Nutrition

Back to the Basics: Why We Should Eat Like Our Ancestors

About 2.5 million years ago, humans were evolving anatomically and physiologically, adapting to climate change, learning to use stone tools, and cooking meat using fire. Our ancestors literally ate to live—they didn’t live to eat. Their diets consisted of fundamental foods they could find nearby—vegetables, fruits, meat (wild game), seafood, and water. For centuries, humans thrived on this type of diet, hunting and gathering the plants, fruits, and small game available. But with the advent of the industrial revolution, diets began to morph into something unrecognizable to our Paleolithic ancestors. We started to eat ultra-processed, low-cost, readily available foods—think cakes, …

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The Real Story About “Good” and “Bad” Cholesterol

I’ve lost 50 pounds on the Virgin Diet! My cholesterol is looking much better, but my LDL is still higher than normal. What should I do? A podcast listener recently asked me that question, and it’s a perfect illustration of how the cholesterol conversation has changed. A generation ago, patients only heard whether their cholesterol was high or low. Now, most people understand there’s actually “good” and “bad” cholesterol, and your annual physical measures both HDL and LDL. But what exactly do those tests mean? Living in the Wild West Cholesterol travels through your bloodstream in little packages called “lipoproteins.” …

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Save the Planet with a Healthy Diet

Save the planet with a healthy diet? It may sound strange, but changing the way we eat can improve our health and the prognosis of the planet we call home. A report by the EAT-Lancet Commission says we need to act fast. The group of 37 scientists from 16 countries studied the issue of global pollution for three years. Its January 2019 report says “without action … today’s children will inherit a planet that has been severely degraded and where much of the population will increasingly suffer from malnutrition and preventable disease.” It goes on to say that current farming …

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The Quest for True Health with Ashley James

“Doctors don’t heal people, people heal themselves” is the most radical lesson I have learned in my life. In my teens and early twenties, I went to western medical doctors for my health issues and only felt worse as a result.  The MDs I saw were great at handling acute issues, like infection and pain, but later my health would deteriorate further. The doctors would overlook the root cause of the matter and instead treat the symptoms with drugs. The western medical doctors I saw would function like feckless firefighters treating the smoke and not addressing the burning fire. Soon …

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5 Basics You Need To Know When Starting A Paleo Program

You have decided to embark on a whole food, happily grown, fresh-caught, well-sourced food plan. Welcome to your paleo program. There are many benefits to making the switch to a paleo lifestyle, but there are a few rules of the game to which you must adhere. Some paleo principles, if not followed, will leave the results you are hoping for unrealized. So, what are the basic premises of your new plan? To set a strong foundation, let me give you five“paleo pillars.” Ditch Dairy: Yup,“Sorry cheese, bye-bye ice cream,” Here is the deal with dairy. Dairy products are, unfortunately, thought …

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Dieting Myths and Truths

Dieting Myths and Truths! Let’s face it:  our society really subscribes to “instant gratification” in many forms.  We want Amazon Prime, so we can get our new jeans within a day. We limit our purchases to under 20 items so we can get in the speedy lane at the grocery store. I personally get annoyed when my business cards aren’t ready within 24 hours.  In a time where we are used to receiving what we want, WHEN we want it, it is no wonder people are always looking for the next new diet or miracle pill that guarantees they lose …

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March is National Nutrition Month

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month?  “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” is this year’s theme.  According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, consumer research shows that taste trumps nutrition when it comes to why one food is purchased over another.  Social, emotional and health factors also play a role in your nutrition, and this year’s campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. We like to think that EVERY month is Nutrition month (and Health Month!) here at Sunlighten and eating healthfully goes hand-in-hand …

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Healthy Eating: Chana Masala (Curried Chickpeas)

Another recipe from our fabulous in-house chef Leah Licausi (who has been on vacation recently – and we missed her immensely!): Chana Masala (curried chick peas) Prep Time: 10 Min Cook Time: 10 Min Ready In: 20 Min Servings: Original Recipe Yield 4 cups Ingredients • 2 tomatoes, diced • 1 onion, chopped • 1 (1 inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped • 1 tablespoon rice flour • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds • 2 (15 ounce) cans garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained • 1 teaspoon curry powder • 1 teaspoon salt • …

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