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Coined as a popular food trend, the foundation of clean eating is all about consuming foods in their whole food state or as close to natural as possible. Beyond that, the definition can be interpreted in a number of different ways. Some view it as increasing...

What is the difference between ‘gluten-free’ and ‘wheat-free’ foods? Do I have to restrict gluten? A strict life-long ‘gluten-free’ diet is only required if you have been diagnosed with oeliac disease. Celiac disease is an auto-immune condition that results in inflammation of the small intestine when...

How to recognize common nutrient deficiencies The typical American diet often has big nutrition gaps. The following nutrients are commonly lacking in many adults.  Read on for common signs and symptoms of deficiencies and food sources to fill these needs.   NUTRIENT COMMON SIGNS/SYMPTOMS FOODS SOURCES Calcium Fatigue, muscle cramps, abnormal heart...

Considered a useful tool for assessing food sensitivities and intolerances, elimination diets can assist in the identification of potentially irritating foods.  Gluten-free, low FODMAP, and lactose-free diets are all simple forms of elimination diet protocols that can have significant effects on individuals. The Protocol Elimination diets can...

For those of you who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, following a FODMAP approach can a great way to reduce discomfort.  The following are some easy meal and snack ideas to satisfy your appetite. Breakfast: -1/2 cup cooked oatmeal topped with strawberries and blueberries (about ½ cup...

According to New Nutrition Business, a global nutrition business researcher, digestive health tops the list of key trends in the functional food market. There is a great deal of interest associated with inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria, promoting good digestion, and boosting immune function. Given this...

Switching from a high-fiber diet to a gluten-free approach can create some new challenges.  While diarrhea might have been a symptom of the past, it is not uncommon for constipation to set in.  Many gluten-free products are high in refined, starchy flours, such as: white...

We live in a world where diets are constantly changing. There are several different approaches when it comes to finding the right diet for you. This blog will cover the Raw Food Approach and the idea behind it. The Claim: Foods are packed with natural enzymes and...

Calcium is an important part of a healthy diet.  This mineral plays a crucial role in: maintaining bone health, muscle contractions, nerve function, blood pressure stability, and healing. Depending on your age, the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for calcium ranges from 800-1200 mg/day.  As an example,...