Not only do these herbs and spices taste great, but they have some possible health benefits that may help to keep diabetes at bay. Here are five delicious ways to give your diet a healthy boost.

1.  Turmeric

One natural remedy that might help keep you diabetes-free: turmeric, an herb used in curry powder and available in dietary supplement form.

Research on turmeric and diabetes includes a study published in the journal Diabetes Care in 2012. In a clinical trial involving 240 people with prediabetes (a condition in which blood sugar levels are abnormally high but not high enough to warrant a diabetes diagnosis), researchers observed that those given turmeric supplements for nine months were less likely to develop diabetes compared to study members given a placebo for the same time period.

2.  Lemon Balm

Research suggests that the herb lemon balm may be helpful to people with diabetes. In tests on animals, scientists found that those treated with low concentrations of lemon balm showed impro...

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Body Ecology Diet Basics

7/26/2015 12:00 AM

The Body Ecology Diet, created by Donna Gates, is not just an eating plan; it's a way of life. This holistic approach helps restore and maintain the body's "inner ecology," made up of beneficial bacteria, friendly yeast and even commensal viruses that influence a strong immune system and vital health when balanced.

This diet targets candida (pathogenic yeast) overgrowth by starving it. Candida throws the system completely out of whack, and commonly causes fatigue, brain fog, and mood issues. There are ways to test for this issue; if interested please speak with your physician.

The diet is comprised of two phases, but 3 simple changes will get you started:

1. ADD fermented foods and probiotic liquids

2. CHANGE quality of fats and oils

3. REDUCE carbohydrates and sugars

Phase 1

3-4 months, or until all symptoms of candida overgrowth have disappeared. Troublesome foods are eliminated so the body has a chance to re-calibrate.

Phase 2

Begins when all symptoms of candida overgrowth have disappeared a...

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How to Freeze Fresh Berries

7/22/2015 12:00 AM

Enjoy the bountiful berries of summer a whole lot longer by freezing them! Use raspberries, strawberries or blueberries as "fruit cubes" in a pitcher of lemonade, or warm them up in a saucepan with water, lemon juice and a hint of honey for homemade berry drizzle.

How To Freeze Fresh Berries

1. Wash berries in 3 parts water & 1 Tbsp distilled white vinegar

2. Rinse berries & let air dry

3. Freeze berries on a baking tray for 4-6 hours

4. Transfer to freezer bags & freeze up to 6 months

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Top 5 Vegan Calcium Sources

7/18/2015 12:00 AM

We've all seen those "Got Milk?" campaigns promoting calcium-rich cow's milk; but what if you don't drink cow's milk? Vegans (and all persons dairy-free) have no fear: here's a list of calcium-packed foods from the plant kingdom to support strong, healthy bones.

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, women age 50 and younger need 1,000mg of calcium daily to keep bones dense, and 51+ require 1,200mg. Men? 1,000mg age 70 and younger, 1,200mg 71+.

In addition to bone health, calcium helps our blood clot, and aids proper nerve and muscle function. The body can't make this mineral, thus it must be obtained through diet. The most convincing reason to keep up with calcium? When the body doesn't have enough to function, it takes it directly from our bones!

While supplements are convenient, sourcing calcium from food, especially nutrient-packed dark leafy greens, ensures the body is getting a highly-absorbable form it can use without delay.

You can't talk about calcium without mentionin...

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Cacao Nib Benefits

7/15/2015 12:00 AM

The cacao tree (Theobroma cacao) produces pod-like fruits with 20 to 60 seeds inside, commonly known as cacao beans. These gems are the source of all things chocolate: nibs, butter, liquor, powder.

Cacao nibs are simply broken bits of cacao beans. They're they perfect size for eating and obviously very minimally processed; think of them as raw chocolate chips you can sprinkle on anything your heart desires! Just keep in mind they are harder than chocolate chips, but will soften slightly if they're partnered with something with a little moisture such as a trail mix with nuts and dried fruits, on yogurt, banana ice dream, in smoothies, etc.

Cacao in its natural state is the biggest nutrient-bang for your buck. The more it's processed, the more its amazing health benefits are lost.

Recipe ideas:

To make breakfast a little more indulgent, top chia seed pudding with cacao nibs and fresh raspberries. Add nibs to your energy bar recipes, or sprinkle on salads like you would nuts or seeds. They pl...

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