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Winter is Citrus Season

Posted on January 30, 2014

Winter is citrus season and here is a recipe using 4 varieties.  Full of antioxidant vitamins A and C as well Omega-3 fatty acids from the salmon, this recipe will help to keep your eyes healthy and protect against age-related eye diseases. I developed this recipe for my "Eye Cook" column for the Discovery Eye Foundation newsletter. Eat and enjoy!

 

Citrus-glazed Salmon with Triple Citrus Salsa

What you’ll need to serve 4:

For the salsa:

3 oranges

1 grapefruit

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

½ large red bell pepper, diced

2 serrano chiles, ribs and seeds removed, finely diced

½ medium to large red onion, diced

Let's Talk Turkey

Posted on October 31, 2013

 

                                                             

I forget how much I enjoy the taste of turkey until I start eating it again around this time of year.  According to the National Turkey Federation, about 20% of all turkey is consumed on Thanksgiving Day. My husband is not a fan but I recently have been making a white turkey chili (see recipe below) that he loves, even knowing it contains one of his least favorite meats.

Stay Healthy - Avoid Immune Busters

Posted on October 31, 2013
  We all want to stay healthy this time of year - too much is happening.  So while boosting immune defenses with good nutrition is a great idea, we can also work on avoiding those things that over burden it. Here are five enemies of a strong immune system:
 
1. Excess calories. A recent study suggests that reducing your calorie intake by 10% improved immune function.  
 
2. Sugar. Sugar suppresses immune function. One study showed that the sugar in one 24 ounce sugary soda depressed the activitiy of white blood cells that fight infection by 50%. Honey and orange juice have similar effects. 
 
3. Allergenic Foods. Food allergies and sensitivities suppress immune function by creating chronic, underlying inflammation in the body.

Foster Farms - Salmonella - What to Know

Posted on October 31, 2013
  It was disheartening to learn recently that Foster Farms, California's #1 chicken producer, was responsible for a salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds of consumers due to three of its plants being contaminated with a particularly virulent strain of salmonella resistant to antibiotics. 
 
What is disturbing is that they have yet to identify the source of the strain as well as not explain why the company nor the government inspectors did not detect it before the poultry reached consumers.

Natural Strategies to Manage Digestion

Posted on October 31, 2013
 Have any of you experienced the Thanksgiving dinner overload where you think your belly is about to burst?  You've waited all day to celebrate and then stuff yourself in about 15 minutes? Not good...

 

You shouldn't notice anything after eating if your digestion is working properly.  However, many of us experience occasional or even more constant issues with gas, bloating, rumbling, and cramping and think it is part of life - it doesn't have to be. Here are six tips that use a natural approach to these problems from health coach, Katrine van Wyk.  I agree with all of them but want to focus on the art of chewing, which is always a recommendation with my clients.  

 

Natural Strategies to Manage or Reduce Cholesterol

Posted on October 1, 2013
     My first choice in dealing with a health issue is the most natural approach. Many illnesses, particularly those related to aging, can be managed or reduced by lifestyle choices and for me, the choice is a no brainer.  I would rather make healthier lifestyle changes over taking prescription medications with potential side effects. An example of this treating high cholesterol.

 

First, let's understand what cholesterol is, how it's tested, and what we want in regards to healthy cholesterol numbers. Then on to the "natural" solutions.

 

Peanut Butter - It Can Be Healthy

Posted on October 1, 2013
                                      
The most prevalent misconception about eating peanut butter is that it is too high in calories to be healthy.  However, eaten in moderation (a serving size of 2 tablespoons), peanut butter provides many health benefits, including the ability to lower the "bad" cholesterol - LDL- as well as lowering triglycerides.  
                                      
Other health benefits? It contains large amounts of fiber which helps in the process of controlling blood sugar and cholesterol levels.  Fiber can also reduce the chance of developing colorectal cancer. Peanut butter is high in protein and micro-nutrients like Vitamin E and B3, along with minerals like iron, potassium and calcium.

All Things White

Posted on July 29, 2013
     You may not consider the color white one of the "eat the rainbow colors" I talked about last month. However, you should. Nutrient powerhouses in their own right, white vegetables are rich in fiber, potassium and magnesium. 
 
Here is my "Eye Cook" recipe for the latest Discovery Eye Foundation newsletter. It uses cauliflower and potato and is my adaptation of a recipe from the 70's, originally found in the vegetarian Moosewood Cookbook.

Start with Percentages

Posted on July 29, 2013
                                        
 
As a health coach, I do not recommend any particular diet to my clients, other than to increase whole and high-quality foods and reduce "bad" foods. Why? I believe in "bio-individuality" - the theory that each of us is different in what foods nourish us.  Determining an individual's "healthy" diet is based on one's ancestry, blood type, metabolism, and one's own personal tastes and preferences. What works for you may not work for me. In addition, health issues differ between people. Helping you find what diet nourishes you and addresses your health issues (and don't forget the personal support along the way) is what I do as a health coach.

 

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