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If you could only change one thing – omega-3’s...   People often ask me if there was just one thing they could change about their diet, what should it be? The one change we should make as individuals and as a nation that would probably be the most beneficial overall, is to increase our intake of omega 3 fatty acids and decrease our intake of omega 6 fatty acids. WHY INCREASE OMEGA 3’S? Omega-3’s and omega-6’s are fatty acids that control inflammation in the body. Omega-3’s are basically...
Trytophan and Serotonin   A neurotransmitter is a chemical substance that is produced in the brain and carries messages from one nerve cell to another. It seems obvious that the brain is part of the body. And, yet, I think many people think of the brain as a closed system that operates separate from the body. We’ve probably all heard depression referred to as “a chemical imbalance” in the brain. We have chemicals in our brains that are supposed to somehow be...
Relax with magnesium   Magnesium is Nature’s original relaxer. Magnesium has long been used for calming nerves and relaxing muscles and as a natural laxative. Its therapeutic role in both anxiety and depression is well supported. Our ancestors would have had a ready supply from food grown on magnesium rich soil. Modern farming practices have diminished magnesium levels in some soils. Magnesium is present in many natural water sources – the “harder” the water, the more minerals like calcium and magnesium it...
Summertime Green Smoothies...

This is my favorite time of year for breakfast smoothies when the garden is brimming with nutrient-rich greens! There is nothing more gratifying or flavorful (or easier!) than walking outside and picking a handful of fresh garden greens and blending them up into a power-packed breakfast drink.

Simply Nutritious

Eating for mental health does not need to be complicated or difficult. During the summer I do a lot of grilling outside. Here I just rubbed a little bit of olive oil on a piece of salmon and placed it on top of a couple of sprigs of dill I snagged out of the garden. I piled some more dill on top then put the pan on a hot grill and cooked the fish for about 2-3 minutes on each side. The blackened, crispy dill adds a wonderful flavor to the fish. If you don’t have fresh dill, you can just sprinkle both sides with dried dill and it will work just as well.

Easy autumn cooking       I love the combination of healthy and easy! This is where gardening really pays off – when you can walk outside and gather a variety of healthy, organic vegetables, throw them in a crockpot with a chicken (organic, free-range of course!) and a few hours later, enjoy a nutrition packed meal that money really can’t buy in most restaurants. For this meal I put a chicken in the crockpot and added leeks, red potatoes, carrots, kale,...

Making Almond Milk

I finally made almond milk and now that I’ve done it, I can’t believe I waited so long! I put off trying it because I thought it would be a big hassle. What made me take the plunge was this video by Kris Carr, “How To Make a Classic Almond Milk”.

Top 10 Mental Health Foods

We know there is an important connection between nutrition and mental health. New and exciting research is surfacing almost every day. The relationship is clear; a deficiency in certain nutrients can cause mental disorders. This is especially apparent in regards to anxiety and depression. These nutrients include particular vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and omega 3 fatty acids.

7 Tips for Eating Healthy When You’re Away From Home...

Eating healthy is much easier when you are at home and can be sure to have healthy food on hand. But it’s not always easy to do when you’re out and about or pressed for time. There are plenty of situations that don’t always lend themselves well to clean eating. Eating out or at a friend’s house or when traveling can sometimes limit our options.

Here are a few simple guidelines for navigating those situations.

Salad Sprouts – perfect for winter

Summertime provides an abundance of fresh vegetables. Farmers markets flourish and grocery stores are brimming with robust seasonal produce. Those of us with gardens get spoiled with an endless supply. With winter upon us, the variety of available fresh vegetables is more limited. I freeze a lot from the garden for winter use but I miss the fresh garden greens the most. One of the best, and least expensive, ways to add fresh greens to our diets in the winter is by making sprouts.

Gift Idea? How About a Life-Changing Blender?

Although I am often approached about endorsing various products, I haven’t until now. I want to tell you about the Cleanblend blender. Not because the company asked me to but because I own one and love it!

Turmeric – the New Prozac?

What if a common spice was as effective as prescription drugs without the cost and dangerous side effects? A recent study found that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, may be as effective as fluoxetine (Prozac) in treating depression.

TUNA SALAD IN COLLARD WRAPS

These wraps are very high in important mental health nutrients including protein, calcium, magnesium, folate, selenium, vitamin C, vitamin B-12, and omega-3 fatty acids!

8 Ways to Get Kids to Eat Healthier Food

We have learned in recent years about the increase in childhood obesity and diabetes that has been attributed to poor eating habits and sedentary lifestyles. What we haven’t heard as much about is the rise in depression and the increase in antidepressants prescribed to children. A shocking 2004 report revealed that the fastest growing group of people taking antidepressants were preschoolers age 5 and under! Then, according to a 2011 report by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the rate of antidepressant use in this country among teens and adults (people ages 12 and older) increased by almost 400% between 1988–1994 and 2005–2008. There is not a clear breakdown of how many of those were between 12 and 18 but whatever the number, it is too many.