Kellie Blake RDN, LD, IFNCP, CMHIMP

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Brandi Sentz CDE, MA, RDN, LD

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     That sounds like a strange thing, dying healthy.   Perhaps, it sounds so strange because we’ve all been sold this idea that we will inevitably age, develop chronic disease and die unhealthy.   Or perhaps we have seen our own family members age and have poor quality of life in their later years.  I personally saw my grandparents pass away, in their 80’s, in poor states of health.    I had a grandmother die from Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer, another pass away from gastric cancer, and my grandfather died of rheumatoid arthritis, depression and malnutrition.  All of my grandparents were energetic and healthy earlier in life, but they all suffered and died unhealthy.   It was painful to watch them  develop these diseases and lose their quality of life.  At the time, I just thought this was their predetermined destiny.   We now know that all of these things and many more are largely preventable and reversible with lifestyle.  Of course, there are genetic variations that make us...

     

March is National Nutrition Month and this year the theme is “Eat Right. Live Right. Feel Right.”  That really sums it up for me.  The foods we put into our bodies affect the way we feel physically and psychologically.  Do you notice that you feel sleepy after eating?  Do you get bloated, feel nauseous, or have heartburn?  Do your joints ache?  Do you get headaches frequently?  What about sinus infections?  Do you suffer from fatigue, depression, anxiety, or brain fog?  How about stubborn belly fat?  All of these symptoms are likely related to food. 

     What’s the good news?  You have control over how you feel every day, just with the food choices you make.  Sure, it can be difficult to make lifestyle changes, especially when it comes to the food you eat.  But, there are other far more difficult challenges that you’ve overcome in life.  Changing your food habits is no different than stopping smoking, earning an advanced...

 

   The American culture is one centered around convenience.  We wake up every day with the goal of making our lives as convenient as possible.   We have prepared food at our fingertips,  we can take a pill for many an ill, we have smart phones that deliver any kind of information we want with just a click.  We don't even really have to walk through the grocery store.  We can order from Amazon, or take part in the curb side service offered at our local grocery chain.   We search for convenience in our personal relationships, we buy pretty much anything we want, even if we can't afford it.   Modern life seems fantastic, if something is inconvenient we just trade it for something else.  Yet, despite all these conveniences, we're still suffering from chronic diseases like obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and depression at never seen before rates .  Convenience can be a wonderful thing.  But, that convenience can also come with a price.  When it comes to our food supply and healt...

     

     

     Did you know the eyes generally give us the first warning signs of impending disease in the body?  An eye exam is a simple task, but often times we put our eye health on the back burner.  And, we especially ignore our eye health if we have normal vision.  But, people who don’t require glasses or contacts need to visit their eye care professional regularly too. 

     Routine eye exams can help detect the early stages of diseases like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and even cancer.  Now, a new study tells us that the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease may be found in the eyes as well!  Researchers at the Duke Eye Center wanted to know if the microvasculature of the eye differed between healthy controls, those with cognitive impairment and those with Alzheimer’s disease.  They studied 39 Alzheimer’s patients, 37 patients with mild cognitive impairment, and 127 healthy controls....

     

     We took the dogs for a nice, muddy hike today.  The sun is shining and the temperature is finally warming up, so we decided to get out there and enjoy nature.  I'm a protective dog mom, so having the dogs off the leash in unfamiliar territory makes me nervous.  But, walking muddy trails is a challenge and being dragged by a dog on a leash makes it almost impossible to stay upright, so OFF THE LEASH they went!    Bailey, Coach and Lilly - our three labs.  Once we unhooked those babies, I saw the feeling of freedom in their faces as they ran through the mud puddles and jumped and played and just went at their own pace.  I started thinking, this is no different than how humans feel once we're unbound.  

     How many of us are on the leash?  Spend a few minutes thinking about what keeps you bound.  Maybe it's food, medication, an unhealthy lifestyle or a 'disease' like obesity, heart disease...

     We love Mexican food at our house!  Before making the necessary lifestyle changes to reverse my autoimmune disease, we would eat out at our favorite Mexican restaurant once per week.  I have a weakness for tortilla chips and salsa, but have to be careful about eating refined carbohydrate, especially processed products made with corn.  Mikey's tortillas are a great option as they have only 7 simple ingredients.   They're gluten-free, grain-free, dairy free, soy free, paleo, and vegan!

     Instead of waiting for taco Tuesday, we made some simple Saturday tacos!  By using basic, healthy ingredients, we made an awesome, flavorful dinner loaded with nutrients that definitely fits into my meal plan.  I don't have to sacrifice anything!  Thank you Mikey's for the free samples!

Shredded Chicken Street Tacos - allergen friendly, gluten-free

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

4 Mikey's Tortillas

10  oz chicken breast, cooke...

     Could you remove your eyes, carry them around in your pocket with you all day, and still be able to see?  It seems ridiculous to think about, but that’s essentially how conventional medicine sees you – you’re a set of eyeballs, a liver, a heart, a pair of lungs, a brain; all disconnected from the host.   Our current healthcare model isn’t designed to treat you as a complete person, rather you are divided into organ systems.  

     If you suffer from a chronic disease, you have likely seen numerous physicians, depending on the circumstance.  So, for instance, if you have diabetes, you probably have an endocrinologist, a cardiologist, and a family practice physician.  Each specialty may have great things to offer, but results are usually minimal because there’s really no comprehensive strategy to get to the root of why you have diabetes in the first place.  It can be likened to pouring one bucket of water on a five alarm fire.  You’re not going to make much p...

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