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2:25 am

Opposed to Garland Smoking Ordinance , by Eric Roberts



The Proposed smoking ordinance Falls short of being a model Smoking Ordinance that will make a significant impact with respect to the making Garland a healthier vibrant community. I am here to oppose the Smoking ordinances as written.





A.        The public is very supportive of smoke free laws; it is only tobacco industry manipulation that creates a sense of controversy about them The Tobacco industry is the only benefactor here in Garland if we as a community accept the proposed smoking ordinance as Drafted. The Tobacco industry is not our Savoir they are the undertaker.

B.        My expectation here tonight is that the City Council & Mayor deem the proposed smoking ordinance not acceptable, My expectation is that Council make a motion to not vote on this agenda, I motion for the council to return the Proposal to Committee for further deliberation until the Ordinance is a model ordinance that would greatly benefit the Community both economically and in Health.

C.          I am here as a Health and Wellness expert to discuss the facts and the shortcomings of the proposed Smoking ban ordinance




A.      Adopting a model smoking ordinance will elevate the economy of the City of Garland


i.                    The Society of Actuaries has determined that secondhand smoke costs the U.S. economy roughly $10 billion a year: $5 billion in estimated medical costs associated with secondhand smoke exposure and $4.6 billion in lost productivity

ii.                    There is a growing body of law indicating that employers may be liable under state and federal discrimination laws for permitting smoking in the workplace.  Most states prohibit discrimination on the basis of disabilities. 

iii.                  There is growing legal support for assault and battery claims against employers for exposing employees to environmental tobacco smoke. 


 The smoking of tobacco, and the use of electronic cigarettes are forms of air pollution and constitute both a danger to health and a material public nuisance.


B.      Adopting a model ordinance will improve the overall health of the community of Garland and beyond


i.                   Studies concluding that communities see an immediate reduction in heart attack admissions after the implementation of comprehensive smoke free laws, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies concluded that data consistently demonstrate that secondhand smoke exposure increases the risk of coronary heart disease and heart attacks and that smoke free laws reduce heart attacks.

ii.                  The 2006 U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Secondhand Smoke has concluded that 100% smoke free workplace policies are the only “effective way to eliminate secondhand smoke exposure in the workplace.”

iii.                 The prevalence of eight upper respiratory symptoms significantly decreased during the post-ordinance period among non-smoking bartenders. Smokers reported a significant reduction of symptoms.


        Creation of smoke free workplaces is sound economic policy and provides the maximum level of employee health and safety.


C.     Passing a model smoking ordinance will make Garland a leader, a City that will be preferred over those that choose not to be a model community.




i.                 1,443 municipalities in the U.S. have 100% smoke free ordinances

ii.               The 2008 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study (issued by J.D. Power and Associates) found that, “Nearly nine of 10 guests (89%) say they prefer a smoke free hotel environment in 2008, compared with 79% in 2006.”

iii.             In the 2005 Zagat Survey America’s Top Restaurants®, patrons were asked if a smoke free policy were to be “put into effect in restaurants, would you dine out?” 72% of respondents said their eating-out habits would not change, while 26% said they would eat out more often, versus only 3% who said they would eat out less often.


There is no legal or constitutional “right to smoke. Secondhand smoke is a health justice issue. Everyone deserves protection from  health hazards, and no one should have to choose between their life and their livelihood.




A.    The City Council needs to declare that the purposes of this ordinance are (1) to protect the public health and welfare by prohibiting smoking in public places and places of employment; and (2) to guarantee the right of nonsmokers to breathe smoke free air, and to recognize that the need to breathe smoke free air shall have priority over the desire to smoke.


B.    I ask that City Leaders Adopt an ordinance that shall prohibit smoking in all enclosed public/private business places within the City of Garland County of Dallas Including but not limited to Hotels, Bars, Private Clubs, Places of Employment, Golf Courses, Vape shops, Bingo halls and VFW posts.


C.    Thank you for Listening!




Partial  credit to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation.



5:06 pm

National Spinach Day

National Spinach Day is observed annually on March 26th.

You know that you’re supposed to eat your vegetables, but do you know why they are so important?

• Green vegetables provide vital nutrients, minerals, and anti-cancer properties

• Greens have all the things that your body needs: vitamins A and C, fiber, and antioxidants that keep you from getting sick

• The best vegetables to eat are dark green, leafy vegetables

recipe link 
Free Spinach Recipe


Effect of Spinach



3:48 pm

Garland, Texas Smoking ban petition

We ask that you oppose the Amended smoking ordinance listed below. We ask that you sign this petition to oppose the smoking in Private clubs, Hotels, Motels, Bingo Halls, and VFW posts. The proposed ordinance below would provide a loophole that would allow smoking in those places if accepted and voted into law. By signing you will be opposing the amended version as drafted and proposed by the City of Garland, Texas. This petition will be hand delivered to The City of Garland Council and Mayor prior to the vote on this.



Sign the Garland Smoking Ban Petition



Why we oppose smoking in any business in the City Of Garland, Texas.






The 2006 U.S. Surgeon General's Report, The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke, has concluded that (1) secondhand smoke exposure causes disease and premature death in children and adults who do not smoke; (2) children exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), acute respiratory problems, ear infections, and asthma attacks, and that smoking by parents causes respiratory symptoms and slows lung growth in their children; (3) exposure of adults to secondhand smoke has immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system and causes coronary heart disease and lung cancer; (4) there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke; (5) establishing smokefree workplaces is the only effective way to ensure that secondhand smoke exposure does not occur in the workplace, because ventilation and other air cleaning technologies cannot completely control for exposure of nonsmokers to secondhand smoke; and (6) evidence from peer-reviewed studies shows that smokefree policies and laws do not have an adverse economic impact on the hospitality industry.1 According to the 2010 U.S. Surgeon General's Report, How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease, even occasional exposure to secondhand smoke is harmful and low levels of exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke lead to a rapid and sharp increase in dysfunction and inflammation of the lining of the blood vessels, which are implicated in heart attacks and stroke.2 According to the 2014 U.S. Surgeon General's Report, The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress, secondhand smoke exposure causes stroke in nonsmokers. The report also found that since the 1964 Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health, 2.5 million nonsmokers have died from diseases caused by tobacco smoke.3



Thank You for your support






Eric Roberts

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

Garland, Texas

Integrative Nutrition
9:47 am

How to Take a Technology Detox

There are many benefits to using technology – traveling around the world, connecting with loved ones, learning in the classroom, and even saving lives in hospitals! However, like anything else, technology can be overused and even abused. Read More

1:45 am

Eating disorders awareness

Eating disorders awareness





Author to whom correspondence should be addressed;

Studied Health Editor: Eric Roberts

Published: 2/28/2018


Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Eating disorders affect 30 million Americans at some point of their lives.

NEDA Confidential screening tool

NDEA Helpline



What are eating disorders

Eating disorders are a treatable mental illness. National surveys estimate that 20 million women and 10 million men will have been affected sometime during their lifetimes.

Types of eating disorders

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Orthorexia
  • PICA
  • Rumination Disorder
  • UFED
  • Laxative abuse
  • Compulsive exercise

Risk factors involve a range of biological, psychological, sociocultural issues. Listed below are some examples of risk factors.


  • Having a close relative with an eating disorder
  • Having a close relative with a mental health issue
  • History of dieting
  • Negative energy balance
  • Type 1 diabetes


  • Perfectionism
  • Body image dissatisfaction
  • Personal history of an anxiety disorder
  • Behavioral inflexibility


  • Weight stigma
  • Teasing – bullying
  • Limited social networks
  • Historical Trauma

Warning signs

  • Pre-occupation with weight, food, calories
  • Appears uncomfortable eating around others
  • Skipping meals
  • Extreme concern with body size-shape
  • Dry skin-brittle nails
  • Fine hair
  • Muscle weakness
  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Hoards food in strange places
  • Evidence of binge eating
  • Evidence of purging behaviors
  • Fears of choking or vomiting
  • Pervasive eating of substances that are not food
    • Soap
    • Chalk
    • Wool
    • Soil
    • Cloth
  • Repeated regurgitation of food for a period of at least a month
  • Spending hours per day thinking about what food might be served at an upcoming event
  • Compulsive exercise
    • Despite injury
    • Despite fatigue
  • Fear that insulin will “make me fat”

Stats           Treatment           Prevention




In summary for those who are suffering from some sort of eating disorder there is a network that serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and quality care and recovery. For those that want to help there is help & support, resources for learning and getting involved – there are also ways to give. For more information and resources Visit the National Eating Disorders Association.

6:21 pm





Author to whom correspondence should be addressed;
Studied Health  Editor: Eric Roberts 
Published: 2/28/2018

Sea vegetables – also known as seaweeds have long been a staple and healing food in certain parts of the world.


Sea vegetables can provide minerals, trace elements, vitamins and fiber. They offer balanced nutrients allowing people to easily incorporate healthy nutrients into everyday meals. Sea vegetables can be used in insignificant amounts in recipes to enhance flavors and nutrient values.



·       An ideal potassium: sodium ratio

·       A non-dairy source of calcium

·       A reliable source of iron

·       Excellent source of iodine

·       Major source for vitamins b-12 and b-6

·       Source of lesser amounts of protein

Potential Health benefits

·       Anti-viral

·       Anti-inflammatory

·       Anti-humoral

·       Anti-coagulant

·       Blood sugar stabilizer

·       Anti-oxidant

Sea vegetables are nutrient dense, because of this only small amount are needed for use in recipes and supplements. Brown seaweeds tend to work better in soups and stews. Red seaweeds are better used in sandwiches, stir-fry’s and salads.


For beginners its recommended to use milled sea vegetables to start with, as they are more affordable and easier to work with. I listed a beginners list below.  

·       Dulse flakes

·       Dulse powder

·       Kelp flakes

·       Kelp powder

·       Alaria powder

·       Laver flakes


For products, recipes and information check out the following resources.


·       North American kelp



In conclusion sea vegetables not only are a reliable source of micro-nutrients for humans. Sea vegetables can be beneficial for plants, and animals as a supplement. Although clinical trails and more research needs to be done it is thought that sea vegetables can greatly enhance Health.

1:56 pm

Ask a Integrative Nutrition Health Coach a Question

A new "free service" Coach Eric has developed a questions page. Just fill in the details on the web form and submit it. Coach Eric will review your questions and send a reply. The questions and the answers will be published to Coach Eric's Blog and here on Facebook.


 Just type in your health and wellness questions into the form and submit. We will reply with a useful answer. we have included a file upload ability to allow you to send us a photo if that has to do with your questions. For example if you want our opinion if a certain product is healthy just snap a photo of the ingredient label and submit.  We will publish the questions and answers on our website. 


Looking forward to answering your health and wellness questions 


Eric Roberts 




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1:12 am

Nutritional Yeast Powder

Product Spotlight


Nutritional Yeast Powder


By Eric Roberts


As a Graduate of Institute for Integrative Nutrition® (IIN) and a member of the Integrative Nutrition®Ambassador Network, Eric helps people create a completely personalized “roadmap to health” that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals. Eric is passionate about superfoods that provide abundant nutrition that helps ensure sustainable heath.


Nutritional yeast –sometimes called nooch is a deactivated yeast.


It is sold in the form of flakes or a yellow powder. You will most likely find it in health food stores. Its very popular with vegans and may be used as an ingredient in recipes.


A significant source of b vitamins, fortified versions have even higher levels of vitamins especially vitamin b-12. Nutritional yeast is a major source for folate, niacin, and selenium.

Nutritional yeast has a cheesy nutty type of flavor, and it is a great substitute for cheese in recipes. Other names for nutritional yeast include

·        Nooch

·        Hippie dust

·        Yeshi

·        Savory yeast flakes

A serving of nutritional yeast yields a complete protein, providing all 9 amino acids. Yeast cannot provide vitamin b-12 and to do so it must be fortified with vitamin b-12.


Recipe sources include

·        RED STAR®

·        The ultimate uncheese cookbook

·        Conveniently vegan

Benefits of nutritional yeast

·        A super food

·        A source of amino acids

·        A source of protein

·        Naturally low in fat

·        Naturally gluten free

Beneficial effects of yeasts

·        Proven probiotic effects

·        Prevention and treatment of diarrhea

·        Beneficial in treatment of IBD

·        Stimulation of immunity

·        Potential of decreasing ADD in children and adults has been proven


RED STAR®nutritional yeast

Now Foods

PubMed Ref: PMCID- 327658

PubMed ref pmc 5251302

PubMed ref pmc 5591489

Wikipedia Nutritional yeast  

Red Star website



These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.



© 2018 Studied Health. All rights reserved.



7:02 pm

National African American History Month

  1. National African American History Month on February 2018.
    In recognition of National African History Month. I will be bringing to light the African Heritage Pyramid. The heritage of African diets of Africa, South America, The Caribbean and the American south were traditionally healthy. I hope to influence African Americans to reach back and dig up their roots with respect to food and heritage. The African word Sankofa translates as “to go back and take”.

    As the typical African Americans diet has evolved with the times from the traditional African diets of the past to the current standard American diet which has high sodium levels. African Americans have a higher rate of Health problems than other Americans when it comes to Hypertension and other health issues.

    Culinary Plates examples of an African heritage diet

    • Peanut soup • Chicken yassa • Vegetable & rice soup • Grilled red snapper & mango with cilantro lime vinaigrette & green beans • Shrimp gumbo • Pecan crusted baked catfish. Baked sweet potato & okra & corn mix up

    Traditional foods throughout the African diaspora
    • Squashes • Pumpkins • Tubers • Root vegetables • Yams • Leafy greens • Fruits • Rice • Beans • Nuts • Seeds • Meat • Poultry
    • Wild game • Herbs • Teas • Fermented drinks
    Traditional foods of western Africa and central Africa

    • Millet • Sorghum • Wheat • Rice • Black eyed peas • Chickpeas • Lentils • Watermelon • Tamarind • Plums • Dates • Figs • Pomegranates • Shea butter • Sesame oil • Palm oil • Melegueta pepper • Cubebs • Ginger • Cow’s milk • Goat milk • Sheep’s milk • Camels milk • Millet beer • Mead or palm wine

    Around 40 million people of African descent live in the united states, many have been influenced by French, Spanish, African, Haitian and British cuisines which have become intertwined with southern cooking to form a new brand of cuisine. Major staples of the African American diet. • Rice • Grits • Cabbage • Okra • Tomatoes
    • Sweet potatoes • Green beans • Dandelion greens • Mustard greens • Collards • Turnip greens • Kale • Watercress • Black eyes peas • Kidney beans • Pickles- Beets, radish, cabbage, carrots, green beans, cucumbers • Onions, peppers, celery • Oyster • Crabs • Shrimp
    African American cuisine has been called “food to fall in love with”

    Other staples from the Afro- Caribbean and Afro-South American areas of the world include • Salt fish • Conch • Papaya • Guava • Callaloo • Pigeon peas • Black beans • Kidney beans • Coconut milk • Breadfruit • Yams • Plantains • Pumpkins • Curried vegetables • Shrimp • Crab • Palm oil • Garlic • Cilantro • Red beans • Yucca • Cassava • Peanuts
    • Mangoes • Red snapper • Avocado • Tapioca

    Cooking connects us to tradition, our roots, creativity and good health. Its important to share meals with each other as families that eat together feel well, benefits include mental and emotional health and physical health. It also enhances family connection over healthy foods and traditions all of which is a form of a healthy community.

    African American health when compared to the general population is disproportionately affected by several major chronic and major diseases in incidence, aggressiveness and mortality.

    More than 40% suffer from higher blood pressure. African Americans are twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes. Over half of African Americans 20 years and older are obese (40 percent for males). African American males have a higher risk of prostate cancer than any other demographic.

    A modern diet of excess has created this shift to chronic health issues. The American standard diet that’s high in sodium, unhealthy trans fats, sugar and fast food have been major contributors to the health of all Americans including the African American.

    Getting back to the mainly vegetarian diet of the traditional African diet would be a major health benefit for those that have evolved to the standard American diet. The traditional African diet was heavy on plant-based foods and meats were mainly used as a side or a flavoring agent of the main course of vegetables.

    Main message of the African heritage diet.
    Boost flavor with spices and herbs not sodium. Make vegetable the main course of the meal not meats. Change the way you think about meats—use them to flavor not as a source of protein or fat. Make rice and beans a staple of the heritage diet. Embrace leafy greens as a source for fiber, protein and nutrients. Incorporate one pot simple cooking methods, embrace kitchen setup. Find real foods everywhere from gardens to farmers markets to the grocery store. Gather family support and enjoy healthy food together around the table. Make room for celebrational foods. Jazz up fruits for desserts. Enjoy healthy drinks.
    The African Heritage Diet is a way of eating based on the healthy food traditions of people with African roots

seven super spices with an African Flair


Learn more about the African Heritage Diet




 I practice a holistic approach to health and wellness, which means that I look at how all areas of your life are connected. Does stress at your job or in your relationship cause you to overeat? Does lack of sleep or low energy prevent you from exercising? As we work together, we will look at how all parts of your life affect your health.

My approach is not to dwell on calories, carbs, fats, and proteins. It is not to create lists of restrictions or good and bad foods. Instead, I work with my clients to create a happy, healthy life in a way that is flexible, fun and rewarding.

Together we’ll work to reach your health goals in areas such as achieving optimal weight, reducing food cravings, increasing sleep, and maximizing energy. As we work together, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of the food and lifestyle choices that work best for you and implement lasting changes that will improve your energy, balance and health.
 An Integrative Nutrition Health Coach is a guide and mentor who empowers you and provides ongoing support and guidance as you set goals and make sustainable changes that improve your health and happiness.

As your Health Coach, I will listen carefully, and we’ll navigate the world of contradictory nutrition and health advice together to explore what truly works for you.

 Together we will: Connect the dots between who you are and who you want to be
 Create your personal blueprint
 Decipher your body’s unique needs
 Set your personal goals and work towards sustainable change
 What you get: Two 50-minute sessions per month
 Email support between sessions
 Simple healthy recipes
 Handouts specific to your needs and goals
 Health history
 Overwhelmed by stress at work?

Fed up with those nagging cravings?

Want to feel great in your body?

Ready to accomplish your goals in a way that’s empowering and exciting?
 To decide if health coaching is right for you, I invite you to schedule a free initial consultation with me. During this session, we will discuss your health and lifestyle to determine how I can best support you in achieving your goals.
 What are you waiting for? Let's do this!

Eric Roberts

Integrative Nutrition
8:39 am

Three Spices to Add to Your Spice Rack

If you want to give your meals an upgrade, adding some new spices to your cooking repertoire can make a huge difference in transforming bland meals into flavorful, satisfying dishes. Read More

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