Ottolenghi Hummus
This hummus recipe from Yoman Ottolenghi and Sami Tamini’s Jerusalem cookbook is hands down the best, creamiest hummus I’ve ever made or eaten. The recipe uses dried chickpeas – which require an overnight soak – so you’ll need to plan ahead, probably the only downside to this amazing recipe. Lest you try to shortcut it, know that I’ve made this recipe with both canned and cooked chickpeas, and can attest that starting with dried chickpeas makes a superior hummus. It’s a lighter color and flavor, much softer and just plain better. You can tweak the recipe to your taste by ma...
Source: The Blog That Ate Manhattan - August 8, 2019 Category: Primary Care Authors: Margaret Polaneczky, MD Tags: Uncategorized Chickpeas hummus Source Type: blogs

A practical guide to the Mediterranean diet
The Mediterranean diet has received much attention as a healthy way to eat, and with good reason. The Mediterranean diet has been shown to reduce risk of heart disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, certain cancers, depression, and in older adults, a decreased risk of frailty, along with better mental and physical function. In January, US News and World Report named it the “best diet overall” for the second year running. What is the Mediterranean diet? The traditional Mediterranean diet is based on foods available in countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. The foundation for this healthy diet includes an ...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katherine D. McManus, MS, RD, LDN Tags: Health Healthy Eating Source Type: blogs

Matera, the 2019 European capital of culture
The weekend of November 1st was a long holiday weekend, so Stefano and I, and his aunt and uncle (yes, the uncle with MM), decided to visit the ancient southern Italian city of Matera, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. It is also one of the OLDEST CONTINUOUSLY INHABITED cities in the entire world. How about that, eh! In 2014, Matera was also awarded the title of 2019 European city of culture and since then has become a big tourist attraction. By the time we managed to book a B&B, in fact, Matera was 97% booked! Matera is mainly famous for its Sassi (Italian for “Stones”), for its 1500 cave...
Source: Margaret's Corner - November 12, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll Matera Source Type: blogs

Love those legumes!
“Legumes” sounds like such a fancy word.  Let’s clarify that we’re talking about beans, folks. Beans, lentils, peas, chickpeas, it’s all good… and good for you.  Legumes are amazingly nutritious, high in protein and fiber, low in fat, and low in glycemic load. Legumes for heart health Scientific studies have definitively linked a diet high in legumes with a lower risk of developing obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, or strokes. As a matter of fact, eating legumes every day can effectively treat these diseases in people who already have the...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - October 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Monique Tello, MD, MPH Tags: Food as medicine Healthy Eating Source Type: blogs

Unexpected Lessons Learned From the Wheat Belly Lifestyle
In the seven years since the original Wheat Belly book hit bookstores and turned the nutritional world topsy-turvy and millions of people have engaged in a grain-free lifestyle, many unique lessons have been learned. Even though I had engaged the practices of this lifestyle for a number of years and in thousands of people before I broadcast these ideas through books, expanding the audience to many more people yielded feedback on an enormous scale, new lessons that even surprised me. Among the new lessons learned along the way: Plantar fasciitis—I did not expect to have so many people report that this painful conditi...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - October 17, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: News & Updates bowel flora gluten gluten-free grain-free grains Inflammation Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

Healthy lifestyle can prevent diabetes (and even reverse it)
The rate of type 2 diabetes is increasing around the world. Type 2 diabetes is a major cause of vision loss and blindness, kidney failure requiring dialysis, heart attacks, strokes, amputations, infections and even early death. Over 80% of people with prediabetes (that is, high blood sugars with the high risk for developing full-blown diabetes) don’t know it. Heck, one in four people who have full-blown diabetes don’t know they have it! Research suggests that a healthy lifestyle can prevent diabetes from occurring in the first place and even reverse its progress. Can a healthy diet and lifestyle prevent diabete...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - September 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Monique Tello, MD, MPH Tags: Diabetes Diet and Weight Loss Food as medicine Healthy Eating Prevention Source Type: blogs

Constipation Nation
Our ancestors who lived without grains, sugars, and soft drinks enjoyed predictable bowel behavior. They ate some turtle, fish, clams, mushrooms, coconut, or mongongo nuts for breakfast, and out it all came that afternoon or evening—large, steamy, filled with undigested remains and prolific quantities of bacteria, no straining, laxatives, or stack of magazines required. If instead you are living a modern life and have pancakes with maple syrup for breakfast, you’ll be lucky to pass that out by tomorrow or the next day. Or perhaps you will be constipated, not passing out your pancakes and syrup for days, passing...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - August 30, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: News & Updates bloating bowel flora bran constipation Dr. Davis fiber grain-free grains hydrate Inflammation laxatives Opiate drugs Opiods prebiotic undoctored wheat belly Wheat Belly Total Health Source Type: blogs

Constipated Society
Our ancestors who lived without grains, sugars, and soft drinks enjoy predictable bowel behavior. They ate some turtle, fish, clams, mushrooms, coconut, or mongongo nuts for breakfast, and out it all came that afternoon or evening—large, steamy, filled with undigested remains and prolific quantities of bacteria, no straining, laxatives, or stack of magazines required. If instead you are living a modern life and have pancakes with maple syrup for breakfast and you’ll be lucky to pass that out by tomorrow or the next day. Or perhaps you will be constipated, not passing out your pancakes and syrup for days, passin...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - August 30, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: News & Updates bloating bowel flora bran constipation Dr. Davis fiber grain-free grains hydrate Inflammation laxatives Opiate drugs Opiods prebiotic undoctored wheat belly Wheat Belly Total Health Source Type: blogs

7 Foods Scientifically Proven To Make You Happier
Conclusion: Sometimes, it could just be the little things which your mind and body are subjected to that could be making you feel bad and unusually grouchy — the amount of sunshine you’ve been getting, the level of physical activity you’ve been having or, the kind of food you are filling up with.  When you fuel up with these 7 foods, you are also enhancing your chances of celebrating a fun-filled day rather than a stressful one. Lisiana is a renowned independent researcher and is studying the impact of technology in the beauty industry. She is passionate about beauty, makeup ideas, fashion, fitne...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - June 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: lisianacarter3 Tags: diet happiness self improvement foods that make your happy good foods happier improve your mood mood foods pickthebrain Source Type: blogs

What do green bananas and raw white potatoes have in common?
Raw white potatoes and green bananas are natural, often readily available, and inexpensive sources of prebiotic fibers. Raw white potatoes are rich in prebiotic fiber—with 10 to 12 grams per one-half medium (3 1⁄2 inches in diameter) potato—and contain zero sugar. (Sweet potatoes and yams have far less prebiotic fibers). Some people become so accustomed to the taste that they eat them just like an apple, although they are most commonly added to a smoothie. You can also ferment them, which gives them a slightly tangy flavor great for adding to salads. Green bananas and plantains—and I mean green. Not...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - June 12, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Prebiotics Undoctored Wheat Belly Lifestyle green bananas potato raw potato resistant starch Wheat Belly Total Health Source Type: blogs

What do Green Bananas and Raw White Potatoes Have in Common?
Raw white potatoes and green bananas are natural, often readily available, and inexpensive sources of prebiotic fibers. Raw white potatoes are rich in prebiotic fiber—with 10 to 12 grams per one-half medium (31⁄2 inches in diameter) potato—and contain zero sugar. (Sweet potatoes and yams have far less prebiotic fibers). Some people become so accustomed to the taste that they eat them just like an apple, although they are most commonly added to a smoothie. You can also ferment them, which gives them a slightly tangy flavor great for adding to salads. Green bananas and plantains—and I mean green. Not ...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - June 12, 2018 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Prebiotics Undoctored Wheat Belly Lifestyle green bananas potato raw potato resistant starch Wheat Belly Total Health Source Type: blogs

Foods rich in prebiotic fibers
Prebiotic fibers are essentially the “water” and “fertilizer” that nourish your bowel flora.These are fibers that you ingest but cannot digest, leaving them for microorganisms in the intestines to consume. Some call prebiotic fibers resistant starch since they are impervious to human digestion and digested by microorganisms. Getting prebiotic fibers is crucial to your health and the success of your diet. Don’t confuse prebiotic fibers with the more commonly recognized cellulose fibers from bran cereals, bran muffins, and whole grains, not too different from wood fiber. Cellulose is not metabol...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - July 5, 2017 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Undoctored Wheat Belly Lifestyle Source Type: blogs

How to eliminate this uncomfortable, embarrassing problem.
Our ancestors who lived without grains, sugars, and soft drinks enjoy predictable bowel behavior. They ate some turtle, fish, clams, mushrooms, coconut, or mongongo nuts for breakfast, and out it all came that afternoon or evening—large, steamy, filled with undigested remains and prolific quantities of bacteria, no straining, laxatives, or stack of magazines required. If instead you are living a modern life and have pancakes with maple syrup for breakfast and you’ll be lucky to pass that out by tomorrow or the next day. Perhaps, you will be constipated, not passing out your pancakes and syrup for days, pas...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - December 6, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Constipation Dr. Davis Grain Brain Grains Weight loss Wheat Belly Wheat Belly Lifestyle Wheat Belly Total Health Wheat Watch Wheat-Free Lifestyle Wheatlessness gluten Inflammation Source Type: blogs

7 Foods Scientifically Proven To Make You Happier
Conclusion: Sometimes, it could just be the little things which your mind and body are subjected to that could be making you feel bad and unusually grouchy — the amount of sunshine you’ve been getting, the level of physical activity you’ve been having or, the kind of food you are filling up with.  When you fuel up with these 7 foods, you are also enhancing your chances of celebrating a fun-filled day rather than a stressful one. Lisiana is a renowned independent researcher and is studying the impact of technology in the beauty industry. She is passionate about beauty, makeup ideas, fashion, fitne...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - October 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: lisianacarter3 Tags: diet featured happiness self improvement foods that make your happy good foods happier improve your mood mood foods pickthebrain Source Type: blogs

Mix & Match Detox Plan for Cleansing, Health, and Weight Loss
DominikSchraudolf / Pixabay Looking for simple guide to detox for one week or more? Well here it is. It’s pretty simple. Prepare some of the items ahead of time to make it easy to put your meals together quickly, such as the dressings, beans, quinoa, etc. You can read the plan below and also download the pdf version for easy printout. Click here to download the plan as a PDF file>>> 1 Week Detox Cleanse Plan 1 Week Detox Cleanse Plan Key Ideas Start day by cleaning and charging your mind. Set your intention for the day. Use positive affirmations all day long for the things you seek to be, do, and feel...
Source: Life Learning Today - August 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: AgentSully Tags: Healthy Living How To cleanse detox weightloss Source Type: blogs

4 Tips for Managing Carbs on Wheat Belly
There is NOT a lot of counting on the Wheat Belly lifestyle, but keeping an eye on your carb intake is among the keys to success. This is especially true when you are just starting out, including starting out on your Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox when you need to reverse the metabolism/insulin/blood sugar/inflammation effects of years of wheat/grain consumption. While we do not count calories or fat grams, we count carbs because 1) the majority of people begin this process with diabetes, pre-diabetes, high blood sugars and insulin resistance that all have to be reversed to regain control over health and weight, and 2) man...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - November 30, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle blood sugar carbs glucose gluten glycemic grains insulin net Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

A blueprint to fertilize the garden called “bowel flora”
This is a repost from a blog from July 2014. Now that the Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox is on sale for preorders, I’m glad to present this information again with the book as a blueprint for taking on the life-changing challenge of improving your bowel flora. I like to think of bowel flora, the thousand or so species of microorganisms that inhabit the human gastrointestinal tract, as a garden. Probiotics, i.e., anything that provides microorganisms believed to be among the desired inhabitants such as the various Lactobacillus or Bifidobacteria species, are like planting seeds for peppers and zucchini i...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - September 23, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Bowel flora Bowel permeability Fiber intake Grains News & Updates Weight loss Wheat Belly 10-Day Detox butyrate microbiota prebiotic resistant starch Source Type: blogs

2 hummus-based salad dressings for GOS fibers
We’ve previously discussed how adding a class of prebiotic fibers called galacto-oligosaccharides, or GOS, adds greater power to your campaign to restore healthy bowel flora. Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, used to make hummus are a useful source of GOS fibers. Although moderately rich in carbohydrates, using hummus in modest amounts as a condiment, such as the base for these salad dressings, keeps you well below our safe cutoff. Each tablespoon of dressing yields approximately 1.5 grams net carbs, while adding about the same quantity in GOS fibers. So here are two simple recipes for interesting hummus-based...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - September 21, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle bowel flora chickepeas galacto-oligosaccharides gluten grains hummus prebiotic fibers Source Type: blogs

Chicken Curry with Lentils (for GOS prebiotics)
In line with our discussions about cultivating healthy bowel flora with prebiotic fibers, we have been contemplating whether enriching the lifestyle with the galacto-oligosaccharide, or GOS, variety of fibers in particular is a healthy practice. If you choose to do so, you could purchase (exceptionally expensive) products available commercially, or you could simply add small servings (1/4 to 1/2 cup) of GOS-rich foods such as lentils or chickpeas/hummus. Here is a recipe taken from the original Wheat Belly Cookbook but tweaked to include lentils. The original recipe was ultra low-carb with 3 grams net carbs per serving (5...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - September 9, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Recipes Wheat Belly Lifestyle bowel flora gluten grains lentils microbiota prebiotics resistant starch Source Type: blogs

Loading up on galacto-oligosaccharides
I previously discussed how galacto-oligosaccharides, or GOS, may provide unique or outsized benefits in cultivating healthy bowel flora, particularly bifidobacteria. Enriching bowel flora in bifidobacteria has been associated with a wide array of health benefits ranging from decreases in insulin to improved mental health. If you are interested in GOS and obtaining the beneficial effects of prebiotic fibers, note that these are strategies that should only be pursued if you are wheat/grain-free, have been taking a high-potency probiotic (e.g., 50 billion CFUs per day), and do not have dysbiosis. (Prebiotic fibers will make d...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - September 8, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle bifidobacteria bowel flora gluten grains metabolic microbiota prebiotic resistant starch Source Type: blogs

Food from Different Worlds—Finding Foods that Nourish and Heal Across Cultures
When I was a college freshman starting life on campus, I found the food available in our college cafeteria very confusing. Though ranked among the most diverse and delicious offerings, many times, I would walk through and find myself still with an empty plate. I could not find anything to eat. I had grown up on non-typical food, lots of roots and tubers, legumes and pulses, kale before it became a dietary hit, and lots of plain old water. Now I was part of a place that had fun theme food nights, and I could not find something that resembled my normal diet. Where I should have been thrilled, I was feeling tense, and very hu...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - September 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Access Food Nutrition Source Type: blogs

Eat, pray push?
I’ve previously expressed my reluctance to dwell very much on the issue of constipation, but this common issue is one of the defining problems with wheat and grains, despite widespread conventional advice that they are healthy sources of fiber. Here’s an excerpt from chapter 4 of Wheat Belly Total Health, Your Bowels Have Been Fouled: Intestinal Indignities From Grains: “A condition as pedestrian as constipation serves to perfectly illustrate many of the ways in which grains mess with normal body functions, as well as just how wrong conventional ‘solutions’ can be. Constipation remedies are li...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - July 30, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle bowel movements constipation fiber gastrointestinal gluten grains Source Type: blogs

Cancer is Not a Death Sentence
Life is Good! If you or a loved one has just gotten a cancer diagnosis, I want to reach out to you with this article to let you know you don’t have to be afraid. Of course you will be in the beginning. We are conditioned to fear cancer. But, I want you to know that you have enormous hope for a high quality, healthy, even long, life in your future if you want that and are willing to listen to the message from your body and take action to heal it. Let’s Face the Fear Factor First I realize that having “death” in the title is a little scary, but it’s true: Cancer is not your death sentence....
Source: Life Learning Today - May 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: AgentSully Tags: Green Living Happy Healthy Living How To Solving Problems Spiritual alternative cancer cures alternative cancer healing Believe faith fear fear of cancer heal yourself healing cancer healing power love yourself Source Type: blogs

Cool Foods for Warm Weather
Me mind on fire. Me soul on fire. Feelin’ Hot. Hot. Hot You too? Last thing you want to do is turn on the oven. I feel ya. That’s why I I’m keeping mine off and making these easy foods and recipes instead. No oven necessary. Go ahead and store your winter sweaters and other things you don’t need in there. Pour a nice cold glass of ice water and get inspired to keep it cool (and healthy) when it’s hot outside. Disclosure: The brands and organizations included in the TV segments and blog are clients of mine. ABC Newschannel 8 Let’s Talk Live DC Watch my appearance on NBC WBAL ...
Source: Balanced Health and Nutrition Rebecca Scritchfield's Blog - May 19, 2015 Category: Nutrition Authors: rebeccascritchfield Tags: cooking eating healthy food recipes TV segments best cereal canned peaches chicken wraps chocolate milk smoothies healthy deviled eggs Kind Bars lamb sliders memorial day recipes picnic foods slow cooker recipes Source Type: blogs

The ABCs of your post-grain experience
Wheat/grain elimination is an exceptionally powerful tool for restoring health, reducing inflammation, returning metabolic distortions such as high blood sugar and blood pressure back to normal, and for losing weight. But many of the adverse health effects of years of grain consumption do not fully reverse with their elimination. Specific efforts may therefore need to be undertaken to accelerate your return to full health. Taking these extra steps stacks the odds heavily in your favor that you will enjoy full recovery from abnormal health conditions. Among the strategies to consider are: Cultivate and nourish healthy bowel...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - March 28, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle bowel flora fish oil iodine probiotics resistant starch Thyroid vitamin D Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

Wheat Belly meals and flours for baking
So you kiss all things wheat and grains goodbye. And you’ve come to learn that gluten-free foods made with replacement flours like cornstarch, tapioca starch, potato flour, and rice starch are also very destructive, since they make visceral fat grow, send blood sugar through the roof, and contribute to diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, cancer, and dementia. (If these gluten-free food manufacturers persist in pushing gluten-free foods made with these awful ingredients, I’m going to have to write a new book: “Gluten-Free . . . Fat, and Diabetic“!) But perhaps you’d sure like a few muffins o...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - March 13, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle baking cakes cupcakes gluten grain-free baking grains muffins scones Source Type: blogs

Corn, Zucchini and Chickpea Fritters
Our first dinner in the empty nest. We dropped our youngest off at college, which to our delight is a mere two hours drive north along the lovely Taconic Parkway. To say the campus is bucolic is an understatement, with the Catskill mountains on the horizon, and a lovely little town just a short ride away.  This was a happy day for us all, the culmination of an amazing summer for the entire family. She’s launched and we’re so happy for her. (And can’t wait to come back up to visit on parent’s weekend…) After settling her in, we explore the area, following dead end roads like fingers that ...
Source: The Blog That Ate Manhattan - September 5, 2014 Category: Primary Care Authors: Margaret Polaneczky, MD Tags: Vegetarian chickpea corn fritters summer vegetable dinner vegetarian dinner zucchini Source Type: blogs

Fertilize the garden called “bowel flora”
I like to think of bowel flora, the thousand or so species of microorganisms that inhabit the human gastrointestinal tract, as a garden. Probiotics, i.e., anything that provides microorganisms believed to be among the desired inhabitants such as the various Lactobacillus or Bifidobacteria species, are like planting seeds for peppers and zucchini in your garden in spring time. But what if you planted your seeds, then neglected to water and fertilize your garden? If you’re lucky, you might have a few peppers and zucchini after a few weeks, but you’re more likely to have a few stunted vegetables or nothing except ...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - July 2, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle butyrate microbiota prebiotic resistant starch Source Type: blogs

5 Easy Ways to Eat More Fruit and Veggies
We all need to eat more fruits and vegetables! Did you know over 2/3rds of Americans don’t meet the recommendations for fruit and vegetable intake?!  We typically throw away spoil fruits and vegetable two times a week on average, which translates into about $42 a week! I am not saying you need to sacrificing taste or flavor or have to eat salads at every meal, I’m here to say “you can’t mess it up”!  Just add in fruits and vegetables to any dish you’re making. No matter what the recipes says, you can always add fruits and vegetables to any dish to help bump up t...
Source: Balanced Health and Nutrition Rebecca Scritchfield's Blog - June 25, 2014 Category: Nutritionists and Food Scientists Authors: rebeccascritchfield Tags: cooking diet eating healthy food fruits nutrition recipes vegetables blueberries healthy eating kiwifruit mushrooms slow cooker smoothies stuffed burgers vegetarian veggie burger Source Type: blogs

Gastrointestinal Recovery After The Wheat Battle Is Won
Josie posted this comment that addresses the issue of bowel health recovery post-grain removal. “I have been wheat-free for almost a year now and I no longer fall asleep during the day, and my mental fog has disappeared. My wheat-free life is great! However, I am experiencing major digestion problems. I went to see a dietitian and explained to her I do not eat wheat and try not to eat grains. She emphasized that I need fiber in my diet and based on my current food intake I was not receiving an adequate amount, which was most likely the cause of my digestion problems. She respects that I do not eat wheat, but is enco...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - April 26, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Bowel flora Gastrointestinal effects of wheat Source Type: blogs

Gastrointestinal recovery after the wheat battle is won
Josie posted this comment that addresses the issue of bowel health recovery post-grain removal. I have been wheat-free for almost a year now and I no longer fall asleep during the day, and my mental fog has disappeared. My wheat-free life is great! However, I am experiencing major digestion problems. I went to see a dietitian and explained to her I do not eat wheat and try not to eat grains. She emphasized that I need fiber in my diet and based on my current food intake I was not receiving an adequate amount, which was most likely the cause of my digestion problems. She respects that I do not eat wheat, but is encouraging...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - April 26, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Bowel flora Gastrointestinal effects of wheat Source Type: blogs

Shame on the Chicago Tribune
A blatantly pro-wheat piece ran in the Chicago Tribune that bashes the anti-grain movement. Read it here. Written by dietitian, Marsha McCullough, it is full of the oversimplifications and partial truths echoed by the wheat industry. (So it smells and looks like something either paid for by the wheat industry to be placed in the Tribune, or Ms. McCullough was paid to write. That’s how the big lobbies work. They generally cannot rely on “organic” commitment.) “Those with an allergy to wheat or other grains must avoid them. And the one percent of the population with celiac disease and the six percen...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - April 4, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly counterattacks Source Type: blogs

Produce of the Day: Avocados
All this month I’m making it fun to eat better with my 30-Day Challenge “Half Plate Produce” in the spirit of National Nutrition Month’s theme “Enjoy the taste of eating right!” Tweet, Post, Instagram or Pin your favorite pics and recipes that help make it fun for YOU to eat better. (Use #30DayChallenge and #NNM in your messages.) Feature Produce of the Day: Avocados Once upon a time, avocados graced the tables of only the wealthiest people – they were a delicacy that no one short of royalty could afford.  And if you were lucky enough to be sitting at one of these historical t...
Source: Balanced Health and Nutrition Rebecca Scritchfield's Blog - March 24, 2014 Category: Nutritionists and Food Scientists Authors: rebeccascritchfield Tags: cooking eating healthy food fruits nutrition recipes vegetables 30 day challenge avocado produce Source Type: blogs

We're Obsessed With Saffron Road Crunchy Chickpeas, You Should Be Too
At around 3 PM, I inevitably start to crave a solid afternoon snack -- something healthy or well-balanced will prevent me from grabbing a bag of chips, cookies or whatever may be near me at that moment. So rather than let my waistline go by the wayside, I keep some handy snacks with me at all times. And my guidelines for what goes in my purse (or my desk drawer!) aren as follows: They should have 200 calories or less, provide some nutritional benefits like protein, fiber, or vitamins and minerals, and, perhaps most importantly, satisfy my craving for FLAVOR. And at least half the time, I want something with ...
Source: The ND Blog: Notes from the Nutritionista by Monica Reinagel, L.D.N., C.N.S. - March 20, 2014 Category: Nutritionists and Food Scientists Tags: Nutrition calories food grocery store find snacks Source Type: blogs

Meatless Monday Recipe: Okra Gumbo with Chickpeas & Kidney Beans
Another happy Meatless Monday! In celebration of Mardi Gras tomorrow, I wanted to share one of my favorite vegan friendly gumbo recipes: Okra Gumbo with Chickpeas and Kidney Beans. This thick and tangy gumbo is made with a toasty roux, fresh tomatoes, plenty of onion and garlic, fresh thyme, and of course, okra. What I love most is that it only requires one big pot and 25-minutes of active cooking time, leaving me with minimal cleanup and more time to spend with my family out of this kitchen, a perfect weeknight meal! I serve my gumbo over brown basmati rice or quinoa (and perhaps a sliced vegan sausage if I’m f...
Source: Balanced Health and Nutrition Rebecca Scritchfield's Blog - March 3, 2014 Category: Nutritionists and Food Scientists Authors: rebeccascritchfield Tags: nutrition gumbo recipe healthy food healthy recipe mardi gras meatless monday seasonal cooking vegan vegan recipe vegetarian Source Type: blogs

Meatless Monday Recipe: Pan Fried Chickpea Salad
Another Happy Meatless Monday, where has February gone! Today I wanted to share a delicious, very simple, healthful and savory vegetarian side dish: Pan Fried Chickpea Salad. This one-pot chickpea salad is made with warming spices, vibrant cilantro and lemon, protein packed chickpeas, making it the perfect go-to accompaniment. Not to mention the absolutely divine dressing! It keeps for up to a week when left undressed, so consider doubling  it to have at your convenience. I love serving a double portion as a main meal topped with thick slices of creamy ripe avocado or toasted walnuts for an added crunch. Photo fr...
Source: Balanced Health and Nutrition Rebecca Scritchfield's Blog - February 24, 2014 Category: Nutritionists and Food Scientists Authors: rebeccascritchfield Tags: nutrition chickpeas healthy food healthy recipe meatless monday salad side dish vegetarian Source Type: blogs

Heart Smart Your Menu with Tasty Comfort Foods
Think “heart healthy eating” is bland and boring? Think again.  February is “Heart Health” awareness month. With heart disease being the leading cause of death for both men and women, eating well is one of the best ways you can protect your heart.  I know most people aren’t going to eat salads all the time, which is why I want to share my “heart smart” take on  some of my comfort favorites, chili and pizza. Using healthy swaps like veggies and spices in place of salt, choosing whole grains and cooking with heart healthy corn oil, people can still enjoy these deliciou...
Source: Balanced Health and Nutrition Rebecca Scritchfield's Blog - February 18, 2014 Category: Nutritionists and Food Scientists Authors: rebeccascritchfield Tags: cooking eating healthy food nutrition recipes vegetables cans get you cooking corn oil heart health Mazola mushrooms WBAL wheat foods Source Type: blogs

“Good for Your Heart” Chili Recipe
What’s more comforting than a simmering pot of chili? One of the things I love about chili is that you can please everyone in the family. I also love that you can get lots of nutritious foods into a pot without being in the kitchen all day. My chili recipe reduces the amount of meat using a 50/50 mix of blended mushrooms and several other fiber rich vegetables and beans.  This healthier twist reduces the cholesterol and sodium and increases the fiber and nutrients, which help to make the recipe heart healthier (especially if you compare to a traditional recipe). My recipe has all the taste and flavor you have co...
Source: Balanced Health and Nutrition Rebecca Scritchfield's Blog - February 5, 2014 Category: Nutritionists and Food Scientists Authors: rebeccascritchfield Tags: nutrition Source Type: blogs

5-Minute Meal Idea: Salmon-and-Chickpea Lettuce Wraps
As I let you guys know last week, one of the keys to whipping up uber-quick meals is making the best use of smart, simple ingredients that don't even require cooking -- like the canned wild salmon and canned chickpeas I use to make these lettuce wraps, which are perfect for a light, quick lunch. The salmon provides healthy fats and the chickpeas are a great source of fiber, both of which will help keep your tastebuds satisfied and quell those annoying afternoon cravings. For even quicker assembly, make the salmon and chickpea mixture the night before. Then all you have to do is stuff the lettuce leaves and enjoy! (Source: ...
Source: The ND Blog: Notes from the Nutritionista by Monica Reinagel, L.D.N., C.N.S. - December 17, 2013 Category: Nutritionists and Food Scientists Tags: Nutrition five-minute meal food lunch recipe vegetables Source Type: blogs

Fall Comfort Foods You Can Feel Good About
Fall is in the air – it’s a time when many of us start craving our favorite comfort foods like casseroles, soups, and stews.   I love comfort foods like soups, chilis, and casseroles – they’re easy to prepare and can be full of nutrients if you choose the right ingredients.  Recently I appeared on Let’s Talk Live DC to discuss my favorite tips for a healthy fall. Check out the video below or read on for some highlights: Eggs Are Back for Breakfast I love egg dishes for a warm comforting breakfast that’s full of nutrients.  Eggs had a bad rap for a while, but research...
Source: Balanced Health and Nutrition Rebecca Scritchfield's Blog - October 31, 2013 Category: Nutritionists and Food Scientists Authors: rebeccascritchfield Tags: cooking eating healthy food nutrition recipes supplements chili comfort foods egg strata eggs fall healthy cooking Kind Bars multivitamin Vitafusion Walmart Source Type: blogs

Fall for Chili: Easy Chickpea, Bean & Turkey Chili with Veggies
I love when the cooler weather hits and its time for jeans, sweaters, and warm comfort food. Chili has to be the ultimate in comfort foods. I love that you can’t mess it up. Just about any combination of veggies, beans, and lean protein will work. You can season it from sweet with maple syrup and molasses to spicy with jalapeno and poblano peppers to smoky with chipotle in adobo. The one I’m giving you today takes advantage of canned beans, corn, and tomatoes along with fresh carrots, celery and onion. Meat lovers will get their “fix” from some ground lean turkey in the dish, but this would do fine ...
Source: Balanced Health and Nutrition Rebecca Scritchfield's Blog - October 28, 2013 Category: Nutritionists and Food Scientists Authors: rebeccascritchfield Tags: nutrition beans chili comfort food cooking easy chili healthy comfort food quick chili recipe Source Type: blogs

You've Gotta Try One of These Awesomely Unique Hummus Recipes
So, we're like REALLY big fans of hummus here at SELF. The chickpea-based spread is packed with tons of fiber, protein and healthy fats -- and tastes good on just about anything. (Try it instead of mayo on your next sandwich. Then, you can thank us later.) But as much as we love hummus, we're always looking for the latest and greatest iteration. (Source: The ND Blog: Notes from the Nutritionista by Monica Reinagel, L.D.N., C.N.S.)
Source: The ND Blog: Notes from the Nutritionista by Monica Reinagel, L.D.N., C.N.S. - September 24, 2013 Category: Nutritionists and Food Scientists Tags: Recipes diet food nutrition Source Type: blogs

Top 5 Foods to Help You Sleep Better and Stay Healthier
Many adults today suffer insomnia. If not that, they rarely have a restful night's sleep. They are usually restless, cannot seem to find a comfortable position to sleep in, and are easily distracted by odd sounds that are common at night. There are also people who get enough hours of sleep, and yet they wake up tired, sluggish, and wanting to crawl under the covers again. The usual solutions are to get a prescription from a physician (for those who are diagnosed to be insomniacs), and to change the bed for a moderately softer mattress—preferably, ones stuffed with memory foam. Pillows that are too soft or too hard a...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - September 18, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Adana Baro Tags: health and fitness self improvement diet insomnia productivity tips sleep sleep better Source Type: blogs

Low-FODMAP Diet: A New Fad?
By Amy Campbell Back in 2009 (can it really be that long ago?), I wrote a short series on irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS is a condition (not a disease) characterized by a number of symptoms including bloating, cramping, gas, diarrhea, and constipation. About one in five Americans has IBS, and having it can range from being mildly annoying to downright debilitating. There are different kinds of treatments available, including changing one's diet, exercising, stress reduction, and medication. A treatment from down under People who have IBS will tell you that sometimes the above approaches work for them, and sometimes th...
Source: Diabetes Self-Management - September 3, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Amy Campbell Source Type: blogs

Summer Dish You'll Love: Arugula and Chickpea Salad
If you guys are anything like me, you're totally loving light, cool salads during these hot summer months, right? Well we were able to exclusively snag another one for you from celeb chef Michael Symon, who teamed up with Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt to create this unique- dish featuring chickpeas, grapes and fresh dill. You'll love how the cool, creamy Greek yogurt-based dressing pairs so well with the peppery arugula, savory chickpeas and juicy grapes. Think of it as your new bikini salad. (Source: The ND Blog: Notes from the Nutritionista by Monica Reinagel, L.D.N., C.N.S.)
Source: The ND Blog: Notes from the Nutritionista by Monica Reinagel, L.D.N., C.N.S. - July 26, 2013 Category: Nutritionists and Food Scientists Tags: Recipes diet food nutrition Source Type: blogs

Prostate Cancer: Lowering Your Risk
By Amy Campbell After I wrote last week's posting, I came across more information on how nutrition and diet may help lower the risk for prostate cancer, so I'll share that this week. But first things first. How is prostate cancer diagnosed? Prostate cancer may be diagnosed during a physical exam; specifically, a digital rectal exam, during which the doctor inserts a lubricated, gloved finger into the rectum to feel for lumps, bumps, hard areas, or anything else unusual on the prostate. If cancer is suspected, your doctor may be able to tell which side it's on and/or if it's spread. The other way that prostate cancer may ...
Source: Diabetes Self-Management - July 1, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Amy Campbell Source Type: blogs

Healthy Eating for a Summer on the Move
Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors — whether you’re headed to the beach, the pool, a long bike ride or a picnic in the park.  When its hot out, if you’re anything like me, you don’t want to spend too many hours sweating in the kitchen, but still want to eat healthy, delicious food.  During my recent segment on Let’s Talk Live DC, I shared some summertime tips for eating well. Check out my fun, healthy ideas for grilling, simple breakfasts, and quality snacks.  You can watch the full video here or check out highlights from my segment below. Tip #1 Fire up the Grill! No...
Source: Balanced Health and Nutrition Rebecca Scritchfield's Blog - June 24, 2013 Category: Nutritionists and Food Scientists Authors: rebeccascritchfield Tags: nutrition eating healthy Kind Bars lamb lets talk live Mazola post great grains recipes summer Source Type: blogs

Snack Time: Kashi's New Hummus Crisps
If you are a fan of both chips and hummus -- and really, who isn't -- then you are definitely gonna love Kashi's new Hummus Crisps, launching nationwide this month. These tasty crisps are another step for Kashi's venture into the world of savory snacks, combining wholesome ingredients like chickpeas with the company's signature seven whole-grain blend. (Source: The ND Blog: Notes from the Nutritionista by Monica Reinagel, L.D.N., C.N.S.)
Source: The ND Blog: Notes from the Nutritionista by Monica Reinagel, L.D.N., C.N.S. - June 6, 2013 Category: Nutritionists and Food Scientists Tags: Nutrition diet food snacks Source Type: blogs