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I am addicted to health, and I transformed my life from changing my diet almost 12 years ago. I lost weight, avoided surgery for Acid Reflux (my doctor was pushing), cleared my acne, lowered my blood pressure, dropped my cholesterol and gave my life long asthma a kick to the curb. If I can do it so can you!

My Mission:
To change the way restaurants feed us.
We deserve great gourmet food without the crap, chemicals & junk!!!

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8/31/10

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Congratulations to Jamie Oliver for Food Revolution | Better School Cafeteria Food




Congratulations to Jamie Oliver. He has opened the eyes of millions of Americans with his hit TV show Food Revolution. Most kids and even adults have no clue what they are eating. They just assume that a school lunch program or restaurant is serving pour food because of the US food inspection system. But our US food safety program is far lacking in nutrition and safety. In fact is down right pathetic what get served in schools, hospitals and restaurants. Hopefully people like Jamie Oliver, Alice Waters and myself are slowly changing food education.
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Marcus Guiliano, Chef and Owner of Aroma Thyme Bistro located in Ellenville, NY in the scenic Hudson Valley. Aroma Thyme is know for their "stealth health"(Zagat). The Bistro has an award-winning wine list from Wine Spectator Magazine and over 200 beers. Aroma Thyme is certified green by The Green Restaurant Association.

8/30/10

3 Pillars of a Food Revolution | UN Calls for Climate Friendly Diet



Ecology, Community, and Fairness are what Anna Lappé considers to be the 3 Pillars of a Food Revolution. In this Blog I discuss Anna Lappé's article on are need to consider our diet when considering the climate crisis.
For the whole article go to http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anna-la...

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Marcus Guiliano, Chef and Owner of Aroma Thyme Bistro located in Ellenville, NY in the scenic Hudson Valley. Aroma Thyme is know for their "stealth health"(Zagat). The Bistro has an award-winning wine list from Wine Spectator Magazine and over 200 beers. Aroma Thyme is certified green by The Green Restaurant Association.
Support Hudson Valley Restaurants.

Avoiding Salt is Bad for Your Health | Salt Essential for Life



While the Government is trying to crack down on the amount of salt in our diets, I discuss here an article from Dr. Mercola who has a different take on entity of life. Salt is for life, but it depends on what type of salt you are eating. We talk about the different types of salt and their benefits as recommended by Dr. Mercola.
You can read the whole article at http://articles.mercola.com/sites/art...

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My Restaurant website:
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My restaurant YouTube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/AromaThyme

My wine & beer YouTube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/chefhbeer


Marcus Guiliano, Chef and Owner of Aroma Thyme Bistro located in Ellenville, NY in the scenic Hudson Valley. Aroma Thyme is know for their "stealth health"(Zagat). The Bistro has an award-winning wine list from Wine Spectator Magazine and over 200 beers. Aroma Thyme is certified green by The Green Restaurant Association.
Support Hudson Valley Restaurants.

8/24/10

Choose Foods, Not Nutrients | Healthy Tips



Is there a difference in nutrients vs whole foods? Are calories in general enough to keep you going. I think that the nutritional system is screwed up in America. Some of the guidelines are just stupid.

Marcus Guiliano, Chef and Owner of Aroma Thyme Bistro located in Ellenville, NY in the scenic Hudson Valley. Aroma Thyme is know for their "stealth health"(Zagat). The Bistro has an award-winning wine list from Wine Spectator Magazine and over 200 beers. Aroma Thyme is certified green by The Green Restaurant Association. Support Hudson Valley Restaurants. My Central Channel: http://www.marcusg.tv My facebook http://www.facebook.com/aromathymebistro Twitter for my restaurant: http://twitter.com/aroma_thyme My personal Twitter: http://twitter.com/healthychefdude My Restaurant website: http://www.aromathymebistro.com/ My restaurant YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/aromathyme My wine & beer YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/chefhbeer

Dr Oz Organic Advice | Benefits of Organic Foods vs Non-Organic Foods



Dr. Oz has long been a proponent of locally grown, organic foods, but in the latest issue of Time, on newsstands today, America's favorite doctor reminds readers how important certain food additives have been to public health. I have little advice as well.

Kevin Gianni
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iznIMO...

Marcus Guiliano, Chef and Owner of Aroma Thyme Bistro located in Ellenville, NY in the scenic Hudson Valley. Aroma Thyme is know for their "stealth health"(Zagat). The Bistro has an award-winning wine list from Wine Spectator Magazine and over 200 beers. Aroma Thyme is certified green by The Green Restaurant Association.
Support Hudson Valley Restaurants.

My Central Channel:
http://www.MarcusG.tv

My facebook
http://www.facebook.com/AromaThymeBistro

Twitter for my restaurant:
http://twitter.com/Aroma_Thyme

My personal Twitter:
http://twitter.com/healthychefdude

My Restaurant website:
http://www.aromathymebistro.com/

My restaurant YouTube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/AromaThyme

My wine & beer YouTube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/chefhbeer

8/23/10

Organic vs Conventional | How to Choose a Healthy Egg



Organic, Free-Range, vegetarian fed & cage free eggs, whats the difference. There can be a drastic difference, but you really have to be an educated consumer. On my latest video I try to shed some light on eggs.

Why Buy Organic?
The feed given to the hens may include organic supplements like flaxseed meal, which increases vitamin A and omega-3 acids and improves taste. The birds are better treated too, with more room to move around.
Price: $4.39 a dozen for grade-A large brown eggs
Why Buy Conventional?
The pluses are price and availability. It's just easier and cheaper to buy nonorganic.
Price: $3.79 a dozen for grade-A large brown eggs
Verdict: Organic. The treatment of the birds seals the deal. An industrial hen in a battery cage is not a pretty sight.
Source: Food prices from Safeway.com


Read more: http://www.time.com/time/specials/pac...

Marcus Guiliano, Chef and Owner of Aroma Thyme Bistro located in Ellenville, NY in the scenic Hudson Valley. Aroma Thyme is know for their "stealth health"(Zagat). The Bistro has an award-winning wine list from Wine Spectator Magazine and over 200 beers. Aroma Thyme is certified green by The Green Restaurant Association.
Support Hudson Valley Restaurants.

My Central Channel:
http://www.MarcusG.tv

My facebook
http://www.facebook.com/AromaThymeBistro

Twitter for my restaurant:
http://twitter.com/Aroma_Thyme

My personal Twitter:
http://twitter.com/healthychefdude

My Restaurant website:
http://www.aromathymebistro.com/

My restaurant YouTube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/AromaThyme

My wine & beer YouTube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/chefhbeer

8/18/10

Vegan Diet Protects Against Pollution


Animal protein has the potential to carry toxin chemicals in the fat deposits. And the bad news is they keep building up and concentrate. So when we eat these un-clean proteins then these same chemicals get into our fat deposits. This is an ongoing problem that will plague adults for years. In the video I talk about the worst and best protein sources.


Marcus Guiliano, Chef and Owner of Aroma Thyme Bistro located in Ellenville, NY in the scenic Hudson Valley. Aroma Thyme is know for their "stealth health"(Zagat). The Bistro has an award-winning wine list from Wine Spectator Magazine and over 200 beers. Aroma Thyme is certified green by The Green Restaurant Association.
Support Hudson Valley Restaurants.
My facebook
http://www.facebook.com/aromathymebistro

Twitter for my restaurant:
http://twitter.com/aroma_thyme

My personal Twitter:
http://twitter.com/healthychefdude

My Restaurant website:
http://www.aromathymebistro.com/

My Central Channel:
http://www.marcusg.tv

My restaurant YouTube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/aromathyme

My wine & beer YouTube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/chefhbeer
Top 10 Reasons to Support Organic in the 21st Century http://bit.ly/95bdLO @ericcafaro @aroma_thyme @weinerdog360
This awesome craft beer is still on tap, but not much Super Kitty left http://ping.fm/FUejk @thefoaminghead @ericcafaro

8/17/10

Top 10 Reasons to Support Organic in the 21st Century




1. Reduce The Toxic Load: Keep Chemicals Out of the Air, Water, Soil and our Bodies


Buying organic food promotes a less toxic environment for all living things. With only 0.5 percent of crop and pasture land in organic, according to USDA that leaves 99.5 percent of farm acres in the U.S. at risk of exposure to noxious agricultural chemicals.

Our bodies are the environment so supporting organic agriculture doesn’t just benefit your family, it helps all families live less toxically.

2. Reduce if Not Eliminate Off Farm Pollution
Industrial agriculture doesn’t singularly pollute farmland and farm workers; it also wreaks havoc on the environment downstream. Pesticide drift affects non-farm communities with odorless and invisible poisons. Synthetic fertilizer drifting downstream is the main culprit for dead zones in delicate ocean environments, such as the Gulf of Mexico, where its dead zone is now larger than 22,000 square kilometers, an area larger than New Jersey, according to Science magazine, August, 2002.

3. Protect Future Generations
Before a mother first nurses her newborn, the toxic risk from pesticides has already begun. Studies show that infants are exposed to hundreds of harmful chemicals in utero. In fact, our nation is now reaping the results of four generations of exposure to agricultural and industrial chemicals, whose safety was deemed on adult tolerance levels, not on children’s. According to the National Academy of Science, “neurologic and behavioral effects may result from low-level exposure to pesticides.” Numerous studies show that pesticides can adversely affect the nervous system, increase the risk of cancer, and decrease fertility.

4. Build Healthy Soil
Mono-cropping and chemical fertilizer dependency has taken a toll with a loss of top soil estimated at a cost of $40 billion per year in the U.S., according to David Pimental of Cornell University. Add to this an equally disturbing loss of micro nutrients and minerals in fruits and vegetables. Feeding the soil with organic matter instead of ammonia and other synthetic fertilizers has proven to increase nutrients in produce, with higher levels of vitamins and minerals found in organic food, according to the 2005 study, “Elevating Antioxidant levels in food through organic farming and food processing,” Organic Center State of Science Review (1.05)

5. Taste Better and Truer Flavor
Scientists now know what we eaters have known all along: organic food often tastes better. It makes sense that strawberries taste yummier when raised in harmony with nature, but researchers at Washington State University just proved this as fact in lab taste trials where the organic berries were consistently judged as sweeter. Plus, new research verifies that some organic produce is often lower in nitrates and higher in antioxidants than conventional food. Let the organic feasting begin!

6. Assist Family Farmers of all Sizes
According to Organic Farming Research Foundation, as of 2006 there are approximately 10,000 certified organic producers in the U.S. compared to 2500 to 3,000 tracked in 1994. Measured against the two million farms estimated in the U.S. today, organic is still tiny. Family farms that are certified organic farms have a double economic benefit: they are profitable and they farm in harmony with their surrounding environment. Whether the farm is a 4-acre orchard or a 4,000-acre wheat farm, organic is a beneficial practice that is genuinely family-friendly.

7. Avoid Hasty and Poor Science in Your Food
Cloned food. GMOs and rBGH. Oh my! Interesting how swiftly these food technologies were rushed to market, when organic fought for 13 years to become federal law. Eleven years ago, genetically modified food was not part of our food supply; today an astounding 30 percent of our cropland is planted in GMOs. Organic is the only de facto seal of reassurance against these and other modern, lab-produced additions to our food supply, and the only food term with built in inspections and federal regulatory teeth.

8. Eating with a Sense of Place
Whether it is local fruit, imported coffee or artisan cheese, organic can demonstrate a reverence for the land and its people. No matter the zip code, organic has proven to use less energy (on average, about 30 percent less), is beneficial to soil, water and local habitat, and is safer for the people who harvest our food. Eat more seasonably by supporting your local farmers market while also supporting a global organic economy year round. It will make your taste buds happy.

9. Promote Biodiversity
Visit an organic farm and you’ll notice something: a buzz of animal, bird and insect activity. These organic oases are thriving, diverse habitats. Native plants, birds and hawks return usually after the first season of organic practices; beneficial insects allow for a greater balance, and indigenous animals find these farms a safe haven. As best said by Aldo Leopold, “A good farm must be one where the native flora and fauna have lost acreage without losing their existence.” An organic farm is the equivalent of reforestation. Industrial farms are the equivalent of clear cutting of native habitat with a focus on high farm yields.

10. Celebrate the Culture of Agriculture
Food is a ‘language’ spoken in every culture. Making this language organic allows for an important cultural revolution whereby diversity and biodiversity are embraced and chemical toxins and environmental harm are radically reduced, if not eliminated. The simple act of saving one heirloom seed from extinction, for example, is an act of biological and cultural conservation. Organic is not necessarily the most efficient farming system in the short run. It is slower, harder, more complex and more labor-intensive. But for the sake of culture everywhere, from permaculture to human culture, organic should be celebrated at every table.


Source: Alan Greene, MD (Organic Trade Association), Bob Scowcroft (Organic Farming Research Foundation), Sylvia Tawse (Fresh Ideas Group)

Here are some of my favorite Hudson Valley cheeses that we use @aroma_thyme http://bit.ly/9g6P6b

8/14/10

Benefits of Fresh and Local Food | Healthy Fresh Food



Did you know that fresh produce looses vital nutrients once they are picked. The average vegetable spends 10 to 14 days to storage before you consume it. This time destroys certain nutrients.

Here is a link to Wild Hive Farm in the Hudson Valley: http://www.wildhivefarm.com/

Marcus Guiliano, Chef and Owner of Aroma Thyme Bistro located in Ellenville, NY in the scenic Hudson Valley. Aroma Thyme is know for their "stealth health"(Zagat). The Bistro has an award-winning wine list from Wine Spectator Magazine and over 200 beers. Aroma Thyme is certified green by The Green Restaurant Association.
Support Hudson Valley Restaurants.
My facebook
http://www.facebook.com/AromaThymeBistro

Twitter for my restaurant:
http://twitter.com/Aroma_Thyme

My personal Twitter:
http://twitter.com/healthychefdude

My Restaurant website:
http://www.aromathymebistro.com/

My Central Channel:
http://www.marcusg.tv

My restaurant YouTube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/AromaThyme

My wine & beer YouTube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/chefhbeer
RT @healthychefdude: Lowry Hamner live at Aroma Thyme Bistro right NOW!!! http://ping.fm/JXpDu

8/12/10

Federal Court Victory: Almond Farmers Can Challenge USDA Pasteurization Rule


We are one step closer to getting really raw almonds from California. Getting raw organic California almonds have been a disaster for almost three years. As a restaurateur I have gone to extreme lengths to get pure almonds. And unfortunately I have had to buy almonds from Spain. Here is the latest news from the Cornucopia Institute.
Marcus Guiliano


Federal Court Victory: Almond Farmers Can Challenge USDA Pasteurization Rule

August 3rd, 2010

Onerous Rule has Devastated California Raw Almond Producers

WASHINGTON, DC – A federal appeals court ruled today, overturning a lower court decision, that a group of California almond farmers have the right to challenge a USDA regulation requiring the treatment of their raw almonds with a toxic fumigant or steam heat prior to sale to consumers. For the past three years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has denied American consumers the right to buy raw almonds, grown in the USA, when they shop in grocery and natural food stores.

A group of almond growers sued the government to challenge USDA’s rule, but the federal district court ruled that courtroom doors were closed to the growers’ claims. The controversial rule has cost individual farmers millions of dollars in lost sales since it was enacted in September 2007.

“We are delighted by the court’s decision,” said Will Fantle, Cornucopia’s Research Director. Cornucopia has been coordinating the legal strategy for the farmers’ lawsuit. “At long last the farmers who have been injured by this rule will have the opportunity to stand in court and state why this poorly thought out regulation should be thrown out,” Fantle added.

The USDA and the Almond Board of California imposed the treatment scheme to minimize the risk of salmonella contamination outbreaks like those that had occurred with almonds in 2001 and 2004. USDA investigators were never able to determine how salmonella bacteria somehow contaminated the raw almonds that caused the food illnesses but they were able to trace back one of the outbreaks, in part, to the country’s largest “factory farm,” growing almonds and pistachios on over 9000 acres.

Family-scale growers have argued that the onerous and expensive mandated treatment regime is only needed by the giant industrial producers, who have less control over the quality of their nuts, and has hurt their market because it consumer resistance.

Many in the industry have questioned the logic exempting foreign-grown almonds from the treatment scheme. Imports have displaced raw domestic nuts in many major markets and retail locations across the U.S. This regulatory loophole is part of what has been crushing California producers.

“I am very happy with this first step in overturning this destructive regulation,” said Nick Koretoff, an almond farmer and plaintiff in the lawsuit. “The treatment mandate has been a financial catastrophe for me. My consumers want raw, untreated healthy almonds and I have been denied the opportunity to sell them what they want.”

Attorney John Vetne, who has been representing the almond farmers, said the Appeals Court made a “very strong decision affirming farmers’ rights.” The USDA had been arguing that farmers did not even have the right to legally challenge the USDA regulation. “We are pleased that the Appeals Court rejected USDA’s argument that courthouse doors are closed to farmers. We now intend to demonstrate to the federal district court that USDA acted outside of authority granted by Congress when it denied California almond growers a consumer market for raw almonds,” Vetne added.

Tens of thousands of consumers have expressed their discontent with the raw almond treatment rule in comments to the USDA. Organic and raw foods enthusiasts were particularly incensed that the nuts, despite being processed with propylene oxide (identified as a carcinogen by the federal EPA) or steam-heat, were still allowed to be labeled as “raw” — many believe that essential nutrients in food can be destroyed by heat, radiation and toxic chemicals.

The Cornucopia Institute, an organization known for its research and defense of family farmers involved in organics, artisan and local food production, was impressed with how many consumers have a real passion for maintaining the availability of raw food and nuts, including almonds, and have been willing to financially support the farmers in their legal challenge. “Contributions continue to flow in supporting this effort,” Fantle noted.

“I and many of my friends look forward to the day when we will once again be able to easily purchase truly raw, authentic almonds from California in my local store,” said Joan Levin, a Chicago resident and raw foods consumer. “We hope this Appeals Court ruling brings that day closer,” she said.


For more on the raw almond issue, and to support the legal effort for truly authentic raw almonds, go to Cornucopia’s Raw Almond Project page.

8/10/10

The Best Shimp | The Worst Shrimp



Here is a followup video to my last video titled How to Buy Sustainable Seafood | Bycatch and Trawling method of Fishing found at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSml4P...

If you like shrimp then this is a must watch video. Shrimp is one of the worst when it comes to bycatch and habitat destruction. But there are better choices if you want to eat shrimp.

My facebook
http://www.facebook.com/AromaThymeBistro

Twitter for my restaurant:
http://twitter.com/Aroma_Thyme

My personal Twitter:
http://twitter.com/healthychefdude

My Restaurant website:
http://www.aromathymebistro.com/

My Central Channel:
http://www.marcusg.tv

My restaurant YouTube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/AromaThyme

My wine & beer YouTube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/chefhbeer


Marcus Guiliano, Chef and Owner of Aroma Thyme Bistro located in Ellenville, NY in the scenic Hudson Valley. Aroma Thyme is know for their "stealth health"(Zagat). The Bistro has an award-winning wine list from Wine Spectator Magazine and over 200 beers. Aroma Thyme is certified green by The Green Restaurant Association.
Support Hudson Valley Restaurants.

8/4/10

Whats your favorite Wheat Beer, this is a must try http://bit.ly/anmrVF @StoudtsBrewery @thefoaminghead craftbeer wheatbeer

8/3/10

y did ths brewery wnt 2 get off the phn so quick w/us ,we wanted 2 talk abt their beer & it's grt beer http://bit.ly/anmrVF @thefoaminghead

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