About 6 months ago, I made the decision to cut out as much sugar as possible from my diet, and it’s made a world of difference to my taste buds and to my digestive issues. I really didn’t realize how much sugar I had been consuming, between all the fruit, granola, and smoothies and snacks, not to mention outright sweets like ice cream (non-dairy of course) and gluten-free cookies. On the whole, I probably was still not eating as much sugar as the average American, but for someone with digestive issues like mine, I was eating way too much, as I soon discovered. I embarked on a 2-month journey to cut it all out as part of a strict anti-candidata diet. I even cut out Thai food and all fruits except grapefruit, raspberries and blueberries. As difficult as the first two weeks of withdrawal were, I discovered a really helpful fact – that sugar aggravates my digestive symptoms, namely the extreme bloating and lethargy – even when I’m being strict with avoiding my intolerances of gluten and dairy.
Welcome to our new site! Lea and I are so excited to share with you our resources for delicious, healthy, mindful, ‘free-from’ living! We’ll be share tips on how to eat for your ‘free-from’ diet, how to eat the most nutritious food, how to take care of your body and mind, product reviews, and more. If you’d like to ask Lea your personal (anonymous) nutrition question, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and she’ll answer it in her “Dear Lea” column. You can also sign up here to be emailed our latest posts once a week.
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We can nourish our skin both from the inside and outside. Eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, and staying hydrated can work wonders not only for our health but also for our skin, and can diminish the need to use lots of fancy (and expensive!) skin products. What you put on your plate may end up being more important than what you put on your skin!
We’re excited to share with you this guest post Jill Cohen, our friend and certified herbalist. Jill lives in Boulder, CO where she teaches herbal and earth-based education to youth and adults.
If you’re reading this blog, chances are good you’re personally familiar with food intolerances and digestive discomfort. Chances are also good that you’re conscientious about choosing foods that nourish your body and avoiding ones that don’t – at least for the most part!
In addition to making informed food choices, another way to support digestive and overall health is to incorporate medicinal plants into your diet.
There are so many different types of oils and fats to cook with these days, and for every one there’s a different opinion on which is healthier. Many fats that were previously considered categorically bad for us have now been proven to be acceptable and even beneficial for us. Below are some of the factors to keep in mind when choosing a fat, and my favorites for cooking.
As the grass-fed craze continues, we start to look at it as more of a cultural staple rather than a passing fad. Why has this stuck around? Because grass-fed is the better quality meat, and the better tasting meat. We know that “grass-fed” options aren’t always clear, and marketing terms on packaging can get confusing, so we have brokendown some of the packaging claims for you below.
Dear Lea: I just found your site – love it! I’m 66 and in need of a change – big one – among which I want to become healthier in my older age. What is the best way to start eating healthier – I’m a junk food junkie – mainly sweets. I would rather eat them than a good meal. Also, not fond of many meats, dont eat many fruits/veggies, etc. Basically not a good eater (and I feel it, it shows). –KE
First let’s get clear about what we are talking about. The term plant-based diet is one that emphasizes vegetables, beans, peas, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds. There are different types of plant-based diets: vegan with no animal products such as meat, eggs or dairy; lacto-ovo vegetarian with no meat but including dairy products and eggs; and lacto-vegetarian with no meats or eggs but including dairy products. You can also eat a plant-based diet without going completely vegetarian. Some people call themselves “pescatarian” if their plant-based diet includes fish or “flexitarian” if they occasionally eat animal products. While vegetarian diets are usually defined by what they exclude, think of what they include—lots of vegetables, grains and fruit. The whole foods plant-based idea does not require complicated instructions – just start to eat more whole, unprocessed foods that come directly from plants.
One word comes to our mind around the holidays – indulge. Whether your guilty pleasure is green bean casserole or pecan pie, we all have something that we may give in to because it’s the holiday season. However, these choices may have consequences when it comes to our digestion, which can mean gas, bloating, and discomfort. Plus our digestive systems may need a bit of a boost to help us break down the quantities of food we can tend to eat during the holiday season.
It’s that time of the year to eat, drink and be merry! But that doesn’t mean we have to kiss our waistline goodbye or sacrifice all the good work we’ve done for the other 11 months of the year to put good food into our bodies. Especially when our routine is thrown off by holiday parties and family gatherings, it can be tough to stay mindful and disciplined about our health, but the good news is that there are ways to do it and to still ENJOY the season. At The Tasteful Pantry, we’re all about loving our food, both in terms of taste and its effect on our bodies. After all, what good is it to eat delicious food then feel awful afterwards? Below are some tips from our Registered Dietitian Lea on how to survive your holiday parties with your health in tact. Scroll all the way down for our helpful infographic on steps you can take before the party, as well as these steps below on what to do at the party.