Eating seasonally and why its better. Yes it taste better but food has its greatest nutritional value at its peak! read more
It’s that time of year again. After a long and joyous but no doubt stressful holiday season, it seems that a good portion of our friends and family members have again come down with the cold or flu. My husband and I try and remember to take our vitamin C, zinc and probiotic supplements every day to help ward off the onslaught of germs we come in contact with. This year we decided to add another layer to our defenses by consuming mushroom supplements and extracts, and incorporating more cooked mushrooms into our meals.
Mushrooms have long been studied for their powerful and varied effects on human health, and about a half a dozen varieties stand out for the powerful boost they give to the immune system. Shitake are a common mushroom found in most grocery stores. They have been shown to have both anti-viral and anti-bacterial effects, along with the ability to help stabilize blood sugar. Try them cooked in a high-quality fat such as grass-fed ghee or avocado oil. Add to soups, stir fries, rice dishes or simply sear and serve over beef and chicken. Remember to buy organic!
Reishi and turkey tail mushrooms are also heavy hitters when it comes to boosting the immune system. A clinical study conducted in 2011 showed that a compound in turkey tail mushrooms has been shown to improve immune status from 70% to 97% in cancer patients. Reishi has also been shown to be an anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory. Because these mushrooms are much harder to find fresh, I prefer to take them in capsule or extract form. There are a number of high-quality supplements on the market that contain them. My favorite, Host Defense, comes from the word renowned mycologist, Paul Stamets. Host Defense makes a variety of whole-mushroom capsules and extracts in single variety and blend formulations. They are available at a variety of natural food stores including Mother’s and Whole Foods.
I recently read an article about how good hemp seeds are for you and how they’ve gotten a bad rap because of their botanical relationship to medicinal varieties of cannabis. Hemp contains a small amount of TETRAHYDROCANNABINOIDS (THC) It has been researched extensively and science shows when it’s not smoked it can have substantial health benefits with almost no side effects.
The 7 benefits of Hemp seeds:
Rich in GLA-researchers have discovered that GLA supplementation is necessary for proper hormone health and can help greatly with PMS symptoms.
Arthritis and Joint Pain-researchers have concluded that hemp seed oil has anti-arthritic effects, which can help patients suffering from its symptoms.
Weight Loss-Hemp is a natural appetite suppressant and can help you feel full longer and reduce sugar cravings. It’s recommended that adding 4 TB to your breakfast will help curb excess hunger the entire day. This is because of all the fiber they have.
Digestive Health-High in insoluble and soluble fiber, hemp seeds provide more than enough bulk to keep your gastrointestinal system regular and feeds the probiotics in your gut to help secure a robust immune system. This means it can relieve constipation naturally.
Hair, Skin and Nails-the Oil in hemp seeds penetrates the inner layers of the skin and promotes healthy cell growth. Since hemp seed oil is also good for skin disorders, such as psoriasis, and eczema, it’s a good ida to eat at least a couple tablespoons everyday to maximize these benefits.
Cancer-Because of its perfect fatty acid profile of omega-3 fats and GLA, hemp seed helps naturally balance inflammation levels and strengthen the immune system.
HEART HEALTH-Some of the key ingredients in building a healthy heart include fiber, plant-based protein, healthy fats and eating less sugar. Hemp seeds help in doing all of those things.
I’m sure looking forward to implementing hemp seeds into my morning routine after reading about how healthy they are. I know I could use all of these benefits!
More ways to enjoy hemp seeds:
For my own benefit and for the benefit of my clients, I try to keep up the latest information in the areas of diet, health and nutrition. However, with a pretty busy schedule, it isn’t always easy to crack open a book and read all the information I would like to. That is why I love listening to podcasts when I’m am commuting, doing housework or working out. There are thousands of podcasts out there, and many of them focus on health and nutrition as their primary topic. These podcasts are usually about 2-3 hours long-pretty much a mini seminar-and are completely free!
Some of the best episodes I have listened to recently are on the Joe Rogan Experience and the Tim Ferriss Show. Joe Rogan has many guests that are experts in the field of diet and nutrition, but my favorite has to be Dr. Rhonda Patrick. Dr. Rhonda Patrick is a wealth of knowledge- check her out on episodes #568, #672, and #773 of the Joe Rogan Experience to hear what she has to say on the topic of supplements, nutrition and sports medicine. For great info on fasting and ketogenic diets, listen to Dom D’ Agostino, episode #117, on the Tim Ferris show. You can find these podcast episodes and many others by searching the podcast app on Apple and Android phones, or by searching YouTube.
Being a baseball fan and having cooked for sport figures in the past Ive often wondered how they come up with their diet regimen on and off the road.
This year at the Natural Products Expo the chefs of WHE discovered this amazing product! As it turned out Chef Fila was already a user of product and raved about it! So we asked the company owner Monika to share with the WHE audience a bit about her background and what her product is all about!
Virgin Raw Foods was built on a heritage of locally sourced food at the farm where Monika and her grandmother lived. She grew up under communism in Wroclaw, Poland. The farm because a life-long school of nutrition. There were no restaurants and nothing that resembled markets. Their food came from her grandma’s land. During summers Monika worked on the farm pulling up carrots, picking potatoes, onions and strawberries, etc.
If you have trouble digesting dairy, plant milks are great alternatives. Typically made from nuts or seeds, these plant milks can be used to replace anything you would typically use milk for, whether it’s milk for your coffee or cereal or making a creamy sauce to go on pasta. You can buy a variety of plant milks in grocery stores, but making them at home is shockingly easy and allows you get creative.
Here’s what you need to get started:
In this entry we will be highlighting the variances between broth, stock, and bone broth. I’ll also discuss the health benefits of bone broth and include a simple, bone broth recipe which contains only 9 ingredients. You may ask yourself, why discuss bone broth? Well, bone broth has been a culinary staple in my career as a chef. I tend to favor the use of bone broth because of the deep bold flavor. It enhances soups, sauces, and proteins. However, in recent years I have noticed a shift in how bone broth is being used by many people today.
The infamous coconut oil has been the latest fad trend for both health and beauty hacks. I personally jumped on the bandwagon to see what all the fuss was about. Here are some of my daily beauty and health hacks for you all to enjoy as much as I do!