Author: Katrine van Wyk

What to Eat to Prepare Your Skin for the Summer Sun

You can actually help your skin better protect itself from sunburns by eating real, whole foods and avoiding pro-inflammatory foods like sugar and processed seed oil! I have heard stories of people who find themselves much more resilient to the sun after switching to a more nutrient dense diet full of vegetables, healthy fats and clean protein sources like eggs and wild fish. Certainly worth a shot!

Low-Carb Swaps

Rest assured, you can still have some comforting, familiar dishes when cutting back on carbohydrates or cutting out grains. Here are some of my favorite healthy swaps for pasta, bread and wraps.

5 Healthy Condiments to Amp Up Any Dish

Even if you tend to cook and eat a lot of the same foods all the time, you can easily switch up the flavors and add something new and interesting to a simple dish by simply switching up the condiments. Steamed vegetables, quinoa, salad dressings and even your steak can get a new flare just by adding one of these nutritious and flavor-packed sauces.

Our Favorite Natural Deodorants

The quest to find the best (or even just a good) natural deodorant is ongoing here at the Be Well offices. We all want to avoid the nasty chemicals found in most conventional deodorants, but we also want to smell fresh and feel clean and dry!

Before we get into our favorite options, let’s just review some of the ingredients to AVOID when you’re in the deodorant aisle.

All Dairy Is Not Created Equal

Dairy is one of those topics that come up a lot here at the Wellness Center. Many of our patients discover that their digestion or skin is irritated by dairy consumption and end up avoiding it all together. Others find that raw milk or goat and sheep’s milk is fine for them, but that other dairy products still irritate them. There’s no doubt that when it comes to dairy everyone is different, and your tolerance can change over time.

Healthy Food Ideas For Your Baby

Letting your baby taste some food for the first time is such a special moment. To see the reaction on their cute little faces as they try to figure out what just happened is pure entertainment! I remember watching my own boy grabbing his pear and sweet potato sticks and chewing away on it with his bare gums.

So then comes the question too – what should I feed my baby?

In this context it’s important to mention that the WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding until 5-6 months and supplemental breastfeeding (nursing as well as other foods) until 23 months.

7 Ways To Boost Your Energy Naturally

You deserve to go through your day feeling full of energy, enthusiasm and vitality. Sadly, that’s not how many of us feel most of the time. With busy schedules, demanding jobs and the expectation of always being available and on life can be exhausting! Here are some tips for boosting your energy levels TODAY.

Reading Food Labels

I consider real food to be foods that are as close to nature as possible, with very few ingredients. That means foods that our grandparents would recognize and gladly eat. But in today’s supermarkets even finding something as simple as bread or butter requires some savvy skills.

How to “Crowd Out” Unhealthy Foods

I am not one for deprivation… I’m done with calorie counting and dieting! I like to eat and enjoy delicious food, so for me the concept of “crowding out” less healthy foods with good-for me stuff is great! Think about it – my belly can only fit so much food at once, so if I fill it up with good stuff, I’ll be less likely to crave the bad.

Here are the secrets to crowding out the unhealthy foods: