Resolve to follow a brain-healthy diet in 2014

New Year's resolutions are often the result of guilt or shaming. But what if this is the year you focus on health instead of weight loss? I ran across this article on brain health, which we're discovering is more and more tied in to diet and nutrition.Here are some of the highlights:1. Yes to dark chocolate, dried blueberries (and I'd argue fresh blueberries as well) and pumpkin seeds.2. The brain uses 20% of the body's metabolic fuel even though it only makes up 2% of your body's weight....more

Low vitamin D levels can harm the brain

A new study out of the University of Kentucky found that rats who ate a diet low in vitamin D (for several months) developed damage to their brains. They performed worse on memory and learning tests and it's believed that the vitamin D deficiency may also be harming other organs.In addition to the immediate effects, the longterm effects could cause cognitive decline.The lead author of the study said that vitamin D deficiency is particularly common among the elderly and has been linked to Alzheimer's, certain cancers and heart disease.The solution?...more
Thank you for bring up an important topic!  I think Vit D3 levels should be checked on all ...more

A Few Of My Favorite Things

I love nothing more than spending a snowy winter day with a big journal, wrapping up my year by seeing where I have been with my goals, my health, my career and/or my family and looking ahead to the following year with a fresh plan of action and aspirations.  I also like making a list of the websites, books and workshops (all related to nutrition and food of course) that have inspired me this past year. I would love to share them, my gift from me to you!Mind/Body/Sprit Books That Inspired Me:...more

Q & A with a Nutritionist!

I am really excited to feature my friend Keyrsten McEwan on the blog today. She is The Healthy Collective's first interviewee and I couldn't be happier!...more

New study shows Oreos may be as addictive as cocaine and morphine

Yes, you read it correctly; that's morphine and cocaine, not Coke (although that's pretty addictive too).In this recent study, a professor and students at Connecticut College did an experiment to see how addictive Oreos are (in this case, to rats). They chose Oreos because of their high fat and sugar content, and because they are "marketed in communities with lower socioeconomic statuses."The researchers measure expression of c-Fos, a protein in the pleasure center of the brain. They found that the cookies stimulated "many more" neurons than cocaine OR MORPHINE!...more

Why I'm Voting 'Yes' for GMO Labeling

Food labels changed my life....more

Hello and Welcome to Food: Clean & Simple!

Hello! Welcome to my new blog, Food: Clean & Simple. I’m thrilled that you’ve found yourself here and I hope that the blog posts I write over the next many weeks, months, and (maybe, hopefully?!) years will be entertaining, interesting, and informative to you. I’m quite excited to be starting this blog, as it’s something that has been gnawing at me in the back of my mind for years (…You love many things food and health related! You’re best at expressing your thoughts and ideas in writing!...more
@TheTable Thanks for the encouragement! I'm planning on posting my first recipe this week so I ...more

How Many Ways Can You Say Sugar?

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Worried about stroke? Take Vitamin B

A new study analyzed data from 54,913 participants, comparing Vitamin B to a placebo (or a very low-dose B vitamin). Here's what they found:- There were 2,471 strokes during the studies. All appeared to have some benefit from taking Vitamin B.- Vitamin B lowered the risk of stroke in several of the studies by 7%.- Taking Vitamin B doesn't necessarily reduce the risk of death or the severity of the strokes.- Taking folic acid seemed to reduce the effect of Vitamin B....more