Real Food for Health and Balance
I understand how difficult it can be to navigate all the fad diets and information on what is "healthy". I bring a combination of research and years of experience with my own family to help others be healthier and happier. If you are looking to make healthy eating more simple, or find foods that make you feel your best, please read more about me and the services I offer.
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This is a question I have been pondering a lot lately. After a few weeks on the Metabolic Balance Diet, which asks that you wait 5 hours in between meals, I realized that before the diet I was constantly in a "fed state". In other words, my digestive system was always working and my insulin levels were always at least slightly elevated. And, as soon as it finished digesting, I would feel "hungry" again. Now I am learning to work through some of those feelings that seem like hunger but are really either feelings of thirst, or perhaps even psychological feelings of hunger triggered by external factors.
I have often been asked the question “why sweet potatoes over potatoes?” My first answer is: because I like them better. My second answer is: because they are more nutrient-dense. My goal is to strive for eating the most nutrient-dense foods available to me. Lets take a quick look at the nutrient profiles of both:
I have some version of a salad for lunch most days during the week. Since I have recently started going into the office a couple of those days, I have been trying to figure out my lunch situation. I have become obsessed with mason jar salads! Check out this post to find out more...
As you likely know, I am very passionate about helping kids learn about nutrition and healthy eating. I have recently starting volunteering at a fantastic organization called Sprouts Cooking Club based out of Oakland.
I am in the home stretch of doing a Whole30 eating plan, and I am finally feeling awesome and in control. For those of you that are not familiar with the plan, click on the link to find out more. If you are interested in trying this for yourself but you still have questions, please feel free to contact me. I will be the first to admit that it was difficult, even a little more difficult than I anticipated at times. But, I am left feeling fantastic, very clear on what food choices to make, and strong in my abilities to turn down foods that don’t serve me.
The thought of writing down everything you eat and drink for any amount of time makes most people groan and grumble. Amy Schumer has joked about it, and yes, it is a bit of a burden. However, "food journaling" is a very useful and rewarding practice and I highly recommend it.
Ok, not really happy everything, but certainly a lot of things! It is said that 70% of our immune system lies in our gut. When we are healthy, our intestinal tract hosts over 100 trillion good bacteria that aid in digestion, boost our immune system, and consume bad bacteria. Understanding probiotic basics is important in understanding how to maintain the 5 to 1 ratio of good to bad bacteria for optimal health.
I recently had a friend ask me if it was OK to put raw kale in her smoothies every day. "No, don't do that!" I told her. It dawned on me that not everybody knows about goitrogenic vegetables and oxalic acid. But of course, why would they?
According to a July 2014 article in The Atlantic, "the average American eats one in every five meals in a car, one in four Americans eats at least one fast food meal every single day, and the majority of American families report eating a single meal together less than five days a week." This article also mentions a correlation between family eating habits and health - including an increased incidence of overweight children in families that do not eat together. This is some fascinating data that caused me to think about what it means to make time to sit down at the dinner table together.
After testing many of the homemade bar recipes out there, this base recipe has been approved by my entire family. Experiment with nut, seed, and fruit combinations to find out which ones make your family smile. These bars are packed with protein, vitamins, nutrients from whole foods. My kids love pecans, pepitas, tart cherries, blueberries, and chocolate chips. Send me an email and let me know your favorite combination!