Seasonal eating is economical and good for the environment. It is a way to feed into our body’s cravings and achieve nutritional balance while naturally supporting the immune system. There is a reason that apples taste better in the fall, or that you crave citrus in the winter months. These items are in season during this specific time, and their flavor is at the peak.
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Intermittent fasting is scientifically proven to change the body on a cellular level. The process can also help you shed extra weight and flatten the abdominal area. The cellular repair that takes place changes hormone levels allowing for stored body fat to become more accessible. Intermittent fasting also drops insulin levels, further facilitating fat burning, while increasing levels of growth hormone, which supports muscle gain.
Vegan diets are not a new option, but a lifestyle change that has received a resurgence in recent years. The term vegan was coined by Donald Watson in 1944 when he started the Vegan Society in England. The movement started with vegetarians who refrained from eating eggs and dairy products, but later morphed to include a lifestyle that refrained from exploiting animals.
With all the holiday season food being consumed this time of year while flu season peaks, it becomes even more vital to balance our diets with foods and vitamins that will keep us hearty, happy, and healthy.
In the winter, our bodies receive fewer vital nutrients like sunlight. We lack the Vitamin D that comes from being in the sun, since we often opt to stay indoors to avoid the blistering cold. Coupled with being crammed together in malls, offices, homes and airports, our bodies can use a little boost to our natural defenses in warding off catching a cold or flu.
Nearly 1 in 4 Americans have some type of mental illness. The CDC says that by 2020, depression will rank as the second leading cause of disability, after heart disease. For this reason, the talk around town has more increasingly veered in the lane of improving mental health: how to reduce the stigmas associated with it, common risk factors, and what we all should do to ensure we stay mind-, body-, and spirit-healthy. Now we know there is evidence that suggests a direct and proven correlation between mental health and what we eat.
The idea of nutritional psychiatry was barely on the healthcare radar just a few years ago, and while there had been a few studies examining how certain supplements (like omega-3 fatty acids) might balance mood, supporting data was still lacking. Fast forward to 2018, and there now exists a broad spectrum of studies identifying diet as being as important to mental health as it is to physical health.
By now, you have probably concluded that there is no perfect diet that fits everyone. The same can be said about the paleo diet. What is the paleo diet? Put simply, the paleo diet replaces modern food loaded with sugars, fats, and processed products with healthy proteins, fruits and vegetables loaded with naturally-derived vitamins, minerals and fiber.
Healthy skin is a hot topic these days. From creams and facials to nightly routines and medspas, the quest for achieving beautiful, supple skin has never been more voracious. While aestheticians clamor to fill up their calendars with your hard-earned money, there are very few who will tell you that great skins starts within, and what you eat impacts your skin more than what you put on it.
The word, “diet”, offers a range of gut reactions (pun intended), depending on who you ask. While it is a derivative from the Greek word “diaita,” which means “way of life”, for most people, it means following a restrictive food plan to lose or manage weight. This skewed perception may account for why a large portion of the world’s population’s relationship to food is complicated and has undergone many mutations.