Paleo Diet or Portion Control… or maybe both?

One Diet Doesn’t Fit All… I have a friend who has put herself on the Paleo Diet.  She’s been on it for a couple of weeks, but really isn’t losing much weight…only a pound or two so far.  We were talking about it yesterday, and she was telling me how good she’s being about what she’s eating;  she’s been sticking to the diet, not drinking alcohol and doesn’t understand why she’s not losing more weight. The question that occurred to … Continue reading

Taking an Antidepressant? You’re not alone…

Are you taking an antidepressant?  If the answer is “yes”, believe me, you’re not alone… Did you know that 23% of women in their 40s and 50s take antidepressants?  In fact, women are more likely to take antidepressants than men.  Antidepressant use does not appear to be affected by income status, and in the past 20 years, the prescription and use of antidepressants have increased dramatically to the point that one in ten Americans is currently taking some version of … Continue reading

Alzheimer’s Disease…Protect yourself now…It’s about what you feed your head…

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia I was so sad yesterday to read that Glen Campbell had been moved to an Alzheimer’s facility that will keep him safe and will provide him with 24 hour care. Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia are devastating diseases. How many of us have been affected by Alzheimer’s disease or by dementia?  Too many of us, I know.  My dad had Parkinson’s and suffered from the dementia associated with that disease. My mom died of end-stage dementia which was … Continue reading

Addicted to Sugar? How Can You Stop? (It’s a choice…)

How Can You Get Off Sugar? Recently, I was talking with my friend and client, Jill, about my adventures with food and the improvements to my weight, mood and overall improved health.  She said she wishes she could “get off sugar”.  She said she does for a while, but keeps falling off the wagon.  She’ll do well for a period of time, and then goes right back to the evil stuff. It made me think about how to talk to people … Continue reading

Your Gut Health – Steps 4 & 5…healing your gut and reducing stress

Step #4 Gut Health – Heal Your Gut Chronic inflammation, if unchecked, is the precursor to most if not all disease! There’s a good chance you have some irritation and inflammation in your gut already. If you don’t take steps to reduce the inflammation, it can create real problems for you down the road.  Take heart though; there are some easy ways to heal your gut.  These include: Getting enough Omega 3 fatty acids – Eat cold water fish several times a week or take … Continue reading

Improving Your Gut Health – Steps 2 & 3

Step #2 – Identify and Eliminate Food Sensitivities and Allergies to Improve Your Gut Health It’s becoming more and more common for people to suffer from food sensitivities, and that affects their gut health. On a very simple level, food sensitivities and allergies can cause gas, bloating, and diarrhea or constipation. They can cause skin irritation like acne or eczema, and on a more serious level, they can also cause inflammation, malnutrition, and even depression or neurological symptoms. The key … Continue reading

Improving Your Gut Health – Step #1- Eat Whole, Unprocessed Foods

Eat Whole, Unprocessed Foods to Improve Your Gut Health Busy lives mean that many of us turn to foods that are quick and easy to eat. We eat sugary cereal, frozen pizzas and boxes of food that come ready to eat. These foods are highly processed and are seriously devoid of the micronutrients our bodies need to be healthy and fully functional. They contain unhealthy kinds of fat and large amounts of sugar and chemicals that are added to them … Continue reading

Your gut health…how you can improve it…an introduction

Let’s spend some time talking about what you can do to improve your gut health! Over the next week or two, we’ll discuss five different steps you can take to improve your digestive health also known as your gut health. Each of these steps will have a significant impact on your overall mental and physical well being.  Your mental and physical health are intricately linked.  Remember; you are what you eat! Attempting to adopt all the steps into your lifestyle … Continue reading

Gut Health…How Your Digestive System Works

Gut Health…How Your Digestive System Works We’ve discussed how important your gut health is to your entire well-being.  Too often, modern medicine gives us the impression we can eat anything we want with no consequences as big pharma will have a pill to fix everything.  Not true!  We are responsible for our health as a result of what we eat, so let’s take a look at the digestive system to have a basic understanding of how it works. Your digestive … Continue reading

Gut Health…Why is it Important?

What Is a Healthy Gut and Why Does Gut Health Matter? I know it seems like the subject “du-jour”, but you truly are what you eat.  “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” Hippocrates, (c.430 BC).  Words to live by, and words to live well by.  There is a huge movement afoot of people who are realizing they can change their lives by changing what they eat, and what they eat affect their gut health.  I am one of … Continue reading