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July 20, 2017

The most common fat myth that perpetuates despite evidence to prove the opposite, is that saturated fat causes heart disease. If you believe this myth, know that you are not alone. I once believed it too. Olive oil was my main oil, and even that, I used sparingly. Butter was (I believed) an artery clogging substance that I used so infrequently I kept it in the freezer.

January 5, 2017

Here in Central Oregon it has been reeeaallllyy cold, snowy and icy lately. That makes me want to eat soup. Lots and lots of soup. Warm, delicious, nourishing nutrient dense and packed with flavor soup.

I was feeling creative, so I wanted to make up my own soup recipe. I thought it would taste pretty good, but was happily surprised at how amazingly good it turned out. Both of my sons loved it (which is saying a whole lot for the one who immediately said he wasn’t hungry when I told him what was for dinner) and my husband said it was the best soup I have ever made.

Besides being delicious, this recipe is great for staying healthy in the winter.

Broth or stock: Depending on how it's made and what it’s made from, is full of minerals, amino acids, collagen and gelatin. People have been using it to aid and heal digestion for centuries. Since most of our immune system is along our digestive tract, it makes sense why it has long been a folk remedy for colds and flu.

For detailed info, how t...

October 29, 2016

I have something for you to think about before you gorge on all that leftover Halloween candy.....or better yet....something to consider when choosing what to dole out on Halloween......
 

What do type 2 diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease have in common?  Chronically high levels of glucose in the blood are contributing factors to all of them. What causes chronically high levels of glucose in the blood? Eating too many carbohydrates, especially the refined ones.

In 2010 the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that “...as many as 1 in 3 U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050 if the current trends continue.”  They also stated that “1 in 10 adults has diabetes now.”  This is scary!

When you eat a high carbohydrate meal or snack (cereal or granola with low fat milk, pancakes or waffles with syrup, toast, crackers, chips, pretzels, “energy” bars, granola bars, fruit snacks, candy bars, bagels, etc.) your body turns the carbohydrate component into glucose t...

September 2, 2016

We’ve all heard the saying “you are what you eat”. More accurately, we are what we eat, and are able to digest and assimilate. If we aren’t digesting properly, we aren’t getting all the nutrients from our food. Improper digestion can be the beginning of all sorts of health problems. 70-80% of our immune system is located along our digestive tract, so healthy digestion supports a healthy immune system too.

Did you know that when functioning optimally our stomachs produce hydrochloric acid (HCL)? It sounds a little scary, but HCL is really important to healthy digestion. It helps digest proteins in food, kill unwanted bacteria (which are little proteins) and even helps us be able to use important minerals like calcium. Many people don’t produce enough HCL due to stress, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, or even excess consumption of refined carbohydrates.

Here are some easy and inexpensive things you can do to aid digestion:

Relax. Take a moment before you eat to take a breath, sit do...

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