A few hundred years ago our food was neither stripped of nutrients, nor loaded with chemicals, antibiotics and hormones. We slept according to the rhythms of nature and our biological systems were under much less stress. But the modern world has taken a huge toll on our bodies and minds and the stress of keeping our head above water is quite different. We may not have needed to supplement our diets then, but I strongly believe that in this day and age, supplementing with key nutrients is essential. The basic premise behind supplements as I see it is to augment our systems so that they can function optimally and do what they were designed to do. Supplements merely supplement a healthy, high-quality diet—they won’t replace one.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and who doesn’t love to indulge a little; I do! This Antioxidant Cherry Chocolate Smoothie recipe shows you how you can indulge and feel good about it at the same time.
Both the antioxidant benefits of raw cocao and cherries make this combination a rich, tasty one. Raw cocao is loaded with phytochemicals that may reduce LDL cholesterol–and we all love that feel-good boost of endorphins we get from this pure source.
I love herbs and spices, not only for their flavors but also for their medicinal effects. And if I had to pick one health all-star, it would have to be turmeric, the spice born of the curcuma longa plant that gives curries their rich golden yellow color. It’s more than just a tasty flavor-enhancer though. The chief polyphenol in turmeric, curcumin, has healing and protective powers that make it a nutritional force to be reckoned with. Here’s my in-a-nutshell guide to this miraculous gift of nature – and how to put it to work for you:
There are those who embrace winter and those who have to brace themselves for it. Not only does the profusion of cold and snow tend to drag spirits down, but the lack of daylight really does a number on mood, often sending it to a dark place. Be it a slight case of the blues or full-on SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), the symptoms tend to leave people feeling fairly lousy, with some combination of exhaustion (despite oversleeping), carb cravings, feeling withdrawn, moody or blue.
Winter is here! Today is the winter solstice, which signals winter’s official start date and the shortest day of the year. If you are starting to feel the winter blues and know it will only come on stronger post the holiday season, here are some instant healthy mood boosters and ways to conquer the winter blues.
We say it time and time again: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! And this can be especially true during the holidays. A healthy and nourishing breakfast keeps you satisfied and energized, allowing you to really enjoy your Thanksgiving, which usually includes cooking a delicious meal, catching up with family, and resisting those tempting treats!
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.
This is a creamy, decadent and absolutely delicious start to your day. This smoothie is packed with antioxidants, healthy fat and protein.
New and exciting research is revealing a strong connection between our mood and the various bacteria that live within our intestines. This is certainly a sobering notion. Think of it: the bacteria living within the digestive system are, to some degree, involved in determining whether we are happy, sad, anxious or even depressed.
A few very well publicized studies showed that calcium supplements may be bad for one’s heart. This has lead scores of consumers to abandon their calcium supplements out of fear that they are damaging their cardiovascular systems.
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.