Tag Archives: healthy eating

Are “Organic” Packaged Foods Better For You?

Who doesn’t love the convenience and the taste of many packaged foods? Heck, the packaging is often alluring enough for us to make a purchase alone! (possibly influenced by your kids pleading for it!)    But, even though many packaged foods now have persuasive sounding labels on them like ‘healthy’, ‘natural’ and ‘organic’, and may even contain some organic ingredients, can we trust that they’re a healthier choice than their non-organic counterparts?    And, should they have a place in our everyday diets?    Let’s take a look underneath those persuasive labels and find out.  How Do Packaged Foods Stack Up Against Real, Whole Foods?  Well,…

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60+ Sneaky Names For Sugar – And Why You Crave Every One Of Them!

Sugar, ah honey, honey, I’m gonna make your life so sweet…    You might call your beloved “sweet thing” or maybe you’ve got a song on replay in your head about the sweet stuff, but let’s put the cute nicknames and catchy old tunes aside…   Because the granulated truth is that sugar is added to many processed foods, and manufacturers often use several different types, by several different names, so they can hide the real amount.   If you think about it, it’s no wonder we crave sugar so often (and intensely) as it’s literally everywhere – and avoiding it is no easy task either.  …

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Hungry For More? Which Type Of ‘Hunger’ Are You Experiencing – Physical Or Emotional?

Contrary to today’s diet culture, it’s OK to be hungry!    It doesn’t mean that you don’t have the willpower to stay away from unhealthy foods. It’s just the body’s natural signal that it needs food for energy and fuel.   This is physical hunger – the signal that is sent via the vagus nerve from your stomach to your brain, due to fluctuating levels of ghrelin, the hunger hormone.    It’s also typically accompanied by feelings of emptiness in your stomach, rumbling sensations, and growling noises.   Or is that really the whole hunger story?    PSYCHOLOGICAL & EMOTIONAL HUNGER – HOW ARE THEY…

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INSULIN: Are You Sensitive Or Resistant?

You’ve probably heard quite a bit about these terms while perusing your daily health news feeds, but do you truly understand the role that insulin plays in your body and the difference between these two physiological states?   Let us give you the sweet lowdown on insulin and the importance of the chemical messages it’s trying to give your cells.  What is insulin’s job?  INSULIN: a biologically critical hormone secreted by the pancreas.    Glucose, also known as blood sugar when it’s in the body, is our main source of fuel. We get it from the breakdown of carbohydrate-containing foods like grains, fruits,…

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Help! I Overeat – and I Don’t Know Why?!

Do you ever start eating when you’re feeling upset or stressed, even though you aren’t even hungry? Do you ever start eating just because it helps you feel better emotionally – kind of like a warm blanket?   If you answered yes to either of these questions, you might be an emotional eater – often combined with the act of binge eating.  People have different ways of handling and managing their feelings and behavior when they’re feeling depressed, stressed, or upset about something. Some people choose to turn to food as a way of managing these feelings as food fills an…

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7 Diet and Lifestyle Tips to Adopt for Better Hormone Balance

Your hormones are involved in every minute aspect of your physical and even mental & emotional health, and you need them in very specific amounts for your body to function properly. But what happens when these important chemical messengers aren’t working optimally? Well, your body starts to show some telltale signs. What are these signs and how can you go about re-balancing your hormones? Read our latest blog post to find out — and get an easy recipe for hormone-support too!  People lead stressful and busy lives – that’s an unfortunate but undeniable fact these days. Then, when you factor in…

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Exercising with Chronic Pain

 In the past, medical professionals recommended rest and inactivity as part of the treatment for chronic pain. But, newer research suggests that MORE movement may be just what the doctor ordered. Today we’re sharing the do’s (and don’ts!) of exercising with chronic pain AND a delicious anti-inflammatory recipe you can make for dinner tonight!  Getting to the gym for a workout can sometimes be a battle in itself. Let’s face it… a daily workout can be a challenge, for so many reasons, but sometimes it can even be a little painful – or a lot painful!   So, what do you do…

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Why All Disease Begins In The Gut

While Hippocrates coined the phrase, “all disease begins in the gut” thousands of years ago, current research is finding there’s much truth in this ancient piece of wisdom!  If you think your intestinal tract is only responsible for digestion and waste elimination, think again… your gut also plays a big role in immune system function, the synthesis of essential nutrients, and balancing neurotransmitters important for brain and mood health.   It’s even been referred to as our second brain by experts in the health professional community.  It’s all about the health of our gut   Your intestines are home to billions of bacteria, collectively known…

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Can I Still Lose Weight If I Don’t Want To Give Up Wine/Alcohol?

It’s no lie that alcohol and weight loss goals generally don’t mix, and if we’re being honest, there really are many reasons to reduce or even give up alcohol from our diets and social habits.  On the other hand, having a glass of wine, or whatever your drink of choice may be, is also a cherished pastime, a conduit for connecting with friends and is infused into most of our social gatherings.  How alcohol influences metabolism  But, word on the street is that alcohol messes with your metabolism – big time! There’s a reason why they call it a “beer belly”….

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Is The 80/20 Rule For Nutrition & Exercise A Myth?

You may have heard that abs are made in the kitchen…  Or you may have eaten an extra piece of dessert because you exercised that day, so you feel like you “earned” it dammit!  In order to see results at the gym, lose weight or even maintain overall health, we’re told that it’s an 80/20 balance. Meaning 80% of your results comes from the food you eat and only 20% of your results come from your workouts.  But is this actually true? …that food is THAT much more important than exercise when it comes to our health and our results…

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