Category: Nutrition

I think of food as information. The right food can bring out the best in your genes for a healthier life. Most of us believe that age related diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, adult onset diabetes, stroke, cancer, etc are the inevitable consequences of aging, but we are now finding out that this is not necessarily true. Healthy aging is mainly the result of how we “communicate” with our genes — through our diet!

A revolutionary new science, Nutrigenomics, is showing how different foods may interact with specific genes, how food “talks” to our genes and how our genes express themselves after the conversation. Eat the right foods and they will send instructions to your genes for good health. Eating the wrong foods however, sends messages for disease.

This section will include articles/blogs on all matters relating to food and supplements. In time, you will also find great recipes for making healthy and delicious food.

10 Minute Interview on Balancing the Microbiome

I was recently asked to give a short, 10 minute answer to the following question question: “What’s the #1 thing you recommend people do right now to maximize their health and wellness?”

This was part of a very special interview series with 26 of the world’s leading health experts and doctors, each giving their perspective in 10 minutes or less called. The interview series is call 10 Minute Wellness Tips (which you can get for free).

Baby’s First Finger Foods

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

Be Well Kitchen: Vegetable Frittata

Now that spring has finally arrived, we’ve been frequenting our local farms. I love stocking up on fresh eggs and local produce directly from the farm. We often take the kids so they can learn about how and where our food is sourced.

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!

From the Be Well Kitchen: Turmeric Tea

Also known as Golden Milk, turmeric tea is a warm and nourishing drink that helps the body fight inflammation while boosting the immune system.  This bright orange herb has been used in different cultures for thousands of years to treat and prevent disease by supplying the body with many beneficial antioxidants and healing properties, making it a great way to turn your food into medicine!

Be Well Kitchen: Amie’s Easy Homemade Cashew Bars

If you like Lara bars, you’ll love this homemade cashew bar recipe. It’s gluten, dairy, soy and refined-sugar free. It’s super easy to make and tastes delicious — much better than snacking on processed bars with a long list of ingredients!

Ingredients for All Day Energy: 8 Healthy Snack Ideas

The basic rule of healthy snacking is to increase the protein and fat of your snack and limit the carbohydrate and sugar content. For example, apple slices topped with almond butter provides the fat and protein required to increase and sustain your energy, as opposed to an apple on its own which will only stave off the hunger for 30 – 60 minutes.

Artificial Sweeteners Threaten Your Health

It seems self evident that consumption of sugar sweetened beverages would be associated with increased risk for type 2 diabetes (T2D). And in fact, this has been demonstrated in multiple studies. This is understandable when you consider what a powerful slug of fructose is delivered by each can or bottle of this stuff.

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.