Why is food so complicated now?


It seems like we’re constantly bombarded with a huge array of “Thou Shall Not” messaging around food today. Gluten is bad. Dairy is inflammatory. Soy is no good. Corn is GMO…the list goes on and on.

Most people are frustrated about not being able to really eat anything anymore…always worried about the health fallout.

Although its true that food ingredients have really taken a turn for the worst and much of the food we eat comes from unnatural sources, there’s something really missing in this conversation which revolves around how we think and feel around food.

The Psychology of Eating is a very interesting subject that is getting much attention now as, in the modern world, we’ve run into new issues around food. It used to be that we were happy to have food on the table and ate it heartily. Now, although there surely are issues with hunger and malnutrition in the West, the majority of people have access to enough calories and are still worried about food. What is this? What has changed and how can we look at food differently so it takes away all of the stress around the subject?

This is the topic of this great video interview with Marc David and Emily Rosen. Its a real high level conversation with two experts who deal with thousands of clients who suffer from “food psychology” issues daily. Let’s face it- we’ve all got a bit of this and it is TIME to have this conversation.



Also, if this information speaks to you, there is a free webinar with Marc and Emily on December 11th at 3 pm PST where you can see about doing this meaningful work as a career.

Let’s help make the world a better place. You can help :)

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GMO Right to Know in Oregon with Guest David Bronner

GMO Right
Coming up in these midterm elections, Oregon is set to vote on a GMO Right to Know Bill that if passed would require manufacturers, retailers and suppliers to label raw and packaged foods produced entirely or partially by genetic engineering.


Sara Gottfried and Pedram Shojai wanted to know more about what is going on in Oregon and how this could affect the rest of the country. David Bronner reached out to our team and was happy to inform us about the bill and what affect it could have. He also mentions the tough opposition the bill faces. Would food products that clearly list GM origins change your eating habits?


Planetary Health and Food Choices with Ocean Robbins

How is planetary health affected by the food choices we make?

This week Pedram Shojai and Sara Gottfried welcome Ocean Robbins to the Health Bridge Show! Ocean discusses the ways eating meat not only affects our bodies and our health, but the health of the environment. How does eating grass-fed beef from corn-fed beef? Is grass-fed beef sustainable on a global level? How can we change our relationship to the things we eat and make health a priority?

Dreamy Homemade Dairy-Free Ice Cream with Alyson Bridge

We know that for many, Labor Day means the end of summer. But just because summer is over doesn’t mean that our love affair with ice cream has to end too. Fortunately for those of us in places where the weather is still blazing hot, ice cream remains our go-to treat to cool off after a long day of work. Even if you’re in a colder climate, you can still enjoy a scoop of delicious homemade ice cream (maybe keep the heater on?). Because let’s be honest- we love ice cream no matter the season!

Why Homemade Is Better?

Although it does take more work than crackin’ open a carton of store-bought ice cream, homemade is worth the extra effort. You know exactly what’s into your ice cream and you have control of the ingredients based on your own tastebuds. Homemade tends to taste fresher and more pure than store-bought. It’s guaranteed fresh and you can use high-quality organic ingredients – straight from the farmer’s market! Some companies add unnatural ingredients to stabilize the cream, thicken it up, and keep it from crystallizing. Furthermore, a lot of store-bought ice creams have more air whipped into them. For this reason, homemade ice cream is usually creamier and richer. It also means no chemicals, no preservatives, and no ingredients you can’t pronounce.


[ Alyson’s Homemade Dairy-Free Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe ]

Organic Coconut Milk – Two 13.5 cansHomemade Ice Cream
Dates – Five with seeds removed
Stevia – 1/8 teaspoon
Chocolate Chips – Half cup
Macadamia Nuts – Half cup
Peppermint Extract – One teaspoon
Vanilla Extract – One teaspoon
Salt – Half teaspoon
Coconut Palm Sugar (optional)

1. Put one can of coconut milk and all five dates into a blender
2. Blend until dates are dissolved into milk
3. Add the other can of coconut milk, peppermint extract, vanilla extract, stevia, half of the chocolate chips, and salt into blender.
4. Test the batter. Add in coconut palm sugar and extra stevia and salt if needed. Blend.
5. Add in macadamia nuts and remainder of chocolate chips to blender. Blend quickly to mix in.
6. Add batter to ice cream maker and follow directions of the maker.



Get Control of Your Hormones!


The following is a guest post written by my good friend and colleague Dr. Anna Cabeca, a hormone and anti-aging specialist. One of her specialties is helping women and men balance their hormones so they can feel better, look younger, and even lose weight.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms then this blog post is for you…

  • Your mood changes unpredictably or you’re depressed.
  • You’ve gained weight over the years and dieting doesn’t work as well as it once did.
  • You’re tired most of the time and you use caffeine to help you get through the day.
  • You experience sleep problems such as difficulty getting to sleep or waking up in the wee hours of the night.
  • Your interest in sex is lackluster (or nonexistent).
  • Your mind feels hazy or scattered and you have difficulty concentrating.
  • You’re experiencing obvious hormonal issues such as PMS or hot flashes.
  • You have lost your edge at work or lost interest in your usual activities.

It’s easy to think that these symptoms are just a part of normal aging, but they aren’t.

If your hormones are balanced then there is NO reason why you shouldn’t have abundant energy, a fit body, and feel fantastic for decades to come.

Your body uses many different hormones to stay healthy and happy but in today’s post we are going to discuss three of the most important ones.
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Food Sensitivities Vs. Food Allergies

According to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, nearly a third of the people that live in the U.S. believe that they have a food allergy. Yet, only 4% of teens/adults and 5% of children actually have food allergies.

Why do so many people have difficulty identifying food allergies?

Some researchers believe that “food allergy” is often misused because people are not fully aware of what the term actually means. And this results in their loose use of the term.

Food Allergies

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Why Laxatives Give False Relief

Did you know that each year, Americans spend more than $700 million on laxatives? The United States supposedly has the highest rate of laxative use compared to several other countries.

Yet, statistics show that as many as 40% of people use laxatives incorrectly. At least 15% of diarrhea cases are due to incorrect laxative use. (1) Furthermore, laxatives are often abused by people who seek to lose weight. The individual mistakenly believes that the laxatives can work to rush food and calories through the gut and bowels before they can be absorbed.  But that doesn’t really happen. Let’s explore this question: Why do laxatives give a false sense of elimination? What are healthier alternatives to laxatives?

What are laxatives?

laxativesLaxatives are substances that can help an individual have a bowel movement, an indication that the body is cleansing. They are used to relieve and prevent constipation. Because different types of laxatives work in different ways, their effectiveness can vary from person to person. In general, bulk-forming laxatives (also referred to as fiber supplements) are the gentlest on the body and safest to use long term. Stimulant laxatives are the harshest and should be used sparingly.

When a bowel movement is forced, it can disrupt the body’s natural mechanisms. Laxatives should only be taken to relieve or prevent constipation, because they can produce adverse reactions that can physically impair the digestive system. Constant intestinal movements as a result of  using laxatives tend to give individuals a false sense of waste elimination. While it is true that some of the individual’s bodyweight does shed during the process, it is important to keep in mind that ultimately it’s really just water weight.

A common misconception of laxatives is that they can help with weight loss. What you really need to know is that overusing laxatives can be dangerous. Diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting are potential side effects. Diarrhea causes too much water loss. This could lower the blood pressure, increase the heart rate, cause dizziness and fainting. Laxatives can also change levels of important minerals in your body. This can lead to kidney stones, heart and muscle problems.


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Easy Ways to Improve Digestion and Speed Up Metabolism Naturally

DigestionIt’s 1 pm and you just finished your lunch not too long ago. Now it is time to get back to work, but all you want to do is take a nice, long nap. Your body feels heavy and your mind is starting to fog. Sorry to break it to you – but you may be in a food coma.

Food comas are no joke! They can be especially dangerous in the workplace. Known as post-prandial somnolence  (Fancy huh?) to the medical world, a food coma is defined as a normal state of drowsiness following a meal.

To break this concept down even more, think of it as a series of chain reactions. When you consume food, your body goes into a general state of low energy due to the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system in response to the increase of mass in your gastrointestinal tract. This then leads to a specific state of sleepiness caused by hormonal and neurochemical changes related to the rate at which glucose enters your bloodstream and the downstream effects it has on the transport of amino acid in the central nervous system. In other words, your energy is being diverted to aid in digestion, so “non-essential” functions such as, exercise and muscle exertion are placed on the back-burners.

As a general rule of thumb –  the bigger the meal, the harder it will be for you to stay awake! When you eat a lot at once, your parasympathetic nervous system ends up shifting more of its energy to help with digestion. What you eat also matters. When you consume foods loaded with fat and sugar, they are quickly broken down into glucose (the simplest form of sugar). Your body uses glucose for fuel and this increase of it will cause a spike in your bloodstream. To counteract this surge in blood sugar, your body then releases more insulin to clean up the excess glucose. However, the increase in insulin causes your brain to produce more serotonin and melatonin, which are neurochemicals that make you feel sleepy.

If you’re concerned about feeling sleepy after eating, we have some tips that can help you improve your digestion and overall gut health…
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Embracing Healthy Family Practice with The Wellness Mama


Katie, the Wellness Mama, joins Sara Gottfried and Pedram Shojai on The Health Bridge. As you may already know, Katie is the mother of five children and it’s tough being a mom. In this episode, these three health and wellness gurus share parenting tips and strategies to teach our children healthy habits.



How do we make sure our kids (and perhaps even us) are eating healthily despite the fact that most kids’ menus are filled with unhealthy options? Is it possible to encourage children who hate vegetables to give them a go? And how do we make sure our kids are getting enough activity if all they want to do is play video games?

You’re really going to have to watch or listen this episode to get the full picture. However, we want to provide you with a great resource for healthy recipes for kids’ meals. Super Healthy Kids has an index of recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snack ideas. If you’re looking to spice things up for your family, give this resource a try. Sometimes we have to be creative when it comes to encouraging our children to eat more fruits and veggies. It’s not an easy feat, but nothing is impossible. Good luck!


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