Q & A Friday: Prenatal Vitamins

I very often get questions from friends and aquaintances regarding things that I did, do, use, like or recommend. Honestly, at times it gets to the point where sometimes I can spen an hour or so emailing, texting, or messaging someone back! So, it is likely true that if one of you has a question, there are likely more that are wondering the same thing. Having a baby in November, I was asked this:

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Is Sugar Your Drug of Choice?

Ahh, sugar, that sweet, white, powdery substance. Research shows that refined, white sugar activates the same area of the brain as drugs and is eight times more addicitve than cocaine. Yep, you read that right, sugar is more addictive than drugs. When you combine that with the fact that sugar is in everything from bread to tomatoes, it’s no wonder so many people struggle with an addiction to it.

I don’t smoke, drink alcohol, or even drink soda. I eat a pretty clean, low carb diet about 80% of the time. I was doing so good for quite awhile, but lately I’ve fallen off the wagon. It’s so hard to avoid sweet sugary foods, espcially around the holidays. From talking with family, friends, and patients I know that I’m not alone in this struggle. But, I’m determined to overcome this struggle with some hard work and focus. Now, that doesn’t mean perfection, but I am going to work hard at this.

Allow me to introduce you to the 21 Day Sugar Detox. This is a program by Diane Sanfilippo (who also wrote Practical Paleo) designed to “help you break free from the chains of sugar and carb cravings and find food freedom”. There are 2 different books available. The original 21 Day Sugar Detox book, and the cookbook. In the original book, the program is explained and outlined well. There are a few recipes in there as well. The 21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook is a companion book with over 100 recipes that are compliant to the detox. Both books are very well-written and designed. I would highly recommend either or both of them to get you going.  (more…)

Why I’m Thankful for Food Allergies

Food Allergy GraphicTis the season to talk about the things that we are thankful for. Last week I talked about some of the challenges of food allergies, but I really am thankful, in some ways, that my kids have food allergies. Thanksgiving was this past week which is one holiday I’m acutely aware that both of my kids have food allergies. Now, we spent the day at my sister’s house and she is one of the best as far as accomodating for food allergies. But, my kids were still limited in what they couldn’t eat. (more…)