Why are we shooting for the bare minimum when we could have optimal health?

Why are we shooting for the bare minimum when we could have optimal health? Let’s play a game. If I told you you needed to get optimal levels of, let's say, Vitamin D, E, A, B, as well as zinc, magnesium and selenium everyday, what would you put on your plate today to make sure that happened?  Ding, ding, ding! I know! What about the Recommended Daily Dietary Allowances (RDA) listed on most foods? Isn't that the nutritional sherpa we need? I suppose the RDA is helpful to help you avoid age old diseases like rickets or scurvy, but the RDA [...]

The fatal flaw of most diets and how to turn it around in your favour

The fatal flaw of most diets and how to turn it around in your favour There are so many different "diet labels" telling us how to eat. There’s Vegetarian. There’s Vegan. There’s Raw. Paleo, 4:3, Wheat Belly, 5:2, Atkins, Zone, and Gluten-Free. South Beach, Dukan, Mediterranean, Weight-Watchers, Blood-Type, Grapefruit, and Skinny Bitch. 3-Hour, Best Life, Cabbage Soup, Caveman, Fat Flush and Glycemic Index diets. French Women Don’t Get Fat, Hormone, and Jenny Craig programs. Macrobiotic, Master Cleanse and Food Combining diets. Beverly Hills and Nutrisystem. Shangri-La, Volumetrics, and the list goes on and on. asdfasdf The labels above [...]

6 critical things I wish I knew three years ago about how to reduce cholesterol

6 critical things I wish I knew three years ago about how to reduce cholesterol After my diagnosis with Familial hypercholesterolemia in 2011 I spent three years searching for effective natural methods to lower cholesterol and gain heart health. I actually felt a little bit like a crazy outsider for much of this journey because most of the research I uncovered advised eating foods and making lifestyle changes that were the complete opposite to what is being distributed by most well meaning but misinformed doctors, healthcare practitioners and media outlets. Below are the 6 critical facts I wish I had had on day one [...]

Why are fats, including coconut oil, good for your heart even though they are saturated fats?

Why are fats, including coconut oil, good for your heart even though they are saturated fats? I got a great question from a reader yesterday that I thought would be useful to share. The benefits of saturated fat, and fat in general, have been misunderstood until recently. New research from the past 5 years is causing widespread changes in dietary fat recommendations Oct 25th: QUESTION FROM AMANDA "Just wanted to thank you for putting your journey online. I am someone who was diagnosed with familial hypercholesterolemia since birth and have managed to stay off the statins. The diet [...]

Grains are a tricky food when eating for heart health

Grains are a tricky food when eating for heart health When you’re eating a heart healthy diet, you want to be choosing your grains with extreme care. I like this quote from Jonny Bowden Ph.d, who put it this way: “If you ate a great balance of foods from the 150 healthiest foods on the planet, and you never touched another grain for the rest of your life, you wouldn’t be missing anything nutritionally. The same cannot be said of the fruits, vegetables, eggs, oils, spices, meats, fish, and poultry." So when I eat a grain, I think very carefully