Processed Vegan Foods To Avoid

on Sunday, 01 December 2013.

Healthy or Not? by Virginia Cunningham, LA based health and wellness freelance writer

So, you’ve just gone vegan for your health, for ethical reasons and possibly for the environment. As long as you compensate for the protein loss of animal products, it’s all good, right? Wrong. Unfortunately, there are a myriad of products out there that can, in good faith, claim to be vegan, but that can be, in reality, very unhealthy for you.

 

Here is a rogue’s gallery of nefarious vegan processed foods that are commonly accepted as “health food” and the dangers each poses:

SEASONS SAY IT ALL!

on Monday, 04 November 2013.

Fueling on Fall Foods by Dr. Dena Mendes

Back in the very old days our great grandparents ate from what was available in their environment. Today we are lucky we get food from all over the world and our brilliant scientists have figured out a way to make food available to us in the winter that is befitting for the summer.

Are we really that lucky?

Mother Nature naturally and brilliantly offers us bountiful foods that are befitting for the season. Why? Because they are the foods that promote our perfect health for that particular season and that correlate to a specific organ which in turn connects us with a different emotion.  

 

 

 Take fall, for example, which is “lung season” that is connected to the emotion of grief and sadness. This means old stuck reflections of sadness might come up on you during this season.  

Sugar: More Than Just Empty Calories

on Thursday, 03 October 2013.

The good, the bad, the ugly...

What do the following conditions have in common?

-Fatigue

-Depression

-Anxiety

-Difficulty concentrating

-Hyperactivity

-Memory problems

-Brain fog

-Mood swings

-Fibromyalgia

-Headaches

-Joint pain

-Osteoporosis

-Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

-Metabolic syndrome (prediabetes)

-Type II diabetes

-Heart disease

-Cancer

-Alzheimer’s disease

 

They’re all linked to sugar. 

But aren’t sweets ok to enjoy in moderation?  Isn’t sugar merely “empty calories”?   That way of thinking has led to the tsunami of chronic diseases listed above.  The truth is that sugar disrupts metabolism, suppresses the immune system, and causes inflammation. The progression towards disease starts long before a diagnosis is made.  For example, many people have normal fasting blood sugar levels, but may be unaware that their insulin levels spike after eating, as an insulin challenge test is seldom ordered during standard lab work-ups.  

 

Myths and Facts about the Gluten-Free Diet by Lara Fields

on Monday, 03 June 2013.

Are you on the clean path?

When is choosing a gf diet a good idea, outside of having Celiac Disease or a Wheat/gluten allergy?

Gluten-free foods are simply foods without wheat, rye, and barley. Thus, when asked if anyone can go on a gluten-free diet, the answer is always, yes! Technically speaking, gluten is not necessary for a nutrient-dense, healthful diet. With that said, it is important to always choose the right foods, just as you should on a gluten-containing diet, or else you could create a nutritional nightmare.


 

In general, too many consumers are eating a large quantity of refined carbohydrates, and most often, these products are made with white flour, rice, or corn. Everything from crackers, to cookies, to cereal bars, most of these products are made from wheat, and contain enriched white flour as the first ingredient.  These foods, when consumed in excess are the source of weight gain for many.  Thus, it is crucial to choose foods that contain nutritionally dense grains/seeds such as quinoa, amaranth, sorghum, flax and chia. And further, it is always important to choose a balanced diet, including a large variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and calcium-rich dairy or dairy alternatives.

ADHD, Food and My Family by Jill Motew

on Monday, 01 April 2013.

Feed your Mind

November 2004.  My oldest son, Max, who was 10 years old and in 4th grade was showing signs of struggling in grade school.  Lack of focus, lack of interest and low self-esteem in the classroom were rearing their ugly heads.  Being that Max was the first of my five kids, being that my husband’s ADHD was still undiagnosed in his mid-thirties and being that Max was a boy, hockey goalie and all around athletic kid, how would we have ever known he had ADHD?  He was our guinea pig, the one whe’d make the most mistakes with, our first-born.  It was during his fall conference that year that his teacher at the time suggested that we have Max tested for ADHD.  She kept us calm, focused and talked us out of blaming ourselves for the rest of our lives.  At the end of our conference, knowing how talented and committed Max was at playing high level hockey at such a young age, she left us with these words of wisdom that I still think about daily with my other kids.  She told us to never take him out of a hockey rink.  I didn’t get it back then, I was far too young of a mother.  But, those words have helped me raise my kids to have self-worth, independence, routine and discipline.  Character traits they would have never gotten from school.

 

 

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