Food & You: An Ironclad Arranged Marriage, So Make It Work

Food is one of the most significant relationships in your life. It begins as a biological necessity and quickly morphs into a relationship that directly correlates to your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

You can walk away from a toxic person.
You can walk away from drugs.
You can walk away from dangerous situations.
But you cannot completely walk away from food.

You will one day leave the home in which you were born.
You did not always live with your partner.
Your children will leave the nest.
But you needed food the day you were born, and you will need food until your last breath.

Given the above, it’s easy to argue that food is your longest relationship, and it is a relationship you cannot exit– regardless of whether or not it erodes your life.

Five Factors Affecting Your Relationship with Food

As DignityHealth.org points out, there are five factors to consider when discussing your relationship with food:

  • Habits
    • “… do you automatically grab a bag of chips when you sit down to watch TV? Do you unthinkingly reach for a second helping even if you aren’t hungry?

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Micronutrients: The Caped Crusader Your Body Needs

Micronutrients “…are the ‘magic wands’ that enable the body to produce enzymes, hormones, and other substances essential for proper growth and development. As tiny as the amounts are, however, the consequences of their absence are severe.” This excerpt from the James Haskell Health & Fitness portal sums up the importance of micronutrients. As the common phrase goes, good things come in small packages.

Unfortunately, “… almost 75 percent of people living in Western civilizations do not consume enough micronutrients each day to maintain their maximum health.” Spoiler alert: The rate is lower in the U.S.

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Iodine or Bust!

“Over 90% of the U.S. population is iodine deficient,” according to recent FDA publications. You may be thinking, “I can’t even pronounce iodine, so why do I care?” But the truth is you should care a great deal.

PSA: The body does not produce iodine, & that’s a problem

The body does not produce iodine, which means iodine must be part of your diet. This essential mineral helps make thyroid hormones, which are hormones that control the body’s metabolism and other vital functions.

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Superfoods: Worthy of their cape or unworthy of their hype?

The comic book opens with the masked crusader. Her cape flaps behind her, thanks to the wind she creates with her own forward momentum. She’s focused. Her mission is to protect not just life in general but the quality of one’s life too. No, she’s not someone who endured a fateful bite with a radioactive spider, like Spider-Man, nor is she a Kung Fu master, like Bruce Lee. 

She is a superfood.

What are superfoods?

Medical News Today defines superfoods as “foods that offer maximum nutritional benefits for minimal calories.

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You’ve Drank Toilet Bowl Cleaner & Admitting It Is the First Step Toward Better Health

Toilet bowl cleaner sloshes around your mouth. Stain, rust, and grease remover slithers down your throat. Snail and slug exterminating solution clings to your insides, wrecking you from the inside out.

This is your reality.

Deny it if you must, but this is the ugly truth for those who drink Coca-Cola. Now, this may be a dramatic way to present the conversation on soda’s unapologetic, destructive nature but dramatic or not, it’s true. Although those adorable Coca-Cola polar bears summon an audible ‘awww’ from me every Christmas season and glass Coca-Cola bottles induce intense feelings of nostalgia that make my heart take a direct hit of the warm and fuzzies,

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Fear & Food: The Cohabitation that Morphs from Well-Meaning to Destructive

Food is fuel.
You are what you eat.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

There are a number of sayings centered around food and although they are often created with the intention of motivating someone to live their best life, they can make people obsess about food in a destructive way.

Many people grow up with an understanding that the food consumed is directly related to the quality of life maintained. School preaches the importance of fruits,

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Are you ready for the knock at the door?

Like a scientist peering through a microscope’s ocular lens, she focuses her attention on finding alien cells that threaten to invade and destroy.

Like Wonder Woman deflecting bullets with her metal bracelets, she protects the body from viruses and bacteria.

Like the anticipation we felt as children on Christmas Eve, we only miss her when she’s gone.

Who is she, you ask?

She’s your immune system, and understanding her better and giving her what she needs may be all that stands between you and cold and flu season survival. 

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FEAST, FORGIVE, REFOCUS Strategize a Guilt-Free Holiday Season

‘Twas the day after Thanksgiving, when all through my body, not a nutrient or vitamin sat, 
not even a natural sugar or nutritious healthy fat.
The sweats were pulled from the drawer with haste, 
with prayers that my newly ill-fitting buttoned pants represented a temporary mistake. 
The pies were foiled and put in the fridge, 
plotting their sugary attack with their perfectly formed pastry ridge.
And hubby in his recliner, and I on my chaise lounge, 
began to mentally wrestle with the amount of food consumed for which none we had to scrounge.

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It’s What’s On The Outside That Matters

Why do we dirty a bowl with ice cream, outside of hygienic reasons, when we can create fewer dishes by eating directly out of the pint? Why do we pour chips into a plastic sandwich bag when we can take the entire bag to work and eat directly from it? 

Answer: The absence of food tells us when to stop eating, not the quantity.

Only our spoon or fingertips failing to grip remaining morsels of deliciousness make us stop eating. It’s not our stomach or our mind screaming at us to exercise proper portion control that stops our hand from searching for one more bite.

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The Difference Between Mood & Food is One Letter

One year ago, September 2018, a mother said, “I know it’s hard, Maddie”, slid a Hershey’s chocolate under her daughter’s bedroom door, and finished with “… but I promise it’s going to get better.” Cue Maddie gently opening her door, holding her mother’s gaze, smiling, and joining her mother for presumably more chocolate.

The Hershey Company is clever. They recognize the intensity of the mood-food connection. Romantic comedies recognize it, too. The leading lady reaches for a spoon and tub of ice cream when her heart aches greatest,

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