Coffee – Who can drink it and who should avoid it?

 Coffee is one of those things – you either love it or hate it. You know if you like the taste or not (or if it’s just a reason to drink sugar and cream). You know how it makes you feel (i.e. your gut, your mind, etc.). Not to mention the crazy headlines that say coffee is great, and the next day you should avoid it! There is actual science behind why different people react differently to it. It’s a matter of your genetics and how much coffee you’re used to drinking. NOTE: Coffee does not equal caffeine. Coffee contains…

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Everything You Think You Know About Healthy Eating is Wrong and it’s Making You Fat and Tired

Oh my gosh – nutrition and diet info is everywhere! And each expert and association tries to lead you in their direction because they know best and their advice is going to help you.  Right? Well, maybe… Everyone has heard (and maybe lived through) the intense focus on how much you eat.  This has gotten way too much attention because while this does affect your weight and energy level, it’s certainly not the “holy grail” of health. Let’s focus a bit more on the often overlooked (and proven) benefits of what you eat and drink and how you eat and…

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Three Ways to Avoid Overeating at Meals

Sometimes those holiday feasts are just amazing. And it’s not just the abundance of delicious food but also the people, the decorations, and the ambiance. It is way too easy (and common) to indulge on those days. But it doesn’t always stop there. Sometimes we overeat on regular days.  Or at regular meals.  Or All. The. Time. Here are three tips to avoid overeating at meals. (Psst, turn these into habits and ditch the willpower!) Tip #1: Start with some water When your stomach is growling and you smell amazingly delicious food it’s too easy to fill a plate (or…

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Blueberry Oat Squares

Blueberry Oat Squares Ingredients: 1 cup rolled oats 1 ½ cups spelt flour (or other non-wheat flour) 1 teaspoon baking soda 2/3cup plain goat’s milk yogurt or Greek yogurt 1 cup milk (almond/unsweetened soy) 2 tablespoons sweetener (apple sauce) 1 egg ½ cup blueberries 1 tablespoon cornstarch Directions: 1.Preheat oven to 425oF. and grease a 10” square pan. 2.Blend oats, flour, baking soda, yogurt, milk, sweetener, and egg. Toss blueberries with cornstarch and stir in. 3.Spread into pan and bake 10-15 mins, or until fully set. 4.Cut into squares, approx. 2×2 inches.5.1 square is 1 serving.

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What is Metabolism?

This word “metabolism” is thrown around a lot these days. You know that if yours is too slow you might gain weight.  But what exactly does this all mean? Well technically “metabolism” is the word to describe all of the biochemical reactions in your body.  It’s how you take in nutrients and oxygen and use them to fuel everything you do. Your body has an incredible ability to grow, heal, and generally stay alive.  And without this amazing biochemistry you would not be possible. Metabolism includes how the cells in your body: Allow activities you can control (e.g. physical activity…

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Which Foods Can Help with Blood Pressure?

Guess how many people have high blood pressure? A billion! It is said to be the “#1 risk factor for death and disability in the world” If you have high blood pressure, it’s best that you are monitored by your healthcare professional. And if you’re on medication for high blood pressure never change that without speaking with a medical professional. Today, we’ll talk about what exactly blood pressure is, and which foods and lifestyle factors can help with it. What is high blood pressure? It’s something your doctor commonly checks. You can even do it yourself in many pharmacies, or purchase at-home blood pressure monitors….

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What is the Satiety Index?

Have you ever notice that some foods keep you feeling full longer? And others give you the munchies an hour later? That can make the advice to “stop eating when you feel full” a bit tricky if you’re picking foods that aren’t filling. That’s a phenomenon called satiety. It’s the feeling of fullness, of being satisfied and satiated. It is the opposite of hunger and appetite. The satiety index is a rating of foods that have been tested for the satiating effect in a 240 calorie (1,000 kJ) portion size. The scale scores foods based on whether people feel extremely hungry, hungry,…

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The True Health Benefits of Excercise.

Exercise. It can improve your health on all levels. We’re not just talking about being fitter and stronger. We’re talking about overall health and longevity. Regular exercise improves your heart health, brain health, muscle and bone health, diabetes, and arthritis. Beyond those, it also reduces stress, boosts moods, increases your energy, and can improve your sleep. And exercise prevents death from any cause (“all-cause mortality”). Convinced yet? The benefits of exercise come from improving blood flow, and reducing inflammation and blood sugar levels. They come from moving your muscles (including your heart muscle) and pulling on your bones. You don’t…

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Need Help Going Dairy-free? Here are 6 GREAT Substitutes !!

If you’re reading this, you likely are or are considering going dairy-free. You may have an intolerance, have been told to eliminate dairy, or just want to have less of it. Either way, dairy is not an essential nutrient, and there are lots of things you can have instead. These include not just milk, but also yogurt, butter, parmesan, and even pudding and ice cream! Dairy-free products are becoming more and more popular.Nowadays you can easily find them in the grocery store. But read your labels! Some contain way too much sugar, or other ingredients you may not want to eat…

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How Do I Know If I Have a Leaky Gut?

How Do I Know if I Have a Leaky Gut?  “Leaky gut” is a popular topic in the health and wellness spheres these days. It’s been blamed for many symptoms and conditions that seem to be all-too-common. Allergies, intolerances, joint pain, even autoimmune diseases can all be linked back to leaky gut. But what exactly is leaky gut? What causes it? What kinds of issues are related to it? And most of all, what can you eat for leaky gut? What is a leaky gut?  Simply put, your “gut” (a.k.a. “intestinal tract”) is a tube that makes up part of…

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