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    Nutrition Research News -- ScienceDaily

  • Weigh-in once a week or you'll gain weight

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Stepping on the scale is common among dieters but how does the frequency of weigh-ins impact weight? A new study showed that the more frequently dieters weighed themselves the more weight they lost, and if participants went more than a week without weighing themselves, they gained weight.
  • Not just for the holidays, mistletoe could fight obesity-related liver disease

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:13 am
    Mistletoe hanging in doorways announces that the holidays are just around the corner. For some people, however, the symbolic plant might one day represent more than a kiss at Christmas time: It may mean better liver health. Researchers have found that a compound produced by a particular variety of the plant can help fight obesity-related liver disease in mice.
  • Many children, adolescents get too much caffeine from energy drinks

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:43 am
    When children aged 10-14 consume energy drinks, one in five consumes too much caffeine. When their caffeine intake from other sources such as cola and chocolate is included, every second child and more than one in three adolescents aged 15-17 consume too much caffeine. Researchers estimate that energy drinks cause or contribute to a large proportion of children and adolescents exceeding the recommended maximum daily intake of caffeine.
  • Low-glycemic index carbohydrate diet does not improve cv risk factors, insulin resistance

    16 Dec 2014 | 1:14 pm
    In a study that included overweight and obese participants, those with diets with low glycemic index of dietary carbohydrate did not have improvements in insulin sensitivity, lipid levels, or systolic blood pressure, according to a study.
  • Fluctuations in women's weight happens monthly, naturally

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:38 am
    Some women become preoccupied with their body weight and shape after changes in hormones drive increases in emotional eating, or the tendency to overconsume food in response to negative emotions. The recurring nature of monthly increases in weight concerns in menstruating women may increase the risk of developing an eating disorder, researchers say.
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    Diet & Nutrition News Headlines - Yahoo News UK

  • Shire considering bid for NPS Pharmaceuticals - Bloomberg

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:10 am
    (Reuters) - Dublin-based Shire Plc , whose proposed sale to AbbVie Inc fell apart in October, is considering an offer for U.S-based drug developer NPS Pharmaceuticals Inc , Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. NPS's shares rose as much as 23 percent to $37.50 (23.9 pounds) on the Nasdaq. Shire's shares were up 1.3 percent on the London Stock Exchange. The timing of a possible bid would depend on whether the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves NPS's hormone replacement therapy Natpara, two of the people told Bloomberg. ...
  • Alcohol calorie counts to be on menus by next year

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't want to be confronted with the number of calories in that margarita or craft beer? Then avoid the menu and order at the bar.
  • U.N. warns 1 million people could be hungry by March due to Ebola

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:49 am
    By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Half a million people in three West African nations rocked by Ebola are going hungry and that number could double by March if food supplies do not improve, two United Nations agencies warned on Wednesday. In Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the countries at the heart of the worst recorded outbreak of Ebola, workers have been staying away from markets and fields for fear of spreading the virus that has killed more than 6,800 people since March. ...
  • Japan confirms bird flu case, culls 4,000 chickens

    15 Dec 2014 | 11:55 pm
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Agricultural Ministry on Tuesday confirmed a case of a highly pathogenic H5 strain of avian influenza at a poultry farm in Miyazaki prefecture in southwestern Japan. Three chickens tested positive at the farm and all of the roughly 4,000 chickens there have been culled, an official at the Miyazaki prefectural government said. The local government also asked nearby poultry farms to restrict movements of livestock, he said. There is believed to be no risk of the virus spreading to humans through consumption of chicken eggs or meat, he said. ...
  • Ex-Google employees launch app to make you smarter about health, fitness

    15 Dec 2014 | 11:33 am
    By Christina Farr SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A group of former Google employees are betting they can boost the world's medical knowledge with a mobile IQ test. Hi.Q, a free app for the Apple Inc iPhone and iPad launching on Monday, includes 10,000 questions across 300 topics, such as food allergies, childhood health, and portion control. After taking the test, users are given a breakdown of their expertise across certain health areas. Founder and Chief Executive Officer Munjal Shah, who sold his prior company Like. ...
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    The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl >>

  • Everyday Life: November 2014

    11 Dec 2014 | 12:26 am
    November began as usual with a birthday, the highlight of which being this card from Rhiannon: The last of the Autumn colour… Arrived home one night, flipped on the lights and found Neighbour Cat waiting. After many long and boring months of slowly re-building the post-surgery forearm strength, I finally got back into proper heavy weight training this month! Mondays is the big lifts with Shona, then I do kettlebells on my own during the week. It’s good to feel back in the groove. There were some eerie, foggy days which made the cold feel kind of glamourous… Gareth made…
  • Book 1, Book 2 and 13 teaspoons of whisky

    4 Dec 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Update on the 52 Whiskys In 52 Weeks Project: It’s Week 49 and I’ve only clocked up 13! I’ve tried to get into the spirit of things but I think maybe I just don’t like whisky. I’ve dabbled across the islands, Highlands, Lowlands and Speyside and while the milder fellas taste less like punishment, it’s not exciting me like it would if it were 52 gins or 52 chocolate bars. It’s mostly likely because I just slurp about a teaspoon’s worth then declare, “Bleeeeurgh!”. And I’m still intrigued by the romance and history and…
  • The many inboxes of David

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:06 pm
    I recently discovered something fascinating about my father-in-law David: he has six email inboxes. He’s been retired for a few years now so wasn’t sure why he would need six. But he has a lot of hobbies. And he likes to keep the email relating to these hobbies completely segregated. So he has: one email account for family correspondence, one for online shopping, one for bird watching, one for the allotment, one for golf and one for photography. Personally I’m a Gmail devotee, corralling my different email addresses (personal, online shopping, blog & business) into…
  • Everyday Life: October 2014

    17 Nov 2014 | 4:11 pm
    October started out with a visit to Italy. First I stayed with Julia for an Up & Running workathon. This included a wee photo shoot to redo all the photos and videos in our running courses. I’ve been busting to get them done professionally for years. Most of the originals were clumsily shot on my old iPhone 3 in the hallway of an Edinburgh hotel room, on the very first day I met Julia in person. We kept stopping and starting as the cleaner made her way in and out of the rooms with the vacuum cleaner. They didn’t quite match my vision of perfection but if we’d…
  • The other Mrs Reid

    9 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Growing up in rural Oz through the 80s and 90s, I didn’t know any other Shauna’s. I thought my name was daggy and annoying. I longed to be a Jenny, Tracy or Melissa and be spared the indignity of being nicknamed “Shauny Prawn”. But thanks to the invention of the internet I now know there’s twenty gazillion fellow Shauna’s, and many Shauna Reid’s too. There is one living in Canada. I know this because I often get her emails. Because of a missing hyphen or full stop or similar, I hear about Canadian Shauna Reid’s PTA meetings,…
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    Nourishing Thoughts

  • How much sweets are we actually consuming this holiday season?

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:18 am
    Holiday time means treats. I found this holiday treats infographics from our cookie expert "Mrs Fields". Enjoy your treats but this is a perfect time to teach children some moderation. Nourish Thought for the Day: There is room for treats in a healthy diet especially during holiday season. Just balance it with moderation and extra activity.
  • Healthy Chocolate Christmas Cookie Recipes

    15 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
    Bringing the kids into the kitchen to make some baked goods. The kids are finally ready and you just need some recipes. Here are some healthy cookie recipes I found that are perfect for Christmas! Nourish Thought for the Day: A healthy diet always has room for some healthy sweet treats! Enjoy Boot Tracks Chocolate Coconut Meringues Chocolate & Pecan Macaroons Dark Chocolate Florentines Dark Chocolate Meringue Drops . Double Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chewies Lava Rocks Joy Cookies Chocolate Snowcap Cookies
  • 7 homemade holiday gift ideas for the kids

    12 Dec 2014 | 9:52 am
    It is that time of the year where we are busy shopping for presents. Kids want to be part of this too but of course, they don't have money to buy gifts. Teach children, this year, the beauty of homemade gifts. Nourish Thought for the Day: The best gifts come from the heart and your hands. 7 Favorite Homemade Gift Ideas That Children Can Make Here is a list of some of the best homemade gifts that children can make as gifts. How about a bookmark for when reading. Each time you open your book, you get a sweet reminder that your child made it. 1. Bookmarks for all occassions Holidays 12 Colorful…
  • Food brings people together!

    10 Dec 2014 | 9:37 am
    Since I am in the movie mode, I also wanted to share with another great movie that I thoroughly enjoyed, "The 100 foot journey". Now this won't be a spoiler for you because I won't go into details about the movie itself. But I will talk about the message that rang so loud and wonderfully clear throughout the movie. "Food brings people together". This is so true. Who doesn't have special memories that are associated with foods. Maybe it was a special time you spent cooking with your parent or grandparent or other family member. The time they spent not only teaching you how to cook but the…
  • Family movie - the gift of time

    8 Dec 2014 | 2:45 pm
    You know when you see a movie that you just feel so good after watching it, you just want to watch it again! Well that was how I felt when I watched "Chef". What a great family movie with a food theme. Great music, great plot, great acting and great family message. The importance of family time. This is reminder that no matter what we are dealing with in life, we always need to make time for family. Life is always throwing us curb balls, ups and downs, unexpected journeys that can easily take up entire focus - if we let it. Meanwhile, your children are growing up, whether you make time for…
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  • Chicken Noodle Soup Rx:

    Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
      With cold and flu season quickly approaching I wanted to breakdown one of the most commonly prescribed remedies to help get you back on your feet. No, I am not talking about antibiotics, cough syrups, decongestants, Tylenol or any type of prescription or over the counter drug. I am talking about chicken noodle soup. Moms and grand moms everywhere have long prescribed this hearty broth to help combat colds and flues. How is it though that a soup can make you feel better?  Lets breakdown a typical recipe and discuss how each ingredient plays a key role in making you feel better.
  • 5 Reasons You Need A Whole Food Supplement

    Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    The human body needs good nutrition to function properly. Eating a healthy diet is essential for maintaining good health, but it can be difficult to keep up with everything we eat. Whole food nutritional supplements are one of the best ways to get all the important nutrition needed for many reasons. In addition to be the most convenient, easy-to-use product, here are 5 reasons you need a whole food supplement: 1. Absorption: your body absorbs much more of the whole food supplement than a conventional form. Synthetic alternatives to whole foods are known as isolates and your body will only…
  • How To Grow Your Own Wheatgrass

    Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
      Did you know you can grow wheatgrass for as little as $1-2 per week? All you need is a few supplies and within a week you will have lush and nutritious wheat grass growing in your home. No green thumb needed. Just follow these easy steps: 1. Buy organic  wheat berries. 2. Put half a cup of wheat berries in a quart sized mason jar and fill the jar with water. Make sure the water covers the seeds. Soak the wheat berries for 8-12 hours. 3. Rinse your seeds and repeat step 2. 4. Give the wheat berries one more final rinse before you sow the seeds. 5. Cut small holes in a 10 x 10 foil tray…
  • Save Your Skin with Hypoallergenic Personal Care

    Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Many people, myself included, have sensitivities to certain ingredients found in body washes, shampoos, deodorants, and laundry detergents.  Whether it’s breaking out in a rash, redness, itching, stinging, dry scaly skin we can all react differently to the ingredients found in our daily products.  However, you shouldn’t feel limited in what you can use on a daily basis. Lucky Vitamin carries a wide selection of hypoallergenic personal care products. Laundry detergents are often forgot about when it comes to making sure your personal care products are not the cause of your skin problems.
  • What’s New? Skout Organic

    Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of natural, certified organic foods to our customers: Skout Organic. Skout Organic offers a unique selection of great tasting, healthy, organic foods to sustain those who embrace adventure and actively pursue the outdoors. Created and inspired by the Pacific Northwest, one of the best outdoor recreation areas in the world, Skout Organic has developed an entire line of certified organic and gluten-free products made with delicious ingredients, which embody the rugged and energetic spirit of the Oregon region. The company is non-GMO…
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    Vitamin News -- ScienceDaily

  • Extra vitamin E protected older mice from getting common type of pneumonia

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:04 am
    Extra vitamin E protected older mice from a bacterial infection that commonly causes pneumonia. The study found that extra vitamin E helped regulate the mice’s immune system. The older mice were fed a diet containing extra amounts of vitamin E, the equivalent to about 200 IU/day consumed by humans -- about 10 times the Recommended Daily Allowance but well below the upper limit -- were far more resistant to the bacteria than the older mice that had a normal amount of vitamin E in their diet.
  • Key to vitamin A metabolism found

    10 Dec 2014 | 8:43 am
    Researchers have discovered the mechanism that enables the enzyme Lecithin: retinol acyltransferase to store vitamin A, which is essential for sight. The researchers hope the new information will be used to design small molecule therapies for degenerative eye diseases. The same enzymatic activity of LRAT that allows specific cells to absorb vitamin A can be used to transport small molecule drugs to the eye.
  • Top-selling eye vitamins found not to match scientific evidence

    9 Dec 2014 | 10:37 am
    With Americans spending billions annually on nutritional supplements, researchers analyzed popular eye vitamins to determine whether their formulations and claims are consistent with scientific findings. They determined that some of the top-selling products do not contain identical ingredient dosages to eye vitamin formulas proven effective in clinical trials. They also found claims made on the products' promotional materials lack evidence.
  • Impossible? Can researchers develop 100 drugs in 10 years?

    8 Dec 2014 | 2:07 pm
    A start-up company aims to use disruptive approach to identify drugs for testing on diseased cells. The disruptive approach to drug development, aided by custom-designed software capable of tracking changes, or signs of healing, in cells, could speed discovery of therapies for so-called "orphan" diseases.
  • Vitamin C may help people who suffer from airway obstruction or respiratory symptoms after exercise

    8 Dec 2014 | 4:43 am
    Vitamin C may reduce bronchoconstriction and respiratory symptoms caused by exercise, according to a study. Physical activity increases oxidative stress, and therefore, as an antioxidant vitamin C might have particularly evident effects on people who are participating in vigorous exercise. In several studies, vitamin C administration attenuated the increases in oxidative stress markers caused by exercise.
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    ScienceDaily: Dietary Supplements

  • Extra vitamin E protected older mice from getting common type of pneumonia

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:04 am
    Extra vitamin E protected older mice from a bacterial infection that commonly causes pneumonia. The study found that extra vitamin E helped regulate the mice’s immune system. The older mice were fed a diet containing extra amounts of vitamin E, the equivalent to about 200 IU/day consumed by humans -- about 10 times the Recommended Daily Allowance but well below the upper limit -- were far more resistant to the bacteria than the older mice that had a normal amount of vitamin E in their diet.
  • Skipping meals increases children's obesity, cardio metabolic risk

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:44 am
    Children who skip main meals are more likely to have excess body fat and an increased cardiometabolic risk already at the age of 6 to 8 years, according to a study. A higher consumption of sugary drinks, red meat and low-fat margarine and a lower consumption of vegetable oil are also related to a higher cardiometabolic risk. “The more of these factors are present, the higher the risk,” says a researcher.
  • Is that Ginkgo biloba supplement really what you think it is?

    11 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
    A new study has investigated the use of DNA barcoding to test the authenticity of Ginkgo biloba, an herbal dietary supplement sold to consumers that is purported to boost cognitive capacity.
  • Boosting chemical by-product of dietary fiber fermentation in gut slims and trims

    10 Dec 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Boosting levels of a naturally produced by-product of dietary fiber fermentation in the bowel can help trim the waistline and stave off weight gain, reveals a small study. "The present results support a role specifically for colonic propionate in weight management and may provide a molecular explanation of recent data that have observed changes in the gut [range of bacteria] and associated [short chain fatty acid production] profiles in weight loss," researchers conclude.
  • Key to vitamin A metabolism found

    10 Dec 2014 | 8:43 am
    Researchers have discovered the mechanism that enables the enzyme Lecithin: retinol acyltransferase to store vitamin A, which is essential for sight. The researchers hope the new information will be used to design small molecule therapies for degenerative eye diseases. The same enzymatic activity of LRAT that allows specific cells to absorb vitamin A can be used to transport small molecule drugs to the eye.
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    Healthy Food & Healthy Living

  • The best silly food and silly diets of 2014

    Dr. Ayala
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
    I’m very excited to share with you my end of year best of the best in diets and food innovation. Celebrating these contributions to humankind is a fond tradition and will, at the very least, take your mind off ISIS and Ebola for a bit.
  • Should we really shrink our plates?

    Dr. Ayala
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:52 am
    Can eating from a salad plate – rather than an entrée one – trick you into eating less? This advice was popularized and accepted almost as fact, but a new meta-analysis suggests cafeterias should await further proof before they overhaul the dishware.
  • Roasted herb and spice chickpeas

    Dr. Ayala
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:36 am
    Chickpeas are healthy and fun to nibble on, and this recipe makes them spicy, delicious, crispy and super snackable.
  • Arugula, spinach, pomegranate and quinoa salad

    Dr. Ayala
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:35 am
    A seasonal colorful and crunchy salad to decorate your festive table, and it’s also perfect for guests on a vegan and gluten free diet. The recipe is more greens than grain, but you can change the greens to quinoa ratio for a more hearty dish.
  • Family meals that work: Keep calm and carry a conversation

    Dr. Ayala
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:19 am
    Let's try this: once a healthy meal is on the table consider your job done; you're now a guest at your own dinner party, there to appreciate good food in good company.
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    Food Renegade

  • DECEMBER GIVEAWAY: $750 Amazon Gift Card

    Kristen Michaelis
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:44 am
    This month, I'm giving away a $750 Amazon Gift Card to one of you as a way of saying thank you for reading. [[This is a summary only. Keep reading by clicking on the Title above.]]
  • 4 Christmas Gift Ideas for Foodies

    Kristen Michaelis
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Searching for a few perfect Christmas Gift Ideas for your foodie loved ones? Try these on for size. This Christmas season, these are the gift ideas I'm falling back on for my foodie friends & family. [[This is a summary only. Keep reading by clicking on the Title above.]]
  • Spaghetti Squash & Bison Meatballs {Low FODMAP & Paleo}

    Natalie Burns
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:14 pm
    Spaghetti squash with meatballs has been one of my favorite go-to meals for years... it’s simple, clean, and scrumptious. [[This is a summary only. Keep reading by clicking on the Title above.]]
  • How Grounding (Earthing) Healed My Adrenal Fatigue

    Megan Stevens
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Grounding (Earthing) brought me back from extreme adrenal fatigue, a.k.a. wanting to take a nap all the time! Yes, I was skeptical at first, but then my doctor did the weirdest thing... [[This is a summary only. Keep reading by clicking on the Title above.]]
  • One-Pan Chicken Verde Recipe With Rice & Veggies

    Shannon Stonger
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:46 pm
    This One-Pan Chicken Verde recipe with rice & veggies is a flavorful dish. It's super simple, totally delicious, and feeds my little army with very little cleanup. [[This is a summary only. Keep reading by clicking on the Title above.]]
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    Green Mountain at Fox Run » Blog

  • I Feel Good! Taking a Different Approach to Weight Loss

    Beth Turchi
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    I feel good.  Go figure. I mean, really, I didn’t expect to feel so good.  When I enrolled in Green Mountain’s program, I expected to find a new diet, a new miracle cure or some secret equation to help me lose weight.  There, I admit it! A Different Approach to Weight Loss My focus when I decided to go to Green Mountain was to lose weight without thought at all of learning anything else; certainly not a holistic approach to health or a lifestyle pattern of healthy thinking coupled with exercise and support. Nope, I just wanted to be skinny.  And I was willing to sacrifice to be…
  • It’s the Most Wonderful…Wait…Really? Putting the Holidays into Perspective

    Shiri Macri
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Does the hustle and bustle of this time of year bring on warm, nostalgic feelings? Or are we overloaded with expectations and riddled with stress? I wish the former for anyone, but unfortunately many of us are dealing with the latter. Most Feel Increased Stress During The Holidays And most often women bear more of the brunt of this stress. Sorry guys, but it’s true.  According to a survey by the American Psychological Association, 61% of people report often feeling stress during the holidays and 44% of women report feeling an increase in stress this time of year as opposed to 31% of men…
  • ‘Feel Full’ Chemical Priopionate Hyped In Recent Weight Loss News Articles

    June Lupiani
    13 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    ‘Feel Full’ Chemical Not Exactly New News Google the term propionate and you’ll find very recent news result links ranging from “Obesity Epidemic May See Slowdown With New Ingredient That Makes You Feel Full”, “This ‘Feel Full’ Chemical Could Be the Future of Weight Loss”, “Food supplement appears to prevent weight gain” and “Ingredient that could help you eat less”. I’ve read most of them. They’ve all stemmed from recent research done at Imperial College London and the University of Glasgow and published in GUT, an International Journal of…
  • Stop Obsessing: Keeping the Peace through the Holiday and Beyond

    Kari Anderson
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today’s post is by Kari Anderson, DBH, our binge eating specialist at Green Mountain. Last weekend, she led our first emotional and binge eating intensive weekend retreat. She’ll be a regular contributor to A Weight Lifted, where you’ll learn more about her trademark “of course!”  Obsessing, Holiday Stress and Binge Eating As I reflect on the Binge and Emotional Eating Weekend Intensive held at Green Mountain at Fox Run last weekend, I get a feeling of peace and calm. You see, the binge eating mind is continually obsessing. When will I get to be alone to eat?
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    Nourished Kitchen

  • My Favorite Whole Foods Cookbooks from 2014

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Every week a new pile of cookbooks arrives on my doorstep, sent to me from publishers or their authors for me to review.  And there’s very many that don’t resonate for me, others I like very much, and still others yet that I fall in love with.  So I’ve sorted through my bookshelves to find my favorite cookbooks of this year, to share with you, in case you might find something that needs to find its way to your kitchen, or perhaps into a friend’s hands as a gift. P.S. If you decide to pick up any of these books through Amazon, Nourished Kitchen will earn a small…
  • A Giveaway: Palouse Brand Hummus Kit (2 winners)

    12 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    I’m partnering up today with one of my favorite brands – Palouse, who produce split peas, wheat berries, as well as incredible chickpeas (I’ve talked about them before here).   I use their chickpeas to make sprouted hummus, Moroccan-style chickpea stews and a lovely chickpea mash seasoned with turmeric and ginger that I pair with lamb curry.  Palouse has generously offered to sponsor this giveaway so that two Nourished Kitchen readers will receive three hummus kits each. What I particularly appreciate about them is their commitment to simple, whole foods, and the detail…
  • 8 Real Food Nonprofit Organizations to Consider for Your End-of-Year Giving

    10 Dec 2014 | 8:08 pm
    As the end of the year approaches, it’s time to consider advocacy groups and charitable organizations who can use every little bit of help they can get in furthering their missions.  For my part, I focus my work heavily on real food organizations – both locally and nationally.  It’s through these organizations that we can work together to educate the public about real food, traditional nutrition, wellness for our children and sustainable agriculture.  Further, its through these groups that we can fight for consumer rights and help to end childhood hunger both in the…
  • A Peek at My Kitchen (and my favorite tools)

    10 Dec 2014 | 11:36 am
    Over the years, many of you have asked for a little peek into my kitchen.  What does it look like? How is it set up?  Where do I keep the ferments, and the broth, and the sourdough? Which are my must-have tools and essentials? So, I thought I’d take the time to show you. My family lives in a tiny, cold and drafty home that was built in the 1890s.  An old mountain miner’s house that housed many, many families before it housed mine. The eat-in kitchen is, likewise, small – little counter space and no pantry, though I do enjoy huge cabinets on the far wall opposite the…
  • Love and joy come to you, and to your wassail too!

    7 Dec 2014 | 6:40 pm
    I love a traditional wassail, and I make it three times  a year – on the first day of snow, on the longest night of the year and on New Year’s Eve.  And today marks the longest night of the year and the shortest day.  We’ll celebrate with wassail and by lighting a candle that will burn all day long and into the dark, dark night.  Wassail, like the celebration of the winter solstice, is steeped in ancient tradition and it is that ancient tradition, as you might imagine, that I love – that otherworldly feeling of connectedness to past and future generations all in one heady sip of…
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  • Give the gift of food and nutrition this holiday season

    8 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    ( Give the gift of nourishment this Christmas. A season full of food, festivities and gifts is the perfect time to do some thoughtful giving of your own. If food and nutrition are close to your heart, read on for ideas on how to work giving in to your holiday season and some great food and nutrition charities to get you started. read more
  • Apple Maple Whiskey BBQ Sauce

    1 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    ( BBQ sauce is a well loved, versatile condiment, but so many store-bought versions have ingredient lists that make me cringe! Find out how to make your own with this easy recipe, only 15 minutes of active time and then it just bubbles away (mostly) unattended until you’ve got a deep, dark, tangy treat! read more
  • Take The 21 Day Mindful Eating Challenge

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    ( Ready for a challenge? Ever feel like food has a hold on you? Struggle with weight despite trying all the diets and cleanses out there? The problem is likely not just what you eat- but how, when and why you eat. Taking care of when, why and how you eat is the first step to a lifelong healthy lifestyle. Read on to find out how to reset your eating style in 21 days, and why you should do it now. read more
  • Citrus Fruits For A Healthy Winter

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    ( Citrus fruits are packed to the brim with nutrients we need more of to beat off winter’s chill. So help your body fight off the cold and flu bugs and reap the side benefits of glowing skin! Find out why citrus should have a starring role on your shopping list below. Citrus fruits are potent health foods. One navel orange packs in 138% of your daily requirement for Vitamin C, 3 grams of fibre, and is a good source of folate and potassium. All this for only 69 calories! read more
  • Winter Months Are Here! Eat Well To Get Ready

    3 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    We are entering the month of November! That means fewer daylight hours, a visit from the flu bugs, and no more colorful berries. But that doesn't mean we have to embrace the cold with poor nutrition. Today marks the kick-off of the annual Natural Health Products Week (NHP Week) hosted by the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA). With proper food and nutrition, you can still stay healthy and happy during the winter months! read more
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  • Getting Your Little One to Drink More Water

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
    Water is essential for a healthy lifestyle but getting kids to drink their water can be a little tricky, especially if they’re used to drinking lots of juice or milk. Getting your little ones to drink more water will help cut back on the amount of calories and sugar-laden drinks they consume, give them more […]
  • 12 Smart Tricks to Make Kids Eat Their Veggies

    14 Sep 2014 | 5:40 pm
      Holly Easterby strongly recommends feeding kids with healthier foods for better overall development. She gives parental tips at Bonza Brats and in blogs like this one. In this article, she shares how to get kids to eat their veggies. Having a hard time making your kids eat their vegetable and fruits? Well, would it […]
  • How to Encourage Play and Exercise

    Naveen Agarwal
    5 Feb 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Keeping kids active is becoming more of a challenge as technology advances. The lure of HDTVs, video games and tablets are distracting our children from getting out and being active, and as parents we need to be proactive. There are many other reasons daily exercise can be difficult, such as school events and extracurricular activities, […]
  • Helping Picky Eaters Make Healthy Choices

    Naveen Agarwal
    14 Jul 2013 | 2:20 pm
    This is guest post by Marcela De Vivo, a freelance writer in the Los Angeles area who works with NorthWest and writes on a variety of subjects such as health and nutrition. As a mother of three she enjoys sharing her tips on how to get children to eat more nutritious meals everyday. Children are hesitant to try […]
  • Ask the Expert – Managing Food Allergies

    Naveen Agarwal
    17 Mar 2013 | 1:29 pm
    Kristi Winkels, RD Education: B.S. University of Minnesota Twin Cities Founder, Eating With Food Specialty: Food allergies and intolerance Twitter: @KristiWinkelsRD Facebook: Kristi Winkels Website: Eating with Food Allergies LinkedIn Profile Contact via Question: We know that my son has major food allergies which include nuts. How do you decide which one to ignore? Answer: […]
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    Nutrition Unplugged

  • Flavor Trends for 2015

    3 Dec 2014 | 7:07 pm
    McCormick & Company released its annual Flavor Forecast report that identifies 8 flavor trends to watch, which are pictured above.  Here’s a look at the 2015 flavor trends, with links to recipes representing each trend: Global Blends On the Move – Japanese 7 Spice (Shichimi Togarashi) offers a new kind of spicy heat, while Shawarma Spice Blend lends warm, spiced flavor to grilled meats and more. Chicken Shawarma Wrap, Japanese 7 Spice Blend Middle Eastern Mezze – These distinctive dips and spreads, packed with zesty herbs and seasonings, offer an approachable and delicious…
  • Friday Food News

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    UNIQUE CRUNCHY SNACK FOODS EXPECTED TO BE ON-TREND IN 2015 Via Aberdeen News Crunchy snack foods like rice cakes, seaweed chips, lentil chips and roasted chickpeas are projected to be popular in 2015, writes Karina Timmel. A stronger focus on gluten-free alternatives, vitamins, protein and whole grains is expected to boost the popularity of these new varieties throughout the coming year. KALE CHIPS WILL REMAIN POPULAR, BUT RHYTHM SUPERFOODS EXPANDS OFFERINGS Via Food Navigator CEO of Rhythm Superfoods Scott Jensen expects “a shaking out of brands” of kale chips sold in specialty…
  • Trend Alert: What’s In, What’s Out

    9 Nov 2014 | 5:53 am
    Wondering what the next kale salad will be?  What’s going to replace beets as the “it” vegetable? Andrew Freeman & Co. makes predictions in their 2015 Food Trends Index. YESTERDAY TODAY TOMORROW Beets Cauliflower Radish Caviar Sea Urchin Trout Roe Kale Salad Cabbage Salad Banana Blossom Salad Appletini The 15 Ingredient Cocktail Old Fashioned Cayenne Pepper Aleppo Pepper Marash Pepper Chop Belly Collar Sweet Umami Sour Asian Fusion French Spanish The trend report from Andrew Freeman highlights Nduja, the spicy spreadable pork from Calabria, Italy, that was also…
  • Friday Food News

    7 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Happenings in the world of food this week. AGAINST THE GRAIN Via The New Yorker Author Michael Specter tackles the complicated question:  What’s so bad about gluten? FLAVOR-MAKERS MOVE TOWARD NATURAL FORMULATIONS FOR GOURMET PALATES Via The Wall Street Journal Food makers are being challenged to create items with bold, unique flavors that are made with the simple, natural ingredients consumers crave. Flavor houses are responding to the demand by offering flavors made from fruits and flowers, which can be much more expensive to produce than artificial flavors. 19 FOOD AND BEVERAGE…
  • 2015 Food and Culinary Trends to Watch

    7 Nov 2014 | 8:26 am
    Get ready for all the 2015 food trend predictions. I’ll do my typical recap, like I did last year:  Compilation of 2014 Food Trends. So stay tuned for that.  In the meantime, here’s what I’ve spotted so far, along with links that you’ll find at the end. Matcha green tea Coconut sugar (and other sugar alternatives) Local grains Ugly fruits and vegetables Hop-free beers Authentic Asian Smoked everything 24/7 groceries Nutrition info at your fingertips From clean label to clear label (more transparent and simple claims) Convenience for foodies Reaching millennials (who…
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    Raise Healthy Eaters

  • Why Exercise is Important to Me

    Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:19 am
    I rush to get to kick boxing class at 9:30. Heidi, the teacher, keeps our heart rate up for an hour and she fits in strength training exercises. On the days I can’t make it to class, I run or go to the gym.  Saturdays, I meet a friend at the nearby lake and we run the 5 mile loop.  Sunday I rest. I’ve been a lover of physical activity my whole life.  Likes most kids in the 70′s, I played hard after school and spent summers living at the pool.  At age 9, I discovered softball and played year round until my sophomore year of high school when I switched to cheer.  After…
  • Book Review: Mindset

    Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:49 am
    I stumbled on Mindset: The New Psychology of Success while looking up books on education. And I’m so glad I did. This book has changed the way I interact with my children and even how I view myself. The message is very simple, but profound. Carol Dweck, psychology professor at Stanford University, details the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset. Someone with a growth mindset believes abilities and intelligence can be learned and developed while someone with a fixed mindset believes such traits are innate. She then goes on to explain how this belief plays out in…
  • Why We Need Radical Honesty About Family Meals (Yes, From You Too)

    Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:53 am
    Family dinners. Everyone knows they need to make time for them. And, of course, that includes planning them. But life has a way of getting in the way. Often times, this ritual can take a hit and the guilt parents face hits a record high. There’s been a trend of honest articles where parents admit to either not liking to cook family dinners or to questioning if its worth the trade-offs. This piece in New York Magazine about a mom admitting she doesn’t like to cook caused a stir: “…cooking belongs, inevitably, to the moms. I’ve tried to find outrage among my sister…
  • 5 Ways Kids Are Conditioned to Hate Vegetables

    Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:51 am
    Ever wonder why vegetable intake is notoriously low despite the constant news reports and advice about how much we should be eating them? Why do so many people say they don’t have time to eat vegetables? And why does research point to kids’ believing vegetables just don’t taste good? Well, I think it starts with a type of “negative veggie conditioning” that starts at the earliest of ages. Think about all the ways children learn that these wonderful foods aren’t very enjoyable. Here are 5 examples of how this happens. 1. Vegetables are not linked to eating…
  • Roasted Vegetables: Sweet Potato & Zucchini [Recipe]

    Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:51 am
    When I first started cooking, I experimented with roasting veggies and quickly became hooked. I like making a huge batch for dinner and then using the leftovers all week putting some in packed lunches, pasta dishes or scrambled eggs. Lately, I’ve been making this colorful combo of veggies I found on My Recipes. The original recipe calls for eggplant which I don’t add but I’m sure it would be great. When roasting, I have found not skimping on the oil is key. Also, I try to cut veggies somewhat uniformly so they cook evenly. Happy Friday! What is your favorite vegetable (or…
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    Real Food For Life

  • Just Label It! (I have a right to know…)

    Randy Fritz
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:54 pm
    It is the least we can demand about GMO’s.  
  • Mesa Man of 110, Credits 5 Foods for His Long Life

    Diana Herrington
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:52 am
    Check this out! Bernardo LaPallo is over 110 years old!  He truly looks and acts like he is 80 or even younger.  This man has never been sick a day in his life! He is a big fan organic fruits and vegetables and regularly consumes these 5 foods which his father who was a doctor […]
  • Thermograms- A Safe, Accurate, and Reliable Alternative To Mammograms

    Guest Writer
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:11 am
    (NaturalNews) Various researchers and experts have highlighted several issues and limitations with using mammograms as the main method of breast cancer diagnosis. A viable alternative is thermography. Thermograms are safe, nontoxic, highly accurate and inexpensive. What is thermography? Thermography is carried out based on infrared heat emission by the body’s tissues. As bodily cells go […]
  • Cut Breast Cancer With These Everyday Habits

    Diana Herrington
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Studies have found that eating fruits and vegetables, especially carotenoid-rich ones, helps reduce breast cancer. There are numerous scientific studies to support this. Let’s go into some of the details. A sharp rise in breast cancer worldwide is something to take seriously. 1.7 million new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in 2012. Breast cancer has […]
  • How Accurate Are Mammograms?

    Guest Writer
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    (NaturalNews) Mammograms are so widely used and promoted for breast cancer diagnosis that you would think it is very reliable. That, unfortunately, is far from the truth. False-positives This means mammograms suggest women have cancer when in fact they do not. In a Swedish study published in the British Medical Journal which involved 60,000 women […]
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  • Probiotics & Gastrointestinal Diseases

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Gastrointestinal diseases and infections are not fun. Painful bloating, cramping, and diarrhea can disrupt your daily life, sometimes with serious consequences for your health. Probiotics are nature’s tools for good gastrointestinal health. read more
  • Fusion Gym God Stack: Purple K Creatine & Zeus Testosterone Booster

    9 Dec 2014 | 9:09 pm
    There are two things every bodybuilder needs to sculpt a muscular physique: Creatine & Testosterone. Fusion Bodybuilding designed the Gym God Stack to be a staple of every bodybuilders training program. Serious lifters know the value of choosing the right product for gains in muscle mass and strength. read more
  • Power Performance Pre-Workout Energy Booster

    2 Dec 2014 | 12:46 am
    Workout intensity requires focus, drive, exceptional energy, and nutrients that push your body to the limits. read more
  • Natural Factors Pharma GABA Health Benefits

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Stress, worry, anxiety – many people have difficulty managing these elements of our busy lives. Constant stimulus can overwhelm the brain, causing nervousness, anxiety disorders, headaches, panic attacks, and more. Gamma-Amino Butyric acid (GABA) is a neurotransmitter that acts in the central nervous system. read more
  • Best Probiotic Supplements: Microbiome Plus+ Bone, Heart & Gastrointestinal

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Health researchers are beginning to understand the incredible benefits of probiotics for health and wellbeing. Probiotic supplements like Microbiome Plus+ encourage the development of a healthy bacterial culture in the gut and throughout the rest of the gastrointestinal tract. read more
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    Dr Bill Dean

  • Chronic Prostatitis: An Energy Science Perspective

    Dr Bill Dean
    13 Dec 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Chronic prostatitis is a nonbacterial inflammatory condition of the male pelvis and can be considered male intersitial cystitis It is a member of the IC bladder pain syndrome(interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, irritable bowel syndrome, GERD, and fibromyalgia) because the cause is the same as its other members Imbalances of qualities in the bowel caused by primarily the foods consumed and lifestyle choices that provoke the energy physiology lead to dissemination to the peripheral tissues Like IC itself invariably the pelvic nerves become involved with the qualities of light mobile dry rough…
  • Detoxification and Lifestyle Behavior Patterns

    Dr Bill Dean
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:36 pm
    When we discuss the energetic management of a disease process, a different world of healing is entered We leave behind our thinking about the body as a collection of molecules that can be manipulated by surgery and Pharma and begin seeing our mindbodies as energy fields This has great value since all disease begins in the energy field way before it becomes manifest in the world of molecules The energy science of Ayurveda not only gives us a vocabulary(Vata, Pitta, Kapha, Agni etc) by which we can talk about our mindbodies as energy fields but it also gives us lots of ways to take care of our…
  • IC and the Flow of Prana

    Dr Bill Dean
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    What is matter is energy and what is energy is matter A molecule is both a particle(matter) and a wave(energy) And so biologically we simultaneously coexist as both a matter/molecular field and an energy field We know this from E=mc2 and the energy science of Ayurveda gives us a vocabulary by which we can talk about our mindbody as an energy field Quite simply whenever we become sick there is an improper flow of energy to parts of the body caused by qualities that interfere with the flow of energy through those tissues This is what happens in any disease where the free flow of energy becomes…
  • Taking Advantage of Your Best Time for Digestion

    Dr Bill Dean
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:24 am
    Have you ever noticed that you feel better when you eat your biggest meal of the day early, say around 12 noon and 2pm? The energy science nutrition of healing has an answer for why that occurs. The digestive fire which is a collective term for all the enzyme systems from the mouth to the lower colon is hottest between 10am and 2pm. This is to say that our mindbody's transformative energy is strongest at this time. Our digestion is optimal. Previous human experience would bear this out. Before the industrial revolution and the information age there is evidence that people observed this…
  • Inflammation and the Disease Process

    Dr Bill Dean
    15 Nov 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Recently I saw a man with bloody urine that eventually resolved. His testing showed reddened lesions in the bladder and the biopsy showed cancer in the specimen. So I suggested we get more information and under anesthesia the lesions were gone. What happened? Does cancer disappear. Actually the areas were inflammatory and the bleeding had come from a nonbacterial inflammatory conditon of the bladder which produced the observed bleeding. All cancers in the mindbody are associated with inflammation or the imbalance of the Pitta energy pattern. And inflammation can produce all forms of…
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  • Is Food Your Distraction?

    Gina Ryan
    4 Dec 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Eating beyond full takes us into the vague place where food is no longer about nourishment or need. We enter the milieu of wants and desires and usually it is not food we are wanting or desiring. To be physically satisfied by our food is a wonderful feeling -one that allows us to enjoy a variety of foods with or with out the company of others. When we learn to eat to satiety and then stop, we can trust ourselves with any type of food or in any type of situation –celebratory or not– for we know from experience that we stop when we are physically full. For many this season of…
  • Am I Ugly?

    Gina Ryan
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    The video below is so very important -it’s meant for anyone who loves another human being! None of us would want to see a loved one suffer with the relentless negative inner critic who spews it’s venom on a regular daily basis. Yet this is exactly how it feels to be imprisoned by a negative self image and that’s why 10,000 people a month google the phrase “am I ugly?” What is it about us that we concentrate on only one slice of the vast array of things that make up our self concept? Perhaps it is our image obsessed culture and the objectification of our bodies.
  • Living Deliberately

    Gina Ryan
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:20 am
    When it comes to making decisions in the moment we are not always thinking about our deepest inner peace (with well-being, food or life in general). We may be thinking about the current moment of satisfaction, distraction or simple relief but when we get right down to it our lives are made up of these moments. The moments we are not paying much attention to all strung together become out lives. Much of the choice making that comes automatically to us comes from a tendency to act out of our fears based on our past experiences. What a bunch of moments that will string together. I don’t…
  • 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…
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    Richard's Health Musings

  • Insanity Max30 Challenge Group, Join Me

    3 Dec 2014 | 11:43 am
    If you missed the Shakeology tab on the header (or you are on a mobile device), than you probably don’t know that I am an Independent Beachbody Coach. Yes, that is the same Beachbody that gave us P90X and Insanity. Honestly, I had issues with those programs. I only joined because I liked Shakeology. The …Continue reading »Related Posts:A New Phase In My Life And ShakeologyStart September Strong with the 21 Day FixTacFit 26 Update: Alpha to Delta WorkoutsSkipping Exercise Is Making You FatI Want You To Start A Quest Today!a.A post from: health and fitness
  • RAIL Against IT Band Problems

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    Sitting destroys more than just your back. It also messes up your hips, knees, and hamstrings which all combine to wreck the way you walk. Walking funky wears your joints out. Maybe you are like me…days that I sit too much I get nagging aches and pains in the joints of my lower body. I am …Continue reading »Related Posts:Monday Confessional and I Need MobilityKaty Bowman and Happy FeetThe Anti-Fat Bias? Is it in you?Time to Fix that Tight ShoulderImprove Your Marriage with the 7-Minute Marriage Solutiona.A post from: health and fitness
  • GORUCK Challenge 1237 & Light 502 Halloween AAR

    14 Nov 2014 | 11:05 am
    A couple of weeks ago I participated in back-to-back Halloween GORUCK events. I successfully completed both to join the GORUCK Challenge Class 1237 and GORUCK Light Class 502. I learned a lot about myself, but mainly that I am able to push so much further than I previously thought possible. I learned later that only …Continue reading »Related Posts:GORUCK Light Cincinnati AAR and Leadership LessonsGORUCK Good Livin: A Leadership Training CourseGORUCK Challenge – Indianapolis 9/12/2014 Class 1172…I Want You To Start A Quest Today!GORUCK 9/11 Tribute Remembers: Where…
  • I Want You To Start A Quest Today!

    2 Oct 2014 | 10:52 am
    Start A Quest Today! I love quests, missions, and goals. I was a young lad when Nintendo first came out. I scrimped and saved to buy my very own. I need to insert a personal disclaimer…I am a nerd at heart. My friends gravitated towards the racing and sports games. I turned towards the strategy …Continue reading »Related Posts:GORUCK Challenge 1237 & Light 502 Halloween AARDo You Suffer from Alarm Fatigue? Change Those HabitsHappy New Year! Are Your Resolutions Ready? It’s 2013What Small Changes Can You Do Today? Eat Move SleepA Kettlebell Challenge: 300 Swings a…
  • GORUCK Challenge – Indianapolis 9/12/2014 Class 1172 AAR

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
      Last week, a countless number of people took time out of their lives to remember the loss of life on September 11, 2001. For me, I participated in a GORUCK tribute challenge that served as a reminder of those that died, but also those that willingly gave their lives. I was part of the GORUCK …Continue reading »Related Posts:GORUCK Challenge 1237 & Light 502 Halloween AARGORUCK Light Cincinnati AAR and Leadership LessonsGORUCK Good Livin: A Leadership Training CourseGORUCK 9/11 Tribute Remembers: Where were you?I Want You To Start A Quest Today!a.A post from: health and…
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  • Memorable Meals {Recipe ReDux}

    steph wheler langdon
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Food plays an important role in our culture and is part of all kinds of celebrations and gatherings. In Canada we've already celebrated Thanksgiving, a holiday which often involves lots of food and food traditions. With that in mind, this month's Recipe ReDux theme is  A Food Memory For Which You Are Thankful: In the US, November marks the Thanksgiving holiday. But many of us are especially thankful for food memories we have shared with friends or relatives throughout our lives. Was it a special meal you ate as a child? Or, maybe it was a food you grew and harvested with your own…
  • Out of Control

    steph wheler langdon
    4 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    I often look at the start of a new month as a chance to review, revise, and examine my goals. With October ending on the high note of Halloween and November starting to feel a bit more like Christmas (since we've celebrated Thanksgiving in Canada already) there are lots of things to reflect on.I continue my exploration into mindfulness, moderation, and minimalism. These areas really interest me as a dietitian, someone who enjoys spending time on self development, a soon to be mother, and as a life long learner. Thinking about Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, I think it's fairly obvious…
  • Spooky Spice {Recipe ReDux}

    steph wheler langdon
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:34 pm
    No, this isn't a post about the spice girls! It's October 21, so that means time for a ReDux challenge. I didn't contribute a recipe last month as we were traveling and it just didn't work out. This month I am also away from home, but this time it's due to renovations, so I still have access to a kitchen (my parent's), but am anxious to get back into my own.Our challenge:Spooky Spices: You know they are lurking there: Way in the back of your spice drawer. There lie the herbs, spices, or rubs that are getting dusty because you’re afraid to use them… you simply don’t know what to do with…
  • Blog Action Day 2014: Inequality

    steph wheler langdon
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    I've participated in blog action day in the past, with themes such as water, food, and human rights. This year's theme is inequality - which I feel I could easily relate to access to the past topics. When I think of inequality, many topics come to mind. I think of disease and health crises that occur around the world, war torn countries, wealth distribution and poverty. I also think of gender differences, because when I hear inequality, it makes me think fairness, equality, and differences.We are all different, have grown up in different circumstances, have had different opportunities, but…
  • Moisture Removal {Recipe ReDux}

    steph wheler langdon
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:09 am
    It's been a busy week here with presentations, renovations, and travel. Unfortunately, being out of my kitchen for renovationss means that I don't have a new recipe to share for this month's theme. I still wanted to share the links so you can see what my fellow dietitians are up to and figured I would mention some of my favourite ways to use dehydrated or dried foods. I must admit, because I often work with athletes, I think about fluid needs when I hear the word 'dehydration'.This month's theme is:Get Your Dehydrator OnWhether it’s extra garden bounty or a sale at the supermarket –…
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    The Healthy Home Economist

  • The (Priceless) $40 Gift that Gives Over $120 Back

    Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    Do you eat butter and embrace healthy fats, ferment foods like sauerkraut or kombucha, avoid soy, take cod liver oil, make your own bone broth, consume grassfed raw dairy, traditionally prepare your grains, nuts and legumes, and/or seek out pastured meats? If so, it’s likely because of the huge, paradigm busting influence of the Weston A. Price Foundation around the globe over the past 16 years on the public’s perception of what a healthy diet really looks like and how to source the foods of our ancestors locally within our communities. Important work like this takes money, of…
  • How Folic Acid is Making Us Sick

    Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:28 pm
      By Cara Comini of Health Home and Happiness Editor”s Note:  Cara has done extensive research on how nutrition relates to disability, has used the GAPS diet protocols successfully with her own family, and strives to break down healthy habits into easy-to-accomplish changes for the average busy family. She uncovered the overlooked difference between folic acid and natural folate while doing research on the MTHFR gene mutation, and is alarmed that this isn’t more widely discussed especially in prenatal consultations. Today she shares how 20-40% of our population do not…
  • Why I Threw Away My Sleep Number for an IntelliBED

    Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:17 am
    If you don’t know what to do, don’t do anything at all. While I’m definitely no procrastinator (just ask my husband), this adage unfortunately describes my approach to determining the best quality mattress for our master bedroom over the years. Embarrassing, but true. You see, my husband and I bought a sleep number bed shortly before we started our family. That was more than 15 years ago.  It seemed like a good decision at the time, but the truth is, I never really liked it all that well. How much can you really determine from a few minutes laying on a bed in a showroom…
  • Recovering the Health of Foster Children

    Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    By Mandy Lee, NTP of Fostering Nutrition Editor’s Note:  I recently met Mandy Lee at the Wise Traditions Conference in Indianapolis. She shared with me her passion for foster children along with her simple, effective, and highly successful protocol for helping them return to vibrant health once they come to live in her home.  I was so moved by her work that I asked her to share her story with all of you. I hope you find it as inspirational as I did! The Beginning As a child, I spoke often of adopting children. While in college, my volunteer time was spent helping orphans. But when my…
  • Traditional and Unusual Uses for Olive Oil

    Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:42 am
    It is very difficult, if not impossible, to get a diverse group of people to agree on just about anything. This is especially true in the field of health and wellness where different approaches and opinions on the best way to eat abound! With this truism in mind, it is especially astonishing then, that the overwhelming consensus is that olive oil is an extremely healthy, beneficial fat to use in the diet. This is accepted as nutritional fact no matter whether an individual follows a vegan, paleo, traditional or even a conventional Western diet! Given the widespread appeal and demand for…
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    Food Confidence

  • Butternut Squash Noodles with Lentils & Pistachios

    Danielle Omar
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:17 am
    A busy girl’s weeknight dinner: butternut squash noodles tossed with cashew cream sauce on a pile of steamed lentils and topped with chili-spiced pistachios. A delicious, gluten free and dairy free meal — on your table in minutes. This dish is as simple as you can get — while still looking like a rockstar in the kitchen. Butternut squash noodles are my version of a pantry meal. Leftover cashew cream sauce from last week. Leftover TJ’s steamed lentils. Bibb lettuce courtesy of a Costco 4-pack. And pistachios…a pantry staple! These chili-spiced pistachios are a…
  • Edamame Spaghetti with Clam Sauce

    Danielle Omar
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:16 am
    You’re going to love this easy, low carb, gluten free twist on an Italian favorite — edamame spaghetti with clam sauce!   Sometimes when I’m watching Norah reading to her stuffed animals, playing teacher, or just getting joy from a bike ride, I remember my own life at seven years old. It was pretty good times back then. I mean what isn’t great about being in second grade? When I was in second grade I lived in Long Island, New York…East Rockaway to be exact. Jimmy Carter was President. I have no idea why, but I loved that guy. I used to wear a big, rather…
  • Buddha Bowl with Creamy Sage Cashew Sauce

    Danielle Omar
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    This Buddha Bowl of roasted vegetables, lentils, baby greens, and avocado topped with a creamy cashew sauce is pure joy. It’s also dairy free, gluten free and totally delicious. Namaste! Buddha bowls are a staple meal in my house. They never look or taste the same twice and they are craveable good. I’ve made them a million ways and love them all! I roasted a ton of vegetables last week and I’m feeling very zen-like having eaten so many Buddha bowls the past week. I posted one of my very uncomposed dinner bowls on my Facebook page on Wednesday and was asked a few times in…
  • The Best Brussels Sprouts Recipe Roundup

    Danielle Omar
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
     Enjoy this best-of-the-web roundup of delicious, healthy, everyday and holiday worthy of Brussels Sprouts recipes! I love Brussels Sprouts. If you like them too, consider yourself one of the few. I just read that Brussels are the most hated veggie in America. Really? I have decided that if you don’t like them, it’s because you have not had a life-changing Brussels sprout. And that’s what I’m here for. To get you on the Brussels bandwagon. I like to consider us Brussels lovers not in the minority — but instead part of an elite group. An elite group who knows…
  • 5-Minute Thai Coconut Corn Curry

    Danielle Omar
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:14 am
    This delicious vegan, gluten-free Thai-inspired coconut corn curry will take you 5 minutes to make from blender to bowl! I received free samples of Libby’s new Vegetable Pouches mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Libby’s and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. Admittedly, I am not a canned vegetable type of gal. I’ve had the occasional canned corn or peas, but typically I go for fresh or frozen. So when I was asked to review Libby’s new vegetable pouches for Recipe…
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    Corinne Dobbas MS, RD

  • 3 Tools (You’re Not Using) to Become the Happiest Healthiest Version of You

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:17 pm
      The holidays can bring up a lot of funky feelings – from lack to fear of gaining weight (how many articles do we need to see about beating holiday weight gain?) to overwhelm. Lack, fear, and overwhelm – a sure-fire mix to feel not good enough, not thin enough, and getting weird with our food – whether that be overeating, skipping meals and snacks, creating a bunch of food rules that keep us stuck, or eating for comfort. I’ve been there. It’s painful. It hurts. And it leaves you feeling deeply sad and a little empty. Because at a time of year like this – aren’t we all…
  • How I Live On Purpose

    16 Nov 2014 | 7:59 pm
      In this fun interview, I’m sharing how I live on purpose in support of my friend Dr. Danielle Dowling and her new book The Soul Sessions, a 5-week guide to crafting greater joy and making big things happen. Get a free sample here !   How do you let go of the chase for perfection? By remembering that there’s no such thing as perfect. And that once you get to that “perfect place” there’s always another “perfect” you want to get to. The cycle is never ending. It’s the same for happiness, and the “I’ll be happy when…” mindset. I’ll be happy when I get…
  • Are Your Beliefs What’s Really Keeping You Stuck in Dieting Craziness?

    10 Nov 2014 | 6:56 pm
      We all have beliefs, stories and thoughts that make us who we are today. Sometimes they hold us back; sometimes they propel us forward. Which do yours do for you?   Mine were holding me back… I remember it like it was yesterday. But it was over 12 years ago now. It was about 9 p.m. on a Friday, and I was hungry (so hungry). So, I ate the only thing I had around, which I wasn’t petrified of eating this late – a 100-calorie pack of fat-free pretzels. I then went to the gym to “work it off.” I was filled with so much shame from doing this. I couldn’t believe that I had to…
  • A Game Changer for Compassionate Women

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:44 pm
      Growing up, I always wanted everyone to like me. As a tween, before going to bed, I’d think about all my good friends – I had about 4 or 5 – and I’d go around quickly in my mind making sure “we were good.” Had I said anything to hurt their feelings? Did they sound happy to talk to me on the phone? Did my different opinion make them upset?   From a very young age, I feared speaking my opinion; honoring my truth; and voicing my feelings when the result could potentially be causing others pain or discomfort. As I got older, I saw how this fear…
  • 12 Unexpected Ways to Transform Your Relationship with Food & Yourself

    2 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
      In my teens and most of my early twenties , I used to be totally weird with food. I had all these rules. I had to eat this for lunch, only this many calories for a snack, and if I ate too much, I’d “work it off” the next day in the gym. The worst part though was the games I’d play. I’d deprive, deprive, deprive to stick to “the plan” and then by the time I got around what I really wanted – I’d pig out. One of the foods I used to do this with was peanut butter. Peanut butter freaked me out. So delicious and creamy and full of healthy…
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    Laurel On Health Food

  • Warm Kale and Avocado Salad

    3 Dec 2014 | 10:57 am
    A new take on an old faithful today. I’ve posted similar versions of this kale salad before including an awesome sweet version with kiwi that’s in my Going Back for Seconds cookbook, but today I’ve got a warm take on it that’s great for the winter time. It’s easy to find fresh and crunchy kale […]Warm Kale and Avocado Salad is a post from: Laurel On Health Food
  • Jalapeño Cornbread

    4 Nov 2014 | 1:43 pm
    It was gorgeous and mildly chilly last Sunday, and I had a hankering for veggie chili. Since a big pot of chili just isn’t right without some fresh cornbread on the side, I tested out a new recipe for a jalapeño cornbread using plant-based ingredients and gluten-free flour. I love how the bright green pieces of jalapeño really brighten […]Jalapeño Cornbread is a post from: Laurel On Health Food
  • Roasted Okra Salad

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Each year in the fall my friend’s family hosts an Okra Fest, a big party with tons of okra recipes (including lots of fresh okra grown right in their backyard), okra games, okra drinks, and okra everything. I’ve missed out on Okra Fest in years past because I was living in New York. Now that I’m […]Roasted Okra Salad is a post from: Laurel On Health Food
  • Indian Spiced White Bean Soup

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Hands down my favorite thing about the fall season is the urge to make soups. Even though the weather is still pretty warm in Florida, there’s just a feeling I get this time of year and I love nothing more than spending time in the kitchen playing with recipes for hot soup. My first batch this season is a […]Indian Spiced White Bean Soup is a post from: Laurel On Health Food
  • 5 Reasons Montego Bay Rocked My World

    9 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Back in June I quit my techwriting job in New Jersey. I was extremely exhausted, sick of starting at concrete sidewalks and computer screens, and developing a wild craving for tropical breezes and sunsets. Before I could face my career choice to become a freelance writer and fitness instructor, I pulled out the travel points credit card, booked a trip […]5 Reasons Montego Bay Rocked My World is a post from: Laurel On Health Food
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  • Getting Your Little One to Drink More Water

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
    Water is essential for a healthy lifestyle but getting kids to drink their water can be a little tricky, especially if they’re used to drinking lots of juice or milk. Getting your little ones to drink more water will help cut back on the amount of calories and sugar-laden drinks they consume, give them more […]
  • 12 Smart Tricks to Make Kids Eat Their Veggies

    14 Sep 2014 | 5:40 pm
      Holly Easterby strongly recommends feeding kids with healthier foods for better overall development. She gives parental tips at Bonza Brats and in blogs like this one. In this article, she shares how to get kids to eat their veggies. Having a hard time making your kids eat their vegetable and fruits? Well, would it […]
  • How to Encourage Play and Exercise

    Naveen Agarwal
    5 Feb 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Keeping kids active is becoming more of a challenge as technology advances. The lure of HDTVs, video games and tablets are distracting our children from getting out and being active, and as parents we need to be proactive. There are many other reasons daily exercise can be difficult, such as school events and extracurricular activities, […]
  • Helping Picky Eaters Make Healthy Choices

    Naveen Agarwal
    14 Jul 2013 | 2:20 pm
    This is guest post by Marcela De Vivo, a freelance writer in the Los Angeles area who works with NorthWest and writes on a variety of subjects such as health and nutrition. As a mother of three she enjoys sharing her tips on how to get children to eat more nutritious meals everyday. Children are hesitant to try […]
  • Ask the Expert – Managing Food Allergies

    Naveen Agarwal
    17 Mar 2013 | 1:29 pm
    Kristi Winkels, RD Education: B.S. University of Minnesota Twin Cities Founder, Eating With Food Specialty: Food allergies and intolerance Twitter: @KristiWinkelsRD Facebook: Kristi Winkels Website: Eating with Food Allergies LinkedIn Profile Contact via Question: We know that my son has major food allergies which include nuts. How do you decide which one to ignore? Answer: […]
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    Health Kismet Blog

  • How to Kill Panic and Anxiety With Valerian Root and Ashwagandha

    Jonathan Bechtel
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:39 pm
    To continue with our on-going discussion about using natural remedies to alleviate mood problems, let us now turn our attention to the problem of anxiety. The best combination of vitamins and herbs that'll reduce the panic.How to Kill Panic and Anxiety With Valerian Root and Ashwagandha is a post from: Health Kismet Blog
  • Introducing the Health Kismet Forums – For Entrepreneurs, Customers, And Everyone In Between

    Jonathan Bechtel
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:17 pm
    I started a message board. I love message boards! They're the highest form of internet communication. Forget Facebook. Move over Twitter. Message boards allow for the purest form of knowledge transmission, and there's something about their stripped down aesthetic that makes it easier to talk about issues with a depth that doesn't happen elsewhere. So I'd like to invite you to join. More details inside.Introducing the Health Kismet Forums – For Entrepreneurs, Customers, And Everyone In Between is a post from: Health Kismet Blog
  • Hope You Had A Good Thanksgiving, and a Cyber Monday Sale

    Jonathan Bechtel
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Hope your holiday went well. There will also be a Cyber Monday sale that'll discount non auto-ship products by 50%. More details inside.Hope You Had A Good Thanksgiving, and a Cyber Monday Sale is a post from: Health Kismet Blog
  • 8 Points to Think About Before Choosing A Supplement Manufacturer

    Jonathan Bechtel
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:35 am
    Finding a manufacturer is a very common hurdle for new supplement companies to get over. They exist in a fragmented landscape that provides no consolidated information or easy methods of comparison. This is actually a good way to get a comparative advantage because it means you can take advantage of asymmetrical information, but that doesn't make it any less of a pain when you're trying to get off the ground. To make matters worse most of the people who are looking for one don't know what they're talking about and make things more difficult for themselves. So here's a quick and dirty guide on…
  • How to Use B Vitamins to Improve Concentration and Get Better Sleep

    Jonathan Bechtel
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Vitamins are simple, boring, and they seem to be around us everywhere. But despite their lack of novelty, they can pack more punch than meets the eye. Vitamins in their purest form are incredibly remarkable substances. You can almost think of them as gifts from mother nature. They exert powerful effects on your body. They're completely harmless. And with the right approach they can be quite effective in healing your body if you get some details right. Here's how to use some extremely common vitamins to promote better sleep and mental clarity.How to Use B Vitamins to Improve Concentration and…
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    Melanie's Corner

  • Wishing you health & happiness this holiday season!

    LZX Team
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
    On behalf of everyone here at Learning ZoneXpress, Happy Holidays! The following are fun health tips we put together for you to forward to students, clients, friends, and family. Healthy Eating for the Holidays The holidays are a great time for celebrating. With a little thought and planning, you can still enjoy all the holidays have to offer while keeping nutrition and wellness in mind. Focus on fun, not food. Keep your focus on fun family activities and events like holiday decorating or caroling rather than food. Bring a healthy dish to holiday gatherings. The party host will be grateful…
  • How to NOT Give Your Office Food Poisoning at the Holiday Party

    LZX Team
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:03 pm
    We just loved this! Tips from the USDA to pass onto everyone you know. No one wants to be sick at the holidays and no one wants to the cause of someone else being sick! Most offices host some sort of get-together this time of year and you may be asked to bring a dish. If you’re not bringing food to the office, you may be bringing something to another get-together with family or friends. Follow these tips to be sure your diners remember your nice contribution, instead of a naughty case of food poisoning. Tip 1: Keep Hot Food Hot. Hot items are best served immediately after cooking or…
  • Stock up today on handouts on current prices + Free Shipping

    LZX Team
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
      Now is the time to stock up on handouts while they remain at their original price of $9.95. We want to let you know that starting January 1, 2015, the price of handouts will be $11.95, and the price of placemat handouts will be $16.95. Shipping rates will also increase at this time. This is only our second price increase in 17 years, and the first to handouts, so you can be sure that we made this decision very thoughtfully. We know a price increase isn’t the best news, but we feel it’s necessary in order to improve your Learning ZoneXpress experience, while continuing…
  • Happy Family & Consumer Sciences Day

    LZX Team
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:41 am
    It’s a day to celebrate our hard working FACS teachers and colleagues! And what’s the best way to celebrate? By Dining in! The American Association for Family & Consumer Sciences has everything you need to get started – and don’t worry if you’re just reading about it now – it really just celebrates whet you’re already doing and promoting! For the first annual Family & Consumer Sciences Day, the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences will be asking families to prepare and eat a healthy meal together on December 3rd. December 3rd…
  • Dining in for Healthy Families: Cookbook from Owatonna High School

    LZX Team
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:10 am
    How is our hometown of Owatonna celebrating Family and Consumer Sciences Day? We’re glad you asked and we’re happy to share the news from the local newspaper, the Owatonna People’s Press… “A few weeks ago, I asked them each to bring in two recipes,” said FACS teacher Connie Pittmann on Tuesday. “Some brought pasta, sides, salads. Some brought desserts. I just handed them today our class cookbook, so we typed them all together.” The recipes were collected and then published in a cookbook with the theme “Dining in for Healthy Families.” Pittmann said the…
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    Ashworth College Community : Blog List - Nutrition-Fitness-Exercise Group

  • Santa Cookies!! Without the Belly

    5 Dec 2014 | 9:36 am
    Ho, ho, ho!!! Merry Christmas! Christmas is right around the corner and that means Santa is on his way. Let's help Santa be a little less "round" this holiday season with a healthy twist on your Christmas Cookies. These cookies taste great without the added sugar and processed flour. Here's what you will need... Oatmeal Craisins Protein Cookies 1.5c Quick Oats2 small (ripe) bananas (You can also try 3/4c unsweetened apple sauce or pumpkin puree as an alternative)1/4c Craisins (less sugar variety or you can use any dried fruit)60g Protein Powder (Flavors: Cake Batter, Vanilla,…
  • You Are What You Eat

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:11 pm
    You’ve heard the saying “you are what you eat” plenty of times. But is there really any truth to it? Are you really “what you eat”?  Let’s take a scientific look and see what we come up with.  The body is an ever-changing specimen. The cells of the body are constantly dying off and renewing themselves on a continual basis. Every type of cell in the body has its own life span and the body’s tissues are under constant renewal. Some cells, like sperm cells only live a few days. Whereas, red blood cells can live up to four months.  The body…
  • SAY NO to the Holiday "Bulge"! Ashworth's Healthy Holiday Challenge

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:33 am
    The holidays are here!! And along with all the fun, family and good food sometimes comes unwanted weight gain. Dinner after dinner. Party after party. The calories can begin to stack up especially if your activity level has diminished during this time. Which it often does with holiday travel. So now you're eating more and exercsing less and before you know it your waistline has begun to spread and you've added 5 pounds or more on the scale. But DON'T FRET!! Join the Ashworth College Challenge It's really easy and your goal is simply to maintain your weight within 2lb. during the holiday…
  • FITNESS IDOL.. Who's Yours?

    15 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    We all have our fitness goals. What we aspire towards can be as different as night and day. Some desire to simply live a healthier lifestyle while others want to be competitive in the sport of their choice.  With that said, who is your fitness idol? Is it someone well known, a local trainer or your neighbor who has totally transformed their life in a positive manner?  Whoever it is, show/tell us what you aspire towards!!  What are your health related goals and how do you intend on reaching them?   I am a budding bodybuilder and my fitness aspiration Juliana Malacarne, this…
  • The Miracle Prescription

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Stressed? Feeling down? The best prescription may be…  Having anxiety? Depression weighing you down? The best prescription may be…  Want to lose weight and decrease body fat? Wish to live a better quality of life? The best prescription may be..   Looking to reduce your risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity? Reverse Type 2 diabetes, lower blood pressure and cholesterol. The best prescription may be…  Need a boost to improve your stamina and sex life. The best prescription may be…  EXERCISE!!! Who needs drugs when you have the…
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    Jae Berman Nutrition

  • Learn How to Cook – Quick and Easy!

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    I came across this and had to share. Quick videos on cooking – makes life so much easier! And answers so many questions. Use this as a way to simplify things, learn something new or get more comfortable in the kitchen. If I could choose a resolution for you for 2015, it would be to cook more of your food. You would be amazed at the impact cooking can have on you and your family’s life. Why cook? Leads to weight loss since food from restaurants is usually filled with extra salt, fat and sugar. Leads to weight loss because portion sizes at restaurants are usually 2-3 times…
  • Rabbit Rabbit!!!

    1 Dec 2014 | 11:18 am
    20 years ago, my best friend told me it was good luck to say “rabbit rabbit” as your first words on the first day of the month…and for 20 years I have kept the tradition alive. Today is December 1st – so Rabbit Rabbit!!! It is actually a real thing (google says so) and don’t fret if you did not say it this morning…my friend added the loophole that if you put your head under the bed on the 2nd of the month and say “rabbit rabbit’ the good luck streak sticks. (That one is surprisingly not in google…but she swears by it….and yes I am an educated, sane adult writing…
  • 37 Days

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:01 am
    Wowza! New Years Day is in 37 days. The holiday season is officially here! It is time to celebrate, spend time with people you love, have a few days off of work, enjoy the many holiday parties, let the alcohol pour, splurge on sweets which seem to be everywhere…and there are too many reasons to avoid eating right and exercising daily.  How do you want to spend these next 37 days?  What resolutions do you have planned to start in 37 days?  It pains me when I hear that people gain 5-15+ pounds during this time of year as they do not have the tools to manage their health and weight…
  • The Ultimate Detox

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    Ahh sleep. I love it so very much. Yet I do not seem to get enough of it! Drives me bananas! I know it is important for me and I am so damn good it…but often there are just not enough hours in the day to get the recommended 7-9 hours a day. A few months ago, I was really focusing on getting more sleep and wow, what a difference that makes. Going from 5-6 hours to 7-8 hours a day is a gamechanger. Mind, body, mood, body fat percentage, food cravings, energy, relationships…everything was improved simply by going to sleep. Then I saw this TED talk and it put it all together for me.
  • 750 Words

    12 Nov 2014 | 9:33 am
    You eat right, you exercise regularly, you are doing all the things you “should” be doing, but you still feel off. Life is stressful, sleep is difficult, mind can swirl fast, it is hard to stay focused, mood goes up and down and energy is all over the place. Someone suggests you become more mindful and consider meditation. You are on board, try to sit, try to be more aware, try to breathe and just “be” but your mind is going crazy and you are stressed out at how difficult it is just to sit. How can it be that sitting still for 5 minutes can drive you that insane?!? You are not…
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    Healthy Crush

  • 10 Awesome Quotes About Courage

    jenny sansouci
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:02 pm
    I’ve been thinking about courage a lot lately. Well, specifically, I’ve been asking for courage. Noah said something the other day in bootcamp class that really stuck with me – he said (something along these lines) — “Don’t just hope and wish for the things you want. If you’re gonna pray, pray for the courage to take action.” I really liked that. I’ve always been really interested in the topic of courage. In fact, I remember wanting to get a “courage” tattoo like 5 years ago (maybe I still will someday), mainly because of that…
  • Spirulina Power Cookies (Holiday Recipe)

    jenny sansouci
    13 Dec 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Hey guys. How’s your December going? I can’t believe it’s already so close to Christmas. What goes on in the world? Since I got back to New York from San Diego, I’ve been jam-packing my schedule with activity, and I’ve been seriously lacking in the “jenny time” department — so today I decided to slow down and focus on a couple of holiday recipes. My friends at recently sent me their “holiday essentials package” — almond flour, spirulina, and mulberries. They challenged me to come up with a holiday recipe. I thought to…
  • Healthy Crush Workout Tanks

    jenny sansouci
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Hey, peep-a-leeps. Right now I’m hanging out at a cafe in San Diego and I forgot to bring my headphones, which at first I was upset about, but they are playing TOADIES right now in the cafe so all my cares about having headphones have floated away and become dust. And right before Toadies they played Shine by Collective Soul!!!!! I love that song so much. I am reliving the 90s and the only thing that could make this situation better is an acai bowl. Which means basically all my dreams in life are coming true in this very instant. What? Sorry, I’ve been in California for 2 weeks…
  • The Ultimate Slow Cooker Bone Broth Recipe

    jenny sansouci
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:39 am
    HEY November friends! Isn’t it cool to be alive? I took a gratitude shower this morning. Meaning – I wrote down everything in my journal that is kick-ass about my life. I suggest you do the same. Last week I wrote a post about my newest healthy addiction – bone broth. In a nutshell, bone broth is super healing and magical for digestion, gut healing, skin, autoimmune issues, hormonal health, joint pain, and it gives you a pep in your step and a sparkle in your eye. Immediately after posting that blog, I knew I had to make my own. I was scared to. There are so many things that…
  • Is Bone Broth The New Green Juice?

    jenny sansouci
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Hey my little baby koalas. If you’ve been paying attention at all to my instagram lately you may have noticed that I have a brand new addiction — BONE BROTH! I know it might sound weird at first – what is bone broth, anyway!? And why can’t I stop drinking it? Furthermore, it seems like the whole wellness community is yippity yap yap yapping about it lately too. Why is bone broth becoming the newest healthy and healing drink? Well first of all, let’s get one thing straight, bone broth isn’t NEW at all. It’s a very traditional broth that’s been…
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    Eat Out, Eat Well

  • Nibbles and Noshes, Cocktails and Cookies: 15 Tips To Keep You and Your Scale Happy

    Penny Klatell, PhD, RN
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:54 pm
      Putting the “big” meal aside, most extra holiday calories don’t come from the “day of” holiday meal but from unrelenting nibbling over the long holiday season. Here are 15 workable tips to help you handle holiday food. Choose and use what will work best for you and your lifestyle. 1.  You’re the one in charge of choosing what, when, and where you eat. Make the best choice for you — not for someone else. Eat what you want not what you think you should. Give yourself permission to NOT eat something just because it’s tradition. 2.  To make good choices you need to…
  • Is Your Holiday Eating Starting To Show?

    Penny Klatell, PhD, RN
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:38 am
    Is your holiday mindset: lots of food = good time; not so much food = bad time? Can you exude holiday spirit without accompanying gluttony? You bet you can, but it isn’t always easy. Celebrations are often intertwined with the need or obligation to cook and/or eat — not just because you’re hungry, but for many other reasons, too. There always seems to be that one common denominator: food – and a lot of it. Since we all have to eat, it can be a very slippery slope to eat well when you’re surrounded by all that food; family and friends; an encyclopedia of cultural, religious, and…
  • How Many Calories Will You Be Drinking Over The Holidays?

    Penny Klatell, PhD, RN
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:02 pm
    A glass or two of celebratory cheer – a toast to the New Year … Just a heads up: all of those drinks can really pack a caloric punch. So, just like drinking wisely (and of course, not driving), don’t forget to factor in all those calories. What, Actually, Is A Drink? Do you know that a standard alcoholic drink (in the US) is a drink that contains the equivalent of 14.0 grams (0.6 ounces) of pure alcohol. That’s the amount of pure alcohol usually found in: 12 ounces of beer 8 ounces of malt liquor 5 ounces of wine 1.5 ounces or a “shot” of 80-proof distilled spirits or liquor (gin,…
  • How Long Can Your Roasted Turkey Safely Stay On The Table — And The Leftovers In The Fridge?

    Penny Klatell, PhD, RN
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Once Your Bird Is Cooked, Does It Matter How Long You Leave It Out? It definitely matters – and the clock starts ticking as soon as the bird comes out of the oven, fryer, or off the grill. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the number of reported cases of food borne illness (food poisoning) increases during the holiday season. You shouldn’t leave food out for more than two hours, any time of the year. To save turkey leftovers, remove the stuffing from the turkey cavity, cut the turkey off the bone, and refrigerate or freeze all the leftovers. The Basic Rules For Leftovers…
  • Holiday Pies: Apple, Pecan, Pumpkin — Which Has The Most Calories?

    Penny Klatell, PhD, RN
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Thanksgiving Day. You’ve finished the hors d’oeuvres, the turkey, the stuffing, the green bean casserole, and the marshmallow-topped, buttery, and creamy varieties of potatoes. You’ve nibbled your way through the football game. Now it’s time for dessert – there’s always room for dessert — even though you feel you might burst. What’s more traditional than a choice of pumpkin, apple, and pecan pie to close out the Thanksgiving feast (before the leftover frenzy begins)? There can be a big variation in the calories in the three types of pies. Of course, every recipe is…
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    Liz Pearson

  • What Can You Give That Truly Has Meaning?

    Liz Pearson
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    For all of you still wondering what to give the special people in your life this holiday season, I have a suggestion. It costs nothing, but your time. The rewards are immeasurable, for you and for them. Rather than shopping for a gift (or perhaps you can give this with your gift), I suggest you write a letter of love to everyone in your life that matters most – your partner, children, parents, siblings, and best friends. Here are some thoughts about what you might include in each letter: • What you love and admire most about them. • Ten words that best describe who they are. •…
  • Liz’s Top Five Healthy Holiday Tips

    Liz Pearson
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:19 am
    Holiday eating can be dangerous to your waistline and your health. Shortbread cookies, chocolates, eggnog, and alcoholic beverages tempt you at every turn. You eat (and drink!) more than you want or need. What’s the solution? With research to back me up, I recommend doing these five things to make your holidays healthier: 1. Get Clear On “Why” Make a list of “why” you want to eat healthier over the holidays. This forms the backbone of staying on track. Your list might include the following: to feel better, look better, have more energy, protect my health and maintain my weight. I…
  • Sweet Chili Corn Soup

    Liz Pearson
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:27 pm
    One of the best soups I ever tasted was at a restaurant in Oakville, Ontario. That soup inspired this soup. Sweet corn and fiery peppers make an awesome combination – truly delicious!  As for nutrition, corn is a great source of fibre and antioxidants. It’s especially rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, two carotenoids that are especially important for eye health and brain health. Enjoy! P.S. Most soups are high in sodium. This one is not, yet it’s so full of flavour! Makes 6 servings 1.5 tbsp (22 mL) extra virgin olive oil 1 red onion, diced 1 stalk celery, diced 3 cups (750 mL) corn…
  • Real Love Doesn’t Need To Be Chased

    Liz Pearson
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:33 pm
    I don’t consider myself an expert on love, as I still have lots to learn. I have, however, made some simple, but powerful observations about what love is and what it’s not. One of them is this – if love is real, you shouldn’t have to chase it – not ever. True love doesn’t require such action. It doesn’t require begging, pleading, insisting or demanding of any kind. Real love just is – it’s always present and always there. When we beg or plead for love (or liking, or approval, or acceptance) from anyone – our partner, our friends, our family or our co-workers –…
  • Do These Seven Things To Slow Aging Significantly

    Liz Pearson
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:31 pm
    At the end of your chromosomes or DNA strands, you have protective caps called telomeres (sort of like the plastic caps at the end of shoelaces). The length of your telomeres can tell you how fast or slow you’re aging, the strength of your immune system, as well as your risk of death and disease, including heart disease, cancer, dementia and more. Among people older than 60, for example, researchers have shown that those with shorter telomeres are eight times more likely to die from infectious diseases and three times more likely to die from heart disease. Although all telomeres shorten…
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    Small Footprint Family

  • 12 Eco Friendly Holiday Tips

    Dawn Gifford
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, Americans throw away a million extra tons of garbage each week, including holiday wrapping and packaging. All this waste is really unnecessary. Here are twelve eco friendly holiday tips to help you reduce your environmental footprint this holiday season.  1. Make Your Own Wrapping Paper or Go Without Most mass-produced wrapping paper you find in stores is not recyclable because of the shiny coatings, foils and colors, and therefore ends up in landfills. And on top of that, most of it is produced in Asian sweatshops too! What a…
  • The Wonderbag Saves Trees, Water and Lives

    Dawn Gifford
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Did you know that 3 billion families around the world cook their meals over open fires every day? Or that the smoke inhalation from these cooking fires is the leading cause of death globally? More than 50% of deaths in children under five are related to household air pollution like the smoke from cooking fires. The need for firewood is also a major cause of deforestation. But there is an elegant solution—one that could make a big difference for families everywhere—even here in North America… The Wonderbag Works Wonders The Wonderbag is a revolutionary non-electric, portable…
  • 24 Grain Free Holiday Cookie Recipes!

    Dawn Gifford
    13 Dec 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Regardless of the holiday you celebrate in December, ’tis the season for… COOKIES!  I just love a good cookie, don’t you? But if you or your loved ones are gluten-free, dairy-free, or both like we are, it can be challenging to find cookies to make (and give as gifts) that fit your dietary needs and still taste good. So here are 24 delicious, allergy-friendly cookie recipes that are so darned yummy, no one will know the difference! Tips for Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Baking Substitutions Most of these cookie recipes call for coconut flour (I use this one.)…
  • Breaking the Ice Without Scorching the Earth

    Dawn Gifford
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:35 pm
    In many parts of the country this week, streets and walkways are covered in snow and ice, and everyone is using salt, sand and other chemical de-icers to make their streets safe for travel. But not all de-icers are alike, and some are downright harmful to your pets, your children and your local streams and rivers.   Why Conventional De Icing Salt is Dangerous Urea, potassium nitrate (KNO3), rock salt, table salt (NaCl), and baking soda are common de-icers that are cheap and do a good job of melting ice. But when the snow melts and rain falls in the spring, the salts and nitrates in…
  • Black Friday Sale – Up to 80% Off Natural Living and Health E-Books

    Dawn Gifford
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:59 pm
    Whether you are holiday shopping on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday or Cyber Monday, you don’t have to beat the crowds to get a good deal. I’ve teamed up with my friends and fellow health and natural living bloggers to bring you ridiculous discounts in the comfort of your home!  Every Book and Meal Plan is 50%-80% Off! From November 28 – December 2, my eBook Sustainability Starts at Home – How to Save Money While Saving the Planet is on sale for 67% percent off! At just $2.64, you can send multiple copies to your friends and help all of them save a ton of…
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    Nutrition Notes by Learning ZoneXpress

  • The Many Reasons USDA is Celebrating 50 Years of SNAP

    LZX Team
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:23 pm
    News from the USDA… Half a century ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Food Stamp Act of 1964, making the Food Stamp Program (FSP), which at the time was a series of pilot projects, permanent. Despite the post-World War II economic boom felt by many Americans, some rural and urban areas of the country experienced extreme poverty as well as limited access to nutritious, affordable food. The Food Stamp Act of 1964 was an important component in President Johnson’s effort to eliminate poverty. This year, we not only mark 50 years of SNAP as a nationwide program, but we also…
  • WIC turns 40!

    LZX Team
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    According to the USDA blog… Forty years ago, WIC was established to improve health outcomes for pregnant women, infants and young children.  Today, the program officially known as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, continues to be one of the nation’s most successful, cost-effective and important nutrition intervention programs. USDA’s new infographic demonstrates why WIC Works for our children and for our country! – See more at:…
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies: Public Art Challenge

    LZX Team
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    From our friends at GrantStation… Public Art Initiatives Funded Bloomberg Philanthropies: Public Art Challenge The Public Art Challenge, an initiative of Bloomberg Philanthropies, will grant at least three cities up to $1 million each over two years to support temporary public art projects that celebrate creativity, enhance urban identity, encourage public-private partnerships, and drive economic development. Successful applications will bring people together to experience public places in dynamic and transformative ways; demonstrate close collaboration between artists, arts…
  • Outstanding Child Care Teachers Recognized

    LZX Team
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:17 pm
    From our friends at GrantStation… Outstanding Child Care Teachers Recognized Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL National Child Care Teacher Awards The Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL National Child Care Teacher Awards acknowledge the critical role of child care teachers in providing quality early care and education. Child care teachers from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and on U.S. Military bases and installations around the world are eligible to apply for these awards. Applicants must be full-time child care teachers employed in a home, group, or center-based…
  • Want to capture community attention? Host a Nutrition Garden Party!

    LZX Team
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    We love this idea from our home state of Minnesota. It’s a fun way to invite local public health, school even business leaders to get together to help raise awareness for better nutrition – and it’s a fun event for the family. Redwood Times reports… Several local agencies and organizations are joining forces to sponsor a “Nutrition in the Garden” party on Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The event is sponsored by Food for People, the Department of Health and Human Services, U.C. Cooperative Extension Expanded Food & Nutrition Education…
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    Smart School Lunch

  • Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award Apply/Nominate Now!

    LZX Team
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:54 pm
    From our friends at GrantStation… National Center for Families Learning: Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award 325 West Main Street Suite 300 Louisville, KY 40202 -4237 Phone: 502-584-1133 Email: Url: Primary Contact: Mr. Joshua Cramer Email: Geographic Scope: National Type of Organization: Other Sources Total Annual Giving:  $22,500 Eligibility Requirements: Individuals Application Deadlines: December 31, 2014 (The deadline for the 2016…
  • Support for Partnerships to Promote Healthy Living

    LZX Team
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:21 pm
    From our friends at GrantStation… Support for Partnerships to Promote Healthy Living The BUILD Health Challenge The BUILD Health Challenge is a national program designed to support community collaborations that are working to give everyone a fair chance to be healthy. Specifically, the Challenge provides awards to strengthen partnerships among hospitals, nonprofit organizations, local health departments, and other community organizations to improve the health of low-income neighborhoods within cities with populations greater than 150,000. Awards will support up to 14 community-driven…
  • Parental Take on School Nutrition Standards: They like it in CA!

    LZX Team
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Pew Charitable Trust just released data on parental view of School Nutrition Standards in California… Three in 4 parents of school-age children in California support current national nutrition standards for food and drinks sold in schools, according to a poll released today by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and The California Endowment. The standards are backed by large majorities of Republicans and Democrats and receive particularly strong support from Latino parents. The statewide poll was conducted Sept. 23 to Oct. 1 and included interviews with 905…
  • Professional Development Fellowships for Teachers

    LZX Team
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:44 pm
    From our friends at GrantStation… Professional Development Fellowships for Teachers Fund for Teachers The Fund for Teachers awards fellowships to pre-K-12 classroom teachers throughout the United States so that they may participate in training and enriching activities that will improve their skills as teachers. Educators should propose a summer activity and explain how the endeavor will make the applicant a better teacher, how the applicant will implement his or her new improved skills in the classroom, and how these improved skills will benefit students, curricula, and the school.
  • Atlanta Public Schools’ Lunches Make the Grade

    LZX Team
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Love to hear a story like the following… At many Atlanta Public Schools, students are now digging into sushi, smoothies and flat-bread pizza, thanks to a farm-to-school movement designed to increase variety, freshness and healthy choices. The farm-to-fork craze that has so captivated the country inspires the farm-to-school program, a 4-year effort that has introduced students in kindergarten through high school to the benefits – and tastes – of locally-grown fruits and vegetables that are dramatically changing cafeteria menus. “Right now, we’re enjoying apples from…
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    Authority Nutrition

  • Alcohol and Health: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Atli Arnarson, PhD
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:46 am
    We’ve been getting a lot of mixed messages about alcohol. On one hand, moderate amounts have been linked to health benefits. On the other hand, it is addictive and highly toxic when we drink too much of it. The truth is that the health effects of alcohol are actually quite complex. They vary between individuals, […] The post Alcohol and Health: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly appeared first on [ This is only a summary. Click the link above to read the full article. ]
  • Legumes: Good or Bad?

    Joe Leech, Dietitian
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:32 am
    Legumes are quite controversial these days. Depending on who you ask, they are either incredibly nutritious or uniquely harmful. Some people even choose to eliminate legumes from their diet altogether. Should legumes be avoided, or can they play a part in a healthy diet? This article takes a close look at the evidence. What Are […] The post Legumes: Good or Bad? appeared first on [ This is only a summary. Click the link above to read the full article. ]
  • 10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Cinnamon

    Joe Leech, Dietitian
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:23 am
    Cinnamon is a highly delicious spice. It has been prized for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. Modern science has now confirmed what people have instinctively known for ages. Here are 10 health benefits of cinnamon that are supported by scientific research. 1. Cinnamon is High in a Substance With Powerful Medicinal Properties Cinnamon […] The post 10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Cinnamon appeared first on [ This is only a summary. Click the link above to read the full article. ]
  • 10 Reasons Why Good Sleep is Important

    Joe Leech, Dietitian
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    A good night’s sleep is incredibly important for health. In fact, it is just as important as eating healthy and exercising. Unfortunately, the Western environment is interfering with natural sleep patterns. People are now sleeping less than they did in the past, and sleep quality has decreased as well. Here are 10 reasons why good […] The post 10 Reasons Why Good Sleep is Important appeared first on [ This is only a summary. Click the link above to read the full article. ]
  • Is “Starvation Mode” Real or Imaginary? A Critical Look

    Kris Gunnars
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Weight loss is generally seen as a positive thing. It can bring improved health, better looks and all sorts of benefits, both physical and mental. However, your brain doesn’t necessarily see it that way. Your brain is more worried about keeping you from starving, making sure that you (and your genes) survive. When you lose […] The post Is “Starvation Mode” Real or Imaginary? A Critical Look appeared first on [ This is only a summary. Click the link above to read the full article. ]
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    The London Nutritionist

  • Breastfeeding in Public

    Jo Travers
    5 Dec 2014 | 11:09 am
    Breastfeeding in Public So today the media is reporting that swanky hotel in London asked a mother who was breastfeeding in public to cover herself while she was having afternoon tea. Claridges apparently said this is their hotel policy. On … Continue reading → The post Breastfeeding in Public appeared first on The London Nutritionist.
  • A New Baby Food Venture

    Jo Travers
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:02 pm
    A New Baby Food Venture I’ve written before about why making your own baby food is better but (having had two babies, a husband that works long hours and my own freelance business) I am completely aware that it’s not … Continue reading → The post A New Baby Food Venture appeared first on The London Nutritionist.
  • Drinking at your desk… I mean water, obviously.

    Jo Travers
    28 May 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Drinking at your desk… I mean water, obviously. I do quite a few workplace nutrition seminars in my job so it was quite intriguing reading some research published today on which the healthiest and unhealthiest professions are. It looked at … Continue reading → The post Drinking at your desk… I mean water, obviously. appeared first on The London Nutritionist.
  • Tweaking recipes to make them healthier

    Jo Travers
    18 Dec 2013 | 7:59 am
    Tweaking recipes to make them healthier So Flora Pro.activ rang me last week and asked if I’d like to join in their Christmas recipe challenge. I think the word “challenge” was only added to spur on those who might not … Continue reading → The post Tweaking recipes to make them healthier appeared first on The London Nutritionist.
  • Why making your own baby food is better

    Jo Travers
    3 Oct 2013 | 4:00 am
    Why making your own baby food is better Why make your own baby food? Making your own baby food is a great thing to do. The trouble with baby food that you can buy is that it is a rather … Continue reading → The post Why making your own baby food is better appeared first on The London Nutritionist.
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    Kelly Toups, RD, LDN

  • 10 Healthy Breakfasts in Under 10 Minutes

    Kelly Toups
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:58 pm
    People often ask me for healthy breakfast ideas. Even though I eat the same thing nearly every day (see Kelly’s daily oatmeal), the good news is that there are plenty of nutritious options for the morning meal. 1.     Classic oatmeal Nine times out of ten, I start my day with old fashioned oatmeal topped with raisins and almonds (see this post for details). Porridge is an ideal breakfast because it’s filling, quick to prepare, and helps keep your cholesterol levels in check and your microbiome happy. (And whether you go for steel-cut or instant, all oats are whole grains.)…
  • Two Healthy, No-Sugar Chocolate Milkshakes (PB & Mocha)

    Kelly Toups
    6 Dec 2014 | 9:18 am
    The weather outside might be frightful (40 degrees and rainy – lovely), but inside I am peeling off layers and blending up cold beverages to stay cool in my cozy Boston apartment. Final exams are right around the corner for all of my loved ones in college and grad school, and that means snacks need to be quick, easy, and somewhat sinful tasting. This Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake is energizing and filling, so you don’t have to worry about your stomach rumbling embarrassingly on the quiet floor of the library. For something rich and caffeinated to power you through a late-night…
  • The Best Cookbook Organization Trick

    Kelly Toups
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Cookbooks are an underutilized treasure trove of culinary expertise, recipe ideas, and winning flavor combinations. But as the printed word gives way to Pinterest and recipe blogs, cookbooks have been pushed to “coffee table book status,” collected as much for the pictures as the recipes within. Not one to let a book go to waste, I devised a simple tactic to make sure that I get the most out of my ever-growing cookbook collection. In fact, until I make at least 5 recipes from every cookbook I own, I don’t plan on buying another. Here’s how it works… When I first get a new…
  • Detox Dinner: Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Vegetables and Marinara

    Kelly Toups
    16 Nov 2014 | 1:14 pm
    For many, the ultimate detox meal is a huge raw salad or a bottomless green smoothie. But it’s too cold for that business. I’ll take my veggies cooked, thank you very much! With the winter holidays upon us, where rich, heavy foods lurk around every corner, it’s great to have a comforting, healthy recipe at the ready to offset any indulgences. Looking for a way to feel clean and nourished after one too many helpings of mashed potatoes and holiday pie? Let this delicious detox dinner be your reset button for a healthy holiday season. This meal couldn’t be simpler. Just…
  • Current Obsessions

    Kelly Toups
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Ever wonder what makes a registered dietitian’s world go round? Here are five things I can’t get enough of lately. Date Paste Yes, I am fresh off watching Fed Up and reading Year of No Sugar. But the fact remains- Americans are eating much more than the 6-9 teaspoons/day (women vs. men) recommended by the American Heart Association. I have blogged about date paste before, but basically you just soak dates overnight, then blend them with a bit of the soaking water to create a honey-like liquid sweetener that is full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. I like to stir it into my morning…
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    The Life Extension Blog

  • Can CoQ10 Treat Gulf War Syndrome?

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:08 am
    Maylin Rodriguez Paez RNA strange illness plagues many Gulf War veterans. Their symptoms consist of insomnia, dizziness, exercise intolerance, rashes, diarrhea, and memory problems. These symptoms are collectively known as Gulf War Syndrome or Gulf War Illness.Approximately 30% of the 700,000 soldiers deployed to the Persian Gulf during the Gulf War are estimated to have this condition, leaving many disabled.A new study offers hope. CoQ10, an antioxidant often taken for heart problems, has been shown to improve symptoms of Gulf War Syndrome. The results were published in the November issue of…
  • The Vegetarian Omega-3 Solution

    15 Dec 2014 | 8:46 am
    Maylin Rodriguez Paez RNVegetarians are onto something. Not only do they have lower rates of heart disease and cancer, but they also tend to be slimmer than their meat-eating counterparts.1However, there's something very important that may be missing from their diets; the essential fatty acid commonly known as omega-3. In particular, the omega-3 called DHA that's found in fish oil.Below we’ll explore a convenient, meat-free solution for vegetarians looking to get enough DHA. Sorting Out the Omega-3 FatsOmega-3s are found in different foods. You’re probably most familiar with the omega-3s…
  • 4 Health Symptoms to Never Ignore

    8 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
    Maylin Rodriguez Paez RNHeadache, abdominal pain, fever or brittle nails. How do we know when something is serious and when it’s not?Throughout your life, the average person is plagued with many health symptoms that are often confusing. Some deserve attention while others do not.Doctors are there to help, but it’s important that we act as our own health advocates too.With that in mind, here are 4 health symptoms that should never be ignored.Health  Symptom #1 - Chronic Insomnia All of us have a bad night’s rest from time to time, but when the problem is ongoing, don’t ignore…
  • How to Personalize Your Supplement Regimen

    3 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    By Michael A. Smith, MDOne size definitely doesn’t fit all when it comes to your health. In fact, everyone’s health challenges are different. You may even be experiencing some of them right now.Perhaps you have diabetes, for example, or your doctor may have warned you that your blood sugar indicates you are pre-diabetic.Or there could be other health challenges—such as cancer or heart disease— that haven’t touched you yet, but have struck members of your family, signaling that you may face a greater risk.So what should you do? Take any and all supplements thrown your way? Of course…
  • Relax with Theanine

    2 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    While hundreds of studies have revealed the multiple benefits of green tea, the positive effects attributable to theanine, one of its major components, are now gaining recognition.Theanine is an amino acid that occurs almost exclusively in tea leaves (Camellia sinensis). While the caffeine contained in tea is a stimulant, theanine is known for its soothing, relaxing properties. Theanine Increases Alpha Wave ActivityTheanine is able to exert its neurologic benefits by crossing the blood brain barrier—a membrane that prevents the entry of compounds that could potentially harm the…
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    Put Less in Your Pie Hole

  • 6 Reasons We Snack

    11 Dec 2014 | 9:37 am
    The basic biological basis of eating is to gain energy in response to physiological, internal cues - like your stomach rumbling. So why then, do so many of us (including myself) feel compelled to stuff our already stuffed stomachs?A snack is defined as food consumed between meals. An unhealthy snack is high in fat and/or sugar. New research found 6 reasons people commonly scoffed, scarfed, shoveled and stuffed themselves with unhealthy snack foods:To enjoy a  special occasionOpportunity induced eating (more below)To gain energy To reward oneselfSocial pressureTo cope with negative…
  • Your Body Gives Thanks: Cook @ Home

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:51 am
    For this special holiday installment, we've got a recipe to accompany some great new research about cooking at home. The image pictured here is from a few Thanksgivings ago as my hubby and I were getting ready to stuff the turkey.Cooking at home saves money and correlates with a healthier diet. A new study found that people who spend more than 1 hour a day preparing food at home:Spend significantly less money on food and beverages outside the home compared to folks who spend <1hr/day prepping food ($22 and $15 respectively)Ate significantly more fruits and veggiesPlaced a lower importance…
  • Milking it is Udderly D-lightful

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Hate drinking milk? Maybe that's what your poor unsuspecting child, niece, nephew or other young relation tells you. Many parents worry about their children drinking their mandated allotment of daily cow juice. More on that shortly. Research shows we are putting our children at risk when they stray from milk drinking, but maybe, just maybe there's more to the story...Vitamin D is a very active area of research due to it's role in human health which, we are learning, is more than what we once thought. The sunshine vitamin plays a well known part in bone health: allowing our bodies to…
  • Walmart Pledges Healthy Plates: Serves Up Heart Attack Ad

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    On October 8, Walmart CEO pledged himself and his company to health and healthy food. That same week I receive a piece of promotional material completely invalidating the pledge. The ad promises to dish up simple, easy, heart attack-inducing, obesity-causing family meals.Without further ado, here's the ad in question:Here's Walmart's CEO talking about promoting healthy foods and health for children.Here's Walmart's "pledge to you" that details their plan for 2015 to improve the healthfulness of the Walmart brand.Don't get me wrong, Walmart has pledged some admirable changes, but backflipped…
  • Artificial Sweeteners: Not So Sweet After All

    8 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    The FDA has come under much scrutiny in the last few months regarding their lax requirements for accepting food additives by manufacturers. One such food additive, non-caloric artificial sweeteners (NAS) has been around for a while, but research is showing it's neither sugar, spice, nor 'all things nice'.The FDA lists 5 approved NAS, sometimes called non-nutritive sweeteners, the most common ones are:Aspartame (Nurtasweet or Equal)Saccharin (Sweet'n'Low)Sucralose (Splenda)There are a few theories about NAS causing weight gain, from "you're tricking your body with fake sugar so it will…
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    Fresh Menu Planner

  • Broiled Cod with Avocado Salsa

    11 Dec 2014 | 9:28 pm
    This recipe for a delicious broiled cod with avocado salsa doesn’t really fit the festive season.  It’s fresh, light, and you wouldn’t think it would stick to your ribs.  Heather was craving something a little fresher than usual.  I have been playing around with the crock pot lately making hearty dishes to help get us through winter.  If you didn’t check out my last post for Korean Braised Short Ribs, then you’re missing out! The problem is…It’s been plus 10 for the last few days!  It’s like summertime outside!  Well, I guess it’s not really a problem, but I…
  • Korean Braised Short Ribs

    8 Dec 2014 | 8:59 pm
    I’m sure by now that you guys have realized that I love cooking with my slow cooker.  Can you blame me?  The weather here in Calgary isn’t exactly predictable, or warm for that matter!  It also works perfect because Heather and I will then have a healthy lunch all ready to go the next day. I also have some interesting news on the job front.  I’m out of the restaurant business…for now!  I know it will probably come as a shock to some people, but I’m still going to be working with chefs.  I took a job in sales with a commercial equipment company!  It’s been about 5…
  • Pulled Pork Chili

    13 Nov 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Hey everyone, before I get to this delicious recipe, I wanted to share with you the newest website that I teamed up with.  Aloha is a great health and wellness website that has a lot of like minded people like me that focus on healthy, easy to make recipes.  Their food photography is pretty amazing too!  You should check out their recipes here.  They also have some super healthy products you should check out as well here.  On with my pulled pork chili! Soup Tuesday has finally come back!  A few of Heather’s co-workers have prepared some delicious soups, but now it is my turn.
  • Blueberry Chai Quinoa Bread Pudding

    4 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Okay, this chai blueberry bread pudding turned out pretty amazing, even for my lack of baking skills!  I made sure to give out lots of samples to my guests at Community Natural Foods, when I did my first speaking event on healthy eating for Thanksgiving.  They had good things to say which is always nice! This quinoa bread pudding is actually gluten free too.  What helps to bind the mixture is the eggs.  I had made a couple test batches and once I added in one extra egg, everything held together really well.  I also used something I haven’t ever used before, and that was quinoa…
  • Thanksgiving and Heather’s Kidneys

    27 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Hey everyone!  I hope everyone is doing well.  I know what you are all thinking, it’s been a long time since a blog post.  I apologize but unfortunately Heather’s kidneys weren’t doing very well and we had spent a bit more time in the hospital than we would have liked.  Her pain had come back in a big way and we both weren’t sleeping well. Let’s just say that between keeping Heather comfortable and work, I haven’t been very motivated to blog much. The good news is we have spoken with a nutritionist and have gotten some answers as to what kinds of foods Heather should…
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    Natural Life Energy | Health Activist | Benefits Of A Plant Based Diet

  • Foods That Cause Gout

    Aqiyl Aniys
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:36 pm
    Foods that cause gout are foods that are high in purine. More exactly it is animal-based foods that contain purine. Two large studies done by Hyon K. Choi... The post Foods That Cause Gout 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! ]]
  • How To Get Rid Of Gout?

    Aqiyl Aniys
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Once you learn "how to get rid of gout" I hope you take the necessary steps to get rid of gout. Gout is a very painful arthritic disease, and you have the... The post How To Get Rid Of Gout? 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! ]]
  • Congress Ends War On States Legalizing Medical Marijuana

    12 Dec 2014 | 10:54 am
    Congress ends war on states legalizing medical marijuana. In a landmark moment for cannabis law reform, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a... The post Congress Ends War On States Legalizing Medical Marijuana 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! ]]
  • Federal Government To Allow Native Americans To Grow And Sell Marijuana On Their Sovereign Lands

    Aqiyl Aniys
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:02 pm
    The Los Angeles Times reported on 12/11/2014 that the U.S. federal government will allow... The post Federal Government To Allow Native Americans To Grow And Sell Marijuana On Their Sovereign Lands 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! ]]
  • China’s Zero GMO Tolerance Blocks U.S. Hay Import

    Aqiyl Aniys
    7 Dec 2014 | 3:59 pm
    China has a zero tolerance for GMO products and its actions supports its words. China has blacklisted 3 U.S. exporters of hay because of GMO being... The post China’s Zero GMO Tolerance Blocks U.S. Hay Import 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

  • RW 007: Supermarket Psychology

    Jamie Logie
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    In this episode of the Regained Wellness Podcast we’re looking at all the tricks and strategies grocery stores use to keep you in longer and spending more money. In This Episode You Will Learn: Why grocery stores use the same design How they are made to keep you in longer Why certain items are where... Read More
  • RW 006: Weston A Price

    Jamie Logie
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:14 am
    In this episode of the Regained Wellness Podcast we will be talking about the godfather of nutrition, Weston A Price. The work of Price has influenced our modern real food and paleo movements and learning about his work can have a  major impact on your nutrition and health. In this episode you will learn: Who... Read More
  • RW 005: Gluten: Everything You Wanted To Know But Were Too Afraid To Ask

    Jamie Logie
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:06 am
    In this episode of the Regained Wellness Podcast we will be talking about the dreaded “G-Word”. That’s right Gluten. Everyone is gluten free but do they even know why? What is gluten and what can it really do to your health? In This Episode You Will Learn: What Gluten Is How wheat has changed over... Read More
  • RW 004: 5 Reasons You Need More Water

    Jamie Logie
    2 Dec 2014 | 4:06 pm
    In this episode of the Regained Wellness Podcast we’re discussing water and how crucial it is to your overall health and wellness. It’s quite easy to get into a dehydrated state and a majority of people are walking around exactly like that. Neglecting your water intake is going to prevent your body from running optimally... Read More
  • RW 003: The Dangers of Aspartame & Artificial Sweetners

    Jamie Logie
    2 Dec 2014 | 3:51 pm
    In this episode of the Regained Wellness Podcast we will be looking at the dangers of artificial sweeteners and primarily aspartame. You might want to think twice before reaching for that Diet Coke. There are some real concerns when it comes to aspartame and artificial sweeteners and there is a real sordid history in how... Read More
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    Essential vitamins For The Body

  • Activated B- Why Are Most Vitamin B Supplements Ineffective?

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:07 pm
    B-vitamins: available at pretty much any supermarket, drug store, gas station, tanning salon, lube/oil/filter place, bait shop, and indoor waterpark near you… Video Rating: 4 / 5
  • Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:05 am
    Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z Great product! While teaching upper- and lowercase letters to preschoolers, Ehlert introduces fruits and vegetables from around the world. A glossary at the end provides interesting facts about each food.Ages 1-3. This appetizing alphabet book shows fruits and vegetables so juicy and alive, you’ll wish they could jump off the page and into your mouth. Even vegetable haters will find it hard to resist the vibrantly colored collage illustrations, which make each item look fascinating and appealing. Long a fa List Price: $ 7.00…
  • Alla’s Cranberry Scones (Raw Foods)

    16 Dec 2014 | 10:08 pm
    From Victoria Boutenko’s 12 Steps to Raw Foods. I haven’t tried it yet, but I have to give the book back to the library. The recipe says: “you have… Ingredients: agave nectar, almond, apple, carrot, cranberries, flax seed, olive oil, raisins Recipe Link | Similar Recipes
  • Kirkland Signature Adults 50+ Mature Multi, 400 Tablets

    16 Dec 2014 | 10:08 am
    Kirkland Signature Adults 50+ Mature Multi, 400 Tablets Kirkland Signature Mature Multivitamin Supports Heart Health, Eye Health, Supports Immune Health, Bones & Teeth, Antioxidant Protection With Lycopene & Lutein, and Calcium and Vitamin D No Artificial Colors, Artificial Flavors , No Preservatives, No Yeast or Gluten Kirkland Signature Mature multi vitamins and minerals with Lycopene and Lutein supports heart health, eye Health,immune health, bones and teeth health. Provides antioxidant protection. A dietary supplement with no artificial colors, artificial flavors , no…
  • Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure

    15 Dec 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure Great product! The New York Times bestselling guide to the lifesaving diet that can both prevent and help reverse the effects of heart disease Based on the groundbreaking results of his twenty-year nutritional study, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn  illustrates that a plant-based, oil-free diet can not only prevent the progression of heart disease but can also reverse its effects.  Dr. Esselstyn is an internationally known surgeon, researcher and former clinician at…
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    Science for Fitness

  • Fruits & Vegetables May Help Prevent Hip Fracture

    Science For Fitness
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:17 am
    During aging and in elderly populations it is very common for bone loss to place individuals at risk for one or more fractures. Mild loss of bone is refereed to as osteopenia, whereas severe loss of bone is known as osteoporosis. Bone fracture risk is higher for those with osteoporosis and a great deal of research is being conducted to diagnose, prevent, and treat fractures in the elderly. Nutrition can pay a role in age-related bone loss and a common recommendation is to make sure you are getting plenty of calcium since calcium is the major mineral building block of bone. This recommendation…
  • 5 Things Fitness Experts Wish You Would Stop Doing in the Gym

    Science For Fitness
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    I was a guest contributor on a recent article surveying fitness experts about what they would wish people would stop doing when they go to the gym. I weigh in on #3 and #4. You can read the article here.
  • Movie Review – Forks Over Knives

    Science For Fitness
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:47 am
    One of the people I train suggested that I watch the movie Forks Over Knives as it is the basis for his, and many other individuals’ switch to a vegan lifestyle. For those that might be unaware, vegans consume foods that are plant-based and in no way derived from animals. I watched the movie last night and it was a very good example of the problems we face in objectively and fairly presenting science to the public. The upside is that this experience can be used as a great learning tool (by virtue of this posting) and it has now made me realize that movie and book reviews will be a great…
  • That Sugar Film

    Science For Fitness
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:47 pm
    About 10 years ago Morgan Spurlock starred in the groundbreaking film Super Size Me where he ate only McDonald’s food for a month. Now, Australian TV actor and filmmaker Damon Gameau is taking a similar approach. He stars in That Sugar Film which will air in Australian cinemas in early 2015. In the movie he too alters his diet for a month, but this experiment has him eating a low-fat diet, which therefore is higher in sugar. What is interesting about this movie is that he tries to consume “healthy” low-fat foods. That is, he doesn’t dive into soda and candy. He chose a…
  • No, A Glass of Wine Doesn’t Equal 1 Hour of Exercise

    Science For Fitness
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Wine (Wikipedia) In this week’s post I return to my roots and highlight some new reporting that doesn’t quite do justice to the reality of a scientific study. It all began when I saw a Facebook link to an online article entitled “Drinking A Glass Of Red Wine Is The Same As Getting An HOUR OF EXERCISE, Says New Study and Our Wildest Dreams.” You can view the original web article here. But when you view it, you can see that it is actually citing another second-hand source (found here) with even less information. Both articles have very misleading titles. The…
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    Healthy News

  • Is Fiber Really That Healthy?

    29 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Fiber is a marketing buzzword, loved by advertising teams. However, did you ever ask yourself whether there is any truth to this matter? I mean, if a new version of a product has 10% more fiber – then it has to be good for you, right? Article guide: What is fiber? Soluble fiber Insoluble fiber Health benefits Cholesterol Glycemic control Weight loss No, this isn’t necessarily the case. Admittedly, many people would benefit from an increased intake of fiber, at least if they're in the majority who are consuming a diet high in refined carbohydrates and trans and saturated fats, also…
  • How And Which Personality Traits Are Connected To Anorexia?

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Our personalities differ, every one of us is unique and therefore has a unique personality as well. It's an important aspect of our lives which becomes even more important when talking about food-related mental disorders. One of these is anorexia. Article guide: Predispositional model The complication model The common cause model The pathoplasty model What about the typical personality type? Anorexia nervosa, often just called anorexia, is a devastating disorder. In fact, it is the deadliest mental disorder, mainly due to the specific way how it progresses. People who develop anorexia are 6x…
  • Why Is Impulsivity Important For Obesity And Why We Should Be Aware Of It

    15 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Everybody has a different attitude towards food. Some experience (extreme) pleasure when they're presented with particularly appetizing food, while others couldn't care less. This reaction towards appetizing food, together with a personality trait called impulsivity, are two factors with (probably) huge implications in the obesity crisis. A few decades ago, when the amount of processed food was lower and food didn’t accompany us on every step, people who were impulsive had less to worry about. When you don't have a certain food item available, it's also less likely you will eat it,…
  • Explained: Oxidative Stress, Free Radicals, Reactive Oxygen Species

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Oxidative stress, free radicals, and reactive oxygen species can be hard names to remember. However, remembering these names and what they do is crucial for a healthier life. Let’s see why. Article Guide: Reactive oxygen species (ROS) Free radicals, the bad guys? Oxidative stress Antioxidants You may have heard any of these three being mentioned on a number of occasions, but you've never quite understood what they actually meant. Free radicals are often used in the same sentence with cancer, oxidative stress is a favorite buzzword for many nutritional supplement companies, and reactive…
  • Does Creatine Change Your Mood? The Therapeutical Applications of Creatine

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This article is a continuation of the first one, it focuses more on the mental health perspective. Article guide Creatine deficiency Stress Schizophrenia Major depressive disorder (MDD) Bipolar disorder Anxiety Summary Considering I’ve delved into the basics of creatine and its uses regarding cognitive functioning in my last post, I won’t be stating them in this one. For a short overview about creatine, its health benefits, and its risks when it comes to cognitive performance, I suggest reading the first article. This one focuses on the other side of health. Namely, our mental health.
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  • Weekly Collective: Vegetarian Thanksgiving Edition

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:54 am
      Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving this year or you are welcomed to a friend or family member’s, chances are you are going to be preparing at least one dish to share.  Below are 27 healthy, carnivore-approved, vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes you may want to try!  Goat Cheese Dip with Red Wine Figs  // Vegetarian Ventures Crispy Sweet... Read More » The post Weekly Collective: Vegetarian Thanksgiving Edition appeared first on SoulBeet.
  • To Hell with “Surviving the Holidays”

    13 Nov 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Not to start on a negative note, but I cringe when people describe the holiday season as a time of “survival.”  Specifically, it’s the battle of the bulge I am talking about.  There are copious amounts of articles out there with “Tips to Survive Holiday Parties,”  “How to not Derail your Diet During the Holidays,”... Read More » The post To Hell with “Surviving the Holidays” appeared first on SoulBeet.
  • Fall Spice French Toast

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    I think it’s silly when bloggers apologize for being away and living their lives but here I am, feeling like I should say “sorry for being MIA last week.  I was doing XYZ..”  We apologize too much. I was in Oregon visiting family and welcoming my husband back to America (he remained in Korea for a few... Read More » The post Fall Spice French Toast appeared first on SoulBeet.
  • Weekly Collective: 1

    4 Oct 2014 | 9:33 pm
    I bring to you my first weekly collection of blogs and such that I was particularly inspired by.  I’ve been wanting to share some of the bloggers that I have been following lately, because they rock.    Spinach Crepes with Maple-Stewed Blueberries// Amiee shares her family food life with us at Simple Bites.  She is a... Read More » The post Weekly Collective: 1 appeared first on SoulBeet.
  • Baked Goat Cheese and Kabocha Squash Salad

    3 Oct 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Today I attended by first guided yoga practice in over a year.  I’ve been practicing on my own at home a bit but mentally, I just haven’t been able to confine my mind to my mat.   Confine isn’t the right word, yoga is never confining, I guess I should say I’ve struggled with focusing... Read More » The post Baked Goat Cheese and Kabocha Squash Salad appeared first on SoulBeet.
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    Nutrition Data » Nutrition Data

  • Smarties Gummies Nutrition Facts

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Ingredients: SUGAR, GLUCOSE SYRUP, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, FUMARIC ACID, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, CITRIC ACID, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, ARTIFICIAL COLORS (YELLOW 5, YELLOW 6, RED 40 AND BLUE 1). View Additional Smarties Nutrition FactsThe post Smarties Gummies Nutrition Facts appeared first on Nutrition Data.
  • Mystery Smarties Nutrition Facts

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Ingredients: Dextrose (Contains Maltodextrin and/or Corn Syrup Solids), Citric Acid, Calcium Stearate, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Colors (Red 40 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Blue 2 Lake). View Additional Smarties Nutrition FactsThe post Mystery Smarties Nutrition Facts appeared first on Nutrition Data.
  • Smarties Candy Necklace Nutrition Facts

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Ingredients: Dextrose, Corn Syrup, Citric Acid, Magnesium Stearate, Artificial Flavors, Colors (Yellow 5, Blue 1, Red 40). View Additional Smarties Nutrition FactsThe post Smarties Candy Necklace Nutrition Facts appeared first on Nutrition Data.
  • Smarties Mega Tropical Lollies Nutrition Facts

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Ingredients: Dextrose (Contains Corn Syrup Solids and/or Maltodextrin), Citric Acid, Calcium Stearate, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Colors (Red 40 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Blue 2 Lake). View Additional Smarties Nutrition FactsThe post Smarties Mega Tropical Lollies Nutrition Facts appeared first on Nutrition Data.
  • Smarties Mega Lollies Nutrition Facts

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:27 pm
    Calcium 6% Ingredients: Dextrose(Contains Corn Syrup Solids and/or Maltodextrin), Citric Acid, Calcium Stearate, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Colors (Red 40 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Blue 2 Lake). View Additional Smarties Nutrition FactsThe post Smarties Mega Lollies Nutrition Facts appeared first on Nutrition Data.
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    sweet earth holistics - Health and Wellness

  • Nutrition Basics

    22 Nov 2014 | 12:24 pm
    I decided to lay out all the basics of vitamins and minerals before delving into anything more complicated. Check back here each week for a new video - or just subscribe to my Youtube channel - until they're done! Water Soluble Vitamins(vitamins that cannot be stored in our bodies)B Vitamins-metabolize glucose (fuel for our brains)-build bloodVitamin C-antioxidant Fat Soluble Vitamins(vitamins that are stored in our vitamins, specifically in our livers)Vitamin A - skin, teeth, muscles, eyesVitamin D - bonesVitamin E - antioxidant, skin, eyesVitamin K - clots blood
  • 6 Things Happy People Do Differently

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:41 pm
    My goodness it's been quite some time since I've made a new post. I've been sick, tired and busy - and I needed to remind myself what makes me happy! I don't think anyone would argue that happy people do it differently. Does happiness attract positivity and grouchiness negativity? Probably. Here are some of the main differences that happiness makes. 1. They let the little things goSure, the big things are difficult to come to terms with, but the little things are easier to release. They just tell themselves they'll do better next time, or that it was a learning experience. Struggling is…
  • 5 Acts of Self-Sabotage

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    You’ve heard it a lot – you’re your own worst critic. And it’s true. No one is as harsh on yourself except you. But let’s face it, you have to live with you, so why bring yourself down? Well sometimes it’s a lack of confidence, sometimes we don’t even know we’re doing it. Regardless, these acts sabotage our self-image (mind), our health (body), and can hinder our chances at reaching our goals or striving towards what we’re passionate about (spirit). Read on to see if you’re guilty of any of these. #1 You treat yourself worse than you…
  • 7 Must-See Health Documentaries

    9 Sep 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Whether you're a documentary junkie like me or have a passion for health, these are my top movies pertaining to diet, our current food and agricultural systems, and preventative medicine. Also, great news, most of these movies you can find on Netflix and Youtube! I will likely have to do another one of these articles soon because there are definitely more great ones that have just come out, but without further adieu, here are my favourites as of now: #7 In Organic We TrustThis is a great little movie if you're just getting into the "organic revolution." Here is all the information you need on…
  • How Much Protein Do We Need?

    4 Sep 2014 | 10:26 pm
    If you want the simple answer, we need on-average 0.37 grams of protein per pound of body weight or about 0.8 - 1 gram for athletes and weight trainers. Is there such a thing as too much? Well, not really. An excess of protein does not leach calcium from your bones and it doesn’t cause kidney damage unless you already have a kidney disease. What really matters is where you’re getting your protein. Of course, the most popular form protein is from an animal source – poultry, beef, fish and eggs. These are complete proteins (meaning they have all the amino acids) and are…
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    The Paleo Fix

  • Top 10 Paleo Gifts That Make Paleo Easy

    Dr. Anthony Gustin
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:59 am
    The holidays are coming up, so gift purchasing is naturally going to be in your near future. Buying the everyone on your list paleo gifts can be an easy way to get them to listen to you when you’re blabbing about how amazing the paleo diet has been. This is a breakdown of my top ten recommended paleo gifts for people you’re trying to nudge toward the paleo lifestyle (or for those who already are)! Books Zenbelly Cookbook If you don’t already know Simone Miller, check her out now. She has a local (SF) based paleo catering company called Zenbelly. Simone recently published this amazing…
  • Black Friday Paleo Book Sale!

    Dr. Anthony Gustin
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    Alright, alright! No waiting in lines this Black Friday! Some of my favorite paleo and wellness materials are all on Black Friday paleo book sales right now! Check them out below for details on the sales and where to get them! Click the links of the books or the titles to be taken to their websites! The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook by Mickey Trescott I’ve already referred this to dozens of my patients that have joint problems and chronic pain. Mickey does an amazing job of highlighting what I like to call a paleo plus diet. Paleo plus extra reduction in inflammation and removal of potentially…
  • 30 Day Paleo: Day Thirty – Look Backward to Look Forward

    Dr. Anthony Gustin
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is Day 30 of 30 for The Paleo Fix’s 30 Day Paleo Plan. For more information on 30 Day Paleo as well as 30 Minute Paleo, check out our get started page at Post each day on your 30 Day Paleo journey to Twitter or Instagram and show us by tagging with @thepaleofix and #thepaleofix so we can follow along! Congratulations! You’ve gone through the 30 days and have made some pretty substantial changes in your nutrition and lifestyle. Sometimes it helps to take a look back at the changes we’ve made to look forward to see the bright future ahead. Just to recap –…
  • 30 Day Paleo: Day Twenty Nine – Skip Meals When You’re Not Hungry

    Dr. Anthony Gustin
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is Day 29 of 30 for The Paleo Fix’s 30 Day Paleo Plan. For more information on 30 Day Paleo as well as 30 Minute Paleo, check out our get started page at Post each day on your 30 Day Paleo journey to Twitter or Instagram and show us by tagging with @thepaleofix and #thepaleofix so we can follow along! Today will be a pretty easy day to implement. Simply do not eat if you’re not hungry. This “trick” is called intermittent fasting and has been used for years to increase fat loss, improve energy levels, increase lifespan and reduce inflammation. Our ancestors…
  • 30 Day Paleo: Day Twenty Eight – Experiment With Organ Meat

    Dr. Anthony Gustin
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is Day 28 of 30 for The Paleo Fix’s 30 Day Paleo Plan. For more information on 30 Day Paleo as well as 30 Minute Paleo, check out our get started page at Post each day on your 30 Day Paleo journey to Twitter or Instagram and show us by tagging with @thepaleofix and #thepaleofix so we can follow along! Organ meat is one of the most nutrient dense food sources available. It was long considered the prized meat of hunts, and muscle tissue was typically considered the inferior option. The same is true of many modern hunter gatherer culture – they will allow the…
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    The Functional Body » Blog

  • Why the Number On the Scale Doesn’t Matter

    Michael Sieber
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:33 am
    As a Personal Trainer I often work with a ton of people who are always trying to unlock the key to happiness, and their dream body. One lesson I learned was this; the number on the scale doesn’t really matter. What really matters is the relationship a person has with his or her own self-image and body, not mathematics. Do not get me wrong; if you step on the scale and it says 300lbs, you have a good parameter and measurement of where you are and what you need to do! But that’s all that it is, simply a measurement tool, one parameter of measurement, and one single number. And like I talk…
  • How to Prevent Illness and Disease Holistically

    Michael Sieber
    3 Dec 2014 | 12:23 pm
    With rampant health issues becoming increasingly prevalent, more people are asking themselves how to prevent illness and disease. This has led to many people turning to alternative and supplemental therapies and practices for their health. The best way not to get sick is to take a pro-active stance about your health; prevention truly is the best way to ensure good and lasting health. But knowing how to prevent illness and disease means learning the basics of what it means to be healthy, physically and spiritually. Do not have a weak or negative mindset. Your first step to avoid becoming…
  • Adrenal Fatigue Recovery and Diet

    Michael Sieber
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:53 am
    Adrenal fatigue is a syndrome that arises from the chronic stress that our bodies are under in modern society. In this article I describe the proper diet to eat and the fastest way to recovery. Adrenal fatigue is something that I personally have experienced, and is just one sign of a body that is beginning to become overburdened with stress. When and if you begin to suspect that you may have adrenal fatigue it is time to switch to full-on rest mode and begin nurturing your mind and body. Typically someone whose body is overworked and is suffering from adrenal fatigue needs soft drinks, sugar,…
  • How to Get Rid of Anxiety and Become More Confident

    Michael Sieber
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:26 pm
    How to get rid of anxiety was a question that I often asked myself when I was a teenager, and when meeting new people in my early twenties, and even now! I used to be plagued with crippling anxiety attacks and mental neurosis on a daily basis, but my struggles with anxiety have taught me how to get rid of anxiety and become more confident. I still sometimes occasionally get a bit surprised by how far I have come, in my mind the old me would never have done some of the things that I do daily now. So here are my tips for getting rid of anxiety for good, or rather managing it. Getting rid of…
  • Jenna’s Morning Superfood Shakes

    Jenna Lee
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:55 pm
    One of the best lifestyle changes I ever made was changing what I ate for breakfast.  I made a switch from a meal that most would consider to be very healthy to what worked for my body. Those who have made this change as well seem to have the same consensus. There was a period of time when I was obsessed with steel cut oatmeal and when I say obsessed, I mean OBSESSED. Throughout college and afterwards it was my staple morning meal. I came up with so many delicious variations I would add Greek yogurt to it, blueberries, and nuts, and it made me feel great! It would only be until 11am that I…
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    Vitamin Dose

  • Goals for the New Year and The Tools To Help You Succeed

    9 Dec 2014 | 10:57 am
    Have you started thinking about your New Year’s resolutions? It’s so nice to hit reset, to face a blank slate. Anything is possible when you leave the past behind and set your mind on your goals ahead. So here are a few of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, and often the most broken. But the calendar doesn’t need to say Jan. 1st in order for you to start making these changes. It’s easy to start implementing them today!  Lose Weight While there is no secret sauce to losing weight (other than exercise and healthy eating) but you CAN boost your metabolism. Spices like ginger,…
  • Navigating the Convenience Store: 5 of the Smartest Snacks

    17 Nov 2014 | 10:46 am
    When hunger strikes when you’re on the road, there’s only a small gap of time between getting food and getting hangry (hungry and angry). Sometimes you just need something to tide you over in-between meals, so a salad or healthy sandwich would be silly. Park your car on over at a 7-Eleven or your local convenience store for these smart, healthy on-the-go snacks all less than 250 calories. DIY Trailmix If you can’t find a trail mix that is low in calories and fat, make your own by buying a small bag of your favorite nuts and bulk it up with popcorn. And if you’re really feeling daring,…
  • Nutrition Mythbusting: Because I Eat Healthy I Don’t Need To Take Vitamins

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    Congratulations – you’re one of the good ones! You steer clear of greasy pizza joints and have never eaten a cronut. But you probably need to supplement with vitamins, and here’s why: Less than 5 percent of Americans follow all of the recommendations in the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans (like getting your 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day). American magnesium levels have dropped by half in the last century due to changes in agriculture and diet. According to the World Health Organization, iron deficiency is the number one nutritional disorder in the world. If…
  • Are you Really Eating as Healthy as You Think?

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:40 am
  • How To: Meal Planning for Better Nutrition And A Healthier You

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:29 am
    Did you know that there are over close to 20 important vitamins and minerals our body needs to function properly? I don’t know about you, but over here at Vitamin Dose we’re not superhuman. We eat healthy of course, but we have no idea if we’re consuming the full-recommended daily amount for all those nutrients through our diets. How is anyone supposed to know? Let me start with a story. Sydney thought she was being healthy by having hummus and whole grain pita as a snack. After all, chickpeas are a “great source” of Vitamin B6, Iron and Magnesium. But after looking at the nutrition…
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