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

Glenn Frey Rheumatoid Arthritis Battle

Glenn Frey Rheumatoid Arthritis BattleGlenn Frey Rheumatoid Arthritis Battle This week, the dilemma of inflammation in our American diet and the damage prescription medications do to us on a regular basis was driven home by the Glenn Frey Rheumatoid Arthritis Battle… by the passing of Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey at the young age of 67. I loved the Eagles.  In the 70’s, I loved their songs and their harmonies; I loved Glenn’s voice, and I thought he was a hottie, so … Continue reading

What is the Skinny on Fat? Here are 10 Facts about Fat…

10 Facts about Fat Confused about fat?  Who isn’t?? Don’t eat fat; do eat fat; don’t eat this fat, but that fat is good for you…I have a blog post to share (below) from one of the best functional medicine doctors with 10 facts about fat that will help you begin to understand. I’m sorry to say I bought into the low fat/fat free craze of years ago and am trying to make up for it now by eating good, … Continue reading

Diet Identity Crisis…Is your identity tied up with dieting?

The Diet Identity Crisis Did you know you can tie your identity up in dieting and not even realize that’s what you’ve done? You can create a diet identity crisis.  Every time you announce to your friends and family you’re starting a new diet, you identify yourself a little more with dieting. Your life revolves around the diet announcement. The seeking of approval that you’re going to lose weight, strive for that perfect number. What you don’t realize is that … Continue reading