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Total Body Wellness: How You Can Help

Total Body Wellness: How You Can Help
Last week's column had many readers eager for a plan to change their own eating habits and help their community. Read on for these get-healthy tips.


In last week's article we discussed the numerous health benefits of eating grass-fed meat and the health risks with conventional farming. I've already had lots of e-mails from readers who are fired up about the topic, from the increased antibiotic resistance, animal abuse and environmental pollution, current conventional farming is terribly destructive and certainly a hot topic.

 

So what do we do? For some people the answer is not eating meat all together. That's a great option if it works with your lifestyle. For other people, myself included, meat is a part of their diet. I eat a lot of fish and chicken and there is nothing better than a great steak to my little taste buds.

 

One of the best ways to make a difference personally and in the community is to get involved with sustainable practices of eating. This takes the shape of many different ways including home gardens, buying local meat and produce, and getting involved with local farmers and farmers' markets.

 

Next time you're at the grocery store, look for grass-fed meat or fish that's not farm-raised. Talk to the store manager about local foods and where they get their products. If you're having trouble finding the right kinds of meat in stores, check out Jungle Jim's, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and Dorothy Lane Market.

 

Many wonderful resources shine a light on the issues of industrial meat industry and the health risks involved. Two independent movies, "Fresh" and "Food Inc.," provide an entertaining and informative look at these topics.

 

A great resource in our city is the Central Ohio River Valley Local Foods Initiative (CORV). In 2008 they created the first Eat Local guide, an all-inclusive directory of resources. This year's guide includes all the information about local vineyards, tons of farms, restaurants that use local food, and a list of farmers' markets and times. Check out EatLocalCORV.org, or stop by BEAT Personal Training in West Chester, and I'll give you a copy.

 

The Gorman Heritage Farm, located in Evendale, provides our community with a working and educational farm that operates as a non-profit. You can go take a farm tour, volunteer to help out on the farm, take an adult class or enroll your child in Summer Farm Camp. It's a great way to help kids understand where their food comes from. We had a young lady at the gym this week who is participating in Farm Camp and loving it. Check out GormanFarm.org and you might be able to get your child enrolled in one of the last sessions of summer.

 

I hope you take advantage of all that this wonderful city has to offer in terms of sustainable living, and I encourage you to get involved and spread the word.

 

 

Ashley Berlin -

Ashley Berlin is the health and fitness columnist for Cincy Chic and the owner of BEAT Personal Training in West Chester. Want more information about something you read here? Send her an e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .Read More >>


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