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February 7, 2015

You Are What You Eat and You Eat What Your Friends Eat

When Functional Nutrition Coach Alexandra Jamieson co-created the Super Size Me documentary with Morgan Spurlock, she was featured as his real-life vegan girlfriend.

“People around the world, both vegan and meat-eaters alike, began following me for recipes, health advice and inspiration to get healthy,” says Jamieson. “I was welcomed into the vegan community, wrote three vegan cookbooks and spoke to audiences around the country on my experience of healing my body from candida and hormone trouble with a vegan diet. Half of my friends were vegan, even while I helped everyone use food to get healthy, no matter what diet worked for them.”

But things changed in Jamieson’s [...]

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November 8, 2013

Lifestyle Changes That Can Turn Back The Clock

Let’s face it, we don’t really think about aging when we’re young. When we are in our prime, we put our bodies through a lot and usually without considering the consequences. Remember those college days filled with all-nighters and greasy cafeteria food? Now that we’re older and wiser, we wish we treated our bodies better. Until someone brilliant invents a time machine to take us back to our golden days, there are three not-so-secret lifestyle changes that can turn back the biological clock.

Step 1: Eat Well

This step sounds simple, but many people actually struggle with this. Our team member Lorenzo can definitely attest to the difficulty of [...]

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September 18, 2013

Using Coconut Oil to Maximize Nutrition in Your Diet

Olive oil has been well studied and proven to bring heart-healthy benefits. The Mediterranean diet’s frequent use of olive oil has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease. So we know all about olive oil- but what about coconut oil? The long demonized coconut oil was banished from our pantries due to its high levels of saturated fat. Saturated fat is linked to a higher risk of heart disease which is why we failed to give it a chance.

Our question this week is whether coconut oil is our friend or our foe? Current science suggests that not every kind of saturated fat is bad. Medium-chain fatty acids metabolize faster than long-chain ones. And they’re more easily [...]

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September 11, 2013

GMO Scandal: Why You Should Avoid Genetically Modified Food

In the United States, more than 70% of the food stocked on the shelves of supermarkets directly or indirectly contain genetically modified (GM) ingredients. There are eight GM food crops on the market. The five major varieties are soy, corn, canola, cotton, and sugar beets. These five all have bacterial genes inserted, which allow the plants to survive deadly doses of herbicide. Farmers end up using more herbicides and as a result, the food we consume has higher herbicide residues. About 68% of GM crops are herbicide tolerant! If that’s not scary enough- there is a gene inserted into GM corn and cotton that allows the insect-killing Bt-toxin to be secreted in every cell. About [...]

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