A little over a year and a half ago I began writing on a regular basis as an outlet for the new material I was learning in the nutrition world as I was taking classes to become a Nutritional Therapy Consultant (NTC). I have written on a variety of topics, trying to teach people about how their body works, good food choices and some lifestyle management pointers. On occasion, mostly during a holiday season, I have addressed deeper topics like, how our minds work, our purpose on the planet and our eternal destiny.
We all love our sweets. For some, it’s a daily fight – that urge to consume sweet things. It can be so hard to limit these items in our everyday eating plan. Throw in carefree summer days, holidays and special occasions and our sweet-tooth can become so strong we give in regularly. Who can resist ice cream cones on hot summer days… donuts fresh from the bakery… iced coffees, lattes or frappes just because they are so good!
But the over-consumption of sugar is not to be taken lightly.
Spring has finally sprung here in the Adirondacks! It is always amazing how quickly the landscape changes from brown and dead to green and lush.
Once the flora begins to receive sun, wind and rain- life abounds! Leaves bud and grass grows at such a rate it almost seems visible to the human eye. Birds are chirping. Frogs are peeping.
Nature is awakening from its slumber. Are you?
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.
How’s your heart? I know. Last week was Valentine’s Day. Hopefully all went well for you, but I am not talking about your emotional heart. I am really referring to your physical blood pumping heart.
We are on part 2 of our heart health series. If you missed Part 1 you can find the full article on my website, here.
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.
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.
My husband just forwarded me an article from an outdoor adventure magazine he reads. I was pleasantly surprised that the health and nutrition information was thoroughly supported by quality research and the author was not afraid to go against the mainstream when the data supported his point. Thank you, sir, for your courage and clarity!
There is much confusion in the nutritional public forum. How do you know what to believe and follow? Next week’s article will cover some popular diet genres and break them into bite-sized pieces so you can make educated decisions for your own health journey.