Food & Nutrition

The food you eat has a profound effect on your health. Here you will find resources on how you can use that to your advantage with great recipes and the pros and cons of all the latest trendy diets.

Dementia diet: what and how you feed someone with memory problems

close up on a plate of tacos, photographer: cc by 2.0 veganLazySmurf
For caregivers, dementia is a demanding disorder. It means understanding the dementia sufferer’s physical and emotional needs—with little help from the sufferer, who often can’t communicate their needs, especially around diet and mealtimes. As with every other disease, food can be helpful or harmful, a restorative blessing or a crippling curse. But even the most […]

How to read food labels and buy really healthy food

100% Natural Label
If you were trying to eat a more nutritious diet, the first thing you would do is spend most of your time in the organic section of your product aisle. But, next, you’d look for foods with healthy looking ingredient and nutrition labels. You’d look for things like all natural, low sugar, low sodium, multigrain, […]

Milk Comparison: 4 Plant-based milks compared to dairy

cashew milk surrounded by cashew nuts
The array of alternatives to dairy milk isn’t just the result of consumer demand from people with lactose intolerance. People like dairy-free milks for their differences in taste and nutritional content. While the variety is a good thing, it can also overwhelm consumers who know little about this growing list of plant-based milk. I’m here […]

Prevent gallstones from forming naturally

carrots, beets, tomato smmothie
The gallbladder is one of the most underappreciated organs in the human body. In fairness though, it’s hard to really understand the importance of the gallbladder because its job is so “under the radar.” The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ located just below your liver. Your liver produces a fluid called bile, and the […]

How to lose weight with mindfulness

woman concentrating on a big red vegetable
What if I told you that the best weight-loss plan doesn’t cost a dime? It doesn’t involve a new fad, it doesn’t involve you giving up your favorite foods, it doesn’t make you count points or read labels, and it doesn’t involve meetings or expensive, frozen pre-made meals that taste like chalk. It’s true, and […]

5 Cabbage Health Benefits & a recipe

Cabbage does something that few other foods can do: It packs extraordinary amounts of nutrition and health benefits per serving, and it does so with minimal calories. But for as much nutritional punch as it packs, cabbage also carries the stigma of being a dull, flavorless, and a little bit funky. Not true. This cancer-fighting, […]

Prevent cross-reactive allergies: keep fruit from hurting you

Why would your seasonal allergies suddenly make you allergic to foods you’ve never had problems with?  If you’re allergic to pollen, why would that cause an allergic reaction to oranges or peaches? And how come these new allergies aren’t showing up on diagnostic tests? Typically affecting older kids, teens, and young adults—unexpected and unexplained food […]

How much fish is safe to eat?

Not long ago, our waters were filled with healthy, nutrition-rich fish—an amazing source of vital omega-3 fatty acids. But today, though our waters are still filled with fish, they’re also filled with toxins—and so, in turn, nearly every fish contains toxins as well. Sadly, it’s time to ban eating some fish, to limit consumption of […]

Dangerous trans fats to avoid

Sugar Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
If there’s one thing almost every single health professional—be it conventional, complementary, or alternative—can agree on, it’s the unhealthy, harmful nature of trans fatty acids. Trans fatty acids, also called trans fats, are a type of unsaturated fat. They’re produced through a process called hydrogenation, which converts vegetable oils to solid fats by adding hydrogen […]

Soda danger: sugar, acid, carbonation

You know those exciting new “artisanal” alternatives to Big Sugar’s sodas?  Wow! Naturally flavored, zero-calorie, “vitamin waters” like watermelon-tarragon. Natural sweeteners instead of high-fructose corn syrup (HFC).  At least they’re healthier than soda, right?  No, not even the best of the newcomers. Thank you, foodies everywhere Believe me, I’m loving the growing movement of foodie […]