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Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

November 24th, 2014

Guest Post from Flourish Nutrition Centre:

Here are some simple substitutions to make your Thanksgiving meal even more delicious – and a little bit more nutritious:

  • Eat the protein, veggies, and healthy fats first to fill up your stomach, then go for the sweet and carb-ridden items
  • Choose organic wherever possible – especially with turkey, apples, potatoes, and other fruits and veggies that don’t have a protective skin. This is the best way to ensure higher nutrient content without the added dangers of antibiotics and fillers, pesticides, GMOs and chemicals
  • Substitute white sugar with raw honey and enjoy the anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial benefits along with delicious taste
  • Skip the runny, flat, tasteless factory eggs and try a plump, nutrient-rich pastured egg instead – more flavor, more filling, and naturally rich in omega 3 fatty acids, beta carotene, vitamin A, E, D, B12, and folic acid, and is lower in saturated fat
  • Opt for grass-fed butter in your mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, pies, and more – it’s chock full of CLA, rich flavor, and the right ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids
  • Stomach hurting after indulging in that 3rd piece of pie? Try some sauerkraut or another probiotic-rich fermented food to promote healthy digestion and restore gut health.
Bonus tip:
Wheat and refined sugars wreak havoc on the body, throwing off your gut health, ph levels, appetite, and even mood and cognition.
How can you bounce back faster after a post-holiday food hangover?
Instead of reaching for a helping of leftover pumpkin pie or going on a drastic starvation diet, try these simple solutions to restore balance in the body:
  • Eat lots of greens to rebalance ph levels and minimize sugar cravings
  • Eat fermented foods to restore gut health – and mood
  • Eat healthy fats like avocado, pastured butter, and coconut oil to keep your hunger satiated

Liver and Onions?

November 15th, 2014

This morning while having a breakfast at my favorite diner, my waitress commented on my favorite breafast…Liver and onions. She remarked that she hardly has anyone that orders it. I noticed her accent and asked where she was from. ” I’m from Albania, and we eat liver often” I explained that most American today have largely abandoned this staple of traditional diets. Yet organ meats in general and liver in particular are nutrient SUPER stars!! Lets take a closer look

Grass-Fed Beef Liver
Liver is a storage organ for many important nutrients (Fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, K,) B-vitamins B12 and folic acid. Minerals such as magnesium, potassium and iron are just some of the many nutrients that make this a true healing food.

Due to the fact that most conventional liver comes from your typical feedlot system, I strongly urge you to source from only grass-fed beef sources. You will avoid the use of routine antibiotics and added growth hormones that is the feature of modern feedlots. This just shows the importance of knowing your local farmer, and we at farmfreshdirect2u.com know that our Florida beef is 100% grass-fed.

http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/the-liver-files/

Suffering from arthritis? Joint pain? Inflammation? Cold? Flu? Digestive troubles? Add bone broth to your diet.

November 5th, 2014

Suffering from arthritis? Joint pain? Inflammation? Cold? Flu? Digestive troubles? Add bone broth to your diet.
With the weather cooling down and cold and flu season creeping up, traditional home cooked chicken soup is the go-to food. It can help you get over your cold faster and just makes you feel better, reminiscent of the good old days when Mom and Grandma cooked the broth from scratch, filling the whole house with warmth as they took care of you when you were sick. Part of why it made you feel so much better was because food was actually food in those days, from grass-fed chicken to bone broth that soaked for hours for a rich taste and tons of health benefits.
Rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, amino acids, hyaluronic acid, gelatin and chondroitin sulfate, bone broth boasts a range of health benefits including boosting gut health and supporting digestion, fighting inflammation, inhibiting infection, reducing joint pain, and promoting healthy bones, hair, teeth and nails.
For optimum nutritional benefit and avoidance of GMO’s, chemicals, preservatives, added sweeteners, and other health hazards, skip the store-bought sludge and go for the real thing with grass-fed chicken and real bone broth.
‘Tis the season to support local – and with it, give your family the best!

Gut Health and Eating Disorders

October 23rd, 2014

Eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia plague roughly 10% of the population, and those numbers are even higher among teenage girls. With the research linking depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, and other mood disorders to biochemical imbalances, researchers have been looking into similar links with eating disorders.

A recent study uncovered a very strong link between “a protein made by intestinal bacteria” and disordered eating behaviors. Apparently antibodies are made to fight this protein, antibodies that end up reacting unfavorably with satiety hormones. Higher levels of these neutralizing antibodies were associated with higher severity of eating disorder symptoms. The potential for healing strategies as a result of uncovering this information are enormous, particularly given the relation to these antibodies and regulation of “feeding, energy regulation and anxiety.”

Researchers are now “working to develop a blood test based detection of the bacterial protein.”

As our recent blog articles have highlighted, a healthy and balanced gut is vital to overall health. Research is increasingly uncovering linkages between the gut and other areas of health, including allergies, autoimmune disorders, arthritis, pain, chronic fatigue, some cancers, acne, Autism, ADHD/ADD, and mood disorders.

Though much of it is anecdotal or in early research stages, many people have found that by repairing their gut health, their symptoms of these and other issues lessen dramatically – or disappear altogether. Countless people have reported decreased anxiety, increased energy and mood, reductions in pain, and other health improvements simply by balancing their gut bacteria.

The question then, is how can we restore and rebalance our gut health?

Probiotics and prebiotics. While pharmaceutical grade supplements can offer great benefits, food sources are the best way to optimize your gut health. Eating fermented foods like saukerkraut, kefir, yogurt, and fermented vegetables are an excellent and easy way to improve your health – and balance your gut bacteria. Start small, you don’t want to shock your system, then gradually increase your intake of probiotic foods. As always, opt for non-GMO, organic, grass-fed sources, as these have been shown to be significantly higher in nutrients and benefits – with the added bonus of supporting local business.

Weston Price Meeting – GAPS, Paleo, SCD, WAPF and other healing and ancestral diets

October 16th, 2014

Join us for delicious food, recipes, and a talk on Paleo, GAPS, SCD, WAPF, and other healing and ancestral diets at the Weston Price Chapter Meeting on Saturday, October 25th at 6:30pm at Flourish Nutrition Center, 895 Fox Valley Drive, Longwood, FL 32779.

The topic this month is “Comparing Traditional and Healing Diets”. Pam Wesley, certified GAPS practitioner and owner of Flourish, will be the guest speaker. Pam and Lee Burdett will discuss the similarities, differences and benefits of several of the ancestral and healing diets in use today such as the WAPF diet, Paleo, GAPS and SCD.

We look forward to seeing you! Please RSVP to Lee Burdett or Pam Wesley so they know how many people to expect.

Lee Burdett – healthyeating@wellfedfamily.net, http://www.wellfedfamily.net
Pam Wesley – pam@flourishnutritioncentre.com http://www.flourishnutritioncentre.com