Today I want to talk about some of the effects that an individual may experience due to the lack of nourishment that comes from an eating disorder. Not only does malnutrition cause physical effects and changes, but the brain is also being deprived, causing numerous mental and emotional responses as well.
This list is not all encompassing, but I hope it begins to give you a sense of the severity eating disorders involve.
1. COGNITIVE CAPACITY.
Eating disorders and malnourishment have a profound effect on cognitive function. The ability to concentrate, focus, and process information dramatically declines as health deteriorates. Individuals are often irritable, apathetic, and very disengaged from life. All of their thoughts are focused around food, eating, how not to eat, exercising, and weight,...
You might have been hearing people talking about this new device called the Air Fryer. Here is a quick run-down on how the air fryer works.
The Air Fryer circulates hot air around the food to produce a “crispy” texture. Compared to deep fat frying, Air Frying significant lowers the fat and calories. It also requires less oil than traditional deep fryers. Less oil = less mess! You can still enjoy the crispy texture without having to overindulge in unnecessary fat and calories.
Here are a few easy recipes using the Air Fryer
Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts
1 lb Brussel Sprouts, washed and chopped in half
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp Dijon mustard
Salt/pepper to taste
Mix together olive oil, maple syrup, and Dijon mustard. Drizzle over Brussel Sprouts and salt/pepper to taste....
Have you ever heard about the “microbiome?” It kind of sounds like a creature from another planet. Instead, it is a collection of “creatures” existing within each of us. Although I am no means an expert on this topic, in this short blog I’ll highlight some tidbits on this evolving research.
Within our body, and especially on our skin, in our nose, and in particular within our gut, we have around 100 trillion bacteria, fungi and viruses, collectively called our “microbiome.” We have 10 times more of these microbial cells living in our body than our own cells. And, believe
it or not, without these microbial cells, we wouldn’t survive. Estimates vary, but it is estimated that there are over 1,000 different species of both protective and pathogenic microorganisms within our body.
What is sodium? Should you care about it? Sodium is a part of what we call “salt”. You need sodium if your diet because it is a very important part of many different bodily functions, including fluid balance, and can be found almost everywhere if your body.
However if you have too much sodium, you may hold on to more fluid essentially leaving your organs to work harder to get rid of it and the water it holds onto. Daily requirements for sodium may vary but if you are at risk for hypertension (high blood pressure) or heart disease, it may be helpful to limit the sodium in your food.
Sodium is a preservative, so many processed foods need sodium to prevent them from spoiling. For this reason, it has become a necessity to our food system and hence an essential part of many cuisines and co...