Going Against the Grain Named to a Top 12 List for Holistic Nutrition Books

GATG on ChalkboardmagThe Chalkboard Mag just named my Going Against the Grain book to its list of its 12 favorite holistic nutrition books to include in your wellness library of reliable resources. “These are your classics, your forever reference bibles and tried-and-tested holistic essentials,” the magazine writes.

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Can Carbs Cause Lung Cancer?

by Melissa Diane Smith, author of Going Against the Grain

CarbsEven if you don’t smoke cigarettes, take notice: If you’re having a hard time giving up bread, pasta, and other refined grain products, you’re putting yourself at increased risk of developing lung cancer, according to a recent study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

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Get Entertained and Enlightened at Special Non-GMO Event on April 12th

by Melissa Diane Smith, author of Going Against GMOs

April 12th Loft event memeIs there a way to learn about the serious issues surrounding genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our food and what you can do about them in an entertaining, community-oriented way? You bet. On the evening of Tuesday, April 12th, just head to the Loft Cinema in Tucson for the Non-GMO Information & Food Fair, the premiere screening in Tucson of Consumed, the first fictional (yet fact-oriented) film about GMOs, and an interactive Q&A and discussion following the movie.

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7 Ways to Eat Out GMO-Free

by Melissa Diane Smith, author of Going Against GMOs

Eat Out GMO-FreeTips and tricks for avoiding genetically modified ingredients when dining out

After learning about the multitude of serious issues surrounding genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our food, Tucson musician Manny Lopez started seeking out GMO-free foods at the grocery store and in restaurants—even though it often means paying more money. “It’s worth it,” says Lopez, and he isn’t alone. In restaurants, demand is so great that non-GMO is considered one of the top trends likely to shape menus in 2016.

Unfortunately, GMOs aren’t mandatorily labeled in this country—a fact that prompts many people to think that it’s impossible to avoid them when dining out. But nothing could be further from the truth. Just try these strategies from my book Going Against GMOs:

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Say Goodbye to the Low-Fat Diet!

by Melissa Diane Smith

Are you still hanging onto the notion that a low-fat diet is the ticket to weight loss? If so, it’s time for a change.

Q: I have repeatedly avoided fat in my diet to try to control my weight. Unfortunately, I am hungrier and heavier than ever, and I have also developed dry, wrinkly skin, thyroid issues, depression, constipation, and inflamed, achy joints. I am completely rethinking the low-fat strategy, but I get queasy after a fatty meal and don’t think I digest fat well. Can you give me the real scoop on the relationship between fats, weight loss, digestion, and health?  —Megan S., Sacramento

butter-cubeA:    You’re on the right track to be rethinking the low-fat strategy! Low-fat guidelines were recommended to all Americans in 1977, and many
nutrition organizations continue to advocate a low-fat diet. But that advice has led people astray into a heavier and sicker state than ever.

The research is not there to support a low-fat diet for long-term weight loss, and a low-fat diet appears to have little to no effect on cardiovascular disease in the long term. In fact, the sheer lack of research supporting a low-fat diet is so strong that a 2014 Time magazine cover story deemed the low-fat diet a failed experiment.

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