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Intermittent Fasting

Does the idea of fasting sound like another fad that will be shown to be no better than so many fads that preceded it?  Interestingly, one type of fasting called intermittent fasting has been practiced since at least the beginning of recorded history.  With credentials like that, intermittent fasting can hardly be called a fad. […]

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Can Plants Make You Smarter?

If you have an interest in how lifestyle and, in particular, how nutrition affects brain health, the book “Smart Plants’ by Julie Morris is an enjoyable and informative place to begin your discovery. The book begins with a reminder that what’s good for the body is also good for the brain.  As you might expect, […]

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The End of Over Eating

            The book, “The End of Over Eating,” begins with this thought, “Most of us know what it feels like to fall under the spell of food – when one slice of pizza turns into half a pie, or a handful of chips leads to an empty bag. But it’s harder to understand why we […]

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What’s the Healthiest Beverage?

            Plant-based whole foods are typically 95% to 98% water. As a plus, they include essential micronutrients.  In effect, plant-based whole foods are nature’s way of providing bottled water.             When blended into smoothies or made into soups, plant-based whole foods can also provide excellent hydration.  As a bonus, soups and smoothies can be part […]

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COVID-19 Update #8

When the potential effects of the COVID-19 pandemic became widely understood, a near worldwide decision was made to “flatten the curve” as a strategy for keeping the health care systems from being overwhelmed.  Although the total number of infections was expected to ultimately be the same either way, the health care system could hopefully meet […]

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COVID-19 Update #4

            A reminder postcard from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was sent to homes last week.  The most important part of the message can be summed up in two sentences. “Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk, and your activities can increase the risk for others. It […]

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Could a Recipe Save Your Life?

There have been many advances in medicine over the last 150 years.  Better anesthesia, safer blood transfusions, antibiotics that made amazing surgical techniques possible, and in some cases, almost routine.  Antibiotics alone have saved millions from otherwise deadly bacterial infections.  Hardly a year goes by without another advance in imaging technology, genetics, or new drug […]

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Have a Mindful Christmas

During the holiday season, there is a tendency for the pressure of life to drain away the joy, magic, and meaning of the season.  When our opportunity to enjoy the season is replaced by an overload of stress, then something is amiss. As a reminder that we have a choice about how we respond to […]

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The Daniel Plan

            The Daniel Plan is a diet and lifestyle guide based on science and Biblical teachings.  In general, the nutrition recommendations are in alignment with what I would recommend for someone just beginning to break away from a lifetime of eating the Standard American Diet (SAD).  For someone further along in their nutrition education, it […]

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Meat Substitutes

Have you noticed, meat substitutes are gaining in popularity?  While these meat substitutes go by many different names (plant-based meat, fake meat, meat analogs, mock meat, imitation meat, or vegan meat) they are all made primarily from plants, although most are made from highly refined plant parts. For many, these meat substitutes are believed to […]