Quick Question: Is Protein-Combining Necessary for Vegetarians?

It is a myth that the body can’t, for example, use protein from beans unless you eat rice simultaneously since these two foods contain different amino acids. There are a total of 20 amino acids, 9 of which are “essential,” meaning that we must get them from food because our bodies can’t produce them. Eggs…

Flour Power (Free Handout)

Children born today would be shocked to learn that only 20 years ago, the average grocery store carried just two or three varieties of flour – all-purpose, cake, and possibly whole-wheat. As a result, individuals with celiac disease (gluten sensitivity was not yet known about) were lucky to find poorly-tasting bread made from potato and…

The Function of Ritual

If there’s one thing we’ve learned in the past year, it’s that having a routine and, yes, rituals (although we may not think of them in those terms) are important for our mental wellbeing. A ritual is an action that you are mindful of because it is meaningful to you; they represent what you value…

Free Handout: Peripheral Artery Disease

This month’s free health handout explains the risks, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of Peripheral Artery Disease in honor of American Heart Month.

Is Your Funny Bone Broken?

In the past year, laughter has seemed a little harder to come across for most of us. Yet, laughter is precisely what we need when the going gets tough. Besides lightening a dark mood, making difficult conversation more comfortable, and inducing a sense of ease with people we don’t know well, laughter also increases the…

Go Outside and Play

If you’re looking for an easy way to improve both your mental and physical wellbeing quickly and at no cost, bundle up if necessary and head outside. Ecopsychology is the study of how and to what degree nature impacts psychological wellness. There’s something to be said for taking a step (or a couple thousand) away…

Research Fast Five for January 2021

Cardiology Not surprisingly, eating fried food is now unquestionably linked to an increased risk of major heart disease and stroke, according to a pooled analysis of data published online in the journal Heart. The researchers concluded that the risk increases with each additional 114 g serving per week.  The researchers pooled data from 17 studies…

Citrus Fruit and Vitamin C (free handout)

On a cold winter’s day, the sunny taste of citrus fruit might be some consolation. Considering that an orange only contains 62 calories and a small clementine packs only 35, these nutritional gems sure pack a powerful punch of nutrients, including potassium and magnesium. This handout provides information on vitamin C and citrus fruit, specifically.

Hyperthyroidism – January is Thyroid Awareness Month

Overview of Hyperthyroidism Your thyroid gland produces two iodine-containing hormones – thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). These hormones control how your body uses the fats and carbs that you eat, regulate your body temperature, affect your heart rate, and assist in regulating protein production. T3 is much more biologically active than T4. Hyperthyroidism occurs when…

Two Tiny Lists for a New Outlook

January is a time of self-imposed pressure for many of us, so it’s a little ballsy of me to add two things to your to-do list but bear with me. I want you to make two lists. These aren’t lists that you can sit down and create right now. They are lists that, if you’re…