Intuitive eating is structured around the belief that people need to trust themselves enough to believe that they will eat what and how much food they need. Very few people are able to handle a traditional diet as a temporary or flexible plan, and they instead become embroiled in an endless cycle of dieting, binging, guilt. Intuitive eating teaches you to listen to your inner signals of hunger … [Read more...] about Understanding Intuitive Eating
Figs are a functional food with health benefits beyond the nutrients they contain. A 1/4-cup serving of dried figs contains just 93 calories and is a source of potassium, calcium and iron. One of the main health benefits of figs is their high fiber content. Figs contain both insoluble and soluble fiber. In fact, at 3.7 grams of fiber per 1/4-cup of dried figs, they are higher in fiber than … [Read more...] about Fill up on Figs
As the hot days of summer come to an end so do the foods we enjoyed with the warmer weather—with cooler temperatures comes new craving and new trends. Here are 3 examples of what to look for this fall: Kale: A form of cabbage with powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Kale is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, and reasonably rich in … [Read more...] about Food Trends for the Fall
Nothing says autumn like the smell of fresh apples. Did you know that there are 7500 varieties of apples grown in the world, and 2500 of those are grown in the United States? The five most popular varieties Golden Delicious: An all-purpose apple, with a freckled, golden-yellow skin. Golden Delicious apples are especially good in salads, because when cut, the flesh doesn’t darken as quickly as … [Read more...] about An Apple for Every Reason
DHA has been receiving attention recently due to more and more research being done on its benefits. DHA is a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid found throughout the body, especially in the brain and eyes. It is present naturally in specific fatty fish such as salmon, trout, mackerel, sardines and tuna, as well as algal oil, organ meats and breast milk. DHA is important for proper brain and eye … [Read more...] about What is Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)?
1. We need fat in our diet: 30% of our calories should come from fat. A fat free diet is not a healthy one; our body needs essential fatty acids that it cannot synthesize so the only way to get them is from food 2. Fat free or reduced fat foods may not be the best option: Foods that have been altered to change the fat and therefore the calorie content can have an altered taste—it also may take … [Read more...] about 5 Things You Should Know About Fats
Your daily diet has the ability to supply you with everything from essential nutrients to compounds that can help prevent disease. Below is just a small sampling of foods from all of the different food groups you may want to consider adding to your diet—enjoy! 1. Almonds: A good source of potassium, vitamin E, riboflavin, magnesium and zinc; low in saturated fat and high in unsaturated fat 2. … [Read more...] about Food for Thought: 10 Foods to Consider Adding to Your Diet
First we had saccharin. Then came aspartame. Soon after followed sucralose. Now we have stevia to add to the mix. This past December, the Food and Drug Administration agreed that stevia is safe to add to food and drinks. Marketed as Purevia, Truvia, and Sweetleaf, stevia was actually discovered centuries ago. It is manufactured by removing glycosides, or sweetening agents, from the leaves of the … [Read more...] about Stevia: The New Substitute on the Block