Healing food – You are what you eat

I first heard the mantra “You are what you eat” on a TV show, titled the same, aired in the UK about 20 years ago. Gillian McKeith was the holistic nutritionist who would take on the UK’s worst cases of poor nutrition and promise them that their lives would turn around in 6 weeks IF…

Frozen Desserts versus ice cream

Hmmm…well my jury’s still out on this one and may be for some time yet. Personally I’m not a huge ice cream fan anyway; it’s not my first dessert choice, though I do enjoy a scoop every now and then, usually in summertime and definitely when it’s home-made. As with everything, if you don’t eat…

Fiber

We all know we need fiber, it’s in all the “healthy” foods after all, right? But WHY is it so important that we get enough? First of all, having a good amount of fiber in your diet is crucial to aiding your digestive health and all that relates to that – think no bloating or…

The mighty Blueberry

An eternal American favorite, the diminutive blueberry is a little powerhouse of goodness (no wonder those grizzlies love them so). Multiple scientific studies have been done around the world on the various benefits of eating blueberries and all have concluded that if you add these tiny, yet potent little berries to your weekly diet (2-3…

Mushrooms – merely food, or more?

For thousands of years the people of Asia have eaten mushrooms for both food and medicine. Among them, the mighty Maitake mushroom reigns supreme. Significant research has been done regarding its medicinal benefits and I will elaborate on that later. First of all, know that all mushrooms have nutritional benefits and help us to expand…

Heart Healthy Diets

Let’s start out the New Year with a fresh look at our diets and how we can change them to look after our most vital organ, our heart. Visit http://www.cardiosmart.org/nutrition for more ideas, but, straight from the cardiologist’s desk, these are the key things you should be doing (and we’ll look at each in more…

Coconut Oil

Like many other foods – eggs and butter to name but two, – coconut oil has had a rather chequered past. Once castigated for its high saturated fat content, coconut oil has in recent years, been given a second life as a healthy fat. And while drinking it by the tablespoon still isn’t a great…

Dem Old Bones

Ok, so we all know that chicken soup – homemade, of course – is purported to have great health benefits, particularly for colds and flu, but have you ever stopped to wonder WHY? Answer – BONE BROTH! The University of Nebraska Medical Center conducted a study to find out exactly what was in bone broth…