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Episode 0043 - PlateRate

Where to eat? That's the question. It's a question that's even more complicated when you're trying to satisfy the tastes of a group. Review sites like Yelp or Google are no help. They're weighted down by competing interests, evil business models and a need to appeal to the lowest common denominator. That's where PlateRate comes in. PlateRate is a review platform dedicated to food. In this episode of The Foodcast, we learn about how PlateRate works and why you should be using it. 00:17...


Episode 0042 - The Episode 0042 Episode

In an ongoing series that proves that food is medicine, we meet John Baumann. At the height of his career as a corporate attorney, John learned that he had Parkinson's Disease and needed to prepare for the neurological decline that comes with that disorder. John and his wife Bernadette chose to fight back, literally and figuratively with lifestyle changes that would benefit any of us. And with Bernadette's help, they cracked the code for affordable healthful eating. I welcome you to meet...


Episode 0041 - This Episode is Brought to You by the Letter "O"

This episode of The Foodcast is brought to you by the letter "O." Have you heard the latest? Coconut Oil is not healthy and never was? What do we do now? Also, we take another deep dive into the world of herbs and spices. This time our victim is Oregano. Finally, in the next installment of "What in the Actual Fudge is..." we examine COQ10 a mysterious supplement that's gaining in popularity but nobody knows why. And of course, there's the usual references to bad television, movies and...


Episode 0040 - Not A Throwaway

Stop eating beef, pork and chicken and our environmental problems will be solved. At least that's what films like Cowspiracy want you to believe. Make no mistake about it, farm animals have a huge environmental footprint. But, in fact, when you consider everything we eat and the way we eat it, meat and other animal products barely scratch the surface. In this episode of The Foodcast, we look at the big picture and explore how the entire farm-to-table lifecycle effects our planet. Maybe the...


Episode 0039 - GRAS, Weed, Herb and Grass

What does an obscure but insidious FDA rule, marijuana, mint, wheat and the wisdom of Carl Spackler have in common? Probably nothing. But they are all interesting and entertainingly related to health and wellness. In this episode of The Karma Sense Foodcast, we explore a loophole in FDA regulations that allows food manufacturers to slip anything they want into our food system, the health benefits of marijuana, the value of incorporating mint into your diet and what in the actual fudge is...


Episode 0020 - Fight Hunger

Impossible tasks are often metaphorically described as "fighting world hunger." But is fighting world hunger really impossible? Maybe. But what if we think globally but act locally? In this episode of The Foodcast we look at the local challenges to fighting hunger, we interview Rana Abu Ghazaleh, Project Manager with the City of Alexandria, VA. Rana worked with the city government, farmer's and citizens to create a system that optimizes access to fresh food for low-income families. Then,...


Episode 0038 - Dietary Supplements

Dietary supplements? Vitamins, minerals and other magic elixirs...are they really magic or are they a gamble? In this episode of The Foodcast, you'll get some Karma Sense advice on how to get the most from dietary supplements or better yet, from your diet. 00:17 Introduction 00:58 Overall Supplement Advice 11:29 Supplementing Essential Macronutrients 19:18 Supplementing Essential Micronutrients 28:50 Other Supplement Types 31:50 Wrap Up For complete show notes, mosey on over to...


Episode 0037 - Lose Weight Slow

There's no easy way to lose weight. The best methods for losing weight and keeping it off are hard work. In this episode of The Foodcast, you'll learn why it's worth the effort if you need to lose weight. And if you don't need to lose weight, you learn why you need to be supportive of those who do. 00:15 Introduction 00:51 Rant 08:10 Interview with Sharon Lewis 39:02 A Mindfulness Exercise 47:06 Wrap Up For complete show notes, head on over to...


Episode 0036 - Stupify Me

Wacky food stunts are a great way to generate web site clicks. But do they teach us anything about the food in question? Or do they stupify us? In this episode of The Karma Sense Foodcast, we examine the folks who attempt toy recreate their own version of Super Size Me with a random sampling of these attempts at self-experimentation. In the end, do they stupEfy me or stupIfy me? 00:20 Introduction 02:34 I Tried Blue Apron Home Delivery Meal Kit Service for One Year and This is What...


Episode 0035 - Sugar Substitute Rabbit Hole

Artificial Sweeteners, what a “rabbit hole!” By rabbit hole, I refer to the Wikipedia definition, “a metaphor for an entry into the unknown, the disorientating or the mentally deranging, from its use in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” In this metaphor, artificial sweeteners stand in for the rabbit. I’m Alice (although I look better in a navy blue dress than a sky blue one). The hole is a symbol for my attempt to make sense of this topic. In this episode of The Foodcast, we explore the...


Episode 0034 - Davey Wonk-A and the Bullcrap Factory

On May 1, 2017, United States Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue announced changes to the 2010 Healthy and Hunger Free Kids act that set strict standards for meals served in public schools. It sounds like a wonky subject but it affects everyone whether you have school age kids or not. It's wonky, but your host makes it accessible, interesting and goofy. 00:55 Introduction 02:35 Background Information 06:34 Secretary Perdue's Announcement 42:45 Interview with Leesburg, VA Mayor Kelly...


Episode 0033 - WTF, Rolling Rock

The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. And that's what happened to me in the production of this week's episode of The Foodcast. But resilience breeds perseverance and the results is an action packed episode in which you learn how to grill responsibly (and for optimal health) and the perils of salt, both too much and too little. All that with the usual shenanigans including the requisite Batman, Star Trek and Seinfeld references. 00:19 Introduction 01:45 Grilling and Cancer...


Episode 0032 - Too Much of a Good Thing

It's time for another Dear Davey H episode of The Foodcast in which I respond to listener questions. So you have the audience to blame for my discussing whether cheese can be part of a healthy diet, My Cousin Vinnie, The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a new study that analyzes the superiority or lack thereof of the vegetarian diet, Australians, morally superior eggs, Casablanca, GMOs, 4/20, Seinfeld, MTV, Slim Whitman and how much is too much. Sound like too much? Don't judge, listen. 00:20...


Foodcast Episode 0031 - Food Wonk

A wonk is someone who takes an excessive interest in minor details of political policy. Ergo, a word you’d expect a wonk to use, a food wonk is someone with an excessive interest in minor details of food policy and its politics. Longtime listeners of The Foodcast may think this is an apt description of someone associated with this show (i.e., the host). We touch on this subject all the time but this time we go deep. We start off with a rant about the current Dietary Guidelines for...


Foodcast Episode 0030 - Save the World...With Donuts

In this episode of The Foodcast we meet Rob Krupicka, a tech entrepreneur and public servant who moved into the food service business, specifically donuts, so he could really make a difference. Rob takes us through the process of how he made this transition, how he manages risk by adding a twist to the standard donut shop model (hint: it involves cocktails), and how he designed his business from the ground up to make his community a better place. Also, your host, Davey H, discusses the...


Episode 0029 - Apropos of Nothing

Every once in a while The Foodcast collects random sets of listener questions that don't relate together in a nice neat theme. They are apropos of nothing. In this episode of The Foodcast, we explore this flotsam and jetsam in the usual in-depth, educational and entertaining way. 01:14 Introduction 02:23 S.M.A.R.T. Goals and Managing Your Health 18:34 Reduce Your Food Waste 25:15 Tilapia - Should You STOP Eating It? 34:09 Cool Cooking and Nutrition Websites 38:27 Wrap Up For complete show...


Foodcast Episode 0028 - Traceability

Traceability is the ability to track any food through all stages of production, processing and distribution. It sounds like something we as consumers should never care about. And indeed it is something targeted towards regulators and supply chain managers. But whenever we as consumers make a decision about what we're going to eat, and in making that decision, we base it on any consideration other than pleasure or hedonic hunger, it's because we believe the chosen food will satisfy some...


Episode 0027 - Nuts to Soup

In this episode of The Foodcast, we examine a whole range of listener questions and learn more about soaking nut, popcorn philosophy, milking cockroaches than you ever thought you'd want to know. And that's only the half of it. See the topic index below and know that the usual batch of stupid jokes and pop culture Easter Eggs are spread throughout. 00:20 Introduction 00:34 Soaking Nuts 07:39 Popcorn 15:26 Philosophy of Hunger 20:18 Cockroach Milk 26:04 Corn Oil 32:34 Bone Broth 37:05 Wrap Up...


Foodcast Episode 0026 - Shake It Up. Shake It Down.

It's one thing to adopt a mindfulness practice. It's another think to apply it to resolve health challenges. Whether it's to manage appetite or addressing major health conditions, a mindfulness practice helps you focus on how you undermine your health and shake things up so you can make the changes you want. In this episode of The Karma Sense Foodcast, we meet Dr. Suzanne Nixon, a therapist and healer who has a fascinating personal story about how she managed her mindset and attitude to...


Foodcast Episode 0025 - Health Theater

If the world is a stage, the inner workings of America's health system is one of its most bizarre plays. It's full of intrigue, intricate plot twists, and reprehensible characters. In this episode of The Foodcast we review this play and meet some of its players from the Healthcare Industrial Complex. 00:27 Introduction 02:23 The Healthcare Industrial Complex 06:26 The Health Media 19:35 Cities of Medicine 31:38 Guilt by Association 42:07 Wrap Up For full show notes, go to...