Category for health
Posted on May 13, 2009
The other day, I received this lovely note from one of my favorite readers, CoconutGal.
I wanted to send you an email to let you know how thankful I am for your generosity in sharing your wholesome, creative, and super delicious recipes.
I would like to tell you a little bit about my story; I have been diagnosed with Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis, an autoimmune disorder where my white blood cells recognize food as a virus and attack my body when I eat, causing ... read more →
Posted on May 1, 2009
Almonds are in. And guess what? They’re good for you.
Almonds are easy to incorporate into your everyday routine. Eat them as a snack (raw or dry roasted), or use blanched almond flour in your baked goods to reap the numerous benefits of this incredible superfood. Almonds are high in fiber, vitamins, minerals and fat. Yes, that’s fat. However, almonds are high in good fats –that is the heart healthy monounsaturated fats that are found in olive oil.
And almonds seem ... read more →
Posted on February 25, 2008
-photo from vgm8383 on Flickr
Here are some things I keep in mind when I go grocery shopping:
Fresh is better than frozen, frozen is better than canned
Fresh produce is full of nutrition and far tastier; for veggies, we eat what’s in season, I keep frozen organic fruits on hand to make the boys smoothies in the winter or to use in muffins (blueberry for example); I avoid canned food whenever possible
Ocean raised fish is better than farmed
Farmed fish is often ... read more →
Posted on August 15, 2007
Up until now, I have kept my posts short and (mostly) impersonal. Today I want to do something different. I am going to explain a few main components of my diet.
Yes, I do have celiac disease. And yes, I am gluten free. However, I consider my diet to be far beyond gluten free. I do not eat grains or sugar. I do not eat potatoes, corn or soy. I gave up dairy a few months ago, though you will find ... read more →
Posted on May 21, 2007
It seems like just about every week someone offers me bread or crackers and says, “don’t worry it’s spelt.”
These well meaning friends of mine know that I’m gluten intolerant and don’t eat wheat, yet have been lead to believe that spelt is ok for people with celiac disease and gluten allergies.
Each time this occurs, I explain to my friends that spelt contains gluten and that this grain is a very close cousin of wheat.
In fact, the two grains share such ... read more →
Posted on May 17, 2007
-photo from Shai Barzilay
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has a list of the one dozen fruits and vegetables highest in pesticides. These are best avoided unless purchased organic. Their dirty dozen includes, in alphabetical order:
bell peppers (sweet)
With fruit season almost upon us, I hope this list is useful.
Posted on April 17, 2007
UPDATE: I’ve posted a more current and thorough page with information and resources regarding celiac disease.
“Celiac disease is a an autoimmune disorder that causes damage to the small intestine, which can lead to malabsorption of nutrients. A genetic intolerance to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley, triggers this destructive reaction of the immune system”, according to Dr. Peter Green of Columbia University Medical Center, and one of the premier celiac specialists in the world. Like diabetes, it ... read more →
Posted on April 9, 2007
During the last month, a couple of consumer safety issues featured in the news media caught my attention.
The first was a story in Newsweek which concluded that more than 50% of children’s shampoo contains para-dioxane, a cancer causing agent. Now I know why I wash my children’s hair with plain old warm water; it’s not just because I adore the way they smell like freshly washed puppies after a bath…
The second piece of news was more distressing than the first. ... read more →
Posted on January 5, 2007
Celiac Disease is “greatly under-diagnosed” according to an independent consensus panel convened by the National Institute of Health (NIH). This NIH panel estimates that 1 percent of Americans (3 million) suffer from the disease, and “that it is much more common than physicians appreciate.” The panel goes on to say that many of those with celiac disease never received a diagnosis and are not being treated.
Symptoms include “diarrhea, abdominal cramping, bloating, fatigue, weight loss, nutrient deficiencies, and, if things get ... read more →