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The LLVLC Show (Episode 547): Paleo Fan Sarah Johnson Impacting Food Policy In New York State

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In Episode 547 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we welcome a huge proponent of Paleo living who recently got a job as the assistant to the New York State Council on Food Policy at the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets. Her name is Sarah Johnson and some of you may know her as the girlfriend of former podcast guest Mat “The Kracken” Lalonde. But she is making quite the name for herself in the nutritional realm in her own right by helping to change the food culture in the state of New York through this unique governmental position that wields power over how kids eat in schools there.

Through this job, Sarah is able to make an impact on food policy in a positive way for school children, farmers, and others who would stand to benefit from real food in stark contrast to the high-carb, highly-processed carbage that passes for “food” these days. She noted that these programs are happening on the state government level like they are in New York and that she hopes it becomes a template for other states to follow in the years to come. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have a Paleo diet fan helping to implement these kind of changes and it will be fun to watch how Sarah is able to impact the state of New York and the entire United States in the coming years! Listen in to get encouraged that all is not lost when it comes to food in America.

Listen to Sarah Johnson talk food policy in New York state:

  • She thought she wanted to be a doctor, but wasn’t interested in nutrition
  • Her interest in CrossFit in 2009 where she learned about Paleo
  • How she learned about all the health benefits of eating this way
  • She honed in on obesity, diabetes, nutrition, and public policy
  • The correlation that she sees between low-income and obesity
  • The prevalence of the junk food availability in poor areas
  • Her education in Public Health that zeroes in on intervention
  • The internship she got with the NYS Council on Food Policy
  • Assessment of food pantries to see if they follow Dietary Guidelines
  • How she reconciles her Paleo beliefs with the NY Department of Agriculture
  • The Farm-To-School program she promotes is Paleo-friendly
  • She is bracing for the battle over grains in the future
  • The excitement she’s seen with farmers interacting with students
  • How Jamie Oliver has been attempting to do this in schools
  • The “demand is growing” for this “successful” program in New York
  • Her “Farm-To-Youth-fest” she helped coordinate to showcase farmers
  • Whether this program she is part of is a state or national web site
  • Find a Farm-To-School program in your area
  • While this is still a “niche,” she hopes it will become mainstream
  • What kind of success these programs are having on health and obesity
  • Her survey work with Cornell learning about barriers to food change
  • What her diet looks like in a typical day
  • Getting back into the groove of her exercise routine
  • She’s a “bottomless pit” and eats just as much as Mat
  • Her flexibility has been good, but not great strength-building
  • Why she’d choose “lifting heavy” over running any day
  • Whether she has plans to start writing her own nutrition blog
  • Where she came up with “Jamby Juice” as a nickname
  • What she would like to see happen in nutrition in the coming years
  • Her interest in working with the population at large than individuals
  • The Georgia anti-obesity campaign shaming parents
  • The school environment has a “huge influence” on kid’s nutrition
  • Eat less, exercise more is quantitative not qualitative
  • People should support their local farms and CSAs
  • How surprisingly affordable eating quality food can be
  • The “gigantic arena” at her local farmer’s market in Albany, NY

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    Were you inspired by the work Sarah Johnson is doing impacting food policy in New York state? Tell us what you thought about it in the show notes section of Episode 547. Sarah doesn’t have a blog yet, but check out her LinkedIn page, her @jambyjuice page on Twitter, and her nutrition columns on Albany CrossFit. Coming up next week we’ve got three more wonderful ladies to share with you about the work they are doing to promote healthy living. On Monday, we welcome a brand new medical doctor from Australia named Anastasia Boulais from the “Primalmeded” blog. Then on Tuesday, we’ll have Peggy Emch from the “Primal Parent” blog. Finally on Wednesday, my friend Jill Escher will discuss her brand new book Farewell, Club Perma-Chub: A Sugar Addict’s Guide to Easy Weight Loss. We’re rolling right along with some pretty remarkable podcast interviews in 2012!

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