Sometimes “being healthy” can seem so complicated. There’s an abundance of information out there and much of it is contradictory. So, what are you to do when you’ve decided you want to make healthier lifestyle choices, but you’re so overwhelmed that you don’t know where to begin? You start here, with these four simple, … More 4 Things You Can Do NOW to Improve Your Health.
This past month has been a little hectic with lots of visitors! First, my best friend from childhood came to visit with her husband. We enjoyed margaritas, pool time, a night on the town, and of course, lots of catching up! Just a couple of weeks after that, my parents came for a visit. … More Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins.
Nuts seem to be the talk of the (nutrition) town these days – especially almonds. It’s no wonder… almonds have 4 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein per serving, not to mention they are high in healthy monounsaturated fats, which help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol. Beyond that, almonds are a fantastic snack choice because … More Almonds.
Before I even begin, let me just start by saying that not all carbohydrates are evil. In fact, we actually need some carbohydrates in our diet. However, there are two types of carbs: complex and simple – and they are not created equal. Today, I’m going to focus on simple carbohydrates and why they may be … More Are Carbohydrates Hindering Your Weight Loss?
Did you know that Alzheimer’s affects 50% of people over the age of 85? What is even scarier is that it starts 30 years before any symptoms even begin to show. Yep. Alzheimer’s could start developing as early as 30 years before you even realize it! So, what can we do to decrease our risk? Decrease the … More 6 Tips for Optimal Brain Health.
I challenge you all this week to start thinking of food as medicine… because it is! Processed foods and refined sugars can feed diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Instead, think about fighting disease with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant-rich foods. Chronic inflammation is the root cause of many diseases, so be sure to load … More Motivation Monday.
I’m a big fan of reading ingredient labels. In fact, I look at the ingredient list on nearly everything I consume. If it has an intimidating list of a million ingredients I don’t know AND can’t pronounce, forget it. And if sugar is one of the first few ingredients listed? I’m likely going to put it … More Homemade Salad Dressing.
Brrr!! It is unusually cold down here in the South and I’m doing my best to stay warm! We had a bunch of ice dumped on us yesterday, which meant I was staying put. On a bitter cold “snow day”, I love to be in the kitchen preparing a warm and cozy dinner. I just bought some … More Healthy & Cozy Soup for a Cold Winter Day.
Vitamin C & Vitamin E. The 2 “classic” antioxidants that we often hear about. Antioxidants help protect cells and prevent damage from free radicals; therefore, reducing our risk of diseases like cancer and heart disease. Free radicals are also the culprit of attacking proteins, fats, and DNA (i.e. breaking down collagen, leading to wrinkles!), so, … More Classic Antioxidants.
You may have heard the term “healthy fats” at some point. But what exactly is a healthy fat? Isn’t fat bad for you? And where do I find these healthy fats? First of all, fats are needed for our body to function. Fat helps our cell walls be flexible and permeable, it is a source of energy – … More Healthy Fats.