I write to you about 4 things close to my heart today.
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As you may know, February is heart health month and I’ve spent some time speaking on heart health, writing about heart health and doing a cooking demo on heart healthy foods. That’s me cooking to your right at the Better Health Market last Saturday. It’s been a lovely month.
When it comes to heart healthy foods, Omega 3’s top the list and that brings up the topic of fish. You can read more about heart health here.
I admit that I love fish! I grew up in Michigan on the east side of the state on a beautiful lake and spent my summers swimming, fishing and playing in the lake and going home to eat the fresh fish caught that day on many occasions.
Our Earth + Our Animals
As I entered college, I began hearing sad stories about our polluted waters, the fish populations shrinking and horror stories about people getting sick with high levels of mercury and other contaminants.
Today, as I type this the devastation of the massive oil spill off the Gulf Coast in 2010 still lingers in my mind.
So on one hand, as I cook up some fresh salmon and teach people about heart health, I’m also reminded that we need to be really purposeful about where we buy our fish and the types we choose (if you cho0se to eat fish at all). I am asked regularly by clients, as a health coach, what is the best fish to eat, where to buy it and how to cook it.
I believe it is our responsibility as consumers and citizens of this earth to choose wisely when it comes to our food choices, to live our lives knowing where our food comes from and what and who it impacts when we eat it.
As the WWF says, “our oceans and fish populations were once considered inexhaustible and now they are in a state of global collapse. More than 70% of the worlds’ commercial marine fish stocks are either fully exploited or overfished.”
One of the ways I step up purposefully is by carrying around and using a seafood guide. It fits in my wallet so I can get to know my seafood and take some responsibility for the food on my fork and where on earth it comes from.
Here is a link to a phenomenal website, Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch. I love this site because you can download the national guide (it fits nicely into your wallet) or you can choose guides that are regional. For example, I travel often so I download one based on where I am going.
Even more exciting is the convenient little app on my phone that you can download easily and avoid the paper.
Being Of Service
I’ve mentioned before that this year I will begin to give back a percentage of the profits from Renee Heigel Programs to charities and organizations that support our mission here. Kiva.com is one you’ll here more about in the year ahead as we’ll be donating to other entrepreneurs in the name of Love Yourself Naked. http://www.kiva.org/
Most recently, I began donating monthly to the WWF (World Wildlife Fund). I know that 92% goes directly to delivering conservation results and they are a fantastic organization. Check them out for yourself here.
So download your guide, love on your heart with some Omega 3’s, give some support to a charity that speaks to you this week and read below to see all of the exciting things coming up soon!
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Thank you for allowing me into you home,
P.S. Don’t forget to download your free guides: Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch