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The Paleo Nurse ✚ Presents: Do you need to go on a cleanse or detox diet?: Part 2✍🏼

by Katy Haldiman, MS, RN   Detoxification is the metabolic process by which the body eliminates toxins in the form of both foreign substances introduced into the body and waste products produced during the body’s normal metabolic processes.  While there are many organs involved in the detox process, the liver in the main organ of detoxification.  The liver performs detox on its own, but it is possible to support optimal detoxification through diet and specific nutrient supplementation (what is commonly referred to as a “cleanse” or “detox diet”).  So, who would benefit from a detox diet?   The short answer is that pretty much everyone would benefit from a detox diet—if it is properly implemented.  We are living in an increasingly toxic world, and everyone could use a bit of support to enhance the natural detoxification process in the form of reducing exposure to toxins and adopting a nutrient-dense, real food dietary approach. To be clear, this approach is notreferring to fad cleanse diets, such as the cabbage soup diet, a juice cleanse, or the detox diet …

Rob Hill Presents: A Pineapple a day, keeps the depression at bay. And other foods to liven your mood.✍🏼

By: Rob Hill When it comes to mood and depression disorders, most people think they are brain issues, but that is quickly changing. Recent studies by scientists have found that a large portion—up to 90%—of serotonin is produced in the enterochromaffin cells in your GI tract, not brain. Therefore, since serotonin is a large contributor to feelings of joy, happiness, and mood, one of the keys to feeling good is the food you eat, not the brain pills you take. Serotonin is secreted from the enterochromaffin cells and into the blood. There, it is actively taken up by blood platelets, which store it. When the platelets bind to a clot, they release serotonin. And depending on how much you get, your mood can swing from pure happiness to down and out depression. And food is key. Dubbed part of the “smart” carbohydrate class, Oats have a zen affect on your well being. When ingested, they spark production of tryptophan, an important amino acid that synthesizes with serotonin. Similarly, bananas are good for the blues because …

The Paleo Nurse ✚ Presents: Do you need to go on a cleanse or detox diet?: Part 1✍🏼

by Katy Haldiman, MS, RN                It’s that time of year when people are setting new goals and resolutions, and for many, that includes a renewed focus on health.  Indeed, January is a popular time to start a new diet, and there is no shortage of cleanses and detox diets from which to choose.  But what is the truth about cleanses and detoxes?  Can they be helpful for those seeking better health or are they simply a scam?   The word “detox” has many different meanings depending on the context in which it’s used ranging from spiritual to scientific in nature.  From a physiological and biochemical perspective, detoxification is defined as a metabolic process by which the body rids itself of toxins. This is a natural process that is necessary for survival—every single minute of every single day that you are alive, your body is performing detoxification.   In general, there are two types of toxins that your body must eliminate or detoxify.  Xenobiotics are foreign substances that introduced into the …

Rob Hill Presents: How to Enjoy Your Christmas to the Fullest—and Not Put on the Pounds🎅🏼🎄

By: Rob Hill The week between Christmas and New Year’s is a week to indulge in food, drink, and soirees. But that doesn’t mean you need to watch your waistline grow. While on a normal day, the average person consumes 2,000-3,000 calories, during the Christmas holiday that can go to 4,500 to 5,500 calories. But it doesn’t have to be that way. First, you don’t haveto stop eating what you like—just eat less of it. For instance, have your slice of pumpkin pie but not two, and skip the ice cream. Instead of using caramels, chocolates, and sweets as dessert toppings, use honey, fruit, and cinnamon. When it comes to sauces—go light! You may not be able to control what’s being served at a holiday party, but you can make the turkey, roast beef, mashed potatoes, steaks, and stuffing much healthier by being mindful of the amount of sauce or gravy you use. To be sure, avoid drinking too much alcohol. Sure, have a few glasses of wine or champagne, but stay away from heavy, …

The Paleo Nurse ✚ Presents: 2018 Top 10 Healthy Holiday Gift Guide ✍🏼🎁

by Katy Haldiman, MS, RN The holiday season is upon us once again!  Whether you have someone in your life that already follows a healthy lifestyle orif you want to inspire someone to take the leap, my top picks for healthy gift ideas will make buying gifts this season a little bit easier.   Organic Cotton Mart Reusable Produce Bags($13.97 – $23.47): These environmentally-friendly bags can be used in place of plastic bags to bag produce at the grocery store or farmer’s market.  They can also be used to help preserve produce and to strain nut milk, juice, or teas.  And they’re made from organic cotton!   Pyrex Glass Storage Containers($14.99):  These glass storage containers are a must-have for anyone who wants to reduce their overall chemical exposure.  Glass is naturally BPA and chemical-free!  These are ideal for storing and reheating all of your healthy leftovers.   Lodge Cast Iron Skillet($18.97):  Cast iron distributes heat evenly for perfect cooking of all of your favorite, nutrient dense foods.  Cooking with a cast iron skillet eliminates the risk of chemicals leaching into food …

Rob Hill Presents: Tips for a Delicious—and Healthy—Hanukkah ✡️

By: Rob Hill Tips for a Delicious—and Healthy—Hanukkah It’s Hanukkah time and that means eight days of food, friends, and parties. Traditionally, the holiday is marked with generous heapings of mouth-savory fried foods like latkes, elaborate pastries, doughnuts and, of course, all things cheese. But there are ways to still enjoy the festive gluttony without overtaxing your body. One simple way to start is to jettison dairy products for plant-based alternatives. The dairy-free sector has come a long way in creating healthier and delicious alternatives to the devilish dairy items we most love. From tasty vegan sour creams to brilliantly flavored soy cheese to almond milk, you don’t have to sacrifice taste for health anymore. You can ditch the eggs too. Eggs are easily replaced  in many recipes without losing flavor or consistency. For example, you can use silken tofu, flax seed or chia seeds doused in tepid water. Another option is simply using unsweetened fruit puree topped with baking powder. The same goes for frying everything. Look to pan-fry instead of deep-frying, and always …

The Paleo Nurse ✚ Presents: Do Shakes and Smoothies Belong in a Nutrient-Dense, Real Food Template? – Part 2 ✍🏼

by Katy Haldiman, MS, RN Part 1 in this series reviewed some of the reasons why shakes and smoothies are so popular in modern society, and shared concerning findings regarding some protein powders.  Let’s continue the discussion on shakes and smoothies!   Many people drink shakes or smoothies because they believe for one reason or another that they need to include more protein in their diet.  In industrialized countries, protein deficiency is exceedingly rare.  The evidencesuggests that protein intake is homeostatically regulated by the body.  In other words, if your body requires more protein, there are complex processes that occur that will lead you to crave and eat more protein.  If your body needs less protein, you will be averse to it and you will naturally eat less protein.  A good example of this is during pregnancy in which many women become noticeably averse to various types of proteins.  There is some thought that protein aversions during pregnancy may be an attempt by the body to limit protein intake as too much protein could be harmful …

True Stories From Our Readers presents: Marco’s Story – Part 2

My name is Marco Klaassen and I live in The Netherlands. Next month, it will be 3 years since I suffered a near fatal heart attack which was unrecognized at first. Please see my previous blog on this site for the prelude to this post. Although I lost 44 lbs and changed my lifestyle, improper medical treatment caused permanent damage to my heart. I immediately took to action and did a lot of research about food and exercise. I am a firm believer that nature provides us everything we need: shelter, clothing, food and even naturally derived medications. Food is the primary source of our wellness. After my health issues, despite beliefs that meat is bad for you, now my diet is mainly based on meat, fish and of course, fresh vegetables and fruits. My recovery was “amazing” and “the success story of the cardio ward” according to my cardiologist. My anemia, obesity, cholesterol (and many more issues) were all solved by changing my diet. When you take your pet to the vet for help, a good veterinarian will ask …

The Paleo Nurse ✚ Presents: Do Shakes and Smoothies Belong in a Nutrient-Dense, Real Food Template? – Part 1 ✍🏼

by Katy Haldiman, MS, RN Shakes and smoothies are growing in popularity within the real food community. Protein shakes are all the rage among Crossfitters and other athletes that are concerned with post-workout nutrition, but also among busy professionals and parents, individuals with either weight loss or weight gain as a goal, pregnant and nursing women, those struggling with autoimmune disease, and the average person searching for optimal health.  One of the most frequent questions that I receive in my work as a nutritional therapist is, “What kind of protein powder do you recommend?”  The appeal of shakes and smoothies lies in their convenience and presumed fit with our modern, hectic lifestyles.  It doesn’t take much time or preparation to throw together a shake or smoothie and drink it.  The convenience factor aside, most of us have been subjected to the influence of heavy marketing efforts that have convinced us that not only do we need more protein in our diet, but the addition of a protein shake can do amazing things for us: gain muscle, lose …

The Paleo Nurse ✚ Presents: Finding Balance through Primal Movement

by Katy Haldiman, MS, RN Fitness has always been an important part of my life.  Growing up, my parents owned a martial arts academy and I practiced martial arts from the time that I was a toddler.  Although I didn’t participate in organized sports, I was an avid figure skater and I started weight lifting, practicing yoga, and running in high school.  During college, I became even more serious about fitness and what started as a healthy habit eventually morphed into somewhat of a warped obsession and addiction (although I didn’t recognize it as such until much later).  I didn’t have a body image disorder, but I used my love of fitness as a crutch in a lot of ways.  I worked out 6-7 days per week, rarely allowing myself a true rest day.  I would feel guilty and uneasy if I did miss a day at the gym. When I was first diagnosed with autoimmune disease, I was in the midst of training for a marathon.  I was running daily, followed by additional cardio classes …