December 3, 2018

Social Media and Food


This picture won't do well on social media.
It won't go viral, be swooned over by foodies, and no one will pin the recipe to a board so they can impress their guests next time they have company.
It's a reasonable portion, easy to make, and healthy - but it just doesn't have that social media zing. But it's important to realize that the "social media zing" can influence our relationship with food, and can determine everything from what to how much we put on our plates - for better or for worse.
What makes a great picture may not make a great meal...or it might. Education and having a nutrition plan in place can act as a healthy filter, helping us choose good food and discard unhealthy food, as we scroll through Pinterest or Instagram.
For more on social media and food, check out this article: https://medium.com/s/thenewnew

November 28, 2018

Say No to Fake Food


I can't believe it's not Butter..... If it's NOT butter then what is it?
It's chemically made by mixing unhealthy corn, soy or cottonseed oils with nickel oxide.
Then it's heated to very high temperatures, mixed with emulsifiers and starch, steam cleaned to remove the odor, bleached to remove the color and then dyed the color of butter.
Finally it's injected with flavor to taste like butter!
The takeaway? Eat real food.
Kerrygold Grass fed butter is a much better option.

November 22, 2018

The Meat Sweats

Happy Thanksgiving!
Do you ever get hot after eating Thanksgiving dinner?
Did you know that protein, fats and carbohydrates have different thermic effects on our bodies, meaning they can heat our bodies up differently. This means that it takes more calories to processes certain types of foods which creates more heat inside your body. A calorie simply means a unit of energy aka heat.
Protein has the largest thermic effect, which explains the "meat sweats" many people have after eating a ton of protein on Thanksgiving. Upwards of 35% of the calories in protein are directly used to break it down and process it metabolically. So if you eat 100 calories from protein your body is actually only getting 65 of those calories because the other 35 are burned during processing, which makes you hot.
The thermic effect also explains why calories from protein are not equal to calories from carbohydrates or fat. Calorie counters don't take this into effect either.
Many people who are always cold should consider eating more protein especially in the winter because it will potentially help increase their body temperature!

November 21, 2018

Favorite natural cosmetic & skincare products

My wife Jen is often asked what her favorite cosmetic and skincare products are, we try to use as many natural products in our house as we can -- here is what she has found over the years that she likes the best. 

We research everything on EWG's Skin Deep website or Think Dirty which has a lot of great info. 






Ambre blends natural perfume  | Burt's Bees lotion for daytime |  Soapwall restorative face serum for nighttime (one bottle typically lasts 6 - 8 months)  |  Beautycounter rejuvenating radiance serum for nighttime  |  P.T. Pure lash & brow oil -- made in Michigan!

Pharmaceutical Drugs and Our Body


The idea behind pharmaceutical drugs seems great from a superficial standpoint.
Have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety? Take a pill and you will be cured!
Unfortunately it’s not that simple.
Our bodies are far more complex than research could ever prove. Drugs typically only work on one reaction, such as inhibiting the conversion of a single enzyme that produces cholesterol (statins). However, when you change one reaction it can impact the way everything else functions in the body, hence the reason all medications have a list of side effects 3 pages long.
This graph is one I used in biochemistry to show the basic cycles of our metabolism and cellular function, you obviously can’t read all the names because the real chart takes up half a wall, but the main point is that everything on this chart (aka in your body) is highly connected and proper function is critical to be healthy. If you change one reaction with a medication it’s going to alter every other reaction in the body eventually.
Are there conditions and situations where pharmaceutical drugs are necessary? ABSOLUTELY.
But there are also plenty of conditions and situations which are simply better treated by regaining how the body is naturally designed to function, and this comes through education, nutrition, exercise, and stress reduction.

November 3, 2018

Vitamin D-3 for Seasonal Sickness


As we transition to less sunlight - both because there's les time during the day when the sun is out and because people spend more time indoors because of the weather - it becomes time to think about your vitamin D levels.
Sunlight increases the amount of Vitamin D-3 produced inside your body. Vitamin D-3 is actually a hormone that plays many vital roles in our bodies, especially in regulating our immune system.
Flu season follows the cycle of the sun around the world. Meaning anywhere in the world where sunlight is the least seasonally people are getting sick. Research has shown that lack of Vitamin D-3 is one of the big reasons for this.
Most people benefit greatly from taking 2,000 IU to 5,000 IU per day, but getting your levels tested is the only way to know exactly where your levels are at and what your supplementation amount should be!
Share this for anyone who suffers from seasonal sickness!

November 2, 2018

Grains Are Not Healthy

"...but I buy whole-grain bread."
Grains are not healthy, period.
1. They are inflammatory, they have a poor Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acid ratio. This ratio promotes inflammatory eicosanoid production which leads to disease.
2. They contain lectins which are a type of sugar protein called a glycoprotein, this can cause leaky gut syndrome and chronic irritation to the gut leading to auto-immune problems. Cooking doesn't deactivate lectins, which many people claim, the only way to break them down is to soak them and then pressure cook them.
3. They contain gluten. Most people think that gluten only causes digestive problems but it's involved in many other negative reactions in the body as well. It's reactions are simular to lectins. One example is that when it binds to cells inside the digestive tract it creates a substance called zonulin, this disrupts the tight junctions between the lining leading to leaky gut syndrome, which leads to auto immune reactions.
4. Grains are very acidic for their overall composition. Typically foods that have a high protein content are acidic because of the metabolic breakdown of protein which gets balanced out by fruits and vegetables, but grains are very low in protein comparatively which makes them one of the only foods with this makeup.
5. Calorie for calorie grains lack nutrient density. If you keep calories equal the same amount of broccoli has 36 grams of fiber and 2748 mg of potassium while whole grains have 4 grams of fiber and 144 mg of potassium, romaine lettuce has 39 grams of fiber and 4638 mg of potassium. Potassium is used because typically things that have potassium also have an excellent all around nutrient value.
6. They are loaded with carbohydrates and are broken down into sugar within seconds of eating them. Only a few pieces of bread or bowls of cereal is typically going to be more carbs than someone should be eating for a whole day. This leads to weight gain and dis regulation of insulin and glucose levels internally.
To you grain-free or grain-avoidant eaters - what do you substitute for grains?

October 28, 2018

Sleep Tips


Sleep is sleep is sleep.
There isn't anything else like it, and nothing can do what it does. Handfuls of vegetables can't replace the hours being missed every night, and an extra 20 minutes on the treadmill doesn't make up for being chronically sleep deprived.
"Yeah, but I do fine with five hours of sleep."
Try two weeks of at least 7 hours and see how you feel. "Doing fine" is usually just "becoming used to feeling terrible", and after a extended period of good sleep habits, people report improvement in most areas of life - from mental outlook to erased aches and pains to better productivity at work.
Some tips:
1. Go to bed by 10 PM
2. Sleep at least 7 hours per night
3. Take melatonin or Magnesium before bed if you have sleeping problems
4. Wear a sleep mask or use a sound machine
5. Do anything you can to reduce light an hour before sleep and in the bedroom - less screen time, blue light glasses and the "nighttime" function on your phone, blackout curtains, etc.

October 17, 2018

Pumpkin Pancake Recipe


'Tis the season for pumpkin everything! Pumpkin is great to eat this time of year, as it contains a lot of potassium which can help lower blood pressure and help reduce the risk of a stroke.

This recipe is a family favorite of ours and it is gluten-free. It makes 8 small pancakes. Serve with local maple syrup!


October 13, 2018

The Benefits of Supplementing

Question: Should I take supplements?
Answer: Part of the answer is in the word "supplements" itself. These products are designed to additional nutrition to a diet that is already focused on improving health.
You can't supplement your way out of terrible eating habits - that would be like throwing a band-aid on a giant cut. It will make you feel like you're doing something, but what you're doing isn't doing any good.
The other part of the answer is... it can help supplement your diet. The majority of patients I work with do not get sufficient nutrients from their food or enough sunshine on a daily basis, so supplements are an easy way to supplement your diet. Talking with a doctor is the best way to determine whether or not you should use supplements in addition to the food you eat.

September 29, 2018

5 Tips to Naturally Boost Your Child's Immune System

As the days get shorter and there is less sunshine, our immune systems typically can take a hit causing a "cold and flu season." 

Especially if you have kids in school, follow these tips to keep their immune systems strong. 


1. Wash hands regularly -- when you get home from an outing, before eating and after sneezing or coughing. Do not use an anti-bacterial soap. We like Dr. Bronner's, Honest Company or Method brand soaps. If you are on the go, find a safe hand sanitizer such as Honest Company's hand sanitizer (also available in a convenient spray, available at Kehres Health & Chiropractic, Target or Honest.com).
2. Use Xlear nose spray -- Dr. Elisa Song, MD says "one of the MOST preventive things you can do is to irrigate your and your children’s nasal passages with Xlear nasal spray at the end of every day, and after any potential exposure (work, school, playgroups, plane travel, etc.). This is a saline nasal spray with xylitol and grapefruit seed extract, both of which have antimicrobial properties. After exposure to a virus, the virus tries to invade and multiply in your nasal passages for at least 1-2 days before you develop any symptoms. Nasal irrigation can wash away viral particles before they have the opportunity to take hold, and thereby prevent many infections from happening in the first place!"
3. Take Vitamin D3 supplements -- as we get less sunshine in the fall and winter, it can deplete our immune system. There are many great kids' Vitamin D3 supplements on the market. Make sure they are GMP Certified (Good Manufacturing Process). Read more about the benefits of Vitamin D3 here.
4. Get plenty of sleep -- Sleep is when your body heals. Lack of sleep can cause inflammation, which can cause disease and illness. Do everything you can to reduce light in the bedroom (no tablets or tvs, use blackout curtains).


5. Decrease sugar, increase fruits and vegetables -- holidays, birthday parties, school snacks and more can sneak in more sugar to your child's diet than you would like. It's ok to have treats once in a while, but be sure they eat healthy food before these events and keep only healthy food at home. Veggie shakes are a great way for our kids to get extra fruits and vegetables. 


(These statements are of a general nature, consult your primary care doctor before using any product.)

September 27, 2018

McDonald's Removes Artificial Ingredients From Burgers


Every time you purchase something you are voting for that product. Companies watch these trends and make decisions based on what the consumer wants.
McDonald's knows that people want healthier food and this is a step in the right direction, a small step but it's still a step.
If everyone protested and said they would only eat pasture raised grass fed meat then McDonald's would carry exactly that.

September 9, 2018

Grains: The Real Truth

Grains are not healthy, period.
1. They are inflammatory, they have a poor Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acid ratio. This ratio promotes inflammatory eicosanoid production which leads to disease.
2. They contain lectins which are a type of sugar protein called a glycoprotein, this can cause leaky gut syndrome and chronic irritation to the gut leading to auto-immune problems. Cooking doesn't deactivate lectins, which many people claim, the only way to break them down is to soak them and then pressure cook them.
3. They contain gluten. Most people think that gluten only causes digestive problems but it's involved in many other negative reactions in the body as well. It's reactions are simular to lectins. One example is that when it binds to cells inside the digestive tract it creates a substance called zonulin, this disrupts the tight junctions between the lining leading to leaky gut syndrome, which leads to auto immune reactions.
4. Grains are very acidic for their overall composition. Typically foods that have a high protein content are acidic because of the metabolic breakdown of protein which gets balanced out by fruits and vegetables, but grains are very low in protein comparatively which makes them one of the only foods with this makeup.
5. Calorie for calorie grains lack nutrient density. If you keep calories equal the same amount of broccoli has 36 grams of fiber and 2748 mg of potassium while whole grains have 4 grams of fiber and 144 mg of potassium, romaine lettuce has 39 grams of fiber and 4638 mg of potassium. Potassium is used because typically things that have potassium also have an excellent all around nutrient value.
6. They are loaded with carbohydrates and are broken down into sugar within seconds of eating them. Only a few pieces of bread or bowls of cereal is typically going to be more carbs than someone should be eating for a whole day. This leads to weight gain and dis regulation of insulin and glucose levels internally.

September 8, 2018

Exercising Without Exercising


Would you like an hour of daily exercise without actually exercising?
The way you eat could be equivalent to an hours worth of moderate intensity exercise every day.
This study showed that when total calories were kept the same a low carbohydrate diet (10%) with moderate to high fat (60%) burns 300 more calories per day than a high carbohydrate (60%) low fat (20%) diet.
This difference in diet alone is equal to 1 hour of moderate intensity exercise per day.
Doing this type of diet in conjunction with exercise is going to magnify your results. However you always want to make sure to have control of your diet before incorporating exercise.

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?


Sunlight, Vitamin D-3, Depression and Seasonal Sickness
Fluctuating levels of sunlight are natural throughout year, but during the fall, winter and spring most people aren't getting nearly enough sunlight due to the lack of outdoor activity and decreased exposure to sunlight.
Sunlight increases the amount of Vitamin D-3 produced inside your body. Vitamin D-3 is actually a hormone that plays many vital roles in our bodies, especially in regulating our immune system.
Flu season follows the cycle of the sun around the world. Meaning anywhere in the world where sunlight is the least seasonally people are getting sick. Research has shown that lack of Vitamin D-3 is one of the big reasons for this.
With fall right around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about how you are going to normalize your Vitamin D-3 levels. Most people benefit greatly from taking 2,000 IU to 5,000 IU per day. Getting your levels tested is the only way to know exactly where your levels are at.
Share this for anyone who suffers from seasonal sickness!

September 7, 2018

Saturated Fat in Breast Milk


Friday Fact:
Did you know that the fat in breast milk is made up of 50% saturated fat? Basically the same amount as butter, lard and beef tallow?
But every month on the news a new article comes out saying how bad saturated fat is for us and that it leads to heart disease, cancer and all sorts of other health problems.
Where is the common sense?
What's next, they are going to tell us to stop breastfeeding because it's unhealthy?!
Please share.

September 6, 2018

The Costs of Diabetes


Every time you eat you are either getting healthier or sicker and the majority of people are getting sicker by the day.
People with type 2 diabetes don't spend their retirement traveling the world and spending time with their grand kids, they spend it going from doctor to doctor and pharmacy to pharmacy.
"The American Diabetes Association (Association) released new research on March 22, 2018 estimating the total costs of diagnosed diabetes have risen to $327 billion in 2017 from $245 billion in 2012, when the cost was last examined.
People with diagnosed diabetes incur average medical expenditures of $16,752 per year"
Indirect Costs Include:
-Increased absenteeism ($3.3 billion)
-Reduced productivity while at work ($26.9 billion)
-Reduced productivity for those not in the labor force ($2.3 billion)
-Inability to work as a result of disease-related disability ($37.5 billion)
-Lost productive capacity due to early mortality ($19.9 billion).

August 26, 2018

Grass Fed Meat vs. Grain Fed Meat


Grass fed meat versus Grain fed feedlot meat
Whatever something (humans or animals) eats determines how healthy it is. Cows are meant to eat grass not grains and when they eat grains it changes their nutrient density and makeup. Feeding cows grains is good for the farmer because the cows get to full size much faster allowing the farm to have a bigger turn around time and more profit. However, this is not good for the cow, the consumer of the meat and the environment.
Healthy meat should have close to a 1 to 1 ratio of Omega 6's to Omega 3's. However, grains are highly concentrated with Omega 6's which are very inflammatory for humans and cows and will throw this ratio out of balance to around 8:1 Omega 6's to Omega 3's. This promotes inflammation and typically causes the cows to get sick and to require antibiotics and or medication to stay alive long enough to get processed.
Try to find local farmers raising grass fed beef, you can talk to them to see how the cows are raised and even visit the farm to verify and know where your food is actually coming from. Buying grass fed beef in bulk from the farmer is the cheapest option if you have the freezer space.

The Side Effects of Medication



The idea behind pharmaceutical drugs seems great from a superficial standpoint. Have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety? Take a pill and you will be cured! Unfortunately it’s not that simple.
Our bodies are far more complex than research could ever prove. Drugs typically only work on one reaction, such as inhibiting the conversion of a single enzyme that produces cholesterol (statins). However, when you change one reaction it can impact the way everything else functions in the body, hence the reason all medications have a list of side effects 3 pages long.
This graph is one I used in biochemistry to show the basic cycles of our metabolism and cellular function, you obviously can’t read all the names because the real chart takes up half a wall, but the main point is that everything on this chart (aka in your body) is highly connected and proper function is critical to be healthy. If you change one reaction with a medication it’s going to alter every other reaction in the body eventually.



August 16, 2018

Chemicals In Your Cereal


Many genetically modified crops (GMO's) were made to be resistant to glyphosate (Roundup Ready crops) so that when Roundup which contains glyphosate was sprayed all over the fields it would kill basically everything in the field except for the crops.
This seems like a good solution for farmers to control weeds however it's a chemical disaster waiting to happen for our health. Humans are not resistant to glyphosate and GMO crops are unnatural.
"Out of 61 food samples tested, 48 had some glyphosate in them. The most heavily contaminated were made with conventionally grown -- as opposed to organically grown -- oats."

August 14, 2018

The Better Butter




I can't believe it's not Butter..... If it's NOT butter then what is it?
It's chemically made by mixing unhealthy corn, soy or cottonseed oils with nickel oxide. Heated to very high temperatures further ruining the oils, mixed with emulsifiers and starch, steam cleaned to remove the odor, bleached to remove the color and then dyed the color of butter. Finally it's injected with flavor to taste like butter!
Eat real foods, not foods that are chemically made to look, taste andsmell like other foods!

Kerrygold Grass fed butter is a much better option.

Nutrition Promotes Weight Loss


Everyone can agree that exercise is healthy for us however it's not the key to weight loss, nutrition is.
"Regular physical activity reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia and some cancers by at least 30%,” they write. “However, physical activity does not promote weight loss."
The problem is that the more calories you burn during exercise the more calories you are going to crave afterwards. If you aren't eating healthy foods, you are going to magnify the problem with just eating more unhealthy foods.
Also, just because someone is skinny it means very little about their overall health. Whether you exercise or not, junk food is still inflammatory and will eventually cause disease.
Over and over we see people lose weight the easiest by putting their focus 100% on nutrition and not exercise, in fact many people who see the best weight loss results are only doing low intensity walking or bike riding on a regular basis.
How it needs to be done:
Learn how to eat healthy first and THEN implement an exercise routine! Your body will thank you.

August 7, 2018

Chiropractic Before Pain Medication


Side effects and addiction to pain killers have never been more prevalent that right now. They are easy to get prescribed and are also massively addictive.
Chiropractic adjustments have been shown over and over to be one of the most beneficial treatments for many types of pain.
This study published in The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics concluded that even when people were taking pain medications their side effects were greatly reduced when going to a chiropractor.
Please have anyone dealing with chronic pain to consider chiropractic before taking pain medications. Addiction and side effects associated with pain medications ruin lives and kill many people on a daily basis.

July 21, 2018

Omega 3 Supplement


Omega 3's are one of the most popular supplements and for good reason.
Many people eat way to many processed omega 6 fats (vegetable oil, corn seed oil, hydrogenated oils). The ratio in the United States is 24:1 of omega 6's to omega 3's and anytime this ratio is above 1:1 inflammation starts aka we are very inflamed.
The average american has 24 times too much inflammation and this is why NSAID's (Aspirin, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.) are the #1 over the counter medications and the rate of chronic inflammatory diseases is at an all time high.
Omega 3's work well for everyone because they balance out the ratio of omega 6's to omega 3's internally reducing the inflammatory response.
The absolute best way to see the most benefit is to reduce processed oils as much as possible and to take 2-3 grams of omega 3's specifically EPA/DHA per day.
Many people take omega 3's on and off but because they don't notice an immediate impact they stop taking them, however research is very conclusive that they are very beneficial long term.
Buying high quality supplements is key, if you aren't you are wasting your money.

July 15, 2018

Healthy Popsicle Recipe


We made another popsicle today that included a few different fruits and no added sugar, dyes or any unhealthy stuff. Our girls like picking out what colors they want their popsicles to be and we make them with whatever fruit and vegetables we have! #healthykids

July 14, 2018

Disease Prevention Chart


This chart is excellent!
Would you rather:
Have a 30% reduction in breast cancer risk or 80%?
Have no reduction in risk of MS or a 50% reduced risk?
Have 30% reduced risk of colon cancer or 60%?
The answer is obvious.
The medical world suggests that a Vitamin D-3 level around 32 ng/ml is ideal, however I have always been skeptical of this since most research concludes that it has to be closer to 50 ng/ml.
This chart breaks that down for some of the most common diseases and conditions and show's a massive decrease in risk for almost all conditions when you have your levels over 50 ng/ml and minimal benefit if they are around 32 ng/ml.
Research typically shows that ideal levels are between 50-90 ng/ml.
It's very easy to normalize your vitamin D-3 levels through supplementation and sunlight. The best way to know where your levels are is to test them after a series of supplementation modifying from that point. More supplementation is required in the winter than the summer.

July 13, 2018

Breast Cancer Research


Breast Cancer Research:
This study found that breast tumors actually send signals to the brain trying to cause disruption in sleep patterns and glucose metabolism.
The reason cancer cells do this is because they thrive when there is excess glucose in the body and minimal sleep. Sleep is when your body heals and when glucose levels are out of balance inflammation is increased and chaos follows.
Lifestyle can have a massive impact on many types of cancer:
1. Reduce and remove processed carbohydrates. Lots of veggies and berries are your best option, try to eat some sort of vegetable at every meal, eat more than you think you should eat.
2. Make sure you have the best sleep habits possible. Make it a routine, go to bed early, take magnesium, block out all light, make sure your room is below 70 degrees, etc.

July 12, 2018

The Importance of Magnesium

The number one nutrient deficiency I see on a regular basis is magnesium. Magnesium is one of the most prevalent elements in the human body and is involved in over 300 metabolic reactions. It's also the first thing to be depleted when someone is stressed out.
Signs you are deficient:
Anxiety
Headaches
Constipation
Muscle spasms
Poor sleep
The average person should be getting around 1000 mg of magnesium per day. If someone is eating pretty healthy they could easily get around 600 mg from their food, so it is suggested they supplement with 400 mg of magnesium on top of that. However, most people are not eating healthy so they can require more than 400 mg per day.
The more stressed out you are the more magnesium you should take.
The quality of the supplement makes all the difference. Cheap supplements will have fillers, less magnesium than is listed on the label and it will be less pure than higher quality products. You pay for what you get in the supplement industry.
I suggest a combination of magnesium from amino acids chelate, malate and citrate. We carry Anabolic Labs Clinical Magnesium that has this exact combination.
The only side effect of taking too much is loose stools, and if someone is depleted it's suggested that they take enough to hit this point and back it off slightly.

July 10, 2018

Blueberry Season


Who's ready for blueberry season?
Blueberries are considered a super food because they are lower in carbs compared to most other fruits but have high fiber content and are packed with nutrients.
They are excellent for brain health and many memory supplements are now using extracts from blueberries as their main ingredient.
They are also loaded with antioxidants, which help regulate free radicals, reducing inflammation and preventing cellular damage while reducing the risk of certain types of cancer.

July 5, 2018

Vitamin D Decreasing Risk of Breast Cancer


Family history of breast cancer? Please read this.
One of the easiest things you can do to stay healthy is to normalize your Vitamin-D3 levels and keep them between 50 and 90 ng/ml. A simple test will tell you where yours are at. I've never seen someone in Michigan with normal levels without supplementation.
A pooled analysis of randomized controlled trials and prospective studies finds that women with blood levels of vitamin D in the 60 ng/ml range had an 80% lower breast cancer risk compared to women with less than 20 ng/ml.
1. Utilize your skin tone, the darker you can get the more sunlight you require.
2. Consider supplementing with Vitamin D-3 to normalize levels.
3. Get your levels checked during the middle of summer and the middle of winter to see where you are. Supplement or utilize the sun to get your levels between 50 and 90 ng/ml.

June 23, 2018

Turmeric Improves Memory


Worried about memory loss or dementia?
People that supplemented with a bioavailable type of curcumin such as Meriva had a 28% improvement in memory and attention abilities, improvements in mood, and less amyloid and tau signals in the brain. These changes help to boost memory and reduce risk of dementia compared to those taking a placebo.
This study used 90 mg, twice a day. Meriva, which is a curcumin phytosome has also been shown to reduce inflammation, pain, and improve mood in many other clinical trials as well.
We carry Anabolic Labs Nutra-Disc at all our locations that contains Meriva and is one of the only quality products like it on the market.

June 22, 2018

SVRC Grand Opening


What a huge success today for the SVRC Marketplace Grand Opening, the turnout was incredible!
If you didn’t make it out today make sure to stop by soon and to make it a regular occurrence.
It’s loaded with new businesses and entrepreneurs who need continual support to be successful. #greatlakesbaygoodnews

June 18, 2018

Healthy Popsicle Recipe


Share for all your friends with kids!
Popsicles are typically just flavored syrup with food dye. Making your own is very easy and you can load them with real foods loaded with nutrients! Our girls absolutely love these homemade popsicles!

Recipe:
- Organic Greens
- Frozen Mango
- Banana
- Almond Milk
- Water

Mix in blender and freeze in popsicle molds!

June 12, 2018

Do You Eat Enough Fiber?

Are you eating enough fiber? Research has shown it's massively important for good health and most people need between 40-50 grams of fiber per day.
"Out of all the variables that we looked at, fiber intake -- which is a type of carbohydrate that the body can't digest -- had the strongest influence," the study said. "Essentially, we found that those who had the highest intake of fiber or total fiber actually had an almost 80 percent greater likelihood of living a long and healthy life over a 10-year follow-up. That is, they were less likely to suffer from hypertension, diabetes, dementia, depression, and functional disability."
Avocados, broccoli, berries, nuts and flax are all great sources of fiber!


June 9, 2018

Eat Local


I love seeing these signs on the side of the road. There is no better way to support small farms than to actually go to the farm and buy directly from the farmer.
Farmers markets are great because they are a one stop shop for customers. However, there is a lot of work on the farmer's end to get to the farmers market. Picking, packing up, driving, setting up, staying at the market for many hours etc. All of the time at the farmers market takes away from valuable time at the farm. Plus farmers markets are typically only a few days a week.
Keep an eye out for signs like these! Support farmers markets but don’t hesitate to go directly to the farm to buy your produce either.

Protein Intake During Ketosis

Does protein turn into carbs during ketosis making it impossible to actually get into ketosis? I have seen a lot of articles saying this is the case floating around the internet lately.
Claim: Eating too much protein while doing a ketogenic diet is going to cause the protein to turn into carbohydrates via gluconeogenesis ruining the ketotic state. You should be eating 70% fat or higher 20% protein and typically 10% carbs or less.
Answer: False
Eating protein is not going to have a major impact on insulin or glucose levels while in ketosis. Research has shown that 8% or less of AA’s from protein would be converted into glucose under gluconeogenesis, and insulin would have minimal to no impact.
“Endogenous glucose production (EGP) did not increase after the meal but remained stable for 6 h and then fell. Of the 50 g glucose produced over the 8-h period, 4 g originated from dietary AAs, indicating that under our experimental conditions, dietary protein-derived AAs contributed to only 8% of EGP.”

May 22, 2018

Fast Food Is Not Cheap


Fast food isn't actually cheap, the costs are front loaded and paid for by our taxes.
As taxpayers we pay 20 billion dollars per year for farm subsidies in the US.
This money is primarily (70%) going towards production of corn, wheat and soybeans that end up coming back into our food products especially as fast food and junk food. Not only are these things inflammatory and unhealthy for us they are creating a massive price distortion in the market.
When a salad is 10 dollars and a fast food meal is only a few dollars people are going to go towards cheaper food which is only going to continue to throw gas on a massive fire we have burning in the United States.
This article is a great read, take a few minutes to read it.