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Q: I love ice cream, frozen yogurt, and basically every frozen treat (especially in summer). Are some choices better than others, nutritionally speaking?

A: What do you love about ice cream or frozen yogurt or summer treats — the smoothness, the coldness, the sweetness? Whenever you pick a summer dessert or sweet eating occasion, think about what will satisfy you the most. I recently tasted a greens and avocado popsicle — yes, it had greens, green apple, and avocado puréed and made into a homemade popsicle — and it was so yummy that it blew me away. I’ve had coconut water granitas which I loved because they hydrated me and provided a mellow, not-too-sweet flavor. But I’ve also enjoyed peanut butter chocolate coconut ice cream and said, “there’s nothing better than this!”

So the first rule for making a good decision about a dessert or summer sweet is to figure out what you really want/need.

The second rule should be obvious: portion control. If you practice portion control, you really can have your favorite summer dessert and eat it, too.

And third, keep in mind that quality matters a lot in terms of how your body absorbs nutrients and how “bad” or “good” something is for you nutritionally. Your body knows what to do with food, but chemicals can confuse it — so stick with organic ingredients without GMOs, pesticides, artificial colorings, and no hormones or antibiotics used.

Q: I see grapefruit and celery featured in a lot of diet guides. Can they really help me burn fat and lose weight?

A: We can lose weight in a lot of ways — (more…)

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I was recently asked for some Best Of tips and thought I’d share my replies with you. Email me your additions too.

Here are the lists:

1) Top 10 Health Breakthroughs for the 21st Century

  • Vitamin D is a hormone not a vitamin and we need a lot more of it and the right kind for optimal health than previously thought (vitamin D3 1000 -2000iu daily).
  • Probiotics – especially the Bifidobacterium strain – improve digestive function for optimal immune function as well.
  • Magnesium – as Mother Nature’s muscle relaxant it reduces stress (by turning off the fight or flight response), aids headaches, insomnia, and constipation. We need Magnesium as much as Calcium so supplementation as well as diet should reflect this. Food processing, dietary choice, and overemphasis of calcium needs have created conditional deficiencies of magnesium for most.
  • DHA for pregnant women to support fetus brain development, reduce risk of ADD / ADHD, autism, and allergies

2) Top New Year’s Resolutions

  • Resolve to really learn nutrition for optimal health as opposed to a fad diet
  • Resolve to get more and better Sleep: it’s Mother nature’s weight loss / health gain drug
  • Resolve to make time for daily activity by reducing the amount of time you spend seated in front of the TV or computer
  • Resolve to UNPLUG weekly – spend and hour, ten hours or a full day without your cell phone, blackberry, computer, games etc – what if you couldn’t be reached? Have someone else’s answers in a moment’s notice? Where would your imagination take you?
  • Resolve to eat organic – it’s just food (as opposed to conventional which is food + chemicals)
  • Resolve to really experience your emotions as opposed to eating / drinking them away – be sad (skip the sugar or alcohol), be tired (pass on the coffee or energy drink), etc. (more…)

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