Paula Patrice Vibram FiveFingers Shoes with dog thumb
Was it deception or delusion?

Our brains lie to us. Our brains practically demand we eat an entire pint of ice cream at midnight or drink another glass of wine at 1am. We rationalize it’s okay because in that moment we are emotionally alive!

Free-spirited, caution-to-the-wind, live-for-today emotions remind us of our younger years when a small misstep was met with a quick recovery and our brains encourage us to relive those moments as we get older. 
70 million American consumers bought the “barefoot running” vision, but they forgot about evolution.
I purchased Vibram 5Fingers because their marketing message of feeling earth beneath my feet brought back memories of running in the grass barefoot, through a sprinkler or on the rainy pavement of my family’s driveway. The premise of Vibram’s marketing makes sense in our brains; running barefoot is the human body’s intended engineering.

However, our physical reality is that we do wear shoes and our bodies have adapted to them. Our gait compensates for heel height, foot pronation for impact, arch shape for fit. Most of us don’t live in a barefoot world anymore.
‘Naked running’ is like taking the rubber off your car’s tires.
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It’s hard for a brand to stand out in the social media world, so I  understand why companies resort to edgy marketing but where is the line? 

Bolthouse Farms new Food Porn Index website is irresponsible regardless of how they spin their “encouraging healthy eating” message.

Targeting a family-oriented market and “rebranding” WTF to mean What The Food exhibits questionable standards as well.

Can we all stop and think for a moment about the messages we’re sending to our young’uns as they try to make sense of their world?

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Truth:
When I model on location and know there won’t be anywhere open that early to get coffee before the photoshoot…
I pack a little container of fresh coffee grounds to sniff when I wake up.

unwashed carrots
If God meant for me to snack on carrots He would have washed them & put them in the bakery section.
Let’s get this straight… We cram a protein from one object into the seed of another object forcing a genetic mutation so that food can grow in a way that some Corporate Executive has deemed “more profitable.” Then, when we eat a bunch of this mutated “food” and our bodies start getting all funky we act clueless. Isn’t it time to open our eyes and realize the ingesting mutated cells can create mutated cells? Hello… we are made of cells, not steel. We live, we breath, we morph.
When we consume GMO foods, we are ingesting a food that was inserted with a gene that caused massive mutations in the plant’s DNA. That same gene may transfer to our cells…
Alessandra Gil explains it best. Read on >>    
William Edwards Allergy Book Series
Stacie Berg is an award-winning journalist and allergy mom. With her son Jonathan, an engaging book series was created to empower kids with food allergies. It’s through mediums like books and films that allergies will become no big thing and we will change the self-esteem of this generation of kids… and as a result stop future bullying. William Edwards targets kids 8 – 12 years old. By this age, kids usually have already been diagnosed and have a pretty good understanding of what the diagnosis means in terms of food restrictions. However, it is at about this age that exclusion as a result of dietary restrictions becomes more pronounced and when kids begin to feel the impact of being different from their peers. Stacie gets a PP Positivity Star!!!  Keep Reading »
dizzy eyes

The food allergy and gluten intolerance fields are full of unknowns, but circumstantial evidence is building that there’s a direct correlation between allergies and vertigo. In my personal experience it only takes one bite of a nightshade food and within 60 seconds my world starts to spin with a feeling of walking down a dark tunnel, similar to the wooziness right before you faint. Know that feeling? We’ve all experienced it at some point.

This article by Nutrition Therapist Melissa McLean Jory is fantastic. It covers Gluten Ataxia – or put more simply if you’re gluten intolerant and eat gluten your head spins.

For me, once I started to understand what’s happening with my body and started removing foods that cause symptoms, I felt better just knowing I was in control. Knowledge is power.

Label-GMOs
You know how sometimes you make photocopies of a document and mark the original just so you remember which it is? Well if you were the American Medical Association and that document was our food, you’d say “Who Cares?” Here’s how self-contradicting the AMA is: In its statement, the AMA’s Dr. Patrice Harris said that their position recognizes that currently there is no evidence of materials differences or safety concerns in available bioengineered foods. See how she slipped in “currently?” Yeah, me too, and it makes me think Keep Reading »
purell
The study was funded by the NIH and was conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins. They used data from a national health survey of 860 kids between 6 and 18. They looked at the connection between the levels of antibacterials and preservatives found in the children’s urine and the presence of IgE antibodies in their blood. IgE antibodies are chemicals your body produces in response to allergens, and they become noticeably elevated in people who have allergies. What they found was that kids who had had high levels of antimicrobial agents in their urine also had high levels of IgE antibodies. They were looking at seven different ingredients that have previously been shown to interfere with endocrine function in animals—bisphenol A (the newest scourge in plastics); triclosan; benzophenone-3; and propyl, methyl, butyl and ethyl parabens, which are found in lots of personal-care products and also in some foods and medications. In the end, they found that it was triclosan and both propyl and butyl parabens that were associated with higher allergy risk. What do all three of them have in common? Bingo: they’re all antimicrobial.   http://jezebel.com/5919817/weve-sanitized-our-children-into-a-bunch-of-itchy-allergic-messes
master cleanser
Celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz who believe in alternative therapies have been bashed as starving themselves on kooky diets. However, the true source of the “lemonade diet” as it’s been called is The Master Cleanser. This isn’t concocted by some crazy chick trying to lose weight, it’s a book written by nutrition guru Stanley Burroughs in the 1940s as one of his alternative therapies to cure ailments like stomach ulcers. Should you wish to enlighten yourself to the benefits of Grade B maple syrup, which has as much calcium cup-for-cup as milk, and of electrolytes supplied by fresh lemon, a more natural source than Gatorade, the book was added to Amazon in 1999 at my request and with Mr. Burrough’s daughter’s assistance. While you’re there, take a moment to read the reviews by men and women whose lives changed because of this “crazy 72 year old fad”.   The NY Times did a great article with people’s opinions of the master cleanse. Give it a read and keep an open mind. Judge for yourself and first and foremost, listen to what your body tells you. It won’t steer you wrong. Here’s a link to help you: http://ppweb.co/KYQgOx