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Nutrition Talk / Re: Cauliflower Greens
« Last post by Lila.Volkas on June 25, 2019, 12:47:49 PM »
Bauman College Welcomes You / Re: Bauman College Welcomes You
« Last post by edwardwilson on June 20, 2019, 03:42:48 AM »
Thank you for the warm welcome, Its nice to be here!
Nutrition Talk / Impossible Foods
« Last post by gigitsakiris on June 11, 2019, 02:35:33 AM »
There are new alternatives popping up following new trends in the food industry, coupled with the alarming effects of climate change on agriculture.

I myself have tried impossible foods multiple times, but have had extremely bad reactions to it - specifically excessive bloating. However, when it comes down to the mission behind Impossible foods, and taking into account the mindset of most meat eaters, I do believe that it is a way to get people to change their mindset about what meat truly is. For instance, when I had met with the representative of Impossible Foods, he had mentioned that when talking to prospective buyers, he asks "do you eat meat because you enjoy the fact that the animal is slaughtered, or do you eat it simply for the taste and nutrients."

At the end of the day impossible foods is a processed food, and I personally prefer eating only wholesome foods. However, do you think that impossible foods is a good thing or bad thing for the food industry? With the way things are going, I can only imagine that more of these companies will come into fruition, and with the lack of resources that we are going to face, unfortunately we will have to find other alternatives to wholesome food items.
Nutrition Talk / Re: How to make school lunches/snacks healthier?
« Last post by Laura Knoff on June 07, 2019, 12:13:06 PM »
Hi Caryn,
One of our former grads has specialized in lunches for her 2 young boys. Check out to see Leah Vachani's suggestions and tell her I sent you. Check out her Lunchbox Gallery. I find the best lunchse and snacks involve input from the kid who is supposed to eat it! Within the healthy foods let them have choices and get them involved in packing them for themselves. Good luck.
Nutrition Talk / Re: food sensitivity tests
« Last post by Laura Knoff on June 07, 2019, 12:03:37 PM »
Hi Trina,
Yes, there are several companies that test for food allergies and also some that test for non antibody reactions to foods also. All the antibody labs use the same technology, but the number of samples they use to eliminate errors and the portions of the foods they test against varies. For IgG and IgA antibody blood tests the most extensive and accurate at this time is by Cyrex but is also the most costly. They also test for reactions to food additives and they have a separate test for 12 components of wheat. Immunolabs is my other recommendation and they let you choose how many and what kinds of foods they test (including Kosher, vegetarian or childrens' panels). Genova does a good job, but are as pricy as the Cyrex test for fewer substances. I would avoid the tests that only use a blood spot for antibody testing as they may not have as much accuracy with so little sample. The Mediator Response tests for non antibody reactions can also help identify what foods to avoid. The most accurate, but difficult way to determine food sensitivities is with the Elimination diet with provocative food testing and can be done at home (with a practitioners support). Good luck.
Nutrition Talk / Re: Knee Inflammation From Grains
« Last post by Laura Knoff on June 07, 2019, 11:49:36 AM »
Hi Jonathan,
Yes, I too have noticed that avoidance of all grains (and beans, nuts and seeds) eliminates my inflammation, including joint pain. We are not the only ones. Grains do not want to be digested. They are seeds and hope to pass through the digestive system and be deposited on the ground with additional "fertilizer". To this end they protect themselves from digestion by having pretease inhibitors, phytates, lignin's primarily on the hard hulls or bran. Any compounds that are undigested become irritants to the intestine and increase inflammation locally and even systemically. The immune system treats undigested or semi digested foods as a foreign substances and tries to protect us from them with inflammation and even antibody formation. Antibodies will attack any protein that looks like the target, even our own joint tissues. For more information on this look up mollecular mimicry and check out for details that can help.
Nutrition Talk / Re: Nutrition Timing
« Last post by Laura Knoff on June 07, 2019, 11:35:46 AM »
Hi Joseph,
Yes, there is considerable controversy in this topic. The one thing we do know is that you should not exercise right after eating a meal. What you eat and how much makes a difference in how quickly the stomach empties. Competitive exercise will likely slow down or even stop digestion due to the stress response. Replacing nutrients after exercise is needed but no one agrees about what is best to eat. You will see our recommendations in the sports nutrition module. Meanwhile experiment with your own reactions to timing and type of foods eaten to see what feels best to you. Keep notes. 
Nutrition Talk / Re: Do you feel this after you eat sugar?
« Last post by Laura Knoff on June 07, 2019, 11:27:36 AM »
Hi Hilary,
Several things may be happening:
1) You are noticing the difference of how you feel from a point of feeling better. Before your reaction to sugar was hidden by an underlying feeling of discomfort.
2) You have lost "tolerance", the ability of the immune system to ignore small amounts of constant challenges.
3) You have gotten older and your previous indiscretions are catching up to you. Your liver is telling you not to damage it with these indulgences. You may also have more stress, increasing difficulty digesting or absorbing these foods, which results in challenges to the liver and possibly intestines. Stick to less sweet fruit for a treat and see if you still have symptoms. If so, seek help from  holistic nutrition practitioner.
Nutrition Talk / OATS - good or bad?
« Last post by bebeding on June 07, 2019, 07:51:25 AM »
I regularly consume Bob's Mills gluten-free oats (like in this smoothie recipe I posted:,16705.0.html)

I've come across a few articles claiming at oats are bad for digestion, etc. However, I genuinely enjoy eating oats as an alternative to eating bread for breakfast.

Is it really bad to be eating 3 tablespoons of raw oats everyday? Is it better if they are cooked? Or should I just avoid them completely...
Recipe Exchange / My Favorite Smoothie Recipe
« Last post by bebeding on June 07, 2019, 07:47:52 AM »
Thought I'd share the smoothie recipe that I use almost every day!

1/4 frozen avocado
1/2 frozen banana
1 cup frozen blueberries
2 frozen spinach cubes
1 cup hemp milk
1 cup cold water
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
3 tablespoons gluten-free oats (raw or cooked)
1 tablespoon almond flour
1 serving collagen protein powder

A mix of good fats, carbs and protein, this smoothie keeps me well satiated for a couple of hours after!
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