Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Natural Solutions Celebrates National Nutrition Month

Celebrate with Natural Solutions!
It's time to get your plate in shape because it's National Nutrition Month. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends that we all use this month for taking time to pay attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. In the spirit of making healthy choices and becoming aware of your nutrition Natural Solutions Magazine has come up with several articles that can help to jump start getting your plate in shape campaign.
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The New Shape of Nutrition
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently changed the Food Guide, better known as the Food Pyramid, for the third time in the past three decades. On June 2nd, First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the MyPlate Food Guide, which, like the prior food pyramid, contains five major food groups. Instead of the pyramid format, the food groups are placed proportionately (and colorfully) on a plate. Learn more here!
Eat Well, Live Well
As implausible as it may sound, it has only been within the last several decades that medical researchers have acknowledged the cause and effect relationship between diet and the development of disease. Historically (and still) research has focused on the question of whether or not our poor nutritional habits over time—along with a nutrient-depleted food supply—play a major role in the breakdown of the body's delicate metabolic machinery. Read more to understand the power of food ratios.
Fill in the GAPS
In 1985, pioneering British MD Natasha Campbell-McBride coined the phrase "Gut and Psychology Syndrome" (or GAPS) in reference to disorders which stem from, or are exacerbated by, leaky gut and dysbiosis. These include—but are not limited to—ADD/ADHD, autism, addiction, depression, and OCD. Likewise, chronic gut-related conditions, such as celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, and Crohn's disease, also fall under the auspices of GAPS. Even those with asthma, eczema, allergies, and thyroid disorders can benefit from this healing diet protocol. As an evolution of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, the GAPS diet also appeals to followers of the Paleo diet who might be struggling for optimum health.
In Season: Lemons
Lemons are in season and here are two delicious recipes for you to try: Lemon-Coconut Breakfast Bars and Healthy Lemonade. Click here for more information.

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