What is the Satiety Index?

If you often feel hungry after eating, it could be the specific food you ate. Did you know that some foods have been proven to help keep you feeling fuller longer? And others stop you from feeling even as full as plain white bread?

Today I'm diving into what's known as the satiety index. It's a measurement of how full food makes you feel. This is great to know if you want to stave off some of those hunger feelings and cravings.

 Plus, I’m betting you’ll be surprised at the one food that ranks top of the list. The one, super common, but often bland, food that can help keep you fuller longer. But don’t worry, I have a very un-bland recipe that you are sure to enjoy.

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Need Help Going Dairy-free? Here are 6 Great Substitutes

As a fitness and health practitioner, I can tell you that dairy is not an essential nutrient. #truthbomb

Whether you can’t consume it, choose not to, want to cut down, or just want to try new simple recipes, this post is for you.

I've compiled a list of delicious dairy-free substitutes that I love. Substitutes for milk, butter, parmesan, and even pudding and ice cream! And you don't have to buy them at the grocery store if you don't want to. There are super-simple recipes that you can easily make in your kitchen.

This post is full of delicious mini-recipes to try. And at the end, is a great dairy-free ice cream dessert for you. You’re welcome.

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Turmeric: Is It Really A Miracle Spice?

Turmeric is touted as a superfood and miracle spice. It's delicious, and one of its "active ingredients" curcumin has been studied like crazy. It has antioxidant properties, anti-inflammatory properties, and many other great health benefits.

In this week’s post I go over:

●     The difference between turmeric and curcumin.

●     Turmeric's amazing health benefits.

●     How to get the most out of your turmeric.

●     Things to consider before running out to buy yourself curcumin supplements.

Not to mention my weekly whole-food dairy- and gluten-free recipe! Can you guess which famous turmeric recipe I've created my version of?

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Dairy Intolerance (Lactose, Casein & Whey)

Dairy - There are few foods as controversial as dairy. I mean, it is an entire food group, right? And there are definitely some people who say you need it.

But, there are others who say to avoid it. And no one disputes that some people react to it. And by “react,” I mean both intolerances and allergies. What about you?

But whether you love it, hate it, react to it, or avoid it, I have an amazing dairy-free recipe for you. (It’s one of my favs).

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Protein - How Much is Enough?

Most nutrition and health practitioners agree that protein is critical for health. Protein is essential for muscles, bones, organs, enzymes, hormones, etc.

So how much do you need to eat?

While there may be “standard” recommendations, they don’t apply to everyone. There are at least three different groups of people who need more than the standard recommendation. Are you one of those people?

In today's post, I talk about protein recommendations and list the amount of protein in many common foods. Then I have a fantastic recipe for tonight's dinner.

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5 Natural Ways to Deal with Bloating

Bloating. That oh-so uncomfortable feeling in the gut. Often it rears its ugly head after a large meal. Or a small meal. Or a snack. Or...

Yikes! How can we figure out what’s causing it? Perhaps you already have some wise de-bloating habits like avoiding foods you know give you gas. But that’s not completely solving the problem.

I have five more things you can try to help get to the bottom of your bloating, naturally. And I have a stomach-soothing recipe for you too.

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Need a Mood Boost? Eat This.

While we know bad moods can lead to bad eating habits; it’s also true that bad eating habits can lead to bad moods.

Food can impact our moods because of two factors. First, the nutrients are the building blocks for everything in our body, including mood-regulating “neurotransmitters.” Second, what we eat affects our blood sugar levels, which also impact our moods.

There is a list of common healthy foods that have positive impacts on our mood. But some junky ones make us feel better sometimes too. Once we see this is as temporary (industry engineers processed food is designed to hit those "pleasure centers"), we can ditch those.

Plus, I have a super-easy dessert or snack recipe for you too. Especially if you crave the mood boost from sweets.

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Healthy Fats and Dangerous Fats

Ever heard conflicting information on the healthfulness of different fats? Olive oil; coconut oil; soybean oil; etc.?

Well, I have some clarifying information in my newest post.

In this post, I list out my favorite cooking fats. I also give you my full permission to ditch a few of the popular but oh-so unhealthy fats.

And, I give you a healthy (and delicious) recipe for an all too common source of cruddy fats. You can make it a health-booster, rather than buster!

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How Much Sugar is Too Much?

Everyone’s talking about how bad sugar is for you. There are even entire documentaries on the topic. The amount of information in the “health waves” can be crazy sometimes.

Sugar is not a health food, as you know. And “added sugars” (ones that are not naturally found in whole foods like fruit) are particularly bad. They’re not only bad for diabetes; but, also for your waistline, mood, and energy levels.

So let’s look at sugar more objectively, shall we? Is there a good balance that can be found? (Spoiler alert: It may not be what you think.)

Plus, I have a fabulous dessert recipe for those times you crave the white stuff (and it doesn’t even have any white stuff in it!).

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Food Preservatives

Food preservatives are common in our foods these days. It’s nearly impossible to stay away from them because of the number of processed foods there are.

Being a health conscious person, you're eating better than most. You choose nutrient-dense whole foods more often than processed pre-packaged foods. So this may not be a huge concern for you. But, it's always good to know more about those random unpronounceable chemical-sounding ingredients in some foods. Would you agree?

And if you like salty chips, I have a way better alternative for you in the recipe at the end of the post.

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Heartburn - Can I Help it with Foods and Lifestyle?

If you have heartburn, you're not alone. Up to 50% of adults experience it at least once per month. It's uncomfortable and can become potentially harmful.

But there are definitely things you can do to help it naturally!

In this post, I share my best natural health tips for heartburn. Tips on what to eat (and not eat), how and when to eat, as well as a few lifestyle tips.

And I have a recipe for something that won't cause burning, bloating, and throat symptoms. Trust me.

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The Real Deal About Artificial Flavours

Processed foods are the worst!

They contain too much salt, sugar, and fat. And not enough fiber, vitamins, or minerals. They're made with crummy inexpensive ingredients that you'd never find in your pantry or fridge; ingredients like artificial flavours.

Here’s my post on the real deal about artificial flavours. Why food manufacturers use them, and why you should avoid them.

And, of course, a delicious recipe that uses none of them.

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Reduce Inflammation With These Key Foods

INFLAMMATION! INFLAMMATION!  INFLAMMATION!

This topic seems to be absolutely everywhere these days. Who in the health and wellness field is NOT talking about the infamous inflammation?

Some say it’s the root cause of all disease.

Everyone wants to tell you how to kick it to the curb.

Let me give you a rundown on my favourite anti-inflammatory foods. And for bonus points, I'll even tell you which anti-inflammatory, antioxidant compounds they contain.

Not to mention the anti-inflammatory recipe I’ve included at the bottom! Delish!

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Phytic Acid, The Mineral Reducer

You may have heard of phytic acid as a "mineral reducer," and this is very true. Eating raw nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes can prevent your body from absorbing some of the minerals from your food. 

But phytic acid has another side too.  It has some health benefits.

Read on to find out the real deal on phytic acid (and what exactly phytic acid is, if you have never heard of it), and how to reduce it in your diet (if you still want to). Not to mention an amazingly delicious summer latte that uses soaked almonds.

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Paleo Diet 101

The "paleo" diet has been pretty popular in the past few years. And while its name is rooted in ancient hunter-gatherer traditions, recent studies have come to support some of its health benefits.

In a nutshell, it's a whole food, nutrient-dense way of eating that removes processed foods. And that's pretty good, right?

Well, let me give you some of the goods on the paleo diet so you can decide for yourself.

Or, at least, try the awesome muffin recipe at the end; they're great for breakfast, snack, or even dessert.

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The Gut-Brain Connection: How To Feed Your Brain

You know that you can have gastrointestinal symptoms when you’re stressed or nervous. We’ve all experienced that.

But, you may have also heard about the "gut-brain connection." That your gastrointestinal system, lovingly called the "gut," not only talks to your brain (yes, talks "to" your brain) but is kind of its own brain (a "second brain").

And that it may influence your actual brain.

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The Truth Behind Artificial Sweeteners

You probably know that I'm not a fan of artificial sweeteners. I'd much rather you reduce your sugar intake naturally (because that's not exactly a health food either).

And that can mean a long process of slowly adjusting your taste buds to less and less added sugar.

Artificial sweeteners just don’t seem to be the great weight-loss promoters they had hoped to be.

Want to know more? Click here to read the full post.  Or, if you just want to skip right down to the “sweet enough” latte recipe, you can do that too.

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Raw vs. Cooked - Which Contains More Vitamins and Minerals?

Have you heard the recommendation to eat certain foods (or all foods) raw?

Do you already eat a variety of healthy foods, and want to know how to get the most vitamins and minerals out of them?

You’re probably not surprised that there isn’t a “one size fits all” approach to maximizing the vitamins and minerals your body absorbs from foods.

Let me go over which types of foods are best eaten raw, and which ones are best eaten cooked to maximize their nutritional benefit.

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