How to begin eating organic without spending a fortune

How to begin eating organic I constantly hear people saying they would love to eat organic, but it’s so expensive.  I understand as I’m always watching prices and trying to shop smart myself.  From my perspective, if you think eating organic is expensive, try getting really sick and see what that does to your budget!  With that in mind, let’s talk about how to begin eating organic.  We’ll talk about three foods you can easily switch to begin your organic … Continue reading

Artificial Sweeteners and Weight Gain…could they be sabotaging your diet??

Artificial Sweeteners and Weight Gain I was told a long time ago by a holistic chiropractor that artificial sweeteners could bring on a bout of depression with just a couple of servings.  This resonated with me as I suffered from depression for decades.  I wouldn’t go near the stuff. But what about artificial sweeteners and weight gain? I thought it would be interesting to share a post written by one of my favorites, the integrative medicine guru, Dr. Mark Hyman.  … Continue reading

Soda Stream…Water Doesn’t Have to be Boring!

I love my Soda Stream machine! I enjoy a really great drink that I make with a machine called Soda Stream. It’s called water. That may sound like a wise-crack, but hear me out.  Water is wonderful, and we all need to drink lots of it.  It’s good for us. Sometimes we wish we could spiff it up a bit; make it a little fancier…a little more fun. In our western food culture, we often think of soda as a … Continue reading

Did you know February 12th is National Plum Pudding Day?

Did you know February 12th is National Plum Pudding Day? By the way, National Plum Pudding Day has absolutely nothing to do with healthy eating…just sharing a fond memory of a sweet dessert I used to love… In my family, for Thanksgiving and Christmas, our holiday dessert was always plum pudding.  My mom would steam it in a double boiler to heat it up, and she made the most amazing “hard sauce”.  It wasn’t hard, so I never quite understood … Continue reading

Are You Confused? How to Read Sugar Labels

How to Read Sugar Labels Let’s talk about how to read sugar labels.  Why is the DV% for sugar always blank on a food label? I always teach people to look for the truth about what’s in their food by reading the label on the back of the package.  Think of the front as a billboard.  That’s all advertising, and frankly, the manufacturer doesn’t have to necessarily tell the truth.  They can exaggerate or call out the buzz word of … Continue reading

Eat to Relieve Depression…changing your diet can work wonders!

Can you eat to relieve depression? If you think you can add a few specific supplements to your diet to handle your depression, think again. Instead, begin to eat to relieve depression! You are what you eat, and that’s true for your mental health as well as the health of the rest of your body.  The drugs used to treat depression have had limited success out in the world; the field of psychiatry is finally turning its attention to diet … Continue reading

Probiotics and Depression…can taking probiotics help?

Probiotics and Depression…can taking them help? This post contains some important information on probiotics and depression, but first, did you know you actually have two nervous systems? One, the central nervous system consists of your brain and your spinal cord; the other is the intrinsic nervous system which exists in your gastrointestinal tract.   While we have always believed our brain to be running the show, it turns out that our gut is actually sending more data to our brain … Continue reading

Can You Get off Antidepressants Safely?

Can You Get off Antidepressants Safely? What do you do if you want to get off anti-depressants?  Do you wonder…can you get off antidepressants safely? Because I’m not a doctor, I can’t give you medical advice, but I can share my own experience. I have been on and off antidepressants several times.  Getting off them is tricky, and you really have to be careful.  Consult with your doctor before you begin the withdrawal process. Whatever you do, don’t stop them quickly.  When … Continue reading

Fat Intake and Depression…is there a link?

Fat Intake and Depression Is there a connection between fat intake and depression? I often tell people I cured myself of decades of depression and lost 20 pounds by changing how I eat. One woman’s response was, “if I lost 20 pounds, I wouldn’t be depressed either!” I thought that was pretty funny, but had to tell her it went beyond just being psyched I lost unwanted weight.  It felt so good to no longer live with depression; to struggle … Continue reading

Health Benefits of Omega-3 and Omega-6

What are the Health Benefits of Omega-3 and Omega-6 and How They are Different The health benefits of omega-3 and omega-6 are many! These essential fatty acids are not produced by the body and must be obtained through our diet. Omega-3 and 6 are used for growth and repair in our bodies as well as for making other fatty acids needed such as DHA. Very basically, mega 3 sources developed in the sea. Omega 6 sources are from plant seeds, … Continue reading