What is hunger. Hungry?

Posted by on August 23, 2017 in Fuel for Thought | 0 comments

When clients are in my office we talk a lot about being hungry and the mixed messages our body sends us about eating. We talk about habits and lifestyles that effect eating too. No filter: the good, the bad and the ugly. I often ask, “Do you know what it feels like to be hungry? Are you hungry when you eat?” The answer is typically a mixed version of “no”. Is this you? If we all ate out of a pure need for fuel, things would be very different.  Hunger is complicated. Lots of things contribute to feeling the need to eat-...

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Habits: replacing the bad with the good

Posted by on July 31, 2017 in Fuel for Thought | 0 comments

Our brains are built on habit. All of the habits that you have right now – good and bad – are in your life for a reason. Consistency and knowing what to expect are comforting? Maybe you are bored or stressed? In some way, these behaviors provide a benefit to you, even if they are bad for you in other ways. Just saying “no” to a bad habit and changing it doesn’t really work long term – we’ve both probably already tried? Important: Breaking a bad habit doesn’t mean you need to become an entirely new person....

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Skin series: Coenzyme Q10 in cosmetics?

Posted by on July 14, 2017 in Good for Mind and Body | 0 comments

Have you started seeing Coenzyme Q10 in cosmetics lately? Let’s understand what were talking about here. Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10 is an antioxidant your body produces naturally. It helps convert food into energy and is found in the mitochondria of every cell in your body. Antioxidants fight free radicals that damage cell membranes, tamper with DNA (affecting telomeres), and even cause cell death. Ok, none of that seems promising for skin health? We know that free radicals contribute to the aging process, as well as a number of health...

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Party smart: tried and true tips

Posted by on July 3, 2017 in Healthy Feels Good | 0 comments

Who doesn’t love a good party?  Holidays, pool parties, birthdays, kids parties…dinner parties- endless opportunities to laugh and celebrate – OH yeah – and endless opportunities to undo all of the progress you’ve made. It isn’t all about the food but that seems to be the part we struggle with the most.  Why not be smart about the parties? Whether you’re a host or a guest, check out my simple smart party tips to keep you smiling even the next day. Don’t arrive on an empty stomach. Eat a small protein rich...

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Skin series: Dark Chocolate

Posted by on June 27, 2017 in Good for Mind and Body | 0 comments

I get asked about dark chocolate on a pretty regular basis.  Dark chocolate gets lots of attention because of its naturally occurring, antioxidant rich cocoa flavanol content.  Pause just a second before you reach for your secret stash (yes…everyone has one). GOOD STUFF:  Research does show positive benefit to the brain in helping to reduce age- related cognitive decline and to the heart in helping to relax the lining of the vessels so that they remain more open.  New studies indicate regular cocoa flavanol consumption might also have...

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Food solutions for reflux

Posted by on February 23, 2017 in Good for Mind and Body | 0 comments

Diet and lifestyle factors can significantly contribute to acid reflux (heartburn, acid indigestion) and associated digestive issues like painful gas and bloating. And there’s more bad news about the effects of proton pump inhibitors – brand names Prevacid, Prilosec, Nexium and Protonix…among others. We know that long term use can disrupt the acid/base balance and wreak havoc in the GI track right? New studies suggest that these over the counter medications are also linked to gradual yet ‘silent’ kidney damage. According to a...

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Sweet treat. no package. no guilt.

Posted by on February 14, 2017 in Foodie Find | 0 comments

Need a little something sweet for dessert that you can feel good about? Sweet potatoes are a nutritional all-star-loaded with carotenoids, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Mix in unsweetened applesauce or crushed pineapple for extra moisture and sweetness. Try sprinkling with cinnamon. Love sorbet?  Try freezing 4 cups of your favorite berries (antioxidant powerhouse) or melon chunks, then combining them with a half cup of unsweetened orange juice in a blender or food processor until smooth.  Can be refrozen. Bonus points for being kid...

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Snack culture

Posted by on February 13, 2017 in Healthy Feels Good | 0 comments

I’ve been noticing lately that snacking is top of mind for many people. I often get questions like “what kind of healthy snacks can I have?” and “when can I have my snacks?”   So I try to explain my thoughts like this….because of media and marketing, we are bombarded with messages of here’s your healthy, organic, gluten free, 100 calorie, made locally, energy boosting… snack. I’m winking here but you know what I am talking about. I refer to this as the snack with the “health halo”.   It’s...

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Turmeric-Cider Tonic

Posted by on February 3, 2017 in Food as Medicine | 0 comments

Turmeric-Cider Tonic: Two power house nutrients combined in a nice sipper make this tonic tasty and anti inflammatory.  Apple cider vinegar helps with digestion and blood sugar stabilization (this means helps to decrease sugar cravings), turmeric has an anti-inflammatory benefit. Maybe try this at the end of a meal for a semi sweet dessert or as a mid day moment to pause and breathe. Ingredients: 2 cinnamon sticks 1 1/4 cups unsweetened apple cider 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 1 (2-inch) piece fresh turmeric root, peeled and finely grated...

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Cancer risks clarified

Posted by on February 2, 2017 in Fuel for Thought | 0 comments

February is cancer awareness month. After a large survey of Americans, The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) published results indicating that there was a lot of confusion about cancer risk and prevention. Only half of Americans know that one of the single biggest factors that ups cancer risk: obesity. In fact, excess body fat is a cause of 11 cancers, and aside from not smoking – staying a healthy weight is the single largest step you can take to lower your cancer risk. Yes, tobacco causes cancer and so does sun exposure....

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