Tag: chocolate

Yummy Chocolate Holiday Splurge!

Yummy Chocolate Holiday Splurge!

Every year the month of December stimulates my “splurge” button – regarding different foods that is. I know I’m not alone. So I’d really like to share with you a chocolate treat I found that manages to be vegan, gluten-free and grain free. It’s even reasonable with regards to sugar content, especially depending on your ingredient choices. I’m going to…

Gut Microbes Responsible for Chocolate’s Healthy Effects

One of the best things about chocolate—dark chocolate, at least—is that it’s good for you. Chocolate is known to have a number of health-promoting qualities, including heart and brain health benefits. In a recent study presented at the National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society, researchers discussed their findings that certain gut microbes are responsible for some of…

Dark Chocolate for Your Brain and Heart

Do you ever reach for a chocolate bar when you’re down? Well, you’re not alone and there is good reason for it—chocolate has positive effects on mood. But that’s not all. Chocolate also has beneficial effects on brain performance and the heart. Chocolate contains a high level of antioxidants thought to give chocolate its health benefits. A recent scientific review…

Hey, Sugar!

“Renew You” Challenge – If you know anything about me, you know that I like to challenge you to look at your diet—and pretty often. Why? Because being mindful of what you’re putting in your body is a powerful tool for change.  So…what am I getting at today? Well, I’ve talked about cutting out sugar before, but this week let’s…

Curb those Cravings

“Renew You” Challenge – Ever have one of those “I have to have a chocolate bar NOW!” cravings that sneaks up on you when you least expect it? It’s usually when you should be doing something productive, but all you can think about is that darn chocolate bar. And pretty soon the craving gets so bad that you feel like…

New Studies Warn Against Acid Reflux Drugs, Promote Natural Alternatives

It’s a subject you’ve heard me talk about before, but considering new research it’s definitely worth repeating. A recent CBS news segment revealed that not one but five new studies showed that using acid-blocking drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) can be potentially dangerous to your health, and that “more than half of prescriptions for these drugs are unnecessary”. Folks,…