Nutrition

B Vitamins: What You Need to Know

You have probably heard at one point or another that you should take vitamins. But you have probably also heard that it’s unnecessary, and that we shouldn’t. What’s the truth? The answer is probably somewhere in the middle. In an ideal world we would get everything we need from our food as it would come from the earth without refining or processing. In an ideal…

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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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Why is Sugar So Addictive?

Have you ever wondered why you can’t just eat one cookie at a time? Or why diets are so difficult to sustain? Or why you’re thinking about cookies right now instead of the words you are reading? It’s sugar, sugar! We evolved to seek out sugar. Our brains are hard-wired to make us love sweets. This was an absolutely crucial evolutionary adaptation when food was…

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My Favorite Dairy Alternatives

Are you looking for vegan dairy alternatives that actually taste good? My last blog post was about why you might want to avoid dairy. If you haven’t considered this, go take a peek at that post before you dive in here! I originally wrote a post in 2011 titled Is it Real or is it Memorex about how to find decent vegan dairy alternatives. At…

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To Dairy or Not to Dairy?

I first stopped eating dairy when I was a sophomore in college. I had been a vegetarian for over a year at that point, but dairy was still a staple in my diet. One day I was chatting with a friend about needing to make a little extra money and she suggested that I apply for a job at Mixed Nuts, our college food co-op. These jobs were coveted…

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Cook this: Green bean ‘french fries’

When my son was a baby we wanted to make sure that he was a vegetable lover. The way we went about this was extremely tactical. We mixed a slurry of kale, chard, spinach, and peas into all of his baby food. All of it. Pears? Half slurry. Sweet potato? Half slurry. Oatmeal? Half slurry. I wrote about that here, along with other tips on getting…

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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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Seriously, HOW did you get your kid to eat those greens?

Simple. Start from the beginning. And trust me, the earlier you start the better off you’ll be. Here are some tips to start your child off right.

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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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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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