Blog — Food As Medicine
Can I Eat My Way to a More Peaceful Existence?
We all have some level of stress and anxiety, perhaps more these days than ever. There are any number of ways that we can try to mitigate the constant onslaught of stress and anxiety inducers. We can meditate, we can exercise, we can make sure that we are connecting with friends and loved ones, deep breathing, journaling. But what about anxiety-reducing foods? Is there such a thing? Answer-Yes! There are foods that can actually help to reduce the symptoms of anxiety. Foods that are high in antioxidants, high in omega’s, Vitamin B, Magnesium, and foods that reduce inflammation can all...
What Does a Plant-Based Diet Really Mean?
I am not a “diet” person, and often I think diets just require too much change and are too hard to do. But good news—plant-based diet doesn’t mean that you have to become a vegan or a vegetarian! You certainly could do that if you want to. But those choices are on the far end of the continuum of a plant-based diet. Plant-based diet just means your diet has a focus on foods that are primarily derived from plants. Of course, a plant-based diet includes fruits and vegetables. It also contains nuts, seeds, oils, whole grains, legumes, and beans. And—yes—it...
The Most Powerful Immune Boosting Plants You Can Grow!
With cold and flu season always seemingly around the corner, and now with Covid-19 looming over us, we need to find different ways to boost our immune system. What better way than to grow our OWN garden of immune boosting herbs? We’re decreasing our carbon footprint, increasing the plant-based movement, and benefiting the earth! It’s also a great project that gets you touching the land and can be a family project as well! To plant and grow your own immune-boosting herbs, decide whether you want to do it outside in a garden or in pots that you can put outside...
Mocktails with An Immune-Boosting Punch
Just like so many of you, I enjoy a really good glass of wine or a cocktail! For me, having a drink signals fun, reward and relaxation. And these days, we may also find ourselves reaching for our go-to alcoholic beverage to help reduce stress and anxiety, and to help us relax. What we might not know, though, is that even small amounts of alcohol—1 drink in an hour—has an impact on the body’s functions and can reduce the function of our immune system. The body and our livers go into overdrive to process the alcohol, which negatively impacts its...