Avoiding Heart Disease: Nutritional Aspects Part 2

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Today we’re finally going to get to the big topic of saturated fats, cholesterol, and the relationship of your lipid panel to your risk for heart disease.  Are you ready? Continue reading

Avoiding Heart Disease: Nutritional Aspects Part 1

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Today we’re going to talk about how your diet impacts your risk of developing heart disease.  If you haven’t read yesterday’s post on The Origins of Heart Disease, you might want to start there, as it’ll help all this information make more sense.  The two basic goals for a heart healthy diet are to lower your levels of chronic inflammation, and to keep your lipid profile in a good range.  Thankfully, inflammation and cholesterol levels are both highly influenced by what you eat, so your diet is a great place to start in lowering your risk for what is now the number one killer of Americans. Continue reading

The Origins of Heart Disease

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So, I decided to take a bit of a detour in this series.  Don’t worry, we’ll get back to the five elements of heart disease tomorrow, but in order for you to understand the nutritional aspects of avoiding heart disease, you have to have an understanding of all the factors that contribute to heart disease.  And this is where you might be a bit surprised.  Continue reading

Avoiding Heart Disease: Emotional Aspects

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The idea of studying emotions and their correlation to disease really started with cardiovascular disease.  We’ve all heard the phrase “Type A personality”, which came directly from the research done by Dr. Meyer Friedman and Dr. Ray Rosenman back in the 1950’s.  Their research was quite compelling, and a great place for us to start our discussion of how to avoid heart disease. Continue reading

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Why I’m not Afraid of Lard (or ghee, or coconut oil, or bacon…)

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Today I finally posted a recipe page.  Right now it’s got a few recipes on it, and I’ll continue to add to it as time goes on.  But as I looked over the list, I realized that lard and animal fat are used in quite a few of them.  Since this is a health blog, I figured that might surprise a lot of you, so I figured I should probably explain why I’m not scared of these healthy saturated fats that have sadly been blamed for the epidemic of heart disease in our country. Continue reading

Avoiding the Trap of Perfectionism

So much good has come out of the wellness movement.  People are looking more closely than ever at their diets, their lifestyles, their stress levels, etc.  Prevention is becoming more mainstream, and a lot of people have become a lot healthier because of it.  But there’s an underlying current of perfectionism in the wellness movement that, if left unchecked, could hinder your efforts to finding your best life. Continue reading

Adrenal Fatigue: The Importance of Nutrition

A perfect breakfast for adrenal fatigue: 2 pastured eggs cooked in coconut oil topped with sea salt, cultured veggies (carrots, collards, and cabbage), and a big glass of water.

I originally was going to include this information in my post Adrenal Fatigue: What to Do About It, but it got to be so long I thought it deserved its own post.  It never ceases to amaze me how every nutrient we need for health and wellness can be found in creation.  You don’t need a degree in nutrition to know what your body needs!  I wanted to share all of this information with you, so you can take back your own health. Continue reading

Adrenal Fatigue: What to Do About It

Adrenal fatigue is our body’s way of forcing us to slow down and rejuvenate.

So you’re tired of feeling run down, depressed, and overall just not like yourself.  You think maybe there might be something to this idea of adrenal fatigue after all, and you definitely want to avoid all the health problems related to adrenal fatigue.  So, what’s next?  Are you stuck with low energy and all those other life sucking symptoms forever?  Is this just another diagnosis to put in your medical history and struggle with for the rest of your life?  Not hardly.  There are LOTS of ways you can restore your adrenals and get your vitality back. Continue reading