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Getting On Your Nerves

Anxiety is a state where too many impulses cross the synapse and nearly every stimuli “gets through” and short circuits the brain. Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety
can be extremely debilitating, having a serious impact on daily life. This condition is generally associated with sleep deprivation, insomnia,…

Vitamin C Chicken

This delicious recipe will have your family begging for me. Try it for dinner this week, I think you’re going to love it. Ingredients: 1⁄4 cup fresh orange juice 1⁄2 tsp. grated lime rind 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice 2 Tbsp. fresh thyme, chopped 1 Tbsp. garlic, minced 1 tsp. grated orange rind 1⁄2 red pepper flakes 1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breast cutlets 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 1⁄2 cup fresh pineapple pieces Olive oil cooking spray 6 cups…

Your Fortress of Defense

Your best protection against illness doesn’t come from a pill or injections, but from your own body’s first line of defense – the assorted cells and organs of your immune system. Without your immune system, you would wake up each morning covered with mold or blisters, and a simple cold would kill you. You would have to live in a sterile bubble just to survive. You would never be able to touch a loved one, watch a good movie in…

Colorful Chicken Thai Soup

Whether you are sick or just looking for a new twist to the traditional chicken soup on a cold day, give this recipe a try. It’s full of vegetables, protein, whole food carbs, and healthy fats (plus garlic and onion to help fight a cold or flu). It will help kickstart your immune system to fight off any current illness and ward off any possible bugs you might encounter plus it tastes delicious! This is another one I like to…

Cholesterol—the Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Contrary to what the medical industry says, cholesterol is not the major culprit in heart disease—or any disease for that matter. You might be thinking, “What? I just don’t believe that!” And our response would be, “Yep! It’s not the major culprit. In fact, cholesterol is good and necessary.” Okay, let’s be rational here. If cholesterol becomes oxidized it can irritate/inflame tissue it is lodged in, such as the endothelium (the lining of the arteries). This would be one of…

Mediterranean Burgers

This is one of my favorite, healthy twists on the typical burger. Next time you have a BBQ or just for a family dinner night, I highly recommend trying this delicious recipe. I put vegetables in it but also serve these burgers with a Greek salad or grilled vegetables on the side. Ingredients: 8 Portobello mushrooms, stemmed and cleaned 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 20 oz. extra lean ground turkey 3 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped 1 tsp. garlic, minced 1⁄2…

“D It Up”

We were taught in school that Vitamin D deficiency had been wiped out in the early 1920s and 30s. However, Michael Holick, MD, PhD at Boston University, says that vitamin D plays a key role in preventing osteoporosis, prostate, breast, and 11 other cancers—all of which have increased dramatically due to vitamin D insufficiency. It’s not just cancer and osteoporosis. Hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic pain, and inflammatory bowel disease are also on Professor Holick’s list.…

In the Mood for Food

There is a lot of confusion about what food is good to eat. Here are the top 10 foods you should try to eat. Americans should avoid taking their cues from the USDA’s food pyramid, which is the product of interest-group politics. Matter of fact, if you use the Standard American Diet acronym (SAD) that is exactly what you get – a “SAD” diet. I do not recommend following the food pyramid. Instead, I think you should follow a Mediterranean-style…

Coconut Vanilla Chia Pudding

Have you been looking for a tasty treat that isn’t going to cause inflammation, weight gain, or the many other side effects of desserts full of sugar?  Try this coconut vanilla chia pudding, I know you’re going to love it and the ingredients actually help reduce inflammation and promote weight loss. Ingredients: 2 cups fresh almond milk 2 tbsp coconut palm sugar (or substitute dehydrated cane) 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 3–6 tbsp chia seeds 2 tbsp shredded coconut (optional) Directions:…

The Road to Optimal Health

The road to optimal health is straight, but still confusing. It makes sense and yet we are tempted from all different angles. Most lifestyle changes, especially ones dealing with health and nutrition, can be quite overwhelming. This is because they are usually counter-cultural—they go “against the grain” of society. Even more so than generations before us, it has become so important to look at our nutrition and health. Society has it backwards. So much so, that those of us who…

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