Sugar: Time To Get Serious

Do you have a sweet tooth? Chances are that you do. As a survival mechanism humans are programmed to prefer sweetness to other flavors. Couple this inborn preference with the U.S. food supply that provides excessive amounts of sugar, readily-available and in many different forms, and the result is the average person consumes 150-170 pounds of sugar ever year. Nutrition information is always evolving, and as we've learned that inflammation is at the root of all chronic disease, the impact of sugar has come under the microscope. Gone are the days when a spoonful of sugar was a benign treat. Sugar contributes to the development of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and depression in many ways: ...

August 2014 Challenge: Shake It. Move It. Do It.

There's no away around it. Just like you must eat vegetables every day, you must also move your body every single day. If you don't love to exercise or are in a rut, get ready to be inspired. If you love exercise but your challenge lies with fitting it into a busy day, get ready for the best time-crunched workouts. This month is all about exercise. Find something you love to do, shake it, move it and just do it. Why?  You likely know that you should exercise but do you have a deep appreciation and respect for the profound impact exercise has on your body and life? These are the 10 Ten Reasons Why You Should Exercise Every Single Day*. ...

June 2014 Challenge: Try Something New

Trying something new is often deliciously surprising. And fun! I think you will find that to be the case with this Chia Chocolate Pudding. When we make this pudding my silly daughters say "what's that amazing's chocolate!!" So what's "new" about this? Chia pudding has been trending for a while now, but I'm a little slow to try "trendy" things. In my quest for dairy-free, gluten-free and sugar-free sweet treats, I stumbled on this recipe from Oh She Glows. It's perfect for us: I have celiac, my older daughter doesn't tolerate dairy and I love to find ways to use fruit to sweeten foods so that serving dessert is just as nutrient-dense and dinner. ...

Celiac Disease Awareness Month 2014

Celiac disease is a genetic, inflammatory, systemic autoimmune disease. I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2010 after searching for 8 years for an answer to low bone density and some mild gastrointestinal discomfort. Since then I've worked as a dietitian with many, many people who have been recently diagnosed with celiac disease to ensure that they get the education and care that they need. Most of the time the diagnosis of celiac disease is supported by proper diet and lifestyle education. I've also worked with many people to navigate the complicated process of becoming diagnosed with celiac disease, after years of dealing with unexplained health problems. May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month. Please spread the word. ...

October Challenge: Get Your Head In The Game

I often hear, "I know what to do, but I don't do it". The assumption is made that it is lack of motivation and self-discipline that prevents behavior change. I'd like to challenge this assumption. What if what's holding you back is biological? What if you could control your biology? If you could impact your body chemistry in a way that made it easier to maintain motivation, focus and concentration, would you do it? ...

September Challenge: Eat lots of veggies.

Vegetables contain essential nutrients that:
  • Reduce oxidative stress,
  • Lower inflammation,
  • Improve liver detoxification,
  • Keep pH balance in check and,
  • Support digestion.
Many of the essential vitamins, minerals, fibers and phytonutrients in vegetables are not concentrated in other foods, and so you must eat veggies to reap their benefits. No supplement or powder can replace real vegetables. ...