May 14, 2018

All About Inflammation


I truly believe that controlling inflammation internally is the most important factor for our health. The food you eat either increases or decreases inflammation inside your body. If it increases inflammation it will eventually lead to disease.
People with the highest diet-related inflammatory score had a 58% increased cancer risk compared to those with the lowest scores.
"These results indicate that an anti-inflammatory diet may protect individuals from an inflammatory response characterized by elevated levels of hs-CRP and thus indirectly against the development of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and other inflammation-related chronic health conditions." 


This is why I created the "All About Inflammation," class that I have been teaching throughout the Great Lakes Bay.

Eggs Don't Increase Risk of Heart Disease


Another great study showing eggs don't increase your risk of heart disease.
The participants in this study were consuming 12 eggs per week.
“While eggs themselves are high in dietary cholesterol – and people with type 2 diabetes tend to have higher levels of the ‘bad’ low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol – this study supports existing research that shows consumption of eggs has little effect on the levels of cholesterol in the blood of the people eating them.
Eggs are a source of protein and micronutrients that could support a range of health and dietary factors including helping to regulate the intake of fat and carbohydrate, eye and heart health, healthy blood vessels and healthy pregnancies.”

Full Article: https://sydney.edu.au

May 12, 2018

Almond Flour Crepes Recipe

Eating healthy doesn't mean eating food that doesn't taste good. Most people should be eating 100 grams or less of net carbs per day. (Total carbs - Fiber = Net Carbs) 

Replacing flour with almond flour is a simple way to reduce net carbs and still make delicious breakfasts. 

Recipe:
4 eggs
½ cup almond flour*
¼ cup water
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix all ingredients together, heat pan on medium with coconut oil. Add crepe mixture and cook for one minute on each side or until brown.

Remove crepe from pan, load it up with blueberries and roll it up, add a few blueberries and sprinkle cinnamon on top!

You can also drizzle local raw honey on top.

May 6, 2018

Dust and Pets May Boost Mental Health


Eat some dirt and get a pet goat. Jen, can we get a goat?!
There is nothing healthier mentally and physically than getting outside and interacting with your environment.
Children raised in a rural environment, surrounded by animals and bacteria-laden dust, grow up to have more stress-resilient immune systems and might be at lower risk of mental illness, asthma and allergies than pet-free city dwellers, according to new research published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
If you are not exposed to these types of organisms, then your immune system doesn't develop a balance between inflammatory and anti-inflammatory forces, and you can develop a chronic, low-grade inflammation and exaggerated immune reactivity that makes you vulnerable to allergy, autoimmune disease and, we propose, psychiatric disorders.

Full Article: https://www.colorado.edu

The Best Kind of Butter


I frequently get asked about the best kind of butter you can get at the grocery store.
Unless you have access to someone making local butter from grass-fed cows then Kerrygold USA is probably the best option.
Most stores are carrying it now and the price has been dropping over the past year.
Grains are inflammatory for cows, if they eat them then the inflammatory fats (Omega-6's) will also be found in the butter or milk produced by that cow. Grass fed is a much better and a more natural choice.