What is Nutritional Yeast and Why is it Good for Me?

What is nutritional yeast, you ask? It’s an amazing booster food! What is a booster food? A booster food is a food that we need in very small quantities in our eating lifestyle, but offers a lot of bang for the buck. Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast similar to brewer’s yeast. It is known for it’s vitamin B-12 content, which is added to the yeast, but this is the only plant source of vitamin B-12, making nutritional yeast extremely popular among vegans and vegetarians. In about 1 1/2 tablespoons there is roughly 133% vitamin B-12!! Talk about a booster food!

Nutritional yeast has a cheesy, nutty Continue reading What is Nutritional Yeast and Why is it Good for Me?

Those Pesky Allergies

This is the time of year where the weather is happy, but many of us are miserable! Seasonal allergies affect millions and cause everything from sneezing, to runny noses, to watery eyes, to headaches. People cursed with allergies often times resort to antihistamine meds that can make them groggy, hyper or just plain loopy. Now, I don’t know about you, but Spring time seems like a crummy time to be drugged out and not able to enjoy all this season has to offer.

What you have to consider is that allergies are directly related to your body’s immune system. 2/3 of your immune system is located in your G.I. (Gastrointestinal Tract), which means that the health of that system effects EVERYTHING else; including allergic responses.

Allergens, which are what cause allergic responses Continue reading Those Pesky Allergies

So, what about raw foods?

When you hear the term “raw” food, what comes to mind? Sushi? Blood red meat? Uncooked chicken? Well, the world of raw foods is nothing of the sort. Sure, those items are “raw” but when we talk about raw food in the health food sense, it means foods in their “living” form. Similar to fermented foods, raw or live foods also contain enzymes which cooked foods lack. The enzymes in raw foods assist the body in the process of digestion.

The raw food diet dates all the way back to paleolithic ages when all cave men could eat were raw foods-vegetables, fruits and nuts. They really had no other choice. So, we almost have a natural instinct to eat this way. Sure, they hunted for animals to eat, but believe me, back then, those animals were truly wild…not fed diets full of pesticides or antibiotics. Continue reading So, what about raw foods?

Whole Foods

Just a quick little note to explain what whole foods actually are, and no, I’m not talking about the market, although, this is where I live 5 out of 7 days a week, it seems. 🙂 I do loves me some Whole Foods market.

When I talk about whole foods, I want you to understand what I am talking about because I don’t want to make assumptions that every body knows what a whole food is. The concept of whole foods is pretty basic. Literally. It just means that the food has not been processed in anyway, or if it has, it has been done in a way that does not completely alter it, such as olive oil. Olive oil, as you know, is oil from olives. It’s clearly not a “whole food” but it typically is expeller cold pressed and that is a process that does not heat up and destroy the properties in the oil. It basically squeezes the oil out of the olive in a huge press and this is done without heat to again keep from destroying the oil. As I mentioned Continue reading Whole Foods

Fermented Foods and Digestive Health

If you haven’t thought much about fermented foods, you should start to. Fermented or cultured foods actually offer a world of benefit for our digestive systems and have a rich history. These foods are common in Korean, Chinese, Japanese and some European cultures and have been for some time. See, in our guts live billions of tiny bacteria; some good, some bad. In fact, there are about 20 times more bacteria in our systems than there are cells in our bodies. If the bad bacteria out number the good, which can be the case if you are eating SAD since these bacteria’s favorite food is sugar and SAD foods contain LOTS of sugar, then the good bacteria cannot do their job because they are being bullied by the bad guys. Bummer, huh? We need to give the good guys a little help by adding foods to our diet that help them reproduce in order to help us feel good and stay healthy. Continue reading Fermented Foods and Digestive Health

Tips on choosing a good quality multi-vitamin mineral supplement

The importance of including a good quality daily multi-vitamin mineral supplement is a concept I don’t believe many people seem to grasp. In a perfect world, we would be getting all of our much needed nutrients from the foods we consume, but sadly this is not the case, since a majority of people eat SAD (standard American diet). I hate to burst your bubble, but One-A-Day is not the ideal choice for a multi. Sure, it’s a great marketing ploy-“I can take only one vitamin per day and get all the important nutrients my body needs!” Riiiight. My friends, most of the vitamins in your multi are WATER soluble, and guess what our bodies are mainly made up of? You guessed it-water-about 70% of our body weight, if you want to get technical. This means, that most of the vitamins and minerals taken in are getting excreted through our urine. Yes, we pee most of them out, meaning, you need more than ONE-A-DAY to actually receive the benefits from them. A high quality multi will most likely Continue reading Tips on choosing a good quality multi-vitamin mineral supplement

Quinoa-my favorite grain

Quinoa (pronounce KEEN-WAH) is a small, quick cooking grain with tons of nutritional benefit. Cooked quinoa is fluffy and creamy with a nice teensy crunch giving it a slightly nutty flavor. Quinoa has the highest protein content of any grain and it is low in calories, which is another marvelous perk, since we are such a calorie-obsessed society. It is a recommended protein source for vegans and vegetarians because it also contains essential amino acids making it a complete protein, which these types of diets sometimes lack.

Quinoa is a gluten free food, meaning that it contains no wheat, so if you are gluten sensitive or have Celiac disease, this grain is perfect for you and can easily be used in place of brown rice or pasta, which usually do contain gluten (you can also find gluten free pasta, but quinoa is a great alternative!) Continue reading Quinoa-my favorite grain

Some Truths About Coconut Oil

So, what have YOU heard about coconut oil? It’s fattening? Bad for you? Don’t use it? Well, I am here to set the record straight. Coconut oil is one of the most nutritious forms of fat out there. Mainly made up of saturated fat at 92% , it has gotten a pretty bad rep because saturated fats are linked to CHD (coronary heart disease). In an article entitled A New Way of Looking at Coconut Oil by the amazing Mary Enig, Ph. D, she explains how coconut oil ended up the red-headed step-child:

How did coconut oil get such a negative reputation?

The problems for coconut oil started four decades ago when researchers fed animals hydrogenated coconut oil that was purposefully altered to make it completely devoid of any essential fatty acids. The hydrogenated coconut oil was selected instead of hydrogenated cottonseed, corn or soybean oil because it was a soft enough fat for blending into diets due to the presence of the lower melting medium chain saturated fatty acids. The same Continue reading Some Truths About Coconut Oil

Benefits for Egg Eaters

<UPDATED 5/21/11: Eventhough I choose a “healthy vegan” Eating Lifestyle, I used to consume eggs religiously and I can comprehend their nutritional benefit. I also realize that all you readers are not going to all be vegan, so I left the article up because it was one of the first blog posts I wrote about and I do think you should find this article informative. I wanted to educate people on why eggs were healthy on the matter of cholesterol, since that is where they have their bad rep. My personal beliefs and Eating Lifestyle work for me, and although I do not consume eggs anymore, I do think if you choose to, you should be well informed. >

Eggs seem to be one of the most controversial foods. Do they raise cholesterol? Do they lower cholesterol? Are they fattening? Should you just eat egg whites? What’s the difference between white and brown eggs? Did they come first before the chicken or after? Who knows? Continue reading Benefits for Egg Eaters

Sunday-Farmer’s Market Day

Hello all, Thanks for visiting! This site will hopefully offer you some interesting and fun nutrition information that you can put to use in your every day life. Sunday for me is Farmer’s Market day! My FAVORITE day of the week! It’s a chance for me to gather up my weeks “supplies” to nourish my body and soul with the food that comes from local and organic farmers. It’s a great way to support the “green” movement and get some fantastic, beautiful fruits and veggies (among other things such as breads, honey and cheese). Don’t forget to bring your own reusable bag! 🙂

Today I took home tangelos, after trying a sample Continue reading Sunday-Farmer’s Market Day