As I am writing this, I am on my third cold in the past two months. Unfortunately with the common cold, there’s not much a doctor can give you to get rid of the virus. You just have to wait it out. Rest up. And drink lots of fluids.
Are you like me and have been under the weather lately? There are a few lifestyle choices Harvard Medical School suggests to adopt for a healthy immune system:
While all nutrients play important roles in maintaining health, make sure to get enough of these five nutrients to give your immune system a boost:
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the shopping mall, bakeries and grocery stores are overflowing with flowers, cards, teddy bears, and chocolates. Along with it comes many candies and baked goods made with artificial food dyes. As a parent, I have become increasingly aware of artificial dyes’ presence in foods, and I know many of you are wondering whether these vibrant colours are safe for kids as well.
Here’s a little on what research is saying about artificial dyes. Keep in mind that this is nowhere near a comprehensive list of all the research out there on this subject.
From a very young age, I have enjoyed transforming simple ingredients into delicious treats. Whenever I could, I was in the kitchen helping my mom cook supper or bake recipes. And if I could make something completely from scratch? Even better.
I don’t know about you, but I think beans (the legume kind) are pretty great. Black beans, being one of my favourite varieties, are packed with 7.5 grams of protein and 7.5 grams of dietary fiber in every 1/2 cup. They contain both insoluble and soluble fiber — which means beans are not only good for keeping your bowels regular but can help lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar levels. Also, that fiber helps you feel full quicker and keeps you satisfied between meals. Black beans are also a very good source of folate and iron, among many other vitamins and minerals.
That being said, I wasn’t always a bean-lover! Growing up in the Midwest, I was a huge fan of anything baked beans (you know — the canned navy beans swimming in brown sugar and bacon). But other than that, beans hardly ever made it to my plate. I even remember picking through bowls of chilli to eat the meat and leave the kidney beans behind. Well times have changed, and now I can’t get enough of them. (And neither can my toddler Liam!)
Black beans, kidney beans, navy beans, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), black-eyed peas, pinto beans… there are so many different ways to add these gems into your diet:
There is one constant as a 20-something year old – people are always having babies. If it’s not someone in your family, then it is a coworker, a friend’s sister, or your aunt’s dental hygienist. Before I had my little Liam and was just studying nutrition, I would get the occasional “I’m pregnant! What should I eat?” or “Do I really have to eat for two?” Now that I’m not only a Registered Dietitian but an “experienced” mom (though some days I feel like a complete amateur at this motherhood thing), I get these questions all the time. And it’s not that these women don’t know how to eat. I think questions are asked because as soon as that positive pregnancy test is staring back at you, your motherly instincts kick in and you want to do what’s best for your growing baby.
So you just found out that you are pregnant. What should you eat?
Hi! I'm Erin – a follower of Christ, imperfect wife, mama of two, registered dietitian, and independent Beautycounter consultant. Welcome to my blog where I write about intentional motherhood, intuitive eating, inspired discipleship, and whatever else I feel like! I'm so glad you're here.
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