There are many buzzwords out there in the nutrition space. Three big ones right now are organic, local, and plant-based – all words that you may have seen in articles and food labels, but perhaps wondered what they meant. Are they all buzz, or do they represent something more? This month, I’d like to shed some light on the meaning of the words you are hearing, and offer up suggestions on why they may make a big difference in your diet.
Most of us consider the holidays to officially start right on Thanksgiving Day and end at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s. In actuality, they start right before Halloween and end at the buzzer on Super Bowl Sunday. That’s because the season of eating and excess starts typically with the acquirement of pounds and pounds of candy and ends over a vat of chicken wings and nachos.
The Meadows appreciates and understands the connection between lifestyle choices such as diet, exercise and stress management, and their role in recovery. We also take a holistic approach to our patient care, focusing on all aspects of wellness. Fasting has been shown in multiple studies to help with weight loss, prevention, and management of metabolic diseases, longevity and even cognitive function. There are many opportunities to improve health through diet – fasting may be a good option for many of our patients seeking to improve overall health.
When you think about your overall health, which parts of your body do you think are the most important? You probably envision your heart, your brain, and maybe even your kidneys or liver. Do you ever think about your gut? Gut health has taken center stage in the world of food, health, and wellness in the past few years and for good reason. That’s because researchers have found that our gut health plays a huge role in our overall health.
It doesn’t take much effort to see that there are a myriad of “sugar-free” food products available to consumers today. In fact, for many of the regular food items available, there is likely an alternative option that is sugar-free. In addition, all your favorite drinks, including teas, coffees, sodas, even flavored water, can all be purchased without added sugar.