Integrative Health Blog

Macronutrients and Wellness: Regenerative Agriculture Farms Near DC

Posted by on Tue, Feb 02, 2021


Doctors prescribe micronutrients such as B vitamins, vitamin C, medications, and various healing techniques (e.g., acupuncture, physical therapy) – to name a few I prescribe frequently – but we don’t generally prescribe MACROnutrients. Sure, we prescribe carbohydrate restriction to kill yeast infections, and organic foods especially if your genetic profile shows that you cannot break down insecticides, and we restrict allergic foods that are discovered on food allergy testing e.g., gluten, milk, and eggs. But generally speaking, we/I have done an extremely poor job of prescribing non-toxic and highly nutritious foods mostly because we have never had the opportunity – until now!

Regenerative Agriculture

“Regenerative Agriculture” is a farming practice that, among other benefits, reverse climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity – resulting in both carbon drawdown and improving the water cycle. Woody Harrelson narrates the documentary on REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE entitled www.KisstheGroundMovie.com. It’s a full-length, professionally produced, Hollywood production that is becoming very popular with many millions of viewers. You and your friends and family will enjoy it, as you will be filled with inspiration and hope. I was crying tears of joy at the end.

Back to Nature

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Tags: holistic nutrition, integrative health

8 Ways to Quickly Upgrade Your Diet

Posted by on Wed, Jan 06, 2021


It is a new year, full of promise and hope!

Now is a great time to assess your health and make changes. Small changes, made consistently over time, can have a big impact on overall health status. Dr. Coy Roskosky, NIHA chiropractor, recently wrote a great article on how consistency with dietary choices improved his diabetes. So, let’s focus on what we can do to start making conscious choices for diet, starting with consistently choosing food based on the nutritional value and positive affect on the body.

Nutritional Upgrades to Improve Your Diet

  1. Grocery shop with a list and never shop when you are hungry! Try to plan healthy meals for a week and stick to the grocery list. Have an apple or healthy snack before you go so you are not tempted by the big, colorful displays of snack foods.

  2. Focus on eating only real foods from nature for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. If it is a box, package, or bag it is not “real food.” Did Grandma eat it? If not, it is probably processed.

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Tags: holistic nutrition

10 Foods to Nourish the Immune System

Posted by on Tue, Dec 01, 2020


One of the best ways to keep a strong and healthy immune system is to eat well. What does this mean? We are often confused by the latest and greatest diets, but eating to nourish our health is not a fad, but a lifelong habit.

Nutrient-dense whole foods, fresh vegetables and fruits, lean meats, wild-caught fish, and flavorful spices are the basis for a good diet. Things that come out of a box, package or can are not promoting good health. We need to feed our bodies at the cellular level, and this is best done with a fresh, nourishing diet.

Incorporate these foods into your diet to help keep the immune system strong:

Pumpkin 

Pumpkin is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin and antioxidants beta-carotene and alpha-carotene, and is wonderful to eat and low in calories. Pumpkin can be pureed and added to smoothies, pancakes, granola, protein balls, even macaroni and cheese! (see pumpkin recipes). The nutrients and antioxidant benefits of pumpkin include: protecting eyesight and skin, low calorie/high fiber aids weight loss, may reduce some cancer risk, can boost mood, the immune system and helps fight infection. Roasted pumpkin seeds are a delicious snack and they are a terrific source of protein, zinc, and iron.

Garlic

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Tags: holistic nutrition, immune system, integrative medicine

It's official! Food IS NOT food

Posted by on Mon, Oct 22, 2018

Well, we sort of knew that, given the genetically modified corn, soybeans, cotton, canola, sugar beets, and the list goes on1. In this case, however, I am referring to an NPR story2 on the new dietary habits of animals at the Melbourne Zoo.

“ . . .the monkeys are no longer allowed to eat bananas. And the pandas are getting pellets instead of plums. In fact, fruit has been phased out completely. That's because the fruit that humans have selectively bred over the years has become so full of sugar, the zoo's fruitarian animals were becoming obese and losing teeth.”

How ironic that, in this case, humans are the “canary in the coal mine”3.

The author being interviewed goes on to describe the fruit we see in stores today as something not found in nature, that is, beautiful to the eye and sweet in taste, but “robbed” of nutritional value.

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Tags: holistic nutrition, toxins

18 Pumpkin Recipes for Fall's Superfood

Posted by on Sat, Oct 07, 2017

Oh pumpkins! Aren’t they a beautiful thing?

After making my dairy free gluten free pumpkin pie last week, I thought, why stop there? I can make vegan pumpkin mac n’ cheese, pumpkin granola, pumpkin protein balls, pumpkin pie, baked oatmeal and smoothies! So I did and I’m obsessed.

We are in peak pumpkin season and you can find them at their cheapest and most nutritious right now. The variety of these recipes will surprise you, but what better way to work this superfood into your diet? 

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Tags: holistic nutrition, recipe

Are You Eating the Right Type of Protein?

Posted by on Mon, May 08, 2017

For the first time in the United States, life expectancy is decreasing. (See recent article, A New Health Statistic to Worry About).  Many illnesses and diseases are on the rise despite more available health information to prevent, diagnose and treat these diseases.

There are many reasons for these ominous trends but at the top of the list of factors is the quality of our nutrition. So many foods contain unhealthy additives or are void of important nutrients.   Obesity and closely associated diabetes are becoming more common and are examples of what can happen due to deficient nutrition or the consumption of unhealthy, poor quality foods.

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Tags: holistic nutrition, blood sugar, protein

Health Benefits of Green Juicing

Posted by on Mon, Oct 03, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most of us do not eat enough vegetables each day. One of the best ways to consume more vegetables is to drink them!

Freshly made raw, green juice is full of vitamins, minerals and enzymes which can be readily absorbed by your body because they do not need to be broken down and processed by your digestive system.

Drinking raw, green juice first thing in the morning can give you and your family a natural energy boost without resorting to stimulants like coffee. Since raw, green juice is already in an easily digestible form, it can help revitalize your energy levels quickly. Other health benefits include reducing belly bloat, strengthening your immune system to prevent colds, flu or disease, and flushing your body of built-up toxins.

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Tags: juicing, holistic nutrition, health coach

Holistic Nutrition: Holiday Brittle Recipe

Posted by on Mon, Dec 21, 2015

I love to bake during the holidays and am always looking for that perfect combination of healthy and delicous treats.

This recipe from Rebecca Katz's  The Healthy MInd Cookbook is one of my favorites, and I thought I would share it with you.

This recipe has everything that is important to me and what I look for in a healthy snack. It is made from whole, nutrient dense foods, not processed food, and has a nutty, sweet delicious taste. It's a great treat to take to a holiday party or enjoy at home.

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Tags: holistic nutrition, recipe

Turmeric, an Anti-Inflammatory Supplement

Posted by on Fri, Jul 03, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you aware of the many anti-inflammatory properties found in turmeric? 

I listed the properties in a previous article in a recipe for turmeric milk. There are over 7,800 studies done on the benefits of turmeric! Reviewing these studies, ethnobotanist James Duke  concluded that turmeric appears to outperform many pharmaceuticals in its effects against several chronic, debilitating diseases, and does so with virtually no adverse side effects (source).

I love to add turmeric to soups and other dishes but I don’t add it as often as I would like and I don’t use a large enough amount to reap all of its benefits. I had a little issue with a back spasm this week and immediately made an appointment with my chiropractor, Dr. Coy Roskosky, because he has a track record for always taking my pain away.

During my appointment he reminded me to increase my anti-inflammatory foods. In need of acute inflammation help, I was very close to gulping down a spoonful of turmeric but quickly changed my mind after gagging at the thought of it. That’s when I created these turmeric balls- they are quick, convenient and delicious! (I mean not as delicious as raw cacao brownies, but I definitely licked the bowel when I was done). These little turmeric balls not only taste great, but they contain other ingredients that work synergistically with the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric.

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Tags: holistic nutrition, recipe, turmeric

New Produce Rating System at Whole Foods Market

Posted by on Wed, Jun 24, 2015

Whole Foods Market has unveiled its new rating system called Responsibly Grown for fruits, vegetables and flowers. This system rates produce as “Good” “Better” or “Best”. You would think that fruits and vegetables with the “best” rating would mean just that…..the highest quality.

That was not the case, this spring, at a Whole Foods Market store in California. Organic asparagus, grown in California, carried the green “good” label while conventionally grown asparagus from Mexico received the gold “best” label in these photos below from The Cornucopia Institute article:

Mark Kastel, co-founder and Senior Farm Policy Analyst at Cornucopia asks, “Why would a customer pay three dollars more per pound for the Certified Organic asparagus when they could buy what a trusted retailer has labeled ‘Best’?”

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Tags: organic food, holistic nutrition