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Basil, Chicken and Tomato Salad

Looking for a fast and whole-food friendly meal? Whip up this bright and flavorful salad. INGREDIENTS: 3 large ripe tomatoes, cut into wedges Organic chicken breast from 1 rotisserie chicken (12 ounces) 5 ounces avocado, sliced 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 lemon 1/2 cup small [...]

Four easy steps to detox after the holidays

First there was the turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and pumpkin pie. Then there were endless hors d’oeuvres at the office holiday party – crab cakes, cheese squares, sliders and mini-cheesecakes. Then came the ham, green bean casserole, eggnog and pecan pie. At any gathering of family, friends and co-workers, [...]

Butternut Squash Hummus

Ingredients HUMMUS 1 cup cubed organic butternut squash 4 cloves garlic (skin on) 4 cloves garlic (peeled + minced) 2 Tbsp lemon juice 1 15-ounce container (look for a BPA-free can or paper container) can chickpeas (lightly rinsed + drained) 1/3 cup tahini 3-4 Tbsp olive oil (plus [...]

Plastic straws are banned from many beaches; now ban plastic from your home

Within the past year, Marco Island, Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel have joined a growing list of coastal communities that have banned plastic straws from beaches for environmental reasons. They’re harmful to wildlife and pollute the ocean, not to mention they’re an eyesore for beachgoers. Our local communities join SeaWorld, [...]

Ketogenic-Friendly Cauliflower Stuffing

Don't miss out on Thanksgiving festivities because of your commitment to a ketogenic nutrition plan. Especially, don't pass on the stuffing because of the carbs! Cook up this recipe from Delish for Cauliflower Stuffing and you won't be missing out. INGREDIENTS 4 tbsp. butter 1 onion, chopped 2 [...]

Stop drinking soda to start getting smarter

Medical research links soda to liver disease, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pancreatitis and osteoporosis, and its high sugar levels can lead to weight gain and obesity. Yet so many of us still drink it. Diet soda is no better. Artificial sweeteners like aspartame, which are 200 times sweeter than sugar, [...]

3 Reasons to Avoid Processed Sugar and What to Eat Instead

1. Reward Response: Sugar is addictive. Eating foods on the high-glycemic index scale or consuming more sugar than you should in one sitting, produces a reward response within your body, leaving you not only to develop hunger faster, but making you addicted to this response within your brain. 2. [...]

4 Quick Tips to Reset Your Stomach and Recharge Your Brain

1. Prebiotics and Probiotics Prebiotics are a type of fiber that are found in foods like artichokes, onions and garlic and help to breed good bacteria in your gut. Make sure to eat a diet rich in these foods, or take a fiber supplement like True Balance Lean [...]

Sleep: 12 tips to get a better night’s rest

One of the most important parts of wellness can be accomplished by doing nothing. That’s right – nothing. Sleep often is overlooked as an essential ingredient in your overall health. Research studies connect a good night’s sleep to improved productivity, memory, concentration, immune system function and creativity, and it helps [...]

9 Frightening Health Facts

Like most health care providers around this time of year, you won’t find sugary Halloween treats at the Naples Center for Functional Medicine. Instead, we’re dishing out nine frightening health facts! These small tips require little action but can result in changes so shocking, it’s scary! Endless studies show that [...]