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Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

Hashimoto's thyroiditis has many names, but at its root, it is an autoimmune disease of the thyroid. The disorder causes the body's immune system to produce antibodies that attack thyroid tissue and eventually destroy the thyroid gland, leading to hypothyroidism, or the underproduction of thyroid hormone. Emily was diagnosed with Hashimoto's in February 2019 after many frustrating years of feeling "off" and health care providers not knowing what was wrong or what to do. Whenever she would explain her symptoms (weight gain, depression, lack of energy/fatigue, swelling/bloating), they would be chalked up to things like being a mom, slowing metabolism, or hormones. It wasn't until her OBGYN did a routine thyroid exam and remarked that her thyroid (a small butterfly...

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Demystifying Vegan Nutrition

What is a vegan diet? A vegan diet is one that consists only of plant-derived foods. Like non-vegans, vegans eat soups, stews, stir-fries, salads, and casseroles. They consume a wide variety of foods from around the globe, as well as plant-only versions of traditional favorites such as pizza, tacos, burritos, lasagna, burgers, barbecues, loaves, chilis, pancakes, sandwiches, and desserts. What is a healthful vegan diet? The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics states that an appropriately planned vegan diet is healthful for all stages of life. They further advise that plant-based diets may provide a variety of preventative health benefits. Of course, as with any diet, a poorly planned vegan diet could be dangerous or unhealthful. “An appropriately planned vegan diet is healthful for all...

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Bagels make it better

A bagel is great, just by itself, amiright?! Warm, toasty, and the perfect amount of chew--it’s hard not to love them. But sometimes we want to take them to the next level, to live a little! We’ve got a round up of some great ways to enjoy your grain-free, vegan bagels from Forget the Flour: Breakfast stack: Start with one of our savory bagels--we have sesame, onion, or everything flavors-- and slice in half. Toast to your liking! Add your favorite items like avocado, greens, tomatoes, cheese, and either stack into a sandwich or eat open-faced. If you’re paleo, then try a fried egg with avocado and hot sauce if you like a bit of a kick. So many options...

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Paleo, Paleo, Paleo......

Background Q: What Does "Paleo" Even Mean In The First Place? A: "Paleo" is short for paleolithic, and refers to the Paleolithic Era of human evolution, from approximately 2.5 million years ago until about 15,000 years ago. This time period spanned between the first invention of stone tools by early hominids, through the evolution of anatomically modern Homo sapiens, and ended at the invention of agriculture. Q: Why Should We Care About The Paleolithic Era Today? A: To put it simply: the Paleolithic Era is what formed our species. Evolution is a slow process. Our species had a leisurely 2-3 million years to adapt to our environmental niche. The invention of agriculture, only 10-15,000 years ago, was a very sudden...

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Keto Myths!

AREN'T WHOLE GRAINS GOOD FOR ME? The concept of health in modern times is often a warped and strange one. Whole grains are no different and often are portrayed as healthy and necessary in a western diet. The fact is that whole grains are no different from sugar and often have a higher glycemic index than sugar itself. This means that eating raw sugar causes less of an insulin response in your body than a slice of bread. Gary Taubes reports in Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It that a man has to walk up approximately twenty-two flights of stairs to burn off the energy of one slice of bread. The truth about grains is that...

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