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.
They’re essential to energy, focus, vitality, and metabolism. And yet most of us have no idea how our mitochondria work. Here’s how to tune up your body’s quadrillions of “energy factories” so you can perform at your peak.
We spend billions of dollars every year buying pills, potions, and creams that promise to slow the aging process. But what if we could enlist our own bodies to help us live longer, healthier lives?
Meet your mitochondria — the tiny factories in each of our cells that turn the food we eat and the oxygen we breathe into energy.
It’s no secret that I love to eat and my favorite food of all? Avocados. I’m bananas for them! Avocados are truly one of nature’s little miracle foods and I encourage you to enjoy them several times a week. These little green gems can do so much to help keep you well from head to toe, they’re simply too good to pass up. Here are a few thoughts on why you need to get to know them better – and eat them more often:
We all want the best for our children – for their health, happiness and future. One of the best ways to support their growth and their future is through instilling good eating habits and providing them with a nutritious diet. None of this is easy with our busy schedules and our culture of processed food, unhealthy school lunches, and restaurant “kid menus” full of trans-fats and sugar.
Probiotics — the live microorganisms found in fermented foods such as kefir and kimchi — are one of the hottest, and most promising, topics in nutritional research. Your gut is teeming with trillions of bacteria that help you digest food as well as thwart intruders — and it turns out, you can give those friendly bacteria a boost by adding probiotics to your body. “We’re only at the cusp of understand the potential of probiotics,” says Gregor Reid, PhD, a microbiologist at the University of Western Ontario. Soon, Dr. Reid theorizes, probiotics may be used in prescription drugs to treat a range of conditions, from acne to depression.
Even though the health dangers associated with bisphenol A (BPA) have been known for more than 70 years, it wasn’t until recently that manufacturers began ditching the stuff due to rising public awareness. For consumers, among the chief concerns was BPA’s estrogen-mimicking effects which, in addition to throwing off the body’s natural hormone balance, was linked to a cavalcade of health problems, including reproductive issues, birth defects, breast cancer, heart and liver disease and neurological disorders.
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.
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.
Hey there smartie, you know salmon, a light and super mega brain boosting protein, cooks in minutes, with the Vitamin A and C of spinach and the good carbs you need from the quinoa, the perfect combination for a pre-made lunch, a meal on the go as a side dish or a main meal.
When it comes to eating well, variety is the spice of life. It’s also great for your good gut bacteria who thrive on extracting nutrients from as many kinds of veggies as they can get. However, with our too-busy-to-cook-from-scratch lifestyles, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut, eating the same foods over and over again. So how about changing things up? How about surprising your tastebuds and good gut bacteria with a heaping helping of nutrient-dense spaghetti squash? There’s so much to love about them, it’s time to give ‘em a second look.
Stress and tension can be a serious trigger for all headache sufferers. An easy solution for headaches is addressing the muscles that get tight in the neck and jaw. My treatments of choice always include Active Release Technique, chiropractic, and acupuncture.
When those treatments help but just don’t do the trick, we must look at foods and the reactions to the food we put into our bodies. In my clinical practice, food can be a direct trigger causing headaches for many of my patients.