For years I've been explaining to clients that a sugar addiction is every bit as real as a drug or alcohol addiction for some. In the documentary "Fed Up," Dr. Mark Hyman cites research that shows that sugar is EIGHT TIMES more addictive than cocaine. Wow! If that doesn't convince you that sugar can hijack your brain and lead to compulsive binging I don't know what will. So here are a few of my survival tips for those of you who feel like you're under the alluring...
By guest blogger Katherine Kopfler, MS, Bastyr dietetic intern
Amidst the narrow loss of I-522, many Washington State voters are left feeling sullen and baffled as to how the initiative to label genetically modified organisms (GMOs) was voted down. Regardless of the outcome, however, I-522 carried the forward momentum of California's Prop 37, including 25 other state-led intiatives to label GMOs, and raised incredible awareness around the country about t...
Inflammation is a common thread in many disease states including cardiovascular disease, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, psoriasis and eczema. Anti-inflammatory medications are often prescribed, but they can cause unpleasant side effects and do not address the underlying cause of the symptoms that are related to inflammation. The good news is, certain types of foods help cool down the inflammation in the body and many of my patients start seeing resolution of their sympt...
When salad season rolls around, I'm more than ready to leave behind the heavier, starchy winter veggies and start getting creative with the bounty of fresh veggies that spring and summer have to offer. But let's face it, the traditional lettuce-carrot-tomato salad can get very boring pretty quickly, so here are a few ideas to jazz up that salad bowl. Choose one or two ingredients from each category, and don't be afraid to experiment with ingredients and combinations that are new t...
When I first started my practice, I was surprised by the number of patients who complained of depression, anxiety, and/or mood swings. Over time, I've realized that this a reliable indicator that there's imbalance in the body. As Dr. James Gordon says in his book Unstuck, "Depression is not a disease, the end point to a pathological process. It is a sign that our lives are out of balance, that we're stuck. It's a wake up call and the start of a journey that can help us be...