Childhood obesity has been called “one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century”. Globally, an estimated 43 million preschool children (under age 5) were overweight or obese in 2010, a 60 percent increase since 1990. (1) The problem affects countries rich and poor. Of the world’s 43 million overweight and obese preschoolers, 35 million live in developing countries. By 2020, if the current epidemic continues unabated, 9 percent of all preschoolers will be overweight or obese—nearly 60 million children. (1)
Last year at this time we discussed spring cleaning your refrigerator and pantry. This year, let’s talk about doing the same to your supplement regimen. To begin, pull out all of your supplements and begin to ask yourself some questions: Do you remember why you started taking taking those herbs? When was the last time you used that protein powder? At what dosing are you supposed to be taking that nutrient? When was the expiration date on your tincture?
As we wind down the month of February, we have been focusing on heart health. By now it is common knowledge that taking a quality fish oil is essential to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. Adding Omega-3 fatty acids to your diet and supplement regime supports your immune system, healthy brain function, and cardiovascular health. Adding Omega-7 to your supplement regime may help reduce the #1 cause of death in America for both men and women from recent research.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease¹. The Mayo Clinic defines heart disease, or cardiovascular disease (CVD), as any “condition[s] that involve[s] narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain (angina) or stroke. Other heart conditions, such as infections and conditions that affect your heart’s muscle, valves or beating rhythm, also are considered forms of heart disease.”²
I LOVE peppermint mochas. LOVE them. This is a song I made up about them that I sometimes sing to my husband when we’re driving home from our Thanksgiving celebrations… what do you think?
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
With coffee shops selling
And everyone telling you “Peppermint mochas sold here!”
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
It’s the hap-happiest season of all…
Move over quinoa!
There is a new kid on the block and it is called Kaniwa (pronounced ka-yee-wa). Originally from the Andes Mountains in Peru, it has just made it’s way onto the superfood list in the States. Most similar to quinoa, a very popular pseudograin, it actually comes from a seed – which makes it gluten-free. It provide another great option for people suffering from celiac disease or gluten intolerances.
Thanksgiving… the smell of pumpkin pie, turkey, stuffing, and all the different types of foods cooking we get to experience while hanging out with our closest friends and family and talking, playing games or watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or football … what great memories! After such wonderful get-togethers, most of us aren’t talking about how delicious the vegetables we had were. Most of us, aside from an occasional green bean casserole or corn*, may not be served any vegetables or choose not put any on our plates. (*By the way, corn really isn’t a vegetable. It’s a grain – we make cereal out of it.)
With superfoods being the new “it” thing in the nutrition world, incorporating them into your diet can be confusing and expensive. While acai, matcha, raw cacao, seaweed, hemp seed, and golden berries are fantastic additions to your pantry, let’s bring it back to the basics and keep it simple.
As a mother, I want to give the best to my children to help them grow up healthy. As a naturopathic doctor, I’ve also studied all the components to living a healthy lifestyle. Around the upcoming holiday season, starting with Halloween, I become a very conflicted person because I want my kids to have as much fun around these holidays as I did when I was young.
We all love sweet foods – corn on the cob, peaches, figs, and brownies (or maybe it’s just me!). Too often we overindulge and load up on “healthy” sweet foods while dampening our taste buds’ ability to interpret what we are really feeding our bodies. There are five (not four) types of taste buds – salt, sweet, bitter, sour, and umami. Everything we put into our mouths give us some combination of these sensations. In America, we tend to have little to no bitter foods on our plate and an excess of sweet and salty foods. In addition, the foods we eat today are far less nutrient dense than what our ancestors consumed due to years of damaging farm practices and genetically modified engineering. It is only in response to our demand for sweeter food that these practices continue to flourish while the most nutritious foods get stepped over on our way to the cookie aisle.