Non-dairy milks have soared in popularity in recent years, but many of them come with an ingredient that concerns folks – carrageenan. It’s a seaweed-based “natural” food additive that is used for its gelling, thickening and stabilizing properties. The FDA says it’s safe. Digestion experts, including naturopath Dr. Joanne Conaway, say no. Many independently funded and peer-reviewed … [Read more...] about Do You Drink Almond, Coconut or Soy Milks? Avoid Carrageenan
Healthy eating and self-care don’t have to stay in the car when you arrive at grandma’s house. Or behind a locked door as a neighbor stands on the front porch bearing homemade treats. Even amid Christmas cookies and egg nog, we can thrive this holiday season. We can stay on track with exercise and hydration, and even at appropriate times share our new-found knowledge with others who also may be … [Read more...] about Avoid a Health Sabotage this Holiday Season
True confession: I just bought cream soda … made with high fructose corn syrup. Anyone watching me at the grocery store and unaware of my inner turmoil would have thought that I was insane because of the dance I was doing with different cartons of the stuff. I was getting ready for my son's birthday party, and he had requested cream soda and Doritos to go along with the pizza … [Read more...] about Thoughts on Doritos and Cream Soda
Despite spending more on health care than the rest of the world, Americans are far from healthy. In fact, out of 11 high-income countries, the U. S. health care system ranks worst overall. It’s a national crisis, and a personal one. If your health is poor, how good can the rest of your life be? A fair share of the problem lies in what we’re putting in our bodies, such as inflammatory foods and … [Read more...] about Can a Nutritional Deficiency Cause Modern Disease?
I grew up eating fried food. Fried flounder and shrimp, fried chicken, French fries, fried hush puppies, you name it. In the South, we like to deep-fry stuff. But while my grandmother used that method sometimes, I rarely have cooked that way at home, and now I even forego the “heart healthy” extra-virgin olive oil whenever possible. I also try not to eat fried foods when at a restaurant. (It … [Read more...] about Cooking Oils: Just Say No
Dear Poppin, It’s over. Since childhood, I’ve had a crush on you, and I always will love your big, blue eyes. You make lots of dough and share it happily with everyone. Most people appreciate the sweetness you bring to a room. They don’t care that your laughter is canned. Nothin’ says Lovin’ like something from the oven, you kept crooning. I believed you. Oh, how I … [Read more...] about The Doughboy and Me: It’s Complicated