Mediterranean Diet 101

March 5, 2018
The Mediterranean diet is one of the most studied diets out there.   It's based on the traditional foods that people who lived around the Mediterranean Sea ate about 50 years ago. Back then, in the mid 20th century, researchers noted that people in Spain, Greece, and Italy lived longer and healthier than Americans. And they had lower levels of heart disease, the #1 killer.   So, they set out to find what was so healthy in th

Green Tea vs. Black Tea

March 1, 2018
Tea is said to be the most popular beverage in the world. It’s been consumed for thousands of years by millions, perhaps billions, of people.   Tea has also been shown to have many health benefits. And some of these benefits are thought to be related to tea’s antioxidant properties. These properties are from its flavonoids known as “catechins.” Flavonoids are anti-inflammatory and have a range of health benefits that I talk

Can’t Meditate? Here are 9 Other Ways to Break Free From Stress

February 21, 2018
  I know! Meditation is the secret sauce to take your wellness up to the status of the elite gurus. It’s the “be all, end all” for the health of your entire mind-body-spirit. It’s the absolute must-do that is the only path to beating the infamous health-buster called “stress.”   Don't get me wrong; practicing meditation is an excellent approach to optimizing your health and overall well-being. Meditation is grea

What to Avoid if You Get Migraines

February 13, 2018
Migraine headaches can be terrible. The pain, vision problems (including aura), nausea, etc. can be debilitating; especially if they stick around for hours or even days.   Migraines affect about 15% of adults, so they’re fairly common. And, while the exact cause is not known, there are lots of known triggers. Many foods and drinks are common triggers of migraines. You may have noticed certain foods, and drinks trigger your migraines.

Water – How Much Do I Really Need?

February 6, 2018
Water is essential for life. You can only survive a few days without it. And being hydrated is essential for health. I could argue that water is the most essential nutrient of them all. Water is needed for every cell and function in your body.   Water is a huge part of your blood; it cushions your joints and aids digestion. It helps stabilize your blood pressure and heart beat. It helps to regulate your body temperature and helps maint

Turmeric – Is it Really a Miracle Spice?

February 5, 2018
Turmeric is a rhizome that grows under the ground like ginger. It has a rich, bright orange color and is used in many foods. Originally used in Southeast Asia, it’s a vital component for traditional curries. You can find dried powdered turmeric in the spice aisle of just about any grocery store. Sometimes they carry the fresh rhizome too (it looks like ginger root, but smaller).   Turmeric contains an amazing anti-inflammatory, antio

5 Natural Ways To Deal With Bloating

January 15, 2018
  Do you ever feel a bit “overextended” in the belly after a meal? Perhaps “gassy?” Have you ever carried a “food baby?”   Well, bloating is common. Up to 25-30% of people experience it regularly. It happens when you have trouble digesting. The symptoms come from excess gas, reactions to foods, or food not moving through you as well as it could.   There are many reasons you might experience these symptoms

Paleo Diet 101

December 18, 2017
You may have heard of the "paleo" diet. It was the world's most popular diet in 2013.   But what is it? Is it a fad? Is it right for you?   Scientist and "Paleo Mom" Sarah Ballentyne, Ph.D. defines it as:   “The Paleo diet is a nutrient-dense whole foods diet based on eating a variety of quality meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds.  It improves health by providing balanced and complete nutr

Multivitamins: Are They Really a Waste of Money?

December 11, 2017
Multivitamins are exactly what they sound like: multiple vitamins. They're supplements that contain several different vitamins in each one. They can also contain several minerals and other ingredients like amino acids or fatty acids. And because there are multiple ingredients, there are low doses of each ingredient.   In fact, they are the most commonly used supplements in the world!   There are 13 vitamins and at least 16 m

Restaurant Cheat Guide

December 4, 2017
Do you LOVE eating out but HATE how it makes you look and feel? According to a recent study, 52% of Americans believe doing their taxes is easier than figuring out how to eat healthy. It is also estimated that at least 1 out of 4 people eat out every day.   Eating out doesn't have to result in endless weight gain! I have scoured sit downs, fast food joints, coffee shops and a few local Orlando & Winter Park restaurants that incl

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