One of the Heathiest Fats: Coconut Oil!

Lisa StoryConscious Eating

Back in the 1950’s the coconut and its oil was incorrectly identified as an artery-clogging fat by a researcher in Minnesota.  Rats fed fully hydrogenated coconut oil experienced a dramatic rise in cholesterol levels. The notion that coconut oil is bad for our health began. Years later, Harvard scientists proved that it wasn’t the coconut oil that caused the rise in cholesterol, but the fact that the oil itself had been hydrogenated. Any hydrogenated oil is less than ideal for our health and causes a rise in LDL (bad) cholesterol.    Coconut oil is one of the oldest food plants on earth that’s known for nourishing the body, increasing strength, and promoting beautiful hair and skin.  Most interestingly, it decreases the … KEEP READING…

Probiotics & Fermented Foods: Are They Essential to Your Health?

Lisa StoryConscious Eating

You may be hearing a lot about fermented foods and gut bacteria these days.  It’s a hot topic and one that’s worthy of exploring. Consider that increasing the amount of good bacteria in your digestive tract is an important component to creating vitality and radiant health. There are two ways to accomplish this and both are effective. First, include at least one serving of fermented food each day.  This will help to create a healthy balance between good and bad gut flora. Secondly, take a high-quality probiotic daily.  However, it can be confusing to know which one to try out of the many that are available so I’ll come back to that in a moment. The many benefits of consuming healthy, probiotic … KEEP READING…

Is Eating Dark, Leafy Greens Really that Beneficial?

Lisa StoryConscious Eating, Kale

Consuming dark, leafy greens is the #1 way to quickly improve your physical and emotional health.  They are among one the foods most missing in our Standard American Diet (SAD) and it’s recommended that you consume at least one serving each day. The color green is associated spring, the time of renewal and vital energy. When greens grow, they do so with their leaves upstretched towards the sun. When we eat our greens, they leave us feeling the same way. Uplifted and energized. As you begin to nourish yourself with this highly beneficial food group, you’ll naturally begin to crowd out foods that leave you feeling less than your best or even sick.  Greens help build your internal rainforest, detoxifying … KEEP READING…

Just Say NO to Diets, Counting Calories & Food Points!

Lisa StoryConscious Eating, Weight Loss

Over the short-term a diet can work well for jumpstarting weight loss and improving overall vitality. However, over the long-term diets simply don’t work. According to studies, 97% of people who lose weight regain the weight and then some after three years. Weight loss studies usually fail to disclose this as often the participants are tracked for 18 months or less. The best long-term strategy is to create a lifestyle and nutritional plan that naturally results in a balanced weight. There is a long held belief that if you simply take in fewer calories than you burn off each day you’ll lose weight. This myth has led many people to obsessively counting calories, tallying points, bargaining (this cookie or cookies … KEEP READING…