Supplement Talk: Turmeric

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As one of the longest used medicinal herbs in the world, turmeric has loads of impressive health benefits, even when used in small amounts. Deeply-yellow colored turmeric is often called a “superfood” because it can do everything from detoxify the liver to help prevent heart disease. Turmeric root is a great way to boost glutathione production and also a very powerful anti-inflammatory root. Additionally it contains curcumin, a compound helpful in restoring healthy blood pressure, improving circulation, and fighting disease. One of the best perks about adding it into your healthy diet is that it won’t break the bank or be difficult to find … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Go Paleo On A Budget

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By Megan McGrane Eat clean and healthy without breaking the bank. Eating Paleo sounds pretty simple when you focus your diet on protein, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats. So why do people notice a jump in their grocery bill when adopting a Paleo diet when they’ve eliminated foods like grains, legumes and dairy? If you’re one who’s experienced a spike in your grocery bill then follow these grocery shopping hacks to keep your bill intact.  Buy In Bulk When grocery shopping, the most expensive item in your cart is usually protein. This is especially true when trying to purchase grass-fed or pastured meats.  The best way to help … [Read more...]

How to Meal Prep With Ease

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The secret to make a Paleo diet long lasting and successful is easier than you may thing. It’s as simple as meal preparation. Eating paleo on the fly is not always easy—so having healthy, paleo staples that are already prepared and at your disposal each week is a surefire way to keep your diet in check and your health on track. Here are a few tips to help you meal prep with ease. Have a Plan Pick a meal prep day where you have enough time to grocery shop, cook, and clean up without being pressured. (I like to do my biggest meal prep on Sundays each week.) Before heading to the grocery store, take a moment to sit and jot down the meals you … [Read more...]

The Importance of Breakfast

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Ah, breakfast. The oft-debated first meal of the day when you’re breaking your fast from dinner the night before. I find that people typically fall into one of two categories when it comes to eating breakfast: They are either vehemently devoted to breakfast or quite indifferent to the meal with a “take it or leave it” attitude. Many times the die-hard breakfast fans have a few ‘go-to’ breakfasts that they don’t really vary from too much. Some people must eat first thing when they wake up. Others like to wake up slowly and eat an hour or two later. Much of this is due to habit, hunger signals and even satiety hormones. It has also … [Read more...]

Common Energy-Sucking Paleo Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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You’ve ditched refined and processed foods, transitioning from a standard diet to Paleo. You’re expecting more energy, improved health, weight loss and greater mental clarity because so many who’ve made the change have experienced such greatness. But you’re still lethargic and the weight has not dropped. What’s going on? If you’re part of the group that has not experienced some of the great benefits of going Paleo, then you may be making a few of these common mistakes. Not Getting Enough Nutrients It has become increasingly popular to have bulletproof coffee or routinely do intermittent fasting for both health gains and weight loss while … [Read more...]

All About Carbohydrates: Good Carbs Vs. Bad Carbs

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A low-carb diet is not just eliminating breads from your eating habits. Carbs are found in vegetables, fruits, sugars, grains, nuts, seeds and beans. But not all carbs are created equal. So the question is, which carbs are good and which are bad? Carbohydrates are one of the three main macronutrients that we need to get from our diet (fats and proteins are the other two in case you’re wondering). Good carbs are important because they give you fiber, provide energy, and supply important vitamins and minerals. At the most basic level, there are two kinds of carbohydrate foods: the “bad carbs” which are simple carbs (sometimes called “fast … [Read more...]

The Best Low-Carb Foods

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Photo credit: via photopin (license) Believe it or not, the “dangers’ you’ve heard associated with a diet high in saturated fats (think red meats, butter and full-fat dairy) are actually false. Changing your nutrition plan to include plenty of fats, even saturated fats from animal products or coconuts for example, is really the key to long-term health and weight management. And as you can probably guess, when one thing goes up (fats), something else must come down: carbohydrates and sugars. But not all low-carb foods are created equal. The key to low-carb eating is to still include plenty of non-starchy vegetables--especially for … [Read more...]

Foods That Help Heal Allergies

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Photo credit: Stoneledge farms CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Local Farming Week Twenty-Two CLS_6164 via photopin (license) Here’s an alarming fact: nearly 15 million people in the United States have a food allergy. Of that, 9 million are adults and 6 million are children—and that number is on the rise, according to foodallergy.org With diets that consist of inflammatory foods like processed grains, vegetable oils and packaged goods filled with artificial ingredients, it’s no wonder that food intolerances, reactions and sensitivities are diagnosed more than ever before. A food allergy is biologically a measurable inflammatory … [Read more...]

Simple Food Swaps For The Autoimmune Protocol

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By Megan McGrane Photo credit: Making zucchini bread via photopin (license) So you want to take on the Autoimmune Protocol? Great! Don’t let the list of foods that you are removing from your diet overwhelm you.  The best way to combat the feeling of “Well, what can I eat?” while you follow the AIP is to find simple “swaps” for some of your favorite foods. Making easy substitutions will help you keep your diet on track while not missing out on foods you can’t eat.   Swap This … For This How? Mashed Potatoes Cauliflower Steam and mash cauliflower florets like you would mashed potato. Use ghee … [Read more...]

Cheating: Is It Worth It on the Autoimmune Protocol?

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By Megan McGrane Ah, the inevitable ‘cheat meal’. How much damage can one little meal do, right? When you are following the AIP (autoimmune protocol) the temptation to take a break from your meal plan can be strong. This may be a hard line in the sand, but let me tell you why cheating on the AIP just isn’t worth it. Whatever your reason for choosing to do the AIP, you felt that it was something you wanted, or needed, to do to be healthier. Can you take a moment and think back to what made you want to improve your health and eating habits? Many times, taking a moment to recall your goals and motivations can help you shake the feeling of … [Read more...]