For our grandparents’ generation, meat on the dinner plate was often more of treat than the multiple-times-a-day staple it’s become for many Americans. But cheap and plentiful meat has come at a health cost, thanks to large-scale feeding lots and industrialized meat production.
Anyone who knows me, knows that although I don't cook much, I love to eat, and I encourage everyone to do both, even if you’re not the greatest home cook (like me). Fortunately for me, my wife Janice is a whiz in the kitchen and I learn from her every time we are in the kitchen together. But, when it comes to spices, we’re almost equally matched, tossing in generous pinches of these wonderful ingredients not only to enhance flavor but also to support health.
Everyone talks about fermented foods and by now you probably know you need them to help keep your gut healthy. But, let’s be honest here, are you actually eating your fair share? If not, you’re missing out on one of Mother Nature’s easiest gut health hacks!
Whether you’re a Michelin-starred chef or an utter kitchen novice, it’s essential to pick the right oils for the job. Some oils are all-purpose culinary workhorses, others should be reserved for special jobs, and some oils, when heat is added, become extremely toxic to the body. So, how to recognize the healthy from the not-so-much?
Let’s face it, we all enjoy eating out every now and then, some of us more than others. But for those who must eat out frequently due to work or travel, the lack of control over what’s on the menu can make good food choices a challenge – but it doesn’t have to be. Forewarned is forearmed so with a little planning and a bit of forethought, you can easily win the game of dining out.
For a lot of my patients, especially those dealing with digestive and autoimmune problems, what stands between them and feeling great is an insidious but fixable problem we in the integrative health world call ‘leaky gut,’ or gut ‘permeability.’ If low-grade ills are dragging you down, leaky gut should probably be on your radar…