Omega-3’s are essential fatty acids, which means we have to get them from the food we eat. Omega-3’s can help lower both cholesterol and blood pressure, are anti-inflammatory and promote immunity as well as aiding brain function, joint health and mood. There are some excellent food sources of Omega-3’s and you should include these in your diet. However, most of us do not eat enough of them, so we recommend taking an Omega-3 supplement.
Food + Health
Not long ago, a seemingly radical idea arrived at the grocery store – the mandatory nutrition information label. Designed to help consumers get a clearer picture of what exactly was in their food, the idea essentially legislated food processors into being more transparent about their ingredients. Instead however, we got a lot of confusion as Big Food found ways to questionable substances and suspected carcinogens in plain sight, right there on the nutrition label! Buried in the small print, with abbreviations and chemical chart names only a Stephen Hawking would understand, consumers were left little more enlightened than they were before mandatory labeling. To help unravel the label gibberish, here are the 7 ingredients you should always leave behind on the supermarket shelf:
It's almost impossible to go to the market without coming back with something in a box, bag, can or jar. The simplicity of eliminating steps in preparing our food is now commonplace. We cut corners because food manufacturers make it so unbelievably easy and cheap to do so. Certainly some processed foods are safer than others, and most of us recognize how truly lucky we are to have so many options at our fingertips. And that's just the point: When we change our food habits, we change the world.
Like the saying goes, the only constant is change. We may resist it all we want, but Time and its inevitable evolution of everything in its path is unaffected by our attempts to stop it. The resulting trajectory of humanity's nascent ascent appears to be positioning itself to sweep us into progressive new times, especially where our food choices are concerned, as nearly 7 billion people are now standing on the little scraps of land that we share with some 55 billion rather large animals raised for food each year.
Lose weight! Boost immunity! Improve your love life! If there were a pharmaceutical drug that did all three, there’d be a stampede to the pharmacy, but for now, no such pill exists. My advice? Build your own – not a pill, but a plan – an eating strategy that packs power, nutritional value and a host of benefits into every bite. Where to start? Simply load up on the “Superfine 9” – nine of the most nutritionally valuable foods you can buy. What makes them super? Few calories, low in sugar and salt plus lots of soluble fiber, nutrients, and health-boosting phytochemicals. Even better - not a drop of guilt should you over-indulge! If you’re interested in looking great, feeling great, and weighing less, the real “magic pill” can be found in the organic produce aisle and at the seafood counter.
Incorporating fish into your diet is a great way to help boost health, protect your brain and heart and even help stave off certain kinds of cancers. To say the least, fish is a powerful ally to have on your dinner plate -- but only if you’re eating the best, safest fish possible. Here are a few ways to hunt down seafood that will support your health as well as the ocean’s:
Few people talk about the transition from cancer treatment to cancer thriver. But with more than 11 million cancer survivors in our country today, it’s time to start talking about how to be healthier after cancer. Survivors face a range of issues after active treatment and one big question: Will cancer come back? In Suzanne Boothby’s new e-book, The After Cancer Diet, she explores ways survivors can live a preventative lifestyle so they can continue to thrive.
The average American now consumes some 22 teaspoons of sugar a day. And our sweet tooth isn’t just making us fat — it’s triggering all kinds of inflammation, fueling chronic diseases and even increasing our risks of cancer. As kids, we were taught that too much sugar would rot our teeth, but today we know that the ramifications of a lifelong sugar splurge are scarier than a finger-wagging dentist. Yes, sugar can cause cavities, but of much greater concern is the sweet stuff’s link to bodywide inflammation.
Many of the patients we see at the center are busy New Yorkers that are always on the go, running from one meeting to the next. It makes healthy eating a bit more challenging, but it’s still do-able. Here are some tips for healthy snacks for your busy workday:
BPA levels in families who ate fresh rather than canned or plastic-packaged food for three days dropped by an average of 60 percent, according to a study released in March 2011 by the Breast Cancer Fund and Silent Spring Institute. Bishphenol A (or BPA), which is used to line food cans, has been linked to breast cancer, infertility, early puberty and other health problems.
Like countless Americans, I take part in Meatless Monday. (I also eat meatless on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and every other day of the week, but that came after a while.) Though I'm vegan and advocate that others eat a plant-based diet, I know that many people aren't quite ready to take that step in whole. For those folks, the concept of simply reducing our meat consumption -- say, going meat-free every Monday -- might be a bit more digestible.
I notice that a lot of our patients struggle with snacking at night. This is something I've struggled with too, so I've put together some of my favorite tips so you can get into a better rhythm. 1. Nourish yourself during the day. If you're running around and stressed all day, you may look to food (or alcohol) to calm you down at night. But if you're taking good care of yourself during the day – eating satisfying, balanced meals, practicing mindful breathing, laughing & loving, drinking water, getting some fresh air, breaking a sweat – you'll feel more relaxed in the evening.