Food

Do I HAVE to eat breakfast?

gluten free breakfast

I used to spend a great deal of time trying to convince my patients how important it is to eat breakfast. The studies point to many reasons why this is the case. I even have a litany of those reasons listed in my breakfast recipe eBook. The not-breakfast people would fight me tooth and nail. I fought myself tooth and nail. The truth? I abhor breakfast. Not…

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Cook this: Gluten-free, Vegan Walnut & Goji Berry Saute

When I was in acupuncture school we had a class on Chinese Medicine dietetics. I called it ‘Chinese Home Cooking.’ My herb professor hosted this class at his home, and his wife would cook samples of all of the meals we discussed. Each meal would be made with a specific intention for addressing imbalances. Many of them contained super-foods such as goji berries that are a…

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Farm Spirit- A Vegan (& Gluten-free) Tasting Menu Beyond Delicious

My first day as a vegetarian was in spring of my freshman year in college. A high school friend was visiting and I ordered a hamburger at Friendlies (an East Coast mid range diner type of place.) My friend looked at me, slightly disgusted “you mean a flesh burger?” Uh…make that a grilled cheese. I spent the better part of the following decade a strict…

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Easy Tasty Gluten-free Chia Pudding

I grew up under the watchful eye of a stay at home mother, an architect father, a sassy housekeeper, a posse of siblings and a dog named Tiger. In other words, my babysitter was The Brady Bunch, aka channel 5. Every day at 5pm, rain or shine, before my actual parents came home from work I would curl up in my parents’ bed with a Tab (or…

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How Much Protein Do I Need?

If I had to pick one piece of nutritional advice to give it would be to make sure you’re getting enough protein. And although that amount varies from person to person, my experience is that most people do better with more protein, fewer carbs, and lots of high quality fat (avoiding trans-fats, and too much saturated fat or palm oil.) So, let’s talk protein! The CDC recommends…

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What’s the Deal with Plant Based Protein?

I was at the gym the other day chatting with a friend about eating protein to build muscle. He mentioned that he likes to eat rice and beans after lifting since it’s a “perfect protein.” I have another friend who is a savvy recipe developer and chef who posted on facebook that she was very excited that she finally found a doctor who told her to…

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Cook This: Spring Asparagus, Snap Pea & Quinoa Salad (easy!)

Although asparagus isn’t my personal jam (TMI alert: I can’t stand when it makes my pee smell!!) I know that people love it. And, it’s a great food for spring according to Chinese Medicine. Here’s why: Living in tune with the cycles of the seasons is a lifestyle recommendation made in Chinese Medicine to help achieve a state of balance and health.  In addition to…

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Is it True That Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity Doesn’t Exist?

A few weeks ago a spate of posts hit social media in response to a study result that “proved” that non-celiac gluten sensitivity doesn’t exist. My first response was to roll my eyes and ignore it as I do with most viral sensationalist headlines. But then I started getting emails, and tweets, and even a few phone calls. So I spent some time reading the…

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Eat This: Gluten-free, Dairy-free Eggplant ‘Parm’

People often ask me if I feel deprived or if I crave the things I ‘can’t’ have on a dairy-free and gluten-free diet. The answer is typically no. If I do, it’s rare, and usually has nothing at all to do with food but has to do with a mood I’m in or the crowd I’m hanging with. That said, I do occasionally come across…

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On Breakfast

Some people say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. There are studies that show metabolism is affected by when we eat as well as what we eat.  If we skip breakfast it can make us more likely to have issues with insulin resistance and higher blood sugar which, over time, if you have a disposition, can be a set up for…

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