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Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in Health & Nutrition | 0 comments

Eat This, Eat That: Context Matters

Like clichés, nutritional “wisdom” is well recited.   Eat less, Exercise more. Calories in, Calories Out. Moderation is the key. Eat this. Don’t eat that.   We all have heard these nutritional pearls, but what do any of these ambiguous directives actually mean? For you? For me? I suppose on the surface, they seem reasonable to adhere to. The problem is, most of what is preached is so subjective and tends to lead to mass confusion. After months and months of being deep in the rabbit hole, I have come back to the surface to assess the scenery. And what have I discovered? My biggest observation is that both the conventional and the paleo camps have valid points, but out of context they both seem to be right and wrong at the same time. Wait. What? What I mean is, sure you can’t just eat unlimited calories and be thin. And conversely, [healthy] fat does not make you fat, but it can. So, what is right? What is wrong?...

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Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in Health & Nutrition | 0 comments

Is Soda bad for you?

La La La I Can’t Hear You Yesterday I was casually chatting with a nurse practitioner about nutrition and her comment to me was, unless you can PROVE to me that hormones and antibiotics in food are harmful, I am not buying organic anything. Um… Ironically, where is the proof that any of those things ARE safe? Because people aren’t keeling over immediately from ingesting growth hormones, antibiotics, chemicals and GMOs they are free and clear to eat? Is proof really what most people want? I have had a few friends scoff at me because if and when (on a very rare occasion now) that I would eat potato chips, I would buy organic chips. Not because I thought they were “healthy” but because I didn’t want the added pesticides. Wah Wah. On a recent episode, Dr. Oz submitted organic and conventionally grown potatoes to an outside lab and had them tested… The Results? The conventionally grown potato had 10 times the amount of pesticides than the organic potato. Compelling...

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Posted by on Mar 22, 2014 in Health & Nutrition, Products | 0 comments

Food: Looking Beyond The Package

self-a·ware·ness noun: 1.    
conscious knowledge of one’s own character, feelings, motives, and desires. 2.    an awareness of one’s own personality or individuality For some of us who subscribe to Clean Living and Clean Eating, it can at times feel alienating. Once you begin down the path of exploring and eliminating potential toxins and chemicals in your life, you are no longer in the “norm”. Everyday items that the majority does not think about are now looked at in a new light. I’d like to think I have enough self-awareness to not push my beliefs on others. My passion for wanting to be informed and informing others can be misconstrued as judgment or superiority. It can feel like a slippery slope. Say I read a study about the toxicity of BPA; I want my family and friends to at least KNOW about it. It isn’t about catching someone with their hand in the cookie jar, and scolding them; it is about being informed. “Hey, did you know that…” Knowledge can...

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Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Health & Nutrition | 0 comments

Water: A Renewable Resource?

Here is a clip from the eye-opening 2008 documentary, Blue Gold: World Water Wars. IMG_4026 Makes you think, huh? Well, if you live in an Industrialized Nation, access to clean water isn’t revered as a luxury, it is an expected resource. Water is readily available to drink, to wash with, and even to water our plants and yards with. Extra Extra: Water Scarcity and Conservation is not something I need to worry about, says most Americans. When polled, the majority of the people’s views on whether drinking water will become scarce or not is that it is not going to happen for hundreds, may be even thousands of years from now. Well, after watching several documentaries on Water, I have come to have a deeper appreciation for this precious resource. Perhaps if we all had a better reason to care, we would… Where does the water come from? About 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is water-covered, and the oceans hold about 96.5 percent of all Earth’s water. This Bar Graph from...

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Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Health & Nutrition | 0 comments

Food Labels: Ingredients Varying by Stores, By States

When you go to the grocery store, how often do you look at the label of the food item you put into your cart? Most Americans look at total calories and macronutrients (fat, protein and carbs) rather than ingredients when they look at label on the back of a product (if they look at the label at all). Typically, sugar and the ingredients aren’t the focus. With the rise of processed food, and the “low fat” diet mentality, many of us are programmed to choose something with less than 100 calories; what the actual ingredients are that went into making that item and how much sugar (or sugar substitite) is added to make it palatable doesn’t seem to be much of a deciding factor. Which is better? Eating a 100-calorie meal replacement bar that contains chemicals and fillers or granola made with oats and nuts that is 200 calories per serving? Which one would you choose? If the choice seems simple, why do so many continue to buy the...

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Posted by on Mar 9, 2014 in Health & Nutrition | 0 comments

Your Body Is A Wonderland

For surgeons, their results are typically seen relatively quickly. Similarly, the same goes for prescription medicine use. You have a rash, you are prescribed a cream and it works or it doesn’t work. You can observe the results. With nutrition, often times such results aren’t immediate or as concrete to show absolute results, at least immediately anyway. The exception to that is, the critical or compromised patient. Clinical dietitians will tell you, that in a critical setting, at times, nutrition is literally what can save that patient. I admire their passion and often you can hear it in their voice. They know firsthand the value of nutrition for their patients. I have witnessed that once outside the hospital setting, if a person appears “healthy” most clinical RDs don’t share that same passion about nutrition. If someone is not presenting obvious signs of deficiency or disease, their philosophy for the average person, and perhaps even themselves, is as basic as- just eat all foods in moderation. I am not suggesting...

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