Your Cellular Furnace…Your Mitochondria

mitochondria1Mitochondria is a word that very few people outside the scientific and health industry have ever heard.

And yet, there can be as many as 200-2,000 of these little powerhouses inside each one of your cells each one responding to the metabolic signals that you give them…or don’t give them…whatever the case may be. [Read more…]

Breakfast…the Meal of Champions

oatmeal applesBreakfast means “break the fast” after sleeping and without a doubt, most nutritionists believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

After all, how can you expect your body to work and think at peak performance when you have not given it any fuel? How do you expect to avoid that mid-morning slump? [Read more…]

Child-hood Obesity is a Serious Problem

childhood obesityThe prevalence of childhood obesity has increased at alarming rates and is without a doubt, one of the most serious public health issues confronting us in the 21st Century according to the World Health Organization.

The truth is, eating habits are formed very early in life and can directly affect how healthy we are as we age.  Most children have developed their basic eating habits by the time they reach elementary school, unfortunately for many, these are not good eating habits. [Read more…]

Outsmart Your Hunger Hormones

gremlin2Human bodies are amazing machines…when they are functioning properly.

The body functions best when in a state of “homeostasis”….when it is in a state of balance.

When our body weight is normal, our health is good, we are mentally happy and exercising regularly our bodies are in a state of metabolic balance allowing our hormonal systems to function at peak performance which in turn keeps us healthy, our weight stable and disease at bay.

Any disruption such as becoming overweight rattles the hormone balance in the body and ends up perpetuating a vicious cycle of weight loss and gain. [Read more…]

Garlic and Weight Control

imagesThe contribution that garlic gives to our health is well documented and studied. It is a nutritional powerhouse that has been used as medicine for thousands of years and the list of health benefits continues to grow as research reveals more and more hidden treasures.

Garlic doesn’t just punch up flavors (most anything tastes better with garlic), it’s been shown to boost immunity, reduce blood pressure, lower the risk of heart disease and quell inflammation among other things. The primary health promoting ingredients in garlic are allicin and diallyl sulfide. This super-food is also a source of powerful antioxidants C and E as well as the mineral selenium. [Read more…]

Lacking Nutrients Can Cause Weight Gain

essential-nutrients-2-638With weight gain it’s not always about too much of something going into your body but sometimes can actually be about what’s not going in your body…what your body is lacking.

Even though it does not get the kind of attention that other weight-gain issues do, vitamin and mineral deficiency can and does lead to unwanted weight gain.

It’s not by chance that vitamins and minerals are referred to as essential nutrients. Essential is the keyword here. Without these nutrients, our health suffers and deteriorates, severe disease and sometimes even death is the result. In other words, vitamins and minerals are not options…they are crucial to your health. [Read more…]

Yummy Cherry Almond Cookies

cherry cookiesIt doesn’t matter what season it is or whether we’re celebrating a specific holiday or entertaining friends, dessert usually ends up the star of the show.

After all, for most, it will be the last part of the meal and the last thing you or your guests enjoy before the evening is over so it’s not surprising that it sticks in their minds.

Every day we hear more and more about the negative effects of gluten or white flour or sugar…and now we learn that “cooking” at high temperatures destroys many of the nutrients we paid good money for and what we’re really consuming is a sad representation of the healthy nutrients that used to be there.

So, how do we keep dessert as the star of the show when there is so much negativity about ingredients that are normally associated with desserts? How do we shift from eating foods with white sugar, white flour, dead calories and few nutrients…foods that we have been offered our whole lives and conditioned on our whole lives? [Read more…]

Raw Desserts Eliminate Guilt and Get Rave Reviews

i love dessert2In a perfect world, desserts would be healthy. They would provide you with anti-oxidants, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes. There would be no bloating, lethargy or guilt felt as a result of eating them either.

Is there such a dessert? A way to feed our body nutrients while enjoying one of mankind’s favorite past times…snacking on desserts and treats?

You might be surprised to know that the answer is simple…raw desserts created from nature’s bounty…without processed ingredients or high heat that destroys the nutrients.

Eating “raw” (including dessert) helps eliminate the culprits that have been linked to degenerative diseases and weight gain including “bad carbs” (white flour and sugar) and “bad fats” (saturated fats and trans fats) along with a heap of unhealthy chemicals and preservatives. [Read more…]

You Can Beat Inflammation

anti-inflammatoryThe starting point for many seriously debilitating diseases and ailments is inflammation.

Every one of us has experienced inflammation at some point in our lives from swollen joints to severe arthritis.

But, those are just the obvious signs we have inflammation going on. Inflammation can also hide its damage well. It plays a role in many brain diseases but because there are no pain receptors operating there, you are never aware that you are experiencing inflammation while you are experiencing it.

Because of that hidden danger alone, we need to take proactive steps in maintaining an anti-inflammatory diet by keeping our blood sugar levels in balance and in check and by incorporating as many healthy fats like avocados and olive oil into our daily diets as possible.

There are so many positives to following an anti-inflammatory approach to nutrition. Your diet will  naturally be filled with healthy unrefined and unprocessed carbohydrates…no more dead calories.

You’ll enjoy colorful fruits, vegetables and healthy whole grains, all of which supply you with a range of important anti-oxidants. [Read more…]

Flax Seed Fever

flaxseed2Is flax seed the new wonder food?

Preliminary studies show that flax seed may help fight everything from heart disease and diabetes to breast cancer.

The tiny but mighty flax seed carries one of the biggest nutrient payloads on the planet. While its technically not a grain, its vitamin and mineral profile is similar to grains but flax seed kicks butt in fiber, antioxidants and those all important Omega-3’s.

This little wonder shows evidence that it may help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes, quite a tall order for a tiny seed that’s been around for centuries. [Read more…]