Breezing Through Spring Allergy Season

While some of us jump for joy with the arrival of spring, others greet it with dread. The warmer weather brings torture for many allergy and asthma sufferers.  But the good news is that your diet can help relieve allergy and asthma symptoms.   While most allergy sufferers reach for a prescription, proper nutrition can make a dramatic difference.   Whether you suffer from allergies or asthma, you must reduce inflammation in your body. If, for example, you have yeast or mold … [Read more...]

How to Assemble a Hearty Salad

The wonderful thing about making a salad is that it's a relaxed, stress-free way of cooking, with endless possibilities for customization. Here are some steps to consider to build a great salad every time! 1. Pick your leading vegetables Do you have any vegetables in your fridge that should be used up? If you're going shopping, think about what's cheap, in season and abundant in the shops and markets. Here are some ways to use your principal vegetable: Raw and shaved with a speed peeler … [Read more...]

Cooking With Kale and Chard

Cooking with either kale or Swiss chard is as easy as filling a pot with a little water and a lot of greens and placing it on a heated stove burner. And while there's nothing wrong with that, there are lots more easy and interesting ways to eat these two vegetable powerhouses. Preparation Both vegetables should be washed thoroughly to get rid of any lingering garden soil, then chopped. The easiest way to cut kale is to pull leaves away from the stem, then give the leaves a few crosswise chops. … [Read more...]

10 Tips to Eat Healthier When Dining Out

  Dining out is fun and a great social outlet. However, it is often difficult to maintain good eating habits if you dine out frequently. Here are a few tips to help you stick to your health goals without having to give up your social life.   1) Read the Menu Before You Go Most menus are available online. Pick out your food before your go to avoid snap decisions at the table.   2) Have a Healthy Snack Before You Arrive If you are hungry upon arrival, you may fill up on the … [Read more...]

How To Pack A Clean Lunch

Lunch can be one of the tougher meals to stick with your clean eating diet. If you're out and about, it's easy to grab fast food or cafeteria food. We recommend bringing lunch from home if possible. Home-packed lunches allow you to be confident of all ingredients that went into your meal. 1. Always Include Protein: Protein will help you stay full for a longer period of time and round out the nutrition of your meal. 2. Don't Skip Snacks: Toss a few nutritious snacks into … [Read more...]

The Bitter Truth About Splenda

If you were told that a food substance could give you the following side effects, would you consume it? The synthetic chemical in the artificial sweetener "sucralose" also known as "Splenda" has been proven in tests to have these adverse health effects: · Shrunken thymus glands (up to 40% shrinkage) · Enlarged liver and kidneys. · Abnormal changes in spleen and thymus · Increased cecal weight (a pouch connected to the junction of the small and       large intestines) · Reduced … [Read more...]

Rethinking The Food Pyramid

Across the board, nutritionists no longer recommend the traditional food pyramid. The specific needs of every body are different, therefore you should not take standard dietary guidelines at face value. Here's what we recommend. * 25 percent protein: organic meat, fish, nuts, beans, and full-fat dairy. * 35 percent green vegetables: peas, kale, green beans, broccoli, cucumber, asparagus, etc. *20 percent wide variety of fruits: fruits like apples and berries, sweet potatoes, beets, and … [Read more...]

5 Fresh Springtime Seasonings

  After such a long winter, it's hard to believe that spring is finally is full swing! We know that many of you have been anxiously awaiting fresh food from your gardens and the farmers market.  Most produce from the grocery store just doesn't match up to locally grown. We still have a bit of a wait here in Michigan for our staple vegetables to be ready for harvest, but in the meantime, take advantage of these abundant fresh herbs!   1) Chives - Chives are one of the first signs of … [Read more...]

Wheat-less Wednesday – Wheat-less Waffles

Ingredients: 8 eggs (cage-free, organic) 1/2 cup coconut oil (melted) 1/2 cup coconut flour 1 Tbsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. vanilla 1/4 tsp. salt Topping(s) of your choice Instructions: Beat eggs, coconut oil, and vanilla together Mix coconut flour, cinnamon, and salt together in a separate mixing bowl. Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredient  mixture (resulting mixture should be thick) Spoon mixture into waffle iron and cook as directed. Top with real maple syrup, … [Read more...]

Have You Or A Loved One Had Your/Their Gallbladder Removed?

If you've had your gallbladder removed you need to be taking a digestive enzyme that contains lipase. This enzyme assists in breaking down fats to ensure that these fats can be absorbed and used by your body for their many important functions. You may even need some bile salts to assist with this process. Trying to digest fats without sufficient bile is like trying to wash greasy dishes without soap! ~Dr. Richard Sowerby Certified Master, Nutrition Response Testing … [Read more...]