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October 27, 2019

If you're reading this, you likely are or are considering going dairy-free. You may have an intolerance, have been told to eliminate dairy, or just want to have less of it.

Either way, dairy is not an essential nutrient; in fact we are the only species that regularly consumes another species milk.  Isn’t that just a little weird when you think about it? And the only species that continues to regularly consume milk once we are weaned.  

But great frickin’ day - there are lots of things you can have instead. 

These include not just milk, but also yogurt, butter, parmesan, and even pudding and ice cream!

Dairy-free products are becoming more and more popular. Nowadays you can easily find them in the grocery store. But read your labels! Some contain way too much sugar, or other ingredients you may not want to eat or drink.

I've put together some simple recipes to make delicious dairy-free foods right in your kitchen.

Go ahead and try my dairy substitutes. And make sure you let me know...

October 20, 2019

"Leaky gut" is a popular topic in the health and wellness spheres these days. It's been blamed for many symptoms and conditions that seem to be all-too-common. Allergies, intolerances, joint pain, even autoimmune diseases can all be linked back to leaky gut.

But what exactly is leaky gut? What causes it? What kinds of issues are related to it? And most of all, what can you eat to help with leaky gut?

WHAT IS A LEAKY GUT?

Simply put, your “gut” (a.k.a. intestinal tract) is a tube that makes up part of your digestive system. It’s not as simple as a hose or pipe; it’s an amazing tube made of live cells tightly bound together. Your gut helps your body absorb fluids and nutrients, digests your food, and houses billions of friendly gut microbes. 

It allows some things to move through its tightly wound barrier to be absorbed by the body and keeps other things in – passing it right through the gut to be eliminated from the body… you know – poop.  It is just the smartest because it keeps many harmf...

October 13, 2019

The Mediterranean diet is one of the most studied diets out there.

It's based on the traditional foods that people who lived around the Mediterranean Sea ate about 50 years ago. Back then, in the mid 20th century, researchers noted that people in Spain, Greece, and Italy lived longer and healthier than Americans. And they had lower levels of heart disease, the #1 killer.

So, they set out to find what was so healthy in this part of the world. And the research keeps coming in. And it’s pretty impressive.

Eating a Mediterranean diet is linked with

  • Less overweight and obesity 

  • Better blood sugar control 

  • Lower risk of heart disease and stroke 

  • Reduced risk of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases

  • Fewer cancers (breast & colorectal) 

  • Less premature death

  • Healthier Microbiome (the good bacteria in your gut)

So pretty much just overall awesome-sauce…. Hold the sauce.  

Here's another bonus: Many people who start eating a Mediterranean diet stick with it long...

October 6, 2019

Tea is said to be the most popular beverage in the world. It’s been consumed for thousands of years by billions of people.   And how can a billion people be wrong?  

Whether you drink tea for the taste, the soothing affect, or the caffeine kick – it has tons of health benefits, some of which are due to its high antioxidant properties.  These properties are from its anti-inflammatory flavonoids known as “catechins.” So if you want to protect your health, adopt my moto “Tea - when it’s too early in the day to get your anti-oxidants from wine.”

GREEN TEA VS. BLACK TEA - WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

What do green and black teas have in common?

First of all, they both come from the camellia sinensis shrub that’s native to China and India. Green tea contains slightly more health-promoting flavonoids than black tea. How is this?

The difference lies in how they’re processed.

If the leaves are steamed or heated, this keeps them green. The heat stops oxidation from turning them black. Then they’re...

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