Help Change the Dietary Guidelines

myplateFamiliar with this image? Most of us have seen some version of this nutritional tool developed by the USDA that offers nutritional recommendations to help us choose the right foods and the right amounts of those foods. The Food Guide has changed a lot over time, with the most current being called MyPlate. Although there has been improvement in the development over the years to healthier recommendations, there is still a long way to go.

Dr Mark Hyman is asking for everyone’s help to change the dietary guidelines so that they promote optimal health and wellness, as well as make sure the new guidelines represent current nutritional science – not just benefit to corporate interests. The USDA is asking for your input on the new Dietary Guidelines process by March 30, 2018. Continue reading “Help Change the Dietary Guidelines”

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Lunch Today: Rainbow Salad

rainbow-salad“Taste the rainbow” should be a slogan for fruits and vegetables and not for candy! The more color on your plate, the more nutrients you are getting, like the following. This colorful, nutrient-rich rainbow salad is chock full of flavonoids – phytochemicals that give many plants their vibrant color. It is also loaded with vitamin C, beta-carotene, and other antioxidants that will provide you with extra nutrition. These foods also provide iron, calcium, fiber, and a modest 2 grams of protein per serving. Continue reading “Lunch Today: Rainbow Salad”

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Minerals and Why We Need Them

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We have taken a look at vitamins, and now we move on to minerals in our series Vitamins and Minerals from A to Zinc. There are about 3,800 known minerals, 21 of which are essential to the healthy functioning of the human body. An essential mineral is any mineral required by the body for health, that cannot be produced by the body and so has to be provided by your diet. Some minerals, such as lead, are toxic to humans.

Essential minerals can be classified into two groups, microminerals and macrominerals. Continue reading “Minerals and Why We Need Them”

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Dinner Tonight: Artichoke Salad

artichokesIt’s finally spring… at least on the calendar! And even though there may be snow falling in much of the United States right now, I can’t help but feel that I need lighter, fresher meals. This artichoke salad is a fresh take on potato salad. This recipe is particularly good in the spring, when new potatoes, artichokes and leeks are in season and at their most tender, but if you are gung-ho on saying goodbye to winter, this salad can be a good option any time of year by trading out the artichokes for jarred artichokes or swapping them for whatever is seasonal in your area… think broccoli, green beans, or even radicchio. Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Artichoke Salad”

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Detoxification Starts With the Gut

detoxIntegrative experts agree that for almost any health concern, the first step in the healing process is to start by cleaning up the gut. Leaky gut (intestinal permeability) has been shown to be present in so many chronic conditions, such as depression, diabetes, irritable bowel disease, hypothyroidism, rosacea, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.

When it comes to detoxification, the gut is also the first place to focus. This is because if your gut isn’t in an optimal state, then you will keep passing toxins and toxic by-products to the liver and kidneys, placing an even bigger burden on these important detoxification organs. Continue reading “Detoxification Starts With the Gut”

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Our Bloggers

  • 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 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. Neal Barnard
    Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research.
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  • Joseph Pizzorno
    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 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
    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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  • Rob Brown
    Dr. Rob Brown
    Dr. Brown's blended perspective of healthcare includes a deeply rooted passion for wellness and spiritual exploration.
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