By Dr. Jennifer Wolkin
Most of us can relate to having “butterflies” in our stomach, or to a visceral gut-wrenching feeling. And you’ve most likely been told at some point to “go with your gut” or “follow your gut instinct.” Even from our simple slang, it’s clear just how symbolically connected the gut is to our emotions. The thing is, there’s tangible proof too.
We all have a microbiome, and they a Read More
By Jocelyn Weiss
I am so appreciative of my parents. From the time I was young, they taught me that I can do and be anything I set my mind to. When you hear that as a kid, you dream big. Maybe you aspire to become a doctor (I did get a PhD) or hike mountains (I’ve done that, too). Even more importantly for me, though, embracing that I-can-do-anything mindset has pushed me not to view my health issues as limitati Read More
Like my whole family, I have been heavy most of my life and thought it is all in the genes. I tried every diet there is and thought about doing bypass surgery. But a friend of my mom had it and died due to complications. When I went for my yearly physical after my 50th birthday, my doctor gave me a present, high blood pressure medicine. I was already taking over the counter drugs for allergies and Read More
During my young adult years, I started to pile on the pounds, and by the time my third child was born, I had ballooned to over 200 pounds. Then, by the time I delivered my fifth and last child, I was obese, and remained obese for at least ten years. My highest weight went up to 238 pounds. I had tried Weight Watchers, Atkins, and water fasting, but could only follow them for a brief amount of time Read More
The tulips are blossoming and the birds are chirping away. Spring has most certainly sprung and now it’s time to come out of hibernation! This is your opportunity to whip up some of our favorite seasonal recipes that promote clean eating highlight the delicate flavors of the season. Bring spring to your plate this month with this mouthwatering collection of mild-weather classics done right!
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By Ryan Warren, RD,
Come on baby, light my fire... With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, you’re probably looking for ways to heat things up in the romance department. Whether fresh sparks are flying with a new special someone, or you are in the market to rekindle things with an old flame, this is no time to skimp on that loving feeling. And what better way to set the mood than with some super stimulating and sed Read More
With February fast approaching, many of us have Valentine’s Day on the brain. But for this love-centered holiday, our focus is on the heart. And we’re not necessarily talking sweetheart candies or heart shaped chocolate truffles — as delicious as they are! Instead, this is all about that extra special part of us that keeps our blood flowing and our passions alive. We’ve cultivated a show-s Read More
French fries, chili, pasta, chocolate…our list of comfort foods could go on and on. And with winter in full swing, it’s all that’s on our minds. We’re talking about the hearty, indulgent dishes that are not only delicious but satisfying — the recipes you turn to when you crave a really good meal or a decadent dessert on a cold, blustery day. Comfort food isn’t usually known for being h Read More
The holidays are behind us and it’s a great time to start a healthier approach to eating. We’re talking about clean eating: consuming foods that are all-natural, not processed or overly-preserved. Sure, it can be tough to cut out some of your favorite foods that may be packaged or made with additives, but once you begin using only fresh ingredients, you’ll feel the difference and you may nev Read More
By Cara Harbstreet, MS, RD, LD
Did you make any health-minded resolutions this New Year’s? Was it to lose weight? Cut back on sugar? Exercise more often? Maybe all of the above! While kickstarting those changes is key, the real challenge comes in maintaining them for longer than a few weeks or months. We know that staying motivated can be tough, but it’s important to remember why you set those specific goals in the first pl Read More
If you’re a fan of juicing, you’ll definitely be on board with souping, the latest detox trend. Why drink cold juice in the winter? Go for warming soups this time of year! A soup-only cleanse offers a number of nutritional benefits while keeping you satisfied. Packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber, soups are filled with superfoods that can help you battle inflammation, cleanse your colon an Read More
Snack time! For most of us, getting through the day without a mid-morning or mid-afternoon boost is virtually impossible. But sometimes, it feels increasingly challenging to find nutritious and satisfying between-meal bites that aren't totally laden with sugar. The best snacks are of the well rounded variety—protein, fiber, and heart-healthy fats come together in a hunger-staving, energy-boostin Read More
By Linda Cho
Living with lupus, fibromyalgia, IBS and other overlapping autoimmune diseases means that every day is a struggle. My goal, however, is to try to become my best self despite my illnesses. To achieve this goal, one of the most important things I have decided to do is to live a healthier lifestyle. There is no single diet uniquely proven to help lupus (and other autoimmune illness) patients, but a Read More
By Tiana Kraus FND
“Superfood." Does this word call to mind exotic, pricey foods with fantastical properties coming from a land far, far away? To many of us, it surely does! But even though popular modern superfoods like acai, goji and maca are packed with health supportive nutrients, we shouldn’t let the bounty of nutrient-dense foods we have growing in our own backyards fall by the wayside. These foods are loc Read More
By Maria Ruiz
In May 2014, I suffered a major lupus flare. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that comes about when the immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks its own tissues in multiple body systems. My symptoms included extreme fatigue, fever, inflammation and extensive swelling. I knew I didn't want to be on multiple medications, so I decided to research ways in which food could help my body heal itself. Read More
By Dr. Jennifer Wolkin
Let’s rewind. February 2013, I noticed that I’d become more bloated than usual after a hearty meal. I experienced a feeling of pressure in my stomach, as well as visceral pain, both of which converged to create a really uncomfortable experience. I also had GERD, and my heart felt fiery. My xiphoid process felt irritated. I was a hot digestive mess.
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By Kate Male
As someone who personally suffers from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), I can tell you life is not a bed of roses. Most of my days are hit-and-miss if I wake up with IBS symptoms or eat something my body doesn’t tolerate. If I’m stressed or eat too much, it can be a literal pain in the gut!
I know there are a lot of you out there who wonder how to cope day-to-day with the symptoms Read More
By Emilie Berner & Ryan Warren
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between pickled and fermented foods? Lately, there’s been a lot of confusion surrounding the difference between pickled and fermented foods. How are these foods prepared? Are there any health benefits? Here we set out to explain what separates those kosher dill pickles we eat with our sandwiches from the kimchee we eat alongside our ramen noodles.