Superheroes are popular in the entertainment industry these days, but they’re also popular on your plate! While the term “superfood” may be hotly debated, there’s one thing you can’t deny: Many of the food items dubbed “super” are packed with nutrition. So why not give your diet a boost and add a few of these heavy hitters to the menu this year?
All hail fiber: the nutrient so many health professionals, media, magazines, and even friends and family tout as being the one part of our diets that we should always be working on. So, what is fiber all about? Where does it originate, how do we identify different types, how much should we be getting and why, and how can it fit nicely into our diets? Read along and increase your belief in the powers of fiber.
Time to head to the grocery store. One of the most important things we can do when pondering sales, deciphering labels and making sense of the shelves at the supermarket is separating the fact from the fiction when it comes to what’s in our food. We strive to manifest our own destiny by being informed consumers when it comes to understanding products. Something new hitting your local fresh meat case is Simple Truth Organic Grass-Fed Beef. What’s grass-fed beef all about? Should you make the swap?
Have you been introduced to kale? If not, allow me to have the honor. I think you will soon be enjoying kale for many delicious, healthy meals as you become more acquainted with each other. You will embrace its bounty of nutrients, versatile styles of preparation and convenient availability.
Getting enough protein? That seems to be the resounding nutrition question among health enthusiasts, media outlets and water coolers. We want to maximize protein’s impact, whether it’s for everyday adequacy, satiety, performance recovery or maybe even disease management. But how do we know where to get it or what amount is needed? Read on.
Summer is quickly approaching and, for many people, this means fun in the sun on vacations, a two- to three-month reprieve from school for the kids (and teachers) and an increased risk for dehydration. Thirst and dry mouth are very early indicators that dehydration is occurring and progressing; take these symptoms seriously and grab something to drink (preferably water), or try eating a water-filled food (see below for your options).
So, we need food to pick us up from a mid-afternoon slump, fix that late-night hunger pang and cure a sweet tooth. What if, instead, we were to look at each sip and bite we take as actually doing the work for us in our quest for optimal health? I like that idea! Letting your food be your remedy is just what the doctor (or dietitian) ordered. Did you know that our gut plays a leading role in our immune system? Let’s explore what it means to allow everything we eat to be the ultimate remedy!
What you eat and drink has a huge impact on carbon footprint. When available, buy organically produced products. Organic foods are produced and grown in an eco-friendly way by taking crucial steps to reduce water waste and protect soil and air quality. Local foods are also a great way to ensure lower carbon emissions. Locally grown means the food travels less distance from farm to mouth, therefore creating lower gas emissions.
Well, I am a vegan. Although I classify myself as part of this interesting set of people who subsist on plants, I do not feel as though I am missing out on any of life’s pleasures. I have been vegan for one year and have been committed each day since making that decision. I believe veganism is one of those decisions you can’t help but be fully engaged in once you make up your mind to do it. The additional factor, which has helped propel me through this journey, is that my boyfriend and I began this together. Through the dedication in both our lives to wellness and my expertise and interests as a registered dietitian, it seemed natural to explore the possibility of adopting this purportedly healthy lifestyle.
Those colors of the rainbow can also be seen every day in the fresh produce section of the grocery store. That is yet another way to enjoy the results of nature -- by enjoying the many fruits and vegetables available.