Food

My Favorite Pre-workout, Post-workout, or Anytime Smoothie

Smoothies are an easy way to get a little bit of extra protein in your day, And adding it in around your workout can help with muscle gains! Until recently I really pushed that protein within 20 minutes of finishing a weightlifting workout. We’re beginning to find that it’s ok before as well. And anything that makes it more convenient to get what you need is a…

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What are Bitters? Guest Post by Karen Carleton, ND.

Bitter is the forgotten taste. For most of us, bitter is something we’d prefer to avoid. We use it to describe inclement weather (the “bitter cold”) or an unpleasant person (“That guy sure is bitter.”). So why is the flavor of bitter so important for us? There are 5 flavors that we mainly talk about – sweet, salty, bitter, sour and umami. Many traditional cultures…

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

Spring Asparagus, Snap Pea, and Quinoa Salad Serves 4-6 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 regular acupuncture treatments, one of the best ways this can be achieved on a daily basis is through diet. Eating what is fresh and in local abundance…

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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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Your Healthy Immune System- the Last Throes of Winter

By Karen Carleton (Our fabulous new ND!!) As we head into the last part of winter we are reminded of the possibility of coughs, runny noses and influenza. For many of us the question is not if we will get sick, but when, how often and how severe it will be. This brings up an important point about health. Getting sick is not necessarily a…

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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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Cook This: Gluten-free Ling Cod Fish Tacos

I originally found this recipe calling for halibut on Epicurious. I’ve made it probably a dozen times but I wanted a slightly less expensive fish for a weekday meal so I asked Lyf at Flying Fish Co what he thought would work well and he chose the Pacific Ling Cod. It was fresh, never frozen, about half the price of halibut, and Lyf was sure. Who am I to doubt the fishmonger?

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