Summer produce boasts various delicious fruits and vegetables that we (okay, I) wait all year to enjoy. Watermelon, juicy cantaloupe and berries bursting with flavor and nutrients are just a few of my favorite summer treats. The summer months are often filled with outdoor activities and travel in addition to our normal commitments which leave your schedule jam-packed. Continue reading “Healthful Snacks That Fuel and Satisfy”
Did your grandma tell you that eating an apple a day would keep the doctor away? I can’t remember when I first heard the phrase, but I can remember looking at an apple in my hand and wondering how it would help. Did you wonder the same thing?
Could something as simple make a significant difference? Yes. I believe it can.
While the phrase has been traced back to 1922, it was likely based on observation. Chinese Medicine (also observational) has long taught that apples strengthen the heart, quench thirst, lubricate the lungs, decrease mucus and increase body fluids. Continue reading “Eating an Apple a Day?”
We’ve all experienced wounds of varying sizes. Think back to a recent wound – the event that caused it, the pain and probably blood. Within a few hours the spot was tender, red and swollen; yet that subsided after a short time as a scab developed and healing began.
That tender redness was the result of inflammation at the site – your body’s process of “mustering in the troops” to fight off germs and support the healing process. It is a normal process for our bodies, whether you actually see the wound on the outside or not.
Inflammation is necessary to protect and heal, but when it continues unchecked, it can begin to work against us. Continue reading “Inflammation … Friend or Foe?”
We’ve been talking about different ways you can edit your foods, as well as the way you approach meals, for a while now. Most recently, the topic has been ways to edit the flavor of your food beyond using the salt and pepper shakers that are commonly found on our tables. What edits have you tried recently? Have you found a new flavor you like? Let’s explore some more options …. Continue reading “Edit Your Food Additives, part 2”
Perhaps you have been adding more colors to your meals. If so, I’m delighted, and would love to hear what you have been eating and whether you can tell any difference in your energy level or taste.
Why does that matter? Because the color of your food is an indicator of the nutrients that are provided. Contrary to popular opinion, nutrients are the reason you eat. At least that is what your body is seeking.
Continue reading “Edit the Colors on Your Plate”
We talked about macronutrients – that big word that refers to the fat, protein, and carbohydrates that are required in large amounts in the human diet. You knew that protein was important, but were you surprised to find out that fat was also important?
So let’s talk about the last part of the macronutrient balancing act – carbohydrates. Do you consider carbohydrates to be good or bad? In many ways, I believe they are quite misunderstood.
Continue reading “Edit the Balance of Your Plate, part 2”
Now let’s look at how you can boost the absorption of these nutrients so that you get even more benefit without adding another food. Continue reading “More Nutrients? Just Add Water!”
Most Americans eat white potatoes and corn in various forms and think they are eating their vegetables. But there is very little nutrient offered in them, and corn isn’t even a vegetable … it’s a grain. Pass on these and focus on putting color on your plate, along with protein from non-meat sources. Continue reading “Choose Your Food From Plants”