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Interesting Observations from Vision Expo East (2017)

"The world's most inclusive ophthalmic conference and expo" converged on New York City last week

Last week, the international eye care world converged on New York City for Vision Expo East. Billed as the “the world’s most inclusive ophthalmic conference and expo,” Vision Expo takes place twice a year (once in New York, once in Las Vegas) and is packed full of “events focused on education, fashion and technology.” Since Vision Expo takes place fairly close to home (for me), I didn’t need to make any elaborate NYC plans. In fact, all I had to do was fit the convention into my weekend plans. I would typically take the subway (the 4/5 to the 7) […]

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Recipes – (Colorful) Shaved Carrot, Beet, & Radish Salad

Try this recipe if you're looking for a beta carotene/vitamin A boost, or simply considering a unique way to enjoy carrots

In my last post, I specifically talked about carrots and beta carotene. To repeat, beta carotene (abundantly found in carrots) is explicitly tied to vitamin A production in the body. Vitamin A is crucial to healthy vision (especially at nighttime) because the retina needs it to detect light and adjust vision. If you’re looking for a beta carotene/vitamin A boost, or if you’re simply considering a unique way to enjoy carrots, try the following recipe for a Colorful Shaved Carrot, Beet, & Radish Salad with honey-lemon dijon dressing. Ingredients For the salad: 4 carrots (peeled, cut into two) 4 beets […]

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Recipes – Red Beets and Pickled Eggs

Pickling is an excellent way to experiment with new flavors, and to preserve certain foods for long periods of time

As I stated in my last post, there are numerous health benefits to Nordic Cuisine. Foods associated with the region include loads of useful vitamins, anti-oxidants, and omega-3’s. Popular staples of the fare include everything from fresh fruits and foraged plants, to lean meats and wild caught fish. If you have a taste for any of these foods, you certainly won’t be disappointed (although it may take a bit of getting used to). However, you may want to go easy if you’ve never sampled Nordic. Any type of Smørrebrød (open face sandwich), a yogurt parfait (made with skyr), or a […]

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Sharing Some Thoughts for a Happy & Healthy New Year

Keep in mind, your self-image will bend over backwards to fulfill any label you put on yourself in 2017

As the old saying goes, “a new year, a new beginning.” If change is your desire in 2017, remember to set short-term, reasonably attainable goals to build momentum. And don’t throw in the towel if you steer off course. We’re all just human, and we all want a safe, happy, and healthy new year. To Have a Happy & Healthy New Year… Don’t Wait for New Year’s to Make a Resolution Resolutions play a big role in everyone’s healthy new year. In fact, I’m actually making a couple right now. However, it’s not a good idea to refuse change when […]

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Recipes – Healthy (and Spicy) Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies can contain quite a bit of added sugar, but this particular recipe is different

Gingerbread cookies are an all-time favorite holiday treat. But sometimes a good batch can contain quite a bit of added sugar. If you keep up with this blog, you probably know that I try to avoid added sugar at all costs. That said, this particular recipe may not be what your used to. But if you give it a try, you might actually enjoy it. If nothing else, Santa may just put you on the nice list for giving him something healthy on his busy night. Ingredients: 1/2 cup coconut sugar 1/4 cup coconut milk 1/4 cup coconut flour 3.5 […]

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Ideas for an (Eye) Healthy & Happy Holiday Season

It's the most wonderful time of the year to incorporate eye healthy habits

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” but only if you’ve been nice. If you’re on the naughty list this holiday season, try not to “scrooge” it up for everyone else. But regardless of which list you find yourself on, you’re probably ready to “jingle all the way.” In that case, have a blast & follow these Eye Healthy Holiday Tips. Gifts Ideas: My top three gift ideas for 2016: Gym Membership Jump Rope Cornhole A trial gym membership can provide motivation as the new year approaches. If you go this route, try to pick a gym that offers […]

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Recipes – (Probiotic-Rich) Yogurt, Berry & Oats Parfait

Dietary modifications should be the first step on the path to healthy gut bacteria

As I stated in my previous post, keeping gut bacteria in check is a good way to improve overall health. It may also be important for healthy eyes. As we now know, gut bacteria changes are being linked to Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). With this being the case, improving gut health may help to prevent and/or treat AMD in the future. But for right now, there are plenty of other Reasons to Improve Gut Bacteria. And if you plan on making a change, dietary modifications should be the first step. Yogurt, Berry & Oats Parfait: This week’s recipe is […]

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Book Review – Younger Next Year* for Women

Exercise doesn't only slow the body's decaying process, it's also been linked to better vision as we age

I recently read the book, “Younger Next Year: For Women” by Chris Crowley & Dr. Henry (Harry) S. Lodge. The book specifically targets women forty years of age and up. But as someone just outside of that range, I was able to glean a bit of good information for myself. In all actuality, the information revealed in the book can be applied to any age group. The main idea is to slow the physical aging process based on the scientific evidence of what causes our bodies to decay over time. The number one theme of importance is physical exercise, which […]

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Recipes – (Eye Healthy) Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie

Not only is the flesh of a pumpkin extremely nutritious, but the seeds are very healthy as well

Thanksgiving may indeed be the best holiday of them all. On November 24th, it’s perfectly legal to eat as much as you want, then burn it off by watching football (or going to the movies). Of course, it might not be the healthiest holiday. But it only comes around once a year. Let’s be honest, it’s only normal to look forward to a hearty Thanksgiving Day meal. Personally, I’ve always enjoyed the healthy fruits and vegetables that come before the turkey, the stuffing, and the mashed potatoes. Of course, the icing on the cake is the dessert. And by far, […]

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Recipes – (Not-So-Sweet) Cinnamon Baked Apples

The bulk of sugar related health issues come from consuming excessive amounts, not from ordinary intake

This week, I hit the sugar topic pretty hard. But all the talk shouldn’t be so negative. Without a doubt, there is a safe threshold when it comes to sugar intake. Especially for people who workout and/or participate in an active lifestyle. Like most things in life, it’s best to keep it all in perspective. The bulk of sugar related health issues come from consuming excessive amounts, not from ordinary intake. To curb sugar cravings we should always keep in mind our natural options. And a good balance will help the body feel better and less deprived. In the meantime, […]