The FDA released a memo recently making the public aware that beauty products may be contaminated with mercury. You can see it here: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm294849.htm
Why is this a big deal?
Heavy metals are natural in our environment but when they build up in our bodies they become toxic and inflammatory. Mercury can cause agrophobia, panic attacks, and seizures. On the less extreme side, mercury toxicity can cause those annoying, little signs of “just getting older.” Things such as headaches, fatigue, achy and swollen joints, difficulty losing weight and more.
Depending on your diet, with a few nutritional tweaks and added supplements, those symptoms of “just getting older” can be a thing of the past. My grandmother was young and spry well into her 80’s!
Don’t eat mercury (or other heavy metals!)
I tell anyone who asks, “a recipe is just a guideline.” There is no reason to follow a recipe exactly. Frequently, I will leave an ingredient out or trade something but I almost always try the recipe as it is written before I start playing with it.
I had been looking at a recipe for “Beet and Beef Burgers” in Clean Eating magazine
I just found out that my husband has low vitamin D. He is an Aquatics Director at a private health club in New England and spends the greater part of his summer being outside maintaining a pool and running camps.
How did this happen?
Despite what the food industry would have you believe, vitamin D is produced in our bodies when we are exposed to sunlight. In New England, we can only make vitamin D from this exposure from May until October because the sun has to be strong enough to allow us to absorb it’s rays.
Do I need supplements?
If I eat a healthy diet, why do I need supplements?
That is an excellent question and one that I hear on a regular basis.
To answer that question, let’s first take a look at a USDA survey from 2003* that showed:
- 37 % of Americans do not get enough vitamin C
- 70% of Americans are deficient in vitamin E
- 75% don’t get enough zinc
- 40% don’t get enough iron
In addition, over 2/3rd of Americans are deficient in magnesium and many more have insufficient levels. **
Why is that?
Healthy Restaurant Eating Guide
Even the healthiest sounding dishes at a restaurant can be loaded with sodium, refined sugars and processed foods. In addition, most restaurants are not preparing food with your health in mind but with getting the most bang for the buck. They are not using oils such as coconut or olive oil but are cooking with canola oil and other less expensive oils that not only cause inflammation that leads to various dis-ease states but also may carry contaminants of foods that you are trying to avoid either because of food allergies or food sensitivities.
The first rule of thumb to eating healthy is to prepare your food at home. With some education, this can be easy and fun!
However, there are those times when preparing your own food is just not an option. Here are some tips to help you navigate restaurant eating:
If you eat a healthy breakfast complete with protein and healthy fats, then you will set yourself up for a great day with lots of energy and the ability to focus and stay on task.
If you choose to stop at the local coffee shop and eat a high carbohydrate breakfast, well… you will either be starving by 10 a.m. with lunch still two hours away or asleep at your desk.
Why does what we eat in the morning matter?
1/2 cup rice milk, water or other non-dairy milk
1/2 avocado (tip – leave the pit in the other half to keep it from turning brown longer
1 big handful of spinach, kale or other greens
1/2 teaspoon non-alcohol vanilla
1 drop peppermint essential oil (I recommend using doTerra essential oils)
1 tablespoon cocoa nibs
Put all of the above ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a bowl and top with more cocoa nibs and/or some hemp seeds.
* Modified from the Mint Chip Smoothie Bowl in Clean Eating Magazine April 2016.
Relax! Your genes are not set in stone.
Just because your mother got breast cancer, or your aunt or your sister, does not mean that you will get breast cancer. Similarly, just because your father is diabetic does not mean that you will become diabetic.
What genes we express, or don’t express, are determined not by the genes that we inherited but by the choices we make that activate those genes.
Did your mother tell you all sorts of strange things when you were a kid? One of my favorites was, “stay away from the pigeons. They are dirty!” I can remember thinking, “it’s a bird. How dirty can it be?”
And, of course, there is the age-old adage that every mother shares, “Eat your vegetables!”
Why are vegetables so important and why do we have to eat them every day?!
Well, as it turns out, Mom was right. Vegetables are really important.
Did you develop aches and pains as you aged? Do your joints creak? Do you have regular headaches? High blood pressure? All these things are signs of oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress?! What is THAT?!
What is better – juicing or blending? This is a question that is much debated in the wellness community and, I have to admit, one that I have gone back and forth a few times for my own personal health.
Generally, for day-to-day intake, I am much more likely to recommend “blending” to clients vs. juicing of vegetables and fruits. There is a great advantage in benefiting from the entire spectrum of nutrition found in an apple or a stalk of broccoli, including the fiber and fiber-bound nutrients such as minerals.