Posted on: October 13, 2015
Germ Buster Nutrition – Eating for a Strong Immune System
Prevent the flu with good nutrition.
By Elisa Bremner
In anticipation of flu season, it’s time to talk about prevention. First and foremost, please remember: the best defense against the flu is a year-round offense. This means eating right, staying active (60 minutes every day), getting enough rest (7-9 hours!) and minimizing stress (we can’t avoid stressful events in our life, but we can make the decision to handle them better). That being said, several nutrients play a role in enhancing your immunity. Mild deficiency of even one nutrient may weaken your body’s ability to fight infection.
Posted on: September 8, 2015
The Clever Cook: Back to School Lunchbox Learning
By Amy Rosenfeld
Getting in the back-to-school swing after a relaxing, stress-free summer might be difficult, but it’s definitely doable. Here are some tips to get lunchbox organized:
1) Start a lunchbox meal planner and start a rotation. It may sound silly but taking the task of thinking of ideas out of your daily routine is a real time saver.
2) Get organized with great lunchbox materials. Stock up on a variety of portable containers, including many sizes for hot and cold packing.
3) Make recipes ahead and freeze. As much as you can do ahead of time, the better off you will be. One way to get started: make soups ahead and freeze in ice cube trays for easy defrosting.
Posted on: August 11, 2015
Tasty Vegetarian Meals for the Whole Family
By Elisa Bremner
No question about it – a plant-based diet is the healthiest way to eat. Eliminating or reducing our consumption of meat helps reduce our risks for many chronic diseases, including cancer and heart disease. It’s good for the Earth; anything that cuts out the middleman (i.e. animals that need to eat plants to grow) is less taxing on the environment. And don’t forget – it’s easy on the pocketbook. So why not take at least one day off from meat each week? With these creative and delicious ideas, Meatless Monday could make that dreaded day of the week something to look forward to:
Posted on: July 29, 2015
Does early introduction of peanut products reduce the incidence of peanut allergy?
By Dr. Craig Osleeb
Peanut allergy is a major problem. It is currently one of the 6 most common causes of food allergy in childhood. The prevalence of peanut allergy has risen over the past decade and currently affects approximately 1.4% of the USA population. While many children will outgrow their food allergy to milk, egg, wheat and soy, 82% of those allergic to peanut will remain so for life. This is a great concern to parents, patient’s and the healthcare community at large. In February of this year the New England Journal of Medicine published a prospective placebo blinded study (Learning Early about Peanut Allergy, LEAP, study) that has far reaching implications for the prevention of peanut allergy.
Posted on: July 20, 2015
Decoding Sustainable Foods
By Amy Rosenfeld
In our efforts to be healthy and mindful when choosing the foods we eat, we often come across many environmental food terms including local, grass-fed, organic, etc. But what do all these labels mean?
Food grown or raised in an ecologically and ethically responsible manner, where the environment is protected, human health safeguarded, animals are farmed humanely, and workers are treated fairly is called Sustainable Food.