Showing posts with label Action. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Action. Show all posts

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Eat More Kale!

What can I say that this video doesn't say better? :) I wish I knew how to correctly spell the kale leaf's feelings about the eggplant!

The gauntlet has been thrown down in the form of a very talkative kale leaf!

Eat More Kale! Yes, what's next?

Where kale is still more than decoration on my plate!

Diana Dyer, MS, RD

Monday, November 28, 2011

I'm Rooting for Kale!!!

Chicken? Kale? Chicken? Kale?

I don't get it. Chicken and kale have nothing in common, especially comparing the fast food chicken from Chick-fil-A to any type of kale from anywhere. However, the giant fast food company is asking Bo Muller-Moore, the artist in Vermont who designed and prints the "Eat More Kale" t-shirts and bumper stickers to cease and desist, even asking him to hand over his website to the company.

I have both a t-shirt and bumper sticker, and I am firmly rooted on the side of kale and small (very small, a one-man ) business.

I don't know how to help Bo except to order more of his products. Chick-fil-A has given him amazing publicity, so I'll probably wait forever for the order to be filled, but that's ok! Yes, "EAT MORE KALE"!! (Addendum: A petition in favor of Bo Muller-Moore can be signed at

Where kale is more than decoration on my plate, (because I now wear it and eat it in support of Bo Muller-Moore's "EAT MORE KALE"!)

Diana Dyer, MS, RD

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

"The dose is the poison"

Yes it always possible to eat too much of a good thing. A case report in this week's New England Journal of Medicine and reported in today's New York Times mirrors a question I recently received on this blog about the safety of consumption of raw Brassica vegetables related to thyroid gland dysfunction.

Even before this incidence was reported, I have already been making inquiries into the medical literature and to three researchers I know that have extensive knowledge of the effect of Brassica vegetables (raw and cooked) in humans to try to sort out "myth from reality" about the recommendations on various websites to not eat any raw Brassica vegetables due to possible suppression of thyroid function.

I am relying on the guidance from these 3 researchers (and those to whom they refer me for even more information) to try to come up with a "bottom line" recommendation regarding how much raw and fermented Brassica consumption is indeed both safe and/or beneficial that is based on evidence (in addition to taking into consideration, but by no means relying exclusively, on how someone's mother traditionally cooked and ate and felt in the "old country").

Stay tuned, but in the meantime, please don't eat 2-3 #'s of anything for months on end, raw or cooked. I remember the early hey-day of "soy is a wonder food" when I routinely was contacted by people trying to eat a pound of tofu a day or drink a liter of soy milk daily. Gosh, how boring, boring, boring let alone remembering that no population has a healthy dietary pattern of such rigidity and exclusion of so many other foods.

I'm sorry, I know it's not very "sexy", but I will predict that the bottom line will be variety, variety, variety of types, amounts, and ways of production (raw, cooked, fermented). As I said, stay tuned!

Where kale is still more than decoration on my plate but I have NEVER eaten 1# of kale (let alone 2-3#!), raw or cooked, on any one day in my life and nor would I ever professionally recommend doing so! :-)

Diana Dyer, MS, RD

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I'll be watching Dirt: The Movie

Calling all kale and other vegetable lovers! I'm cross-posting this blog posting from my dianadyer blog - my first time to do so - to make sure that all my blog readers know about the upcoming showing of the documentary Dirt: The Movie on PBS stations next week.


If you haven't picked up on this yet, my blog has a pretty wide range of topics, all related to my far-reaching range of interests. I am putting the date and time on my calendar for watching the following show: Dirt: The Movie, airing next week on PBS TV channels. I honestly cannot remember the last time I did that for something on TV (oops yes I can - I do love to watch the Wimbledon tennis women's finals so I always make sure I know when that is being broadcast), so I highly recommend that you do the same.

Here is the link to the movie info. You will also see a link on that page to find the day/time of showing according to where you live.

The movie is about how we care for (or don't) our soil, the very foundation of our food production and thus life on this planet. The word 'dirt' is just a catchier word. In fact, I have heard that the author of the book Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations took flak from his professional colleagues (other geologists and soil scientists) for the title of his book, but that is what big publishing houses do to try to catch the public's attention in order to increase sales (most authors lose control over such details as the title and the cover image when their book is published by one of the main book publishing companies, just one reason I have turned down offers from two big publishing companies to take over publishing my book).

Two images I have kept in mind after reading Dirt are the following:

Modern agricultural practices are "soil mining", 
meaning we are rapidly outstripping the Earth's natural rate of restoring topsoil.

The world loses 83 billion tons of soil each year.

I actually feel that reading Dirt a few years ago was nearly as life-changing, i.e., expanding for my view of the world, as when I read Diet for a Small Planet in the early 1970's. Both books permanently shaped my opinions as a nutrition professional by understanding that our choices of food to eat have social consequences to economic consequences. I find it terribly disheartening that I learned none of this during my professional nutrition education. The next book on the top of my "to read pile" (very large) is The Soil and Health: A Study of Organic Agriculture by Sir Albert Howard, originally published in 1947, re-published in 2006 with a new introduction by the farmer-poet-activist Wendell Berry. I am only musing at this point, but when reading it, I will pondering if this book should be the first book read by all nutrition professionals in training.

This movie is being shown in celebration of next week's 40th anniversary of Earth Day, but make no mistake, if we don't change our agriculture systems to focus on practices that preserve and rebuild the health of our soils around the world, it is not the earth that will be the loser, but humanity itself (i.e., no soil, no food). I would hope that the movie makes this point clearly.

Ending with another of my favorite quotations about the soil, here is one that is especially apropos:

The farther we get away from the land, the greater our insecurity.
  ~~ Henry Ford
Where kale (which needs healthy soil to grow) is more than decoration on my plate!
Diana Dyer, MS, RD