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Breaking Up With Gluten, Again

Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in Food Fight, General Health, Health Coaching, Lifestyle Medicine, Nutrition | 1 comment

breaking-glutenLast fall I under went IgG and IgE blood testing for food allergies with a functional primary care doctor. Only a few foods that I rarely eat came back “positive” for being allergic. Surprisingly, the test was negative for antibodies to wheat. I assumed that being off wheat for almost three years had repaired my gluten sensitivity. So of course, our family was back on the wheat train.

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Moving Your Sugar Battleground

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in Food Fight, Health Coaching, Nutrition | 2 comments

Sugar BattlegroundPicking your battleground. For years, I fought the sugar battle in my kitchen and pantry especially after dinner. Like a hound dog with an exquisite nose, I found myself snooping for sugar in my refrigerator, kitchen and pantry in the evening. After years of fighting that battle at home, I moved the battleground to the grocery store. If I don’t have sugared drinks, cookies, ice cream, candy, pies or cake in my house, I can’t drink or eat it. So it really means, that I can’t buy it at the store anymore. If you don’t buy it, you are committing to a big positive choice about sugar.

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Decoding Sugar and Weight Control

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Food Fight, General Health, Health Coaching, Nutrition | 3 comments

orange-juiceAll sugar is not the same. There are two kinds of sugar, glucose and fructose. Glucose is a primary fuel for the body. There are major differences in the way your body processes fructose and glucose. When you consume fructose even in whole fruits, you body packs on pounds at a much higher rate than if you just consumed glucose. When you eat fructose, your liver bears the major burden of breaking down the fructose. With glucose, the liver breaks down only 20%. Every cell in your body uses and can access glucose quickly after consumption. On the other hand, fructose is converted into free fatty acids, VLDL (the damaging form of cholesterol) and triglycerides, which is stored as fat.

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Invisible Offenders in the Kitchen

Posted by on Mar 26, 2013 in Cancer, Food Fight, General Health | 3 comments

Kitchen Sink

The war to prevent cancer is fought on many fronts but rarely in the home environment. Personal environments are unknown territory that remains a mystery to most health care providers and their patients. Sadly, this suggests our home environment has no role in cancer prevention, an assumption that is untrue if you look at available information from cancer research and cancer advocacy organizations.

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Dancing With The Sugar Plum Fairy

Posted by on Nov 26, 2012 in Food Fight, Nutrition | 1 comment

No matter what, they call about food. People want to feel and look better and they suspect there is a connection to the food they eat. I have some clients who have been addicted to sugar most their lives.  Many of us grew up on sugar beginning with childhood.  Now we can’t get through a day without at least one meal or one snack that has sugar in it.

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Telling The Truth About Diet Sodas

Posted by on Sep 5, 2012 in Food Fight | 1 comment

A few years ago, when my daughters were in middle school, I chose to stop buying sugared and diet sodas to have at home.  I knew as a health care provider that diet sodas were an unlikely good choice for my family because they were loaded with chemicals to enhance the taste and appearance.  My girls and my husband didn’t really complain much about my decision at the time.  If they really wanted it, they could order sodas when we ate out.

Often we crave something sweet that will “pick us up” and diet sodas taste sweet and deliver the punch of caffeine to make us feel a little better for a short time after we drink them.  

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