Grab a cup of tea and sit down for some good reads. It’s the Wholesome Weekend Roundup featuring my top health and wellness links from around the web this week.


A Doctor on Why Ketosis Helps You Reduce Cravings & Hunger – Here are some facts to back up the ketosis craze. It seems like everyone and their mom is ‘going keto’ these days. However, not many people are doing it right.

How to Reduce Lectins in Your Diet – This goes back to the plant paradox. Some plants contain proteins that want to harm you. So take that, vegans.

Multiple Studies Find That Yoga Can Reduce the Symptoms of Depression – Get bendy, get happy. That’s a good yoga slogan.

Breaking Your Sugar Addiction – We’re all addicted to the sweet stuff. Several hundred years ago, sugar was not a ‘thing’. Kids weren’t eating sugary cereals for breakfast and no one was putting tablespoons of the white stuff in their coffee.

Fitness Trackers Are Making You Weaker. Here’s What to do About It – You don’t have to rely on technology for every single thing just because it’s 2017. You really don’t.

Fruit: Weight Loss Friendly or Fattening? – The low-carb craze shuns fruit. But is that really necessary? A piece of fruit is a much better choice for the average dieter. Because if one had to choose between an apple and a candy bar, which one would be better? You know the answer.

Type 2 Diabetes Rise in Children ‘Disturbing’ – Something has clearly gone wrong with the standard American (now World) diet if little kids are developing type 2 diabetes.

Men Who Eat More Fruits & Veggies Smell More Attractive to Women – Yes, true! So go ahead and eat all those colorful vitamins and minerals.

6 Hormone-Balancing Secrets to Relieve PMS – PMS is the new normal but it used to be a very rare occurrence. Pretty much every woman I know deals with some type of premenstrual distress. But it can be remedied.

Is Seafood the “Ultimate” Brain Food? – Dietary animal fat helped to build our brains. Whether from fish or land animals. But this article did remind me that I need to eat a little bit more seafood. I’ve been overdoing the red meat lately.

Obesity and Cancer – I’m not surprised at all that a metabolic disorder such as obesity is associated with higher cancer rates. But not all types of cancers are correlated with obesity. So being thin is not necessarily your saving grace either.

Diabetes Has Become One of America’s Most Expensive Diseases – If we want to avoid a catastrophic health care crisis then we must learn how to control and reverse diabetes. It’s estimated that by the year 2050, 1 out of 3 American’s will have diabetes. That’s an alarming statistic. And we should all be panicked.

Hi. Happy hump day. It’s time for another look at things I ate.

I keep making myself warm cups of bulletproof coffee most mornings.

I started adding in a few discs of cacao butter this week. It gives it a creamier consistency.

I found a recipe for mofongo in a old issue of Paleo Magazine. Mofongo is a traditional Puerto Rican mashed fried plantain dish. If you’ve never tried mofongo, welcome to your new favorite food.

I paired it with Juli Bauer’s Instant Pot carnitas. And I drenched this all in a roasted garlic sauce. Oh my goodness, the flavors! You can’t even get a meal this good in a restaurant.

Another meal I ate was this one of seasoned chicken breast, mixed greens with homemade avocado oil dressing, guacamole, and oven garnet yam fries.

I’m definitely not starving over here.

Today is Wednesday but I’m off work. Yay! I have an orientation for subbing early this morning and then I’m off to an open house for the NTA program that will be hosting its first Boise cohort this fall. I still haven’t pulled the trigger on signing up for it, but I’m really considering it. I’m terrible at selling myself and at marketing. However, I know my stuff and know how to teach people proper nutritional habits. What I really need is a site re-vamp and a total overhaul of all my social media platforms so everything is more professional and a little less personal. Or do you like it personal? I kind of prefer a balance of both.

Grab a cup of tea and sit down for some good reads. It’s the Wholesome Weekend Roundup featuring my top health and wellness links from around the web this week.


The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers of ‘Healthy’ Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain – I cringe every time I hear the phrase, “healthy whole grains”. Because, really? Do you even know about lectins?

Eating Processed Sugar Found to Cause Depression…But Magnesium Reverses It – If you’ve ever over-indulged in sugary treats then this headline is no surprise to you. Sugar does affect ones mood. There’s no doubt about that. Thankfully, magnesium is a simple solution to combat the moodiness that sugar causes. You can also try cutting processed sugars out of your diet. But I get it. That’s a lot easier said than done for most people.

Gene Editing for ‘Designer Babies’? Highly Unlikely, Scientists Say – I’m glad this is unlikely because ‘designer babies’ sounds like a recipe for disaster. Why would you want that?

Gluten: Weapon of Mass Destruction – A valid reason for giving up gluten, even if you’re not sensitive to it.

When Estrogen and Testosterone Get Out of Whack, Here’s What to Do – I suspect that many people have ‘out of whack’ hormones. Our modern lifestyles will do that.

Stroke and Dementia Risk Grows with Intake of Artificial Sweeteners – Just another one of many reasons not to drink diet soda. Even those so-called ‘healthier’ versions of smoothies at Jamba Juice that use Splenda in place of sugar are a no-go. But that should be a no-brainer.

Playing Action Video Games Can Actually Harm Your Brain – Gamer men are a huge turn off. I’m not referencing anyone in particular, just saying… Also, I had several students in the past who skipped homework in favor of playing video games and I can tell you from witnessing their behavior and ‘mental capacity’ that it really does harm ones brain. I kind of get the appeal. But really, aren’t there much better things you can be doing with your time?

Here’s Why You Feel Healthier, Happier & More Energetic in the Summer – This is a great list of reasons why summer is awesome.

Genes to Know About: MTHFR – I got all nerdy over this article about MTHFR because genetics is fascinating. I carry one mutated MTHFR gene. Though not so severe as most people who suffer MTHFR gene mutations. But this mutant gene is why I cannot eat gluten and I suffer from migraines and skin problems when I do. It’s not really the gluten that does me in, per say. It’s the folic acid that most gluten-containing foods are fortified with. Plus the lectins that my body has a hard time processing (see the fourth link above). This is also why I was so quick to develop a B12 deficiency when I was vegan over a decade ago.

Deaths From Colon Cancer Are Up In Younger, White People – “We’re having more disease for some reason that we don’t understand…” The media is going to blame this issue on meat. But no. It’s the whole standard American diet in general that’s causing so much disease. How and why they don’t understand is beyond me. My guess is they understand completely but don’t want to blame the industries (i.e. corn, soy, sugar) that pay them.

A Danger to Public Health? Uproar As Scientist Urges Us to Eat More Salt – “There are literally millions of people who are at risk of salt deficiency, with over six million people in the US alone diagnosed with low sodium levels in the blood every year.” And yet we’re told to avoid sodium to prevent high blood pressure. Something just isn’t adding up here.

What Do Your Cholesterol Numbers Mean? – There’s a list of foods to eat and foods to avoid, plus lifestyle advice in here that’s actually good advice.