The Last Summer Recipe: White Bean Stew

white-beansThe last day of this glorious summer. It’s not easy saying goodbye to peaches, zucchini, tomatoes, corn and berries… oh, and the basil, glorious basil. It has been such an abundant growing season around these parts and I’m not sure I’m ready for the squashes, kale and turnips just yet.

This recipe combines beans, tomatoes and basil to make a simple stew that still tastes like summer, but keeps you warm when the nights get cooler. My suggestion is to use all fresh ingredients. If you don’t grow them, head to your farmers’ market to take advantage of the last of this summer’s fare. Continue reading “The Last Summer Recipe: White Bean Stew”

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Summer Staples to Stabilize Blood Sugar

vegetablesResearch has shown that plant-based diets are powerful in many ways, from trimming away excess pounds to reducing cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar. A new study shows that they also help with late-stage diabetes. Researchers tested a vegan diet for people with diabetic neuropathy, often experienced as numbness or as a stabbing, tingling, or burning sensation in the feet or hands. Participants in this 20-week study lost 14 pounds, improved diabetic neuropathy pain, and lowered LDL cholesterol and blood pressure. By improving blood sugar control, they also reduced the risk for other diabetes complications, including stroke and kidney failure.

Perhaps surprisingly, the participants found the diet easy to follow. One of the keys to success is planning ahead, which often means stocking kitchen cupboards, desk drawers, automobiles, and travel bags with healthful options – a winning strategy for summer vacations, day-to-day travel, and unexpected delays.

Here are five diabetes-friendly foods to help stabilize blood sugar that are easy to find, store, and assemble. Continue reading “Summer Staples to Stabilize Blood Sugar”

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Your Guide to Low Glycemic Foods

low glycemic foods / glycemic indexIn previous posts (here and here ) we talked about sugar cravings and sugar addiction, and I’m hoping you cut yourself some slack realizing that those intense sugar cravings have more to do with a real addiction vs. just will power. We’re wired to crave these foods, yet it’s many of these foods that prevent us from looking, feeling and living our best.

How can we effectively kick those cravings to the curb? By getting to the root of the issue through eating healthy, whole, real and low glycemic foods.

Besides eliminating high caloric sugar foods, one of the best ways to regulate sugar levels and eliminate a sugar addiction is by eating foods low on the glycemic index. Before you get disheartened by the idea you’re giving up the foods you love, remember that you are replacing temporary gratification with healthier habits and delicious food alternatives. The end result? Healthier decisions, sugar craving under control, and a happier you!  Continue reading “Your Guide to Low Glycemic Foods”

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Join Us for an Empowering Wellness Workshop

MarkSivieriVillage Green is excited to be a key sponsor of an all-day Wellness Workshop presented by functional medicine experts Mark Sivieri, M.D., and Lynn Dudley, P.A., along with certified life and health coach Joda Coolidge. The workshop will take place on Saturday, September 29 from 9:00-3:00 pm at the Women’s Club of Bethesda (Maryland). The subject of the workshop is “How to Live a Healthy Life with Positive Vitality – Not Merely the Absence of Disease.”

At this workshop, you will:

· Learn how stress impacts your adrenals, hormones, and overall wellbeing – and how you can take charge of effectively managing the stress in your life.

· See why gastrointestinal health matters more than you think, and how to achieve and maintain it.  Continue reading “Join Us for an Empowering Wellness Workshop”

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