Should I stop drinking coffee?

Lisa StoryConscious Eating

This has been the most popular question I’ve received since the news that Starbuck’s (and other companies) in California were ordered to begin placing a cancer warning label on their coffee drinks. So, let’s get a little clarity and perspective on the matter! Knowledge is power. The concern with the coffee is that roasted coffee beans contain high levels of acrylamide in them (otherwise known as acrylic acid and a carcinogen…something that is toxic to the body). When it comes to coffee…lighter roasts have less acrylamide, certain types of beans may have less, and espresso-style may have more. If you suffer from energy issues, adrenal issues, sleep issues or anxiety you may want to stay off coffee for these reasons … KEEP READING…

Is Avocado Oil Healthy for Me?

Lisa StoryConscious Living

You bet it is!  Avocado oil is amazing…both in taste and in health benefits. Avocado just like the olive is a fruit and similar to olive oil when you compare their nutritional profiles side by side.  However, it has a higher smoke point which means it’s excellent to cook or roast with at higher heat without compromising the integrity of the oil. Benefits include: Excellent for heart health Lowers blood pressure Decreases joint pain and arthritis symptoms Keeps gums healthy High in antioxidants Beautifies skin and thickens hair Improves eye health Helps nutrients in other foods be more readily absorbed by the body Suggested ways to include avocado oil into your diet: Drizzle over salads with a squeeze of citrus … KEEP READING…

Aphrodisiac Foods: Myth or Fact?

Lisa StoryConscious Eating

Can specific foods enhance our intimate relationships? Most edibles found at the top of any aphrodisiac food list got there because in ancient times they were regarded as such mostly due to their phallic shape or alluring scent and flavor. This left many people believing that these foods enhanced fertility, desire and sexual performance. While it can’t be argued that commonly identified aphrodisiac foods do in fact support sexual performance or desire, the point can be made that fresh whole foods leave us feeling our best both in energy and mood. For fun and inspiration here are 7 aphrodisiac foods that’ll contribute to your overall health and maybe even your intimate relationships too! Bananas are high in potassium and vitamin … KEEP READING…

Tis the season to be festive. :)

Lisa StoryHolidays

Eggnog

This time of year brings about feelings of nostalgia for times gone past. This includes cravings or desires to indulge in the traditional foods we may have enjoyed as children. My husband, Doug, is Norwegian and Swedish and during the holidays speaks fondly of the Lefse (a Norwegian flatbread) his grandmother and mother used to make. Then there’s the traditional dish of Lutefisk they eat at Christmas (aged white fish and lye that is gelatinous in texture and smells something awful)! Today, I thought I share with you the recipe for Lutefisk….just kidding!! Hehe! 😉 Actually, I’m passing along to you my version of Eggnog. I loved Eggnog as a kid, but as an adult…I prefer this Spiced Almond Nog … KEEP READING…