You may have heard people in your life say that they are “gluten intolerant” or dairy or soy intolerant. Many people avoid these foods due to inflammation or the health problems they cause, while others feel fine eating them. There is one food however, that is universally inflammatory, sugar. Dr. Heidi Tumer, a medical nutrition therapist who specializes in anti-inflammatory diets to reduce pain and symptoms related to autoimmune conditions and inflammatory arthritis, says that “everyone is sugar intolerant.”
There are some stipulations to that though. For example, if you eat an apple with naturally occurring sugar, you’re not only consuming sugar, but also vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients—all things that feed our healthy gut bacteria to help our bodies metabolize the sugar that is found in the apple. The problem with processed foods with added sugar is that we don’t typically get the added nutrients in those foods and we’re typically eating sugar in its pure form—something that we’re not evolved to do.
Do you have a cherished recipe that has been passed down for generations? You know the one, every time you make it your kids all swear it’s their favorite meal, your spouse complements you, your friends and family fight over the leftovers. You may have spent time with your grandma in the kitchen learning how to master her recipe and the magic of how she made it. The phrase “grandma cooking” has been coined as the thrifty, delicious, seasonal, and intuitive cooking that nourishes our bodies, and hits the spot without being overly indulgent.
Today’s generation of children, on average, spend more than 44.5 hours per week in front of a computer, television and/or game screen, often simultaneously. Not only is that time no longer used playing outside and being active (as per past generations) but research has also found a strong association with “junk food” ads and the growing rate of childhood obesity.
Although so many of us opt for “healthy fats” like olive oil, avocados, chia seeds, coconut oil and nuts, most of us still steer away from any full fat dairy. Without doubt you've heard, or even have said that “drinking whole milk will make you gain weight” “only the non-fat yogurt is good” “butter and cheese are bad for your heart.” According to research, these statements are actually false and could be the cause for declining health! Here are five benefits for choosing FULL FAT dairy: