Mornings can be such a drag! Let me clarify that: mornings can be such a drag when you're working full time, trying to take care of your family, AND trying to lead a healthy lifestyle! As soon as you open your eyes, the weight of the world is on your shoulders. It's a race to see how much you can fit into that finite period of time we call the day. Is there really any way to master the morning?
Our days are filled with commitments. They're different for everyone, but we all have things we have to do in order to survive the day. Add in a couple of kids and their commitments and it can be overwhelming. It's easy to see how your own personal health takes a back seat when there are so many things to juggle. But mornings are crucial to the rest of your day and your overall health. If you can master your morning routine, you're set for a successful day that's less stressful, more productive, and more healthy overall. H...
Are you focusing on the fire? Or just managing the smoke? I love using the fire analogy when it comes to describing chronic disease. Fire requires fuel to burn and grow. When the conditions are right, a fueled fire burns out of control. In order to effectively put out the fire, you must target the source of the flame and remove the fuel. The same is true in chronic disease.
When you have diabetes, cancer, obesity, heart disease, autoimmune disease, high blood pressure or any other chronic disease, you essentially have an out of control fire. In order to extinguish that fire, you must target the root cause of that fire. There may be many root causes to address. But, seeking out and targeting all the root causes will allow you to actually reverse symptoms and improve quality of life.
According to the NIH National Cancer Institute, the lifetime risk of developing cancer for all men and women is approximately 39.3 percent and in 2016, there were an estimated 15,338,988 people living with cancer in the United States. Survival is improving and many cancers are being diagnosed at an earlier stage making treatment more effective. The majority of cancers develop slowly over time and are diagnosed after the age of sixty. It can take ten to thirty years for cancer to develop, and that means there are lots of opportunities to interrupt the process! In general, you start out with one rogue cancer cell and when the environment is right, that cell can multiply and eventually support the growth of a tumor.
It is estimated that 90 to 95 percent of all cancers are related to lifestyle and environment and only 5 to 10 percent of cancers are related to genetic mutations (https://ww...
Why is it so difficult to trust food as medicine? I’ve noticed in the food as medicine movement, opponents are very quick to say “where’s your research on that?” or “I need proof” before using food to treat disease. Even, dietitians who should be the experts in food as medicine make those statements. As if using food to treat a disease is not a viable option. Yet, we’ll gulp down pill after pill to “control” our medical problems without even asking for information or taking the time to really investigate the research related to the drugs we take. Most of the time, there’s not even a second thought given to the details surrounding that pill for blood pressure or diabetes, despite the real possibility of dangerous side effects. The doctor says to take a pill, so we take it. Why is that? If you really did your research, you would know that most drugs don’t have a very good track record when it comes to treating chronic diseases. They certainly don’t reverse your disease,...
April is National Garden Month. What better way to increase your consumption of fresh, tasty produce than to grow it yourself? By growing your own food, you can cultivate an atmosphere that reduces stres. In addition, eating your own pesticide-free produce, can help you tend to your inner garden – your gut microbiome.
Getting outdoors and growing your own food has so many benefits – too many to list, but here are my top 15:
1. Being in the sun allows your body to create the hormone vitamin D, which is crucial to overall health. Most people do not have optimal levels of vitamin D and over time, this can lead to numerous health consequences.
2. Being outdoors lowers your blood pressure. Studies suggest that being in nature can actually lower your blood pressure as much as medication.
Animal protein is ok in limited amounts. But, it's definitely not a requirement at every meal. When I tell clients to try meat-free meals, I always here these words: "then what do I eat?" Meat has long been the focus of the standard American diet, but it can be problematic in several ways. I won't go into too much detail here, but think about your dinner plate. If you have a huge piece of meat, chicken, or fish on your plate, how many vegetables will you really eat? To get the maximum nutrient value from your meals, plant based foods should really be the focus. Meat has taken the main stage, when it should really be a side item. To get away from eating animal protein at every meal, we've created this awesome black bean burger recipe and it's become a weekly staple at our house.
2 (15 oz) cans organic black beans, drained and rinsed