Who has a favorite food that you mostly try to avoid because it's not so healthy (I know I do!)? Pizza is probably top of many people's list. A NYC slice eaten on the street, a fancy wood-burning oven pizza, and anything in between.
For years, I’ve encouraged my patients to cook at home as often as possible so you’re in charge of your healthy eating, the ingredients and most importantly, their quality. Even if you’re not Top Chef material, when you stick to fresh, whole, unprocessed, organic and farmers’ market offerings, it’s hard to go wrong. Unless that is, you’re cooking with the wrong oils. They can damage your health just as the right ones can enhance it, so it’s essential to select the right oil for the job.
October is the month of candy. Halloween brings endless bowls of drug store candy - M&Ms, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Candy Corn - all filled with sugar, artificial flavors, food dye, GMO cornstarch, and other scary ingredients! Plan ahead and you can avoid the usual crap by making your own healthier (but still tasty) treats!
To breathe easier and more naturally this fall – minus the fall-out from airborne ragweed and mold spores – opt for a healthier, holistic approach that combines simple nutritional and lifestyle upgrades. To get your program started before the leaves start to fall, try a few of my autumnal allergy-fighting tips to help you embrace the season with a clearer head – and a lot less sneezing.
When it comes to gut troubles that make you feel especially lousy, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) ranks pretty high on the list. IBS is basically a vague catchall phrase that offers no insight into what’s actually causing the symptoms. The struggle, however, is very real – think abdominal pain, cramps, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, etc. So, what lies beneath all this gut misery, that afflicts roughly 25 - 45 million people in the US alone? In my three-plus decades of experience, I’ve found that one of the most common culprits is an imbalanced microbiome.