So for years I have heard about TED. Did you hear TED talk about such and such. Have you attended a TED conference? I was like, who is TED and why do I need to hear him speak. Well, as you all must know by now, as I came to know TED is the community of people who come together to share thought on Technology, Entertainment, and Design that actutally started in 1984. That was a surprise to me. Lately, I have been in need of inspiration, so I decided to acquaint myself better with my new friend TED and see what he might have to say.
http://www.ted.com/ Search word: Health
First of all, AMAZED! Originally I thought TED was mainly about technology, but I did a search on health and so many links popped up. Health and Technology is a real passion of mine, so to be able to hear Eric Dishman’s story and all that he is doing at intel to help build tools that build a personal care community to better our health got me really excited. Here is the link to the talk where Eric does an ultra sound on stage and is sharing the view with his doctor who is in his office to help monitor his kidney transplant results. AMAZING! He continues to share his theory about how medical care needs to convert to a community focused on personal/individual care that must start at home. With our digital age of being able to connect by mobile devices and store our health history for access by practitioners of different disciplines we can achieve a holistic health approach to health care. This talk got me excited, because as a health coach, I don’t believe there is one “cure-all” that helps heal an ailment, but more of a customized plan based on an individuals health to heal them.
Also, you know my love for food, I saw a link to a series of talks called the Joy of Eating (5 talks). One of the talks I listened to is by Dan Barber from Blue Hill restaurant and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Westchester, NY. (Warning: If you are a true vegan, you might not like this talk because it is about foie gras.) This talk is about a farmer in Spain named Eduardo Sousa who raises geese in a natural environment and produces foie gras by giving the geese everything they need off the land avoiding the abuse of gorging their livers with grain like common french production of foie gras . My favorite line he quoted Eduardo Sousa and said: “Chef’s don’t deserve my foie gras.” He is such a purest and protector of the product his geese offer him, he is not going to exploit it and increase supply for other chefs to use, he has an appreciation for what they offer him after his care, that he sees it as a gift from God, cherish it. Eduardo Sousa also said that mass production of food is “an insult to history.” This is the point that hit home for me.
I initially stopped eating meat because I could not chew it anymore (texture issues), and I have a beef allergy. Now I also choose not to eat meat, fish, or dairy because of the abuse the animals go through industrial farming. I still sometimes eat eggs, but do my best to find the free range organically fed, humanely treated eggs when I do. If you do choose to eat meat, fish, or dairy, I encourage you to buy local and know where it is coming from. You will see a difference in the flavor, and you will also appreciate the meal even more knowing the product had a humane element to it. Dan Barber is ahead of the game at Stone Barns in Westchester because he promotes farm to table eating. It is partially the same reason why when you travel overseas and wonder why the food tastes so different, local farm foods is probably the reason why.
The final talk that made me question what is next for us in food transportation, consumption, and disposal is by Carolyn Steel: How food shapes our cities. Carolyn is an architect and author. Cities before the industrial age were shaped based on how food was brought into that city. Industrializing food production and railways changed how cities expanded, since animals did not have to come into the city on foot. This is something I never thought about before. Can you imagine Animals walking around NYC, hanging around waiting to be slaughtered? After the industrial shipment of food around the world, there is a rise of local markets and CSAs to help reconnect us back to nature. Which is also part of Carolyn’s talk, the importance of our re-connection to nature and how cities need to reshape their landscape to include them.
So, TED is like my new research guide where I can dive into areas I am passionate about, learn more about it, and share what I have learned with you. I encourage you to check the talks out and see if it helps inspire you, makes you feel connected to others who think like you, or maybe even one day, give a TED talk of your own.
Cheers to your health!
- Faux Gras – for my vegan friends who will never try foie gras, there is an amazing vegan version called Faux Gras by Regal Vegan. Had it a few years ago at the veg good festival. If you have not tried it, you should order it. The Truffle one is the best.
- CSA’s – Check out this link to find a CSA near you to get local grown products