Podcast Alert!

Hey guys! A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to sit down with Sean Tierney, founder of Nomad Prep, and answer his questions about how to stay healthy on the road and the importance of choosing nourishing, whole, plant-based foods in general. Scroll down for show notes. You can listen to my video podcast interview here: https://nomadpodcast.com/kara-mosseso-nomaidc-nourishment/

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Cognitive Conditioning

There are two types of brain connectivity.  The first is brain reserve, which is generated starting around 42 days of age. The second is cognitive reserve, which is a measure of the connectivity we develop throughout life or in other words, the integrity of our brain. We have no influence over the former at this point, but we do have control over the latter and can do things to expand it, even later in life.  It's never too late to teach an old dog new tricks!

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Cerebral Cardio (Exercise and Brain Health)

One of the most pertinent relationships between exercise and brain health has to do with blood flow.  Anything that reduces blood flow throughout the body (such as reduced pliability of arteries, arterial plaques, high cholesterol, and long periods of inactivity) also reduces cognitive function because, well, less blood flow to your brain.  Reduced blood flow especially impacts the medial temporal lobe of the brain, which governs short-term memory.  It’s no coincidence then that this is often the first noticeable symptom of cognitive decline.

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Superfood Spotlight: Amla Powder

Recently though, I've made an exception to my own rule and started enthusiastically recommending Amla Powder.  Never heard of it? Neither had I until about a year ago. Amla is powdered dried Indian Gooseberry fruit which has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine and now there are lots of evidence-based Western medical studies supporting its use. 

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You've Got the (Healing) Power

Just like healthy eating, meditating, shifting mindsets, journaling and retraining stress responses are also preventative practices.  Someone could easily be in tip-top marathon shape and eat all the broccoli in the world, but still succumb to illness if plagued by chronic, poorly managed stress. 

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Guarding Your Gallbladder

I'm super excited for this post because it was written by my first ever guest blogger Amanda Maclean!  Amanda is a recent college graduate and avid writer. While her primary concentration in college was Psychology, she also focused on English Lit. and Public Health. She draws on her knowledge of these subjects to create online content that addresses human needs in a simple way. In her down time, she enjoys traveling, rock climbing, poetry and hanging out with her puppy.  Read on to learn for some evidence-based advice about preventing pesky gallstones.  Thanks for your contribution, Amanda!

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Eat For Your Health: Black Lentil, Roasted Carrots and Green Harissa

This year, inspired by my international travels, I decided to make a somewhat traditional dish with a global twist.  While the black lentils and roasted carrots are absolutely delicious, for me the rising star is the Harissa sauce!  

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Eat For Your Health: Jam Filled Breakfast Cookies

These breakfast cookies are hearty AND healthy, doughy AND dense.  There is no added sugar or flour and they are gluten-free, oil-free and cholesterol-free (#hearthealthy). The ripe mashed bananas add the perfect dose of sweetness, rounded out with the creaminess of the peanut butter.

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