12 Ways to Naturally Detox

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What are toxins? Toxins include everything that our bodies don’t need that can be harmful if accumulated.  They are actually made by the body through metabolism: lactic acid, urea or other waste products.  They also come from outside the body and can include pesticides, mercury, lead, pollution, chemicals in tobacco, drugs, or alcohol.  Toxins can accumulate in our bodies in fat, muscle, and bones. How does our body naturally detox? Our bodies are constantly detoxing naturally.  It is the process by which these toxins are removed from our bodies through…

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The Story About Fats

The Story About Fats I wrote a very lengthy article about a year ago about fats.  While it is packed with some really good info and a lot of research to back it up, I wanted to write a simpler version for those of us who are short on time.  What I mean by that is, everyone.  So here it is, the story about fats. The Buzz Recently, you have probably heard some buzz about how coconut oil is one of the truly healthy oils.  Perhaps you have heard promises…

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GERD: Do you have Reflux?

GERD Q: Do you have hoarseness, chronic cough, choking episodes, trouble swallowing, lump in throat, chronic throat clearing, postnasal drip, heartburn, or asthma? A: If your answer is yes, you may have GERD. GERD doesn’t always present with heartburn.  It may show up as any of the above symptoms.     Q: What causes GERD? A: It’s not actually the stomach acid itself that causes GERD. It is the pepsin (the enzyme in the stomach that helps digest protein). Pepsin is activated by acid, but it isn’t the acid that causes…

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Leaky Gut? Leaky What?

Leaky Gut, Leaky What? Leaky Gut Syndrome: What you need to know. About our Small Intestines To understand what leaky gut is, you need to understand a little about your small intestine.  The small intestine is home to 70-80% of our immune cells.  It also houses 100,000 neurons and therefore has a deep connection to your brain.  It has an immpresive 4,000 square feet of lining.  All of this lining is made up of one single cell.  Between these cells you have tight junctions (TJ’s).  These TJ’s have a very…

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Lemon Garlic Roasted Yellow Squash

Lemon Garlic Roasted Yellow Squash This lemon garlic roasted yellow squash was delicious!  It is easy to prepare, about 10 minutes, and really was quite good.  I love finding new ideas to put more veggies in my life! I was challenged a couple of weeks ago by one of my clients who asked me for more ideas for side dishes.  I was stumped.  I realized that my side dishes are often quite boring!  I decided to come up with some new, interesting, tasty, and easy ideas for vegetables sides.  This…

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Important Vitamins and Minerals for Metabolism

A Magic Pill Many of us are always looking for something new that will “fix” all of our health issues.  Whether it is an ache or pain or a chronic disease like heart disease or diabetes.  Or maybe, you have tried every weight loss pill on the planet, and you hope the next one will be the one that actually works.  The truth is that there really isn’t a magic pill.  Being healthy takes some work and some discipline.  However, we do have some nutrients that may be good “helpers”…

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Herbs to Help Aid Digestion

Herbs to Help with Digestion Many of my clients struggle with digestive symptoms related to what they are eating.  Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and GERD (reflux) are the two most common.  It is definitely challenging to figure out what is causing issues.  One day it may seem like the piece of bread is problematic, and the next day it doesn’t.  It often takes time to understand the complexities of how your body works and which foods may be causing undesirable symptoms. Other Factors It is also important to remember that…

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Mindful Eating: Using the Hunger Scale

Resisting Temptations Throughout our day, we have many temptations that lure us away from eating health and taking care of our bodies well.  Think about your typical day.  How often do you see, smell, or consider a not so healthy food options?  In my typical day, I come across temptations like this at least 6-8 times each day!  How can we help ourselves to strengthen our self-control muscles to resist most of these temptations? One of the most practical ways to resist temptation and to resist falling into bad eating habits…

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Food Records Remade

Benefits of keeping a food record Food records can give you great insight into your own eating patterns and habits.  Are you a snacker?  Is there a time of day you tend to overindulge.  Is there a place you go to when you overeat?  Are your days of the week different than your weekends?  Are you an evening snacker?  Grazer?  You can learn so much about yourself by spending a few moments each day to reflect on what you are eating! Food records will help you learn about food intolerances…

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Preventing Cancer: Highlights from LLS Seminar

I had the honor last night to speak for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Cancer Survivorship Seminar.  We had some other amazing speakers last night also including Dr. Arana Yi, Anastasia Estocin, and Kathryn Fearnside.  It was a wonderful evening of good food and fellowship with fellow survivors.  A special thank you to the LLS for organizing this wonderful event!  http://www.lls.org/who-we-are/about Healthy Lifestyle My portion of the seminar was of course on good nutrition both during chemotherapy and also after chemotherapy in the context of improving quality of life and length…

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