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August 21, 2015

Controlling the Addictive Mind with Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D.

Can food be an addiction? On this episode of The Health Bridge, Pedram Shojai invites Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D. to discuss the psychology behind food cravings and how the mind can have trouble controlling them. Susan opens up to Pedram about the struggles she had with her own weight and addiction to other substances besides food. Are some people susceptible to becoming addicted to things in general more than other people? Is there a way to break a cycle of addiction?

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August 15, 2015

Punch Up Your Meal Plan With These Top 10 Summer Vegetables, Part 2

In Part 1, we covered well-known summer vegetables like tomatoes and eggplants, as well as the less represented tomatillos.

Here, we’ll start with a couple of slightly more exotic vegetables.

6. Nopales

Like chili peppers, nopales (the pad of the same cactus from which we get prickly pears) are also used for weight regulation. Most people think that this paddle is the cactus leaf, but actually it’s the stem. The nopal cactus grows all over the southwestern U.S., as well as the driest parts of the Mediterranean, Asia and Africa. Essentially, it’s wild food, and it exists with many degrees of thorniness, from formidably unapproachable to almost entirely thornless. [...]

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August 7, 2015

Punch Up Your Meal Plan With These Top 10 Summer Vegetables, Part 1

In supermarkets, the produce section looks pretty much the same year round. But if you pay attention to how things grow, to what’s in season when, you’ll enjoy each plant in the best version of itself. And according to many medical traditions, you’ll be attuning your body to the energy of the world around you as well. Most people think of salad greens, or perhaps of potatoes, when they think of vegetables. But in summer, a time of expansion and ripening, the vegetable fruits come into their own. These are fruits, botanically speaking, but grow on vines or plants, not trees, and are lower in sugar than what most people consider fruits.

The all-American nightshade family of [...]

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July 23, 2015

Move Over Kale, There’s a New Superfood In Town… And It Tastes Like Bacon

Bacon ice cream. Bacon cupcakes. There’s even a bacon jam recipe floating around out there. For years now, bacon lovers have been trying to come up with unique ways to add the salty-crunch of this meaty delight to spice up traditional plates.

And now, bacon lovers will rejoice because nature has created the ultimate bacon recipe.

It’s seaweed that tastes EXACTLY like bacon. I repeat: There is bacon-flavored seaweed, and it is more nutrient-packed than kale! WHAT?! I had to do a double take, too!

Researchers at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center have patented a strain of this amazing food, and they’re trying to make it more affordable and [...]

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