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    Exercise is a benefit to every part of the body--mind included.

    Exercise makes you look better, lose weight, and lowers your risk of many chronic diseases, and slows down aging.

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    "You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces--just good food from fresh ingredients."
    --Julia Child

    "If we're not willing to settle for 'junk living,' we shouldn't settle for junk food."
    --Sally Edwards

  • Food is medicine

    "Let medicine be thy food, and food be thy medicine."

    "Don't eat anything your great grandmother wouldn't recognize as food."
    --Michael Pollen

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Future of Medicine Is Food

Well, at last! After all this time, maybe our real medicine & real food hero -- the late Hippocrates -- is making a come back -- or at least many of his teaching principles starting with "let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food".

It looks like there has been an increase in medical students who -- when not studying their many life-saving skills in medicine -- are taking to some basic kitchen skills in sautéing, mincing and cooking healthy meals.

Check out the article, "The Future of Medicine Is Food".

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Guest Post Review for the Up Beet Kitchen

Recently I had the terrific opportunity to learn about a really great online organization called the Up Beet Kitchen that literally teaches anyone to prepare and cook a delicious and healthy meal with step-by-step instruction, videos and beautiful crisp pictures! How cool is that! 

Even for any "naysayer" out there that may say they don't have the time to cook -- or those that may say I don't know how to cook -- you've got to check out the Up Beet Kitchen!

Along my quest for linking the importance of good food to better health through my own blog, I also have had the privilege to get to know who is behind this group through a mutual friend. The Upbeet Kitchen "speaks the same language that Food Wisz-dom does" and I'm pleased to share a bit about them.

I've attached a link below to a guest post that I've written about the Upbeet Kitchen and hope you enjoy getting a chance to learn more about the organization's founder who comes from a healthcare background as a Registered Critical Care Nurse and now is a healthy professional chef who attended culinary school at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City! 

Cheers to good health!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

What's the Real Scoop with Bacon?

So it seems that the World Health Organization (WHO) has finally and firmly indicated that Bacon is  NOT a good food to eat, but that it also is one of those processed meats that causes cancer. Is it real news to just about anyone that bacon is really not good for you? It seems that every time I've gone out to breakfast somewhere -- whether its meeting friends for brunch or vacation -- it is almost inevitable that bacon is usually (not always) one of those foods that is requested, isn't it? Perhaps not everyone eats bacon with frequency -- and it becomes more of a treat -- as it should be. Does one have to completely block out the idea that a slice of bacon on rare occasion is okay? But, how can one escape indulging occasionally on a slice of bacon or a slice of cheese cake or a crumbly, flaky donut?

It just seems that when news comes out -- such as this article about bacon -- there is a general "freak out" by just about everyone. Maybe I just find it a bit over the top and maybe you may or may not agree with me, but what happened to moderation? If cancer is the concern, what about the extreme overindulgence with other foods -- processed foods -- that haven't been mentioned. What if people became more aware of the foods they buy in the grocery store instead of completely vowing to never eat bacon again? In general, upon entering the grocery store, shop on the perimeter as much as possible and stay away from the center of the grocery store. The perimeter of the store is where milk products can be found, yes, meat and poultry too and most significantly, fruits and veggies. Staying away from the center aisles of the store helps with avoiding all of those processed and packed foods that contain a thousand unpronounceable ingredients that aren't even a nutritious food ingredient!

With all of that said, it would simply be smart to eat processed foods as little as possible, eat more fruits and vegetables and listen to your body! If you are full, just put the fork down! Get inspired instead and take a walk or go to the gym. Once you've gotten into the habit of getting into a good groove, your body will respond in kind. Instead of doing a general "freak out" over what foods to not eat, do a general "clean up" of the foods that we know we should be eating and concentrate on that. Your health will be that much better! One cannot put a price on nutrition after all, and bacon is one of those foods to consider seriously eliminating from our diets -- although, if there is an occasional slip up, will that be enough to cause cancer or will the worrying about never eating it again be the concern?

Monday, October 19, 2015

Are these 7 Super foods Actually Super?

What is a super food?

According to this Life Science blog, super foods are foods that are mostly plant-based, but can also include some fish and dairy that is full of nutrients and hence, good for overall health. Foods included in this category include blueberries, salmon, kale and a few more!

But, just an FYI, there is no set criteria for determining what is and what is not a superfood according to the American Heart Association. It does seem that the term "superfood" has become more of a marketing term used to make people aware of the nutritional values in these foods. There definitely are a lot of other excellent food choices and as we all have heard, moderation, portion control and variety are key elements to nutrition!

Here is the list of 7 super foods to learn more about....

Monday, October 5, 2015

A Diet to Boost Your Mood and Energy Level

Here we are Monday again. The start of a fresh week for many. But, how will this week be different from any other week? Will you be more energized, will you be moodier, will you be pleasant to be around? So much of our mood and our energy is greatly influenced by not only getting enough rest, but in eating the right foods.

Here is a diet to boost your mood and your energy level.

There are some really good tips in the article and one I really need to re-visit from time to time is that drinking plenty of water (staying hydrated) helps with keeping you alert. "Some studies suggest that even mild dehydration can slow your metabolism and sap your energy"!

I don't always remember to drink the amount of water that I should, but in reading this information, it reminds me to drink up the good stuff whenever possible!

Friday, September 25, 2015

The Truth About Detoxing

Doesn't it seem that you usually hear about someone going on a detox cleanse after a holiday or getting back from vacation or something along those lines? What ever happened to just trying to cut out processed foods -- not all of them are bad (like canned vegetables or canned beans), but most found on the shelf at your local grocery store aren't the best for our health. But, don't we already know this? They are just convenient foods to have around, but for many, they have replaced the 'good foods' to have more of like fruits and vegetables, healthy grains, lean meats and fish. 

In getting back to detoxing though, perhaps people are believing that they'll slim down (yes, that usually happens), but are you really "cleaning" or detoxifying the body? The human body is pretty amazing and on it's own, it does a really good job of doing just that -- detoxifying and eliminating what we don't need!

As Brigitte Zeitlin, M.P.H., R.D.,C.D.N., states: 
"Your body is designed with mechanisms to filter toxins out effectively," says Zeitin. "You don't need to do anything to detoxify because your body is constantly doing it for you." This is all thanks to your gastrointestinal tract and GI-related organs like your liver. "Your kidneys and liver filter what you take in and get rid of waste when you go to the bathroom," says Zeitlin. So things you eat, drink, and even inhale go through your body's own personal cleaning system, which gets rid of the unnecessary stuff so you can flush it away."

With all of that said, the best way to really take care of your body is to attempt to eat right whenever possible. Limit the processed foods, eat more fruits/veggies, drink lots of water and make an effort to make a homemade meal whenever possible. Here are 10 Healthy-Eating Rules that Almost All Nutritionists Agree on. What do you think? There may be a chance that many will not find value in eliminating the regular juice or smoothie -- and you don't have to completely -- but, why rely on the detox when our bodies are already doing the work for us?

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Why do some people who eat fast food not gain weight?

This question has perplexed me and I do think about it from time to time. Why is it that some people you may know (or you yourself) can eat this stuff and still remain -- well, thin? While we are in quite a dilemma with the foods we eat in this country (the SAD diet or Standard American Diet), many may think it is completely unfair to see "skinny" people get away with the foods we should be avoiding. The things to focus on though is not so much the foods that they are eating, but what is that food substance ultimately doing to their bodies? Sooner or later the truth will reveal itself.

It has been shown to us from numerous reliable sources that fast foods are full of sugars, artificial chemicals which also makes them completely devoid of any nutritional value. In fact, most of what is sold in say a Burger King or McDonald's doesn't even constitute as real food. Thus begs the question -- what is natural? The natural ingredients that are in our foods are but the least bit natural.

Lastly, perhaps we also need to look at who those fast food people are. They haven't felt the full effects of what fast food does to the body quite yet. It will take time. Maybe those folks are younger -- possibly in their 20s -- when metabolism hasn't slowed to a crawl. Fast food is like a slow poison that takes its time in breaking down every healthy cell in our bodies that is meant to keep us -- well, healthy.

As this article points out: "Being young, their bodies are better adapted to missing out. Their cells are not yet saturated with the toxins, so they can store more. Their pancreas still is pumping out tons of insulin, and is not yet worn out. Because of the higher energy levels, the sugars are used up and not stored away. Their digestive systems are still repairing itself fast, so they don't feel the damage that the bad food is doing. They don't understand that all that junk is ripping them open. But, it will catch up. Give it a little time, months or years, and this fast food habit will begin to wear thin. You can only store so many toxins. You can only pump out so much insulin before breaking".

Still not convinced? One can simply see the difference in the foods they eat. Take the challenge of eating a Big Mac, Fries and a drink or having a well-balanced turkey sandwich with fresh lettuce and tomato on whole wheat bread or another delicious sandwich variation with real, natural ingredients and see how you feel even an hour after eating them. If you've got a big work project to complete or an exam to prepare for, which foods do you believe will enhance your "brain power" more? Now there is some food for thought...

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The 7 Healthiest Foods on the Planet

Yes, we may know what some of the healthiest foods on the planet are, but do we eat them regularly? The following are 7 of the Healthiest Foods we can all be sure to eat.

1) Green Apples (with the skin on)
The benefits one can get from one of these apples is well...fruitful. These contain healthy fiber and polyphenols. Polyphenols are micronutrients that can be found in our diet and assist with the prevention of degenerative diseases -- like cancer and heart disease.

2) Lentils
Lentils are legumes that are quick and easy to prepare with the added benefit of plenty of long-lasting fiber that keep us feeling full. Lentils also help with disease prevention and minimize inflammation. Great recipe for lentils? How about some easy lentil soup?

3) Walnuts
Walnuts are known for their anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids which prove to be great for the heart! In fact, with just a few walnuts as a daily snack, blood-flow to the heart is greatly improved, which in turn works toward the prevention of heart disease.

4) Oats
Oats are loaded with fiber and also contain antioxidants called avenanthramides which help with controlling cholesterol and also reducing the risk of heart disease.

5) Watercress
You don't hear about watercress very much these days. But, this "green" has been around for thousands of years and is incredibly good for you. You hear a lot of talk about kale and its health benefits, but watercress is part of that same "good for you" family of veggies.

In fact, the famous quote from the ancient physician Hippocrates -- "Let food by thy medicine" reminds us about the benefits of watercress. Yes, the "father of medicine" used watercress to treat his patients! Additionally, watercress has the highest ANDI (Aggregate Nutrient Density Index) score of 1000 for complete nutrition and health benefits.

6) Olive Oil
Olive oil is a major part of the Mediterranean Diet and is well known for its extremely healthful benefits. It has been well known that populations from the Mediterranean region have long life expectancies with lower heart disease risk, high blood pressure and stroke as opposed to other populations (namely ours).

7) Tomatoes
There is no doubt that tomatoes are full of wonderful antioxidants, with a very good amount of vitamin C and beta-carotene. Tomatoes also contain the mineral manganese and vitamin E. Manganese plays a large role in providing the body with such benefits as bone health, blood sugar control and a strong protector against free radical damage to our cells and tissues.

All of the foods mentioned above are fairly easy to obtain, they are delicious and they are absolutely so easy to add in a good recipe....