Hemp…what Types of Hemp Can You Eat?

Types of Hemp You Can Eat Hemp comes in a variety of forms, the most popular being the seed. You can also buy a variety of other types of packaged hemp products that are good for you, all natural, and ready for your table. Hemp Seeds – Hemp seeds are very high in easily digestible proteins and is one of the few plant-based foods that contains all 20 of the essential amino acids. Hemp seeds are rich in Omega 3 … Continue reading

Hemp…It’s a Great Food Source!

Benefits of Hemp as Food In spite of the colorful history of this plant, there are many environmental benefits associated with the ease and speed with which it grows. Hemp has the potential to replace many textiles, paper products, building materials and fuels that are damaging to the environment. There are many different products that can be derived from industrial hemp; its role as a food source is one of the most exciting, due to the many health benefits that have recently … Continue reading

Hemp…an introduction to a great nutritional source! Yes, really!

Hemp…It’s not Just for Getting High Anymore… Actually, that’s not true.  Hemp was never for getting high, but I wanted to get your attention!  Worked, didn’t it? You’ve probably heard about the struggle between states and the federal government regarding the cultivation of industrial hemp. But, did you know that hemp barely has any resemblance to the marijuana plant for which it is associated? They both come from the same species of cannabis plant, but the hemp variety has absolutely … Continue reading

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