Articles Posted in the Healthy Eating Category

Spring Strawberries

Enjoy Spring’s Fresh Flavors: 6 Fruits and Vegetables to Eat This Season

The fresh tastes of spring are as bright as the sunshine that is beginning to linger a little longer each day. Nourish your body with these nutritious flavors of the season. Strawberries Strawberries are a sweet highlight of spring’s fruit debut. They are the first fruit to ripen in the warmer states, and thrive in their peak season of April through June. Strawberries are full of fiber and vitamin C, and can be enjoyed on their own or swirled in a dish of mild yogurt or cream. “The brighter, the better…” is usually a good rule to follow when buying strawberries. Look for the baskets that are full of bright […]

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Macro and Micronutrients: What they are and Why we Need them

Everyone knows that it’s vital we get enough nutrients in our diets to survive and be healthy. We also know that different foods contain different nutrients. Some of us may even know that these nutrients are divided into two categories: micro and macronutrients. But what do these titles really mean, and what are the functions for each group? The Nutrients Defined Let’s start at the beginning. Nutrients, at their most basic definition, are chemicals that any living organism needs to continue their survival. They help give us energy to perform daily functions, as well as fuel to build tissues and grow. These nutrients, however, are broken up into two distinct […]

Feeling Bloated

4 Tips to Prevent Feeling Bloated

Feeling bloated? Are you curious about what in your diet is causing you not to fit in your favorite pants? Individuals vary, but there are some things that every person can benefit from (and reduce bloating!).

Healthy Veggies

Becoming a Veg-Head – The Benefits of Veggies

It’s as if every parent knows one cardinal rule: eat your veggies! Spinach, broccoli, carrots – you name it, you should be eating it. But to play the role of the questionable adolescent, I ask why? What’s the point? Can’t we just take supplements, or better yet, just eat the tasty ones? Almost everyone needs to eat more veggies, and there’s no doubt about that. With the spike in obesity rates, exacerbation of poor lifestyle choices, and growing propensity for Americans to have some kind of preventable disease, it’s clear that the quick, easy, and greasy foods are winning a battle they should not – and the prize is the […]

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How to Eat: A Guide for Healthy, Aware Eaters

As an Organic Soul reader recently brought up to me over email, “One thing that I have not seen covered on the internet, or even in books, is this – how to eat food…This is not what to eat or when, but how.” At first, I was taken aback by the seemingly simple notion of how to eat: don’t we all know how to eat? But with further consideration, it struck me that the reader was exactly right. Sure, we all know what eating is; in fact, it seems a straightforward process. Find food, put in mouth, chew, and swallow (oh, and stop when you’re full). While this may be […]

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Brain Power! Five Tips to Help you Stay Focused

Brain food – we’ve all heard the term tossed around. “Eat this to raise IQ.” “Drink that to help mental stability.” “Avoid these to protect brain power.” But how many of these claims are evident in real life? Is the whole notion of brain food just another way of saying eat healthy? Or do some foods actually have specific benefits for the brain? Let’s find out. Tip #1. Know what to Avoid Here’s a no brainer (no pun intended): avoid abusing/using drugs and alcohol. Sure, this won’t increase brain power, but relative to those who do use drugs and alcohol, you’re brain will stand a better chance at development. Both […]

Bowl of organic strawberries

10 Safety Foods for When You Have the Munchies

It happens a few times a day, and you’ll never know when it will strike next: the munchies. Mid-morning, early afternoon, and even late night snacking never seemed to be things I could shake free of, no matter what I tried. What can I say? I’m a foodie. But just because you love to snack, doesn’t mean you have to settle for junk food. Here are 10 foods that will satisfy that craving while keeping you fit in both body and mind. We’ll even make a few comparisons along the way for good measure. Oh – you mine as well get your snack now; you’ll be hungry after reading! Number […]

Healthy Sushi

Boost Your Heath with Fresh Sushi

Steadily growing with popularity, sushi is becoming a staple of many health-foodists’ diets. If you’re able to find a “safe” sushi spot, you’ll be able to get a healthy source of proteins, minerals, complex carbohydrates, and a number of vitamins, all rolled up into a delicious package. While there are some dangers associated with sushi, many benefits outweigh the potential harm. A Quick History While there is some disagreement about the specific time sushi originated, most sources reference its inception around 4th century BC, then an introduction to Japan around the 7th or 8th century. However, the modern form we enjoy today was only reintroduced and popularized in 1820. In […]

Fresh Organic Acai Berries

The Acai Berry – How healthy is that little berry for you?

Steadily, it has been making its way onto grocery store shelves, into specialty stores, and into diet programs. Many health foodists have proclaimed it as the next “superfood” – truly a wonder of nature, capable of battling weight gain, disease, and all around unhealthiness. But what are the true benefits of acai, and what is inside that makes it so powerful? Where do you hail from, Acai? Scattered throughout the North of Brazil, particularly the Amazonia region, Euterpe oleracea palm trees litter the ground with their berries, pronounced phonetically as “ah-sigh-ee” rather than the Americanized “a-kai”. For millennia, these fruits have nourished the Amazonian people, Amazonian animals, and many other […]

Conventional Farming

Is Organic Food Really Healthier for You? Part II

We’ve heard what proponents of organic food have had to say: they hold that organic is tastier, more nutritional, better for the environment, and ethically  a better choice for the future. But what about the other side? Surely, those in the business of growing conventional foods don’t want to be demonized, and because of that, we can expect to hear some serious arguments coming out of that camp. So, now that we are settled in to part II, let’s hear what they have to say. Con – Organic Food is not Healthier for You “Don’t Believe the Pesticide and Fertilizer Argument” While supporters of organic food push hard that pesticides […]