Fast A Little, Gain A Lot

Recently, I've had several inquiries about intermittent fasting. To help us all understand this idea better, I invited my friend and wellness colleague Melanie Hardy share her expertise on the subject. Melanie is a multi-talented powerhouse; certified nutritionist, published author, wellness coach, and lawyer! Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of intermittent fasting and how to incorporate it into your life. 

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Don't Call It A Comeback

I get it - mayonnaise isn’t exactly considered a ‘health food.’ But with the proliferation of paleo and whole-30 type diets, things are definitely starting to change.  Nothing new for mayo; this often-misunderstood condiment used to be a kitchen staple and was always homemade. While it’s a simple formula of eggs, oil, and lemon juice (see my easy recipe HERE) – pretty innocent foods, depending on the source – it is a high-fat food. One tablespoon contains around 10 grams of fat.

The good news? As mentioned previously, I recommend that you make mayonnaise at home – with avocado oil, olive oil, or even bacon grease – you can make those 10 grams of fat count by making sure they are ‘good’ fats. 

So, now that I’ve convinced you about the virtues of making your own mayo, what to do with all of that homemade goodness? Here are some ideas..

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Real Mayo. Three Ingredients.

On a recent trip, I was grocery shopping for that night’s dinner. At home, I like to make most of my own ingredients. However, when I travel, I have to find other options. On this particular trip, I needed mayo for a dipping sauce to accompany grilled salmon. Because I usually make my own, I was shocked when I read the ingredient list on mayonnaise jars at the store- most contained over 15 ingredients and not a single egg in sight! I couldn't pronounce half of the ingredients, as most of them were preservatives and stabilizers - not real food.  At home, I make mayo with just 3 ingredients: eggs, avocado oil, and lemon...

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The Dirty Dozen

You may have heard of the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists, but you might not know that these lists are updated each year.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.  The EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ (aka Dirty Dozen and Clean 15) is updated each year and ranks pesticide contamination on 48 popular fruits and vegetables.  The top 15 foods with the least pesticides are called the Clean 15, while the 12 foods with the most pesticides are called the Dirty Dozen.

Here is the latest list, along with important reasons why you should pay attention to whether your favorite produce falls on the dirty dozen list. 

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Tantalizing Turmeric

Turmeric, the bright orange-yellow spice used in Indian and Asian cuisine is having a moment in the spotlight. It is the next big superfood to hit the health community. Derived from the root of a plant called curcuma longa, it is an incredibly powerful antioxidant boasting strong anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Aside from adding delicious flavor to your curry and soup, incorporating this spice into your daily routine offers a plethora of health benefits. One easy way to get more turmeric into your diet is to make a delicious anti-inflammatory tea known as golden milk.  

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Buddha Bowl Bliss

Ready to feel at one with the universe? Whip up an infinitely versatile Buddha Bowl to turn whatever you have on hand into a tasty (and photo-worthy) dinner. What exactly is a Buddha Bowl? Packed with whole grains, plant proteins, and vegetables, it's the ideal vegetarian one-bowl dish.  The best part is that you can swap out different ingredients to suit your taste - meaning there isn’t one single recipe. Think of a Buddha Bowl recipe as a general guideline rather than a precise science. A recipe without a recipe - how very Zen.

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Most Dangerous Chemicals Found in Sports Creams

We all think of over-the-counter-sports creams as safe to use. They can be easily picked up at the local drugstore and because they are topically applied, they are often applied excessively to areas of injury and pain.

But, did you know that one of the common MAIN INGREDIENTS in sports creams can be hazardous and even fatal if used liberally enough to cause an overdose?...

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