Can Ancient Grains and Gluten-Free Beer Help Local Farmers Save the Environment? 06/19/2019 – Ancient gluten-free grains are helping African farmers to gain profit and save the environment by producing gluten-free beer that is safe for people with celiac disease. In Africa, local framers are growing nutritious, ancient gluten-free grains like corn and millet. In the process, they are growing a new economy, saving the environment, and brewing a delicious gluten-free beer that’s safe for celiacs. It’s a recipe for success. Gluten-Free Ancient Grains Are Nutritious Gluten-free ancient grains like millet and sorghum are rich in nutrients. They are also high in protein and antioxidants. Pearl millet, for example, has twice the protein of milk and sorghum is rich in vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber. These crops are also drought-resistant, making them suitable for dry, hot climates. However, farmers tend to grow more popular crops like maize, wheat, rice, and soybeans. Gluten-Free Beer Helps Local Farmers Now, African farmers are using ancient grains like millet and sorghum to drive a new business in gluten-free craft beer and to preserve the environment. Since millet and sorghum are both gluten-free, they can be used to anchor brewing recipes for delicious, gluten-free beers. By sourcing grains from locally farmers, the brewers help to support local economies and community members. Drought Resistant Grains Help Save Environment And because millet and sorghum need significantly less water than wheat, and require less fertilizer and pesticide, growing them helps farmers to preserve the environment. Who knew that growing nutritious, ancient gluten-free grains could help local framers, save the environment, and result in a delicious gluten-free beer that’s safe for celiacs? Talk about a winning plan. Stay tuned for more on this story.

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Just A Friendly Mid-Week Reminder: You Deserve Peace (Yes, You)

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It’s a warm, sunny day on campus as I slip out of my windowless room for a vitamin D (and coffee) break. Away from the humming AC and fluorescent lights, the often oppressive Texas heat feels like a balm. It’s during these little breaks that I cherish the feeling of the sun on my skin

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I Found *The* Best Way To Turn Coffee Into A Wellness Elixir—Antioxidant-Rich, Jitter-Free

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For the longest time coffee was a no-go for me. I hated the smell and despised the taste. Whenever friends asked to “grab a coffee,” I always sat there sipping on my hot chocolate or chai latte. One day I saw coconut and salted caramel vegan lattes available at my local coffee shop. I bought

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Zippy 95 pounds

Transformation of the Day: Zippy 95 pounds. Health is her motivation. While she was pregnant with her son, high blood pressure almost took both their lives. She wanted to live for her kids, so she changed her lifestyle. Check out her story.

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Mediterranean Shrimp Foil Packets

These Mediterranean Shrimp Foil Packets are the best recipe to make on the grill this summer! If you’re looking for a recipe that is very simple to prepare… something that’s an all-in-one kind of dinner with delicious ingredients and very little cleanup… then this is it.  You’ll need heavy duty foil to create the packets …

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Scotland’s “National Walking Strategy” Actually Increased Recreational Walking (A Tiny Bit) For The Whole Population!

Cynically, I’ve been known to ask for examples of population based initiatives that actually led to sustained increases in physical activity (with the expectation of there not being any).

Well, I can’t do so anymore as Scotland’s managed to increase recreational walking by 13% over a 6 year period for the whole of their population!

Their National Walking Strategy targeted Scotland’s 5 million residents with messages about the health benefits of walking.

The strategy involved multiple sectors including:

  • Communication and public education.
  • Transport and the environment.
  • Urban design and infrastructure.
  • Health and social care.
  • Education.
  • Community-wide approaches.
  • Sport and recreation.

And together their aim was to create a culture of walking by way of developing better walking environments that supported ease and convenience.

How to counsel patients on physical activity became a topic in medical schools. The Daily Mile encouraged 1,000 schools to help every student walk, run, or jog a mile a day, increased funding for active transport programs was obtained including a doubling of infrastructure funding for same, #SoMe was leveraged to share encouragement and information to the public, and community walking programs were launched nationwide.

Now before you get too excited, the bar was low to begin with whereby the increase in walking represented the self-report of walking at least 30 minutes for recreation once over the past month, but at least it’s a start.

Changing behaviour requires more than just education and a good reason to do so, it also requires a change to social norms and culture, as well as environmental engineering. Clearly there’s more to do in Scotland and elsewhere, but nice to see that these needles might actually be movable.

Photo by Kim Traynor [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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