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Healthy Eating Basics: Where Should I Start?

One of the most popular questions I get from inquisitive minds often touch on the basics of eating a healthy diet. I always encourage people to take steps and little shifts to mindful and awareness food consumption that will lead to optimal health. There are just so many “myths” and “truths” out there that have a direct impact on our lives (mental, emotional and physical well being), that if we try to comprehend them all in one big chunk, we could be overwhelmed and throw in the towel before even committing to making a change for the positive. Below are general guidelines I like to follow and suggest for people that need a gentle nudge toward the right way of doing things better when it comes to food decisions. 

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Living with Lupus: Ways Healthy Lifestyle Changes Can Help

People who are living with Lupus are often on some type of medication to control debilitating symptoms related to Lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune disease where antibodies mistake the body’s own tissues as a foreign pathogen, or enemy and begin fighting and attacking. This one sided battle causes inflammation and chronic pain in the body, joints and muscles. It can also cause sun sensitivity, skin problems, weight loss, hair loss, and digestive problems. As Lupus gains popularity in awareness, people who are diagnosed are often pushed and educated in a way that medication is the only way to combat the pain, discomfort and flare-ups. There are many holistic and daily living practices people with Lupus can integrate into their lives that prove to be a positive, zero side effect method to easing many symptoms. 

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Omega 6 and Omega 3: The Difference and the Balance

We are taught to be well versed in our healthy oils, by eating lots of them and not to worry about fat that is deemed “healthy,” and refrain from eating processed carbohydrates (because that is what makes us fat). But taking a step beyond fat and weight gain, I challenge everyone to look at body inflammation and what is making us “sick”. What I have been finding is that most people are simply too inflamed and are consuming way too much Omega 6 on a regular basis. Though there is a large spectrum of Omega 6 and Omega 3 (poly unsaturated) rich sources, the key is to eat from low Omega 6 sources and high Omega 3 sources and maintain an anti-inflammatory diet. Further more, most people do not understand the difference between the specific Omegas, and how eating the different ratios of specific Omegas is a direct translation into how we feel, look, how our body functions, and yes, weight gain as well.

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Excess Estrogen: Natural Ways to Beat Estrogen Dominance

Most people are walking around with an excess of estrogen in the body. That is why, perhaps girls are now reaching puberty at 9 years of age, and there is such a growing problem with fertility and reproduction in our developed countries. Estrogen is a hormone that is produced primarily in the ovaries in women and in the testes in men. For men, it plays an important role in sperm production and bone maintenance.  Estrogen is also produced by other tissues in both men and women, including fat and the brain. People with great amounts of stored fat (especially belly fat) have higher levels of estrogen.

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Staying Upbeat: How to Overcome S.A.D. Naturally

About 11 million Americans have adverse effects to the doldrums of cloudy, cold and blustery, winter days. A more severe form of winter depression – is S.A.D., or Seasonal Affective disorder.  This diagnosis comes is typically after at least two consecutive years of more intense symptoms. Usually beginning around October and ending in April, S.A.D. can really cause appetite changes, mood swings and depression. Here are natural suggestive ways to best beat S.A.D:

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Trending Super Foods for 2014

There are ongoing trends related to the local food movement which include ancient grains, raw and choosing high quality foods (including fats and calories) over fundamental calorie counting. Here are a few of the up and coming popular SUPER FOODS:

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12 Top Foods For Pregnant Moms and Growing Peanuts

There are so many lists of foods that are on the “do not eat” list for pregnant women. I like to make expecting mothers’ lives a little easier and provide foods that are best for mom and baby in the belly consumption. Of course, a wide variety of whole and fresh foods is ideal, but below is a list of top foods to help growing baby develop best as well as keeping mommy healthy, energetic and well.

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Vacations: Hotels, Amusement Parks and Healthy Breakfasts

After a week-long stay-cation in a local San Diego hotel with my close and extended families, I was reminded yet again, why educating yourself (and anyone else that cares about health and wellness) is so important. We all chose to stay in a well rated hotel that, like almost all of the 3 to 5 star places, offer a complimentary breakfast and occasional snack and light dinner. Babies, toddlers and young children flooded the lobby slash cafeteria, filling their bowls with multi-colored fruit loops, fluffy Belgium waffles drowning in syrup with whip cream and powdered sugar, and a tall glass of chocolate milk. Their parents pilled heaps of bacon, sausage, biscuits with gravy, and scrambled eggs with cheese, accompanied with juice and coffee on the side. All families glued their eyes to their own technological gadget or television monitor during the entire meal. I realize that vacations are meant for families to relax and eat foods that serve as “treats” and throw in the towel to calorie counting and there is no such thing as too much T.V. The sad part is, however, there is scary reason why the majority of people in the United States are overweight and more than half are obese. It’s not because of seldom “vacations with free breakfasts.” It is because most people are not aware, educating themselves, and are not actively executing a healthier way to nourish and feed themselves and their families the right types and amount of foods. It is because the level of physical body movement is almost non-existent for a large amount of people, and it is because of the strategic marketing, agricultural and political agendas placed upon the people by big powers such as oil, pharmaceutical, governmental, agricultural and insurance companies that have helped people of the United States pay top dollars for healthcare, only to become sicker and more obese than ever before.

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Your Napping and Sleeping Children: 6 Habits and Practices for Parents

A recent study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health suggests that consistency of young children’s bedtime is associated with positive performance on a variety of intellectual tests (CNN Health, 2013). While routine and consistent habits foster a safe and steady rhythm for growing children, additional habits could possibly provide parents with some calmer, happier and more agreeable children during the “witching hour” that leads to final  bed time.

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The Growing Belly and The Growing Vegan Trend

There is a positive growing trend in people researching and turning vegan, not just among celebrities and Yogi followers, and not just along the coastal regions of North America, but among those who seek improved heart, diabetes and weight health. Surely the horse meat scandal did not help the meat industry, but this popular interest and curiosity toward a lifestyle involving not eating or harming any animals (including bees and their honey) is a bit controversial. In fact, it is seen as many, especially people in the Western medical culture as unhealthy and dangerous. Now take someone who is pregnant and vegan. Suddenly it is morally wrong to deny a growing baby meat protein?

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