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It's a great time of year to "develop a better relationship with Food".  To seek fresh, local and sustainable foods such as produce and meats at the farmers markets, your local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farm or local natural foods store.  If you have not made the change to local or regional foods, make a goal to shop at one of these venues in the next 7 days and change your life forever.  You will feel better, have more energy and start to create the foundation to vital health.

This article provides some wonderful information and great recommendations from the Tai Sophia Institute.

Late Spring and early summer are great times to plant herbs outdoors. These 10 herbs are easy to grow in pots or kitchen gardens. They have a long history of use as both culinary and medicinal.


Indian diets are high in vegetables, low in animal proteins and have very little to no additives, and/or processed foods. Indian spices add a variety of exotic tastes and experiences in each dish. The spice mixes included the 5 main tastes of sweet, sour, hot, salty, and bitter. The best places to purchase spices are in special Indian or Asian grocery stores.

Certified_Naturally_Grown_logo.jpgFood is THE most important element to health, and therefore to virtually every aspect of our lives. Eating REAL WHOLE FOODS in it's original form, eating CLEAN FOODS without added chemicals, pesticides, etc, and eating foods from SUSTAINABLE AND NUTRITIOUS SOIL is becoming more and more known has the standard components for building the foundation of any persons diet - despite the state if their health and health goals. Without these elements, other forms of therapy, such as supplementation, will be compromised and positive impact on health will be limited.

Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) The Grassroots Alternative to Certified Organics, is A NEW MOVEMENT we all need to learn about . See website www.naturallygrown.org

So often I've heard people say "eating healthy is too expensive".  With our current economy, many people are buying more into this claim.  I think #1:  The method of marketing foods in our culture, #2:  The American "food service culture", and #3:  The family norms around food are important components of our lives that have become so steered away from whole, more sustainable foods, that sustainable whole foods eating has become a thing of the past for many people.   Organic "clean" eating has become more of an art form and a challenge than it needs or should be.   And therefore, economics is tied all around these challenges.

Four areas 98% of my "weight-challenged" clients have never had a proper assessment of are:   1, 2) the gastrointestinal tract and immune system, 3) the endocrine system - where important metabolic systems like the adrenals and thyroid are located and 4) the detoxification system.  All 4 of these are connected and affect each other, and are VERY related to metabolism and thus healthy body composition and weight.

When I address even one of these areas - the individual starts to feel better and lose weight with success that they have never experienced.

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Mary Beth McCue Saratoga Nutrition ConsultantMary Beth McCue RD, LDN, CDN - Integrative Nutrition Consultant

Rebalance your mind, body and soul with tools and advice from nutritionist Mary Beth McCue. For more than 20 years, Mary Beth has helped many optimize their health and resolve unique chronic health conditions relating to weight, digestion, food intolerances, energy & metabolism, depression, inflammation, aging and more. She has initiated a variety of first time programming in corporate, community, collegiate, National Spa & Retreat Centers, Rehabilitation Farms and Organic Farms, and more. Mary Beth was appointed by the CEO of a large Health Care Organization to initiate an Integrative Health Model. This programming successfully continues today.

Nominated as "Dietitian of the Year" while working for the largest employer of Dietitians in the world, Mary Beth McCue is a Licensed and Certified Nutritionist who specializes in Integrative and Functional Medicine Concepts. She is amongst a very small percentage of nutritionists in this field whom have dedicated their professional education and training with organizations such as Harvard Medical School, The Duke Center for Integrative Medicine, The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) and the American College of Sports Medicine. Mary Beth is an avid hiker, biker, and skier. Strength training, yoga and her black lab help keep a check on the daily balances. Learn more at www.SaratogaNutrition.com.