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What Really Goes on Inside Your Gut?

There’s a lot of work  going on inside your gut, and those bacteria need the right nutrition and a healthy lifestyle too!

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give much thought to your digestive tract unless something’s not working right.  Like when you’re on a vacation in Mexico, and you realize you ate or drank something that you probably shouldn’t have.  Or when you have a stomach bug and have to be on that banana, rice, applesauce and tea diet because everything else is going right through you.

Our gastrointestinal tract (AKA – gut) is an amazing thing. No matter what we put into it, it digests it, absorbs what it needs, sends the nutrients off to the right places so that we can keep on going, and gets rid of the rest.  That’s not all it does though! Continue Reading..


Should you buy organic strawberries and spinach?

The 2017 list of the Dirty Dozen is out.  Should we be giving up strawberries and spinach, or buying organic?

One of the questions I’m most frequently asked is whether it’s worth the extra money to buy organic food.  I’ve written about this in the past, and since the Environmental Working Group just recently published their annual list of the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15, it seems like a good time for a recap.

In case you’re not familiar, The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 are lists of the top fruits and vegetables with the highest, and lowest amounts of detectable pesticide residues.  This year, strawberries and spinach took the top spots. Some strawberry samples tested contained 21 different types of chemicals (including pesticides, fungicides, insecticides) many of which are linked to cancer, reproductive and developmental damage, hormone disruption and neurological problems.


The test results on spinach found similar results – 16 types of chemicals were found in some batches. Seventy-five percent of the samples contained residues of the insecticide permethrin.  At high doses, permethrin overwhelms the nervous system and causes tremors and seizures. In one study, children with detectable levels of permethrin in their urine were twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD.

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A few good reasons to not fear gluten…

People… Not everyone should cut out gluten!  There are lots of healthy gluten-containing whole grains that need some love.

Carbs, especially those that contain gluten, have gotten a really bad rap the past few years, and I’m feeling kind of bad for them.  I’m not talking about donuts, or even Italian or ciabatta bread (although I do love all of you dearly – in moderation!).  I’m talking about good old oats (even though you technically don’t contain gluten), or farro, or wheatberries or all of those other whole grains that deserve a place in a healthy diet.  After all, it’s all about balance, moderation, and quality, right?! Continue Reading..

Newsworthy Nutrition Nuggets

Here’s what’s new and newsworthy in the world of nutrition this August.

I’ve been bad about sharing.  Sometimes I read so many news stories, blog posts, research studies and the like about diet, food, fitness and health that if it’s not earth shattering, I tend to put it on the back burner in my head.  But it occurred to me the other day, that just because it’s not earth shattering, doesn’t mean it’s not helpful or important to share with you.  I’m Sorry!

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The Secret to Healthier Joints

The secret to healthier joints – and preventing osteoarthritis, is as close as your kitchen pantry and your nearest Walmart.

This post was sponsored by OmniChannel Health Media and Walmart, but as always, all opinions are my own.

Here’s a sad fact: If your joints don’t hurt yet, it’s probably just a matter of time. I hear my friends and family complain about it and I’ve noticed myself that my knees just aren’t what they used to be.  In fact, the CDC estimates that 25% of adults have full-blown arthritis, and a whole lot more of us are on our way, with cracking knees, aching shoulders, and stiff fingers. Continue Reading..


Is Your Diet Interacting With Your Meds?

Avoid a potentially dangerous interaction between your food and your medication with these tips.

If you’re one who always pitches the instruction sheet that comes with your medications, take note!  Many medications can interact with certain foods.  Some foods, can cause certain meds to build up to higher than desirable levels in your body, and others can make medications less effective.  Other foods may cause unpleasant, or even dangerous side effects when combined with certain foods.  This list, from Blink Health, gives a great overview of some of the most common interactions.  Whenever you start on a new medication, make sure you discuss any potential interactions, and how to take the medication (with or without food) with your doctor or pharmacist. Continue Reading..

PLAN – to Make it Healthy

Once upon a time I was a mostly-stay-at-home mom, and “busy” meant volunteering at school, organizing the book fair, cleaning house, doing 10 loads of laundry, and carpooling.


Today, my “busy” is completely different.  My kids are grown, and I’m self-employed.  On any given day, I might juggle writing assignments for 3 different editors, give a presentation at a diabetes workshop, work with a client who wants to lower their cholesterol, or teach an intro to nutrition class to nursing students.

No matter where you are in life, it gets busy.  One thing I’ve learned, is that you have to have a plan in order to juggle it all.  You know, make a to-do list every night, so you’re ready to roll the next day.  Set alarms, and keep a schedule.  Most of us know how to do that for our appointments and commitments, but do you do that for your health? Continue Reading..

Excuse Me – is That a GMO You’re Eating?

Do you know just how many foods contain GMOs, or ingredients from genetically engineered plants?

You might have heard recently that the FDA has approved Genetically Modified Salmon, stating that there is no evidence that it is harmful to humans, and it is unlikely to harm the environment. What. The. Heck. Apparently, GMO, or Genetically Engineered, salmon, as the FDA prefers to call it, may be at a fish market near you in about two years, but you probably won’t know it, because there are no laws requiring food that contains GMOs to be labeled as such. Continue Reading..

5 Tips to Get You Back in the Kitchen When the Nest is Empty

An empty nest often means the fridge is empty too, and you’re eating out too often. Try these tips to get back into the kitchen and eating healthier meals.

When you love to cook, it’s usually not the chopping and standing over the stove part that you love.  It’s the act of choosing ingredients your friends or family will enjoy, and putting them together into a dish that you hope will bring a smile to their faces.  It’s sharing a meal with your people and appreciating the pleasure it brings them to eat something you, yourself, made just for them. Continue Reading..

10 Meatless Meals For Food Day

Just one meatless meal each week can have positive impact on your health, and the environment.

I really, truly had every intention of running this post on Saturday, which was Food Day 2015. But, I got sidetracked, so we’re celebrating Food Day just a few days late around here.   This year’s Food Day theme is Toward a Greener Diet, and eating just one meal each week is an important step toward a Greener Diet. As good as it might taste, meat is a major drain on our environment, and skipping the meat occasionally, or all of the time – whichever is your preference, not only has health benefits, but it also has tremendous benefits for the environment. To see just how much of an impact one meatless meal can make, check out this post which shows what can happen with just one less burger.

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