STRIKE UP A CONVO WITH YOUR GENES, THE MEDITERRANEAN WAY

STRIKE UP A CONVO WITH YOUR GENES,  THE MEDITERRANEAN WAY

In my last blog post, I talked about the significance of the wild herbs and plants that frequently adorn the plates of people across the Mediterranean Region. Growing food in the backyard and scouring the mountainsides and fields for fauna and flora has always been part of the Mediterranean plate, regardless of the country or region. Added raw to salads,  simply sautéed with a finishing sprinkle of fresh herbs or steeped in teas, often referred to as “mountain teas,” these freebies of nature are a staple to daily plates

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THE MEDITERRANEAN. OLD DIET. NEW THOUGHTS

THE MEDITERRANEAN. OLD DIET. NEW THOUGHTS

The Mediterranean Diet is often referred to as the “gold standard” of diets, touted by experts around the world as “the diet” to follow. Rich in vegetables and fruit, legumes and sometimes seafood, this eating style appears to hit all the nutrition targets anyone could need. Interestingly, the Mediterranean region spans three continents and 23 countries, where each country has its unique culture and culinary style. The foods of Southern Italy are not the same as Tunisia or Turkey, but the people are still eating the “Mediterranean Diet.” So how can the diet of a  region with such food diversity be labeled the “healthiest?” 

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SAY HELLO TO BIOACTIVES

SAY HELLO TO BIOACTIVES

As a health enthusiast, selecting and preparing foods that nourish you is part of your daily routine. No doubt those foods include a bountiful collection of fruit and vegetables claiming their rightful space in your kitchen. Plentiful research shows that produce is both healthy and “good for you,” but now we know even more about how they shape our health

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BRAISED FENNEL AND TOMATOES WITH OLIVES

BRAISED FENNEL AND TOMATOES WITH OLIVES

This is a recipe I adapted from an original recipe developed by Chef Deborah Madison. The fennel and tomato meld beautifully to create a luxurious taste in your mouth. The addition of olives adds a nice salty contrast to the unique combination of flavor offered by the fennel and tomato. An unforgettable dish you will make often, I promise. 

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GENETICS AND GENOMICS: WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

Hardly a day seems to go by without some kind of mention of DNA testing, along with the words genetics and genomics. The question then becomes. Is there a difference between them, and more importantly from where I sit, what is their relevance to you and your health?

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PUTTING MASTER INGREDIENTS ON YOUR PLATE

PUTTING MASTER INGREDIENTS ON YOUR PLATE

In The Genomic Kitchen, all of today’s understanding of nutritional genomics is channeled into the delicious food we put together using our M.I.S.E. approach to ingredients. These are foods to taste, experience, savor, love and make a part of your everyday.

 

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13 WAYS TO WORK RAW CRUCIFERS INTO YOUR FOOD WORLD

13 WAYS TO WORK RAW CRUCIFERS INTO YOUR FOOD WORLD

I love the sweetness that emerges when you roast fresh vegetables. But there's an unbeatable vitality to contrasting that flavor with the pop of raw crunch and the taste of the earth that comes with it. Raw crucifers, a family of vegetables that includes broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy and 

 

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UNLOCKING THE POWER OF MASTER INGREDIENTS

UNLOCKING THE POWER OF MASTER INGREDIENTS

The key to making culinary genomics come alive is learning how to prepare these powerful  Master Ingredients to unlock their greatest food-gene potential. Bioactives in some of these flavorful tools are dormant and need to be awakened through chopping, tossing, and mixing.

 

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HOW FOOD RELATES TO YOUR GENES - AND HEALTH

HOW FOOD RELATES TO YOUR GENES - AND HEALTH

Optimizing the relationship between your DNA and longterm health has a powerful new tool - the food you eat. 

With all of the buzz around DNA testing, the role of our genes in defining health outcomes is often viewed as a fait accompli - a predetermined reality. While we do inherit the DNA housed in our genes from our parents , it does not exclusively determine our present and future health. 

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WELCOME TO THE GENOMIC KITCHEN

WELCOME TO THE GENOMIC KITCHEN

The Genomic Kitchen is your guide to a new way of thinking about your body and your health.

In its unique convergence of genomic science, nutrition and the culinary arts, our science-based system of aligning ingredients and their preparation with healthy gene behaviors is designed to help you make clear and deep connections between the food that you eat and its influence on the root cause of disease.

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THE GENOMIC KITCHEN TOOLBOX — M.I.S.E.

THE GENOMIC KITCHEN TOOLBOX — M.I.S.E.

Nutrigenomicsthe study of which foods best relate to our genes and how to prepare them to support our healthcould forever change the way we eat. 

How genes interact with certain foods to produce various types of proteins that help our body function properly is the heart of our kitchen. To help categorize these key ingredients, M.I.S.E. is the acronym we use to guide you through essential food groups and the function each serves in your body. 

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WHAT IS NUTRIGENOMICS?

WHAT IS NUTRIGENOMICS?

Simply put, nutrigenomics informs us which foods best relate to our genes and how to prepare them to influence health. It’s a field of science that has grown exponentially since the Human Genome Project was completed in 2003, providing us with a map of the approximately 20,500 genes that make up human beings—including where they're located and how they function. 

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