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  • The Truth about Your Morning Coffee Fix

    The Healthy Home Economist
    Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    Did you know that over 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed in the world ….. every single day? Or, that the lethal dose of caffeine in a human is about 100 cups of coffee in four hours and that coffee affects the same area of the brain as cocaine, amphetamines and heroin – just with milder effects? These and many other interesting factoids about coffee are contained in the infographic below sent to me and used with permission by a reader in Ireland. (...)Read the rest of The Truth about Your Morning Coffee Fix (235 words) © Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist for The Healthy…
  • All Supermarkets Should Do This

    Nutrition News
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:36 pm
    The "Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables" for everyone.
  • Strategy proposed for preventing diseases of aging

    Nutrition Research News -- ScienceDaily
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Researchers argue that medicine focuses too much on fighting diseases individually instead of concentrating on interventions that prevent multiple chronic diseases and extend healthy lifespan. They call for moving forward with strategies that have been shown to delay aging in animals. In addition to promoting a healthy diet and regular exercise, these strategies include manipulating molecular pathways that slow aging and promote healthy longevity.
  • Inflammation and fibrosis in the heart healed with fat

    Nutrition / Diet News From Medical News Today
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Too much dietary fat is bad for the heart, but the right kind of fat keeps the heart healthy, according to a paper published in The Journal of Experimental Medicine.
  • Vitamin D deficiency raises risk of schizophrenia diagnosis

    Nutrition Research News -- ScienceDaily
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    Vitamin D-deficient individuals are twice as likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia as people who have sufficient levels of the vitamin, according to a new study. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and is needed for bone and muscle health. The skin naturally produces this vitamin after exposure to sunlight. People also obtain smaller amounts of the vitamin through foods, such as milk fortified with vitamin D. More than 1 billion people worldwide are estimated to have deficient levels of vitamin D due to limited sunshine exposure.
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  • Strategy proposed for preventing diseases of aging

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Researchers argue that medicine focuses too much on fighting diseases individually instead of concentrating on interventions that prevent multiple chronic diseases and extend healthy lifespan. They call for moving forward with strategies that have been shown to delay aging in animals. In addition to promoting a healthy diet and regular exercise, these strategies include manipulating molecular pathways that slow aging and promote healthy longevity.
  • The 92 percent clean plate club: You're not alone in eating everything on your plate

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:44 pm
    If you're a member of the Clean Plate Club -- you eat pretty much everything you put on your plate -- you're not alone! A new study shows that the average adult eats 92 percent of whatever he or she puts on his or her plate. "If you put it on your plate, it's going into your stomach," says the author of the forthcoming book on the subject.
  • Therapeutic bacteria prevent obesity in mice, study finds

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    A probiotic that prevents obesity could be on the horizon. Bacteria that produce a therapeutic compound in the gut inhibit weight gain, insulin resistance and other adverse effects of a high-fat diet in mice, investigators have discovered. Regulatory issues must be addressed before moving to human studies, but the findings suggest that it may be possible to manipulate the bacterial residents of the gut -- the gut microbiota -- to treat obesity and other chronic diseases.
  • Vitamin D deficiency raises risk of schizophrenia diagnosis

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    Vitamin D-deficient individuals are twice as likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia as people who have sufficient levels of the vitamin, according to a new study. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and is needed for bone and muscle health. The skin naturally produces this vitamin after exposure to sunlight. People also obtain smaller amounts of the vitamin through foods, such as milk fortified with vitamin D. More than 1 billion people worldwide are estimated to have deficient levels of vitamin D due to limited sunshine exposure.
  • High-salt diet doubles threat of cardiovascular disease in people with diabetes

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    People with Type 2 diabetes who eat a diet high in salt face twice the risk of developing cardiovascular disease as those who consume less sodium, according to a new study. Diabetes occurs when there is too much sugar in the bloodstream. People develop Type 2 diabetes when their bodies become resistant to the hormone insulin, which carries sugar from the blood to cells.
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  • Yum China cuts ties to owner of plant in meat scandal after arrests

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:10 am
    By Brenda Goh and Paul Carsten SHANGHAI/LANGFANG China (Reuters) - Yum Brands Inc's China division severed ties to OSI China after Shanghai police detained five people from that supplier's meat processing factory at the centre of a food safety scare that has ensnared several major Western brands. Shanghai police said on Wednesday the five individuals being held included the head of Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd as well as its quality manager. "Yum China has decided to immediately terminate all procurement from OSI China," including Shanghai Husi, Yum said in a statement.
  • Five held in China food scandal probe, including head of Shanghai Husi Food

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:18 am
    By Brenda Goh and Paul Carsten SHANGHAI/LANGFANG China (Reuters) - Shanghai police said on Wednesday they detained five people in an investigation into a Chinese-based supplier of foreign fast-food brands including KFC and McDonald's Corp over allegations the firm supplied out-of-date meat. The five detained include the head of the company - Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd, a unit of U.S.-based OSI Group LLC - and the firm's quality manager, the police said in an online statement. McDonald's, Yum Brands Inc, the parent company of KFC and Pizza Hut, and coffee chain Starbucks Corp are…
  • 'No safe place for civilians' in Gaza, U.N. says

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Palestinian civilians in densely-populated Gaza have no place to hide from Israel's military offensive and children are paying the heaviest price, the United Nations said on Tuesday. Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip, saying no ceasefire was near as U.S. and U.N. diplomats pursued talks on halting fighting that has claimed more than 600 lives as the conflict entered its third week. "There is literally no safe place for civilians," Jens Laerke, spokesman of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told a news…
  • China food scandal spreads, drags in Starbucks, Burger King and McNuggets in Japan

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:11 am
    By Adam Jourdan SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The latest food scandal in China is spreading fast, dragging in U.S. coffee chain Starbucks, Burger King Worldwide Inc and others, as well as McDonald's products as far away as Japan. McDonald's Corp and KFC's parent Yum Brands Inc apologised to Chinese customers on Monday after it emerged that Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd, a unit of U.S.-based OSI Group LLC, had supplied expired meat to the two chains. On Tuesday, Starbucks said some of its cafes previously sold products containing chicken originally sourced from Shanghai Husi, a firm that was…
  • Yum, McDonald's apologise as new China food scandal hits

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:28 pm
    By Adam Jourdan and Lisa Baertlein SHANGHAI/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Yum Brands Inc YUM.N and McDonald's Corp MCD.N are facing a new food safety scare in China, denting the fast-food companies' efforts to shore up reputations and businesses that were hurt by a 2012 safety scandal in one of their biggest markets. McDonald's and KFC parent Yum apologised to customers on Monday after Chinese regulators shut a local meat supplier following a TV report that showed workers picking up meat from a factory floor, as well as mixing meat beyond its expiration date with fresh meat. The…
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    Healthy Eating & Nutrition News

  • Dairy Free Vegan Cheese That Tastes Nice?

    10 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    Dairy Intolerant?No Problem. Just like meat free alternatives the massive increase in veganism has resulted in not just the range and choice but the quality of vegan cheese to change dramatically.Now you can buy vegan cheeses that actually taste like cheese, melt like cheese, look like cheese, smell like cheese (well thankfully not quite as bad as the real stuff)Take another look at dairy free vegan cheese options next time you are in a health food store or search online.Vegan cheeses that taste like cow's cheese not vegan cheese!Nutritionists London
  • Vegan CookBook Dairy Free Recipes A5 Book and On Kindle

    7 Jul 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Post by Tony Bishop-Weston Plantarian Cook & Author.Vegan CookbookBuy now on Kindle £3.99 Buy now as A5 Paperback £4.79 Other vegan cookbooks include The Ultimate / Complete book of Vegan Cooking in hardback and paperback. Tony Bishop-Weston on Twitter Tony Bishop-Weston Vegan Chef on FacebookVegan Chef on Linked InNutritionists London
  • Petition - UK Govt Pls Change NHS Eatwell Plate

    8 Apr 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Post by Changeyourplate.The UK Eat-well Plate as used by NHS, British Heart Foundation, supermarkets, 3663 and health professionals encourages people to eat fatty, sugary foods by advising we should eat small amounts of fatty, sugary foods to have a well balanced and healthy diet.The 7% high fat and sugary foods that Public Health England's Eatwell Plate advises us to eat is in addition to the predominantly fat rich foods found in the meat (12%) and dairy sections (15%) so that adds up to a worrying advisory 34% of your diet as saturated fat rich foods. Worse than that many of the…
  • More Reasons to Eat Christmas Brussels Sprouts - Fertility

    21 Dec 2013 | 1:33 pm
    Fertility Clinic BeaulieuNutritionists have long been aware of the potential of an optimum diet to improve fertility and help with healthy successful pregnancies. Statistics gathered by pre conceptual care charity Foresight show healthy childbirth success results that most IVF and fertility clinics can only dream of (up to 4 times more successful in some cases)A new study goes one step further to prove why. Sadly it's an animal study rather than a human study but it exposes the potential mechanisms that inadequate diets provoke. It also highlights how important it is that the potential…
  • Mothers: Children Friendly Brussels Sprouts

    20 Dec 2013 | 3:03 pm
     Brussels Sprouts for Kids It seems Brussels Sprouts are a bit like Marmite, you are either a lover or a hater.A new sweeter Brussels sprout seeks to change all that and breed a new nation of Brussels sprout loversWaitrose have launched them for Christmas 2013 It's hoped the "Kid Friendly" sticker on the packet will encourage children to try the new sweeter variety of Brussels sproutsFull Story : healthier kids's diets how and why visit…
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  • Rosemary and oregano contain diabetes-fighting compounds

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The popular culinary herbs oregano and rosemary are packed with healthful compounds, and now lab tests show they could work in much the same way as prescription anti-diabetic medication, scientists report
  • Aronia berries: the new superfood

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    A new fruit that research says packs more antioxidants than popular superfoods like blueberries, acai berries and goji berries is establishing itself in the aisles of mainstream grocery stores, showing up in everything from juices to powdered supplements to baby food.
  • New beef labeling law looms in Canada

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Registered beef processors in Canada must label mechanically tenderized beef starting Aug. 21.
  • Study finds no evidence taking B vitamins protects brain

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Taking B vitamins doesn't slow mental decline as we age, nor is it likely to prevent Alzheimer's disease, conclude Oxford University researchers
  • 8 Ways Zinc Affects the Human Body

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Researchers identified zinc as one of the most important essential trace metals in human nutrition and lifestyle in a new review article in Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety.
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  • Appetite control and biomarkers of satiety with vegetarian (soy) and meat-based high-protein diets for weight loss in obese men: a randomized crossover trial [Nutritional status, dietary intake, and body composition]

    Neacsu, M., Fyfe, C., Horgan, G., Johnstone, A. M.
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    Background: There is limited evidence with regard to the effect of different sources of protein on appetite during weight loss. Vegetarian and meat-based high-protein diets may have contrasting effects on appetite and biomarkers of protein-induced satiety. Objective: The aim was to assess appetite response to meat or vegetarian high-protein weight-loss (HPWL) diets in obese men to monitor plasma amino acid profile and gut peptide response as potential satiety biomarkers. Design: Twenty obese [body mass index (in kg/m2): 34.8] men participated in a dietary intervention study. After 3 d of a…
  • Neonatal epileptic encephalopathy: role of vitamin B-6 vitamers in diagnosis and therapy [Editorials]

    Dakshinamurti, K., Dakshinamurti, S.
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
  • Vitamin B-6 vitamers in human plasma and cerebrospinal fluid [Vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals]

    Albersen, M., Bosma, M., Luykx, J. J., Jans, J. J., Bakker, S. C., Strengman, E., Borgdorff, P. J., Keijzers, P. J., van Dongen, E. P., Bruins, P., de Sain-van der Velden, M. G., Visser, G., Knoers, N. V., Ophoff, R. A., Verhoeven-Duif, N. M.
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    Background: Vitamin B-6 comprises a group of 6 interrelated vitamers and is essential for numerous physiologic processes, including brain functioning. Genetic disorders disrupting vitamin B-6 metabolism have severe clinical consequences. Objective: To adequately diagnose known and novel disorders in vitamin B-6 metabolism, a reference set is required containing information on all vitamin B-6 vitamers in plasma and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Design: Concentrations of vitamin B-6 vitamers in the plasma and CSF of 533 adult subjects were measured by ultra high-performance liquid…
  • The effectiveness of breakfast recommendations on weight loss: a randomized controlled trial [Obesity and eating disorders]

    Dhurandhar, E. J., Dawson, J., Alcorn, A., Larsen, L. H., Thomas, E. A., Cardel, M., Bourland, A. C., Astrup, A., St-Onge, M.-P., Hill, J. O., Apovian, C. M., Shikany, J. M., Allison, D. B.
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    Background: Breakfast is associated with lower body weight in observational studies. Public health authorities commonly recommend breakfast consumption to reduce obesity, but the effectiveness of adopting these recommendations for reducing body weight is unknown. Objective: We tested the relative effectiveness of a recommendation to eat or skip breakfast on weight loss in adults trying to lose weight in a free-living setting. Design: We conducted a multisite, 16-wk, 3-parallel-arm randomized controlled trial in otherwise healthy overweight and obese adults [body mass index (in kg/m2) between…
  • Increased fruit and vegetable intake has no discernible effect on weight loss: a systematic review and meta-analysis [Nutritional status, dietary intake, and body composition]

    Kaiser, K. A., Brown, A. W., Bohan Brown, M. M., Shikany, J. M., Mattes, R. D., Allison, D. B.
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    Background: A common dietary recommendation for weight loss, especially in lay public outlets, is to eat more fruit and vegetables (F/Vs). Without a compensatory reduction in total energy intake, significant weight loss would be unlikely. Objective: We aimed to synthesize the best available evidence on the effectiveness of the general recommendation to eat more F/Vs for weight loss or the prevention of weight gain. Design: We searched multiple databases for human randomized controlled trials that evaluated the effect of increased F/V intake on body weight. Inclusion criteria were as follows:…
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  • Life: you’re doing it all wrong

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:16 am
    Chalky hands + battling ropes = happiness Do you ever have those grumpy, paranoid weeks where you feel like you’re the most incompetent person on the planet? That you have nothing of interest to offer and you’ll soon be living in a cardboard box? I’m sure studies have found this phenomenon is 73% more common amongst the self-employed, as there’s no one around to tell you to please be quiet and go make a round of tea for the team. Thank goodness for exercise to restore perspective. I switched my weekly personal training session to 6.30AM as part of Operation Morning…
  • Thank you, Cat People

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    … for your fab and funny comments on the last post. I learned a lot, too. Who knew there were microchipped cat flaps that only let in the right cat? I think the cat must have sensed all the adoration coming its way as he’s been extra aloof this week. No interest in affection; too busy trying to catch insects and snoozing on the shed roof.
  • The borrowed cat

    15 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    I’ve fallen for the cat next door. Until now I never understood Cat People. What is the point of cats? They’re so indifferent to you. They don’t seem to care if you’re alive or dead, as long as they’re being fed. But then the black and white fluffball above moved in to the little house on our left. It immediately started a turf war with the evil green-eyed cat that lives to our right. The battle ground? Our tiny back yard. Both of these cats share their humans with a dog, so I can understand why they’d fight for the right to lounge peacefully in neutral…
  • Everyday Life: June 2014

    8 Jul 2014 | 3:18 pm
    While the whole melanoma thing was going down I kept thinking, I mustn’t forget how this feels once I get through it. How life got vivid and simple, every detail amplified and important. How I felt present and appreciative and determined to send postcards to my grandparents more often. It was like when I started going out with Gareth and I bought lots of fancy knickers and vowed, I’m always going to wear fancy knickers! I’ll never take this for granted! Then the mundane sneaks back in and work is a bastard and next thing I’m buying a multi-pack of undies…
  • Cape Wrath + the remotest public toilet in mainland Britain

    1 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    Cows on the beach, Durness The third day of Northern Jaunt consisted of exploring the fluffy edges of the west coast. For such a relatively small area – at some points we were barely 60 miles from Inverness – the contrasts in the landscape were mind-boggling. First we headed north from Kinlochewe, along Loch Maree then around the coast to Poolewe then taking the slower coastal route back down to Ullapool. We lucked out with another fine day so could take in all the grey jaggy mountains, white beaches and stonking sea views, with no company but the occasional campervan…
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    Nourishing Thoughts

  • Super Foods - what are they?

    18 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    Have you heard of the term, Superfoods? This is now a coined term used to describe those natural foods that are rich in nutrients and lower in calories. This is a term associated frequently with dark leafy vegetables and also berries. But I have been seeing this term creep onto products that are packaged and somewhat processed. So be careful, because real superfoods are natural. They are not processed. Also, there is no one standard definition for just how much nutrients needs to be in the food in order to call it a "Superfoods". This means that there are going to be lots of "Top 10…
  • Guide to Gardening At Home - Easy Vegetable Cheat Sheet for Parents

    16 Jul 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Just got this infographic sent to me and thought "How great is this?" I am a huge advocate of gardening with kids. There are so many studies that promote the relationship between kids gardening and healthier eating habits. If you have been thinking about starting a garden, I have the perfect little cheat sheet for you. What better way to introduce children to healthy eating than having them grow their own vegetables? This wonderful infographic has it spelled out for you whether you have a full plot set aside in your backyard or you want to use a garden plant pot for your patio or deck. Enjoy!
  • Composting and kids

    14 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    I have been composting for the last 4 years. I have to admit that it was not my own idea. Our city had passed an ordinance requiring all homeowners to compost. I was a bit reluctant at first and worried that it would attract bugs and be very smelly. But I did a little research and made it convenient to compost. I have one of those compost containers (with built in filter for deodorizing) that fit right on your sink and the biodegradable compost bags. With these two items, it is very easy and convenient to compost our food and paper products that have food on them. Now I can't even imagine…
  • Bring kids into nature and improve their overall health

    11 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    This weekend, I am going camping with my family. We will be enjoying the great outdoors, as they say. Yes, I will be sleeping in a tent but with a comfy air mattress under my sleeping bag. ;-) I can't explain it but I have an overwhelming feeling of calm, peace and just plain old happiness when I go camping. Something about being in nature and away from the hustle and bustle of everyday. I thought about this and wondered about the benefits for children. I found this great summary infographic that lists the wonderful benefits of bringing kids into the nature. Some quick facts: exposure to…
  • Nourish Interactive promotes compost to kids with summer giveaway

    9 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    We are half way through our Summer "Lettuce" Read Giveaway! Get all the details, but honestly, it couldn't be simpler! Just use our website and earn points. The highest point earners win each week! We have partnered with Castle Compost to give away a complete set of the Pee Wee Compost Adventure book set. What a great way to teach children about the importance of composting. Nourish Thought for the Day: Keeping our planet healthy is part of being healthy. After all, if our food (that comes from the earth) is not healthy, how can we be healthy?
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    Nutrition Business Journal

  • Why organic isn't just a fad

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Robyn O’Brien The rise in consumer demand for organic foods is here to stay, says Robyn O'Brien. When disease and other health conditions hit, more and more families are cleaning out their pantries and discovering the benefits of clean eating. read more
  • Probiotics may improve blood pressure

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:17 am
    American Heart Association New research review finds regular consumption of probiotics in yogurt, fermented and sour milk and cheese, and supplements can have modest effects on LDL and total cholesterol. read more
  • Vitamin D deficiency linked to schizophrenia

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:04 am
    Endocrine Society Vitamin D-deficient individuals are twice as likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia as people who have sufficient levels of the vitamin, according to a new study. read more
  • MSG gets organic certification for whey proteins

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Milk Specialties Global As of June, Milk Specialties has three plants certified organic and can now add whey proteins to its growing list of organic ingredients. read more
  • PerkinElmer joins UNPA

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:21 pm
    United Natural Products Alliance UNPA welcomes PerkinElmer as its newest Science & Technology Services member. read more
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  • felt like spring

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Felt like spring all weekend up my way, all sun-and-blue-sky days, despite Thursday's snow. According to this, of course, it is spring. Which explains a few things, but also makes me realise that I've been shut up inside against the cold for too long. While successfully navigating my first proper shoulder stand last Wednesday night I actually felt Jupiter slip into Leo, just as I'd been told I would. Strangely comforting to feel something, long held, shift inside. Suddenly, it feels as though there's a lot to do, but that's Pre-Spring for you. I'm just about…
  • reformed vegetarian guilt

    15 Jul 2014 | 11:49 pm
    The brace of wild ducks currently decimating my beetroot and green manure crops, who make themselves quite at home on the winter-filled dam, knew, I swear it, that I was cooking one of their kin last weekend. Normally cautious at the best of times, they exploded into the air whenever I stepped over the threshold on Friday, landed with a double thud and slipped under the wire to the safety of the back fence, eyeing me warily through it until I was well out of sight again. I love those guys. Love them even more when they bring their babes, later in the year, to swim in the cold, clear spring…
  • 8th of july

    7 Jul 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Two birthdays ago, Peter presented me with a sewing machine. The way it made me feel was wonderful; a mixture of excitement (at last, a sewing machine!), surprise (wow! a SEWing machine!) and the tiniest knot of dread (what if I turn out to be truly as bad at sewing as I was told I was in year 8 at school?). For as long as I've been blogging I've admired, from afar, Jude's Spirit Cloth, loved Shula's way of speaking about cloth and thread in the same way that I did about food. Without a proper space in which to stretch out, it would be some time before this beautiful,…
  • healing, nourishing

    23 Jun 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Friday morning: changed the cooking plans - parsley pesto, almond and pecorino crackers - according to the news that Peter's shin injury was not, as we'd hoped, trifling. Somehow the infection, now being hit with strong antibiotics, has sent him into the deepest of blue moods, knocked his ordinarily unshakeable confidence askew and if I am to speak truthfully, I find it troubling. Fishing around in the cold depths of the freezer for poultry bones, deposited there after a recent spate of roasted chicken dinners and one rather wonderful self-congratulatory weekend of duck confit, I do…
  • caldo verde

    8 Jun 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Look, I feel a bit silly posting a photograph taken with my cracked and battered phone, feel as though it's a bit of cheat, but this bowl of soup managed to a) use an armload of the kale that seems to be all I've been able to grow this year and b) taste much better (so much better) than the sum of its humble parts that I want to say something about both it and the book it came from immediately. As a testament to just how compelling Tod Davies' writing is and, amazingly, how damned fine her Caldo Verde is, I am, as I sit typing, still in dirt-encrusted gear from the farm so…
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  • Taking a break

    3 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm
    I haven’t been around much online recently. For much of this year I’ve had some health problems. I’ve been experiencing daily bouts of dizziness, vertigo, nausea and fatigue. It’s taken a long time to work out what’s going on, but now I do have a diagnosis and, most importantly, a plan. It’s nothing super serious, or life threatening, but it is something which is going to take time and effort to fully recover from. At first I was determined to carry on working, but I’ve come to realise that stubborness is not always helpful. Soldiering on is not…
  • The new An Honest Kitchen + a Pesto Pasta Makeover

    30 Jun 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Last week Lucy and I released Issue 6 of An Honest Kitchen, our Makeovers edition. The idea for Makeovers actually came from one of our readers, who wanted us to give the An Honest Kitchen treatment to some of the most popular meals around. And it’s an idea we both loved. In Makeovers we’ve revamped the traditional family roast, pasta, fish and chips, egg based meals and even tacos and nachos. Our versions of each are healthier, contain a lot more vegetables and fewer kilojoules, and they’re also delicious. During the recipe writing stage we also uncovered all sorts of…
  • Friday Quicklinks

    18 Jul 2013 | 5:40 pm
    I’ve spotted some cracking stuff on the internet recently. Many of these links I’ve posted on Twitter and my Facebook page, but here’s a summary of the best articles, recipes and information I’ve seen. Cooking with seaweed: First up these a-Mazing looking seaweed recipes from Ottolenghi. Wonderful, wonderful food and I also love his sensible advice that “the secret to enjoyment is simply getting the dressing right and taking the plunge”. Honest bread: Great piece from John Birmingham on bread, honesty and supermarkets. The selling of “freshly baked…
  • Using vegetable greens: my favourite recipes

    1 Jul 2013 | 6:38 pm
    I was talking with a friend last week about all the vegetable “tops” you can eat. While she knew about beetroot leaves, she didn’t realise you could also eat the greens from swede, carrot, radish, turnips and others. I’m relatively new to this discovery myself, but love that when you buy any of these vegetables, as long as the leaves are attached, you get two vegetables for the price of one. My vegetable box last week contained a plethora of greens. There was lettuce, rocket, coriander and English spinach, plus a bunch each of carrots, radishes and beetroot, all with…
  • Freezing vegetables for stock making

    8 Jun 2013 | 12:11 am
    A couple of weeks ago I blogged about making stock for noodle soups. In the comments, Sarah asked whether it was possible to keep vegetable leftovers in the freezer, until you’d accumulated enough to make stock. I was uncertain, but the clever Reemski said you could. So I tried it out and Reemski’s right, it works really well I’ve started keeping a ziplock bag in the freezer and filling it with vegetable trimmings. Capsicum trimmings, the woody bit of broccoli stalks, the ends of onions, green shallots, zucchini and carrot tops, tomato offcuts, leftover nuggets of ginger,…
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  • Healthy, Delicious Dried Fruit

    Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Apples, mangoes, pineapples, figs, apricots, cranberries are just some of the fruits you can snack from a bag. Dried fruits may be an excellent alternative if you are looking for a healthy snack. Switch over from chips, candy, or chocolate bars to healthy dried fruit snacks. Dried fruit products offer multiple health benefits. The majority of natural products generally contain more fiber than fresh fruits. For example, dried apricots contain 6.5 grams per cup, while fresh apricots offer just 3.1 grams. A cup of raisins contains 5.4 grams of fiber versus just 1.4 grams for seedless grapes.
  • Rise & Shine With Easy Up Wake Up Aid

    Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
      Do you wish that you were connected to your alarm on Facebook just so you could un-friend it? If you’re like me, you practically have to will yourself out of bed one leg at a time each morning. Sure, there’s a seemingly limitless amount of sleeping pills on the market to help you fall asleep easier – you’ve probably seen commercials for these types of products countless times – but can you recall an ad for a product that helped you spring from your slumber, ready to tackle a new day? Not nearly as common, right? Fortunately, there’s a product out there that was made for…
  • Small But Mighty: Chia, Flax & Hemp Seeds

    Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    You might think eating seeds is for the birds but superfood seeds are making their way into pantries everywhere. Once you learn about all their nutritional benefits; they might end up in yours too! Chia Seeds Long used by the Aztecs, Mayans and Incans as a a staple food along with corn and beans, chia seeds are enjoying a large resurgence in the health food community due to their impressive nutrition profile.  Chock full of healthy omega fats, proteins and antioxidants and dietary fiber. The little chia seed goes a long way to earn it’s qualifier of “power.” With a mild and nutty…
  • What’s New? Kind Soap

    Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of personal care products to our customers: Kind Soap Company. Kind Soap Company offers a variety of personal care products created with the highest quality natural ingredients without sacrificing the effectiveness of these “healthier” products. The company uses various organic and wild harvested ingredients and the label listing is always complete and 100% guaranteed, unlike many companies that “legally” omit ingredients and preservatives that fall below .5% of the product formula. Kind Soap Company philosophy is to…
  • Iron Supplementation Benefits Physical Performance

    Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    A recent study suggests that iron supplementation may provide physical performance benefits. Previous studies have suggested that iron deficiency impairs physical exercise performance but this new research focused on iron deficiency and anemia in women of reproductive age (WRA). Published in the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, this study performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to determine the effect of iron supplementation compared with control on exercise performance in WRA. Randomized controlled trials measured exercise outcomes in WRA and…
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    Vitamin News -- ScienceDaily

  • Vitamin D deficiency raises risk of schizophrenia diagnosis

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    Vitamin D-deficient individuals are twice as likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia as people who have sufficient levels of the vitamin, according to a new study. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and is needed for bone and muscle health. The skin naturally produces this vitamin after exposure to sunlight. People also obtain smaller amounts of the vitamin through foods, such as milk fortified with vitamin D. More than 1 billion people worldwide are estimated to have deficient levels of vitamin D due to limited sunshine exposure.
  • Niacin too dangerous for routine cholesterol therapy, experts say

    16 Jul 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Niacin should no longer be prescribed for most patients due to a potential increased risk of death and dangerous side effects such as excess bleeding and diabetes, an expert says. It has no benefit in reducing heart attacks and strokes, they state. Statins remain best choice to reduce heart attack and stroke risk.
  • Sun exposure, vitamin D levels and mortality

    16 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    Women who avoid sun exposure are twice as likely to die as compared to those who receive sun exposure, a new study suggests. The study attempts to link low vitamin D levels with this increased death rate. However, even the study authors admit that this is speculation on their part.
  • Taking B vitamins won't prevent Alzheimer's disease, researchers conclude

    15 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    Taking B vitamins doesn't slow mental decline as we age, nor is it likely to prevent Alzheimer's disease, conclude researchers who have assembled all the best clinical trial data involving 22,000 people to offer a final answer on this debate. When looking at measures of global cognitive function -- or scores for specific mental processes such as memory, speed or executive function -- there was no difference between those on B vitamins and those receiving placebo to a high degree of accuracy.
  • Vitamin D ups bowel cancer survival odds, study finds

    9 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    Bowel cancer patients with high levels of vitamin D in their blood are more likely to survive the disease, a study shows. Patients with the highest levels of vitamin D have half the risk of dying compared with those with the lowest levels, the findings reveal. The study is the first to correlate total blood levels of vitamin D in bowel cancer patients after their diagnosis -- which includes that produced after exposure to sunlight and that obtained from dietary sources -- with their long term survival prospects.
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    ScienceDaily: Dietary Supplements

  • Vitamin D deficiency raises risk of schizophrenia diagnosis

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    Vitamin D-deficient individuals are twice as likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia as people who have sufficient levels of the vitamin, according to a new study. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and is needed for bone and muscle health. The skin naturally produces this vitamin after exposure to sunlight. People also obtain smaller amounts of the vitamin through foods, such as milk fortified with vitamin D. More than 1 billion people worldwide are estimated to have deficient levels of vitamin D due to limited sunshine exposure.
  • Iodine may alleviate swelling in retinitis pigmentosa patients' retinas

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    The extent of retinal swelling due to cystoid macular edema is inversely related to dietary iodine intake in patients with retinitis pigmentosa, a new study has confirmed. This finding raises the possibility that an iodine supplement could help limit or reduce central foveal swelling in retinitis pigmentosa patients with cystoid macular edema.
  • Healing the heart with fat? 18-HEPE might help, study suggests

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:59 am
    Too much dietary fat is bad for the heart, but the right kind of fat keeps the heart healthy, according to a new paper. Scientists in Japan have shown that mice engineered to produce their own EPA are protected against heart disease and have improved cardiac function. One particular EPA metabolite, called 18-hydroxyeicosapentaenoic acid (18-HEPE), was required for this protection.
  • Genetic variations may modify cardiovascular benefit of aspirin

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    A common genetic variation in the COMT gene may modify the cardiovascular benefit of aspirin, and in some people, may confer slight harm, a new study suggests. Aspirin is currently the gold standard for antiplatelet therapy and a daily low-dose aspirin is widely prescribed for the prevention of cardiovascular disease.
  • Eight ways zinc affects the human body

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Zinc has been identified as one of the most important essential trace metals in human nutrition and lifestyle. Zinc is not only a vital element in various physiological processes; it is also a drug in the prevention of many diseases. The adult body contains about two to three grams of zinc. It is found in organs, tissues, bones, fluids, and cells.
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    The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.

  • Do we get fat because we eat too much? Some think so.

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:45 pm
      First and foremost, MD and I would like to thank each and everyone one of you who provided suggestions and recommendations for an updated version of Protein Power. Based on all your comments, it appears it will be more of a rewrite than an update, which creates problems with the publisher. I’ll elaborate in future posts as I learn more. It may turn out that we’ll have to self publish to do what we want to do. Mainstream publishing is such a hidebound industry – almost no room for creativity. I’ve been working on a new Protein Power site with a whole new level of…
  • Protein Power 2.0?

    31 May 2014 | 12:00 am
      It is difficult for me to believe, but Protein Power is coming up on being 20 years old. It was written in 1995 and published in January of 1996. There has been some talk between our agent and the publisher about a 20 year anniversary edition of the book. MD and I have decided that if we go along with this project, we don’t want to just do a new Introduction and make a few tweaks here and there. We want to do it up right and make Protein Power 2.0 (or whatever it will be called) the most up-to-date and comprehensive book on low-carb dieting available. And we want it to hold up for…
  • The Big Fat Surprise

    13 May 2014 | 1:26 am
      This review of The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz is the most difficult and demanding I have ever written. It is demanding for a couple of reasons. First, it is psychologically demanding on me because I want to write a review so good it inspires everyone to buy the book immediately and read it. Why? Because I think it is one of the most important books on nutrition ever written. Maybe the most important. And I feel a responsibility to inspire as many people as I can to get their hands on it. Second, this book is so brimming with valuable information that I was almost paralyzed in…
  • Beware the confirmation bias

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:16 pm
      Recently, while alone and unsupervised, I allowed myself to be goaded into an ill-advised Twitter debate. With someone who calls himself Ducks Dodger, no less. (For those of you who didn’t see it, you can go to my Twitter account, scroll back to April 8-9 and check out this tar baby I got caught up in.) I soon realized the entire affair was an exercise in futility, so extracted myself from it. It was an exercise in futility because it was a blatant case of the confirmation bias writ large. But my aggravation hasn’t gone to waste because I’ve been waiting for an excuse to write a…
  • My Reading Strategy: Kindle versus Physical Books

    23 Mar 2014 | 9:45 pm
    I read a lot. I read books on all sorts of subjects: nutrition, science, physics, history, evolutionary psychology, anthropology, paleoarcheology, biography, business and others. I read mystery novels for fun. And I throw in a contemporary (non mystery) novel here and there as the mood strikes me. Although I’m a political junkie, I don’t read many books on politics. I feed that addiction through a number of daily news feeds. A survey just came out showing the average British home contains 138 books. I probably have 138 books just on my nightstand (shown below). I have never counted the…
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    Healthy Food & Healthy Living

  • Is alcohol in moderation really good for your heart?

    Dr. Ayala
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:27 am
    I’m awfully fond of the advice to drink wine in moderation. It introduces us the non-intuitive understanding that many things in nature have an inverted U relationship: a little bit is good, adding some more doesn’t improve outcome, but high levels of the same healthy substance make it toxic, and not healthy at all. But now, a new study questions this advice.
  • Delicious parsley, toasted sesame and miso salad

    Dr. Ayala
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Is parsley the new kale? Taste this salad and you’ll believe it! But I’m not here to foster rivalry between dark green leafy veggies – they’re all very good to eat -- just to give you a taste of this new salad of mine that has turned a few friends into serious parsley fans.
  • 3 things to think about before you urge your kids to eat their veggies

    Dr. Ayala
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:50 am
    Kids are smarter than most people think. I suggest that our working assumption should be that they are smarter than us. So what gets them to listen, really listen?
  • Healthy homemade frozen treats for a hot summer day

    Dr. Ayala
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:31 am
    Summer's here, time to cool off with a fruity, herbal hoemade sorbet! These recipes call for an ice cream maker. Not every kitchen has or needs one—I give instructions for making these fruit treats without one—but if you have the space in your kitchen these small appliances aren’t expensive (under $50), and will probably earn their keep.
  • Working off a Coke: Warped logic at its finest

    Dr. Ayala
    18 Jun 2014 | 5:45 am
    Coke has a new online ad, beautiful, happy, clever, and logically twisted. The ad imagines what would happen if people paid for their can of Coke by working off the calories it contains. It shows that people are different, but on average, working off a can of soda takes just 23 minutes of cycling.
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    Food Renegade

  • How to Make Delicious Milk Kefir

    Shannon Stonger
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    I thought I hated milk kefir. Then I learned that I was just making it poorly. Here's how to make delicious milk kefir and the simple trick I use to make sure it is tasty every time. [[This is a summary only. Keep reading by clicking on the Title above.]]
  • Fight Back Friday July 18th

    Kristen Michaelis
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Welcome to another Fight Back Friday! Today we are bringing together another collection of recipes, tips, anecdotes, and testimonies from members of the Real Food Revolution. Who are they? Why, they're the Food Renegades. You know who you are -- lovers of SOLE (Sustainable, Organic, Local, and Ethical) food, traditional food, primal food, REAL food, the list goes on. I believe that by joining together, our influence can grow, and we can change the way America (and the industrialized world) eats! So, let's have some fun. [[This is a summary only. Keep reading by clicking on the Title above.]]
  • How to Heal a Sunburn In Less Than 24 Hours

    Kristen Michaelis
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:47 pm
    If you want to know how to heal a sunburn in just under 24 hours, I've got a trick for you. All it takes is two simple, real foods. In fact, because of this trick, I rarely even admit to having a sunburn. In my family, we now call it turning pink. That's because our skin never peels, and instead our sunburns fade to nice tans. [[This is a summary only. Keep reading by clicking on the Title above.]]
  • How to Defrost Meat Quickly Without A Microwave

    Kristen Michaelis
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    I grew up quickly defrosting meat -- without a microwave. In fact, I've almost never used a microwave to defrost meat. That's because my method for defrosting meat is often faster than a microwave and defrosts the meat more evenly. Nothing's more annoying when it's time to cook dinner than discovering your "defrosted" meat has a frozen center and cooked edges. Am I right? With my method for quickly defrosting meat, you won't have that problem again. [[This is a summary only. Keep reading by clicking on the Title above.]]
  • Fight Back Friday July 11th

    Kristen Michaelis
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Welcome to another Fight Back Friday! Today we are bringing together another collection of recipes, tips, anecdotes, and testimonies from members of the Real Food Revolution. Who are they? Why, they're the Food Renegades. You know who you are -- lovers of SOLE (Sustainable, Organic, Local, and Ethical) food, traditional food, primal food, REAL food, the list goes on. I believe that by joining together, our influence can grow, and we can change the way America (and the industrialized world) eats! So, let's have some fun. [[This is a summary only. Keep reading by clicking on the Title above.]]
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    Green Mountain at Fox Run » Blog

  • Getting Past Food Obsession – Food as Fuel for Body & Mind

    Marsha Hudnall
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I stumbled across the following blog post I wrote for Carla Birnberg’s site five years ago this week and was struck about how relevant it still is. Actually, I find that’s true of a lot of the blog posts we’ve written over the last nine years, since we started writing A Weight Lifted. That’s your invitation to scroll through the wealth of innovative and strategic thinking that has been the hallmark of the posts we featured over the years. Here’s hoping you find in it the help we try to provide to our readers. Food: Feeding Us Physically and Psychologically…
  • Sharon Osbourne ‘Felt Like A Cheat’ After Gastric Bypass Surgery

    Laura Brooks
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dieting, Bariatric Surgery vs. Healthy Weight Loss Outspoken TV personality Sharon Osbourne recently revealed that she felt ashamed about losing weight after surgery. “I felt (like) such a cheat when I had that band on my stomach,” she said, referring to her 1999 gastric bypass procedure, which left her feeling constantly nauseated. The former X Factor UK judge – who is married to Ozzy Osbourne and has children Aimee, Kelly and Jack – explains that she felt like a ‘cheat’ after gastric bypass surgery because she didn’t lose the weight healthfully.
  • When Diet and Fitness Isn’t Enough

    Joanne Kimball
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Getting Off The Diet Wheel To Nowhere We’ve all heard the statistics: 95% of dieters gain back the weight they lose. Yet, like hopeful hamsters, when we hear about a new diet, we get back on our little wheels praying that this time it will work. For me, it took a stay at Green Mountain at Fox Run to finally persuade me to get off the diet wheel to nowhere. Eating Mindfully Here I started learning how to eat mindfully which means eating by my own internal cues, such as hunger and fullness; enjoying movement and exercise to connect with my body; and using mindfulness techniques to know how I…
  • The Binge Eating Diaries: Intuitive Eating

    Jacki Monaco
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    “What in the world is intuitive eating?” This was a burning question I kept asking myself as I sat down to eat one of my first meals at Green Mountain. Does it mean I should think about my food? Because let me tell you, I never stop thinking about food. Does it mean I should become one with my food? Because trust me, I definitely plan on doing that. Does it mean that I should instinctively eat – cavewoman style? Because that’s never really been a problem for me. Defining Intuitive Eating Yes, yes, and well yes. Intuitive eating does require that you think about your food, while tuning…
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    Nourished Kitchen

  • In Defense of Emotional Eating

    Daja and Kristina
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:58 am
    These days everyone is talking health.  People are gaining an awareness of what they put in their bodies.  One thing most people seem to agree on is that food is fuel.  Some however take that a step further saying that food is just  fuel.  Because of that little “just” we should not eat to reward ourselves, to soothe or manage our emotions.  Emotional hunger is different from physical hunger, so they say.  They strongly caution against reaching for comfort foods when feeling blue.  While we can appreciate the message, our relationship with food is far more sophisticated,…
  • 6 Ways I Preserve Summer’s Bounty (and a challenge for you)

    15 Jul 2014 | 2:31 pm
    I spend my summers surrounded by food.  My table plays host to baskets overflowing with fresh fruit: cherries and apricots in spring, plums and peaches in summer, and pears and apples in autumn.  I pack away herbs in salt, hang them to dry from my pot rack.  I ferment my way through cases of cabbage, garlic scapes and cucumbers, and store the rest in booze or butter or honey or sugar. And at the end of the summer and autumn, exhausted and worn, I open my cupboards to find them stacked high with good things to eat, and plentiful herbs to keep us well all winter long until the snow recedes,…
  • How to Make Brandied Cherries

    11 Jul 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Each summer, for a short window, neighboring orchards positively drip with ripe sweet cherries – blushing yellow Ranier Cherries, and Bing Cherries of such a dark maroon they almost look black.  We eat as many as we can fresh, until they stain our mouths and our fingers, and I preserve the rest.  I freeze many, dry a few, and I always make brandied cherries – consider them a grown-up maraschino. Making Brandied Cherries At their simplest, Brandied Cherries need only a handful of ingredients: cherries, brandy and sugar.  But never one to let good enough alone, I also add sour…
  • Summer Berry and Oat Cobbler (and a celebration of homemade flour)

    8 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    Erin Alderson, the author of the The Homemade Flour Cookbook (my new favorite), enjoys a distinct passion for whole foods: grains and seeds, lentils and beans, fresh vegetables and fruit. She celebrates them, coaxing out nuanced flavors with an expressive and ingenious approach to old-fashioned comfort food in recipes like Millet Pot Pies, Corn Cakes with Spinach and Cilantro Sauce, Gorgonzola Mac and Cheese and this Summer Berry and Oat Cobbler that I’m sharing with you today.  I’ve been a long-time fan of her site Naturally Ella  which focuses on simple, but flavor-forward…
  • Friends Don’t Let Friends Eat Bad Meat (And How You Can Win $100 in Good Hot Dogs and Fixin’s)

    30 Jun 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Friends don’t let friends eat bad meat.  You know I’m serious about the meat I eat, and with summer in full swing, and the fourth of July just a few weeks away grills are starting to heat up all over the neighborhood.  And, for some of these folks, it’s time to kick the processed junk to the curb and host a wienervention. So what’s a wienervention? A wienervention is the act of replacing a friend’s, neighbor’s or loved one’s mystery meat hot dog with a healthier option – meat of known origin.  It’s a grill out.  It’s a party.
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  • Top 10 DIY Spice Blend Recipes For Dinners That Delight

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    ( Herbs and spices are the key to any tasty kitchen, particularly for the time crunched. But mixing spices can seem intimidating for those new to cooking and it can be hard to break out of a rut. I know I spent several weeks eating nothing but salt, pepper and cayenne when I lived on my own! While it was delicious, it did get old quick.  I’ve rounded up some of my favourite spice mixes for you to throw together with common ingredients at home to keep on hand. read more
  • Recipe: Raspberry Mint Iced Tea

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    ( Try this refreshing iced tea for a boost of anti-oxidants and a refreshing change from water on these long, hot days. Store-bought summer sips can cost you a lot in empty calories and added sugar – wreaking havoc with your energy as well as your waistline. Swap for this homemade version and relax knowing both your taste buds and body will thank you! read more
  • 7 Genius Recipes For Grilled Vegetables

    7 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    ( One of the challenges of making eating well easy and sustainable is finding new ways to make veggies interesting. The grill is an underused tool for veggies and a great way to add tons of flavour and texture without a lot of work or heating up your kitchen in the warmer months. Check out these recipes for grilled veggie inspiration.  read more
  • Mint: Health Benefits and How To

    7 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    ( Mint is delightful fresh green herb with many variations, all of which are very easy to grow at home. In fact, mint is so incredibly prolific that if you're not careful, it can take over your entire garden. Mint can also be bought fresh in the produce section of the grocery store. You may associate mint flavor primarily with chewing gum or mint candies, but these sugary (or artificially sweetened) products don't capture the appeal (or health benefits) of fresh mint, which can be used in everything from drinks to desserts to savory dishes to tea. read more
  • Go Green at Hong Kong Harbour City

    3 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    ( As my second book was released in Hong Kong a few months ago, traveling to this metropolitan city has become a monthly trip. Shopping in Hong Kong is irresistible, regardless of how many times I've been there. read more
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    High Peaks Hiker - Kilimanjaro training blog

  • Throw back Thursday - Mount Marshall

    Kathleen Lisson
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Throw back Thursday - Marshall by Kathleen LissonFor Throwback Thursday, I'm sharing a Hiking Mates hike up Mount Marshall from July 19, 2008. I remember being coated in sweat, which made my pink tank top very sheer. Even a sports bra couldn't help this wardrobe malfunction.
  • TBT - Cycling Across the Golden Gate Bridge

    Kathleen Lisson
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Cycling Across the Golden Gate Bridgeby Kathleen LissonHere is a photo taken of Arun and me in 2012 before cycling across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Ca. We rented bicycles from a local shop and rode to Sausalito before taking the ferry back to the City. Information on how to cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge from Tripadvisor:
  • Runners - Where to focus attention while running

    Kathleen Lisson
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    What Should Runners Think About While Running?by Kathleen LissonWhat goes through your mind when these are on your feet?In Runners World article titled 'Where To Focus Your Attention While Running,' Amby Burfoot shares information on the best way to calm your mind in a race. He shares differences between "associative thinking," "disassociative thinking" and the "constrained action hypothesis." The latest research shows that focusing on feelings or thinking of whatever comes to mind uses up less oxygen than thinking about breathing or form. Read the article here:…
  • New Hampshire Presidential Range

    Kathleen Lisson
    6 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Hiking Mount Washington and Mount Eisenhower - Presidential Range New Hampshire Hike Reportby Kathleen LissonWe chose to hike Mount Washington in New Hampshire as our last prep hike before the Kilimanjaro trip. Arun and I stayed at Carlson's Lodge in Twin Mountain, NH because we wouldn't make it to NH until well past quiet time at the local campgrounds. I enjoyed the 'grandma's house' feel of the lodge. They serve cereal, toast, milk juice and coffe for breakfast.  Sign along the Mount Washington trailSign along the Mount Eisenhower trailI relied on the AMC White Mountain Guide for…
  • Rachel Cushing's Trip up Kilimanjaro

    Kathleen Lisson
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Rachel Cushing's Trip up Kilimanjaroby Kathleen LissonWatching Rachel Cushing's video diary of her ascent up Kilimanjaro makes me feel excited for my upcoming trip to Africa! It is empowering to see other American women taking this journey and enjoying everything that comes with climbing the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. Part one is here: two is here:
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    Nutrition Unplugged

  • Let’s Curtail the Glamorization of Caffeine

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    All over Chicago I’m seeing billboards for “guilt-free” caffeine.  It’s a new campaign for Caffeinated Club, a calorie-free club soda with the same amount of caffeine as a can of soda. The local company Rocky’s Beverages, LLC, is aiming to transform the way America gets its daily caffeine. Caffeinated Club® is the perfect choice for every caffeine lover at all hours of the day. This unique beverage can easily transition from a simple morning alternative to coffee, to a convenient midday pick-me-up, to a light and refreshing alcohol mixer in the evening.Without…
  • Friday Food News

    18 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    I’m starting a new feature here at Nutrition Unplugged.  It’s Friday Food News.  Just a little recap of what I’ve been reading this week related to food trends, nutrition and new products.  You’ll find links so you can read more.   ARE GLUTEN-FREE SNACKS HITTING SATURATION POINT? via Food Navigator Half of all new gluten-free sales are cookies, crackers,  salty snacks and snack bars. “We’re starting to get a bit saturated I think with (gluten-free) snack products…I’d like to see a little bit more distribution of other types of product…
  • Kick the Clay Eating Trend to the Curb

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    I don’t mean this type of clay. I’m talking about the edible clay or “healing clay” that’s suddenly become the next big thing. I’ve done two recent interviews on the clay-eating craze: Is Clay Eating the Next Oil Pulling? for You Beauty and a radio interview for WTOP.  I certainly didn’t intend to be an expert on clay eating, and I don’t mean to pick on actress Shailene Woodley who seemed to get the (clay) ball rolling, so to speak.  She was interviewed on this beauty blog, describing clay as “one of the best things you can put into…
  • 6 Emerging Restaurant Trends for 2014

    9 Jul 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Technomic, a Chicago-based foodservice research and consulting firm, has identified six major trends that are emerging for the second half of 2014. The Next Sriracha: Thailand’s chile-and-vinegar condiment became the new chipotle. Now, customers are seeking newer and even bolder taste sensations imparted by peppers and sauces from Asia, Latin America and North Africa: habanero, serrano, harissa, shishito, togarashi, sweet chili, ghost pepper and spicy mayos and aïolis. I especially love Peri Peri from Africa (which I recently enjoyed in Portugal) and Harissa, a spicy pepper paste.
  • Specialty Food Trends: What Was Hot at the Summer Fancy Food Show

    4 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    The Fancy Food Show just ended.  I never got why they call it “fancy.” Any way, this is a trade show organized by the Specialty Food Association – it’s where  food companies from around the globe showcase their “fancy” offerings in hopes of attracting a distributor or retailer. Here’s a look at what some of the trendspotters identified: Ad Age Huffington Post The Kitchn Pop Sugar Living Maxwell So what was hot? Big flavors:  srirarcha, smoke, mint, chili lime, Korean Trendy ingredients:  upscale condiments, pickled everything, oils with a kick…
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    Raise Healthy Eaters

  • Baked Chicken & Bean Taquitos [Recipe]

    Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    A couple of years ago Big A discovered the joy of taquitos (or what we called “rolled tacos” in my day).  This isn’t surprising as she loves food that is crispy, which is probably why she’s not super enthusiastic with my usual baked chicken taquitos.  Of course, I’m competing with Rubio’s chicken taquitos, which are fried that she has from time to time. So the last time I made chicken taquitos, I was on a mission to make them extra good.  And you know what?  It worked. I adapted this recipe from Weelicious.  I replaced some of the chicken with mashed…
  • Why it’s Okay to Say “No” to Your Child About Food

    Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    Janet with was with her 5 year old daughter at a play date.  As it was coming to a close, the kids pulled out cookies and begged to have them.  Janet wasn’t sure because it was less than an hour from dinner.  Plus, she had a fun dessert planned. But there was her precious girl saying over and over, “Please mommy!” Janet hesitantly said yes.  After all, her daughter might feel deprived if she doesn’t share a cookie (or 4) with her friend.  And just as she feared, this resulted in a barely touched dinner and a second helping of something sweet. While I don’t…
  • Summer Kale Salad [Recipe]

    Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    Every year my husband and brother-in-law run the Camp Pendleton Mud Run, and every year they ask me to do it. This was the first year I said yes. It was fun but a trek up there (about an hour from where we live). The course was hilly with lots of obstacles and, towards the end, very muddy. By the time it was over and we had a beer, walked to our car and drove to Pizza Port, a nearby restaurant, I was famished. My sister-in-law met us at the restaurant and had already ordered a kale salad. At that moment I felt like I was eating the BEST salad ever. The salad had kale, pomegranate seeds,…
  • Monthly Meal Plan (July)

    Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD
    1 Jul 2014 | 1:07 pm
    I hope you are having a relaxing summer!  My first week of summer was kind of disastrous with plans falling through and the kids whining.  I even started second guessing my “enjoy the kids” goal.  But like anything, it can take time to get into a groove.  Things started to improve as soon I added some structure and enough plans to keep us busy, but not too much that we were stressed. This week is the 4th of July, one of my favorite holidays.  In this meal plan, we’ll be grilling at least once if not twice a week.  We’ll be grilling salmon on cedar plank this…
  • 10 Goals for Summer

    Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:53 am
    I have a confession: summer kind of stresses me out. I feel the pressure to plan the perfect vacation, pick the right camps and somehow get work done with the kids around more. This year I caught myself after reading a post about how to have a seventies summer. Summers should be about taking it easy and not stressing, right? So I thought about what we really want to do this summer. And I came up with this list of 10 (non-hardcore) goals. 1. Take real time off: When you work from home, it can seem impossible to take time off. But this summer I want to take my first “real” break…
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    Real Food For Life

  • 8 Foods and Spices to Keep You Cool

    Diana Herrington
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    With the hot heat of summer we can easily become dehydrated, over heated and fatigued. Here are a few foods and spices to beat the heat. Watermelon Watermelon is made up of 90 percent water, helping you keep hydrated and that reduces body heat to a great extent. Cucumber Cool as a cucumber! It has […]
  • Fresh Mint Tea

    Diana Herrington
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    This recipe is a traditional tea in many desert countries like Morocco, Turkey, and Egypt. They drink this because it is so cooling. Mint is not only cooling, but also energizing, refreshing, and good for digestion. Ingredients: 3 – 6 stalks of fresh mint, with stems 4 cups boiling water Directions: 1. Lightly crush the […]
  • 11 Health Benefits of the Beautiful Cherry

    Diana Herrington
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    Cherries are delicious, beautiful, and in season now! National Cherry Day is on July 16th in the UK. Eat this superfruit before its short growing season comes to an end. When you eat cherries, you enjoy much more than just their amazing taste. They’re packed with antioxidants and offer many health benefits, including help with […]
  • Chocolate Cherry Vegan Ice Cream

    Diana Herrington
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
    Ingredients: 1 banana, frozen and cut 1/2 cup frozen cherries 1 tablespoon almond butter 1/2 tablespoon rice syrup or maple syrup 1 tablespoon cocoa or 1 tablespoon carob powder 1 teaspoon vanilla Directions: Chop the banana and freeze. Blend all ingredients in a blender to a smooth consistency. Eat and enjoy now or freeze until […]
  • Cherry Vegan Pudding

    Diana Herrington
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    This cherry pudding is so easy to make and great for a hot summer day as it is raw. Ingredients:  1 large ripe bananas, peeled 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup cashew nuts (soaked for about 4 hours) 1 cup cherries, pitted and sliced in half  Directions: Blend the bananas in a blender. Add the […]
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  • Product Focus: Happy Pills by Brain Pharma

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    It’s Friday, your boss comes into the office and throws down a stack of papers and tells you to finish every task before you leave or you can kiss your Saturday goodbye. You feel your blood start to boil, your hand shakes, and you notice your fingers curling into a fist. read more
  • Synephrine (Bitter Orange): An Effective Ephedrine Alternative

    15 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Since the 2004 FDA ban on ephedrine and ephedrine-containing products, people looking to lose weight and stimulate their workouts have been searching for an effective replacement. Well, the search is over. Synephrine, also known as bitter orange, is a chemical similar to ephedrine that provides many of the same benefits.What is Synephrine? read more
  • GABA Supplement Benefits: Anxiety Relief

    10 Jul 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Sometimes nerves get the better of us. If you’re like me, you may experience anxiety that can distract you and keep you from accomplishing your goals. Anxiety can even get in the way of a healthy functioning relationship by interrupting how you react to people in the workplace or other potentially stressful environments. read more
  • Ubiquinol or Ubiquinone: Coenzyme Q10

    8 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    Coenzyme Q10 is one of the most popular supplements available. Check out the shelves at any health store and you’ll find an array of CoQ10 supplements. CoQ10 has been hailed as one of the best supplements for heart disease. New research, however, has discovered that one of the two forms of CoQ10 is superior to the other. read more
  • Melatonin for Sleep & More

    11 Jun 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Sleep disorders can significantly disturb your ability to function on a day-to-day basis. But did you know that irregular sleep can damage your health, too? read more
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    Dr Bill Dean

  • Is Disease Prevention Possible?

    Dr Bill Dean
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Disease prevention is what we look for but sadly enough the current system of healing as practiced cannot offer it  The reason for it seems quite simple actually  It is because the molecular or matter science model of healing of today cannot trace the origins of the diseases that it studies The Origin of Disease If we are to begin helping people prevent disease, it will have to come from an energy field discipline since it is at the energy field level where all disease begins. As we have written earlier, Hippocrates, said to be one of the four fathers of Western medicine, stated…
  • The Inertia of the Human Spirit: 3 Ways to Manage It

    Dr Bill Dean
    13 Jul 2014 | 9:06 pm
    These days there is a lot of money spent by companies or individuals hoping to get the "edge" using a motivational approach using such professionals as Tony Robbins or Jack Canfield  The promise is that if I amp up my performance then I "win" This may be all well and good in 20th century but I would offer a different perspective as to why "we need motivation" The Kapha Energy Pattern A complete model of the mindbody is that it's both a matter or molecular and an energy field simultaneously coexisting with one another   This is the biological model of the 21st century that…
  • “I Eat Healthy” or Do I?

    Dr Bill Dean
    6 Jul 2014 | 1:16 am
    One common refrain I often hear from my patients is that "I eat healthy." And we all want to believe that we are doing the very best for our bodies. But have we ever stopped to assess what this statement means? If healthy means eating lots of fruits and vegetables, that might be healthy   But some would contend that eating raw vegetables would be even more nutritious  Perhaps eating less meat would be considered healthy. Eating fast food might not be considered healthy  Or avoiding refined sugar would be healthy  Or I only eat organic  But all of these statements miss…
  • Planetary Health: What Does It Mean for Your Own Health

    Dr Bill Dean
    29 Jun 2014 | 1:31 am
     Does it seem strange that we can impact the ills of our Mother Earth by improving our own health? From an energy perspective this totally makes sense Mother Earth is our extended mindbody from an energy perspective because it is not just "my energy field". You and I are part of a greater energy field, Mother Earth and this larger energy field is part of an even greater energy field, the Milky Way and that is part of the larger galactal systems of the visible universe But here locally on planet earth we do indeed have unarguable challenges Global warming, climacteric convulsions such as…
  • Fibromyalgia

    Dr Bill Dean
    22 Jun 2014 | 1:06 am
    As part of the IC bladder pain syndrome fibromyalgia(FM) is a common(along with vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, IBS, GERD) It's estimated that 25% of people with IC have complicating FM but that percentage is probably much higher than the estimate because many with IC have some symptoms of FM but don't meet the strict criteria for diagnosis Nonetheless the associated symptoms of FM make the IC syndrome difficult to manage Fibromyalgia as a Disease Label More women than men are affected and the symptoms may be unilateral(on just one side)....usually more on the right side due to the…
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  • 10 Beautiful Body Image Upgrades You Can Do Right Now!

    Gina Ryan
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Before the awesomeness that is you can be set free you will have to take a deep breath and remember: Your body image is not how your body looks, it’s how you think and feel about your body. Put away for a few moments any ideas about dieting, toning, sculpting or changing your physical body in any way. If you practice the suggestions below you will begin to have a different and better attitude toward your body and therefore  an improved relationship with it and be happier and more joyful. And isn’t a happy joyful life what you are looking for when you try to lose the weight, shape…
  • Why Mom Was Right About Saturated Fats

    Gina Ryan
    21 Mar 2014 | 12:40 am
      My mom that is….if you are younger than me (and you probably are ) you may have heard a different story. My mom was not afraid of fat: saturated or any kind of fat (we were all so skinny she probably thought it might put some meat on us but I digress). I also never gave in to the saturated fat is bad dogma. Why? Because as a seeker of health, I knew the role saturated fat played in health was significant and intuitively I knew mother nature could not have made one fat (or macro-nutrient) so evil that we were doomed unless we cut it out entirely. So while I did not give it up nor…
  • Why Food Politics Will Make You Question Everything

    Gina Ryan
    27 Feb 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Imagine Dietary Guidelines set by the government that were actually mindfully food based. I know it sounds crazy and of course I am not trying to tell you that our Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has come up with such a gem. No, I’m talking about the new guidelines from Brazil. Check out their three”Golden Rules”: Make foods and freshly prepared dishes and meals the basis of your diet. Be sure oils, fats, sugar and salt are used in moderation in culinary preparations. Limit the intake of ready-to-consume products and avoid those that are ultra-processed. Whoa–…
  • Stop Binge Eating by Ending Dieting

    Gina Ryan
    18 Feb 2014 | 5:04 pm
      Binge eating appears quite often in my practice. Anxiety and fear come right on in with the binging causing a lot of stress for the confused person who is starving and gaining weight. I want to share with you how the problem of binge eating presents its-self and how it came to be. When you know how it came into your life you will see the light of how to finally –completely and  permanently free yourself from this painful and damaging cycle of eating. First let’s take a look at what binge eating is not because there are some look a likes that require different attention.
  • Nourishing By Heart’s Recommended Diet For 2014

    Gina Ryan
    2 Jan 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Happy New Year to each and every one of you! This year I have decided to give my own version of a New Year’s Diet. So what is it that I think needs to be lost? It’s not weight, it’s not fat and it is not your hard earned money (of which the weight loss industry was estimated to rake in to the tune of 66 billion in 2013.*) What needs to be lost is the junk the media advertising is feeding it’s readers/viewers. At this time of year weight loss ads will reach a frenzy in magazines, internet ads and television commercials. If you think you may be one who is tempted by…
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    Richard's Health Musings

  • Michigan Circular Strength Training Certification

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    Full disclosure…I have fitness ADD.  I just have a hard time sticking to one program and a set of goals at time.  Like right now, it is less than a month until I head to Wixom, Michigan to attend the Circular Strength Training Certification (I am a CST Instructor and you have to re-cert every …Continue reading »Related Posts:Clubbell Certification Prep MaterialsCircular Strength Training Rock StarWorkout Wednesday: High Intensity Clubbell Trial by Fire…Workout Wednesday: Clubbell Hammer Swings and ProgressionsCircular Strength Training Certification in Two Monthsa.A…
  • Skipping Exercise Is Making You Fat

    10 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    Imagine a three-leg stool. Each leg represents one aspect of you being healthy.  The first leg is exercise. The second is diet. The third leg would be stress (but, I’m contemplating making my example a chair, because sleep is pretty dang important).  The following quotes show that the focus right now is shifting towards increasing …Continue reading »Related Posts:Do You Hate Working Out? It’s Your GenesThe Anti-Fat Bias? Is it in you?A New Phase In My Life And ShakeologyWeekend Wheel of Life ChallengeIsabel De Los Rios on How to Eat for Energy While Travelinga.A post…
  • A New Phase In My Life And Shakeology

    7 Jul 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Thank you to you faithful readers and welcome to those of you that are new. I am embarking on a new journey, sort of…really more of a revamping of the delivery system.  So, by day I do healthcare management, by night I play super hero to my kids, and the inbetween time I help people live …Continue reading »Related Posts:Skipping Exercise Is Making You FatCoachingNew? Start HereCoaching Packages20 Tips to Lower Stressa.A post from: health and fitness
  • GORUCK Good Livin: A Leadership Training Course

    16 Jun 2014 | 12:30 pm
    A couple weeks ago I had my first taste of GORUCK Good Livin…and now I’m hooked.  A buddy of mine asked if I wanted to join him on a GORUCK Heavy challenge.  So before completely committing I tried the Cincinnati Light (here’s my write-up on the class).  There were 12 others that participated in the …Continue reading »Related Posts:GORUCK Light Cincinnati AAR and Leadership LessonsKaizen for Health and How a Business Idea Helps Us Live…What Chipotle Taught Me About Behavioral EconomicsTraining Camp: Eleven Traits of the Best of the BestMichigan Circular Strength…
  • GORUCK Light Cincinnati AAR and Leadership Lessons

    5 Jun 2014 | 11:41 am
    This past weekend, I completed a GORUCK Light in Cincinnati.  I tend to pick challenges that really push me outside my comfort zone, which is why the Light intrigued me.   The Motivation: a couple weeks ago, a dear friend and mentor of mine sent me a Facebook message asking if I was interested in doing a GORUCK Heavy scheduled …Continue reading »Related Posts:GORUCK Good Livin: A Leadership Training CourseThe 7 Ps of Fat LossMonday Confessional and I Need MobilityWhat Chipotle Taught Me About Behavioral EconomicsWorkout Wendesday – The Tadpole Run Created by…
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  • Grilled Fruit Chia Pudding {Recipe ReDux}

    steph wheler langdon
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:13 pm
    I hope you're been enjoying a great July so far and all the flavours of the season. This month's ReDux theme is A Spirited ReDux:From plain Jane vanilla extract to fancy-pants elderflower liqueur, we like to keep a little liquor in the kitchen. Show us how you like to cook, bake or mix-it-up with spirits, extracts and other alcohols. A splash of vodka makes summer sauces shine – and liqueurs brighten desserts: What’s your healthy recipe with spirit? I was inspired to combine grilled fruit and chia pudding since I enjoy fruit and chia with yogurt on a regular basis. Grilling allows…
  • Community and Creativity

    steph wheler langdon
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    This summer we're taking part in our first CSA (community supported agriculture) and receiving organic, heirloom vegetables from PayDirt Farm. We've had one delivery so far and get our next one tonight, so I figured I better get posting! In our first one we received: spinach (3 varieties: Monstrueux de Viroflay, Nobel Giant & Gigante D'Inverno), radishes (2 varieties: purple plum & long scarlet Cincinnati radish), lettuces (3 varieties: Merlot, Merville de Quatre Saison & Vivian), chard (2 varieties: rainbow & Bright Lights - both colourful chard) and a bunch of…
  • Happy Hours

    steph wheler langdon
    3 Jun 2014 | 12:04 pm
    I apologize for my recent absence from the blog - I have still managed to do the monthly ReDux challenges, but I haven't been posting as often as I'd like. In the meantime, I hope you've been visiting the Nutrishus facebook page and my instagram account to see what I've been up to, what's happening in the world of nutrition, and what I'm making in my kitchen.I've been taking part in #100happydays since April 28, and have been sharing that on instagram as well. It relates well to my former posts about mindfulness, gratitude, and being in the moment. No matter what the day is like, I look for…
  • Lemon Ginger Biscuits {Recipe ReDux}

    steph wheler langdon
    21 May 2014 | 10:54 am
    I'm posting this later in the day than usual, but it's still the 21st! This month's theme was:Cooking with TeaTea cups around the world are bubbling up with bold new flavors: From cardamom chai and sencha green to bubble teas and veggie teas. We wish we could attend the World Tea Expo the end of this month – but in lieu of a plane ticket, we’ll be cooking and baking and stirring up tea-inspired healthy dishes.I'm really curious to see everyone's creations, as there are many ways to interpret this theme and many flavours to play with.  I started planning on Mother's Day and that…
  • Thai Twist {Recipe ReDux}

    steph wheler langdon
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It's April 21, and in my world that has always meant the day between my brother and my birthday, or sometimes even the day we celebrated together. Currently, it means time for my monthly Recipe ReDux post! I haven't been posting as often as I'd like lately, but I always try to plan to participate on the 21st. The April theme this year is: Treasured Cookware – Share a story of classic cookware – and a healthy recipe to go with it. Some of us will be celebrating Mother’s Day next month (May 11,) but it’s more than once a year that many of us cook with a pan, a wooden spoon or another…
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    The Healthy Home Economist

  • How to Take Probiotics for Maximum Benefit

    Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    Our digestive system is home to at least 500 different bacterial species.  Ideally, 85% of the bacteria in our gut is beneficial to our health.  When the vast majority of gut flora is of the friendly variety, the remaining 15% which are pathogenic bacterial strains and yeasts are easily handled and kept under control. In fact, in a well balanced gut, the friendly bacteria can actually harness some of the pathogenic strains to perform helpful functions! The problem is that most people today have this proportion reversed with the majority of gut flora of the unfriendly variety. This tipping…
  • Healthy Corn Dog Recipe

    Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:17 am
    When I was a kid, a corn dog on a stick dipped in ketchup was one of my all time favorite foods. Corn dogs as food?   Mmmmm. Well, maybe not food! “Ingestible” might be the more appropriate term here! Even the supposedly “healthy” corn dog brand I checked out recently at the healthfood store was not acceptable. These healthfood store corn dogs contained sugar, soy flour and corn flour (all most likely of GMO origin), not to mention the unbelievably high price for a pack of 4! While commercially produced corn dogs are a junk food unmatched by almost any other (ok,…
  • Can You Drink Yourself Skinny with Weight Loss Shakes?

    Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    By Sandra Brougher, CNT “Lose 20 lbs. in 30 days!” “Say goodbye to illness and regain your life!” Don’t these marketing blurbs for weight loss shakes sound awesome? Short, enticing phrases that are specifically designed to elicit an instantaneous, strong emotional reaction.  “I want that!” It is no secret that we all want to look fantastic and feel great, and the skinnier and fitter the better. Right? (...)Read the rest of Can You Drink Yourself Skinny with Weight Loss Shakes? (1,168 words) © Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist for The Healthy Home Economist, 2014. | Permalink…
  • Low Carb Portuguese Focaccia (Gluten Free or Paleo)

    Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:47 am
    I’ve been puttering around in the kitchen this summer experimenting with different gluten free and grain free flours both alone and in combination. Learning how to easily bake delicious breads, cookies and pastries with various flour combos – both grain and non-grain based – is something I am very much interested in mastering. My reasons are mostly practical …. baking is a very easy way to successfully incorporate a variety of grains and nuts into my family’s diet.  For example, one of my children won’t eat almonds but will happily eat the ginger snaps I…
  • The Truth about Your Morning Coffee Fix

    Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    Did you know that over 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed in the world ….. every single day? Or, that the lethal dose of caffeine in a human is about 100 cups of coffee in four hours and that coffee affects the same area of the brain as cocaine, amphetamines and heroin – just with milder effects? These and many other interesting factoids about coffee are contained in the infographic below sent to me and used with permission by a reader in Ireland. (...)Read the rest of The Truth about Your Morning Coffee Fix (235 words) © Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist for The Healthy…
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    Food Confidence

  • {healthy cocktail} Citrus, Mint & Kiwi Bubbly

    Danielle Omar
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:20 am
    I spent a few days last week in California, courtesy of Sunkist, to visit a citrus grove and learn about using citrus to lower salt content when cooking. Whenever I visit California I wonder why I don’t live there. It’s so gorgeous. One of the highlights of my trip was meeting and learning from Matthew Biancaniello of Eat Your Drink. Matthew is an amazing cocktail chef. I call him a chef because he was so much more than a bartender. He crafts unique and delicious healthy cocktails using farm-fresh organic foods, wild aromatics (he forages for wild plants in his spare time) and…
  • {recipe} Green Salad With Warm Cranberry Dressing

    Danielle Omar
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed a warm salad dressing. Probably because the warm dressing recipes I come across usually involve bacon. That’s why I was intrigued by this warm dressing that replaces the bacon with something more nutritious, more delicious and more beautiful….dried cranberries! If you like cranberries you will love this dressing. It’s the perfect blend of tart cranberry flavor balanced with just the right amount of sweetness. Yes, dried cranberries do contain some added sugar. You actually have to sweeten cranberries to enjoy them. In fact, fresh…
  • My 8 Top Trader Joe’s Finds

    Danielle Omar
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    Trader Joe’s has been creating food especially for me. Well not officially, but that’s how it feels these days. Inspired by this post from The Kitchn, I thought it was high time I shared some favorite finds from my neighborhood TJs. Here goes: The raw, fermented sauerkraut is my most recent find and probably the most exciting.  Why do I love thee? Well for one, this ‘kraut tastes fantastic. A long time fan of Bubbies, I have to admit, it’s a little…shall I say…pungent.  But not this sauerkraut! It’s the delicious addition of Persian cucumbers that…
  • {recipe} Zucchini Noodles with Cherry Tomatoes & Olives

    Danielle Omar
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    I think pasta might be making a comeback. I keep seeing recipes everywhere for fun, light, summery dishes using orzo, penne, and spaghetti.I admit I long for the days when I could feast on pasta and not feel like I’m committing  a crime. Is pasta bad for me? Probably not. Can I eat an “appropriate” amount and feel satisfied? Definitely not. Especially when my mom is the one making it. That’s why I love zucchini noodles. I can be a little glutinous and still feel good about myself. Last week I shared this cold zoodle salad with you. This week I went with a warm dish.
  • {recipe} Lemony Zucchini Noodles with Spinach, Cherries & Pine Nuts

    Danielle Omar
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:19 am
    Summer is officially here and for me that means….zucchini! One of my favorite ways to enjoy the bounty of zucchini coming my way is by making zucchini noodles. I love transforming my favorite pasta dishes into light, low-carb spiralized meals that satisfy and delight. What is a spiralizer? A spiralizer is a way to turn zucchini into long strands of noodles. There are a few different ways you can go about it, depending on what shape you’re after. You can use a regular vegetable peeler to make flat, fettuccine-type noodles. Or you can use this julienne peeler to make shreds, like…
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    Corinne Dobbas MS, RD

  • One Secret Every Woman Trying to Lose Weight Should Know

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
        Jamming food in your mouth, in the car, scrambling to get to your appointment on time.  Feeling panicked.   Finally getting home, STARVING  (went too long without eating) – devouring chips, Cheez-Its, peanut butter, grapes – or whatever the heck is around. Aftermath = feeling pretty gross.   Pushing your body to workout because you despise your “big, stubby thighs.” Not because you love your body and want to feel vibrant, energetic, and strong. Feeling like you want to flip that switch.   Realizing some of the things and people in your…
  • Why I Stopped Comparing Myself to Others

    26 Jun 2014 | 10:08 pm
    This post is a guest post by Dr. Danielle Dowling & originally appeared here   Many of us are slaves to comparison. I’m not as thin as So-and-so I don’t earn as much as she does I’m not as funny or as intelligent I’m not as tall or as pretty The list goes on. And on. I totally get it. I do it too – but (thankfully) not as often as I once did. I live in West Hollywood, California: Hollywoodland. Land of the beautiful, thin, and young. Each and every day I am surrounded by stunningly gorgeous people. I’m an entrepreneur with an online presence in a self-help industry that…
  • A Tool to Save Your Relationship

    18 Jun 2014 | 2:11 am
    Earlier this year, my partner and I were going through a hard time. Growing pains and pretty big ones. It was about all the normal (but hard) couple stuff – finances, finding enough time together, communicating our feelings. And  of course, we each had our own issues to workout – ranging from defensiveness to helping around the house to affection.   Bottom line: I had anxiety – bad.   I’d be at my desk and the dark thoughts would seep in. My mind would race, spinning with insecurity, beliefs I made up, and worries about things that hadn’t even…
  • 5 Surprising Questions for Body Love

    29 May 2014 | 12:18 am
    This piece was originally a guest post I wrote for The Body Book     Women come to me to transform their relationship with their body and ultimately, themselves.   They’re tired of not feeling good enough, exhausted from trying to figure out how to eat “right,” and they’re ready to end the body bashing.   Sound familiar?   Here’s the thing, feeling good in your skin isn’t about being a size 2, it’s about nourishing your soul from the inside out and appreciating who you are (exactly as you are) in this moment right now.   Inner change always creates…
  • What to do if You Hate Counting Calories

    13 May 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Counting points, calories, carbs or protein can absolutely help you lose weight. But this post is for people looking for something different. A way to be accountable, but not by numbers. If you don’t want to “feel judged” or “get crazy” about going over or under your daily allotments (whether in points, calories, or macros), keep reading. As always take what you like. Leave what you don’t. This is all about making it work for  you.   1. Make time to fuel Most tracking apps don’t include times, but nourishing your body every few hours is key not…
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    Laurel On Health Food

  • Citrus Ginger Iced Tea

    9 Jul 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Happy summer friends! I’m sorry it’s been so long since I wrote. I’ve been busy making finishing touches on my plant-based cookbook which will be out as an ebook to purchase within the next few weeks! It’s very exciting. I’ve also relocated back to Florida so I can be closer to family and have more […]Citrus Ginger Iced Tea is a post from: Laurel On Health Food
  • Mango Fried Rice

    12 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    It must be mango season because everywhere I look mangoes are on sale in stores. It’s a welcome time of year for me because this buttery tropical fruit is so versatile and fun to use in recipes. Mangoes are delicious in smoothies, I cut them up and add to breakfast granola, and I also love […]Mango Fried Rice is a post from: Laurel On Health Food
  • MESTRENGTH Review and Giveaway

    8 Mar 2014 | 5:23 pm
    As you probably know by now, I love to work out. Fitness is definitely a big part of my life. I teach barre fitness classes part-time and you can find me in some type of workout or dance class about 6 days a week. I love the strength, mental clarity, energy, and stress relief I […]MESTRENGTH Review and Giveaway is a post from: Laurel On Health Food
  • Van’s Natural Foods Review and Giveaway

    22 Feb 2014 | 7:15 pm
    We all know it’s best to rely on all natural whole foods for the majority of our daily meals. But, I find it’s key to my success to have a few healthier “grab and go” store-bought products I can stash at my desk, keep in my snack cabinet at home, or throw in my huge […]Van’s Natural Foods Review and Giveaway is a post from: Laurel On Health Food
  • Baked Potatoes with Curried Veggies

    22 Feb 2014 | 5:41 pm
    It’s no secret that the northeast U.S. has experienced one helluva winter this year. We’ve had tons of snow, freezing temps, and not much sunshine. When it’s cold out I find myself reaching for comfort foods like soups, stews, and anything that’s warm and filling. I’ve made baked potatoes with chili toppings and a savory […]Baked Potatoes with Curried Veggies is a post from: Laurel On Health Food
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    Health Kismet Blog

  • The Diabetic Action Plan: 9 Key Nutrients and Supplements

    Jonathan Bechtel
    12 Jul 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Diabetes is a sickness that's creating victims from risk groups that are increasingly bizarre. It used to exclusively be a disease of the elderly. Now it's estimated that 1 in 12 people between the ages 20 and 40 will get the condition. It's ultimately a lifestyle disease that requires lifestyle change as the primary medicine. However,diabetics have increased nutritional needs because of their disease which can create other side effects and accelerate the condition. Here are the nine most important vitamins and herbs for keeping diabetes at bay. The Diabetic Action Plan: 9 Key Nutrients and…
  • Review: Garden of Life Perfect Food RAW

    Jonathan Bechtel
    21 Jun 2014 | 11:05 am
    The world of green drinks is rapidly proliferating into all corners of life. There are at least 12 different varieties when you walk into a grocery store. You see them at local farmers markets. You see your favorite celebrity drinking one. You see one at that's guaranteed HELP YOU DROP THE POUNDS SO QUICKLY YOU WON'T BELIEVE YOU EVER TRIED ANYTHING ELSE! So amidst all this greens-inspired hoopla how do we separate the signal from the noise? A good place to start is by examining companies that have been around for a long time and see what they do best. A great…
  • The Secrets of Sourcing: 5 Insights From the Ingredient Marketplace

    Jonathan Bechtel
    14 Jun 2014 | 3:20 pm
    What types of ingredients go into a supplement is crucially important. Important enough to win over life long customers, and important enough to attract lawsuits like a metal pole in a thunderstorm if big mistakes are made. Despite this importance (or maybe because of?) there's usually a veil of secrecy about where ingredients come from for a lot of products. Here's a primer about how the process works from one of the biggest ingredient marketplaces in the country.The Secrets of Sourcing: 5 Insights From the Ingredient Marketplace is a post from: Health Kismet Blog
  • Natural or Not? What’s Good and Bad About the Organic Standard

    Jonathan Bechtel
    25 May 2014 | 4:58 pm
    The organic standard is what the lay public uses to determine food purity. Any nationally sanctioned set of rules is going to come with a set of tradeoffs that aren't going to please everyone and miss the mark in some important ways. So after 14 years what can we make of the organic standard?Natural or Not? What’s Good and Bad About the Organic Standard is a post from: Health Kismet Blog
  • The 21 Most Important Questions About Starting A Supplement Business

    Jonathan Bechtel
    17 May 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Every new business is unique, but there are certain obstacles which repeat themselves for most new endeavors. In the supplement industry this boils down to 21 different issues. This is what they are.The 21 Most Important Questions About Starting A Supplement Business is a post from: Health Kismet Blog
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    Melanie's Corner

  • LZX New Product: Kitchen Math Poster Set

    LZX Team
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    Learning ZoneXpress is pleased to announce our latest new product: Kitchen Math Poster Set Kitchen Math Poster Set Math is the key to success cooking and baking. The Kitchen Math Poster Set highlights the basic math, measuring skills, common equivalents, and basic knowledge needed for preparing successful recipes. Posters include: • Metric measurements • Measuring liquid ingredients • Measuring solid ingredients • Measuring dry ingredients • Using measuring spoons • Units of measure   Set of six, 11” x 17”, Laminated © 2014 Learning ZoneXpress Item # 410400 UPC:…
  • LZX New Product: Fruit and Veggie Fakes Poster

    LZX Team
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    Learning ZoneXpress is pleased to announce our latest new product: Fruit and Veggie Fakes Poster… Fruit and Veggie Fakes Poster Don’t be fooled by fake sources of fruits and veggies! The Fruit and Veggie Fakes Poster features seemingly health foods that are often mistaken for real fruits and vegetables like veggie sticks, fruit snacks, and juice drinks. The poster offers tips for spotting produce impostors like reading nutrition labels and ingredients lists, identifying sources of added sugar, and choosing healthy foods and beverages. 18” x 24” Laminated © 2014 Learning ZoneXpress…
  • Thanks for sharing your FACS stories!!

    Melanie Nelson
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    I am writing to express my incredible gratitude for so many of you sharing your stories about Family and Consumer Sciences in your schools and/or organization. I plan to share these on our FACS-focused blog FACSalive over the next few weeks, so be sure to check out what your peers are doing. We continue to learn from each other, and together I believe we can bring awareness to the wonderful world of FCS. If you have not yet shared your story and would like to, you can do so here! We’ve had a great response – but there’s always room for your story!!
  • LZX New Product: Fruit and Veggie Bookmark Rulers

    LZX Team
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
    Learning ZoneXpress is pleased to announce our latest new product: Fruit and Veggie Bookmark Rulers. Based on the USDA MyPlate icon nutritional strategy, the bookmarks promote the importance of making half your plate fruits and veggies . The rulers include both inches and centimeter measures and are printed on heavy card stock for durability. These bookmark rulers make great giveaways, incentives, or prizes! “We have found that classroom incentives that promote a healthy message are a win-win for students. They are fun and reward good behavior. They also help reinforce health messages…
  • One week only – 25 DVDs for $25 Each

    LZX Team
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    We have 25 great educational DVDs available for $25 each. Check them out… The Scoop on Blended Families DVD Winner of Telly Award Stop by our video ice cr… Item # 3404-DVD Regular Price: $49.95 On Sale For: $25.00 Kids & Family Food Issues DVD Getting children to eat can be a constant battl… Item # 300008 Regular Price: $99.00 On Sale For: $25.00 Snack Smarts DVD “Snacks rule,” says Ricardo, an enthusiastic h… Item # 3218-DVD Regular Price: $79.95 On Sale For: $25.00 See more…
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    AM Dietetics

  • Exciting news from AM Dietetics - our home visiting service has started!

    Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    I’m ready to get in the car and start up on the AM Dietetics home visiting service. How much more easy could it be than to have the Dietitian come to you? The AM Dietetics home visiting service includes:
  • 20 things I've learned in 20 years as a Dietitian [1]

    Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD
    24 May 2014 | 7:48 pm
    June is just around the corner. This is pretty exciting for me, as it marks my 20 year anniversary as a Dietitian. Being a Dietitian for the last twenty years has been a super ride. I certainly don’t regret my choice of career one little bit. I really have loved every minute of being a Dietitian. I’ve been thinking a lot about how much I have learned from the last 20 years and thought I’d share the top 20 things I have learned in the last 20 years as a Dietitian.
  • Nikki's Chocolate Cupcakes - and they're dairy free, egg free and Vegan!

    Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD
    23 Mar 2014 | 1:30 am
    Last week, I had the pleasure of trying these delicious cupcakes made by Nikki Broad, a student Dietitian due to graduate this mid year. They are vegan, and for those just looking for egg or dairy free – these are your cupcakes! I am often asked about cake recipes for kids with egg and dairy allergies, so was really pleased when Nikki said I could post her recipe here on AM Dietetics.
  • No added sugar juice - better for little teeth?

    Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD
    18 Feb 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Looking after your children’s health is pretty high on the agenda for most parents. Lately, I’ve seen and spoken to a lot of parents who are on the hunt for healthier snack and drink options. Trying to reduce sugar is the main aim; for overall health and for the protection of those little teeth. Have you ever bought a “no added sugar” drink, thinking it is a better option for dental health? Well I’m sorry to say these are just as bad as the sugar laden drinks.
  • Testimonials? [2]

    Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD
    13 Jan 2014 | 7:48 pm
    A few people have been asking me if I have any testimonials to share. It’s nice for people to see testimonials and success stories and to see happy customers share their journeys. I have some great ones share but did you know that it’s actually against the DAA’s (Dietitian’s Association of Australia) code of conduct and ethics to use testimonials to advertise Dietetic services?
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    Kale University

  • Great Apps For Health and Fitness Goals

    Spencer Blohm
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    The Key to Healthy Living Might Be in Your Pocket Smartphone apps are making it easier than ever to monitor your health and boost your fitness. Whether your goal is to lose weight, eat healthier or workout more often, chances are, there’s an app for that. Finding the Right Apps For You When selecting health and fitness apps, there are several things to look for so you can understand exactly what service the app provides. Calorie log? A way to organize recipes? A place to chart your weight? Select apps that have features you are actually interested in, rather than the ones that are…
  • Get Political! Inhumane Practices Are Not Just A Vegan Issue

    Christina Gdisis
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:40 pm
    New York’s capital in Albany On the morning of Wednesday April 9th, this city girl put on her most fashionable vegan suit and headed up to New York’s capital. I’ve never been to Albany before. So, this was actually quite exciting. As a graduate student in social work on the community organizing/policy track, this was a great opportunity to practice my lobbying skills (although I don’t particularly like the term lobbying).  Too often, animal activists forget that being vegan is not just a lifestyle. It’s also a social justice issue as well. In order live in a world where…
  • Healing Powers of Turmeric

    Roland Regos
    27 Mar 2014 | 12:47 pm
    The forests of south(east) Asia are widely considered to be among the most beautiful and unkempt Eco-systems in the world. Home to thousands of different native species, these woodlands are viewed as sacred because of the cornucopia of medicinal and culinary secrets that rests within. One of the most prominent of these  mysteries lies deep in the underbrush. It’s an enigma that has the power to remedy many of our most dreaded ailments. If you haven’t already figured it out, here’s a hint: take a peek at your spice rack and look for that yellowish-orange powder with the…
  • Breaking Into The Mainstream

    Roland Regos
    1 Mar 2014 | 6:35 pm
    As a practicing vegan, it’s not often that you have reason to celebrate news out of the fast food industry. The ever popular Mexican fast food chain Chipotle has given the veggie-vegan community a reason to raise a collective eye brow. For the first time in its 20 year history, Chipotle is making a big change to its menu — by adding tofu. After a year-long testing period, the chain will roll out Sofritas, the official name for the shredded organic tofu braised with poblanos, chipotle chiles, and spices, in its restaurants nationwide. All the ingredients (particularly the tofu) are…
  • Savory & Smart – A Guide to Salt

    Roland Regos
    29 Jan 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Using cooking salt in the kitchen is part of an age-old tradition in the culinary process. It’s often one of the first spices off the rack, and a particularly crucial one in balancing flavor for any meal. Did you know that the application of salt has played a valuable role in the development of human civilization throughout history? That’s right! When you wield that salt shaker, you join the ranks of Egyptian Pharaohs, Phoenician sailors, Roman Legionnaires, traders, merchants, and monarchs from every corner of the earth. Whether it’s your bargaining chip (as the word “salary”…
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    Jae Berman Nutrition

  • Give yourself a break!

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    All true stories… A client told me he was mad at himself for pressing snooze at 4.30am (4.30am!!!) and got to the pool at 6.30am instead of his usual 6.00am. A client was frustrated with herself for having two glasses of champagne instead of one at her 20th wedding anniversary dinner.  Another client is planning the most fantastic trip abroad, but is so worried about gaining weight on holiday that she doesn’t want to go.  A bride to be is worried that the food is going to be too good at her wedding and she may gain weight over her wedding weekend.  This all breaks my heart. Truly…
  • Thrive All Day

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    We all have unique preferences, motivators, stressors and pet peeves. Some of you enjoy waking up at 5am to workout while others go for runs at 10pm. Some of you crave chocolate and ice cream, while others crave potato chips. Some of you need bourbon at night, some of you need espresso in the morning. Some of you can eat the same thing everyday while others need to mix it up. Some of you need a specific goal to stay motivated, while others get stressed out with a goal. We all have our “shticks” – yiddish for themes or gimmicks. We all have our unique bag of shitcks…
  • Snack Right – Lose Weight

    8 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Last week, there was a great article in the Wall Street Journal highlighting how the snack industry has taken over how we eat – “according to a 2013 survey, 48% of Americans skipped meals at least three times a week, and 63% decided what to consume less than an hour before eating.” So? To Snack or not to snack? Here are the pros and cons of snacking PRO: Life is busy and you must make it work for you! There are a lot of great snacks out there – find pre-packaged food that is real food – and works for you. There are now pouches of high quality cooked proteins available…
  • Stressed Out and Living Longer

    2 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    We talk a lot about stress. How stressed we are, how stress is such a problem, how if life were less stressful things would be better…stress is major player in our lives. Often when clients are trying to create a nutrition or exercise plan that is intended to make them healthier, they often feel very stressed by the process. Ironic right? You are trying to do something to make life better, but it only causes more difficulty. What if stress was not a bad thing? What if stress was not harmful to our health? What if we embraced it rather than trying to fight it? I am loving (slightly…
  • Workout Less – Achieve More. Yes?

    18 Jun 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Oh I adore my clients, but (you knew a “but” was coming), many of you are “work hard, play hard”folks. You give everything 100% and anything less than that is not worth doing. It is a beautiful trait and watching your intensity, commitment, willpower and work ethic is inspiring. However, that “more is better” approach may be adding unwanted stress to your body that could actually be preventing you from achieving the results you want. Some new research is suggesting that those who participate in too much high intensity exercise may actually be at a greater risk of dying of…
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    Healthy Crush

  • Is The Birth Control Pill Destroying Your Health?

    jenny sansouci
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    The other day, one of my closest friends (and hormone expert) Nicole Jardim and I were hanging out at the World Domination Summit in Portland, just talkin’ bout things like dominating the world, birth control and cervical fluid (totally normal). She had so many insanely brilliant insights to share, we decided to jam about it on a video. You guys know making videos terrifies me but in the name of the comfort zone crusade, I made a video for you. A 30 minute video. Let’s just stay in the judge-free zone about how much of a nerd I look and sound like. OK?!?! PLEASE!!!! THANKS. In the…
  • How To Have Fun Without Drugs

    jenny sansouci
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:47 pm
    “It’s so sexy how she can’t remember last night.” -said no one, ever. (except gym class heroes). A couple of weekends ago I was up at Wanderlust Festival in Stratton, VT.  A girl came up to me as I was sitting on the floor in the main tent, probably instagramming. “Hi…you’re Jenny, right? There’s something I want to tell you.” She seemed nervous. “So…for a long time I was afraid to quit using drugs because I thought my life wouldn’t be fun anymore. But after following your instagram and seeing how much fun you can have being healthy…I haven’t touched…
  • How To Figure Out What You’re Passionate About

    jenny sansouci
    19 Jun 2014 | 6:29 am
    Hey little crazies! The other day I was thinking about how I really honed in on what I wanted to focus on in my life and my business. It wasn’t an overnight phenomenon. I get a lot of questions from people about how to figure out what they’re really passionate about, what they “should be doing,” etc. When you know what you’re passionate about, you can dedicate more of your life to it. You can share it. You can teach it. You can immerse yourself in it. You can make your whole life feel much more passionate. Who doesn’t want that? Passionate: having,…
  • Vitamix S30 Contest Winner

    jenny sansouci
    8 Jun 2014 | 7:31 am
    HEY, my extremely patient friends. I know I’m posting this a few days late – I’m so sorry to keep you waiting. I’ve had “shiny object syndrome” lately. Sooo distracted!!! But all good things. And I’m here now. I’m writing this recap from a bachelorette party in Montauk. Everyone else is out right now getting brunch but I couldn’t put this off any longer or I’d spontaneously combust. While in Montauk, I’ve been on the hunt for Jack Porter at the Stowaway (jk, sadly it’s not a real place), but I just got a text from my…
  • The Superhero Smoothie

    jenny sansouci
    26 May 2014 | 11:49 am
    In honor of my Vitamix S30 giveaway (go enter!!)….here’s one of the coolest and craziest smoothies I’ve ever created. I decided to call this the superhero smoothie because it’s potent with power. I was feeling pretty low energy this morning, and I needed something that would give my immune system a boost so I could put my superhero cape back on and get back to biz. This is what I came up with. It’s magically delicious and will make you soar to new heights of awesomeness. The power here comes from probiotics, vitamin D, and an ingredient I’ve never used in a…
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    Eat Out, Eat Well

  • Calories and Alcohol In Beer: How Many and How Much?

    Penny Klatell, PhD, RN
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Have you ever noticed that alcohol doesn’t fill you up the way food does?  Here’s why: it doesn’t register as “food” in your GI tract or your brain. The bad news:  it doesn’t fill you up but it does have calories — 7 calories a gram – more than carbs and protein which have 4 calories a gram and fat which has 9.  So, even though it might not seem as though you’re putting calories into your body, you could be taking in a lot of calories and not feel stuffed (perhaps drunk, but not stuffed). How Much Alcohol is in Beer? A standard drink in the United States is equal to…
  • If You Consider Toppings an Ice Cream Essential, Check These Out

    Penny Klatell, PhD, RN
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:35 pm
      You can put just about anything on ice cream, but the standard fare — toppings like hot fudge, whipped cream, peanuts, walnuts in syrup, crushed heath bar, caramel sauce – can add hundreds of calories and not much nutrition to your sundae or cone.  Some common ice cream toppings: Smucker’s Spoonable Hot Fudge Topping, 2 tablespoons: 140 calories, 4g fat, 24g carbs, 2g protein Smucker’s Spoonable Pecans in Syrup Topping, 1 tablespoon: 170 calories, 10g fat, 20g carbs, 1g protein Regular Redi Whip, 2 tablespoons: 20 calories, 2g fat, 1g carbs Fat Free Redi Whip. 2…
  • Ice Cream and Gelato: A Cheat Sheet

    Penny Klatell, PhD, RN
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:02 pm
    The cold deliciousness of ice cream and gelato is hard to beat.  There are an astounding number of flavors with varying degrees of fat, calorie, sugar, and dairy content.  The sad truth is that no matter how innovative food scientists and savvy marketers have become, a three-scoop sundae with hot fudge, whipped cream, and other assorted toppings still isn’t going to rank at the top of the health-o-meter. The Difference Between Ice Cream And Gelato In the US, the government regulates what can be called ice cream, but in some other countries ice cream can mean all frozen desserts. Ice cream…
  • A Dozen Ways To Keep Grilled Food Safe To Eat

    Penny Klatell, PhD, RN
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Summer means grilling and barbecue for lots of people. It’s hard to resist juicy burgers, sizzling steaks, fish seared to perfection, and frankfurters crackling and popping and screaming for mustard and relish or sauerkraut. The food may taste great, but picnics, barbecues, and grilling can create the perfect environment for the bacteria that already reside in food to rapidly multiply and become the cause of a foodborne illness. It’s really important to follow safe food handling rules when you’re cooking perishable foods like meat, poultry, and seafood and Unfortunately, it’s way too…
  • Iced And Frozen Coffee Drinks: Are They Coffee, Snacks, Or Dessert?

    Penny Klatell, PhD, RN
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:10 pm
    When the weather heats up, the coffee drinks tend to cool down.  Unfortunately, some iced and frozen coffee drinks – whether they’re from a coffee shop or from a can — can really bump up your calories and fat grams. Calories in Some Iced And Frozen Coffee Drinks Note: all info (with the exception of Burger King) is for a 16 ounce cup. Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino with whipped cream, 16 ounces (grande): 400 calories, 15 g fat (9 g saturated), 64g carbohydrates. Starbucks Mocha Light Frappuccino with nonfat milk, 16 ounces (grande): 130 calories, 0.5g fat, (0 g saturated), 28g…
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    Motive Nutrition

  • Best fats to eat

    15 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Posted in Nutrition NewsTips & TricksUncategorizedI feel bad for fat. I mean, think of all the negative connotations for the word fat: “Does this make me look fat?” “Isn’t this fattening?!” “I feel fat” It’s no wonder I feel resistance when I recommend eating more fat…we’re programmed to fear it, despite the fact  that the right kinds of fat can […]The post Best fats to eat appeared first on Motive Nutrition.
  • Ten tips to love your body

    29 May 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Posted in Motivating MessageMotivationTips & TricksOn a scale of 1 to 5, how much do you love your body today? What about yesterday? If you answered anything other than a 5, then you must be exhausted. That’s the only way to describe how it feels to chase society’s body ideal. Just exhausting. Because of this, true body love is something […]The post Ten tips to love your body appeared first on Motive Nutrition.
  • Simple Raw Lemon No-Bake Cheesecakes

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Posted in In the kitchenReal foodI’m a cheese lover. Soft, raw, aged, sharp, fresh…never met a cheese I didn’t like. So when I first heard about cashew cheese as a dairy-free alternative to the real thing, I was a little skeptical, despite plant-based friends raving about the stuff. But a few years ago, at a vegan restaurant in the city,  I decided to […]The post Simple Raw Lemon No-Bake Cheesecakes appeared first on Motive Nutrition.
  • 7 steps to conquer your cravings

    12 Mar 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Posted in Motivating MessageTips & TricksDo you struggle to tell the difference between a food craving and true physical hunger? If you do, then peel your eyes, because today, I’m sharing some tips to help you spot them both a mile away and help you kick those cravings to the curb. Here we go. Are you really hungry? Food cravings are […]The post 7 steps to conquer your cravings appeared first on Motive Nutrition.
  • Friday Five: Five habits of happy eaters

    20 Feb 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Posted in Motivating MessageMotivationTips & TricksVideoIs eating the cause of any unhappiness in your life? Does the mere thought of “what to eat” feel so overwhelming, that it’s discouraging to you? Does the pressure of “eating well” or “following the rules” build anxiety within you every time you sit down to a meal? Is this pressure so strong that all you […]The post Friday Five: Five habits of happy eaters appeared first on Motive Nutrition.
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    Hydration and Nutrition Experts

  • Exclusive offer : beat the summer with Marcel Zamora

    4 Jul 2014 | 3:18 am
    Beat the heat!Don’t forget your Hydrasport sachets and your sport bottle for holidays. The most efficient sport drink on the market will support Marcel Zamora once again during his victory quest in Embrunman. Have a look to recuperate-ion.comand enjoy our summer pack offer to give your body the electrolytes it needs to perform!
  • Isabelle Ferrer and Sylvain Sudrie on the way to Barcelona Half Ironman

    16 May 2014 | 4:25 am
    Isabelle Ferrer and Sylvain Sudrie are ready for Ironman 70.3 Barcelona, coming next week. The 2 frenchies of the Recuperat-ion team will have to push hard, as the startlist is very challenging. But we can hope some good results, because both athletes are in a good shape. The bike course, a long loop leading the participants into the heart of Montseny mountain, is specially tough. This should play in favour of Isabelle and Sylvain, always very good uphill. Moreover, Isy will take advantage of her experience of last year edition, when she finished 6th. On the contrary, even if he won 2 times…
  • Jessica Vall. Portrait of a young champion

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:12 am
    Recuperat-ion Hydrasport helps the young swimmer Jessica Vall in her progress. In the middle of the Europeans 2014 preparation, which will take place in Berlin next summer, we wanted to know more about this athlete from Barcelona. Surname: Vall MonteroName: JessicaDate of birth: 22-11-1988Town of origin: BarcelonaTown of residence: BarcelonaFavorite discipline: 200 m Breaststrokefavorite workout: Long with low intensity Worst workout: Hight intensity workouts with intervalFacebook:JessicaTwitter: JessicaVallMo¿When and how did you start swimming I started when I was 6 years old.
  • February offer : try Recuperat-ion for free!

    19 Feb 2014 | 3:56 am
    Terms and conditions of the offer :Limited to samples stock inventoryOffer available until February 28Offer can only be purchased 1 time by 1 user
  • Carla Suarez hydration choice : Hydrasport

    5 Feb 2014 | 3:45 am
    Carla Suarez is currently the best spanish player on the WTA Tour (17th rank at the end of January). This season, Hydrasport will be the sports drink used by this great player to help her with nutrition and hydration matters. We wanted to know a bit more about her.- At what age did you start playing tennis?I began playing tennis when I was 9 or 10 years old, in Gran Canaria.- Did you always want to be a professional player?My love of tennis grew as I got older, but I didn't have any idea of going pro, I just played for fun. However, when I was 15-16 I decided I wanted to be a professional…
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    Liz Pearson

  • Watermelon Mint Salad with Light Feta

    Liz Pearson
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:55 pm
    If you want an awesome, sweet, refreshing and totally delicious summer salad, look no further. This watermelon mint salad is a crowd pleaser and loaded with good nutrition too. Watermelon is especially high in lycopene, a nutrient known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action. Very few foods are rich in this nutrient. Lycopene is good for heart health, bone health and may reduce the risk of some cancers.  Serve this salad as an appetizer or with your main meal (nice with grilled fish or chicken). Enjoy! Serves 6 to 8 Salad Ingredients: 10 cups (2.4 L) diced, seedless watermelon (cut…
  • Broccoli, Love & Dark Chocolate

    Liz Pearson
    13 Jul 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Hey everyone! Since my new book has officially launched (Yeah! Yahoo! Yippee! Hooray! Finally!!!), I wanted to share with you a short, fun and wee bit crazy video about the book (it’s less than two minutes long), along with seven life lessons learned while writing the book. Here they are: 1.  Book Writing Ain’t Easy If anyone tells you it’s easy to write a book, don’t believe them. To write well takes a tremendous amount of time, energy and concentrated effort. I spent about two years of my life on this book and worked really hard. Nutrition writing is particularly time-consuming…
  • Grief Makes Life More Beautiful and You More Human Too

    Liz Pearson
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Loss is an inevitable part of life. No one is immune. It comes in all shapes and sizes – you lose someone you love dearly, an important relationship ends, your job is terminated, your kids leave home, your health is compromised. How you handle loss greatly impacts your happiness and well-being. If you don’t grieve well (especially the big losses!), it’s easy to get stuck where you are. You race around trying to fill the hurt with excess food, work or alcohol. You try to control life, and the people in your life, in an attempt to stop further losses from coming your way. You feel alone,…
  • Top Ten Things You Need To Know About Protein

    Liz Pearson
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Protein matters! It’s part of every single cell in your body. It helps build and repair your muscles, bones, cartilage, skin and blood. Your body uses it to make antibodies, enzymes, hormones and more. You can’t live without it! Here’s my top ten list of what you need to know about this important nutrient: 1.  Animal Versus Plant Source Protein is made up of amino acids. They are the building blocks of protein. There are nine amino acids that are essential to good health. The protein found in meat, fish, poultry, eggs and milk products contain all nine essential amino acids. Protein…
  • Cancer Talk Rescheduled…

    Liz Pearson
    22 Jun 2014 | 10:28 am
    The cancer talk I mentioned at the end of my last blog post has been rescheduled. It will no longer be on June 26th, but will take place on September 16th instead.
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    Small Footprint Family

  • How To Stop Blossom End Rot

    Dawn Gifford
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Your tomato plants are tall and green; you’ve taken the time to carefully stake or cage them to support their growth. Right now they are loaded with tons of green tomatoes, and some of them are just starting to blush red. And then three days later, it all goes horribly wrong.  There is nothing more disheartening than to see that all of your ripening tomato beauties (or peppers or squash) are now rotting from the bottom—right on the vine! What is Blossom-End Rot? Blossom-end rot looks like a discolored, watery, sunken spot at the blossom end of the fruit, most commonly…
  • 28 Vegetables That Grow in Partial Shade

    Dawn Gifford
    26 Jun 2014 | 10:37 am
    Most food gardening requires a full day of sun to help your fruits and vegetables to grow and ripen properly. But what if your yard has shady spots? Can you still grow some of your own food? The answer is YES! There are plenty of vegetables and herbs that can be grown in full shade, dappled shade, or as little as three to six hours of sun a day. Here is a list of 28 vegetables that grow in partial shade. Partial Sun and Partial Shade Vegetables On the seed packages in the garden stores and catalogs, you will often see the words “partial sun” or “partial…
  • GIVEAWAY: $300 Amazon Gift Card!

    Dawn Gifford
    13 May 2014 | 8:00 am
    Great things happen when bloggers unite… like this giveaway, for instance. Are you ready to win a $300 Amazon Gift Card?  We can hear your inner voice: “Well, duh! How do I enter?” Step 1: Click on the link below If you were to win the gift card, what would you purchase? Let us know with a link to the item in the comment section! It’s VERY possible that what you choose will be on our list for future giveaways. Step 2: Join the Small Footprint Family Blog Update! Simply enter your preferred email address in the box at the top of the sidebar. We send one…
  • GIVEAWAY: RainBird Drip Irrigation Kit {$30 Value!}

    Dawn Gifford
    29 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    Fresh water is becoming scarce all over the world, even in seemingly wet places like Florida or Michigan. So it is very important that we use water conservation methods whenever we can.  Landscape irrigation is one of the biggest uses of household water during the summer, so anything you can do to save water outside your home will also save you at least $75 a year. Waste Not, Want Not Sprinkler systems are typically very inefficient. They spray water all over the place, not just on your plants, and often they spray or run off onto the sidewalk, driveway, etc. where the water is simply…
  • Small Footprint Fridays #69 – A Sustainable Living Link-Up!

    Dawn Gifford
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Welcome back to another Small Footprint Friday—a blog link-up party about sustainable living. Every Friday, we come together to support and encourage each other in living greener, healthier more sustainable lives. By joining together and sharing our wisdom, we can turn the tide on our health and environmental crises, and create a better world for our children and grandchildren. There are so many things we can learn from each other, like how to: save energy, water, trees, gas, and other resources; grow, preserve and store food; avoid toxins and heal ourselves naturally; make our own…
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    Smart School Lunch

  • Grants Promote Youth Running Programs

    LZX Team
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    From our friends at GrantStation… Grants Promote Youth Running Programs Road Runners Club of America: Kids Run the Nation Fund The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is dedicated to supporting the growth of grassroots running clubs, training programs, and running events while promoting the common interests of runners throughout the United States. The Kids Run the Nation Fund, an initiative of the RRCA, supports nonprofit organizations and schools in the U.S. that are interested in implementing or currently have a youth running program. Grants of $500 to $1,000 are provided to running…
  • Grants Enhance Innovative Pre-K-12 Projects

    LZX Team
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:27 pm
    From our friends at GrantStation… Grants Enhance Innovative Pre-K-12 Projects Kids in Need Foundation The Kids in Need Foundation is dedicated to engaging students in the learning process by providing grants towards the purchase of supplies for students to participate in special classroom learning experiences. Kids in Need Teacher Grants help Pre-K-12 educators develop innovative learning opportunities for their students. The purpose of the grants is to provide support for classroom teachers who have meritorious ideas but lack the budget to bring them to life. Projects qualify for…
  • Healthy Community Initiatives Recognized Nationwide

    LZX Team
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    From our friends at GrantStation… Healthy Community Initiatives Recognized Nationwide Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Culture of Health Prize The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize honors outstanding community efforts and partnerships across the United States that are helping people live healthier lives. Up to ten winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their success stories celebrated and shared broadly with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring locally-driven change across the country. For the purposes of this prize, “a…
  • Worldwide Support for Children’s Healthcare Projects

    LZX Team
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    From our friends from GrantStation… Worldwide Support for Children’s Healthcare Projects Ronald McDonald House Charities Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) supports nonprofit organizations whose programs help improve the health and well being of children throughout the world. RMHC’s Global Grants are provided to stable, efficient U.S-based organizations that are national or global in scope. (Projects that are local in scope are not supported.) The current focus is on sustainable, replicable projects that include a train-the-trainer component in their pursuit of addressing the…
  • Support for Children’s Oral Health Programs

    LZX Team
    25 Jun 2014 | 3:04 pm
    From our friends at GrantStation… Support for Children’s Oral Health Programs Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children (HSHC), an initiative of the Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, is committed to improving the quality of pediatric oral health in the United States. HSHC’s Access to Care Grants support community-based initiatives throughout the country that provide dental care and ultimately serve as a Dental Home to underserved/limited access children. Special…
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    Authority Nutrition

  • 6 Reasons to Stop Calling Low-Carb a “Fad” Diet

    Kris Gunnars
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:44 am
    Crash weight loss diets that enjoy short-term popularity are often referred to as fad diets. However… this term seems to have lost its meaning. It has basically just become a term of abuse for any diet that someone disagrees with. Surprisingly, the low-carb diet is often called a “fad,” usually by people who don’t approve of the diet for some reason. But I personally think it is unfair to put low-carb in the same category as the Cabbage Soup Diet or the Morning Banana Diet. This diet (or “way of eating”) has been around for a very long time and has strong…
  • 11 Proven Health Benefits of Quinoa (No. 1 is My Favorite)

    Kris Gunnars
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Quinoa is the world’s most popular “superfood.” It is loaded with protein, fiber and minerals, but doesn’t contain any gluten. Here are 11 proven health benefits of quinoa. 1. Quinoa is Incredibly Nutritious Quinoa is a grain crop that is grown for its edible seeds. It is pronounced KEEN-wah. It technically isn’t a cereal grain, but a pseudo-cereal (1). In other words, it is basically a “seed” which is prepared and eaten similarly to a grain. Quinoa was an important crop for the Inca Empire back in the day. They referred to it as the “mother of…
  • Does Green Coffee Bean Extract Work? A Detailed Review

    Kris Gunnars
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:59 am
    Losing weight can be incredibly difficult. For this reason, people have turned to all sorts of supplements in order to make things easier. Green Coffee Bean Extract is one of them…. it is currently among the world’s most popular weight loss supplements. As the name implies, this supplement is extracted from green coffee beans. It contains a substance called Chlorogenic Acid, which is believed to be responsible for the weight loss effects. Green coffee extract was promoted by Dr. Oz back in 2012. He is an American TV doctor and probably the most famous health “guru” in…
  • 15 Things That Everyone Needs to Know About Nutrition

    Kris Gunnars
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    There is way too much nonsense going around in nutrition. People don’t seem to agree on anything and trying to make sense of it can be overwhelming. However… eating healthy does NOT have to be complicated if you keep a few things in mind. Here are 15 things that everyone needs to know about nutrition. 1. Meat Does Not Rot in Your Colon One of the most ridiculous myths about meat, is that it rots in your colon. This is absolute nonsense, kept alive by people who want to scare others away from eating meat. The truth is that meat gets broken down by stomach acid and enzymes, then…
  • Are Nitrates and Nitrites in Foods Harmful?

    Kris Gunnars
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    There is a lot of confusion about Nitrates and Nitrites in the diet. These are compounds found naturally in some foods (like vegetables) but also added to processed foods (like bacon) as a preservative. Some people believe that they are harmful and can cause cancer. However, the science isn’t as clear and some studies suggest that they may even be healthy. So… what is the truth about nitrates/nitrites in the diet? Let’s have a look… What Are Nitrates and Nitrites? In order to understand what nitrates and nitrites are, we need to delve into a bit of chemistry. These are…
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    Kelly Toups, RD, LDN

  • Published

    Kelly Toups
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    I am proud to announce that I accomplished one of my major bucket list goals today: getting published in print! My food/travel story about Austin, TX is in today’s issue of the Boston Globe (page G 23). You can also read it online here. I first got connected with the Globe after taking Sheryl Julian’s food writing class in the Boston University Gastronomy program (which I highly recommend for any aspiring food writers). While the subject matter of the article couldn’t be much further from health or sustainability, I am pleased to be a published food writer and photographer.
  • Cheesy Chickpea Kale Salad with Nectarines and Corn

    Kelly Toups
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    Ashley and I spend our workdays reading about atrazine contamination and pesticide poisonings, so when I found out that she had never seen Erin Brockovich, I knew we needed a movie night. And what goes better with a girl-power, kick-corporate-butt movie than a beautiful, healthy, plant-based dinner? Because Ashley recently acquired a sourdough starter (from 1890!!!), she brought homemade whole-wheat sourdough bread and homemade sourdough crackers. Yum! A hearty summer salad was a natural pairing. This picture on Pinterest was my jumping off point, but I threw in cheesy chickpeas to up the…
  • Yes, Keep Eating Fruit

    Kelly Toups
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    Fruit is bad because it has so much sugar, right? Aren’t bananas fattening? Shouldn’t you cut back on fruit if you’re trying to lose weight? I get questions like this all the time. No seriously, I do. While it’s upsetting to think of how the media and food faddists have led well-meaning dieters astray, it’s actually pretty liberating when friends and clients realize just how easy good nutrition is. More fruits and veggies, less junk food. It’s that simple! Think about it logically. America doesn’t have an obesity problem from eating too much fruit. It’s our ever-increasing…
  • Seasons 52: Diet-Friendly Fine Dining

    Kelly Toups
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:35 am
    Grilled Alaska Wild Copper River Salmon with summer corn risotto, sugar snap peas, and toybox tomatoes Imagine enjoying an Oak-grilled rack of lamb with Yukon Gold mashed potatoes and a summer vegetable ratatouille, all for the same amount of calories as a medium Strawberry Surf Rider Smoothie from Jamba Juice. At Seasons 52, that’s precisely what you’ll get. Nestled into a corner at Houston’s vibrant City Centre, this new restaurant redefines healthy dining. The seasonally influenced menu inspires the restaurant’s name. Entrees change about four times a year, and vegetable sides…
  • What is a degree in Gastronomy?

    Kelly Toups
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Last month, I graduated with a Masters in Gastronomy from Boston University. This revelation is often followed by blank stares and questions about my future in intestinal medicine or the study of outer space. Close, but no cigar. Gastronomy is the study of food, not just from a culinary perspective, but from anthropological, historical, scientific, and policy-based perspectives as well. Below are the courses I took to complete my degree. You can click on each course to read more about it. Also, check out the Gastronomy student blog to learn more about current students and alumni. Required…
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    The Life Extension Blog

  • Detox with Broccoli Tea

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    Maylin Rodriguez-Paez RNThe impact of air pollution on health is undeniable. It's linked to diseases such as cancer and heart disease, and the World Health Organization estimates it kills 7 million people yearly across the globe.1,2Although the United States has pretty good air quality compared to other countries, experts think it’s only a matter of time before conditions get worse here and around the world.With environmental toxins constantly on the rise, it makes a lot of sense to implement ways to protect yourself. And according to a recent study, a tea composed of broccoli sprouts -…
  • Arginine Reduces Belly Fat

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    Maylin Rodriguez-Paez RNAside from being unattractive, belly fat also has detrimental effects on your overall health. Its inflammatory nature makes it particularly harmful.Compared to other types of fat in the human body, research shows the fat in your midsection may increase your risk for diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.1-2Interestingly enough, L-arginine may be a potential solution. Why? Because according to a recent study, L-arginine supplementation helped women lose inches off their waist. Arginine Decreased Waist Size by Two InchesA total of 20 obese women between the ages of 18–40…
  • Rosemary Boosts Brain Power

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:03 am
    Maylin Rodriguez-Paez RNIt’s no coincidence that the smell of coffee wakes you up in the morning or that the scent of lavender relaxes you.And it's no secret that scents can have a powerful effect on the body, and rosemary is no exception.According to the results of a study, the scent of rosemary may help to boost your cognitive function.Captured your attention? Then please keep on reading!Rosemary Enhances Cognitive Function Scientists recruited 20 healthy participants and placed them in an area where rosemary essential oil was being diffused. The volunteers were not aware of the true…
  • Can Water Improve Your Mood?

    16 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    Maylin Rodriguez-Paez RNCranky? You may actually be just thirsty.According to a new study, being slightly dehydrated can increase your risk for being in a poor mood.Since summer is here, we thought we’d highlight the importance of staying well hydrated. And what better way than by bringing this study to your attention.Who knows? A few extra glasses a day may actually have an impact on your mood.Dehydration Takes a Toll on Your MoodFor the study, researchers had high volume drinkers (people who normally drank 2.5 liters daily) decrease their water intake to 1 liter daily. Low volume drinkers…
  • 5 Home Health Remedies Backed by Research

    15 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    Maylin Rodriguez-Paez RNBefore there were prescription medications and fancy trips to the doctor, there were home remedies. Tested through time, most have been passed down from generation to generation.Chances are you’ve tried a home health remedy or two. And while you may have noticed that some are totally bogus, some of them really do work.Below are some of our favorite home remedies, all of which have some evidence to back them up. Stay tuned and take notes. Perhaps you’ll see your favorites on this list.Home Remedy #1: Sage for a Sore ThroatAn herb primarily used in cooking, sage…
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    Deductive Seasoning

  • my daughter died

    Jackie Patti
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:29 pm
    No updates for the foreseeable future.
  • The Controversial Microwave

    Jackie Patti
    30 May 2014 | 10:00 am
    by Jackie Patti Within the "traditional foods movement", microwaves are often eschewed. I have come down on this issue in a different place than most and am going to discuss in this post why I do not think microwaves are evil. microwaves & language issues Much of the anti-microwave sentiment expressed is badly-worded language designed to make people without much of a science background feel nervous. For example, it is said that microwaves heat food by using RADIANT ENERGY. But all light is radiant energy, from the sunlight allowing your skin to make vitamin D to the most basic…
  • cooking under pressure

    Jackie Patti
    27 May 2014 | 11:36 am
    (with accompaniment by the Piano Man) by Jackie Patti Within the real food movement, pressure cookers are not as controversial as microwaves, but not nearly as beloved as crockpots. Health-wise, what we know is that pressure cooking destroys lectins, a class of anti-nutrients, found in grains and beans. reference Personally, I find a pressure cooker just ROCKS my kitchen. You have to learn to pace yourself Pressure You're just like everybody else Pressure You've only had to run so far So good But you will come to a place Where the only thing you feel Are loaded guns in your face And you'll…
  • how to get a bunch of meals from a half ham

    Jackie Patti
    24 May 2014 | 9:42 am
    by Jackie Patti There are a bazillion sites out there that tell you how to get 3 or 4 meals out of a whole chicken. I am going to tell you how to get 10-15 meals out of a half ham. A ham is basically the butt and top bit of the leg off a pig, from the hip to the knee. This big piece is then cured and smoked to produce ham. Whether you get pastured pork, "uncured" ham without nitrates, or regular grocery-store stuff, you can usually get the best deal buying a half ham. The top half, which is more butt, is called logically-enough the butt end of the ham. It is usually fattier and…
  • how to accomplish things when you're tired and in pain

    Jackie Patti
    21 May 2014 | 9:25 am
    by Jackie Patti Ironically, I started writing this post before my two trips to Texas, 2 weeks in March and 4 weeks in April, that have left me very fatigued again through May, and thus quite late with this post! There's 3 important reasons for me to continue to do as much as I can in spite of my disability: the feeling of accomplishment to retain and regain abilities to avoid boredom One of the big tricks of being able to do things while disabled has been to break tasks down into the smallest steps. This is why I can grow a garden of tomatoes, make sauce and can it, but risotto is hard for…
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    Fresh Menu Planner

  • Cottage Cheese Stuffed Zucchini with Brown Butter

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    This combination of grilling and stuffing things is something I could get used to.  Grilling zucchini is delicious.  Stuffing the zucchini with brown butter cottage cheese and garlic was even more awesome.  Grilling it up for Heathers family and one of my good friends Curtis was the icing on the cake. A lot of these grilled vegetable dishes are meant to be easy and simple.  Sometimes though, the professional chef in me just wants to burst out and all of a sudden I am using an apple corer on zucchini, and stuffing it with deliciousness. The beauty about grilling this zucchini whole is that…
  • Grilled Summer Fruit and Kale Salad

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    It’s been over a week since I last posted.  I’m sorry friends!  That won’t happen again!  This past week has been full of some ups and downs but now I am back with a delicious grilled summer fruit and kale salad.  If you didn’t check out my last post, you should learn more about Leanne Vogel and her Real Meals Meal Plan Program and see how it can make a difference in your health. So I’ve decided that I love grilled fruit.  Have you guys ever tried it before?  You should.  It adds this whole other dimension to the way fruit tastes.  It’s sweet, caramelized flavor is…
  • The Best Way To Live Healthy

    8 Jul 2014 | 10:20 pm
    I’m so excited!  I recently teamed up with Holistic Nutritionist Leanne Vogel from Healthful Pursuit to help everyone out there with healthy meal planning.  She does such a great job with her Real Meals Meal Plan Program. It’s so simple.  The Real Meals Meal Plan Program is for people who want to take all the guesswork (and confusion!) out of health–and focus their energy on taking care of themselves and their lives. Subscribers to the program get a new 7-day meal plan, delivered right to their inbox every Tuesday; it’ll save them time. It’ll save them money. And most of…
  • Roasted Onion and Chipotle BBQ Sauce

    6 Jul 2014 | 3:32 pm
    After creating my post about how to grill a chicken breast, I figured it would only make sense to create a delicious, healthy, and homemade barbecue sauce that will add tons of flavor to any cut of meat. I’ve tried it with grilled steak as well, and this roasted onion and chipotle barbecue sauce was great with everything.  It’s a sauce made similar to my roasted onion chimichurri recipe, but obviously with different ingredients. I love BBQ season!  I only filled up my propane tank a couple weeks ago, and I think I have been grilling just about every day of the week!  One of my favorite…
  • Quinoa Crusted Eggplant Parmesan

    30 Jun 2014 | 10:42 pm
    This quinoa crusted eggplant parmesan was a tasty, gluten free dish that our vegetarian friends enjoyed last night.  I was testing out a menu for their wedding.  I’m honored to be cooking for them. Since I’ve known our friends Adam and Charlotte, I’ve always wanted to outdo myself with vegetarian creations.  They have told Heather and I so many stories about when they go to restaurants, and all that’s offered is steamed vegetables and rice. Vegetarians are people too!  Rice and steamed vegetables isn’t really going to cut it now is it? Charlotte and Adam have also enjoyed my…
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    Natural Life Energy | Health Activist | Benefits Of A Plant Based Diet

  • Sun Gazing Method – Avoiding Eye Damage

    Aqiyl Aniys
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    Why the heck would you attempt sun gazing? We all have been taught that looking directly into he sun for extended periods of time causes eye damage... The post Sun Gazing Method – Avoiding Eye Damage appeared first on Natural Life Energy | Health Activist | Benefits Of A Plant Based Diet. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Best Way To Cook A Sweet Potato For Health

    Aqiyl Aniys
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    I am not a heavy starch eater and that includes eating sweet potatoes. If I do eat a potato I would eat a sweet potato over a white potato but a sweet potato has a better nutrient content than a white potato... The post Best Way To Cook A Sweet Potato For Health appeared first on Natural Life Energy | Health Activist | Benefits Of A Plant Based Diet. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Paleo Diet – I Don’t Want To Eat Like A Caveman

    Aqiyl Aniys
    29 Jun 2014 | 6:18 pm
    The Paleo Diet revolves around eating like a caveman, like aspiring to be like a caveman is something sexy? Are we truly sliding downhill so fast as... The post The Paleo Diet – I Don’t Want To Eat Like A Caveman appeared first on Natural Life Energy | Health Activist | Benefits Of A Plant Based Diet. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Benefits of Marijuana – Healing Properties And Components – Cannabis Cures

    Aqiyl Aniys
    23 Jun 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Marijuana was classified as a schedule 1 narcotic drug because all of a sudden there were no benefits of... The post Benefits of Marijuana – Healing Properties And Components – Cannabis Cures appeared first on Natural Life Energy | Health Activist | Benefits Of A Plant Based Diet. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New York On Its Way Towards Legalizing Medical Marijuana Use

    Aqiyl Aniys
    29 May 2014 | 12:38 pm
    New York is on its way to becoming the 22nd state plus DC to legalize medical marijuana with the passage of the Compassionate Care Act that passed with... The post New York On Its Way Towards Legalizing Medical Marijuana Use appeared first on Natural Life Energy | Health Activist | Benefits Of A Plant Based Diet. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Regained Wellness

  • Detoxing & Cleansing: An Interview With Detox Expert Dr. Sara Celik

    Jamie Logie
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:33 am
    We live in a toxic environment, there is no mistaking that fact anymore.. How do we combat the excessive pollution and toxins that come from simply living our day to day lives? Getting rid of things that are toxic means more than just turning off an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, it means... Read More
  • Top 5 Reasons You Need More Fiber

    Jamie Logie
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:03 pm
    Keep yourself regular! How’s that for an awkward intro? Regularity aside the importance of fiber goes further than just keeping things…ahem..moving smoothly. Here’s the benefits of fiber that you might not be aware of but should look to include in your diet. What Is Fiber? Once considered “roughage” fiber is the part of food that... Read More
  • The 7 Best Nutrition Books You Need To Be Reading

    Jamie Logie
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:42 am
    The more information you can arm yourself with the greater your insights become and when it comes to nutrition, the smarter and more informed decisions you can make. When it comes to your health there is a lot of conflicting information out there in regards to what approaches are best? Is there a certain diet... Read More
  • 3 Great Breakfasts To Start The Day

    Jamie Logie
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:25 am
    If you scramble in the morning just to get out the door chances are breakfast becomes an after thought. Here are some quick and power packed recipes to get you off and running first thing. They’re like me; Paleo friendly, gluten free and full of love.. Well paleo friendly and gluten free anyway… Banana/Chia “Porridge”... Read More
  • Meet Kelly: Her 126 Pound Weight Loss From Paleo/Real Food

    Jamie Logie
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:09 am
    For most of us that work in fitness we generally have been in pretty good shape our whole lives. Our weight and health are usually not going to get away from us. We instruct and guide others but at the same time are not able to relate to someone who has been on the other... Read More
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    Essential vitamins For The Body

  • Healthy Chocolate Nut Squares

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:08 pm
    These are very healthy. When I make them I usually eat a large square for breakfast, and then eat a few squares every few hours as snacks. They actually… Ingredients: applesauce, baking soda, cinnamon, eggs, egg whites, cereal, flax seed, chocolate, yogurt, oats, pecan, salt, sugar, vanilla extract, wheat germ, flour Recipe Link | Similar Recipes
  • Ed’s South of the Border Marinated Shrimp

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    This shrimp appetizer is fantastic! Cold and refreshing with the zingy flavors of lime, cilantro and a kick of jalapeno make this the perfect hot weather… Ingredients: cilantro, jalapeno, shrimp, garlic, lime, olive oil, red onions, salt, sugar Recipe Link | Similar Recipes
  • 15 Minute Chili (Babyfit Pregnancy) Recipe

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:06 pm
    A healthy recipe from BabyFit to keep you healthy during pregnancy. Easy and delicious! Ingredients: chili powder, cumin, turkey, kidney bean, onions, pinto beans, salsa, tomato Recipe Link | Similar Recipes
  • Weight Loss: What Kinds of Foods to Buy to Eat Healthy

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:10 am This video provides information on what kind of food to buy when trying to eat healthy.
  • The Mediterranean Diet for Beginners: The Ultimate Guide to Healthy Eating and a Happier Life (Mediterranean Diet, Healthy Eating, Good Diet, Mediterranean Diet for Beginners)

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:08 pm
    The Mediterranean Diet for Beginners: The Ultimate Guide to Healthy Eating and a Happier Life (Mediterranean Diet, Healthy Eating, Good Diet, Mediterranean Diet for Beginners) Discover All the Wonders of the Mediterranean Diet It has never been easier to learn about the Mediterranean Diet. Read on your PC, Mac, smart phone, tablet or Kindle device! You’re about to discover everything you wanted to know and more about the famous Mediterranean Diet. For the longest time, this diet style has kept people both healthy and happy by supplying the body with the right foods. Here is an Overview of…
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    Science for Fitness

  • Video Post – How to Make Almond Milk

    Science For Fitness
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    In today’s video post, I team up with Nieves, owner of Sexy Batch Baking Company to show you how to make your own Almond Milk. It’s quick, simple and healthy. Be sure to go to Science for Fitness’ YouTube channel and subscribe if you haven’t already.
  • Individual Variation: A Revisit of Lactose Intolerance

    Science For Fitness
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:03 am
    Bacillus by Jennifer Hulsey I have always had certain dietary restrictions growing up. Apple juice and grape juice gave me a great deal of gas so I shied away from them. I also developed moderate lactose intolerance when I was in college. But since then I have been able to manage my issues fairly easily. Then, sometime last year, I started having significant food issues. I ate a banana that was all yellow (ripe) and got severe gas. I would be up all night trying to relieve the pain (gas relief pills were no use). I switched to super ripe bananas (very brown) and those were ok. But things went…
  • Video Post – Wrist Pain in the Overhead Position

    Science For Fitness
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    In today’s video post, I address an issue that many new weightlifters and CrossFitters have – wrist pain in the overhead position. Ultimately wrist strength and flexibility need to be improved to properly address this issue, but there are a few things to consider while these are being developed. Be sure to go to Science for Fitness’ YouTube channel and subscribe if you haven’t already.
  • Performance on a Plant-Based Diet

    Science For Fitness
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:22 am
    I am very pleased to present the very first guest article on Science for Fitness. I have received lot of questions from vegan and vegetarian readers (and from those looking to start this route) on how to make sure they are eating right for an active and healthy lifestyle. As such, I turned to my friend Billy Prusinowski who is a vegan CrossFit athlete and trainer for some personal insight on a successful plant-based diet. Billy has been amazingly successful on a plant-based diet and he has many great tips to share. Enjoy!       Even in 2014, when people hear the word…
  • Video Post – Watermelon Juice for Sore Muscle Relief

    Science For Fitness
    20 Jun 2014 | 3:55 am
    In today’s video post, because summer has now officially arrived, I revisit one of last year’s written posts on watermelon juice for sore muscle relief. Be sure to go to Science for Fitness’ YouTube channel and subscribe if you haven’t already.
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  • Stress and Food: How Chronic Stress Affects What We Eat

    20 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We're spending more and more time working these days. And with more work, more stress often follows. While this can be debated, a lot of people turn to food for comfort. Let’s see how the two of these are connected. The link betwen doing work in shifts, doing long working hours, and being in ill-health has been shown to exist by different researchers [1, 2]. While the exact nature of this relationship is a mystery so far, we can find increased amounts of stress in all of them.  Stress is by definition a physiological and psychological response to the demands made by your internal or…
  • Debunked: Dr. Simeons HCG Diet Protocol

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I would like to discuss a fad crash diet proposed a few decades ago. It's called the Dr. Simeons hCG Diet. If you’ve never heard of it, then you have been spared yet another ludicrous proposal in the “nutrition” industry. You will see, why. I would like to start with the fact that the last scientific article on the HCG diet, proposed by Dr. Simeons, was published in 1995. And that’s quite some time ago. In science, topics will usually stop being researched because of two reasons: They become universally agreed on They become unproven hogwash That is, if we exclude possible lobbying…
  • Nutrition and Depression: Foods That Help With Depression Naturally

    13 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    There’s a lot of anecdotal evidence which claims that you can ease or even cure depression with different foods. Let’s take a look whether there is any scientific merit to these claims. A notice The main points are summarized at the end of the post, as always. Depression First, let me define depression. Contrary to the common perception of some people, major depressive disorder is a mental disorder which involves dysfunctional brain biochemistry, but more on that later. Its main characteristics are low mood, low self-esteem, a loss of interest and pleasure for activities that would…
  • Social Influence on Food Choices: Is Social Eating Bad?

    9 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    If you think your surrounding doesn't influence what and how much you eat, then I have bad news for you. The food choices you make are strongly influenced by your social environment. Let’s see how. A note for lazy readers The main points are summarized at the end of the post, as always. In the past few decades, eating out has been on the rise. This brings one major ramification to the table (pun not intended). We’re eating ever more in a social context. This context of our friends, colleagues, co workers etc. strongly shape what we eventually end up ordering and how much of the food on…
  • Why Do I Crave Sugar?

    6 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Have you been feeling like eating increased amounts of sugar lately? Craving it all the time? You just might have some signs of sugar addiction. Sugar. It's abundant in today's society. It's everywhere and in everything. This has made our brain unable to cope with the available amounts. And that is the topic we will be exploring in this article.   The appetizer Let’s start with something interesting. The neural systems in your brain that have evolved to motivate and reinforce your food consumption, are the same systems which also underlie drug seeking and drug use [1]. How's that for a…
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    All Things Protein....

  • Very Blueberry Protein Shake

    Robert Duke
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    If you are a blueberry lover then I have the protein shake for you. I love blueberries but don't always have the time to make muffins or pancakes for breakfast or post workout snacks. This is a great shake that you can make really fast to get your morning started off right or to help you recover after your workouts. Ingredients: 
½- Cup unsweetened almond milk
1- Cup Fresh or Frozen Blueberries 
1- Scoops protein powder 
½ - Banana 
4oz- Water 
4-5 Ice cubes 
2-Tbsp light whipped creamPreparation 
Combine all ingredients and mix until desired smoothness. Top with whipped…
  • Peppermint Monster Maker

    Robert Duke
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    If you are looking for a post-workout shake that will really add some mass, look no further. This protein shake is a mass maker that is packed with fast digesting carbs, healthily fats and powerful muscle building protein. It is called the "Peppermint Monster Maker and will most certainly help release the beast inside.Ingredients: 8oz. unsweetened vanilla almond milk 
¼ Tsp. peppermint extract 
1 Tbsp. sugar-free pistachio instant pudding dry mix 
2 scoops protein 
2 Tbsp. natural peanut butter 
2 Tbsp. natural honey 
6-8 Ice cubes      …
  • Cinnamon Roll Protein Shake

    Robert Duke
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    Who says you can't have a cinnamon roll when you are on a diet. With this shake you get the flavor of a buttery cinnamon roll and the muscle building punch of a protein shake. This is a great shake kick start your morning or have for a healthy snack during the day.Ingredients: 
8oz. Unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 scoop protein powder 
16 grams of sugar free instant vanilla pudding 
1/4 Tsp. cinnamon
1/4 Tsp. vanilla extract 
6-8 Ice cubes 
Sprinkle butter popcorn seasoning & cinnamon Preparation: 
Combine all ingredients in blender, mix until…
  • The Butterfinger "Free" Protein Shake

    Robert Duke
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:39 pm
    If you are like me then sometimes you just got to have a candy bar. That "got to have candy bar" for me is a Butterfinger. However when dieting I skip the candy bar and instead mix up this Butterfinger protein shake. This protein shake packs some great nutrition and will surely get you through those candy bar cravings.Ingredients: 
1 Scoop protein powder (preferably vanilla) 
1 Tbsp. natural peanut butter 
1 Tbsp. butterscotch pudding mix 
8 oz. Unsweetened almond milk 
1 Full Chocolate graham sheet 
6-8 ice cubesPreparation 
Combine all ingredients in blender, mix until desired…
  • Low Carb Coconut Protein Shake

    Robert Duke
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:52 pm
    If you are looking for a light breakfast shake that will keep you going while not overloading you with carbohydrates then this is the shake for you. Most breakfast shakes over load you body with carbs and only give you 10-15 grams of protein. This coconut breakfast shake will give you the boost you need while keeping those carbs low.Ingredients: 
4oz. Coconut Greek yogurt 
1 scoop of vanilla protein 
4oz. Unsweetened almond milk 
1oz. Sliced almonds 
4oz. Water 
4-5 Ice cubesPreparation: 
Combine all ingredients in blender, mix until desired smoothness. Serve and…
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