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20
NOV
2014

The Rich Nutrients in Flaxseeds and Flaxseed Oil

While flax oil and flaxseeds have been part of the human diet for more than 5,000 years, the benefits of this ancient seed have only recently been recognized by nutritionists.  Flax remnants were found in Stone Age dwellings in Switzerland, and ancient Egyptians made fine linens...
06
NOV
2014

Olive Oil: A Wonderful Ancient Oil

Olive oil is the oil that is pressed from olives which are the fruits of the olive tree.  Olive oil has been a staple in the diet of many Mediterranean countries for more than five thousand years. Olive oil is one of the world’s most popular oils for culinary purposes, and there...
22
OCT
2014

A Good Fat: The Many Benefits of Coconut Oil

This week, we’ll start our look at good fats with the amazing coconut oil. Through the years, coconut oil has received bad publicity in the US because of its high level of saturated fat. Unfortunately, the negative press about coconut oil was the result of one study...
24
SEP
2014

Gluten Free Grains, Part Two

We are continuing our look at ancient gluten free foods the final in our series on gluten and grains. This week we are looking at millet, oats, quinoa and wild rice. Millet is a small, round, yellow grain originating about five thousand years ago in China, where it’s still...
18
SEP
2014

Gluten Free Grains, Part One

So what are the grains that I mentioned in my last blog and how do you add them to your diet? It’s so easy to just reach for your favorite grain, which for me would be brown rice.  But there are so many other great gluten free options.  I’ll take this part to start with amaranth,...
11
SEP
2014

Too Many? Too Few? How Many Carbs Should We Eat?

Lately, I’ve noticed at least a dozen Paleo type books on the market.  Paleo is a popular diet  based on the presumed diet of Paleolithic humans.  It’s based on the premise that our genes have not changed much since the Paleolithic era and to be really healthy, we should go back...
05
JUN
2014

Should We Even Eat Grains?

I’ve been blogging about the issues of gluten and gluten free grains in the past few weeks. Recently, a glut of books have hit the market including books about the Paleo Diet, Wheat Belly and the more recent bestseller, Grain Brain, by Dr. David Perlmutter. Many of my clients...
29
MAY
2014

What Is Gluten and Gluten Intolerance?

You may be one of those people who has no problem with eating whole grains, especially wheat.  But for many people, the presence of a protein found in wheat (gluten) is often an unknown cause for severe gastric distress including gas and bloating. What is gluten? The gluten that...
22
MAY
2014

The Whiter The Bread…

You have probably laughed at the expression, the whiter the bread, the quicker you’re dead, but the end results of living on a diet of white bread is not a laughing matter.  Let’s see why. The Whole Grain and Nothing But the Grain To really understand the problems...
15
MAY
2014

Safe Alternatives to Sugar & Artificial Sweeteners

Last week, I told you about the dangers of artificial sweeteners, so this week, let’s look at some natural alternatives and how you can use them. First, let’s look at common natural sweeteners that have been used throughout the years as healthy sweeteners.  The list...