Sugar – a little on occasion is fine, too much too often leads to health-compromising inflammation in the body. Another issue with eating sugary foods regularly is that it leaves us wanting more. We may even begin to crave the sweet stuff on a regular basis. Here, some simple fixes to put to work in your everyday life to help halt sugar cravings. It’s all about balance and these 10 Tips to Stop Sugar Cravings will help you find it. Continue Reading
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We talk a lot here about balance. More often than not, my advice to you focuses on food. But if you’ve ever talked to me in person, you know food isn’t always the first aspect of balanced living I mention.
To me, balance is about all aspects of mind, body and spirit, gently flowing in tune, one with another. In fact, my science background is rooted in the mind-body connection.
Achieving balance in life is just like anything else worth having – it requires consistent positive effort and time investment. There’s no secret trick or expensive therapy. You simply have to want a grounded, balanced life, and it is yours!
If you’re after more balance in your life, here are a few of the tactics I use every day. For me, these daily rituals lay a strong foundation for positive life balance. They may seem like small acts, but I assure you, the additive effect is tremendous. Once you incorporate (your own version of) these into your daily routine, they will become habit. Then, life will slip into the balanced groove you desire. Continue Reading
Inflammation is a complex immune response. Chronic inflammation was my research specialty. It occurs when the inflammatory state becomes persistent. Sometimes, it is barely detectable for years. Then, symptoms occur, disease is present and we are left wondering how to calm the inflammatory fires raging in our body.
It is accepted among scientists that chronic inflammation is the root cause of most disease. Reducing inflammation in the body is the number one preventative for conditions such as cardiac disease, diabetes and cancer.
So, how do you know if you have chronic inflammation? These five common signs are a good place to start self evaluation.
5 Signs of Chronic Inflammation
If you read my recent article about how research shows counting calories makes some people gain weight, you know that calculating caloric intake really is not for everyone. However, it is something that works for some individuals. I can’t stress enough how different each human body and mind is and how everyone’s approach needs to be customized to their system. So for those of you who do count calories and who are interested in ways to almost effortlessly cut calories you don’t really need Continue Reading
Chances are you know someone who diligently counts every calorie in an effort to lose or maintain their weight. While there is no one-size-fits all approach to weight loss (or anything else, for that matter), this method does work for some individuals; however, for others, when it comes to weight loss, counting calories can backfire and lead to weight gain instead.
Research from the University of California San Francisco reveals dieters who restrict calories as well as those who count calories without restricting them have increased cortisol levels.
Before we realize the connection between increased cortisol levels and weight gain, let’s discuss what cortisol is and its function in the body. Continue Reading
I’m so happy to welcome my first guest blogger, Jackie Aanonsen McEwan, of Gluten Free Follow Me. Jackie is a very knowledgeable about gluten-free eateries and products, and just a warm personality in general. I enjoy following her site, as well as her social media channels. They’re all listed at the end of this post, so be sure to give her a follow! Today, Jackie is sharing her best tips on Dining Out Gluten Free. Thank you, Jackie, for these great pointers!!
Welcome Jackie of Gluten Free Follow Me
Hi! I’m Jackie, and I’m the founder of Gluten Free Follow Me, the Guide to Dining Gluten Free in NYC, California, and beyond. I’m so excited that Gigi and I are both guest blog posting on each other’s blogs this week! And I’m here to tell you that you CAN eat out without negotiating your gluten free diet and to give you some tips on dining out when gluten free! Continue Reading