Low Carb

Dr. Samantha’s Top Tips for Kicking Sugar to the Curb

Most people eat more sugar than they think that they do. It’s everywhere. Go grab a few things from your pantry or your fridge. Spaghetti sauce. Crackers. Cereal. Yogurt. Even milk. Now, look at the label. Check out the serving size. Now, look at how much sugar is in that serving. 4.2 grams of sugar = 1 teaspoon. Now think about how this adds up.…

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How to Choose Protein Powder that’s Right For You

I’ve had so many questions about whether it’s ok to use protein powder, to do that, I decided to do a Facebook Live to answer this and any other questions you have about protein Tuesday, more at the end of the post on that. 🙂 Getting enough protein is an important part of keeping your energy up, your mood even, and your blood sugar stable. The lion’s share…

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Why You Need to Snack, and Why You Don’t!

Just like everyone doesn’t need breakfast, everyone doesn’t need to snack! Some people enjoy snacking and some people don’t- you’ve got to keep that in mind when you’re deciding about snacking. That said, whether it’s best for your health to snack is very individual (I know, I know, I’m a broken record.) And of course what you’re snacking on is important. Snacking on a snickers bar…

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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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Easy Tasty Gluten-free Chia Pudding

I grew up under the watchful eye of a stay at home mother, an architect father, a housekeeper, a posse of siblings and a dog named Tiger. In other words, my babysitter was The Brady Bunch, aka channel 5. Every day rain or shine at 5:00 I would curl up in my mom’s bed with a Tab (or Pepsi Light) and a pre-dinner snack of bologna and…

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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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Cook This: Gluten-free Meat Muffins (an easy, high-protein grab and go lunch!)

Meat Muffins: Gluten and dairy free meaty goodness. A patient recently told me she made up a recipe for “buffaluffins.” Buffalo meat muffins. Brilliant, I thought. And look what was sitting in my fridge- a pound of grass fed grass finished beef waiting to be made into burgers. Forget it! Muffins it is. They were good. Not great. I tweaked the recipe a bit to…

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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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Down with Vegetables! Vegetarian, vegan, or omnivore? Choosing Health.

About 6 months ago I was perusing my online reviews, because you should do that every once in a while, and I came across a review that skewed my stats with a 1 star out of 5. This happens. You can’t be right for everyone, and given my blunt nature, I’m bound to disappoint here and there. But the content of this one threw me.…

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