Make Your Own Salad Bar Luncheon

Please join the College of DuPage Fuel Garden and Sodexo as we celebrate the summer harvest from Fuel Garden Project!

On Thursday, August 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the SRC/SSC 2nd floor hallway by the Starbucks, we will be having a summer harvest Make Your Own Salad Bar Luncheon to benefit the College of DuPage Fuel Pantry & Garden.

There will be no produce sale this week or next. Produce sales will resume on August 7.

The make your own salad bar will be featuring organic produce from the COD Fuel Garden!

The summer harvest will be featuring organic Napa Cabbage, Carrots, Red Onions, Zucchini, Heirloom Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers, Green, and Yellow beans, Cucumbers and Fresh Basil, Chives, and Cilantro.

All proceeds will go to the Fuel pantry and Fuel Garden to fight food insecurity on our Campus.

Come Celebrate the Summer Garden Harvest and have a salad and help the COD Food Security Initiative!

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Dialing Down the Grim Reaper Gene

Dr. Michael Mc Gregor shared in his blog on that only about 1 in 10,000 people live to be 100 years old. What’s their secret? I discuss this in my video Animal Protein Compared to Cigarette Smoking.

In 1993, a major breakthrough in longevity research was published about a single genetic mutation that doubled the lifespan of a tiny roundworm. Instead of all worms being dead by 30 days, the mutants lived 60 days or longer. This lifespan extension was “the largest yet reported in any organism.” This methuselah worm, a “medical marvel,” is “the equivalent of a healthy 200-year-old human.” All because of a single mutation? That shouldn’t happen. Presumably, aging is caused by multiple processes, affected by many genes. How could knocking out a single gene double lifespan?

What is this aging gene—a gene that so speeds up aging that if it’s knocked out, the animals live twice as long? It’s been called the Grim Reaper gene and is the worm equivalent of the human insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) receptor. Mutations of that same receptor in humans may help explain why some people live to be a hundred and other people don’t.

So, is it just the luck of the draw whether we got good genes or bad ones? No, we can turn on and off the expression of these genes, depending on what we eat. Years ago I profiled a remarkable series of experiments about IGF-1, a cancer-promoting growth hormone released in excess amounts by our liver when we eat animal protein. Men and women who don’t eat meat, egg white, or dairy proteins have significantly lower levels of IGF-1 circulating within their bodies, and switching people to a plant-based diet can significantly lower IGF-1 levels within just 11 days, markedly improving the ability of women’s bloodstreams to suppress breast cancer cell growth and then kill off breast cancer cells. Read more

Paleo Replacement Food Guide

SnapKitchen.comshared with Healthy Lombard that food cravings can be the biggest risk to your diet, especially if you are prone to giving in to them. They can feel intense, but they’re also totally normal – in fact, ultra-processed and hyper-palatable foods are designed to make you crave them (evil, we know!) 

Cravings can also be your body’s signal that you’re low in certain micronutrients such as magnesium or calcium. 

While some dietary lifestyles like the paleo diet are ultimately designed to help curb your cravings, you may still find yourself craving something salty or sweet from time to time. 

This food replacement guide will help you keep your diet and your weight on track when those cravings do kick in. Scroll down to discover foods you should be eating when your craving things like pasta, candy and ice cream and keep reading for some additional crave curving tricks! 

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Free healthy meals and snacks are available to Illinois students and families during the summer

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) will provide healthy meals and snacks to children and teens age 18 and younger at hundreds of sites across Illinois this summer. Families can find their nearest summer meals site by calling (800) 359-2163, texting “FoodIL” to 877-877, or

Hunger touches every community in Illinois. Only 12 percent of children who receive a meal at school during the school year in Illinois receive an SFSP meal in the summer, according to theFood Research & Action Center. Illinois’ summer meals programs rely on community organizations, school districts, and other sponsors who are dedicated to ending childhood hunger in Illinois.

“A healthy return to school starts with a healthy summer,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carmen I. Ayala. “Equity means ensuring students get what they need year-round. ISBE is grateful to all those who have stepped up to sponsor the Summer Food Service Program, making it possible for free and healthy meals and snacks to reach the families who need them.” Read more

Exposures to Drug-Resistant Brucellosis Linked to Raw Milk

CDC and state health officials are investigating potential exposure to drug-resistant Brucella in 19 states, connected to consuming raw (unpasteurized) milk from Miller’s Biodiversity Farm in Quarryville, Pa.

If you’re thinking about drinking raw milk because you believe it has health benefits, consider other options. Raw milk can contain harmful germs, such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can make you or your loved ones very sick.

Developing a healthy lifestyle involves many decisions about what you eat and drink. Raw milk is milk from any animal that has not been pasteurized (heated to a specific temperature for a set amount of time) to kill harmful germs that may be in it. Because these germs usually don’t change the look, taste, or smell of milk, pasteurization is the best way to make sure your milk is safe.

Questions and Answers about Raw Milk

Can raw milk hurt me or my family?

Yes. Raw milk can make you very sick or even kill you. That’s because it can contain harmful germs, such as BrucellaCampylobacterCryptosporidiumE. coliListeria, and Salmonella.

Drinking raw milk can lead to many days of diarrhea, stomach cramping, and vomiting. Less commonly, it may result in severe or even life-threatening illness, including Guillain-Barré syndrome, which can cause paralysis, and hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can result in kidney failure, stroke, and even death.


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All About the Green Tea

Soveet Gupta, CEO of Udyan Tea, an e-commerce specialty tea store from Darjeeling (India) shared with Healthy Lombard that whether you drink it as a hot refreshment to avert old man winter or iced to frosted to chill on a sweltering summer day, tea is an empowering drink that people around the world devour in abundant amounts. Each person drinks around some 155 cups of tea every year! Also, as specialists find more medical advantages from those little leaves, tea deals keep on climbing. But we’re not simply drinking tea, its extracts are getting to be well-known supplements and enhancements to other foods and beverages.

Green tea is less prepared and is not fermented like black tea is. These tea leaves in this way hold their green color and fragile flavor. Udyantea has shown the benefits of green tea positively to recognize why you should begin drinking this green tea.

Health Benefits of Green Tea

A wide range of tea, with the exception of herbal tea, is fermented from the dried leaves of the Camellia sinensis bush. The level of oxidation of the leaves decides the sort of tea. Drinking a glass or two of green tea may not enable the pounds to liquefy away, however, the supplements in the tea, including catechins and flavonoids, may offer other medical advantages. The catechins and flavonoids are antioxidants that may shield your cells from free radicals and reduce your danger of certain chronic ailments, for example, cancer and heart disease.

Green tea and cancer prevention

Research indicates it might be useful against lung cancer. In an investigation published in Cancer Prevention Research, EGCG was found to smother lung cancer cell growth. In various different investigations, EGCG seems to repress colorectal cancers. Read more

March is National Nutrition Month

Action for Healthy Kids would like to share some food for thought (pun intended).

This is a great time to set nutrition goals for your family. In addition to choosing what to eat more of or less of, think about your goals around food acquisition or preparation. Some examples might be including your kids in the menu planning or starting an herb garden together. Visit Parents for Healthy Kids for more ideas.

At school, nutrition can be incorporated into almost every part of the learning experience and school environment. From teaching how to understand nutrition facts labels to creating cooking clubs to updating your food and beverage marketing, there are a number of options for celebrating National Nutrition Month. Check out the Game On blueprint to see dozens of more activities for promoting healthy eating at school.

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Eggs and Breast Cancer

9 Questions to Ask Before Doing a Fasting Diet

Jae Berman wrote for the Washington Post that fasting is an ancient practice sparking new interest in both pop and scientific culture. Entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and a variety of celebrities have extolled its virtues in helping them lose weight, while medical experts are intrigued by the possibility that it may enhance cognitive functioning and longevity and help treat and prevent some diseases.

As researchers study the different fasting mechanisms to try to determine the ideal protocol for a variety of outcomes in a variety of populations, however, the general public must proceed by trial and error. That leaves dietitians such as myself concerned that the hype around fasting could encourage people to follow harmful plans that severely restrict nutrients, cause stress or unsuccessfully treat serious conditions.

And there are many plans because there are many schools of thought about what’s considered fasting, what food or drink should be consumed during eating windows, and how long these windows should last. Here are a few of the most common methods: Intermittent fasting means eating normally four or five days a week and consuming minimal calories on two or three nonconsecutive days. Time-restricted eating requires setting a window for consuming food, such as 7 a.m. to 7 p.m, and having nothing but noncaloric liquids the rest of the time. The “fasting mimicking diet” involves eating a small number of calories daily for a specific period of time — say five consecutive days every other month. These protocols all have benefits and drawbacks. One approach may work well for some while being entirely unsustainable for others. Read more

Healthy food swaps you’ll barely notice

Alanna Elliott, RD, LDNDietitian an outpatient dietitian for Edwards-Elmhurst Health shared in their Healthy Driven Blog that there’s no more comforting food on a winter day than a big helping of creamy mashed potatoes or a plate piled with steaming hot pasta.

Comfort food is a go-to dinner on a cold night. I get that. The only problem is that most comfort food will leave you feeling uncomfortably stuffed full of high-calorie sugar or fat.

Don’t despair! You can still enjoy your favorite foods without as many calories or unhealthy fat. By replacing some of the ingredients with healthier options, you get the same meal with much better nutrition.

Take a look at some of these easy swaps:

  • Cauliflower. Cauliflower is full of fiber and vitamin C is low in calories and carbs and tastes very similar to potatoes. It’s a great substitute for mashed potatoes, which are high in carbohydrates and can raise your blood sugars quickly. You could also use mashed cauliflower instead of cream in cream-based soups, sub it for rice, or mash it into a pizza crust! When you use mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes and use low-fat milk instead of cream and butter, you save over 150 calories and about 35 grams of carbs per cup.

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