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Paleo Diet 101

Paleo Diet 101

You may have heard of the “paleo” diet. It was the world’s most popular diet in 2013. If you’re like me all diets raise eyebrows, and questions like what is it? Is it a fad? Could this eating style have points that are right for me? Scientist and “Paleo Mom” Sarah Ballentyne, Ph.D. defines The Paleo Diet as: “The Paleo…

What is the Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load?

What is the Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load?

Glycemic this and glycemic that. Does it even matter? I’m asked this question often enough by my clients. When you do your own research about what to eat, when, and why, you’ll find a confusing mess of information out there. Here’s how to make things clearer with respect to glycemic load and index. First, you’ll notice that they both begin…

How Do I Keep My Blood Sugar Stable?

How Do I Keep My Blood Sugar Stable?
Oh, the words "blood sugar." Does it conjure up visions of restrictive eating, diabetes medications, or insulin injections? Blood sugar is the measure of the amount of sugar in your blood. You need the right balance of sugar in your blood to fuel your brain and muscles. Your body ideally likes to keep your blood sugar within a narrow range.…

Adrenal Fatigue: What Is It?

Adrenal Fatigue: What Is It?

Stressed? Tired? Craving sugar? Can’t sleep? All of these can be related to the constant stress we feel in our lives. We know that stress can have a huge impact on our health and wellness. And, since your adrenal glands produce stress hormones, adrenal fatigue (or “HPA Axis Dysregulation,”) is a popular theme lately. Your adrenal glands look like walnuts…

Five Weight-Loss Friendly Snacks You’ll Love

Five Weight-Loss Friendly Snacks You’ll Love

The words “weight-loss” and “snacks” often appear in the same sentence. But that might also bring thoughts of “tasteless,” “cardboard,” and “completely unsatisfying.” Right? Let me give you my best weight-loss friendly snacks that aren’t just nutritious but also delicious! What’s my criteria? They have to be nutrient-dense whole foods where a little goes a long way; foods that contain…

How Can I Get Enough Vitamin D?

How Can I Get Enough Vitamin D?

We’ve been told ever since we were children that we ” need to get our vitamins,” so we know they’re very important for health. But vitamin D is special. It’s difficult to get enough vitamin D. Therefore, Vitamin D deficiency is very common. How much of this critical fat-soluble vitamin we need, and how you can get enough? The three…

Raw vs. Cooked – Which Contains More Vitamins and Minerals?

Raw vs. Cooked – Which Contains More Vitamins and Minerals?

Let’s finally put an end to the debate of raw vs. cooked. Of course, in the grand scheme of a well-balanced, nutrient-dense, varied, whole foods diet, the cooked vs. raw debate isn’t that critical for most people. Where this can become a consideration is for vitamin and mineral deficiencies (or “insufficiencies”). These may be due to digestion or absorption issues,…

Food Preservatives

Food Preservatives

A food preservative is a substance added to foods to make them last longer; to “preserve” them. Preservatives are added to foods that go bad quickly. You can find them in all kinds of products in grocery stores. Preservatives work to preserve food in a few different ways. Some prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. Others prevent delicate fats…

The Truth Behind Artificial Sweeteners

The Truth Behind Artificial Sweeteners

You probably know the negative health effects of eating too much sugar, especially “added sugars” like in pop, candy, baked goods, and many commercially-available cereals, just to name a few.  Added sugar is hiding just about everywhere in the grocery store. Yes, ingesting refined sugar spikes your blood sugar and insulin, and increases your risk for a whole host of…