I learn from my patients every day. This week I was asked by one if the carrageenan in her almond milk was a concern. She suffered from arthritis, obesity, and heart disease. Although I was aware of a health issue regarding this food additive, I needed to read up on the topic before I responded to her concerns. Here is what I learned.
To me, healthy eating simply means removing, or limiting the foods in your diet that could be harming you and eating enough of the foods that contain the nutrients essential to your health. It is always preferable to get your nutrients from food itself rather than supplements, although replenishing nutrients using supplements is necessary, too. Most importantly, eating should be a pleasurable experience. If you are not enjoying your meals because you feel deprived or bored, your diet is not right for you. There is no one right diet, or way to eat, different people thrive on different foods.
Enjoying a cup of good quality, organic coffee isn’t a problem for most people, but if you find yourself overdoing it on caffeine it can come with some pretty frustrating side effects. If you’re experiencing anxiety, trouble sleeping, digestive woes, restlessness or dehydration, you may be consuming too much. Drinking coffee as part of a healthy lifestyle is one of those tricky habits to master—you really have to find your sweet spot with it, so you don’t begin to rely on it for energy.
The verdict is out – healthy fats are good for us! And we should try our best to get them in at every meal! Healthy fats lubricate our digestive system, are necessary for hormone production, support the health of our brain and help us to feel satiated! Make sure to check out this interview with Nina Teicholtz, author of The Big Fat Surprise, to learn more about why we need fat in our diet.
So, how do you know which healthy fats you should be eating? Here are some of our favorites.
Wal-Mart’s announcement that it is urging its thousands of U.S. suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals shines a light on a practice that the meat industry would rather not discuss: the use of drugs on the meat that we eat.
80% of the antibiotics used in the U.S. are used on the animals we eat: injected into them, fed to them and many of the drugs are banned or restricted around the world.
As Wal-Mart steps into this issue, it brings to light one of the most controversial drugs in our food system: ractopamine.
So many people ask Frank and I questions about our diet and what we eat on a daily basis. So I’m going to pull back the curtain and share some insights into how we really eat. Here are the most common questions we get and the inside scoop on what The Lipmans eat.
When a patient of mine told me that he likes eating oranges because they help remind him to floss, I realized he was onto something.
If you’ve always struggled with making flossing a permanent habit, you might be relieved to know that there’s a very simple reason why. It has to do with the psychology of how we make habits.
As the summer season slowly comes to an end (booo!), the farmers markets are full of amazing produce (yay!). Take advantage of these flavor and nutrient packed foods while they last. They require only simple preparations – a simple tomato salad with lots of fresh basil, grilled zucchinis and bell peppers tossed in olive oil or a delicious and light ‘pasta’-like dish with noodles made of zucchini tossed in lots of freshly made pesto! If you’re feeling extra frisky – why not cook up a big batch of the tasty vegetables to freeze or can to enjoy later.
Last week, Katrine shared her healthy snack swaps and this week, I’m giving you more with a focus on mealtime. Sugary and/or high starch foods are ubiquitous in our culture but that doesn’t make them good choices. It may seem difficult to give up our favorite foods, but, ultimately, making changes to your diet simply means creating new habits.
Whether on the run or part of the daily routine, snacking can be nutritious and beneficial if you a little planning is involved. It’s all about grabbing the right snacks that keep you satisfied and energized.
Summertime, and the living is easy. Fresh produce is hitting its stride and with so much fruit that’s ripe for the picking, it’s hard not to go overboard. Rich in fiber, phytonutrients and antioxidants, these mouth-watering seasonal favorites are also packed with notable amounts of sugar – enough to interfere with diet and weight-loss goals as well as mess with blood sugar levels if you’re not paying attention.