Shop Local, Eat Local, Be Local

It is getting to be that time of year where Farmer’s Markets are in full swing. Lucky for us, our farmer’s market is year round and always has lots of delicious foods. It has been a slow transition, but I can happily say I now buy ALL of my fresh produce from the farmer’s market. What’s so special about local food? I’m glad you asked. Let’s dive in.
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Coffee: The Good, The bad and The Decaf

Anyone who knows me, or follows me on Instagram or Facebook knows my love of coffee.  Ninety percent of people in North America consume coffee on a daily basis, so I guess that makes me part of the majority.  I drink coffee Every. Single. Morning. It’s what helps kickstart my morning and gets my day off to a good start.  I used to drink my coffee with a little cream, then I switched to almond milk, now I drink it completely black with a sprinkle of cinnamon every now and then.

I never really thought about the health effects of coffee.  I have read numerous studies.  Some saying its good for you because of the antioxidants, others saying it’s bad because of the high caffeine content.  So, who’s right?  Well, in all fairness, both points are correct.  Good news first or bad news first?

Let’s go with the bad news. Caffeine.  Caffeine has some pretty nasty side effects.  I usually only drink one cup of coffee a day, so I don’t think the side effects are as potent, but still something to be mindful of.  Caffeine can increase your blood pressure and makes your heart work harder.  It also increases acid production.  For my caffeine junkies who depend on it to stay awake, sip on this: Caffeine shuts off the part of your brain that registers tiredness.  It tricks your brain by blocking adenosine receptors.    Too much caffeine causes the brain to be flooded with neurotransmitters and causes neurotransmitter resistance and receptor damage. What ends of happening is your body becomes de-sensitized to caffeine.  So you end up needing more to feel the same effects, basically like any other drug. (I experienced this first hand. I will discuss it later)

Ready for the good news?  Low doses of caffeine can improve mental performance and protect against Alzheimers disease.  Coffee is a great source of antioxidants and has been shown to reverse liver disease and help protect against cancer.

I am not writing this article to tell you to stop drinking coffee, we both know I haven’t.  I am writing this article as a warning and to make you aware.  You should not drink more than 8-10 ounces of caffeinated coffee per day.  Also, you should drink decaf coffee for 7-12 days every month.  This will reset your adenosine receptors and re-sensitize your body to caffeine.  I did half decaf half regular for a couple of days before making the switch so I didn’t get a caffeine headache.  Remember earlier when I said I had experienced the de-sensitization? Here’s my story: I tried decaf coffee for one week. Before this I had been drinking regular coffee pretty much everyday for years.  It never affected me.  I could drink coffee at 8 PM and still sleep perfectly fine.  When I tried to switch back to regular, I couldn’t fall asleep at night (this was after drinking coffee at 8 AM). I thought it was a fluke, but it happened multiple times.  When I took away the regular coffee and went back to decaf, I slept like a baby at my usual 9:00 PM.  Now, I drink decaf every day.  Try it out for a week.  You might be surprised!

xo

Emily

6 Foods You Should Add to Your Daily Routine

As I have mentioned in many of my other posts, everything I do is for a purpose including many of the foods I eat.  Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy eating, and I love creating new recipes, but when I plan our meals for the week or when I create new recipes I am always mindful of choosing high quality, nutrient dense ingredients.  I also try to plan meals from different cultures so we get a variety of fruits, vegetables and spices. Some things have such a good nutrient profile, they should be consumed everyday.  In this article, I outline 6 things I consume everyday and I think you should too!
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Human foods you can share with your furry friend!

Although I definitely do not consider myself a dog “expert,” I have done a lot of research for my own dogs to make sure they are being properly nourished. If we are going to take the time to feed myself well, shouldn’t we do the same for our dogs?

In this post I outline the benefits of the ingredients for my dog treat recipe AND give you some “raw” food treats for your dog that require no cooking, just rinsing and chopping.

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Apple Cider Vinegar

I drink 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (ACV) every single morning in 8 oz of water. I also use ACV on my hair and on my face.

Why? Let me count thy ways.

“Not only may a tablespoon a day tend to improve cholesterol and triglycerides over time, vinegar can drop triglycerides within an hour of a meal, along with decreasing blood sugars and the insulin spike, potentially offering the best of all worlds.” -Dr. Michael Greger (nutritionfacts.org)

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Tips to Eat Well on a Budget

Hey guys! I can’t believe it’s already in the second week of November. Time just flies by! Only 46 days until Christmas. The weather is finally starting to cool off here in SC. So much so that James and I are freezing and its 66 degrees! Looks like we might be acclimating a little too well to the warm weather. I’m just happy we don’t have to spend the winter in Michigan this year. It will be our first winter without snow and I couldn’t be happier!

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