

by Diane Gold on Jan. 14, 2013. This week, we talk about how drinking water can temper food cravings habitually. We also consider that water is not in abundance for all people. Also in this issue…



Food Cravings: How To Maximize Them For Our Good Health

by Diane Gold on Jan. 7, 2013. First issue in 2013, and we are raring to go! This week’s article talks about maximizing our food cravings so that we can be healthier. Also in this issue…



Plant-Based Nutrition And 3 Weight Loss Factors That Come Along, Too

by Diane Gold on Dec. 31, 2012. This week’s article talks about plant-based nutrition and 3 weight loss factors to look for. It is in this section so that we can make habits out of the 3 factors. Also in this issue… hr noshade=”noshade” />


Crossroads: Successfully Choosing The Way We Make Decisions

by Diane Gold on Dec. 24, 2012. This week’s article talks about crossroads and the ways we handle them when they come. Also in this issue…



Appetite Control: How Saving Someone Other Than Ourselves Balances Appetite

by Diane Gold on Dec. 17, 2012. This week’s article talks about the appetite and how saving someone other than ourselves can balance our appetite. Also in this issue…



Dancing For Weight Loss: A Fun Way To Firm It, Move It, Remove It

by Diane Gold on Nov. 26, 2012. This week’s main article is about using dancing for weight loss with 5 action steps from which to choose. Also in this issue…



Will Power For Weight Loss And Other Goals: 3 Steps To Jump Start It

by Diane Gold on October 15, 2012. This week’s main article is about will power for weight loss and other goals. It ends with 3 steps to jump start your will power that can really make a difference. Also in this issue…



The Habit Cycle: Cue-Action-Reward-Cue-ReplaceAction-Reward

by Diane Gold on September 17, 2012. This week’s main article is about habits and how we can examine them. We have an awesome infographic that tells the story. Also in this issue…



Anatomy Of A Habit: 10 Excuses That Don’t Work Any More. Or Do They?

by Diane Gold on September 3, 2012. A few weeks ago, there was an article on Habits. Due to the enthusiastic response and in preparation for the book on the subject, this week’s main article is Anatomy Of A Habit. Also in this issue…



Bad Habits: How To Change A Habit

by Diane Gold on August 20, 2012. This week’s main article is about Changing Bad Habits. We have included access to a flowchart with a step-by-step diagram. Also in this issue…