I apologize up front for the dark and morbid subject of this article… but I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share my thoughts on a study about nutrition on death row. I admit, I never thought much about it before: What do inmates on death row choose as their last meal? And more importantly… why does it matter?
The study in question was published in the journal Appetite. Researchers analyzed the nutritional value of “last meals” requested by prisoners about to be executed. The survey included the last meals of 247 inmates that were executed over a five year period.
The results ... Keep Reading
Gluttony. It’s the first of the seven deadly sins… but we’ve all done it, and some of us do it every day. We tell ourselves that it’s a special occasion. We reward ourselves with a treat. We tell ourselves that it’s just one meal, so it can’t do too much harm right? It’s just a part of being human… but new research has demonstrated that even one fatty, high-calorie, sugary, deep-fried “cheat meal” can have immediate and lasting negative health consequences.
A number of different studies have found that unhealthy meals, especially those that contain a high content of carbohydrates and ... Keep Reading
I’m at my computer this morning, after a 45 minute walk and a nice hot breakfast… which has become the subject of this very article. Why write about my breakfast? Well, because it is both delicious and healthy, easy to make, and full of ingredients that each deserve a paragraph of their own. Here’s what I just ate a few minutes ago:
- ½ cup oats
- 1 cup water
- ¼ cup walnuts
- ¼ cup berries (alternate blueberries, raspberries, dark cherries)
- 1 Tbsp flaxseed meal (ground flax)
- 2 Tbsp protein powder (whey, or rice, pea, or hemp)
- 1 Tbsp raw unsweetened cacao powder
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Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and spring is in the air. As beautiful as those blossoms may be… for many people, the changing seasons mean allergies symptoms. And when I say many people, I mean it. There are between forty and fifty million Americans that suffer from allergies. Symptoms may occur seasonally, typically in spring and fall, or be present year round.
In order to understand the best ways to treat allergies naturally, it helps to have a basic understanding of immunology… don’t worry, it’s not too technical. The membranes that line our nasal and bronchial passages ... Keep Reading
If you’ve ever experienced plantar fasciitis, you know just how painful it can be. This condition is the most common cause of foot pain, and it can be absolutely debilitating. Many people report that it feels like they’re walking on broken glass… especially for the first few steps in the morning. Not a good way to start the day.
On top of the pain itself, plantar fasciitis can initiate a cascade of other detrimental, even dangerous, health effects. I’ve seen this downward spiral happen countless times… Foot pain makes it hard to exercise, or even just walk. If you don’t exercise, you’re ... Keep Reading