Gluten is the common name for storage proteins found in wheat (durum, emmer, spelt, farina, farro, KAMUT) rye, barley and triticale. Gluten serves as an emulsifier, holding foods together. Gluten is generally found in: breads, baked goods, food coloring, cake mixes, soups, pasta, cereal, beer, ice cream, sauces, cookies, salad dressing, malt, packaged foods, crackers and cookies. Unless you’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease, it may not be gluten that’s specifically to b
Road tripping for the past 2 weeks has reminded me just how challenging it can be to eat clean, on the go. Billboards serve as an excellent tool in terms of navigating to the nearest Starbucks, fuel pump or fast food joint. Alternatively, I have yet to see a sign directing to the closest farmers market, Whole Foods or Trader Joes. I’m sure we’ll see the day. In the meantime, here are a few tips to ensure a healthy traveling body… 1. Prepare yourself– Pack wholesome snacks t
Ingredients Salmon filet(s) 1 tsp Himalayan sea salt (more or less to taste) Fresh cracked pepper 1 TBL avocado oil or ghee 1 TBL grated fresh ginger (optional) 1 tsp local honey (optional) Squeeze of lemon Instructions Select your filet- Wild caught seems to be the obvious choice over farm raised fish. However, highly contaminated ocean waters often yield fish with excessive levels of mercury. Currently, there is no U.S. government approved organic seafood. I would recommen
Contrary to popular belief it is entirely possible to optimize your health and physique in the absence of animal products. Don’t take my word for it. Here is a list of superstar athletes thriving on plant based diets: 1. Prince Fielder
2. Mike Tyson
3. Venus Williams Despite what conventional USDA dietary guidelines suggest, animal derived products such as meat and dairy are not necessary components of a healthy diet. In fact, eliminating (or limiting) such products f
Before graciously bidding farewell to the incredible island of Oahu, it is imperative that I take one last pass at Kauai’s magical Na Pali coast. This majestic trail is nothing shy of fantasy! Eleven miles of rugged terrain is well worth the sweat in the presence of brilliant red rock, rich cascades of green, and electric blue waters. Having previously hiked Na Pali’s treacherous coastline, I am well aware that all provisions must be carried in and out, on your back. Clear
Harvard’s finally catching on…
Emerging studies produced by world-renowned specialists at Harvard Medical School are giving conventional dietary theories a run for their money. Articles such as: Dietary fat is not a major determinant of body fat and The relationship between dietary fat and fatty acid intake and body, weight, diabetes, and the metabolic syndrome, are raising questions such as… What IS making us fat? Is it the quantity of food we’re consuming or its lack of
We all have a friend that can crush 5 animal style burgers from In-N-Out Burger and not put on a pound. Whereas others of us pack it on within the first bite. Why is that? Aside from human variability of size and stature, this is a prime example of our metabolism at work. Essentially, metabolism is the chemical process by which the body utilizes food in order to generate energy. Quantitative measurements of metabolism can be tricky due to variables such as age, gender, an
Denial & deprivation don’t stand a chance! I encourage you to treat yourself! I woke up this morning with a raging desire to consume SUGAR! Sparked by creativity, I decided to indulge my desires! It works just as well to purchase frozen berries, simply be mindful of hidden sugar (be sure to purchase packaged fruit reading: “no added sugar”). I also recommend buying bananas in bulk. When ripe, peel, cut in half & freeze so they’re smoothie ready when you are! 21.277336-157
Interested in Organics & Uninterested in breaking the bank… Not all Organics are created equal! Some produce is inclined to retain residue and harbor pesticides, whereas others may be protected by an outer layer of skin or undergo less chemical exposure. When it comes to Organics on a budget, spurge on the Dirty Dozen & penny pinch on the Clean Fifteen. Dirty Dozen 1. Apples
3. Cherry Tomatoes
8. Kale/Collard Gree
As an avid carnivore, I must admit the mere thought of a 30 day abstinence was rather daunting. Here I am 14 days in, and I can honestly say I’ve never felt so freakishly robust. I’ve been shredding physical activities, feeling excessively energetic & sleeping like a champ! My ascribed constitution is that of athletic build. Genetics, paired with a physical lifestyle has lead me to be particularly conscientious of consuming appropriate levels of protein. Though governmen
Luscious, succulent, & saturated! From flesh to fiber; January marks the beginning of the 30 Day Vegan! Diet directly affects our body’s taste & smell. Certain foods invariably account for unpleasant odor, whereas others can promote attractive aromas. Here’s a basic list of foods to hit or quit in order to arouse & attract… Foods that make you smell & taste delightful:
Fruit: pineapple, apples, kiwi, cranberries, watermelon, grapes, & strawberries (in particular)
Americans generally consume an outrageous 156lb of sugar per person, annually! ARE WE A NATION OF ADDICTS?! According to compiled research derived from pubmed.gov, sugar stimulates the brain’s reward centers via the neurotransmitter dopamine. This just so happens to be the same stimulation pathway used by heroin. Certainly a sugar “addiction” renders a far less severe connotation than a heroin addiction, however, biologically speaking the two may have more in common than we’d
10. Avoid foods with labels– if there is an ingredients list be sure there are 5 items or less, all of which you can pronounce.
9. Refrain from evil white powders– sugar, flour, white table salt, cocaine, heroin (all similar hormonal pathways generally resulting in overuse/consumption).
8. Nix high fructose corn syrup– studies have concluded that it punches holes in your gut causing inflammation or leaky gut syndrome.
7. Avoid inflammatory fats– meaning trans & saturated
Considering it’s breast cancer awareness month it only seems appropriate to pay homage to these incredible embryological tissues. Here’s the BAD news:
1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime.
230,000 new invasive breast cancer cases are discovered annually.
More than 39,000 women will die this year of breast cancer. Here’s the GOOD news:
Only 5-10% of breast cancer cases are rooted firmly in genetic abnormalities. Genetics are precursors, no
Living in Hawaii has it’s guaranteed share of perks. However, there is one very crucial season Hawaii so casually skips over…autumn. Aside from the glorious offerings of crisp air, dried leaves piled for jumping, & warm apple cider fresh off the press; autumn exudes renewal. I’ve been examining the relationships I hold close. With limited time, and potential expiration at any given point, it’s crucial to share of yourself only with those deserving of your energy. Life is to
High carb diets increase insulin (essentially aiding in fat production).
Low carb diets increase cortisol (also leading to fat production). It’s no wonder between scientific research, dietary theory, and mixed media messages the general public is thoroughly confused about carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are an important energy source for the entire body. They are the preferred energy source for nerve cells, including those of the brain. A carb, is a carb, is a carb, right? Wr