From the time we’re young, we’re trained to believe that bacteria are bad. We wash our hands with antibacterial soap, we disinfect surfaces using antibacterial wipes, and we carry antibacterial hand sanitizer with us everywhere we go. Basically, we do everything in our power to
kill destroy the little menaces. But what if I told you that, despite all of your murderous efforts, there are approximately 100 trillion (yes, TRILLION) bacteria comfortably residing inside of you right this very moment? 100 Trillion microorganisms partying it up in your GI tract while you innocently nosh on that bagel. (Still hungry?)
Before you go chasing that bagel with a bottle of disinfectant (which I highly advise against, by the way), I should probably note that these bacteria are meant to be there. Not only that, but they NEED to be there. These living microorganisms make up over 75% of your immune system and are crucial for promoting normal GI function, protecting the body against infection, and regulating metabolism. Bottom line: if you want to stay healthy, you’re going to want to keep these guys happy.
And everyone knows, Party Planning 101: If you want to keep your guests happy, you’ve gotta give them food. (And by “food”, I don’t mean stale tortilla chips and a jar of “cheese” dip…) (more…)
August is National Peach Month! Pay tribute to the summertime staple with this protein-packed Caramelized Peach & Goat Cheese Salad…
Do you have a favorite season? For me, it’s always been summer. There is just something about this season that fills my heart with allllll the warm fuzzies (although it’s possible that the 90+ degree heat may also have something to do with that…) (more…)
Yeah, yeah. Go ahead and make your dietitian jokes – I’ll wait. But I’m serious. I’m one of those people who actually craves a good salad (and ice cream and pizza from time to time, but that’s beside the point…) (more…)
I’m baaaaaack! And still riding that post-vacation high (and that caffeine high… 5:40 AM flights are no joke, people). I’m sad that my time in Montana has come to an end, but I’m happy to be back in my own bed and excited to share all of my amazing experiences with you! So let’s get right down to it…
In all honesty, I should preface this by saying that I was a little skeptical when I learned that my boyfriend’s family was planning a vacation to Montana. I mean, what is there to do in Montana (especially in the summertime)??? Welp, as it turns out, A LOT.
From hiking to sightseeing to exploring national parks, there was certainly no shortage of activities to fill our week-long vacation in Big Sky Country. In fact, I could have easily stayed for several more weeks and never gotten bored. And for someone whose attention span rivals that of a goldfish, that’s saying a lot. (more…)
Just popping in to say hi!
I apologize for going MIA this past week, but I’ve been too busy hiking, sightseeing, and taking in the breathtaking scenery to sit down and blog.
I’ll be back in a few days with your regularly scheduled programming (aka food posts), but until then… (more…)