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Eye Healthy Foods – The Rundown of Healthy Fats

When it comes to your diet, it's important to make short-term, attainable goals to keep from getting discouraged

With so many diet options out there today, it’s difficult to figure out where to start. Several diet fads come and go, nobody knows what’s in or what’s out. Research says one thing, the television says another, billboards say another. But countless individuals are struggling with their weight, and most of them don’t even know where to begin. One huge mistake (in my opinion) is the Low Fat/Fat Free diet. Since foods with no (or low) fat tend to taste pretty bad, a ton of sugar is used to counterbalance the scales. And it doesn’t take a genius to understand […]

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Eye Healthy Foods – Omega-3’s & Our Health

These extremely useful fatty acids are important to our overall well-being and vital to our health

Omega-3’s are a popular trend in nutrition and have been for quite some time. This is a good thing because these extremely useful fatty acids are important to our overall well-being and vital to our health. Unfortunately for some of us, “Americanized” diets do not provide enough Omega-3’s to sustain balanced nutrition. And neglecting your Omega-3’s can lead to a multitude of complications including hypertension and heart disease. Omega-3’s & Our Health: According to the Mayo Clinic’s website, “Omega-3 fatty acids are thought to provide a wide range of health benefits, including a lower risk of coronary heart disease and […]

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Introduction to Eye Healthy Foods – Feed Your Eyes

The path to our best vision starts with refining our diet (in addition to regular eye exams)

This may come as a surprise to you, but there is no quick fix for optimal eye health. Glasses and contacts lenses help us to see clearly, but technological advancements do not make us immune to diseases such as macular degeneration and glaucoma. Even though we may not have the ability to improve our eyesight, we can certainly protect our eyes from deterioration. The path to our best vision starts with refining our diet (in addition to regular eye exams). The Importance of Nutrition: Have you ever noticed how you feel after eating a nutritious meal? How about after a […]

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Eye Healthy Foods – Highlights of the Mediterranean Diet

Saturated fats are still as unhealthy as ever, but certain unsaturated fats are quite the opposite

The Mediterranean Diet is back in the news as of late. A CNN article from earlier this week highlighted a recent paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The paper confirms, “a Mediterranean diet rich in ‘healthy fats’ (such as those found in olive oil, eggs, nuts and fatty fish) might lower your risk of heart disease, breast cancer, and type 2 diabetes.” Dr. Hanna Bloomfield (lead author of the paper) also noted, “I was not surprised because the literature on which this study was based has been out there for a while.” From a personal standpoint, I’ve been […]

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Eye Healthy Foods – Vitamin C Nutrition & Supplementation

Vitamin C is water soluble and can only be absorbed through diet and/or supplementation

The next post in my series on eye healthy foods revolves around vitamin C. Also known as “the best tasting vitamin” (in my opinion), vitamin C is water-soluble (or dissolved by water) and can only be absorbed through diet and/or supplementation. Simply put, if you don’t get your vitamin C from food or those chewable tablets we all love, you won’t get it at all. Just like many of us, I was introduced to vitamin C as a child. Out of all the vitamins I was given, it was by far the easiest to consume. As a result, a positive […]

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Eye Healthy Foods – Not Getting Enough Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is essential to supporting your immune system and living a healthy life

My first post about eye healthy foods starts with vitamin D, a fat soluble vitamin, or more specifically, a hormone building block. Also known as the “sunshine vitamin,” vitamin D is necessary for the body’s ability to absorb calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphate, and zinc. As a health care provider, I’m exposed to viruses and bacteria on a daily basis. When I first started seeing patients, I found myself getting sick quite often. Then I decided to get my blood work done. As a result, I learned I was extremely deficient in vitamin D. This was the reason I was getting […]

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Sugar Consumption is “the New Smoking”

The cost of obesity/diabetes related complications is set to overwhelm the healthcare industry in the near future

In my last post, I made a case against the phrase “Sitting is the New Smoking.” Personally, I don’t think it’s a reasonable conclusion. However, I do see several similarities between sugar consumption and smoking. In my opinion, if anything’s the new smoking, it’s sugar consumption. Let me explain: Just like the tobacco industry did in the 60’s & 70’s, the sugar industry used deceptive marketing in the 80’s to push their products (think kid’s cereal commercials). When folks started to catch on, the sugar industry got called out. But to cover up, big sugar relied on it’s wealth & […]

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Eye Healthy Foods – Curbing Your Sugar Cravings

The body processes ALL forms of sugar in the same way, and ANY large amount can contribute to unwanted weight gain

In my last post, I briefly touched on the concept of fatty liver. It’s quite interesting and rather simple to explain. A person’s liver gets “fatty” when it becomes overloaded with sugar (specifically fructose). It can also be the result of too much drinking since the liver breaks down fructose & alcohol in the same way. It’s reasonable to assume that fatty liver precedes metabolic disorders (such as diabetes). It’s also an early sign of sugar toxicity. Some signs & symptoms of fatty liver include: Fatigue Abdominal Pain Jaundice (yellowing of the skin & eyes) Weight Gain But here’s the […]

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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, […]

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Recipes – (End Of Summer) Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta carotene, which helps to slow the progress of macular degeneration

When it comes to overall health, the benefits of sweet potatoes are numerous. These bright orange bundles of goodness promote everything from heart, skin, and bone health – to minimizing the effects of stress, slowing down the aging process, and decreasing our risk of cancer. They’re also great for the eyes too. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta carotene, which helps to slow the progress of macular degeneration. Need more reasons to put sweet potatoes on your plate? I’ll keep going… Our bodies convert beta carotene to vitamin A, a very important nutrient that helps prevent dry eye […]