Category Archives: Nutrition

Are Pretzels Worse than a Candy Bar?

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Ahhhh Pretzels. Back in the day, I used to think pretzels were the perfect snack food: low fat and low sugar – and back then, we all thought that meant healthy.  I used to munch on them every afternoon, I “needed” my pretzels.  I can even remember stopping to buy them when I traveled after […]

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15 Superfoods for Peak Performance

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The other day I drove into a Rancho Santa Fe gas station, and just as I was about to jump out to go pump my gas, the nice attendant came up and asked me “I’d be happy to pump your gas for you.  Premium fuel today?”  Yes, please, I respond and get back in the […]

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The Halloween Sugar Rollercoaster

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Halloween is over, so while is your sweet child acting like a little monster…? In the weeks that follow Halloween parents might notice that their child: Is a little grumpier Is having trouble sitting still Has caught another cold or virus Has been having trouble in class with his behavior or focus Don’t worry – […]

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The Amazing Artichoke!

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    Artichokes do not get the credit that they deserve as a superfood.  But their antioxidant capacity puts them in the top four vegetables and seventh overall according to a study conducted by the  U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.  The Artichoke, also known as cynara, is a member of the thistle family, a group of […]

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Food Intolerance & ADHD

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There has been a rise in the number of kids diagnosed with ADD, according to a recent article in the New York Times.  Now 11% of all school-aged children has ADHD, and 1 out of every 5 high school boys will receive an ADHD diagnosis.  This represents a 40% increase in the past decade, which […]

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The Importance of Good Bacteria

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Antibacterial soaps, wipes, and sprays are everywhere – next to the grocery carts, in classrooms, and atop kitchen and bathroom sinks. Americans are practically obsessed with avoiding bacteria and germs at every turn. We have good reason to be afraid, dangerous antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria like MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) are on the rise. We need […]

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The Fine Art of Fermentation

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Fermentation is quickly becoming one of the hottest new trends in the food industry. Perhaps it is the health benefits, the complex and deep flavors, the energy boost fermented foods and drinks offer; or maybe it is that you feel like you have stepped into your own science lab when you are making them. What […]

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5 Heart Health Myths – Busted!

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There are some very common misconceptions about what foods and substances really are healthy for our hearts.  Here are five heart health myths…busted! 1. Myth: fat free diets are heart healthy: In the past couple of decades, if you were diagnosed with heart disease, your doctor probably put you on a “heart healthy” low fat […]

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Chia Seed Pudding

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Chia seeds are a superfood – they are high in omega 3 fatty acids, protein, calcium, and many other nutrients.  They are also high in a very unique fiber – that is hydrophillic – meaning it soaks up a lot of liquid, creating a gel.  This gel helps to keep us hydrated, give us energy, […]

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Lochte Ditches Fast Food to Go for Gold

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This weekend at the London Olympics, athletes from around the globe will compete for the ultimate prize – a gold medal.  Some will be at the games for the first time, while others, like Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, are returning to win more medals, and maybe even knock a certain rival off the top of […]

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