Inflammation 101

By Lila Volkas, Nutrition Consultant Alumna The internet is chock full of “anti-inflammatory” foods, beverages, herbs, and supplements. But what is inflammation and why do we want to reduce it? The word “inflame” means to “light on fire.” When our bodies encounter something harmful, like injury, infection, or stress, they react with the “heat” of inflammation. Inflammation

4 Simple Ways to Support Digestion

By Lila Volkas, Nutrition Consultant Alumna You know the saying you are what you eat? Well it’s true! And more accurately, you are what you assimilate and don’t eliminate. In order to break our food into the essential nutrients that feed our cells and make up who we are, we need our digestive systems to

Finding Your Blood Sugar Sweet Spot

By Lila Volkas, N.C. We have entered the season of pumpkin-spiced treats, when these drinks, cookies, pies, and breads take over our kitchens and fill the counters of every cafe on every corner. We know that they are hard to resist, but they can wreak havoc on your blood glucose levels, making you feel moody,

Ketosis: Can We Eat Fat to Lose Fat or Is It Just Another Fad?

Written by Lia Rubinoff, Nutrition Consultant graduate Fad diets are everywhere. From Paleo to the South Beach diet, through the Zone diet and back to Atkins, countless weight-loss plans have cropped up over the years, each offering varying degrees of efficacy and theoretical support. Part of the allure is how wildly successful (at least at the outset) these diets can

Spring Out on These Vegetables

Written by Lyssandra Guerra, Nutrition Consultant graduate This article was originally featured on Lyssandra’s Native Palms Nutrition blog. It has been re-posted with permission from the author. If you haven’t noticed, it’s spring! Spring in the Bay Area is so predictably unpredictable. One day it’s hot and sunny and the next it’s drab and windy.

What Are Macronutrients?

Macronutrients are nutritional components that are required by the body in large amounts and also provide calories (or energy) [1]. Every food we eat contains a combination of 3 macronutrients: carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Each macronutrient is important and has a specific job to perform in the body. Carbohydrates Carbohydrates are converted into the body’s

Edible Answers to Insomnia?

A Search for Nutritional Solutions for Sleepless Nights Written and illustrated by Lila Volkas, Nutrition Consultant student This article was originally featured on KQED’s Bay Area Bites blog. It has been re-posted with permission from the editor. Darn. It’s the third night in a row that I’ve woken up at 3am feeling wide-awake. And I’ve done

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