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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Why Am I Always Hungry?

Does the title of this post make you hungry?

Sometimes just thinking about hunger or food makes me hungry. Even if I know, I'm not physically hungry.

Don’t blame yourself for always being hungry. There are legitimate physical and psychological reasons why you might feel this way. I share some of those in today’s post.

I also share my step-by-step practice that you can do anywhere to help you figure out if your hunger is physical or psychological/emotional.

Oh, and I have a super-filling recipe for you too!

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How to Read the New Nutrition Facts Tables

Do you ever look at the Nutrition Facts tables? Do they help you decide which foods to buy or not? Do the numbers even make sense?

To be honest, I don't think it's that the most user-friendly or helpful tool. But it's good to understand it since it's here to stay.

Let me give you a super-quick crash course on reading the Nutrition Facts tables, and give you a few hints on the new changes coming soon.

Then, try my delicious and super-easy snack recipe that’ll blow your pre-packaged granola bars out of the water.

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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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How to Naturally Lower Stress Hormone (Cortisol)

Stress is everywhere these days. We feel it when we wake up, when things happen during the day, and we even take it to bed with us.

It’s chronic. And it’s not awesome for your health.

When we’re stressed our body reacts in a couple of ways, one is by releasing the stress hormone cortisol.

And you can imagine that there are natural ways you can lower it.

So check out my list of recommendations to reduce cortisol. Then indulge in my de-stressing dessert recipe.

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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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Here's How to Make Cooking More Fun

Do you find cooking to be fun? Or do you do it because you know it’s good for your health?

Maybe you avoid it because it’s such a chore?

If you're in a rut and want some inspirational tips on making cooking more fun, I've got you covered.

I've compiled my five best tips and a fabulous (and fun) recipe for you to try.

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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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What is the Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load?

Have you ever had your blood sugar levels tested or heard about eating to balance blood sugar?

Have you wondered about the science behind how foods affect blood sugar? Or more importantly, which foods affect your blood sugar more than others?

If so, this post is for you.

It's all about the glycemic index and glycemic load. And it's not boring, promise!

Have a read because you may want to pay attention to foods that are high on the glycemic index or high glycemic load. And if you're at risk of blood sugar issues, pancreas conditions, or even diabetes this is IMPORTANT for you to know.

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The Stress Mess: How It Messes With Your Health

Ahhh, the "stress mess."

Does stress make you feel a bit off? Do you notice negative health effects when stress is the worst? Maybe it affects your sleep, or maybe you get sick more often.

Yes, stress can definitely mess with your health.

Today I talk about some of the telltale (and not-so-obvious) signs that stress is messing with your health.

Oh, and I have relaxing recipe for you (two ingredients - no stress!).

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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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How Do I Keep My Blood Sugar Stable?

You've probably heard every health and wellness expert talk about blood sugar at some point, right?

Well, this means it's probably important for your overall health.

While your body has mechanisms in place to maintain stable blood sugar, there are many nutrition and lifestyle strategies that you can implement to help it out.  Maintaining stable blood sugar will improve your overall physical and mental health.

Of course, I have some nutrition and lifestyle recommendations, and a blood-sugar stabilizing DESSERT recipe just for you.

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