How To Stretch Your Food Budget And Buy The Best Produce For Your Health

How To Stretch Your Food Budget And Buy The Best Produce For Your Health

Let’s face it, most of us only have so much money we can spend on groceries. so it makes sense to spend your money where you get the most value for your dollars. Now some of you may think that value translates to buying in bulk or on sale to stretch the food budget. True. But there is another way to think about value for your food dollars which translates to getting the best return on your ingestion (R.O.I.). This approach is less about dollars and cents, and more about how much health value you get from the food you buy. And bar far, the biggest return on your food dollar investment is found in the produce department. So let’s head over there so I can show you which fruit and veggies to spend your money on, and more importantly, why.

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Herbs and Spices That Help Your Genes Dance To The Body’s Music

Herbs and Spices That Help Your Genes Dance To The Body’s Music

Most of us do not have unlimited amounts of money to spend on food. We like to stretch our food dollar, spotting good deals when we can and saving money at the checkout. Another way to look at food budgeting is to ask yourself this question:  how can I get the best return on my food dollar investment? In other words, rather than looking at total food dollars spent, change the value question. Ask yourself, which ingredients can I buy that deliver the most amount of nourishment and value to my body per penny spent? This indeed may reshape your food purchasing ideas and make your genes dance at the same time.

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The best cooking methods to power a food-gene connection

The best cooking methods to power a food-gene connection

I’ve been asked many times if it better to eat vegetables raw or cooked? The answer to that question is a combination of both. Although some raw advocates may swear to eat only raw food to retain the most nutrient value, certain food’s bioactive availability is enhanced when cooked.

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Does the food you eat create a traffic jam in your body?

Does the food you eat create a traffic jam in your body?

About ten years ago, one of my colleagues made a joke about the left-hand index finger being the most frequently used implement for eating food. He was referring to pulling up to a drive through, lowering the car window, placing an order and then consuming that food while driving. Mindless eating. Then there’s the competitive eating “industry.” Indeed, there is Major League Eating organization that promotes competitive eating.

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Fermented Foods: yes they talk to your genes!

Fermented Foods: yes they talk to your genes!

Nothing makes me happier than to see a resurgence of fermented foods take their rightful place on our plates. Fermented foods have been part of the human plate around the world for centuries. Not only are fermented foods a traditional and sustainable way of preserving food and extending the harvest, it turns out they are some of the best foods for our health. More importantly, they are a source of nutritional compounds that also communicate with our genes. Let’s find out how. 

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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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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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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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