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May 26, 2019

Ahhhh, Da-Suga’s! 

If you have ever been to Georgia, you have seen the incredible energy and nightlife.  There is live jazz and blues music everywhere, a BBQ joint on every corner and chicken and waffles as far as the eye can see.  It is a magical place. 

Another thing Georgia has a lot of is “Da-Suga’s” (aka “the sugars”… aka Diabetes) which might be the cutest term for an autoimmune disease that makes your feet root off, you ever did hear. 

But Diabetics aren’t the only ones who are affected by high sugar foods.  Sugar has a massive effect on your body’s ability to store or lose weight; on your mental health; on your energy; and contributes to premature aging. 

The thing is, almost ALL food has some sugar.  It’s unavoidable if you are going to eat a nourishing diet and avoid getting scurvy.  So let’s break down how to identify your best choices for keeping your blood sugar level stable and keeping weight gain, hypertension, and diabetes at bay. 

GLYCEMIC INDEX VS GLYCE...

May 19, 2019

We all have some level of stress, right?

It may be temporary (acute), or long-term (chronic).

Acute stress usually won’t mess with your health too much. It is your body’s natural reaction to circumstances, and can even be life-saving or healthy (like sweating it out at the gym).

Then, when the “threat” (a.k.a. “stressor”) is gone, the reaction subsides, and all is well.

It's the chronic stress that's a problem. You see, your body has specific stress reactions. If these stress reactions are triggered every day or many times a day that can mess with your health.

Stress (and stress hormones) can have a huge impact on your health.

Let's dive into the "stress mess."

STRESS MESS 1: INCREASED RISK OF HEART DISEASE AND DIABETES

This one seems obvious, and yet it seems like such an “old person” issue that nobody is ever concerned about it.  We all think we have plenty of time to deal with it before it becomes an issue.

Stress increases the risk for heart disease and diabetes by promoting chronic inflamm...

May 12, 2019

Inflammation. The more we learn about it the more diseases it seems to be related too.   

Scientists have found that this inflammation – especially when chronic has a major impact on our overall health.  They have linked it to obesity, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, Alzheimer's, and diabetes, just to name a few.

But, instead of writing all about what it is, how it's measured, and where it comes from; I am sure you care more about what you can do about it.  Well lucky you! There are tons of foods packed with anti-inflammatory antioxidants that are proven to help reduce it.

Here are my top anti-inflammatory food recommendations:

ANIT-INFLAMMATORY FOOD #1

Berries, Grapes, and Cherries

Why save the best for last? Perhaps the most amazingly delicious anti-inflammatory foods are a sweet favourite of yours.  

Berries, grapes, and cherries are packed with fiber, and vitamins (e.g. vitamin C) and minerals (e.g. manganese).

Not to mention their phytochemicals (phyto=plant)! Yes, many antioxida...

May 5, 2019

Have you heard that soaking nuts, seeds, grains and legumes makes them more digestible?  Did you just have a “Ain’t Nobody Got Time For Dat” kinda moment?   

It is true soaking and sprouting your food before mowing down on it, is a process.  It takes planning. It takes foresight. The real question is, is it really worth it?  

Soaking or sprouting certain foods improves their digestibility and increases their nutrition by reducing something called phytic acid.   However phytic acid is not all bad.  Let’s touch on some of the goods and bads of having this guy in our foods so you can decide if you need to start soaking your nuts from now on ;)

WHAT THE HECK IS PHYTIC ACID ANYWAYS

Phytic acid is naturally occuring in most nuts, seeds, grains and legumes; it is the plant's storage form of the mineral phosphorus and is used as energy when the plant starts to grow.

The highest levels of phytic acid are found in rice bran, wheat bran, wheat germ, almonds, and walnuts.

PHYTIC ACID...

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