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…

Caffeine

Friend or foe? Tea or coffee? Most people have a favorite; few take neither, but which is better for you? Coffee is by far the most popular in the US as a whole, but I have to say, my experience in the South led me to believe that iced tea is a firm favorite there,…

Essential Oils in cooking

Put simply, it is best to use essential oils as a flavor substitute. They can come in very handy if you don’t have certain ingredients on hand. … or if the herbs themselves are just too downright expensive. You can also use them to enhance store-bought sauces to give them a little more “Oomf!” Oregano, thyme and basil oils…

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…

EGGS!

Too many healthy foods have had a bad rap in the no-so-distant-past and unfortunately once the mud has been slung, it is very difficult to unsling it. This has certainly been the case with eggs, butter, coconut oil, to name but a few. It is my firm belief that ANY food item that is a…

Honey

I have always loved honey, in all its pure forms – runny honey, solid honey, honeycomb….yum! I grew up in a small English town where most of your produce came from local farmers, including honey so I never knew anything else. The food industry never ceases to surprise me in the ways it tries to…

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…

Air Fryers

With Thanksgiving and Christmas now upon us, we all need to try to eat as healthily as possible. The US diet generally involves a fair amount of fried foods and baked goods in various forms and this season is prolific for both. One solution that allows us to continue to eat these foods while cutting…

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…