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
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
Several years ago, I shared 7 Reasons to Eat with the Seasons, and I continue stand by that approach as a primary way to foster optimal nutrition and add variety to the diet. Seasonal eating is an easy way to cut grocery costs and boost nutrition.
The added benefit of seasonal produce in the diet could be weight loss. Several fall foods that pack a powerful nutrient punch can also help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Add these Best Fall Foods for Weight Loss to your next shopping list and incorporate them into your autumn meals. Continue Reading
Pumpkins are synonymous with October and autumn festivities. That’s no wonder with over 80% of all US-grown pumpkins harvested in October. But just because these bright orange beauties are most often associated with Halloween and autumn décor, doesn’t mean that’s all there is to these members of the cucurbit family of vine crops (along with cucumbers, watermelon and squash). Pumpkins are full of nutrition and flavor, too! In fact, in this post, I’m going to tell you Everything You Need to Know about Pumpkin Nutrition, how to select, store and put those orange orbs to good use in the kitchen. Continue Reading
Wheatgrass is a controversial ingredient in the gluten-free world and it’s no wonder! The word “wheat” glares at you, yet there are numerous wheatgrass-containing health food products labeled gluten-free. Then there’s the wheatgrass shots offered by one of my favorite gluten-free juice bars. And what about Aloha, a company I partner with? They promote their Daily Good Greens powder supplement as gluten-free, but it contains wheatgrass. Before we scrap it all and skip this superfood ingredient, let’s answer the question “Is Wheatgrass Gluten-Free?” with science. Continue Reading
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Driving to the family farm a few weeks ago, everyone felt hungry. Of course, the supreme topic of conversation when you’re confined to a car on the interstate for two hours is food, right? Wrong! :)
The true indicator that we were genuinely hungry is no one mentioned desserts like this red velvet cake. We described our favorite real foods. With summer officially here, we agreed thick juicy burgers hot off the grill (on a gluten-free bun, of course) fit the bill.
With plenty of grass-fed ground beef in the freezer, fresh tomatoes ripening on the window sill, leafy greens in the crisper, and bacon in the fridge (you can get free bacon here – more details at the end of the post), dinner was an easy decision.
What isn’t always easy to decide is the type of meat to feed your family. There’s so much headline hype about meat these days, it’s challenging to discern fact from fiction. As a former research scientist, I need facts before making an informed decision.
Just like you with your family, it’s important to me that I’m preparing foods my family loves and foods that nourish (and do not cause harm to) our bodies.
After reading stacks of articles from scientific journals and listening to experts on the topic, it made sense for my family to switch to grass-fed beef. I want to share some of what I’ve learned so you can use the information to make the best decision for your family on what type of beef you eat. Continue Reading