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May 26th, 2015

Not necessarily. Look, I want to go on record as a gluten fan. I love whole wheat flours; I love baking bread and sweet treats. Sure I can work within gluten-free guidelines and a generous percentage of our at-home macrobiotic diet is naturally gluten-free. I also think there’s a real role for gluten in a healthy diet (should your condition allow for it).

 

I am no gluten basher.

 

And so while gluten-free eating can be deliciously healthy when your diet consists of gluten-free whole grains, lots of veggies, beans,...

May 18th, 2015

Eat This Now!

Arugula…A Most Tender Green

For most of us, spring brings thoughts of crocuses popping their pretty little heads through frozen soil…or tulips and daffodils waving lazily in the delicate breeze…or the first warm sunny days teasing us into summer.  For me, spring brings back childhood memories of arugula…yes, you heard me,...

May 18th, 2015
 
By Bill Caradonna, R.Ph., N.D.
(Note from me: As many of you know, I am a deeply committed advocate of Vitamin B-12 and have written about my own experiences on several occasions. I decided to ask an expert to give us his thinking about this vitamin so essential to human health.)
 
A half-century ago, doctors commonly administered vitamin B12 shots to their patients. As prescription drug development and use increased, vitamin B12 use declined. As Naturopathic physicians have re-emerged in the health care picture, so has vitamin B12 use...
May 18th, 2015

Now before I give you fodder to give up gluten ‘just because,’ let me go on record as saying that I think we eat way too much of this protein in our modern diets (just like we do with most protein…). In the  macrobiotic way of eating, flour products are considered supplementary to our daily fare of whole grains, veggies, beans,...

May 18th, 2015

We live in changing times. According to an article in The Wall Street Journal Americans have become ‘serial snackers’ with 48% of us skipping meals, in favor of snacks at least three times a week.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/forget-dinner-its-always-snack-time-1404240759

 

In this culture of grab and go eating, the reigning champion of the modern table is the snack bar. The snack bar lands in the top tier of most popular snack foods with yogurt and bakery items.

 

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May 12th, 2015

One of the questions I am most asked is how to convert gluten-containing desserts into gluten-free treats that…well, not to put too fine a point on it, actually taste great. We have all had those gluten-free desserts that taste like sand or glue…or have a completely unpleasant aftertaste from all the gums used to hold the pastry together. It’s enough to make you swear off sweets!

 

It takes some doing, I will tell you that. As an avowed gluten fan, I tried to gloss over the whole gluten-free dessert thing. But then I realized I was missing out on an entire way of creating food...

May 11th, 2015

With about 30% of Americans indicating that they feel like they should “cut down or be free of gluten” (according to a survey), it’s important to make sure your nutrient intake is sufficient and your diet balanced should you decide to take this on. So before you ditch bread and pasta, consider this.

 

If you’re not one of those among us who need to live gluten-free, a gluten-free diet won’t really provide a major benefit to your health. You heard me. Experts say there’s no real benefit to going gluten-free if you don’t need to make that change. (Is that a choir of angels I...

May 4th, 2015

I confess. As I write this blog, I am chewing on a piece of toast made from Italian artisan whole wheat flour and thanking my lucky stars that I don’t have to live without this manna from heaven.

 

Gluten (from Latin gluten, "glue") “is a protein composite found in wheat and related grains, including...

April 30th, 2015

Did everyone see the article on Gawker last week proclaiming that organizations demanding mandatory labelling on foods containing GMO’s is simply a con to get consumers to purchase more organic foods? (Like that would be a bad thing…)

 

You know, I always try to be nice and to take the high road, meet people where they are and not judge. But GMO proponents just kill me with their slimy rhetoric.

 

According to Kavin Senapathy a freelance writer and self-proclaimed ‘debunker of unscientific media misinformation,’ we are the victims of a huge long con to grow the...

April 29th, 2015

Froot Loops, out! Trix, out! Lucky Charms, definitely out!

 

What can you do to get that same silly smile on your face that you get with a bowl of crunchy cereal in the morning?

 

How do we satisfy our need for a quick breakfast and our love of dry cereal to start the day?

 

You know I want to tell you to always break your fast with...