Category Archives: Food and Nutrition

The benefits of coconut oil

  For centuries, island cultures have exclusively used coconut and coconut oil as a staple in their diet, and according to a study conducted in the early ’80s on Polynesian populations and published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, these people showed favorable heart and circulatory health. And while conventional medical sources still condemn… Continue Reading

Blended Bliss

  For a fast way to supercharge your health, look no further than the liquid nirvana of healthy green (or pink, or orange) smoothies. Drinking your veggies allows you to ratchet up the nutritional content of your diet while starting your day with a boost that rivals that of coffee. Fiber-Full All you need to… Continue Reading

All Natural Immune Boosters

Being sick stinks! But just because the temps are cooling off that doesn’t mean it has to happen to you. You can dodge the seemingly incessant flow of germs that are freely passed around in the fall and winter months by taking extra steps to support your immune system. Here are 10 simple, all-natural ways… Continue Reading

Banish Post Holiday Guilt

Do you feel like you went a little overboard during the holidays? Well, welcome to the club, because you are certainly not alone! The holidays can topple even the healthiest lifestyles. You sleep at odd hours, eat at times that are far from ideal, and when you do eat, it’s normally whatever’s being served to… Continue Reading

Quick Healthy Food Swaps

By making small tweaks to your diet, you can realize some amazing health benefits over time. Here’s a list of 19 simple food swaps that will put you on a fast-track to eating nutritiously—and deliciously! Instead of potato or corn chips… Go for organic popcorn (not microwave) sprinkled with nutritional yeast or roasted, salted pumpkin seeds (pepitas) or… Continue Reading

The Pros and Cons of an Alkaline Diet

          By: Sapna Fliedner MSN, HHC Have you heard about pH, alkaline foods, and the dangers of an overly acidic diet but always wondered what it all means and how it can impact your health? If so, read on… The pH range is the measure of how acidic or alkaline a… Continue Reading

A Healthier Halloween

By: Sapna Fliedner MSN, HHC As a mom who’s trying to instill healthy habits in your children, the truly scary part of Halloween aren’t the ghouls, ghosts, and goblins haunting your neighborhood—it’s the bag of sugary sweets that makes its way into your home after a night of trick-or-treating. Please read my article Sugar…New Drug.… Continue Reading

Organic On A Budget

    By now you’ve likely heard that eating organically grown fruits and vegetables is better for your health. And it’s true: Organic produce has higher nutritional value and antioxidant content than its conventional counterpart. That’s because organic produce is grown in accordance with strict standards, does not contain toxic pesticides or genetically modified seeds,… Continue Reading

Learning To Speak Food Labelese

By: Sapna Fliedner MSN, HHC Rule #3 in Food Rules, an eater’s manual from Michael Pollan, advises, “Avoid food products containing ingredients that no ordinary human would keep in the pantry.” These are words to live by. With more and more highly processed pseudo-foods lining the grocery aisles, the list of unrecognizable ingredients conjured up in a… Continue Reading

Dealing With Picky Eaters

By: Sapna Fliedner MSN, HHC When your little one has you dreading dinnertime due to her picky nature, take solace in the fact that kids aged 2 to 4 are hard wired to question what they put in their mouth—it’s a normal part of development. And while that pickiness normally starts to subside after age… Continue Reading