Why is food so complicated now?


It seems like we’re constantly bombarded with a huge array of “Thou Shall Not” messaging around food today. Gluten is bad. Dairy is inflammatory. Soy is no good. Corn is GMO…the list goes on and on.

Most people are frustrated about not being able to really eat anything anymore…always worried about the health fallout.

Although its true that food ingredients have really taken a turn for the worst and much of the food we eat comes from unnatural sources, there’s something really missing in this conversation which revolves around how we think and feel around food.

The Psychology of Eating is a very interesting subject that is getting much attention now as, in the modern world, we’ve run into new issues around food. It used to be that we were happy to have food on the table and ate it heartily. Now, although there surely are issues with hunger and malnutrition in the West, the majority of people have access to enough calories and are still worried about food. What is this? What has changed and how can we look at food differently so it takes away all of the stress around the subject?

This is the topic of this great video interview with Marc David and Emily Rosen. Its a real high level conversation with two experts who deal with thousands of clients who suffer from “food psychology” issues daily. Let’s face it- we’ve all got a bit of this and it is TIME to have this conversation.



Also, if this information speaks to you, there is a free webinar with Marc and Emily on December 11th at 3 pm PST where you can see about doing this meaningful work as a career.

Let’s help make the world a better place. You can help :)

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Unplug and Reconnect with Nature

It’s the 21st century and everything we do is tied to electronics in some form. Whether it is for work or home, from communication to paying bills, we can do all of it on the various gadgets now available to us. For some, it’s a little difficult to unplug from the constant electronic connection. It doesn’t help if we don’t make an attempt to escape out of our electric environment. So a few weeks ago Pedram invited Michael Yang, Abel James, Alyson Bridge, Alan Christianson, and Alan’s son Ryan out to go hiking at Malibu Creek State Park in California. I tagged along as a cameraman to document the trip.


The wonderful thing that happens when all the electronics are put away is that we actually connect with the people that are actually in front of us. Many times I’ve been at a restaurant having dinner with a friend I haven’t seen in a few weeks wanting to catch up on the going-ons in their life only to see the backside of a phone as they send text messages else. I would gently suggest the phone be put away only to hear it justified that they felt it rude to ignore the incoming text messages. The text messages weren’t an emergency. I mean, it’d be a call if it was an emergency, right? Yet it was more rude to let the text messages sit on the phone to be responded to later than it was to ignore the flesh-and-blood person sitting in front of them. Read more

Vaccination. Yes or No?

Definitely a topic of dispute, Pedram Shojai and Sara Gottfried dive into the subject of vaccinations.

There are claims that vaccinations are correlated to the rise in autism. But other data shows that diseases that have been dormant for the better part of a century are returning as people avoid vaccinations. What’s the right answer? Pedram is a new father so these questions have been weighing heavy on him. He and Sara try their best to make sense of this complicated issue.




Planetary Health and Food Choices with Ocean Robbins

How is planetary health affected by the food choices we make?

This week Pedram Shojai and Sara Gottfried welcome Ocean Robbins to the Health Bridge Show! Ocean discusses the ways eating meat not only affects our bodies and our health, but the health of the environment. How does eating grass-fed beef from corn-fed beef? Is grass-fed beef sustainable on a global level? How can we change our relationship to the things we eat and make health a priority?

Sara and Pedram Get Medical Exams with Alan Christianson

On July 30, 2014, Pedram Shojai and Sara Gottfried both flew to Phoenix, AZ to get a thorough medical exam from their friend, Alan Christianson. Both Pedram and Sara are starting 100-day gongs and it’s important to know where they are regarding their health at the beginning so that after 100 days we know the progress that they’ve made. Sara and Pedram also met with the other physicians in Alan’s clinic, Dr. Linda Khoshaba, Dr. Adrienne Stewart, and Dr. Saman Rezaie. After visiting the clinic, Alan then took Sara and Pedram out for a little fun at a rock-climbing facility.

Are You Sitting Too Much?

According to a report from the National Institutes of Health, adult Americans spend on average 7.7 hours a day engaged in “sedentary behavior”. What’s even more alarming is that the Archives of Internal Medicine found that the risk of premature death grows 15 percent for those who sit eight hours a day! And the risk increases 40 percent for those who sit 11 hours a day compared with those who sit just four hours. Too much sitting can increase the risk of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Sitting So Much Should Scare You

Sitting So Much Should Scare You Infographic (Ergotron) / CC BY 3.0

Creating an Army for Change with Cynthia Pasquella


How can we create an army for change? Both for ourselves and the community in which we live? This week Sara Gottfried and Pedram Shojai welcome celebrity nutritionist Cynthia Pasquella to the Health Bridge. They discuss the idea that everyone should practice what they preach. Pedram and Sara talk about their 100-day gongs and Cynthia describes the 10-day challenge she has. They discuss the difficulties of diets and how to work them rather than having them work you.

Ask Empowering Questions To Revitalize Your Health (Guest Shawn Stevenson)

This week Pedram Shojai and Sara Gottfried welcome Shawn Stevenson to The Health Bridge. When Shawn was younger, he was physically weak and ill. He broke a hip while running track and was told that his spine was similar to that of an 80-year-old. The doctors told him that nothing can be done to cure him, yet they went ahead and prescribed pills for him to take.

Instead, Shawn took it upon himself to make lifestyle changes that eventually cured him. What impact did Shawn make to his health when he cut out fast food? What sort of improvements occured? How did his overall quality of life change?

Food Sensitivities Vs. Food Allergies

According to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, nearly a third of the people that live in the U.S. believe that they have a food allergy. Yet, only 4% of teens/adults and 5% of children actually have food allergies.

Why do so many people have difficulty identifying food allergies?

Some researchers believe that “food allergy” is often misused because people are not fully aware of what the term actually means. And this results in their loose use of the term.

Food Allergies

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