Author: KM Foodservice

The Paleo Nurse ✚ Presents: Fish Oil: Do You Need to Supplement?

by Katy Haldiman, MS, RN   Fish oil is a supplement with a history that both predates the modern pharmaceutical industry and is widely accepted today for therapeutic use in mainstream medicine. The benefits of fish oil come from the omega-3 fatty acids that it contains. These polyunsaturated fats cannot be manufactured by the body, but must be obtained from dietary sources. Omega-3s are necessary for numerous body functions and normal growth and development, and research suggests that a diet high in omega-3s is associated with many health benefits, including protection against heart attacks, stroke, autoimmune disease, and cancer. As fish oil is derived from fish, one of the most nutrient-dense foods, many people may be under the assumption that supplementing with fish oil is safe and beneficial. But don’t grab the first bottle off the shelf too quickly—in the case of fish oil supplementation, there is much more to the story.   Types of Omega-3 Fatty Acids   There are three types of omega-3 fatty acids, including alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic …

The Paleo Nurse ✚ Presents: Tips For Choosing An Integrative Practitioner

by Katy Haldiman, MS, RN Top 7 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Holistic Health Care Practitioner Choosing a health care practitioner is one of the most important decisions that you can make. When you work with a health care provider, you trust that clinician to provide expertise, guidance, and treatment that affects your overall health and wellness. In many cases, those seeking various forms of holistic health care are doing so because they have discovered that conventional health care simply treats symptoms, rather than addressing the root causes of disease, and does not focus on promotion of healthy lifestyle choices that prevent disease. Choosing any type of health care provider to work with can be overwhelming and it can be difficult to know where to start. Getting referrals from friends and family or using online holistic health referral networks such as Primal Docs can be helpful, but it may still be challenging to narrow down the options. The following questions will assist you in choosing a holistic health care practitioner that you can trust to …

True Stories From Our Readers presents: Marco’s Story

By: Marco Klaassen My name is Marco Klaassen and I live in the Netherlands. I am a fan of KM Foodservice and the healthy eating they promote on their blog and social media. I just had to share my story with your company as my dietary changes and conscious eating habits have saved my life. On the 13th of September 2015, I suffered a severe heart attack, which the first GP didn’t recognize and she sent me away with a bunch of painkillers. Later it turned out I also was suffering from pneumonia, anemia, and sleep apnea: I nearly died that day. In the ICU, I found out that cardiovascular diseases are generally a western problem, and that made me wonder. The first talk I had was with my cardiologist. I was in a wheelchair during the conversation -almost a vegetable. She told me I would not live to see 60 and I was 45 years old! They placed a stent into my coronary artery and I took 32 pills a day and later I got heart physiotherapy. …

The Paleo Nurse ➕ presents: “Clean Eating” and Osteoporosis

by Katy Haldiman, MS, RN You may have noticed the mainstream media blowing up with variations of the headline, “Clean eating is a ticking timebomb that puts young at risk for fractures”. This is being widely reported by The Telegraph, BBC News, and The Times, among other news sources. There are many definitions of “clean eating”, and it wasn’t until I read the introduction of The Telegraph article by Laura Donnelly that I realized that it is real food nutrition that is under attack. Ms. Donnelly writes, “A cult of clean eating is a “ticking timebomb” that could leave young people with weak bones, the National Osteoporosis Society has warned. Research by the charity shows that four in ten of those aged between 18 and 24 have tried such regimes, which are now coming under attack for cutting out major food groups, such as dairy. The diets have become increasingly fashionable, and are associated with a number of celebrities, who have boasted how they have cut out gluten, dairy, grains and refined sugars.” The National Osteoporosis …

The Paleo Nurse ➕ presents: Top 5 Reasons You are Not Losing Weight on a Paleo Diet

by Katy Haldiman, MS, RN Weight loss is a common goal for many people that transition to a Paleo lifestyle. Although the Paleo community is bursting with testimonials of those who have successfully shed pounds in exchange for a new physique, there are perhaps just as many for whom the scale refuses to budge. If you are following a Paleo diet but have yet to reach your goal weight, consider the following Top 5 reasons you are not losing weight on the Paleo Diet or experiencing a weight loss plateau:   1) You are eating too many Paleo treats and not enough nutrient-dense, whole food. A Paleo template should be based on a foundation of real food, instead of reincarnations of baked goods from the standard American diet. The popularity of sweets in our culture has resulted in a Paleo-sphere that is over-flowing with an abundance of delicious, mouth-watering dessert recipes. Although these treats are made with acceptable Paleo ingredients, they are not necessarily health-promoting or helpful to weight loss efforts. The energy-dense nut flours and …

The Paleo Nurse ➕ Presents: 7 Ways to Beat Sugar Cravings

  by Katy Haldiman, MS, RN Added sugar is one of the most harmful ingredients in the modern Western diet. Sugar contributes to metabolic dysfunction and inflammation, and it is a contributing factor to many modern diseases. And unfortunately, it’s in most processed and convenience foods. The following 7 tips to beat sugar cravings will help you to stay true to your health goals by overcoming the temptation of sugary treats.   1.) Drink more water: Thirst is often mistaken for hunger and many people are chronically dehydrated, even those following a Paleo diet. A good guideline for adequate daily water intake for most individuals is to drink half of your body weight (in pounds) in ounces, with a maximum intake of 100 ounces. If you find yourself reaching for the cookies, try a glass of water with a bit of fresh-squeezed lemon juice instead.   2.) Eat a nutrient-dense Paleo diet: The Paleo diet is a template of which there are many variations. While it is possible to eat chicken breast and steamed broccoli 3 …

Is salt bad for your health?

  by Katy Haldiman, MS, RN  In its unprocessed state, salt is a naturally occurring mineral compound that consists mostly of sodium chloride and trace amounts of other minerals, such as silicon, phosphorous, and bromine. Although the conventional medical community has long advised individuals with high blood pressure to consume low-salt diets, there is little evidence to support that reducing salt intake results in a clinically significant decrease in blood pressure or decreases the risk of complications of high blood pressure. A report released in 2013 by the Institute of Medicine concluded that the quality of evidence linking salt to poor health outcomes is lacking. A close examination of several randomized trials actually revealed worse health outcomes in those consuming very low salt diets. A Cochrane review conducted in 2011 found that there was no clinically significant impact of dietary salt intake reduction on mortality or complications from cardiovascular disease.   However, not all salt is created equal and there are still good reasons to avoid table salt and the salt found in high amounts in …

Top 10 Ways to Recover After Gluten Exposure🥖

by Katy Haldiman, MS, RN Whether it happened when you dined at a restaurant that didn’t have a dedicated 100% gluten-free kitchen, or when you ate the meatloaf that your aunt insisted didn’t have any bread or flour it in, or even if you have no idea how it happened, many of those with gluten intolerance or celiac disease who follow a strict Paleo or Primal diet have been there: the unfortunate accidental exposure to gluten that is often referred to as “glutening” or “being glutened”. When gluten is eliminated from the diet for a period of time, re-exposure will often lead to unpleasant reactions in people with celiac disease or a gluten intolerance. Symptoms of gluten exposure can vary widely and may include: Muscle and Body Aches Joint Pain Fatigue Bloating or Gas Nausea or Stomach Cramps Constipation or Diarrhea Rashes, Acne, or Other Skin Disturbances Headaches or Migraines Depression or Anxiety Brain fog Irritability Exacerbation of Existing Disease Processes The severity of symptoms from gluten exposure and the length of time it takes to …

The Paleo Nurse ✚ Presents: Top 5 Natural Ways to Prevent Cold, Flu, and Other Viral Infections

by Katy Haldiman, MS, RN The arrival of autumn and the onset of cooler temperatures marks the start of cold and flu season. This year, many people are also concerned about the Ebola virus, which was recently diagnosed for the first time in the United States. Regardless of what viral infections are making their rounds in your community this season, there are actions that you can take to strengthen your natural immunity and increase your chances of preventing illness. 1.) Eat a Nutrient-Dense, Real Food Diet:  All cells in the body, including those that are part of the immune system, are both derived from the food that you eat and rely on fuel from the food that you consume to perform their specific functions. When a diet that is high in processed carbohydrates, hydrogenated fats, and artificial preservatives and additives is consumed, the cells in your body are weakened and unable to function optimally. The Standard American Diet (SAD) that is filled with excess sugar, industrial seed oils, toxins, and foods that many people have hidden …