Top Foods to Eat & Avoid for Healthy Hair

Lisa StoryConscious Eating

There are several factors that impact the health of your hair: age, hormones, genetics and daily diet.  The nourishment you receive from food each day will impact how you age, the balance of your hormones and can even keep genetic markers predisposing you to certain age-related or health challenges turned off. Each strand of hair is made up of cells containing protein. This protein is called keratin and the amino acids found in the keratin need plenty of vitamins and minerals along with healthy blood circulation to thrive.  If you want strong, shiny and healthy hair be sure to consume the following foods: Animal proteins such as: fish, chicken, turkey, eggs and vegetarian sources such as: legumes, tofu, nuts and … KEEP READING…

Should I stop drinking coffee?

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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…

Aphrodisiac Foods: Myth or Fact?

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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…

Eating Well AND Reducing Your Grocery Bill

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Eating Well AND Reducing Your Grocery Bill

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces…just good food from fresh ingredients. ” ~ Julia Childs Julia is so wise!  And, I’d add that cooking good food from fresh ingredients doesn’t have to be expensive either. However, eating and cooking can become costly which is a common concern I hear….especially when you don’t plan ahead. Suggestions to Reduce Your Grocery Bill: Before you head out the door….shop in your own kitchen. What does that mean?  It means make a grocery list…and then cross off anything you already have. No one likes to come home from the store only to discover that you have 3 jars of almond butter hiding in the pantry. That’s stuff’s pricey! Start off your money saving strategy … KEEP READING…