Red Meat: Friend or Foe?

redmeatThis post was originally published on Whole Health Wellness Center’s website.

Historically, it has been accepted in the medical community that increased consumption of red meat increases all-cause mortality including cardiovascular disease and cancer (especially colon cancer). [1] However most of the studies that indicate such results often do not differentiate between processed and unprocessed meat or other factors that influence the nutritional quality of the meat such as a grass-based diet. Here I explore these factors and others like the impact of red meat on gut health, the planet, and take home tips for a healthy balance. Continue reading “Red Meat: Friend or Foe?”

Hide Heaps of Veggies in These 3 Delicious Dinners

This post was originally published on Whole Health Wellness Center’s website.

carrotsHave picky eaters that won’t eat vegetables? Or struggle to get all the servings of veggies in you should for you or your family? Here are 3 recipes I go to frequently that are both veggie-packed and delicious. Try the Garden Chili, Double Dose Veggie Pasta, or Tantalizing Turkey Loaf if you’re looking for a new dinner idea! Continue reading “Hide Heaps of Veggies in These 3 Delicious Dinners”

Wine & Broccoli with a Side of Chemistry: Demystifying Sulfur-Based Allergies

broccolifractalThis post was originally published on Whole Health Wellness Center’s website.

Sulfa, sulfur, sulfites, and sulfates are often confused for apparent reasons. Each of these also have the potential to cause adverse reactions in certain people. If you’re allergic to sulfa drugs should you be worried about sulfites? Why are sulfites in wine? Are they in all wine? Can you have a reaction to sulfur? What are the differences in reactions to sulfa, sulfur, sulfates, and sulfites? What should you avoid if you do have an allergy? Continue reading “Wine & Broccoli with a Side of Chemistry: Demystifying Sulfur-Based Allergies”

Feast to Flourish: Using Evidence-Based Eating Habits to Stay on Track this Holiday Season

From plate size to not skipping meals, people are always sharing tips about how to not gorge yourself on the holiday feasts, but do they really work? Let’s dig a little deeper and see what the studies say. Although plate size may not matter, especially in some populations, there are some tricks that will keep you on track!

Serve yourself!

According to this 2014 study you are more likely to load up on vegetables for yourself than when another person is plating the food for you. For this reason, using a bigger plate could actually translate to more vegetables!

Imagine your meal.

Give yourself a jump start for success by deciding ahead of time how much you’re planning to eat. This may sound pedestrian but it’s actually important! Brunstrom’s Mind over Platter article reports that this not only helps control the portion size but also affects your perceived memory of what you ate. Accurately remembering what you ate actually affects your satiety. Also, be aware that with increased variety in foods (as we see in the holidays), portion sizes tend to be larger because it “increases sensory contrast” within the meal, altering our perception of the portions. So take those few seconds to think about the food in front of you. Continue reading “Feast to Flourish: Using Evidence-Based Eating Habits to Stay on Track this Holiday Season”

9 People Who Are Changing the World

Want to change the world? Maybe your inspiration will be found in a common thread found in each of the speakers at the 2014 TEDx event at the University of Washington. Among them were a poetry-writing lawyer, a computer programming biologist, and an engineer setting out to tackle global poverty. As one might expect from any TED event, the talks inspired collaboration and creativity, offering new perspectives on some of the largest problems facing our world. One of my favorite things about TED is the cross-pollination of ideas which the speakers in this set truly exemplify. Until these talks are posted online, here’s the inside scoop!

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6 Reasons Why You Want Your Salmon Wild

The health benefits of having an optimal omega-3:6 ratio and favorable vitamin D levels have effects resonating throughout every field of medicine. But those aren’t the only reasons why you should consider wild caught salmon…

1. Studies have shown that adults in the United States do not meet dietary requirements of omega-3 fatty acids and fish intake. Optimally, your omega-6 to omega-3 ratio should be close to 2:1, although some sources say that this ratio varies between 1:1 and 4:1 based on the disease of concern. We’ve heard it before, but omega-3s help decrease total body inflammation, support vascular integrity, cardiovascular health, and support brain function, Most people who eat a western diet have a ratio somewhere between 15:1 and 50:1. Wild-caught salmon is high in omega-3s to help improve your ratio! Continue reading “6 Reasons Why You Want Your Salmon Wild”

Transforming Our Approach to Healthcare

What’s wrong with what we have?

Some of the biggest complaints I hear about our medical system include the rising cost, insufficient preventative care, and a short duration of time actually spent with the doctor. There is also a rising interest in “alternative” therapies for which patients resort to often questionable internet resources for information. Natural remedies are not always safe and without appropriate knowledge of the disease as well as herb, nutrient, and drug interactions people are unknowingly putting themselves at risk. Furthermore, too often are the root causes of illness masked with symptom management. Patients are often put on pharmaceuticals, which certainly can be life-saving, but are not always necessary and are often addictive and dangerous. The over-prescription of antibiotics leading to resistance and the resulting sabotage of our gut flora are great examples of some of the many problems with our approach to treatment.

What can we realistically do differently?

Let’s turn our focus toward the root cause of the problem and to the prevention of chronic disease by educating patients and empowering them to take an active role in their health. We need doctors who are also experts in natural treatments and are knowledgeable about when it is appropriate to give a lower intervention treatment that is safe, effective, and cost-saving. By offering longer office visits patients will have the opportunity to get problems addressed earlier, to be heard, and to not wait until a crisis to get the care they need. Continue reading “Transforming Our Approach to Healthcare”