Tag Archives: real food

What is Real Food?

Let’s be honest. Transitioning to a real food eating style is like trying to spread cold butter on toast. It’s tricky until you warm up to it. But while we inherently know that real food is healthier for us, we’ve become increasingly disconnected from the sources of our food and more reliant on convenience foods. With so many […]

Nutrient Declines in U.S. Produce (and What to Do About It)

Bright green curly lettuce

Over the past 50 to 70 years, the concentration of nutrients in U.S. fruits and vegetables has been declining — by about 5% to 40%, according to researchers at the University of Texas. But the reason for those nutrient declines is where things get sketchy. What is the primary cause of the decline? Is our soil depleted? […]

Mushrooms, Health and Self-Care

paul stamets with a giant mushroom

Before I dive too far into this post, I want to point out that plucking up random mushrooms from your backyard and eating them is a really dumb idea. There are a growing number of known health benefits associated with our fungal friends, but there are plenty of reasons to exercise caution, the most obvious of which […]

Stop Using Your Body As a Trash Can with Cynthia Lair

In this episode of Living Upp’s Conversations with Smart People, Cynthia Lair, a Nutrition and Culinary Arts professor at Bastyr University and author of Feeding the Whole Family, reminds us of the importance of mindful eating. (After all, we’re not goats, people!) Listen to the podcast here: Cynthia’s lighthearted thoughts on the benefits of developing […]

Keeping Safe Food with Mary Angela Miller

When it comes to protecting your plate from food-borne illnesses, Mary Angela Miller of Keep Safe Food is an authority. I first met her back in the early 2000’s, when I was just beginning my career as a dietitian. Since 1990, she has been ensuring the safety of patients and their loved ones at The Ohio State […]