Healthy Fats vs. Dangerous Fats

All fat is NOT created equal! Fat is one of the three critical macronutrients; along with protein and carbohydrates. Some fats are super-health-boosting; and, others are super-health-busting. Health-building fats support your brain, hormones, immune system, heart...

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Why Am I Always Hungry?

If you often feel hungry, you are not alone! There are many reasons to feel hungry. Of course, the most obvious one is that you are actually physically hungry. Perhaps your stomach is empty, your blood sugar has dropped, and your hunger hormones are having a party....

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Salt: The Delicious Health-Buster (And What to Use Instead)

Yes, there are lots of different kinds of salt: pink, iodized, kosher, sea, etc. They come from salt mines in the ground, or from evaporating the water out of salt water. What they all have in common is that infamous mineral that I’m going to talk about below: sodium....

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Multivitamins: Are They Really a Waste of Money?

Multivitamins are exactly what they sound like: multiple vitamins. They're supplements that contain several different vitamins in each one. They can also contain several minerals and other ingredients like amino acids or fatty acids. And because there are multiple...

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Mindfulness and Meditation…Do They Really Work?

Well...yes, they do really work. The fact is, science shows definite health benefits for people who use mindfulness and meditation. Before we dive in, let’s just make sure we’re on the same page when we say “mindfulness” and “meditation.” “Meditation” is the ancient...

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How to Make Cooking More Fun!

If you don’t love cooking, maybe I can help to make it more fun for you? I know that sometimes I don't find cooking to be all that fun. I can get into a rut just like everyone else. So that's why I've listed my best "fun" cooking tips for you. Fun Cooking Tip #1 Check...

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The Scoop About Artificial Flavors

Let me ask you this: Have you looked at the ingredients on a food label lately? How about a “processed” food label; like famous brands of cookies, cereals, or junky snack foods? Do you have those ingredients in your house? Do you even know what all of those...

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What is the Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load?

What is the Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load? Glycemic this and glycemic that. Does it matter? You'll notice that they both begin with "glycemic." That's one tip that they have to do with sugars and carbs. Not only how much sugar is in foods, but more importantly, how...

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How Stress Really Messes With Your Health

We all have some level of stress, right? It may be temporary (acute), or long-term (chronic). It may be the adrenaline-pumping “good” stress (eustress) or it can be the wearing you down “bad” stress (distress). Acute stress usually won’t mess with your health too...

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Phytic Acid, The Mineral Reducer

Do you soak or sprout your nuts, seeds, grains and legumes? Is it to help improve their digestibility? To help increase their nutrition? Perhaps, it’s to reduce phytic acid? Phytic acid is naturally present in most nuts, seeds, grains and legumes. It is...

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Reduce Inflammation With These Key Foods

Inflammation. It’s not just for health headlines. It’s a fact. Scientists are measuring levels of inflammation in our bodies and finding that it can be pretty bad for our health; this is especially true when it becomes chronic, or lasts a long time....

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What’s in a smoothie?

One of the questions I get asked most often is, "What is in your smoothie and what benefits could my family and I expect to see from including it in our daily practices?" And then I hear, "But I like to chew my food so maybe it's not for me." So first things first...I...

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Why is Stable Blood Sugar Important?

Why is Stable Blood Sugar Important? Blood sugar. Do these words conjure up visions of restrictive eating, diabetes medications, or insulin injections? Blood sugar is the measure of the amount of sugar, AKA glucose, in your blood. You need the right balance of sugar...

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What the Heck is Adrenal Fatigue?

Stressed? Tired? Craving sugar? Can’t sleep? All of these can be related to the constant stress we feel in our lives. Because let’s face it…life is BUSY. We know that stress can have a huge impact on our health and wellness. And, since your adrenal glands...

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How Can I Get More Vitamin D?

When we think of "vitamins," we know they're super-important for health.   But vitamin D is special. It's difficult to get enough vitamin D; vitamin D is, therefore, a very common deficiency, especially if you live somewhere like I do and spend a good part...

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How To Feed Your Brain- through your gut, that’s how.

If there was ever a call for "digestive health," this is it! Yes, it's true. Your gut is considered your "second brain." There is no denying it anymore. And because of the new scientific discoveries about the vagus nerve, the enteric nervous system, and the amazing...

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The Coconut Oil Craze – Why the hype?

Because it is really good stuff (end of post). But what exactly is it about coconut oil that makes it so healthy? And which type is best? Let’s dive into some of the fascinating research and find out. Coconut oil is a special kind of fat Coconut oil is a fat and...

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The Truth Behind Artificial Sweeteners

You probably know the negative health effects of eating too much sugar, especially the "added sugars" in pop, candy, baked goods, and many commercially-available cereals, just to name a few.  Added sugar is hiding just about everywhere in the grocery store. Yes,...

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Raw vs. Cooked – What’s the benefits?

Let’s finally put an end to the debate of raw vs. cooked. Of course, in the grand scheme of a well-balanced, nutrient-dense, varied, whole foods diet, the cooked vs. raw debate isn't that critical for most people. Where this can become a consideration is for vitamin...

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Am I Normal When I Go?

Yes, I'm serious! (And don't you sometimes wonder anyway?) You already know that your poop can reflect your physical, and sometimes even emotional, health. You may get constipation or have diarrhea when you eat something that "doesn't agree with you," or when you're...

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Weight-Loss Snacks you can love…

The words “weight-loss” and “snacks” often appear in the same sentence. But that might also bring thoughts of "tasteless," "cardboard," and "completely unsatisfying." Right? Let me give you my best weight-loss friendly snacks that aren't just nutritious but also...

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When is it a food sensitivity instead of a tummy ache?

Food intolerances or "sensitivities" can affect you in so many ways. And they’re a lot more common than most people think. I'm not talking about anaphylaxis or immediate allergic reactions that involve an immune response. Those can be serious and life-threatening.  If...

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To Take or Not to Take – Digestive Enzymes

Not everyone should be taking digestive enzyme supplements; and not all of them are created equal. As a practitioner, I find that many people with digestive issues want to jump straight into using a supplement. And many times I would rather try other strategies first....

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How to Naturally Lower the Stress Hormone Cortisol

STRESS!!! Its causes are absolutely everywhere. Would you agree? Our natural “fight or flight” stress response can sometimes go a little overboard. It’s supposed to help us escape injury or death in an emergency and then return to normal after we’ve fought...

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Dairy Intolerance (Lactose, Casein, and Whey)

Having a food intolerance is not fun. It can cause abdominal pain, discomfort, and nausea, but it also causes embarrassing symptoms like flatulence and diarrhea. Other symptoms linked to food intolerance include muscle or joint pain, headaches, exhaustion,...

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Haven’t Changed Your Diet But Getting Fatter?

I always said that I would eat whatever I wanted until I hit 30 and then I would worry about it. So I continued to eat the same stuff, continued partying with my friends and enjoying my 20s…or so I told myself. And by the time I hit 30, I felt like $#!+! I...

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What are Food Preservatives?

About a month ago, I picked up my 7-year old niece at school. As we were walking to the car, she said that her friends were talking about how certain foods had "poison" in them at lunch. So I dug a little deeper and I think they were referring to...

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Common Weight Loss Myths Busted

Weight loss advice is so common (and contentious) now. There are competing opinions everywhere. I say, forget about "who's right" and let's focus on "what's right." Because what I'm focusing on in this post gets results. I respect you too much to make...

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