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Meat and fat: Finding the ideal balance

Flesh protein can vary considerably in its fat content. Since we have individual differences in the amount of both fat and protein that is optimal for good health, it is important to know the fat content in different meat options. Below are lists of high, medium, and low-fat flesh protein (for purposes of this article, […]

Core strength: A 360 degree perspective

Everyone is always talking about the “core”. Essential for strength, stability, and preventing back pain, we’ve become obsessed with this region of the body, but are we all on the same page with defining what our core is? As you will see, the core is much more than just the ab muscles. Muscles of the core: […]

Better digestion in 5 simple steps

Digestion is the process of breaking down food into basic units (i.e. vitamins, minerals, carbs, fats and proteins) to be used by the body. Good digestion is a pillar of good health. Poor digestion can cause a wide array of health issues including abdominal pain, gas, diarrhea or constipation, reflux, fatigue, weight gain, insomnia, and cravings. […]

BPA-free plastic has estrogenic activity

Time to clear the plastic out of your home. Even BPA-free plastics, which we thought were safe, have now been found to have hormone-mimicking properties. BPA, a component of most plastics, was removed from many bottles, toys, and cans when The Department of Health and Human Services started to question its safety. Thought we’d won the battle? […]

Burst training offers superior fitness results

Short-duration, high-intensity activity intervals (a.k.a. short-burst training, SBT, or just burst training) are becoming an increasingly popular fitness trend. Why? Because it leads to quicker results. What is burst training? Burst training is a style of exercising in which you exercise as hard as you can for a pre-determined time interval (anywhere from 30-90 seconds, commonly […]

Open-faced breakfast sandwiches

Holly and I are at it again! Click here to watch our video: Part 3 of our non-traditional breakfast series. Ingredients: 1 slice gluten-free toast (we used Food for Life China Black Rice) 3-5 medium shiitake mushrooms 1 cup spinach (definitely organic, spinach is in the Dirty Dozen) 2 slices bacon (organic, antibiotic and growth hormone free, […]

Gluten-free bakery in Santa Cruz

Who says if you are gluten intolerant or suffer from Celiac’s disease that you can’t have your cake and eat it too? Pele’s Oven has moved into 504A Front St. offering Santa Cruz locals a full spectrum of gluten-free goodies. Their grand opening will be in early April (date TBA). Currently they sell commercially to Shopper’s Corner, Deluxe Foods and The Palm […]

Prism glasses, posture and desk jobs

Sitting for long hours can wreak havoc on your posture over the years. Wouldn’t it be great if we could get work done lying down instead of sitting? You can if you use prism glasses. What are prism glasses? These nifty contraptions change the line of sight without distortion and can be worn over prescription glasses allowing […]

Grass-fed versus grain-fed beef

Before you buy your next thick, juicy steak, there are a few things to consider. How can you get the best bang for your buck? Is there a substantial difference between grass-fed and grain-fed beef? Where can you buy local beef? Grass-fed beef 101 The main differences between grass-fed and grain-fed beef are nutritional content, […]

Exercises to improve balance

Injury prevention, improved performance in a wide range of sports, and becoming more graceful on the dance floor all have one thing in common: good balance. The media would have us believe that balance is a function of age and that we lose more and more every year, but age is not directly related to losing […]