It is becoming increasingly clear that chronic inflammation is the root cause of many serious illnesses – including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, and even some cancers. Inflammation is an important part of the immune response and is the cornerstone of the body’s healing response. But when inflammation persists or serves no purpose, it damages the body and causes illness.
While stress, lack of exercise, and genetics can all cause chronic inflammation, a steady diet of sugars and processed food can do the same. Eating a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods can help to keep you healthy. If you want to eat for long-term health, lowering inflammation is crucial.
Below are some anti-inflammatory all-stars. We encourage our patients to focus on eating whole foods and follow a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
Salmon: Consuming the ideal ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 essential fatty acids is one of the keys to fighting inflammation. Omega-6 is “pro-inflammat...
Don’t be a mad scientist this Halloween! A guide to avoiding “Frankenfoods”
Halloween is right around the corner and while many of us are excited for sweet treats, candy corn, and pumpkin spice anything, I’m here to provide you with 5 simple strategies to avoid the ghoulish “Frankenfoods” this Halloween. Frankenfoods are chemical science projects made with artificial colorings, flavors, sweeteners, trans-fat, GMO’s, and frightening preservatives. These laboratory made foods are more likely a “trick” to our bodies, mimicking real food and flavors, and are certainly not a worthy “treat. But don’t fret! You can still have your treat, while avoiding the common food industry tricks.
As you’re filling your Halloween basket this year here are 5 healthy tips to avoid scary ingredients.
BEWARE: High Fructose corn syrup (HFCS), artificial Sweeteners, and refined sugars are hauntingly everywhere. Look for candy that is naturally sweetened with fruit-juice, maple syrup, honey, or organic c...
Are visions of cookies dancing in your head? Do you need a sweet treat after every meal? Chances are you probably have experienced the power and intensity of sugar cravings (yes, it's a real thing and even nutritionists get them). This month, I have taken a vow to finally quit ALL sugar. Even the "healthy" stuff like maple syrup,raw honey, and blackstrap molasses. So as I say goodbye to my $10 gourmet dark chocolate bars and finally put an end to my sugar cravings, I wanted to share with you a few tips so you can join me on this movement. Trust me your waistline and wallet will be thanking you.
By now, many of us are familiar with the dangers of sugar including increased risk of obesity, type-2 diabetes, and heart disease.
A study of more than 40,000 people, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, showed that those with the highest sugar intake had a four-fold increase in their risk of heart attacks compared to those with the lowest intakes. One 20-ounce...
Okay, so the sun is out, the grill is hot and the pool is luke but your feeling like an inflated beach ball. I get it. It's summer, and with that comes the endless summer BBQ's, craft beers, homemade ice cream, and possibly taking the hashtag #Roséallday far too literally. It's not surprising that summer life can leave us feeling bloated and crappy. It can be challenging to keep up with your normal healthy eating and exercise routines when you are either attending a summer cookout, away for a weekend getaway, or on the summer wedding circuit. Wouldn't it be great if we could keep the party going and have a flat tummy at the same time?! Unfortunately, this is a dream that only Kendall Jenner is living. Luckily for us non-supermodels, there are a few ways to help beat the summer bloat.
TOP 5 TIPS FOR A HAPPY GI TRACT:
1. CHEW YOUR FOOD
Digestion begins in the mouth so I cannot stress the importance of chewing your food throughly at each meal! Your mouth contains digestive enzymes...
One of the biggest frustrations I hear over and over again from parents is how difficult it is to get their children to eat healthy foods. Raising healthy eaters is especially challenging when you’re up against picky eating. While I don’t have the power to cure picky eating overnight, I’ve come up with a few solutions for every parent hoping to help their kids embrace healthier foods and add more variety to their diet.
1. ROLE MODEL
Monkey see, monkey do! Children want to mimic their parents so eat the food you want your children to eat. Eat in front of them and eat with them to show what a healthy balanced diet looks like. Show them with your actions and they will eventually follow your lead.
2. EAT TOGETHER
Researchers have confirmed that sharing a family meal is good for the health of all family members. Evidence suggests that children who take part in family meals are 24% more likely to eat healthier foods. Put role modeling in action and aim for at least 3 family meals per week. The e...
For many families in America sharing a family meal has become a lost art. Our hectic schedules revolving around school, work, and after-school activities, make it challenging and sometimes unfeasible to sit down for a family meal. But it is often overlooked how critical this part of the day. The family dinner is a place for conversation, a time to reconnect, share stories, relax, recharge, laugh, and catch up on the day. It develops a close sense of family and deeper connections. As food writer Michael Pollen puts it, the family meal is "...where we teach our children the manners they need to get along in society. We teach them how to share. To take turns. To argue without fighting and insulting other people. They learn the art of adult conversation. The family meal is the nursery of democracy." (Pollan, 2013).
Researchers have confirmed that sharing a family meal is good for the health of all family members but also has a significant effect on a child's emotional, behav...