My 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:
- Maximize plant-based whole foods (often characterized as “nutritional rich foods”) and
- Minimize processed foods.
The High5Kitchen looks at these 5 whole food groups:
- 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.