Healthy World Vitality is a One-Of-A-Kind Program

The Healthy World Vitality Plan (HWVP) is a one-of-a-kind program. It offers an ongoing wealth of quality resources, benefits, and opportunities to help one fine tune their health, all at an amazingly affordable price of just $40 a year. While some may look at the low cost and dismiss its true value, it’s affordability is made possible by a dedicated …

Food Day 2015 – Commit To Do One Thing

On and around October 24th, Americans across the nation will be biting into apples in recognition of Food Day 2015. The Apple Crunch, as it’s called, began in New York City in 2012 as an activity intended to help raise awareness about eating better diets for our health and the environment. Does a nation already obsessed with eating need a …

Food–It’s Not What’s For Dinner Anymore

Somehow we’ve lost an essential connection to our food. We don’t talk much about “food” these days—things like meat and potatoes, corn and beans. Instead, we get all wrapped up talking about protein and carbs, good fats, bad fats, Omega 3s and 6s. We go on about vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and supplements—lots of supplements, but little about apples and oranges. …

A Strategic Guide To Holiday Dining

If Brian Wansink invites you over for a holiday gathering this year, beware! The Director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University, Wansink makes a career of studying and reporting on our eating habits – the mindless ones that we aren’t even aware of. His Food and Brand Lab, started in 1996, is a food psychology lab, …

A Growing Epidemic

By the year 2015, 75 percent of all Americans will be overweight or obese, and obesity will outrank tobacco as the number one preventable killer of Americans, according to a study by John Hopkins University. Already two-thirds of the U.S. adult population is overweight or obese, as are 16 percent of today’s children. The growing epidemic of childhood obesity is …

Montgomery Food Classification System

Montgomery Food Classification System

This is a companion piece to Prescription: Let Food Be Your Medicine, an article featuring an interview with Dr. Baxter Montgomery, a Houston cardiologist who treats patients with heart healthy nutrition. The article appeared in the September/October 2012 issue of Life is Good Magazine. Here is a summary of Dr. Baxter Montgomery’s Food Classification System which appears in his book, …

Prescription: Let Food Be Your Medicine

Despite colonoscopies, EKGs, CAT scans, stress tests, mammograms, and all the other health screenings available today, one Houston physician says we’re still missing the most critical one—screening the dinner plate. Cardiologist Baxter Montgomery, founder and director of the Houston Cardiac Association (HCA) and the HCA Heart Wellness Center, and author of The Food Prescription for Better Health is one of …

A Food Borne Epidemic

“Heart disease is a food borne illness,” says Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., physician and director of the cardiovascular prevention and reversal program at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. He is also author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, the book which caught the attention of former President Bill Clinton and changed the once famed fast food junkie into a self-professed “mostly …

Food Is Medicine

Former President Bill Clinton captured national attention last fall when he announced that the 25 pounds he shed in time for Chelsea’s wedding was the result of following a whole foods, plant-based diet. He admitted that the true intent of following the diet was to stop the progression of his very public battle with heart disease. The weight loss was …

Forget Milk. Got Broccoli?

You heard it from your mother, your doctor, and all those mustached-celebrities: drink your milk, it’s good for you. But is it? It turns out there’s a dark side to milk—and it’s not chocolate. Milk and its associated dairy products—cheese, butter, yogurt, and ice cream—are implicated in a host of illnesses ranging from asthma and allergies to type 1 diabetes, …