Blog: Health & Wellness

How can I incorporate turmeric into my daily diet?

I had a patient ask me this very question! Turmeric is a hot topic and the health benefits are fantastic. For those of you that do not know, turmeric comes from the root of the plant Curcuma longa. Turmeric is used to add color and flavor to prepared mustard, chutneys, relish, and vegetable…

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Are there any natural ways to boost a teenager’s immunity when they suffer from severe asthma?

This is a great question, and one I frequently get. Many people want to naturally boost their immune system as to avoid getting sick. And I understand your desire to help your daughter continue to be as active as possible. There is no one thing that will specifically “boost” the immune…

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How do I boost my metabolism quickly?

This is a question that I am asked almost every day. Many of my patients are convinced that their inability to lose weight is related to a “slow metabolism”, which may be partly true. Metabolism is defined as all the chemical processes that occur within an organism to maintain life. It…

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What are the benefits of eating seeds?

Seeds can be a delicious and healthy addition to the diet. They are becoming more and more popular in today’s cuisine and you can find them in a variety of dishes. Anywhere from chia seed packed smoothie to pumpkin seed oatmeal to hemp seed and fruit muesli. Most people are aware that…

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What can I do to cut back on carbs/cals?

It is great that you are interested in improving your diet. A balanced diet should contain carbohydrate, protein, and fat. Carbohydrates are the main energy source for our body– they are the energy that gets used first (before protein, fat and alcohol). While they are an important…

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Is eating pork really bad for you?

Thanks for your question. If you have read any of my previous blogs, you will know my feelings on the words “good for you” and “bad for you.” I feel that, in some cases food can be very, very bad for you. The examples include: peanuts being “bad” for someone with a raging…

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What’s the best way to lose or maintain weight without skipping all the “good-stuff?”

This question could not come at a better time! Recently, many of my patients have said that they would like to lose weight to be “bathing suit season” ready. Others (like myself), have expressed the desire to shed a few pounds for their wedding. I could tackle this question in a…

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What are good substitutes for sugar?

Baking can be a great way to provide delicious sweet treats to your family. Unfortunately, many times these foods are filled with sugar and added calories. Do not fear! You can make several substitutions for sugar in order to still have the product taste sweet. I recommend using half of the…

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If I want to start eating healthier, what juices would you recommend?

It is fantastic that you are interested in embarking on a healthy weight loss journey. Healthy and sustainable weight loss can be achieved by choosing a variety of healthy, low energy dense foods (fruits, vegetables, low fat dairy, whole grains) and increasing your physical activity. Old…

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Are Juice Fasting & Detox Diets beneficial?

This is a question that I hear often so thank you for asking. Personally, I am intrigued by the word itself. The definition of detox is: “a process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances; detoxification.” Who wouldn’t want to…

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