Archive for the ‘Eat well Live well’ Category

Is Gluten Making You Sick?

Author: Linda DiBella Is your diet heavy in breads, pastas, and baked goods?  If so, and you’re suffering from digestive problems, they may be the cause.  These days, we hear more and more about gluten and how it is wreaking havoc on the health of so many people.  In addition, there are millions of people [...]

The digestive benefits of downtime

Author: Linda DiBella You’ve probably heard the phrase, “kids say the darnedest things”.  While usually they’re funny, they often carry with them a very profound message.  For example, the other day, my grandsons were playing in the backyard in the sprinkler.  The youngest one Carmine, came to sit with me on the porch.  His brother [...]

The Raw Food Diet

Author: Linda DiBella Rather than think of this as a form of deprivation, as the word diet often does, think of this as an eating style that includes only raw foods or foods that have not been heated above ~115 degrees F so that the nutrients and enzymes are preserved.  There is a large movement [...]

Power your brain with food

Author: Linda DiBella When we think about our diets, we usually think of them in terms of cardiovascular health, strong bones and muscles, our energy levels, and our overall weight.  But what about brain fitness?  Wouldn’t it make sense that if a healthy diet can enhance and strengthen how we perform physically, that it would [...]

Superfoods

Author: Linda DiBella “Superfoods” is a word you may have been hearing a lot lately.  What exactly are they and why would we want to incorporate them into our diets?  In David Wolfe’s book, Superfoods, he defines the foods in this category as those that “have a dozen or more unique properties, not just one [...]

Herbs Add More than Just Flavor

Author: Linda DiBella When many of us think of herbs, we think of flavor enhancers that are added to foods.  What you may not realize, though, is that when used even in small amounts, many herbs have powerful health properties, whether they’re used fresh or dried. Here are some that are relatively easy to grow [...]

Begin Your Day with a Healthy Breakfast

Author: Linda DiBella If you split the word breakfast in two, it becomes break – fast.  This is literally what we do when we have our morning meal.   We have gone sometimes twelve hours without eating while we slept, and to replenish our energy sources, including fuel for our brains, we must eat something. So [...]

Probiotics – What They Are and How They Maintain Health

Author: Linda DiBella Probiotics is a term defined by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations as “live microorganisms administered in adequate amounts which confer a beneficial health effect on the host”. It is estimated that the human body plays host to over a trillion microbes from over ~1000 different species on [...]

Chocolate as a Health Food

Author: Linda DiBella If you celebrate Easter, then chocolate may soon be on your mind, which makes this a good opportunity to talk about the benefits of chocolate and how to reap them. Pure chocolate, or cacao is a seed from the fruit of a tree.  On its own, this seed has unmatched health benefits.  [...]

Why and How to Get More Green Vegetables into Your Diet

Author: Linda DiBella If there one thing I stress over and over, it is the importance of incorporating vegetables into our daily diets, and in particular, dark, leafy, green vegetables. In today’s typical, processed- and convenience-foods diets, fresh vegetables are almost always missing, yet they are invaluable to maintaining health and well-being. They are low [...]