Paleo Bumper Sticker

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                          Tell The World You Speak Paleo                   Choose Your Characters and Order Here. I dislike labels. They are confining.  When a label is attached to a person, place or thing it becomes too restrictive and close minded.  With nutrition it is no different.  Especially with the onslaught of nutrition research that is coming at us at lightning speed, with the advent of computers, in the new millennium. For those reasons I don't like to label my approach to nutrition as "Paleo", but for many other reasons it is the only label I embrace.  It has transformed my health and the health of hundreds of my clients.  I have … [Read more...]

Paleo vs Vegan

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Religion, politics, and 'diet'.  There is a social rule to never bring up politics or religion at a dinner party, and we need to add 'diet' to that list.  It seems a lot of people have their own strong opinion of what works best.  However, It never fails, when I go out in public and someone finds out what I do for a living, they want to know my opinion of what they should eat (sometimes bringing up the subject to simply try to prove their opinion is right).  Not that I mind helping a neighbor out, but I always warn them up front, "Don't get me started!".  From the beginning, I tell inquiring minds, that no one really knows for sure that they are right, and if they say they are, run for … [Read more...]

This Is Your Brain On Exercise

Everyone knows exercise is good for you, but most people do it to 'lose weight and get in shape'.  Burn off that bodyfat and tone those muscles!  Exercise does so much more than simply burn fuel and shape our muscles, it makes us feel good!  It increases the blood flow to not only our muscles, heart and lungs, but also to our most important body part...our brain.  Exercise stimulates muscle AND brain cell growth.  It makes you smart AND good looking! One of my favorite books on this subject is Spark by John J. Ratey, MD.  I read it back in 2008, so when my son's fourth grade teacher, Miranda Reagan, decided to "spark" her students' brains to help them relieve stress and increase … [Read more...]

The Poison in Peanuts

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I am not nuts about peanuts!  They are not even a nut.  They are a legume...a bean.  Actually, they are the seed of a legume. Before I get too deep into all the reasons I cringe when my clients tell me they eat peanuts, check out this email I got last week from a friend in Georgia: "I noticed today, the farmer who leases our property "burning" his empty peanut seed bags. Every time he would fill his planter hoppers he would burn the empty bags on the spot. I happened upon this partially burned seed bag label that was laying in one of the ash piles at the end of a row. I scanned it for you to read and tell me if you think the peanut butter you're eating is safe?????" Yeah, I … [Read more...]

How to Find Your Whey (Protein Powder)

How do you go about finding a high quality Whey Protein Powder?  This can be a daunting task.  The shelves are crammed full of different makes and models.  Deciphering the labels, and all the benefits they claim, can seem overwhelming without a degree in Organic Chemistry.  Below is a condensed list, thanks to Dr. Mercola, of 9 important rules to follow when trying to decide if that can of whey protein you're considering ingesting, is not just a can of overly processed, additive enhanced, nutrient devoid, glorified talcum powder.  The video below will also help explain the benefits of whey protein powder and why this may be just what you need to include as part of your REAL food … [Read more...]

Does A Fire Truck Cause The Fire?

In my last video blog (vlog), about how to grocery shop, I mentioned that saturated fat doesn't cause heart disease, the number one killer in the USA.  I quipped that saturated fat isn't bad for us, and that inflammation is the primary cause of heart disease.  Even though my video wasn't meant to be a lecture on nutrition, I got quite a few questions about that statement.  Apparently, there are a lot of people who have never heard this, and are a bit skeptical.  How can you blame them?  Since the late 1950's we have been taught, by the scientific and medical industry, that cholesterol and saturated fat are artery clogging.  Mainstream media continues to this day to perpetuate this … [Read more...]

Grocery Shopping For REAL Food

At last!  Here is the video I have received the most requests for…how to navigate a big chain grocery store in search of REAL food. I compare this type of shopping to walking through a casino.  Everything is set up to keep you shopping as long as possible, to squeeze as much money out of you as possible, and make all the products as alluring as possible.  The music, the lighting, and the positioning of the products on the shelves are well thought out by the food industry.  I guess you could say we are just pawns in their chess game.  Let's see if we can out maneuver the aisles and hold onto our King (our health). This video is not about nutrition education, that takes a few … [Read more...]

A Video Tour of Hydroponic Heaven

What exactly is hydroponics?  I have been pondering this ever since visiting my friend's restaurant, Windhorse in Eustis, FL, where they have hydroponic towers in the outdoor dining area.  They use these towers to grow food for their salads.  It is an amazing site and a culinary delight.  When I stumbled upon Innovative Hydroponics in Alcoa, TN I was determined to finally get to the root of it (pun intended!).  So, with video camera in hand and my inquisitive husband in tow, we swooped in on Andrea Rzad to pick her brain and her plants. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions in water, without soil.  The Latin derivative hydro, is 'water', and … [Read more...]

My Raw Milk Farm Video Trip

I wanted to see what all the fuss was about raw milk so I drove to Blaine, TN to video what I thought would be a farm run by mild mannered agrarians with long skirts.  You know...cows, goats, pigs, chickens, a garden, and homeschooling.  Boy, was I wrong!  It was a real backwoods farm, but Sherry Byington, the captain of this amazing operation, runs a tight ship.  She is a walking organic farming encyclopedia, and she is anything but mild mannered.  I thought I was doing well buying my fresh produce and grass fed meats, but this added a whole new dimension to eating REAL food.  Sherry runs circles around all of us, "whining because we have to drive 5 minutes to the store", city … [Read more...]

Vegetable Oil Is People!

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Just kidding with the title, but if you have ever seen the movie Soylent Green you know what I am talking about. So what the heck is 'vegetable oil'?  Does it even come from a vegetable?  So where does it come from?  The term 'vegetable oil' has come to encompass all those yellowy looking oils, and an ingredient of almost every product you find, on the inside shelves of  a grocery store.  A more accurate word is 'industrial seed oil'.  Hold on to your seats everyone because I am about to tell you something that is going to rock your world.  That 'heart healthy', cholesterol free (did you know that eating cholesterol doesn't raise blood cholesterol, but that is another rant I will post … [Read more...]