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Sweet Sugar Science

Sweet Sugar Science

A “sugar” is a processed and refined powder or liquid sweetener that contains roughly 50% fructose, fruit sugar, and 50% glucose, your body’s source of fuel. In addition to sucrose (table sugar), sugar is a sweet chameleon with now over 60 different names including maple syrup, honey, agave syrup or nectar, evaporated cane juice, date sugar, coconut palm sugar, fruit juice concentrate, molasses, rice syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, beet sugar, any ingredient ending in “ose” like maltose or dextrose, and many other sneaky terms.

Mindful Food Tracking

Mindful Food Tracking

I explain that tracking intake has a lot more to do with the big picture of nutrition. You learn not only what your macronutrients (protein, fats, and carbohydrates) and calories look like, but also your micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) that literally run the show, affecting how you feel and what you crave.

Making Nutrition Affordable

Making Nutrition Support Affordable and Accessible

At Craving4Health Integrative Nutrition, personalized nutrition support is provided exclusively via telehealth. In addition to special rates and discounts extended, I continue to offer a sliding payment scale. Health should never be a privilege, and disease prevention should not be viewed as a luxury.

Just One Thing

Just One Thing

Prevention strategies for this one virus are also true for most viruses, bacteria, and illnesses like heart disease and cancer. A nutrient-rich diet, balanced gut health, and a lifestyle that lowers inflammation and stress are powerful ways to optimize the body’s natural immune system.

Food Addiction

Is My Favorite Food Addictive?

Do you have difficulty putting down the packaging once you nibble that first tortilla chip, cookie, or other favorite snack? Well, you’re not alone. Processed foods are engineered to increase appetite and make you eat more. Most of us are influenced by addictive tendencies when it comes to sweet, salty, or fatty foods.

Simple Strategies Part 2

Simple Strategies, Part 2: Tune Into Timing

Insulin is the fat storage hormone. The more you consume processed sugars and starches, the more insulin will be produced and the more you will want to eat. In addition, the more you consume in one setting, the more likely that large amounts of insulin will be released to counteract glucose. The end result is typically increased body fat accumulation, often around the mid-section, known as a “muffin top.”

Food Community

Love Your Food Community

Just as there’s no one-size nutrition plan, there’s no one grocery shopping experience for everyone. This is where the benefits of mindfulness surface yet again. Feeling connected to your preferences can help create a shopping and meal planning process that works with your needs, rather than against them.

Simple Strategies Part 1

Simple Strategies: Dietary Do’s

Have you tried various weight loss approaches without the ability to initially lose or keep off the weight? Well, you’re not alone, because many “diets” are meant for only short-term use. Let’s talk about weight improvement protocols that produce long-term results by changing how your body reacts to foods and stressors.

Should my Nutritionist push pills

Should My Nutritionist Push Pills?

Nutritionists may use food and supplements to not only manage nutrient insufficiencies or deficiencies, but to also alleviate symptoms and subsequently reverse disease. The act of prescribing dietary supplements to clients as a form of therapeutic treatment is often within the realm of nutrition counseling and therapy.

Magnesium

Magnificent Magnesium

Magnesium is involved in more than 300 types of enzyme-driven reactions, including the production of ATP (energy) through the electron transport chain. With 50 to 60 percent of magnesium stored in bone, obvious signs of magnesium insufficiency (such as headaches and muscle spasms) may not appear for up to several months as magnesium bone levels are reduced or depleted.

GMO

What Are GMOs, Really?

There are numerous environmental, socioeconomic, and health concerns regarding GMOs. Environmental concerns consist of lack of crop diversity and possible impact to pollinators and eventual food supply. Socioeconomic concerns reflect negative impact to farmers and lower-income individuals exposed disproportionately to more processed-food GMOs than higher income Americans. Many health concerns revolve around uncertainty about the impact to the gut microbiome and overall health in humans, in part because of minimal epidemiological and longitudinal studies completed.

CBD

CBD Savvy

It can be overwhelming to sift through all the online cannabidiol oil information. Before jumping on the cannabidiol (CBD) bandwagon, take a few minutes to learn terminology, review a list of questions to ask about CBD, and be aware of safety concerns about CBD.