If you’re living the Be Well lifestyle and on the journey of cutting out refined sugar, you may be running into one stumbling block: what to do about birthday celebrations? In our culture, it seems unthinkable to have anything but a beautifully decorated cake with lots of frosting for a birthday. But, there is another way! Here are 5 gorgeous desserts that are worthy of a summer birthday celebration. This way, you can have your cake and eat it too — without weight gain or a sugar hangover.
Author: Kerry Bajaj
I’ve had a lot of fun starting solid foods with my little one this year. She’s responded very well to healthy whole foods like sweet potato, acorn squash, broccoli, avocado, eggs, salmon and coconut oil. But I’ve noticed that when she goes on playdates with the other kids, she’s exposed to a lot of finger food like Cheerios, Goldfish and Puffs
I stick to a mostly whole foods diet, but when I’m buying something packaged, I have a few very easy rules for reading food labels. These are so simple that you can even teach them to kids:
First, I look at the list of ingredients, and if it’s very long and includes things I can’t pronounce, then I do not want to eat that food.
Brussels sprouts are part of the Brassica family of vegetables, which includes broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and kale. The brassicas are wonderful to include in your diet anytime, and especially when you are doing a detox. They are rich in phytochemicals, and are celebrated for supporting liver detoxification and their anticarcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties. Brussels sprouts in particular are full of fiber and vitamins C, E, A and K. They have chemicals that are believed to play a role in keeping the body’s DNA intact and functioning properly. In the cookbook Brassicas, they are referred to as “the emeralds of the food world.”
If you are dealing with constipation, you should start with the basics: eat a whole foods diet, avoid processed foods, and drink lots of water. Often doing a Cleanse and taking a good probiotic is helpful.
However, if you have tried all this and still can’t get things moving, here are some other tools we use at the wellness center.
When we see patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, we often start by doing a Cleanse and using lots of probiotics to balance the bacteria in the gut. However, if their symptoms persist, one thing we might encourage the patient to explore is following a low-FODMAPs diet.
We’ve all had those days when you feel endlessly hungry and no matter what you eat, it’s not enough. If you’re overeating on a regular basis, here are some tips to help you feel more satiated and put an end to overeating.
The office candy bowl is a major challenge that I hear about from patients all the time. You may have the best of intentions for sticking to your healthy eating plan, only to get sidetracked by the big bowl of M&Ms in the break room, the delivery of cupcakes from a client, or the cake everyone is having for a co-worker’s birthday.
you’re doing the Be Well Cleanse and looking for some tasty shake combos, look no further! When I do the Cleanse, I often make a smoothie for my breakfast shake, so that it’s a bit more filling. Then I have the other 2 shakes with just water or almond milk.
If weight loss is an important goal for you, we recommend skipping out on the smoothies and keeping the shakes simple by mixing them up with water, almond milk or coconut milk.
For all of these, simply add ingredients to the blender, blend and enjoy!
It used to be that there was nothing I loved more than a refreshing can of Diet Coke on a hot summer day. Now, I would never touch the can of chemicals.
If you haven’t given up soda yet, this might convince you. A 2007 study funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute found that one daily soft drink (diet OR regular) is associated with: