Inflammation is our body’s natural response to injury or stress. If you cut yourself, get an infection or sprain an ankle, acute inflammation is a normal immune system response. However, chronic inflammation occurs when this process goes wrong and starts to affect healthy tissue. This chronic inflammation may play an important role in aging and other illness such as heart disease, arthritis, bone health and allergies. Poor diet is one of the major contributors to chronic inflammation so incorporating anti-inflammatory foods into your diet is essential.
In the world of nutrition and science we tend to point to “food villains” and look for for quick fixes. For a long time, fat was a “food villain.” People went on low-fat diets to try to lose weight. When that didn’t work, the pendulum swung back and it became all about avoiding carbs like the plague. But all carbs are not created equal! Our bodies need carbohydrates. It’s not for nothing that we tend to crave “sweet” things – our instincts tell us that we need the energy and nutrients that hide in these foods. But a whole food is always superior to a processed food. Instead of loading up on candy bars and soda, we can satisfy our body’s need for carbohydrates with whole foods from nature.
When your digestion is working optimally, you shouldn’t even notice it working at all. But, for many of us that’s not the case… Gas, bloating, rumbling and even cramping are symptoms we experience on a daily basis. Instead of learning to live with the discomfort, do something about it today! Here are 6 ways to deal with the causes and help relieve the symptoms.
A stir-fry is one of my favorite go-to dinners. It's quick and easy to make and you can change it up in infinite ways depending on what ingredients you have on hand. I like to throw in lots of vegetables and then whatever protein I have on hand: chicken, fish, grass-fed beef or cashew nuts. Last night I made a chicken stir-fry for my husband and I. I mixed up a quick sauce of ginger and peanut butter - but I could have just as well used almond or cashew butter - and the final result was quite delicious.
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.
Though we might not like to admit it out loud, many of us have experienced that uncomfortable bloated feeling when you just can’t go. The dreaded constipation. You’re sluggish, your jeans feel too tight and you’re straining when you do try to go. It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are 5 tips to help get you back on track.
For a while now, agave nectar has been all the rage. It seems we have finally found a healthy solution to our love affair with sugar – a natural sweetener that makes everything taste delicious without spiking blood sugar. It’s even been presumed safe for diabetics. The health food stores can’t keep it on their shelves and raw and natural foods companies have rushed to switch from sugar or brown rice syrup to agave. But is everyone just drinking the agave Kool-Aid?
Being gluten-free does not have to mean you can never enjoy another freshly baked good. Thank God! After tasting these delicious lemon poppy muffins from our Provenance Meals delivery at the office, we hunted down the recipe from their chef, Carla Contreras so that we could share it with all of you. They are paleo, made without any refined grain flours at all, just almond flour/meal, eggs, butter and sweetened with raw honey. Nutritious and delicious – just how we like it. We hope you like it as much as we do.