Bacon has gotten a bad rap. In all foods there are good, better and best choices. In the world of bacon there is cured commercial bacon full of nitrites, nitrates and growth hormones; there is uncured commercial bacon with no nitrites, nitrates or growth hormone; and there is locally grown, pasture raised bacon naturally cured by a farmer.
Right now, I shoot for the second or third option.
Whether it’s the neon colored Peeps, the egg hunt, Aunt Gertrude or the celebratory meal itself, Easter can present difficult terrain to navigate. If you are trying to make better food choices for yourself or family looking ahead to an Easter gathering can be just plain overwhelming. Many of us throw up our hands in surrender because we simply can’t imagine better options to the old favorites.
Unless you have been living in a remote Adirondack cave, cut off from society for decades, you know that we are in the midst of a technological age that effects the core of our culture. Some advances are exciting, and some are down-right scary!
To round out our heart health discussions from a couple weeks ago I couldn’t resist bringing up another hot topic. If the cholesterol debate wasn’t heated enough, let’s throw some salt in the mix to really spice it up!
Low-salt and low-fat diets have gone hand in hand in the fight against heart disease for decades. But
We are in Part 3 of our Diet-Heart series. I am super excited for this week’s topic because it brings such hope. When you are at your doctor’s appointment and receive bad news it can feel very lonely, confusing and hopeless. This is why I love helping people move forward with nutrition, lifestyle and mindset changes that will improve their whole life! There are no gimmicks or expensive products. It is basic science, education and support.
The CDC has named February “American Heart Month”. For decades now there has been a medical media parade of “heart health” information coming at us from all sides. I was shocked to discover most of the information is false as it was based on faulty research.
We just finished a pretty cold week here in the ADKs and there is a lot of sickness going around. Some families tell me they just keep passing the sickness around. Imagine every family room, classroom and office as a hot bed of germs. What can one do to bolster the immune system to defend against these germy invaders?
I will share two of my secret weapons with you. They are similar but different. Homemade bone broth and homemade meat broth. Most of today’s commercial soup is highly processed leaving very little nutritional value. Homemade is 1000% better, in my humble opinion.
Last week we covered an important premise of holistic nutrition. Always strive to eat a properly prepared, nutrient dense, whole foods diet.
We also covered 3 foundations of a holistic healthy lifestyle: the macronutrients of protein, fat and fruit/vegetable carbohydrates. We learned we should strive for a caloric balance of these macronutrients using 40% carbs, 30% protein and 30 % healthy fats. It is through this lens that you can properly assess any eating plan that comes your way.