We constantly hear how important it is to exfoliate, but chances are you are not doing it properly. You can both over-exfoliate and use the wrong ingredients, both will cause damage to your skin. So while it is important to make sure you exfoliate (as dead skin cells left on the surface of your skin can do everything from reduce the efficacy of absorption from the products you apply, increase dryness, aging and irritation to clog pores), it matters with what and how often. Most people are not exfoliating properly.
Our friends at the amazing food delivery service Provenance Meals [www.provenancemeals.com] have another delicious gluten-free treat recipe to share, and we’re pretty darn excited about it. We get asked about good and healthy snack or protein bar options all the time, especially from our busy patients who are on-the-go and traveling a lot. These bars are a gift for all of you busy people. They would also be a perfect after-school snack or as a sweet treat in any lunch box. And did we mention; they’re gluten free, dairy free and egg free?
Most mornings, my go-to breakfast is a protein and nutrient dense smoothie. It gives me the nutrients my body needs to get my day started right.
But there are some days when I’m in the mood for something hearty like a “cereal” breakfast. My favorite is gluten-free raw muesli which I soak in vanilla coconut milk (unsweetened, of course) overnight to allow the grains to soften and the delicious flavors to develop. It’s an easy breakfast recipe that hits the spot.
“Natural” claims in the cereal and granola aisle mislead consumers. A research study from The Cornucopia Institute indicates the “natural” claim is mostly meaningless marketing hype, in contrast to the USDA certified organic label which signifies the food was produced without genetically modified organisms (GMOs), toxic pesticides and other potentially dangerous synthetic inputs. Cornucopia and USDA research finds GMOs, and toxic pesticide residues, in “natural” cereal ingredients… and many “natural” brands are often priced higher than equivalent organic products.
Gluten hides in a lot of very common foods in the Standard American Diet. In addition to avoiding the gluten containing grains like wheat, spelt, rye, barley, farro, kamut and semolina, you also need to watch out for the hidden gluten in many processed foods. Start reading labels, choose more whole foods with no (or at least very short) ingredient lists, and begin to cook more at home. One great benefit of going gluten free whether allergic or not, is that it automatically helps you to cut back on a lot of processed foods! That’s a great step for anyone to take.
I love breakfast. I used to be a coffee and muffin girl but over time I have figured out that my breakfast was setting me up to crash and burn. Now on most mornings, I fire up the blender and make a smoothie with protein powder. I find this makes a big difference in my energy, and I have fewer cravings throughout the day. If your current go-to breakfast is a bagel and coffee, you can do better!
What is Gluten? Gluten is what gives flour its doughy elastic consistency and what makes it chewy, which is why over the centuries, gluten-containing grains have come to be used so extensively in breads and other baked goods. It is made up of a group of several subfractions or families of proteins contained in certain… Read more »