The threat out there against us is very real: a tiny speck of a incomplete bit of genetic material is taking down hundreds of thousands of people, wreaking havoc on mankind, on the economy, on life as we know it ... on 'normal', and there is seemingly little we can do to combat this. Except there actually is. With very little effort you can help give yourself and your family a bit of armor against this virus. How? By wisely choosing foods that boost your immune response,
We are at a very interesting and confounding point in our human evolution: Never before have edible items been so readily available. At the same time, never before have diet-related diseases been the number cause of death. We have access - easy, ready access- to food, and yet we struggle so much with making wise food choices. Why can’t we help ourselves do better? Make smarter choices, take better care of our nourishment, and reduce our path toward disease. (I know that
One of the amazing things about this sort of expat life is the opportunities we are given to skim in and out the culture of so many different places. We don't really embed ourselves, right, but rather just move just above 'real’; we are in a place far longer than a tourist would be, but certainly not long enough to absorb and assimilate. So our inherent 'American-ness' remains mostly intact, and easily identifiable. Wherever we are in the world, I can pick out the American
Sometimes, the hardest thing in the world to be sure about is what to put in your mouth. Is it good for you? Bad for you? Going to increase your bad cholesterol? Make your gut react? Is it going to make you feel sluggish? From a non-sustainable source? Is it full of fake colors or preservatives? Is it overly-processed? Is it bad for your karma? Is it instagramable? Would your mother be happy you are eating it? Would your kids eat it? Can you make enough to portion
Some believe that vitamins are literally the best thing since sliced bread, and that the best thing you can do for yourself -besides get your 8 hours of proper sleep -- is to find a well-balanced multi-vitamin that suits your life needs. Others believe that they are not only useless, but a waste of money and potentially dangerous. So ... is there a happy middle ground? Okay, let’s preface all of this with this: in a perfect world, you and your family eat a variety of differ
A fad diet or diet cult is a diet that promises weight loss or other health advantages, such as longer life, and usually relies on pseudoscience rather than science to make many of its claims. In many cases, the diet is characterized by highly restrictive or unusual food choices. Do they work, do they help you to lose weight? Maybe. Will the weight stay off? Well, if the diet were possible to maintain, then maybe. But so much depends on you. So much depends on your acti
I have to say, I find one of the greatest insults to our attempts at proper childhood nutrition (both as parents, as someone who attempts to guide others on a path for proper nutrition) is the Child Menu at restaurants. Who are you, restaurant X, to tell me that my child only likes and so should choose from chicken nuggets, pizza or a burger? Who are you to tell me that my child wants to drink juice or soda? Who are you to undermine my attempts to get my child to enjoy the
Eating is complicated; it’s hard to know what you should or should not put in your -and your family’s collective mouths. Rules and suggestions change, oftentimes flip-flopping from year to year. The rules for eating we grew up with are not the same suggestions we see today. Partly, this is due to the amazing developments scientists have made in the fairly new realm of dietetics (the science of nutrition), as well as leaps and bounds in the knowledge about human development.