Think microorganisms are yucky little germs? Think again! Good “bugs” like probiotics keep the bad microbes in check, and this is crucial to maintaining a healthy body and healthy skin. The human intestinal tract is lined with bacteria – both good and bad. There is no question that intestinal health IS overall health, and you can’t have one without the other. There is also no question that unhealthy digestion comes out in the skin. When intestinal flora are out of balance, we not only get constipation, bloating, and allergies, but also acne, reactive skin, and overall inflammation. Not a pretty picture. Continue reading
This weekend I was talking with some foxy girlfriends of mine about that old black-or-white, love-it-or-hate-it standby:
I used to think it was disgusting. Back then I was a militant vegan and pretty well-brainwashed into thinking that anything with any fat at all was gross. (Back then I was also usually hungry, angry, frazzled, depressed, tired, bloated, and 20 pounds heavier. But you know better, you do better, right?) So how could mayonnaise be anything else by sickening death-sauce with a side of heart attack?
And then I saw the light. Along with learning that traditional fats are some of the healthiest and most nourishing foods for brain, skin, and body came my first taste of real, home-made mayonnaise. And once you make your own from scratch, I promise you will never buy a jar of that yucky canola-oiled commercial stuff ever again. Plus it’s so ridiculously easy! Continue reading
A teacher and practitioner of Ayurveda, Dr. Marc Halpern once told me and a class full of students, “I would rather see a patient eat a Big Mac properly than a bowl of kitchari (Ayurveda’s king of healthy food) improperly”. Hang on, don’t rush out to your local McD’s just yet. Fresh, healthy, well prepared food like kitchari is the foundation of good health. Rather, his point was the importance of mindful eating. What we eat is incredibly important, but equally important is how we eat it. Whether you are eating a bowl of kitchari or indulging in a burger, here are five ways to eat with Ayurvedic ease.
Everyone knows we should be eating more vegetables but even the most ardent fans of all things green and colorful sometimes fall short of how much we should be eating. Following are my top five tips for adding more green (and purple, and red, and orange) goodness to your daily dishes. Continue reading
Every year the Environmental Working Group comes out with its Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™, a list of the top 12 list of fruits and veggies most likely to contain the highest amounts of pesticides, and its “Clean Fifteen” list of produce that is least likely to contain toxic residue. If money is tight the lists are good shorthand for determining which products are most crucial to choose organic and which can be bought conventional.