How Artificial Sweeteners Affect Your Body

How Artificial Sweeteners Affect Your Body It’s important to understand how artificial sweeteners affect your body. They have several undesirable effects, so let’s discuss what they are and what they do.  Artificial sweeteners are additives to food and drinks that make them taste sweet without adding to the sugar or calorie content. From diet soda to protein bars, you can find these sweeteners in just about anything labeled “sugar free”, “diet” or even “low carb”. For people who consume products … Continue reading

Healthy TV Commercials

Healthy TV commercials?  If you see it advertised on TV, chances are it’s not good for you… Seriously, think about these three things and what you see on television: food, drugs, personal care products. Let’s talk about them one at a time and see what might be good about them. Food…what do we see advertised on TV that is healthy for us to eat? Can you think of one thing? When I think of food on TV, I am hard pressed … Continue reading

Keep Your Brain Young

Keep Your Brain Young When you think about aging, your thoughts may wander to images of being less able bodied, slower and older in appearance and to physical health problems. Let’s discuss some ways to help keep your brain young! There is another side to growing older that is not thought about quite as much but can be even more devastating than physical challenges. That is the effect that aging can have on your brain. Just like your body, you … Continue reading

How I Removed Processed Foods From My Diet

How I Removed Processed Foods From My Diet Today, I was asked if I had written a post addressing how I removed processed foods from my diet.  I hadn’t, so it seemed like a good topic for a few hundred words. The complete answer is longer than I can write in one post, which is why I am constantly creating content to help you do what I did along this journey, but I’ll give you the “Reader’s Digest condensed version” … Continue reading

Healthy Energy Bars – Everything You Wanted to Know About Nutrition Bars

healthy energy bars

Everything You Wanted to Know About Nutrition Bars With so many nutrition bars claiming wholesomeness, how do you know which ones are good choices and which ones are basically junk food in a pretty wrapper? With so many choices, how do you know which are the healthy energy bars? Continue reading to learn more about which protein bars you should buy and which you are best to avoid. What to Look for in Protein Bars Most protein bars have about … Continue reading

Food and Depression – They Are Related!

Food and Depression Yesterday, my sister sent me an article from the Wall Street Journal on food and depression that is so good, I just had to share it with you. From personal experience, I have known for years that food and depression are related.  That’s how I “disappeared” my own decades long struggle with it; I changed my diet. In this article, titled, “The Food That Helps Battle Depression”, Elizabeth Bernstein says in part: …later this month in Los … Continue reading

Coffee May Lower Your Risk for Depression and Parkinson’s Disease

Coffee, Depression and Parkinson's

Coffee May Lower Your Risk For Depression and Parkinson’s Disease Coffee, depression and Parkinson’s…I love coffee, but have not been drinking it much for quite a while now.  Part of my “clean eating” regimen. I recently read, however, that coffee and other caffeinated beverages are believed to decrease your risk of depression. This was according to a research study published in the journal Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. I also read where coffee may reduce your risk of … Continue reading

Does Sugar Make You Old?

Does Sugar Make You Old? Does sugar make you old? When sugar reacts with amino acids, AGEs (advanced glycation end products) are formed.  It occurs in the foods we eat and also in our bodies. It’s easy to remember as it contributes in a major way, along with oxidation, to disease and aging. Reducing AGEs is critical if you want to slow the development and/or progression of disease and aging in general. If you eat a typical American diet, did … Continue reading

Are You At Risk For Diabetes?

Are You At Risk For Diabetes? With diabetes reaching epidemic proportions in our country, I read everything I can about preventing the disease.  For me personally, one of my great grandmothers was diabetic (hyperglycemia), and I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) in my late twenties.  I am acutely aware that having hypoglycemia can lead to developing diabetes, so I am very careful. I am at risk for diabetes. Additionally, the impetus for me “disappearing” my chronic depression was … Continue reading

Topical Toxins and Inflammation

Environmental and Topical Toxins Environmental toxins as well as the types of foods we eat factor into the escalating epidemic of chronic diseases. Did you know your skin is your largest organ?  What comes in contact with your skin can make you or break you.  I’m talking about topical toxins found in your creams, soaps, shampoos, nail polish, laundry detergent, cleaning products in your home and so on. You can begin immediately to change your environment today, and you can … Continue reading