Nutrition and School Performance 

I cannot believe we even need to ask this question, but I guess we do. Without vital school nutrition programs, there will be an even greater dumbing down of America  than there already is. Fight for your children’s lunch programs. Fight for WIC. Fight for our schools. There is too much at stake. 

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How does nutrition affect children’s school performance? – CNNhttps://apple.news/AA-aQG0BzQmW7vDhdJF4jGA

Your Body on a Diet

This article gives some really interesting new information about what happens to your resting metabolic rate while on a diet and experiencing a sedentary lifestyle.  The key is in your calves! Check it out!

Your Body on a Diet

Recommendations for Brain Health Throughout the Lifespan by Supatra Hanna

I just recently put together this spiffy handout about how to maintain and enhance good brain health through the lifespan for the folks at my practicum site Pasadena Rehabilitation Institute. Feel free to pass this on to friends and family. Our brains matter!

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Supatra Hanna Recommends The Hirshon Algerian Berkoukes Soup

This looks simply delish!

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The Hirshon Algerian Berkoukes Soup – بركوكس – The Food Dictator
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Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

My favorite holiday is rapidly approaching and I stumbled upon some great, healthy recipes to try out this year. Give them a whirl and let me know what you think!

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photo courtesy of http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a43811/crispy-butternut-squash-spinach-salad-with-bacon-shallot-vinaigrette-recipe/

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Chicken Karahi

This recipe looks amazing! I think I will have to give it a go!

Recipe: Chicken Karahi

Tips for Dining Out

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Many people ask me for tips about staying healthy while eating out. These tips can be great for your waistline and your wallet. You don’t have to suffer when dining out! Continue reading

Debunking Gluten-Free Myths

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What is Gluten Exactly?

Gluten is a general name for proteins found in wheat, which assist with dough elasticity, making dough pliable. Essentially, it is the glue that holds the product together. Eliminating gluten from products involves using other starches such as corn and potato starch and using alternative gluten-free grains like amaranth.

Who is the Gluten-Free Diet For?

For those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, going gluten-free is a must. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder characterized by damage to the lining of the small intestine, which prevents the absorption of nutrients from food. Gluten from wheat, barley, rye, and oats causes the damage. Those with celiac disease suffer from painful gas, diarrhea, bloating, stomach pain, weight loss, skin inflammation, malabsorption, and eventual malnutrition. The only “cure” for celiac disease is a lifelong avoidance of gluten in the diet. Those with gluten sensitivities find that eating gluten gives them diarrhea or constipation and leaves them feeling gassy, bloated, puffy, tired, and generally out of sorts. These people have sensitivity to gluten and eliminating gluten from the diet often relieves these symptoms.

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10 Tips for a Healthy 4th of July

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  1. Grill with Care: Remember that you can’t tell just by looking when meat is done. Invest in a quality food thermometer and make sure you follow the temperature guides provided by foodsafety.gov.
  1. Stay Hydrated: With Southern California temperatures soaring and the current water shortage on our minds, it is easy to neglect our own hydration needs. Drink plenty of water, keep water-packed vegetables and fruits on hand for snacking, and try to minimize sun exposure and excessive sweating. Fruits high in water content are watermelon and grapefruit, and vegetables high in water include lettuce and zucchini.

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