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Building Blocks of Health: Vitamin D

Vitamin D is an essential building block of health and is most commonly gotten through sun exposure.  However, in a world where we often spend little time outside, sun exposure and subsequently  Vitamin D exposure has become a problem.  In a recent study in the Journal of Neurology, researchers found that there was a 53% […]

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Food of the Month: Beans

In this low carb world where carbohydrates are evil, beans get a bad reputation!  In fact they are an amazing source of protein packed with other nutrients and are inexpensive to top it all off!   According to Dr. Greger (Nutritionfacts.org) just a 20 grams intake (that’s 2 tablespoons) a day will decrease your risk […]

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Building Blocks of Good Health: Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is important to the support of our immune system, the health of our nervous system and in the production of DNA and red blood cells.  When we are deficient in B12 we experience fatigue, light headedness, heart palpitations and pale skin.  There are two ways we can get Vitamin B12.  The first is […]

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Building Blocks of Good Health: Protein

There are 7 building blocks to good health: protein, calcium, iron, zinc, vitamin D, vitamin B12 and Omega 3 fatty acids. I’d like to focus this week on the most controversial and often talked about building block, protein. Protein is an essential nutrient that is responsible for the building, maintenance and repair of almost all […]

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Food of the Month: Watermelon

Watermelon is thought to contain few nutrients and be high in sugar. However, watermelon is packed with lots of vitamins all for very minimal calories. Watermelon has been cultivated for many years dating back to the ancient Egyptians. In the United States, Florida is the top producer of watermelon China wins the prize world-wide. What […]

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Barbecue Anyone?

I personally love this time of year for a backyard barbecue.  The weather is warm but not too hot yet, all the flowers are in bloom (unfortunately so are my allergies but you can’t have everything) and the days are getting longer!  Invite a few good friends, open a good bottle of wine and cook […]

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Healthy Eating on the Go Series: Ginger Juice

I’m always on the lookout for healthy but delicious food that I don’t have to prepare. Sometimes you need a quick meal and there just isn’t time to shop and cook! Recently I was given a gift card to a local place called Ginger Juice in Richmond, Virginia. I had heard the name before and […]

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Food of the Month: Asparagus

Many of us associate asparagus with the unpleasant aroma you smell when urinating after eating asparagus. This odor comes from a chemical called asparagusic acid which is only found in asparagus as you might have surmised. When our bodies break down this chemical it produces a sulfur containing chemical that results in the unpleasant smell. […]

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A Spring Dessert That Won’t Sabotage Your Diet!

I think we might be skipping spring and heading right into summer this week in Virginia. This kind of weather makes me think of cook-outs, time outdoors and of course the dreaded swim suit! I recently came across a recipe in a magazine that looked healthy and fancy enough to serve to guests. I liked […]

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Finding Balance

I was listening to an interview with Kris Carr who is a plant-based author and filmmaker the other day and found myself very inspired by her words. The interviewer asked her,  What is the most important thing to healing and well-being?”  He gave her many choices like diet, exercise, meditation, lifestyle, and sleep. Her answer was so […]