Eating to Beat Illnesses

We all have our healing habits when ailments arise, whether they involve rest, tea, soup, kisses on sore spots, or plain old pill popping. Generally speaking, a better diet, supplemented by low stress, exercise, and social support, are ingredients for a holistically healthy lifestyle. Sometimes more specific measures need to be taken, and it’s worth learning what’s available within the vast realm of remedies. This ongoing blog series features some wellness options worth exploring that focus on diet as an element of healing. Our first three healers are highlighted below.

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Top 5 Pros of Probiotics

We tend to associate bacteria with unhealthy microorganisms that are often blamed for illness, but healthy bacteria, also known as probiotics, can actually play a vital role in our nutritional balance. Probiotics are most typically found in fermented foods. The process of fermentation, in it’s simplest sense, entails breaking down a substance into a simpler substance. Some of the most common fermented foods/drinks are cheese, wine, tea, coffee, beer, sourdough bread and vinegar.

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Is the Gluten Free Craze Just a Phase?

The gluten craze that has swept our supermarkets, bakeries, and conversations, is surprisingly popular in spite of gluten’s mystification. Comedian and late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel puts it best in this funny video, in which he asks pedestrians who claim to have adopted a gluten-free diet what gluten actually is. While some can speak to its health benefits, none really know it is…. Let’s backtrack a bit to better understand what gluten is, and why we think we feel better without it.

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Demystifying Labels

Labels are multiplying in number as the food industry globalizes and expands. Between natural, grass-fed, no hormones added,  fair trade, cage free, free range, vine-ripened and more – the implications of each label are worth breaking down so that we can manage our expectations in buying and eating. We’ll chip away at the food industry’s lingo, term by term, over a series of posts. This entry focuses on the adjective natural. The seemingly innocent word is dangerously vague. It can be colored with plenty of assumptions, thus misrepresenting certain products.

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Welcome to Avocadoo!

Hey there, fellow food eater – welcome to Avocadoo,  an application dedicated to holistic consumption. We’re excited to share our easy-to-use app with you, and the greater implications of its use. You’ll learn more about our superfood namesake the avocado in future posts, but one Avocadoo-worthy nibble of knowledge to take with you for now is that not all fat is created equal. Our nutrient-dense mono-unsaturated fatty fruit reminds us to consider the big picture in achieving a nutritionally balanced diet.

We aspire to provide users with a powerful tool to monitor and improve the quality of household food purchases, through real-time nutritional analysis of online shopping carts. Moreover, our blog and recipe suggestions aim to aid at-home preparation, and inform future food choices.

We at Avocadoo embrace that we are what we eat, and encourage our users to take this cliche to heart – literally – for improved well-being and a healthier lifestyle.

Get started here now, and keep us in the loop so that we can continue to improve our consumption habits, and work toward changing the landscape of the corporate food industry, together.

The Power of Mindful Eating

Between the Slow Food and Mindful Eating movements, it’s clear that consumers are becoming more serious about savoring. Conscientious consumption not only manages our weight and health, but also allows us to rediscover nuances in flavor and texture, and recognize when we’re eating for fuel and when we’re indulging.

Mindful eating doesn’t always necessitate slowing down, which is great news for the majority of us who are pressed for time. It merely entails an awareness that is often lacking in our automatic eating habits. If you deliberately choose to scarf down a Big Mac on the bus to work, then you’re already practicing mindful eating. Maybe that experience will even inspire you to ceremoniously savor a salad for the following meal.

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