Healthy Eating

Thirsty?

 The dog days of summer are upon us.  It has been hot and dry and boy oh boy so many wonderful tasty beverages to choose from to squelch that parched pallet.  With so many different choices, are you making the proper choices to keep you healthy?  Sport drinks, juice, flavored water, water with vitamins, soda, diet soda, beer, wine, mixed drink, oh what a list to choose from.

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The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a remarkable food and medicine.  It is high in saturated fat but don’t panic, it is a different type of saturated fat.  Coconut oil is predominately medium-chain fatty acids that are actually beneficial for your health.

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Apple Cider Vinegar Every Day Keeps the Doctor Away

There is a lot of truth in the old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. For a tasty and tangy twist try a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar a day.  Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar is a powerful healing elixir that has been used for thousands of years to fight disease and maintain good health.

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Sweet Poison

Ummmm, we all love sweets!  It’s in our nature, as cavemen sweet flavors meant calories, and calories meant staying alive.  Unfortunately that natural response has remained with us, despite the abundance of food now available to us.  Without discipline we go on binges and eat many empty calories (sugars without supporting vitamins and minerals) like white bread, candy bars, soft drinks, pasta, donuts, chips and cookies.

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Starve Cancer by Feeding Your Body

Despite millions of dollars filtered each year into cancer research, the development of new drugs and treatments the incidences of cancer continue to rise.  As well, the occurrences of certain cancers like breast cancer are seen in women younger and younger each year.  There are many uncontrollable factors that contribute to the development of cancer such as environmental pollutants and genetic predisposition.  However, there are many more factors that are affected by choices we make everyday that can nourish our bodies and help our immune systems fight off cancer and starve potential cancer cells.

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Say NO to GMOs

It looks the same it tastes the same, but something disturbingly different has happened to our food without our knowledge or consent.  It is called genetic modification and according to leading doctors what you don’t know can hurt you.

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Phony Food Anyone?

If you have ever eaten at a large fast food chain you have consumed pseudo food disguised and dressed as real food. This fake food is filled with chemicals, additives and industrial byproducts designed to make food cheap that fools your taste buds.  That 99-cent value meal may seem like a great deal at the time but consider the thousands of dollars spent in health care cost that come about as a direct result of consumption of trans fats and fake food. A more appropriate price for that 99-cent value meal would be $50,000 (the cost of triple bypass surgery). Not such a great deal anymore.

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The Paleo Diet – Learn to Eat Like a Caveman

Learning to eat like a caveman may sound crazy but it can offer some significant and very beneficial changes to your health.  Our ancestors did not have access to fast food restaurants or grocery stores with prepackaged foods.  They ate much differently than many of us do today, sustaining themselves mostly on meats, vegetables and fruits.  And yes, despite not having sandwich bread and noodles they found a way to survive.

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No Gluten?? No Dairy?? No Problem!!– Holiday Treats without the Sacrifice

Holidays can be a difficult time for people with food allergies as we are bombarded with dairy and wheat-filled cookies and treats.  But have not fear with a few simple changes your favorite holiday recipes can be transformed to gluten and dairy-free.

For those with gluten sensitivities look for gluten-free flours that can be used in place of wheat in your favorite recipes.   The internet is a great resource to help you discover holiday recipes that will make you a hit with all your co-workers with food sensitivities.

For those who are dairy sensitive finding a suitable alternative is easier than you think.  The trick for baking without dairy is to find a substitute that has the right consistency and fat content.  Great alternatives include goat’s milk, coconut and hemp milk.  All three can be used as direct substitutes, no special measuring.  Canned coconut milk is my personal favorite (full fat please).  It can be whipped and used in place of milk or heavy cream in any recipe.  It also makes great homemade eggnog and whipped cream

At your next holiday party bring along your decadent gluten and dairy free treats and your wheat-loving friends will never know the difference!!

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Limit Sugar and Live Longer

Sugar will rot your teeth, we have all heard it a million times, but avoiding sugar can give you more than a great smile.  Limiting sugar can help you lose weight, lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and gain a whole lot more – years on your life!!  Research has shown limiting sugar increases the lifespan in animals and has been stated by many to be the key for a long, healthy life.

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