Integrative Health Blog

Holistic Nutrition: Raw Chewy Trail Mix Recipe (Gluten-free, Vegan)

Posted by on Thu, Oct 31, 2013

I wanted to share with you this fun, delicious, raw cookie/trail mix ball recipe! 

They make a great snack or healthy school lunch treat.

Despite the lengthy dry ingredient list, they are a breeze to throw together. Plus, how hard is it to throw seeds into a bowl?

Raw, Chewy Trail Mix Recipe                   

Ingredients:

10 pitted dates

1/4 cup almonds

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup pumpkin (pepita seeds)

2 tbsp chia seeds

2 tbsp bee pollen (optional)

2 tbsp shredded coconut

Pinch of sea salt

Pinch of cinnamon

If you are feeling fancy, add some cacao nibs!

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Tags: holistic nutrition, integrative health, integrative nutrition, recipe, gluten

Holistic Nutrition: When Fruit is Not a Healthy Choice

Posted by on Mon, Jun 17, 2013

Anita's Healthy Tips                       

 

Summer officially starts this week, on Friday, June 21. Most of us have air conditioning these days, but many of us can remember sleeping on sticky sheets with the fan in the window during the summer! Which never worked, by the way!! When it gets hot, who wants to be in the kitchen using the oven or the stove? Now is the time to try all those recipes that don’t require cooking!!

 

Salads of all types - green salads, fruit salads, raw kale salads, gazpacho soups, cold cucumber or melon soups, and caprese salad - taste wonderful and don't heat up the kitchen.

Know Your Fruits and Veggies: The "Dirty Dozen" and The "Clean 15"

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Tags: holistic nutrition, diabetes, pre-diabetes, integrative nutrition, sugar, pesticides

Do You Have Problems with Dairy? It's Not the Cow's Fault

Posted by on Mon, Mar 25, 2013

Real dairy is healthy and can be enjoyed by most people, but modern dairy practices have altered the type of product we now consume.

Do you enjoy dairy products but are concerned whether they are actually good for you?

Have you experienced lactose intolerance or other unpleasant side effects when eating dairy?

What if I told you, it’s not the cow’s fault- it’s the processing methods used today that may be affecting you, and that there is healthy digestible dairy out there?

The Problem with Industrialized Dairy

Dairy has received such a bad rap over the years and rightly so if we’re talking about milk, ice cream, butter and other products that you buy off the grocery shelf. These products have been so altered from the type of dairy that was enjoyed straight from the farm for many, many years and by many societies. The dairy our ancestors drank gave them great health, strong bones, vitality and longevity.

So, What Happened?

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Tags: holistic nutrition, integrative health, integrative nutrition, digestive health, probiotics

Why Diets are Fattening (And What To Do To Really Lose Weight)

Posted by on Fri, Jan 11, 2013

Eve Colantoni CHC

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Tags: holistic nutrition, weight loss, integrative health, integrative nutrition

Warning Signs of Pre-Diabetes and Insulin Resistance

Posted by on Wed, Oct 10, 2012

Anita Capizzi RN, CHC

Signs of Insulin Resistance/Pre-diabetes  

-  belly fat

-  sugar cravings

-  fatigue especially after meals

-  high blood pressure

-  high triglycerides

-  hypoglycemia

-  low HDL

-  high cholesterol

-  inflammation in the body

Family History

-  heart disease

-  obesity

-  stroke

-  dementia

Fact:  Pre-diabetes carries with it all the risks of having full blown diabetes

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Tags: belly fat, inflammation, insulin resistance, high blood pressure, diabetes, pre-diabetes, blood sugar, integrative health, integrative nutrition

Do You Have Belly Fat?

Posted by on Thu, Sep 06, 2012

Anita Capizzi RN, CHC

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Tags: belly fat, insulin resistance, diabetes, blood sugar, integrative health, integrative nutrition

Sweetened or Unsweetened? Do You Want Diabetes With That?

Posted by on Tue, Jun 05, 2012

Healthy Tips

Dr. Mark Hyman has coined the term “diabesity”. It refers to the journey from a normal blood sugar level to pre-diabetes and finally to full blown Type II diabetes, often accompanied by obesity.

Sugar, Sugar, Sugar

Refined foods, sugary drinks and fast foods all turn to sugar very quickly in the body. After a high carbohydrate meal or snack, insulin is secreted by the pancreas so that the sugar can be transported from the blood into the cells where it can be used for energy. An abundance of sugar in the system (aka a normal American diet) causes a lot of insulin to be produced. Over time the cells no longer respond to the insulin and the body needs more of it to keep blood sugar in balance. This is called insulin resistance.

The brain, the liver and the muscles are the primary users of sugar or glucose. After that, all the excess gets stored as fat!  A common side effect of insulin resistance is weight gain.

Hidden Calories

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Tags: holistic nutrition, diabetes, pre-diabetes, blood sugar, integrative health, integrative nutrition

No Calorie Restrictions, REALLY??

Posted by on Wed, May 23, 2012

Anita Capizzi RN, CHC

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Tags: detoxification, holistic health, integrative health, integrative nutrition, toxins

Is Your Brain Addicted to Sugar?

Posted by on Wed, Apr 04, 2012

Eve Colantoni CHC

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Tags: addiction, holistic nutrition, integrative health, integrative nutrition, sugar, integrated health

Clueless and Curious About Chia Seeds?

Posted by on Tue, Mar 27, 2012

Anita Capizzi RN, CHC

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Tags: omega fatty acids, chia seeds, holistic nutrition, integrative health, integrative nutrition