In my previous article, I talked about some small changes you can make in your daily life if you are on the path to wellness. Many people like to think big and set big goals when it comes to making life changes and New Year’s resolutions, so if you are someone that fits into that category, I’m here to share with you the benefits of living a natural and organic lifestyle for better health and a better world.Read more
I am concerned about developing diabetes and heart disease. Everything I read recommends eating a whole-foods plant based diet, but what exactly is that? What foods should I avoid?
Diabetes, heart disease, elevated cholesterol, obesity, and cancer are some of today’s most common health problems. What do these conditions have in common? They share a similar cause – mainly poor diet and lifestyle. Yes there are factors that contribute to these diseases that go beyond what you eat and how much you exercise, but these other factors can be difficult or impossible to address in our modern world. So if you want to prevent the development of these chronic diseases, make changes where you can. One very profound and key change you can make is to eat a whoRead more
My cholesterol levels and blood pressure are starting to elevate and my doctor says I have signs of atherosclerosis and am at risk for cardiovascular disease. Are there any natural ways that I can prevent progression of heart disease?
Yes! There are several nutrition and lifestyle practices that can help reduce your risk of developing heart disease. There are also several natural supplements that can help control the risk factors associated with heart attack and other cardiovascular complications. Below are some tips for building a healthy heart and cardiovascular system.Read more
I struggle to get in the recommended 5 servings of vegetables per day. Any suggestions for how I can more easily reach this goal?
Making a daily vegetable smoothie is a great way to get in your greens! Making this a part of your daily routine is a great way to boost your health, increase intake of alkaline forming foods and will likely make your skin feel and look more radiant. And for those of you who don’t like vegetables, you won’t have to eat as many! It’s win-win.Read more
Work on our new space continues in earnest, especially since our concrete floors were poured 2 weeks ago. We still expect to close our present location on Saturday April 25th, and re-open 1/4 mile west, on Silvernail (2205 Silvernail, Pewaukee, WI 53072 to be exact) on Wednesday April 29th.
I'm very confused about which fats are the healthiest to eat. For years my doctor has been telling me to eat low-fat but now I am reading more about the benefits of fats and that butter is not bad. Can you help me understand better?
Yes indeed, the topic of fats has been very controversial. Experts used to say to use margarine. But now we know that margarine is a trans-fat and is bad for health. They used to say to avoid butter, but if you read the recent New York Times article you would learn that "Butter is Back". Below is my summary about fats and oils - which ones are best for your health and which ones are the worst.Read more
Do I need to take supplements if I want to stay healthy?
My answer is, sort of. Many of our diets are deficient in key nutrients and studies have shown fruits and vegetables to be lower in nutrients than in the past due to the mineral depleted soils that they are grown in and longer travel/shelf time. Vitamin D3, for example, is very hard to get from diet alone. Today, supplementing with this vitamin is pretty much standard care even among medical doctors. Another example is iodine, which may need to be supplemented if you do not eat enough seaweed or seafood. So while it’s not necessary to have a cupboard full of vitamins, supplementing to fill in holes in your diet is important.Read more
I am thinking about doing an alkaline diet. Is this a healthy diet to follow? What are the benefits of an alkaline diet?
Many clients ask me about what they can do to alkalinize their bodies and are curious about an alkaline diet. No doubt a more alkaline diet promotes health and I encourage my clients to emphasize alkaline foods in the diet. However, this does not mean that all acidic foods are bad. Many healthy foods needed for a balanced diet are acidic – this includes fish and beans. The idea is to not overdo acidic foods such as meat, sugar and refined grains and include lots of the most alkaline foods such as vegetables and fruits for balance.Read more
I would like to incorporate chia seeds in my diet, but I don't know what to do with them! Any suggestions?
Chia seeds can easily be added to your diet with little prep or culinary expertise. Read this blog for the plentiful benefits and uses for chia seeds!Read more
I have 3 school age children with busy schedules and hungry bellies. I struggle with finding healthy snacks for them to keep them full in between meals and when we are on the go. Any suggestions?
Planning ahead and having go to snack options is a definite must when you have a busy schedule and kids to keep satiated and energized! Here are some tips for choosing healthy snacks for your whole family with ideas for quick, yummy and healthy snacks.
We had the flu and several colds run through our family last season. Are there natural supplements that can protect me from the flu?
Yes! Natural remedies including homeopathic remedies and herbs can help protect you from colds and flu. They can also help reduce your symptoms and help your recover more quickly when you do get sick. There are many wonderful remedies found in nature that support the immune system. Read the whole blog to learn about some of my top recommendations.Read more
I’ve been hearing a lot about Maca. What is it good for and is it something I should take?
If you are fatigued and need some support for your energy or are looking to nurture your endocrine system, Maca may be a really nice addition to your wellness regime when added to your diet as a food.Read more
What's happening this month at Good Harvest? Check in with the managers of each department as they share interesting food news, upcoming specials, and more! This month, learn about National Sustainable Seafood Day, exciting arrivals in the produce department, the best natural products to maximize your outdoor enjoyment this summer, and more!Read more
I've heard some talk recently about the topical use of castor oil. What exactly is it good for and how do I apply it? Dr. Joanne offers information about topical application of castor oil and its several wonderful uses. Castor oil helps decrease inflammation, stimulates the lymphatic channels, breaks up congestion, reduces swelling and breaks up scar tissue.Read more