Best Immune Boosting Foods

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Fall is officially upon us and now is the time when we can either conquer or be conquered by our immune systems. Getting a flu shot helps some, and I do suggest you all go out there and get one, but if you are averse to needles, there is a lot you can do to boost your immune system with healthy natural foods. So before you catch that cold take some time to adjust your diet to include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially ones that contain antioxidants. Antioxidants are chemical substances that pair up with damaging free radicals and remove them from your system. A free radical is any atom with an unpaired electron in its outer shell. Free radicals are highly damaging to your system and can cause inflammation and premature aging. Here is a list of the most important anti-oxidant vitamins that I guarantee will keep you on the bright side of healthy. Eat them raw or lightly cooked to retain their vitamin and mineral content. Continue reading

Why Do We Binge?

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English: MRI coronal view of the amygdala (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The answer to this question lies in the brain, in your reptilian brain to be more exact. A recent study published in the journal Science points to evidence that high-fat and high-sugar binge eating is the result of faulty wiring in the amygdala of the brain’s hypothalamus. The amygdala is where your most heightened emotions are processed- like love, hate and fear. And thus, the hypothalamus, which is geared to drive us toward sex and reproduction, survival, and food procurement, connected to the amygdala with faulty wiring, can lead to disordered desires to binge-eat, especially on high-fat, high-caloric, and high-sugar foods. To boot, stress and certain environmental conditions can fuel this faulty circuitry and cause even greater bouts of binge eating. Continue reading

Random Food Fact #4

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English: Map showing prevalence of obesity in the United States. Rates are according to the CDC. http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/brfss/list.asp?cat=OB&yr=2007&qkey=4409&state=All (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New data has shown that the rise in fossil fuel use over the past few decades has directly paralleled the obesity epidemic. Data from the book The Energy Glut by Professor Ian Roberts and Dr. Phil Edwards, states that average body mass index or BMI has increased linearly with increased fossil fuel use. They claim that the obesity epidemic is not only a health issue, but an environmental one as well. Continue reading

Why Dieting Doesn’t Work

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I think I have seen it all when it comes to dieting, and then a new diet or a theme off an old one emerges. There’s Wheat Belly, Atkins, Southbeach, Paleo, Gluten-Free, that horrifying detox lemon juice cayenne thing- it all makes my head spin. And they all have one thing in common: deprivation. And that is why, in the long run, none of them will ever truly work. Continue reading

Super Fast Healthy Lunch

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If you’re like me, you don’t have a lot of time to waste at lunchtime. But what are some healthier, homemade options that don’t involve high glycemic index breads or time consuming salads? The purchase of my Magic Bullet has opened up a whole new world of lunch and dinner possibilities for me that go beyond juicing. I would like to share one lunch idea that is simple, quick, easy, low in calorie, flavorful, and delicious.

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PMS Relief

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What is PMS really and why does it make life practically unbearable? PMS is caused by cyclic changes in hormones progesterone and estrogen, as well as changes in brain chemicals such as serotonin, with symptoms ranging from breast tenderness, acne, bloating, depression and irritability which can be exacerbated by stress and poor diet. What can be done naturally? The answers are actually pretty simple and highly effective. So if you suffer like I do, relief is close at hand. Continue reading

The Case For Breakfast

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Breakfast. To eat or not to eat? I don’t even know why there is a question, because the answer is simple. Eat! But eat smart. You need to “break your fast” by consuming high quality fruits and vegetables, items loaded with fiber, and low fat, lean protein. Eggs, fruits, vegetables, juices, and high fiber grains are all great choices. Even having healthy leftovers from the night before will do. Skip the sugary cereals, muffins, scones, waffles, and pancakes and stick to the healthy, low sugar fare. However, if you skip breakfast regularly and you need to be convinced, here’s ten reasons why you should be eating breakfast. Continue reading

Random Food Fact #3

Beef Jerky

Beef Jerky (Photo credit: Thomas Claveirole)

I stumbled across this food fact the other day and it has taken awhile for me to digest, not literally. According to The History of Food, Attila the Hun’s warriors used to preserve their meat by placing their fresh kill under their saddles. The “jerking” and pounding that came from the ride served to squeeze the water out of the meat and flatten it. Additionally, the sweat from the horse pulled more water out of the meat. The sweat also provided salt to preserve the meat. By the time the ride was over, they would have made dried and salted jerky out of their kill. Smart and disgusting, but true…

 

Reference:

Jango-Cohen, Judith. 2006. The History of Food. Minneapolis, MN: Twenty-First Century Books.

More Juicing

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Before and After Blend- Breakfast Juice on Right, Lunch on Left

A friend of mine asked me to write more about juicing today, and also asked me to share some of my juice recipes. I want to also talk about about how I look and feel after two weeks of juicing. Let’s start with the recipes. Continue reading

Bacon Makes The World Go ‘Round

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I know I write a lot about having a super clean, healthy diet full of juicing, salads, and fresh foods. I also believe that food is meant to be savored, enjoyed, relished, and adored. And that is where bacon comes into the picture! Bacon, in my opinion, helps make the world go ’round. It makes pretty much most things better. Used moderately, sparsely, and in just the right way, bacon could possibly save lives. OK, maybe not, but it will certainly make the meat lovers in your life happy without giving them a heart attack. So with that, I am going to share a bacon cooking tip with you that is going to knock your socks off. Continue reading