Talk Healthy Today
Summary: Looking to create your best self? Whether it’s good-for-you lifestyle hacks, smarter ways to supplement, or tasty tips to fuel optimal health, Talk Healthy Today -- brought to you by the folks at Better Nutrition, Amazing Wellness, Clean Eating, and Vegetarian Times -- provides you the latest research, tools, and common sense tips you need to get and stay healthy... starting today!
Nutrition confusion can end badly in overwhelm in the kitchen. Don't despair! Learn how to use your blender for simple, nutritious dishes.There's so much conflicting information about nutrition... should you be eating meat or no? Is a vegan lifestyle the way to go? How much sugar is too much sugar? Nutrition confusion can end badly in overwhelm in the kitchen. Before you throw your hands up in despair, understand that you can make simple, nutritious meals without too much effort. Tess Masters' new book, The Perfect Blend: 100 Blender Recipes to Energize and Revitalize, contains a dozen healthy goals for readers, capitalizing on current trends such as gaining energy, boosting immunity, reducing inflammation, detoxing the body, and probiotic power. The book offers easy-to-follow recipes for smoothies, elixirs, snacks, salads, sides, soups, mains, and desserts that help get results fast. It also includes a guide to key ingredients, an extensive resources section, and optional nutritional boosters for each recipe. Listen in as Tess joins host Lisa Davis to share more about the book, as well as some of her favorite recipes and ingredients. Buy on Amazon The Perfect Blend: 100 Blender Recipes to Energize and Revitalize
ADHD is not a discipline problem. It is a medical condition that presents as a set of symptoms with a range of possible underlying causes unique to each child.In the United States, 11 percent of children aged 4-17 (almost 7 million children) have been diagnosed with ADHD. Most of the diagnosed (about 70 percent) are never treated. ADHD is not a discipline problem. It is a medical condition that presents as a set of symptoms with a range of possible underlying causes unique to each child. ADHD is a genetically-caused neurological disorder that can be controlled with brain-assisting drugs. But, to truly heal, your ADHD child needs individualized treatment to uncover and correct a unique pattern of deficiencies and excesses that affect the brain and trigger symptoms. James M. Greenblatt, MD, is an integrative psychiatrist who has treated thousands of ADHD cases. His new book, Finally Focused, provides a comprehensive, individualized solution to your ADHD child’s unique biological imbalances. It is the first book to identify and resolve the real causes of your child’s ADHD. Finally Focused is about finally giving parents the assistance they need to help their child recover from this medical disorder and thrive. Buy on Amazon Finally Focused: The Breakthrough Natural Treatment Plan for ADHD that Restores Attention, Minimizes Hyperactivity and Helps Eliminate Drug Side Effects
Hitting the grocery aisles can be overwhelming if you're trying to eat healthier (organic, non-GMO, antibiotic-free, cage-free, grass-fed, etc.).Hitting the grocery aisles can be overwhelming if you're trying to eat healthier (organic, non-GMO, antibiotic-free, cage-free, grass-fed, etc.). But, small changes can make a huge impact. Guest Stephanie Sacks' book, What the Fork Are You Eating?: An Action Plan for Your Pantry and Plate, is an encyclopedic guide on how to question the food you're eating and make healthier choices for your family. Stephanie's years of experience, both as a patient and as a practitioner, has allowed her to identify the most offensive ingredients in our food choices, as well provide tips on how you can remove (or at least minimize) them in your diet. One of the most important pieces of advice Stephanie offers is to really pay attention to how you feel physically after eating certain foods. Do they make you feel vibrant and energetic? Or lethargic and gross? Once you can align your body with the foods that support well-being, you'll be well on your way to making the right choices. Listen in as Stephanie joins host Lisa Davis to share insight from the book and tips for getting supermarket savvy. She also discusses the confusion surrounding antibiotics and hormones in animal products, and why labels like Certified Humane and Animal Welfare Approved are far more important than "hormone-free" or "antibiotic-free." Buy on Amazon What the Fork Are You Eating?: An Action Plan for Your Pantry and Plate
If you're experiencing anxiety, social withdrawal, and emotional angst, you may be suffering from low self-esteem.Many individuals today are plagued with low self-esteem. If you're experiencing anxiety, social withdrawal, and emotional angst, you may be suffering as well. Markers of low self-esteem include the inability to see yourself correctly. You may tend to treat yourself badly, but you don't treat others badly. Many individuals eventually develop conditions like eating disorders. Overcoming this is not as easy as someone reassuring you that you're "wonderful." You have to learn to develop a healthier sense of self on your own. It won't (and shouldn't) happen overnight. It takes time. When you achieve a healthy level of self-esteem, your well-being will improve overall... mentally, emotionally and physically. Listen in as Dr. Joyce Knudsen joins host Lisa Davis to explain how your self-esteem directly impacts your health, as well as tips for boosting your self-esteem by getting to the root of your self issues. Buy on Amazon Refusing to Quit: True Stories of Women Over 60
Vegan eating might make you feel healthy, whole and alive. But, could you be missing out on essential nutrients?Vegan eating might make you feel healthy, whole and alive. But, could you be missing out on essential nutrients? Fish and seafood contain the ever-important omega-3s, which have been shown to help prevent heart disease and stroke, may help control lupus, eczema, and rheumatoid arthritis, and may play protective roles in cancer and other conditions. Amy Cramer and Lisa McComsey, authors of The Vegan Cheat Sheet: Your Take-Everywhere Guide to Plant-Based Eating, join host Lisa Davis to share some recipes and hacks from the book, as well as why it's important to incorporate some seafood into your vegan lifestyle. Buy on Amazon Seagan Eating: The Lure of a Healthy, Sustainable Seafood + Vegan Diet and The Vegan Cheat Sheet: Your Take-Everywhere Guide to Plant-Based Eating
Learn how to let go of the stress and tension that gets in the way of being happy, authentic, and fully present.Finding balance amidst the stressors of daily life can be incredibly difficult. In their new book, The Well Life: How to Use Structure, Sweetness, and Space to Create Balance, Happiness, and Peace, Briana and Dr. Peter Borten share the strategies you need to achieve this all-important balance in your life, even in the face of chaos. The Bortens focus on three fundamental principles of a satisfying life: Sweetness: Learn the importance of feeding your life, body, and soul. Schedule sweet activities into your day; things that really nourish you. Structure: Find out how intelligent structure can give you more spontaneity and freedom, and liberate you from an excessively busy existence. This might include how you plan your day, work towards a goal, or even lay out your kitchen. Understand that freedom isn't lack of structure; rather, structure can foster freedom. Space: Carve out purposeful space, which allows for perspective... an understanding of the big picture and your place in it. Disconnect from the "human data strain" (emails, texts, social media, etc.) and reconnect to yourself through activities like meditation, yoga, walks in nature or prayer. Make this as much of a priority as your job/career. Listen in as Briana joins host Lisa Davis to discuss how you can learn to let go of the stress and tension that gets in the way of being happy, authentic, and fully present. Buy on Amazon The Well Life: How to Use Structure, Sweetness, and Space to Create Balance, Happiness, and Peace
Fats have been proven to be beneficial in many areas of health, including lowered blood sugar levels and reduced inflammation.Oils and saturated fats have gotten the blame for cardiovascular disease for years. The truth is, the number-one cause for heart disease (and memory loss) is consumption of sugar and refined carbs, such as flour, white rice, and white potatoes. Fats have been proven to be beneficial in many areas of health, including lowered blood sugar levels and reduced inflammation. The trick is to consume oils in an appropriate manner. Avocado oil is great for cooking. Not only does it have a high smoke point (520 degrees Fahrenheit), but it's known for improving many aspects of your health. Other oil options that can withstand a high smoke point include nut oils and ghee (clarified butter). If you're using sesame oil, coconut oil, or extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), keep them at low to medium heat. Listen in as Steven Masley, MD, joins host Lisa Davis to explain the health benefits of oils, as well as other foods that provide for healthy circulation, boosted libido, and a strong heart (beets, oysters, spinach, shrimp). He also shares some of his favorite recipes that utilize these oils. Buy on Amazon Smart Fat: Eat More Fat. Lose More Weight. Get Healthy Now.
In under 15 minutes a day, you can implement your own stress reduction makeover.There are so many things in your world that can cause stress. But, chronic stress is not normal. Dr. Ken Redcross, founder of Redcross Concierge, says that in under 15 minutes a day, you can implement your own stress reduction makeover. 1) Eat a good breakfast with "breakfast boosters" such as Greek yogurt (probiotics), mushrooms (immunity boosters), oats and barley (antimicrobial and antioxidant benefits), or an AHCC supplement. 2) Clear the clutter, both mental and physical. Categorize urgent, non-urgent, and important. Make lists. 3) Breathe deeper daily. Practice yoga, Pilates and meditation. 4) Try high intensity interval training (HIIT). Even 15 minutes can make a big difference in releasing stress. 5) Laugh! It really is the best medicine. Find something that brings a smile to your face, such as a kitten video or stand-up comedy set. 6) Don't be afraid to rely on your family and friends. At the same time, take a look at the potentially damaging relationships and friendships in your life. Listen in to learn more about these stress reduction tips.
If you're looking to "spring clean" your system, it's important to do your research so you can find the right fit for you.The term detox often conjures visions of yucky-tasting juices and painful fasting sessions. That's not the right way to go about resetting your body. In fact, high intensity juice cleanses (and the like) may actually be detrimental. If you're looking to "spring clean" your system, it's important to do your research so you can find the right fit for you. Nikki Sharp, author of The 5-Day Real Food Detox, suggests finding one habit and start with that. For example, focus on adding good foods into your daily regimen, instead of on the "bad" foods you want to take out. You might be surprised how quickly your cravings will disappear. If you follow Nikki's plan, you'll still get to enjoy five meals a day (balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats), and you'll be eating at times throughout the day when your digestion is operating at peak performance. Listen in as Nikki joins host Lisa Davis to explain how the 5-Day Real Food Detox works and why it might be the answer you've been looking for. She also shares some of her favorite recipes. Buy on Amazon The 5-Day Real Food Detox
Conditions like anxiety, pain and insomnia can all lead to prescription drug addiction... even in the most "normal" of individuals.Conditions like anxiety, pain and insomnia can all lead to prescription drug addiction... even in the most "normal" of individuals. In fact, statistics indicate that the number of Americans abusing painkillers and other prescription medications is 1.5 times greater than those suffering from any type of cancer. Hydrocodone is one of the biggest "gateway" drugs that may lead to more dangerous substances (and one that is most easily prescribed). There is a time and place for pharmaceutical pain options, but too often medications are prescribed too often and in a much larger quantity than may be needed. The "take as needed" instruction many times gets lost. David Foreman, aka "The Herbal Pharmacist," provides the following alternative methods to address the need for prescription medications. Anxiety Passion flower acts as a "chill pill" to help take the edge off. Reishi helps the body adapt to emotional stressors. It takes a bit of time to build up in your body, so aim to take on a daily basis. Insomnia Passion flower or Valerian root are both great options for easing insomnia. Melatonin is helpful for travel-induced insomnia, as well as in aging individuals and the decline of your body's natural melatonin production. Pain Celadrin can be used both topically and orally. This ingredient can also help with sleeplessness due to pain. Remember, it's important to look at the underlying causes of your symptoms, whether you're using prescription aids or herbal/natural supplements. Otherwise, you're only masking the issue. Listen in as David joins host Lisa Davis to discuss the current state of prescription drug abuse and addiction, as well as ways you can avoid falling into that trap.
In short, "recipe hacking" is simply taking out the naughty ingredients of your favorite foods and creating the same meals in healthier versions.In short, "recipe hacking" is simply taking out the naughty ingredients of your favorite foods and creating the same meals in healthier versions. Diana Keuilian, author of The Recipe Hacker and The Recipe Hacker Confidential, shares some of her top hacks, as well as the kitchen tools you may want to invest in to make hacking even easier. Dairy. Substitute coconut milk and coconut cream for cow's milk and cream. A vegan cashew-based cheese is a good replacement for spreads or in casseroles. For a Parmesan texture, use nutritional yeast. Gluten. For baking, grain-free flours, such as almond, coconut, flax, and even cooked quinoa are healthy substitutes. In savory recipes, replace noodles and rice with veggies like squash, zucchini and cauliflower (spiralize or shred). Sugar. Use natural sweeteners, such as Stevia. Your taste buds might need some time to adjust, but hang with it. Plan ahead. Take one day a week to lay out the recipes/meals for the week. Do as much preparation as you can on that day as well. Listen in for even more tips and specific recipe ideas. Buy on Amazon The Recipe Hacker Confidential: Break the Code to Cooking Mouthwatering & Good-For-You Meals without Grains, Gluten, Dairy, Soy, or Cane Sugar
Your weight loss struggles may have nothing to do with being lazy or lack of willpower, but rather influences from your brain.Recent research reveals the real reason 41 percent of dieters gain back more weight than they’d lost in five years is due to a power play by the brain. So, weight loss struggles may have nothing to do with being lazy or lack of willpower. In fact, no matter what the scale says your weight is today, what scientists are learning is that the brain also has a set body weight range that it will fiercely defend to avoid the perils of potential imminent starvation. This range varies from person to person but is determined by genes and life experiences. Felicia Stoler, author of Living Skinny in Fat Genes, explains that if your weight has fluctuated through the years, at a higher level than you desire, chances are your brain weight is higher than you imagine. Dieting can cause your brain weight to rise, and it’s hard for your body to argue with your brain. The best way to reset your brain weight is to stop dieting and eat intuitively by allowing your brain to be your calorie tracker. Stoler joins host Lisa Davis to share four “mind over matter” tips to help get your brain focus in the right direction. She also discusses how big a role your genes play in predetermining your weight. Buy on Amazon Living Skinny in Fat Genes: The Healthy Way to Lose Weight and Feel Great
Winter squash (acorn, butternut, spaghetti) can be the basis for some truly delicious dishes.Winter squash (acorn, butternut, spaghetti) can be the basis for some truly delicious dishes. But, because squash rinds can be quite tough, preparation can be a bit intimidating. In reality, prep is really quite simple. Liz Weiss, author of The Moms' Guide to Meal Makeovers: Improving the Way Your Family Eats, One Meal at a Time!, joins host Lisa Davis to share two of her favorite spaghetti squash dishes, as well as how to prepare the squash for the base of the dishes. Preparing Spaghetti Squash Wash the squash, poke a few holes, and microwave for about two minutes (which softens it). Cut off stem, slice in half (length-wise), and scoop out seeds (which can be roasted like pumpkin seeds). Preheat oven to 400. Brush insides with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place upside down on tin foil on a baking sheet. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Once cooled, shred squash insides with a fork. It now becomes the canvas for so many different recipes. Visit Liz's website and blog to access all of her many delicious recipes. Taco Topped Spaghetti Squash Bowl Spaghetti Squash with Meat-Free Bolognese Sauce Buy on Amazon The Moms' Guide to Meal Makeovers: Improving the Way Your Family Eats, One Meal at a Time!
In his book, Heal Your Pain Now, Dr. Joe Tatta teaches you how to regain control of your life by breaking the cycle of persistent pain.After seeing his mother suffer with chronic pain, digestive issues, endless fatigue, and depression, and then also witnessing her ability to heal herself with natural means, Joe Tatta, DPT, was inspired to help others do the same. Whether acute or chronic, your brain and central nervous system (CNS) ultimately decide whether you're going to feel that pain. With chronic pain (or persistent pain), your "harm alarm" stays on longer than it should. In his book, Heal Your Pain Now, Dr. Tatta teaches you how to regain control of your life by breaking the cycle of persistent pain. Following Dr. Tatta's program, you'll learn the role of the brain in pain (and how to use your brain to STOP your pain); how nutrition can eliminate the inflammation in your body, which is exacerbating your pain; and how to overcome Sedentary Syndrome and choose the best movement strategy. Dr. Tatta provides quizzes, self-assessments, meal plans, shopping lists, recipes, and exercises to support you throughout the program. If you struggle with chronic pain from an injury, autoimmune disease, or musculoskeletal pain -- or are overweight and have tried everything without success -- Heal Your Pain Now provides natural solutions to finally eliminate your pain and return to an active, healthy, and fulfilling life. Listen in as Dr. Tatta joins host Lisa Davis to share why your persistent pain doesn't have to rule your life. Buy on Amazon Heal Your Pain Now: The Revolutionary Program to Reset Your Brain and Body for a Pain-Free Life
Learn how eating certain foods gives skin renewed vitality, beauty, and longevity, as well as what to eat (and what foods to avoid) to achieve a healthy, glowing complexion.Stress and anxiety can wreak havoc on skin, resulting in acne, eczema, dry patches, rosacea, loss of elasticity, and premature aging. But, before opting for Botox injections, laser treatments, and harsh chemical peels, you may want to try a healthier approach. Susan Ciminelli, skincare expert to the stars and owner of the New York City day spa that bears her name, believes that the skin is a mirror of one's internal environment. The right lotions and creams are just one piece of the puzzle. What you put into your body, and, most important, the foods you eat, play vital roles in your skin's health and appearance. Susan shares how eating certain foods gives skin renewed vitality, beauty, and longevity, and explains what to eat (and what foods to avoid) to achieve a healthy, glowing complexion. In addition to flavorful recipes for dishes such as Wild Salmon Burgers, Herb-Roasted Chicken, and her famous Adzuki Bean Soup, Susan's book features recipes for facial masks, scrubs, and peels using all-natural ingredients, like honey, pineapple, and olive oil. The "Ciminelli Solution" promises to improve your quality of life by detoxifying your system, increasing energy, and ultimately giving you a radiant, glowing complexion. Listen in as Susan joins host Lisa Davis to discuss natural, safe options for preserving and promoting your skin health.