Chris & BuckMy name is Chris Smith. I’m part of a very small percentage of women still alive and healthy ten years later after having been diagnosed with Grade C clear cell ovarian cancer. I like to think I kicked cancer with the help of healthy foods, fresh air, good friends, hikes in the Sierras and a wonderful husband. I have a background in research, journalism and law.  My passion for healthy food comes from my passion for life.

Why the High5Kitchen and the High5Picks?

In 2008 the World Health Organization reported that 63% of all deaths were due to chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes type 2. In regions where plant-based diets were common, the rates for these diseases were considerably lower than in regions where animal-based diets prevailed.

While chronic diseases continue to challenge the medical community, there are hundreds of studies that have found that when diets emphasize plant-based whole foods, the risks for such diseases are significantly less.

Whether you are an omnivore, vegan or flextarian, there is a recurring theme for health-filled eating, supported by serious research and summed up in two points:

  1. Maximize plant-based whole foods (often characterized as “nutritional rich foods”) and
  2. Minimize processed foods.

The High5Kitchen looks at these 5 whole food groups:

  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Beans and legumes
  • Whole grains
  • Nuts, seeds, herbs, spices

As this blog evolves it will offer original content and become a reference site for whole foods–how to select, store and prepare with both recipes that are quick and easy and more hands-on. Additionally, the site will provide research and nutritional data, local food and farm sources for the Sierra foothills as well as how to grow and harvest foods.

The High5Kitchen will also review “processed” products, books, films and highlight relevant news stories covering food and health issues. I hope to help inform and provide viewers with a way to voice their opinions, sign petitions, stay involve and celebrate their lives by choosing whole foods and healthy lifestyles.

There are wonderful activist groups and original content sites to draw from, to link to, to highlight. But I’ve found there is one thing that is instrumental in creating lasting change – keep it simple.

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High5Kitchen Blog is provided for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for a health care provider’s consultation. Please consult your own appropriate health care provider about the applicability of any opinions or recommendations with respect to your own symptoms or medical conditions. 

This blog may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. It is being made available in an effort to advance the understanding of educational, scientific, environmental issues and so on. It is believed that this constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material in this blog is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this communication for purposes of your own that go beyond ‘fair use’, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
Copyright © 2012 Chris Smith. All rights reserved.  Except as set forth herein, all copyrights remain with those who submit copy, recipes and photographs. Notwithstanding, by submitting copy, recipes and photographs a limited noncommercial right is automatically granted to Chris Smith for the promotion of whole foods and healthy diets through all social media (e.g. Facebook, blogs, web sites, e-mails etc), and/or print media via newsletters, flyers, recipe cards, etc.

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