15 Ways to Have a Healthier Relationship with Food

Do you have a love-hate relationship with food?  Do you love to eat, but you are constantly battling all the tempting, not so good foods all around you?  You know you should eat healthy but find you are constantly sabotaging your efforts to eat healthy.  There is that party you want to go to, a holiday, an evening out with friends, or you stress eat.  Maybe you just eat for the pleasure of eating those rich foods full of sugar and fat.  Whatever the reason, does your eating habits often leave you with feelings of guilt, shame and regret?  If so, you are not alone as we all struggle at times… Read More

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7 Calorie Burning Tips to Jump Start Weight Loss in 2016

Do you routinely put on 5-10 pounds during the holiday?  Do you find it even harder to get the extra weight off after the holiday cheer is over?  Jump start your weight loss in 2016 with these 7 calorie burning tips.  Simply find out what steps you can start taking now.  These are simple steps you can apply not only after the holidays, but year round.  These are all small habits that can contribute to a big difference and increase your metabolism over time.  They can help make your make weight loss quicker and easier by increasing your metabolic rate and burning more calories. These are just a few habits… Read More

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How Not to Sabotage Your Diet During the Holidays

Stop Dieting, Start Eating “Real” Food It is hard to believe the seasonal holidays will soon be upon us.  During this time of year there are plenty of temptations around that can sabotage a healthy diet.  Are you ready to defend yourself?  If you don’t want to end up trying to lose your holiday weight at the end of the year, you have to understand the myths around nutrition and your diet.  Are you suffering from diet myths? The problem with many people today is that they have been told several myths about nutrition and dieting. The problem with most diets is they do not deliver all of the nutritional… Read More

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How to Overcome Emotional Overeating

How to Overcome Emotional  Overeating  Eating is a part of life and it is an emotional experience.  Always.  There is a crisis in people’s self-image of what they are to look like.  Girls as young as 8 years old have felt the pressure to stay slim and will start dieting.  When they can’t live up to what they see in images on television, magazines and even among their peers they can become frustrated and depressed.  What can result is an eating disorder root deeply in their emotions and feeling of self worth.  Sometimes we think of an eating disorder as only applying to conditions such as anorexia nervosa and binge… Read More

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What is Kefir?

Have you heard of Kefir and its reported health benefits? I have to admit, until recently, I did not have a clear understanding of what Kefir was, other than I knew it contained beneficial bacteria. Kefir is made from fermented milk with Kefir grains or a bacterial/yeast fermentation starter. It originated in the Caucasus Mountains around 3,000 BC. The fermented Kefir contains a mixture of good bacteria and yeast cultures. Commonly found good bacteria contained within Kefir includes Lactobacillus caucasius, Bifidobacterium, and Saccharomyces Kefir. Kefir can be made from cow’s milk, goat’s milk, coconut milk, and almond milk. So if you are lactose intolerant you have several options available. All of which contain probiotic benefits. However during… Read More

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Could parasites be what are bugging your gut?

There is this misconception in the medical community that unless you have traveled outside of the United States you likely don’t have parasites.  Could the cause of your abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, fatigue, anxiety, itching, rash, headaches, fever, muscle aches, allergies or asthma symptoms be due to parasites?  If very well could be. Generally these symptoms are present for years.  I have often been questioned for ordering ova and parasite testing.  Nearly every time I order this testing from the local lab I get a call asking me if the patient had recently traveled outside the country.  Usually your local labs can’t find hidden parasites as their tests are not… Read More

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Could this simple vitamin be the missing link in hard to treat depression?

If you are one of the many people who suffer from depression or are a clinician that treats depression, you know how hard this can be to treat effectively. More than 70% of those treated for depression do not feel they are getting significant symptom relief. There are many things that contribute to depression. Stressful and traumatic life events, poor diet, lack of sleep, and genetics are all known risks factors for depression. If you seek help from your health care provider, you will often be offered an antidepressant medication and if that does not work another one will be tried or a combination of antidepressants. Yet still you do not get relief.   The ideal… Read More

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Was the recent study on fish oil and its link to prostate cancer misleading?

Did you hear about the recent study completed at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, Washington and published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute that suggested a link between taking high doses of omega-3 fish oil and prostate cancer? If you did, I am sure you were alarmed. I know I was as this is one supplement I have recommended to many people in the name of good health. I have shared the reported benefits of fish oil that have been born out of numerous studies when dispensing health care advice. Now we have one study that has many people questioning their use of fish oil. Men are… Read More

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Should all women and men be taking DIM supplements?

First of all, what is DIM or diindolylmethane? Now you know why they call it DIM for short. DIM supplements are composed of a natural compound that forms from the digestion and breakdown of indole-3-carbinole (I3C) found in vegetables containing glucobrassicin. These are commonly known as cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, kale, cabbage, brussel sprouts, and broccoli. Now you would need to eat significant quantities of these cruciferous vegetables to obtain the health benefits seen in studies. DIM is believed to have potential cancer fighting properties. The National Cancer Institute’s own definition states that DIM supplements have potential antiandrogenic and antineoplastic activity. The reported mechanism of action responsible for the protective benefits has to do with how… Read More

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Are Genetically Modified Foods Putting Your Health at Risk?

Did you know that the majority of the foods you are eating today have been genetically modified, (better known as GMO’s)? Did you also know that our government does not feel it is necessary for food to be labeled as being genetically modified? Do you think you have a right to know? I do. Genetically modified foods were introduced into our food in the last twenty years. Nearly ninety percent of corn, soybeans, and sugar beets are genetically modified. It is estimated that three out of four foods are genetically modified. Many European countries have already banned GMO’s, but our own Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states they are not harmful. In fact, as far back as… Read More

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