Is the Paleo Diet Right For You?

Have you heard of the Paleo diet? It seems like a new diet craze pops up every few years, so how are you supposed to know if this one is right for you? We’ll give you the skinny on the Paleolithic diet: what you can eat, what you can’t, the pros, and the cons, so you can determine if this diet suits your healthy lifestyle and is worth trying.

What is the Paleo Diet?

This diet mimics the daily food intake of men and women during the Paleolithic era (or Stone Age). According to Dr. Loren Cordain, founder of the diet, cavemen were free from diseases that plague Westerners today, due to their intake of simple, unprocessed, whole foods; by changing our eating habits, we too, can repel illness, inflammation, and sluggishness—all while getting svelte in the process!  Continue reading “Is the Paleo Diet Right For You?”

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Eat More Fruits and Vegetables for a Better Mood

Researchers in New Zealand found that people who ate at least seven servings of fruits and vegetables per day felt calmer and more relaxed than those who didn’t. The study published in the British Journal of Health Psychology found a day-to-day relationship between those who reported a higher fruit and vegetable consumption and positive mood.

According to lead author, Dr. Tamlin Connor, “On days when people ate more fruits and vegetables, they reported feeling calmer, happier and more energetic than they normally did.”

To achieve seven fruits and vegetables per day, try filling up half your plate with fruits and vegetables at each meal. Besides having a positive effect on your mental outlook, you will also be giving your body fiber for good digestion, antioxidants to help fight cancer causing free radicals, and heart healthy vitamins and minerals.

If you find you are still struggling with this, try adding a greens drink or a berry drink like Berry Fusion to your daily routine.

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Fermented Foods: In-Season in the Off Season

Sauerkraut 010Right about this time of year the produce aisle of the grocery store starts feeling less than inspiring. In-season options are limited to storage vegetables like potatoes, onions and winter squash, which are getting old. Citrus is delicious, but you can only eat so many oranges and grapefruits.

So where do we turn to entertain our palates until spring?  What’s in season when nothing is in season?

The traditional answer is fermented foods!  Think sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha. Continue reading “Fermented Foods: In-Season in the Off Season”

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Buy a Pathway Product to Plant a Tree

Village Green has partnered with Trees for the Future and will plant one tree in a developing country every time a customer makes a purchase that includes a Pathway product.

Trees for the Future is a locally based nonprofit organization whose mission is to plant trees within rural communities in the developing world, enabling them to restore their environment, grow more food, and build a sustainable future.

Trees for the Future also works with local farmers and community groups to help them better support themselves, and to restore degraded lands to sustainable productivity by planting trees that not only thrive in poor soil conditions, but that also benefit the local area in a multitude of ways. Through their worldwide network of technicians, volunteers, and community leaders, they help rehabilitate environments across the globe.

With the help of our customers, we’re looking forward to creating positive impact through our partnership with Trees for the Future.

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Four F’s of Digestive Health

Digestive dysfunction is one of the most common ills of today’s population. Symptoms of acid reflux, diarrhea, constipation and bloating have become so normal that people often don’t recognize them as problems to be solved, if they recognize them at all. The allopathic diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) has become increasingly popular, leaving patients concerned and completely clueless as to the true source of or potential solution to their discomfort. Truth is, from intestinal parasites to food intolerances to emotional stress, digestive imbalances can have a variety of causes. Continue reading “Four F’s of Digestive Health”

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  • Paula Gallagher
    Paula Gallagher
    Paula is a highly qualified and experienced nutrition counselor on the staff at Village Green.
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    Margo Gladding
    Margo's impressive knowledge base is the result of a unique blend of educational and professional experience.
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    Dr. Neal Barnard
    Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research.
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    Dr. Joseph Pizzorno
    Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, ND is a pioneer of integrative medicine and a leading authority on science-based natural medicine.
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  • Debi Silber
    Debi Silber
    Debi is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition, a personal trainer, and whole health coach.
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    Teri Cochrane
    Teri is a is a Certified Coach Practitioner with extensive certifications and experience in holistic medicinal practices.
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    Dr. Rav Ivker
    Dr. Rav Ivker is a holistic family physician, health educator, and best-selling author.
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  • Susan Levin
    Susan Levin
    Susan writes about the connection between plant-based diets and a reduced risk of chronic diseases.
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