Feeling yicky, anxious, stressed? Having food/drink cravings? Try this…

I recently tried this and it’s like a magic balm. What is it? I wrote a list of THINGS THAT SPARK JOY.  I thought maybe it was a silly exercise but I wanted to try it anyway. I sat and started writing and here’s what I came up with: Spending time with my husband and kids Organizing my closet, getting rid…

6 reasons why you crave sweets (and what to do about it)

Last week I discussed sugar alternatives and why I suggest avoiding with them and getting over your reliance on sweets. This week, I’ll delve deeper into WHY we are as a nation are SO into sweets… Here are a few of biological reasons we get hooked on sweets (and the food manufacturers know this so well): You get a dopamine…

Q: what sweeteners can I use to substitute for sugar in my coffee or tea?

Most of my clients are aware that many sweeteners present health risks and seek alternatives that are safer types of sweeteners for their coffee or tea.  So, several times per week I get asked what sweeteners are safest to use. Confession…I used to give people a list of sweeteners that were less horrible than say sugar or saccharin but I…

Food label literacy part 3: a deeper dive into oils, sweeteners, flavorings and gums

This is the third and final installment of  3 part series on food label literacy. Today I’ll list ingredients to look out for (and avoid) on your product labels. Be choosy with your oils In general, I recommend consumption of the following oils: extra virgin olive oil (for salads and on veggies, not for cooking), avocado oil (for cooking or…

Sugar in my bacon!!?? (My favorite paleo hacks part 2)

If you read my last blog post about the fact that most commercial mayonnaise contains sugar or sweeteners, you know I am a HUGE advocate about reading labels to find ingredients that are not consistent with great health. One of those ingredients is hidden sugars. So many of my clients tell me that sugar is in EVERYTHING. Once you start reading…

I don’t want sugar in my mayo! (My favorite paleo hacks part 1)

As a rule for my clients, I advise avoiding sugar (except for the occasional treat).. Unfortunately, sugar has a way of sneaking in when you least expect it. If you have been reading labels (and I hope you have – if not START NOW!) you might have noticed that most mayonnaise products contain a sweetener – even the organic ones. You’d…