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  • Explaining Bile Salts

    by Paula Gallagher | March 18, 2019

    What are bile salts? If you are one of millions of Americans who have had their gallbladder removed, you might already know the answer – particularly if you are experiencing some unpleasant side effects when you eat certain foods. Fats in particular become very difficult to digest. In the past, the solution has been to avoid fats altogether. The problem with that is that fats are important and without them, skin issues, vision and eye problems, fatty tumors, bruising, and many other problems occur.

    The gallbladder plays a key role in digestion of fats. Read more

  • Live a Greener Lifestyle: 5 Things You Do Not Need in Your Home

    by Paula Gallagher | March 13, 2019

    In an effort both to live a greener lifestyle and save some money, I began making some small changes at my house. At first it seemed daunting and undoable, especially with a busy schedule and two young children, but after a few weeks and with some thought, we have cut down a lot on paper and plastic and we really don't miss these items like I thought we would. One of the biggest wastes is single-use plastic, such as water bottles, Ziploc bags and plastic wrap. Over half of the plastic we produce is for single use purposes and it is estimated that as much as 91% is not recycled. Much of it ends up in our oceans. So armed with that stat alone, we started our switch. Read more

  • New York Schools Adopt Meatless Mondays

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | March 12, 2019

    Health is officially on the menu every Monday in New York City public schools!

    Yesterday, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams announced that New York City schools are adopting Meatless Mondays – bringing plant-based meals to all 1 million students in the nation’s largest school district. Mayor de Blasio cited the benefits of plant-based meals at a press conference earlier today, mentioning that the city adopted the new policy to promote students’ health and protect the planet. Read more

  • Snack Today: Maple Nut Granola

    by Paula Gallagher | March 11, 2019

    It is maple syrup season and really it is our first spring crop. I am lucky to be surrounded by sugar maple bushes and and maple syrup festivals are kicking into high gear. If you ever have the opportunity to check out a maple syrup farm, you will not regret it. The amount of work and love that goes into producing maple syrup is truly something.

    The time period for sugar water collection is short, usually occurring during two to three weeks in March and April. It is when people who tap wait patiently for the ideal time, when temperatures drop below freezing at night and rise above freezing during the day. Read more

  • Natural Spring Cleaning Tips

    by Paula Gallagher | March 6, 2019

    Even though it still feels very much like winter where I am, the decluttering and prepping for our annual spring cleaning begins. The moment when we can open the windows and let in the fresh air is the day that the rugs go out and the deep scrubbing begins. More and more, I get questions about alternatives to the potentially harmful cleaners on the market.

    Many cleaners that are commonly found in most homes are filled with ingredients that have proven negative long-term effects on our health. Ammonia, sodium hydroxide and triclosan are some of the culprits found in products Read more

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