Food Matters on DVD

New Solutions to Old Problems – An interview with the producers of Food Matters

Sometimes I feel that it would be infinitely easier to pretend that our world’s healthcare problems do not exist. It would be bliss to trust that our food industry operates with the public’s best interests at heart and that the FDA and the pharmaceutical industry are committed to human health. I suspect however that you already realize that this is currently a fairy tale dream. Or perhaps you’re like many others and understandably feel confronted by criticism of these paradigms. Whatever the case may be, James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch have learnt the hard way. In 2003, James’ father experienced a severe health crisis. After decades of working in stressful conditions and consuming a typical western diet, Roy Colquhoun’s body completely shut down. Bedridden for months with depression, chronic fatigue, anxiety and severe flu-like symptoms, Roy sought the best medical care available. Psychiatrists and medical specialists recommended a myriad of drugs that did nothing to alleviate Roy’s physical ailments […] Read more »

How to cook lentils

Lentils are a healthy and versatile food. They are also inexpensive, making them a great staple for anyone interested in healthy, frugal living. They are probably the fastest cooking of all the legume family, and they don't require soaking making their preparation faster still. They are nutritious too. Rich in antioxidants, selenium, and B vitamins, all of  which boost the immune system. Like the other pulses, they contain anti-carcinogenic phytochemicals. They are also packed with protein, high in iron and folate and very high in fiber, which is good for your digestive and heart health. Lentils come in a variety of types, usually described by the color. Red lentils are by far the fastest cooking and are often used in Indian cuisine. However the green and brown varieties of lentils are more nutritious than than red variety. How to Cook Lentils This basic recipe will get you started home cooking healthy lentils. You can easily add them to other dishes […] Read more »

I know this has nothing to do with food, but it's something that I feel is so important to health and well being that I just have to share it with you. I've just come across this beautiful technique for bringing yourself back to the present moment, connecting with your body and expressing gratitude for the things in your life that you're grateful for. The great thing is that this isn't something that you have to make time for, you just work it into what you already do during the day. You can do it while your taking a shower, washing the dishes, walking from your car to the store. Any time you're moving and doing things that don't require a lot of conscious thought. It's called a Walking Gratitude Meditation, but you don't have to be walking, just moving in some way. Read the full article: Regain Inner Peace When You're Busy: Walking Gratitude Meditation Read more »

The statistics on diabetes are staggering… Over the last 20 years the world population has grown by 30%. During that same time the population of diabetics in the world has grown by 766%! If you're one of them… this film could change your life. The incidence of diabetes has reached pandemic proportions. Those of us in the western world have a greater choice of foods available to us than ever before in history. We have access to supplements of every type and description, far more food than we need on a daily basis, yet the average person's state of health is arguably worse than any at any other time in history. Read more »

Dried Quinoa

Quinoa is an ancient food that has been cultivated in the Andes mountains for at least 5,000 years. While it has been well-known in South America, it was virtually unheard of in North America until the 1980s. Considered sacred by the Incans, now it's hailed as a ‘super food', and has been classified as a ‘super crop' by the United Nations because of it's high protein content. Read more »

Rooibos (Caffeine Free)

Rooibos Tea also known as Red Bush Tea is not a true tea but a herb which is indigenous to South Africa. Due to its widely publicized health benefits, including it's anti-aging effects, it has grown into a billion dollar export industry since the mid twentieth century. My favorite way to drink rooibos is Yogi Tea Rooibos Chai. It's delicious just as is, but you can also add milk and sweetener to make it more like a traditional chai. The Yogi Tea company makes very high quality teas using organic ingredients. They focus on the health benefits of each blend but they also make sure the result tastes good. Read more »