All posts by Dr. Tara Stoop

What could be causing your fatigue, brain fog, irritability, anxiety and headaches?

Could it be low blood sugar??   There are those lucky people who actually feel hungry when their blood sugar dips but many people experience a host of much more subtle symptoms throughout the day.  The list of common symptoms of low blood sugar (ie, hypoglycemia) includes fatigue, brain fog, irritability, headaches, anxiety, depression, insomnia […]

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Brussels Sprouts

They may look like baby cabbages, however, Brussels sprouts deliver loads of heath benefits. The buds are rich in protein, dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Ingredients: -1 lb Brussels sprouts -2 cloves garlic -Juice from 1/2 lemon -Olive oil to taste -Salt and pepper to taste Directions: Place oven rack at highest level in […]

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My First Gluten-Free Year

It seems that everyone is going gluten-free these days. As more and more products labeled gluten-free appear in grocery stores, many people are buying these “healthier” products without really knowing what gluten means.

Well, in case you don’t know, gluten is a protein found in certain grains such as wheat, barley and rye. In gluten-sensitive people, it can cause inflammation and immune imbalance.

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Eating Breakfast

The benefits of eating a balanced breakfast are many (more on what balanced means in a minute). The biggest impact that I see in the lives of my patients who switch from being breakfast skippers to regular breakfast eaters is that they have balanced energy throughout the day and improved mental clarity.

The afternoon slump (usually between 2-4pm) that once lured them to a cup of coffee, a cookie or a piece of chocolate no longer occurs. Gone is the insidious brain fog that compelled them to leave work early. Now these clients have enough energy and motivation left over to cook themselves a real dinner that nourishes the body and brightens the soul.

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What is an Antioxidant, Anyway?

The word antioxidant is thrown around a lot, but what exactly is an antioxidant? In order to understand antioxidants we must first understand free radicals.

Free radicals are like little explosives that float around the body starting fires and causing damage to cells and DNA. Free radicals are produced in our bodies to fight infection and are designed to kill bacteria, viruses and other foreign materials. When inflammation becomes a persistent state as it is in diabetes, heart disease and most of today’s chronic diseases, it leads to the constant production of free radicals. Without a bacterial cell to destroy, these free radicals turn to our own cells. This is called oxidative damage and is associated with things like cancer, atherosclerosis, autoimmune disease and aging.

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Getting My Butt to the Pool

On an almost daily basis I imagine what my life would be like if I were “That Person.”
The one who maintains all of the good habits, keeps the house organized, goes to the gym every day, goes to bed at a reasonable hour and takes vitamins and supplements on schedule.

I compare myself to That Person and say to myself, “If only I were as organized I would be happy.” At that point I take a deep breath and remind myself that although I may not be a paragon of perfection, I am smart and resourceful and have a passion for a healthy lifestyle.

Following this conversation with myself for the nth time, I committed to working with respected coach Dr. Sydney Metrick, who specializes in personal organization. My hope was that I could learn some strategies for maintaining all of the healthy lifestyle habits that I value so much.

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Walnut Pesto

This antioxidant-rich pesto is also dairy-, soy-, gluten- and egg-free. It tastes delicious and is reminiscent of pesto made with pecorino, despite its being completely dairy-free. Ingredients: -1-3 ounces raw walnuts -2-4 cloves of garlic (depending on desired taste and garlic tolerance) -2-5 bunches of basil (depending on desired taste) -Juice from 1-2 lemons or […]

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