Bring on the Berries!

This is a great time of year to eat berries. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries are all in season now. Berries are sweet, juicy, and delicious! They are low in calories – only 70-100 calories per cup. What other sweet delight can you enjoy that is so tasty and has so few calories? Blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries have a low glycemic index which is good news, particularly for type 2 diabetics. Blueberries are rich in fiber and vitamin K. Their vitamin C helps make collagen,the framework of our bones and...

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Go Millennials!

Baby Boomers step aside – the Millennials have taken over! According to Pew Research, the number of Millennials (those born between 1981 to 1997 and the children of Baby Boomers) has surpassed the number of Baby Boomers. Why is this important? They have a voice – a loud voice. They are making it known to Big Agriculture and Big Business what they want and don’t want in their food, and the big guys are listening. What don’t Millennials want? Antibiotics, GMO’s, and artificial ingredients. What do Millennials want? Organic, locally...

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Advocacy for Good Health in 2015

Last month I was at Mayo Clinic with my sister. While she was having some tests, I had time to go to the Patient Resource Center, a library of medical information located in the clinic. Upon entering the resource center, painted in big letters on the wall was the following quote, “The object of all health education is to change the conduct of individual men, women, and children by teaching them to care for their bodies well, and this instruction should be given throughout the entire period of their educational life.” Charlie H. Mayo. That was...

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Thanksgiving Traditions Revisited in 2014

Thanksgiving – it’s a feeding frenzy and a day of guilty pleasures. We eat more than we should – and oh my – the calories! Here’s how to have an epic Thanksgiving dinner with a nutritional boost, and save on the waistline at the same time. 1.  Serve soup as a first course. A vegetable soup would go nicely with the rest of your Thanksgiving meal. The water and fiber in the soup is satisfying, so we will eat fewer calories. 2. Add parsnips to the mashed potatoes. Two or three parsnips would be fine, depending on how much...

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Back Pain – Taking a Natural Approach to a Painful Condition

Nearly 80% of Americans will have back pain in their lifetime.  Americans spend at least $50 billion a year on back pain. Lower back pain is the leading cause of disability according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010. Various back disorders include sprains, strains, herniated disc, sciatica, spinal stenosis, and degeneration of disc. The spine consists of 30 vertebrae and is the body’s main support structure.  The vertebrae protect the spinal cord running through the central opening of the vertebrae called the vertebral canal and the...

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