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E is for Eating Disorders

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Monique Nelson

Founder at Choose to Cook
Monique Nelson is the founder, chief organizer and editor at Choose To Cook, and is highly motivated to help people of the world take charge of their health through simple and delicious nutritional changes.
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Eating disorders are a very real, tragically common, and utterly terrifying part of our world. Their presence should be noted and understood as well as possible so that individuals suffering can get the help they need instead of the judgement that will offer no help at all, and possibly make things even worse for them. […]

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D is for Dairy

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Monique Nelson

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Monique Nelson is the founder, chief organizer and editor at Choose To Cook, and is highly motivated to help people of the world take charge of their health through simple and delicious nutritional changes.
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BOOM. This is the post that will shake all other posts. This is the post that will probably get me blacklisted off a bunch of cheese-lovers radars. This is where I will get really real. Dairy. I know you love cheese, right? You can’t live with out it? I hear ya. I thought the same […]

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C is for Calcium

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Monique Nelson

Founder at Choose to Cook
Monique Nelson is the founder, chief organizer and editor at Choose To Cook, and is highly motivated to help people of the world take charge of their health through simple and delicious nutritional changes.
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People, in general, are not overly educated when it comes to nutritional information. Yes, some people are highly educated. And some people are completely and thoroughly ignorant. But the vast majority of people know something about nutrition, but not too much. This is to be expected – we can’t all be experts at everything! The […]

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B is for Blood Pressure

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Monique Nelson

Founder at Choose to Cook
Monique Nelson is the founder, chief organizer and editor at Choose To Cook, and is highly motivated to help people of the world take charge of their health through simple and delicious nutritional changes.
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When was the last time you had your blood pressure checked? It is one of the few things that most doctors will check any time they see a patient, regardless of why that patient might be visiting. This is because blood pressure is so incredibly important to our heart health and, as you can imagine, […]

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A is for Antioxidants

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Monique Nelson

Founder at Choose to Cook
Monique Nelson is the founder, chief organizer and editor at Choose To Cook, and is highly motivated to help people of the world take charge of their health through simple and delicious nutritional changes.
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I’m sure you’ve heard the term “antioxidants” before, and probably recently if you consume any sort of media. It is somewhat of a buzz word right now, along with the term “super foods.” The problem is that many people have heard the word(s), but they don’t really know what they are. You may know that […]

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Mindful Eating Habits and Turning Off / On

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Monique Nelson

Founder at Choose to Cook
Monique Nelson is the founder, chief organizer and editor at Choose To Cook, and is highly motivated to help people of the world take charge of their health through simple and delicious nutritional changes.
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Do you ever have those moments where you hear something and you know, immediately, deep down inside that it’s true, but you don’t necessarily think that it’s a truth that there is any space for in your own life? Like, you don’t have the time for it, or the energy or the will power or […]

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P is for Peanut Butter

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Monique Nelson

Founder at Choose to Cook
Monique Nelson is the founder, chief organizer and editor at Choose To Cook, and is highly motivated to help people of the world take charge of their health through simple and delicious nutritional changes.
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I am addicted to Peanut Butter. I cannot get enough of it. Right now, I honestly don’t want anything to do with any food that doesn’t involve my beloved peanut butter. Being addicted to Peanut Butter is better than being addicted to cigarettes, for example, but it is still kind of a problem. This post […]

My Love Affair with Coconut Oil

My love affair with Coconut Oil Continues

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Monique Nelson

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Monique Nelson is the founder, chief organizer and editor at Choose To Cook, and is highly motivated to help people of the world take charge of their health through simple and delicious nutritional changes.
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Most people who have known me for more than 5 minutes know that I am one of “those people” who think that Coconut Oil is essentially good for everything and can pretty much bring about world peace. I have so many reasons for using it that I will share in another post…probably “C is for […]

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Z is for Zinc

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Monique Nelson

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Monique Nelson is the founder, chief organizer and editor at Choose To Cook, and is highly motivated to help people of the world take charge of their health through simple and delicious nutritional changes.
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I wrote a post about Zinc and the benefits of this mineral, which you can read here, if you haven’t already: Z is for Zinc Adding zinc to your diet may or may not help you ward off colds, but it is certainly classified as an “essential mineral”, which means that your body needs it […]

Z is for Zinc

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Monique Nelson

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Monique Nelson is the founder, chief organizer and editor at Choose To Cook, and is highly motivated to help people of the world take charge of their health through simple and delicious nutritional changes.
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Zinc is an essential mineral that is naturally present in some foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. Zinc is also found in many cold lozenges and some over-the-counter drugs sold as cold remedies.

Zinc is involved in numerous aspects of cellular metabolism. It is required for the catalytic activity of approximately 100 enzymes and it plays a role in immune function, protein synthesis, wound healing, DNA synthesis, and cell division. Zinc also supports normal growth and development during pregnancy, childhood, and adolescenceand is required for proper sense of taste and smell. A daily intake of zinc is required to maintain a steady state because the body has no specialized zinc storage system.

https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Zinc-HealthProfessional/

I recently found a podcast called “Food Heals Nation” which appealed to me greatly. The first episode I listened to was called “Cure the Common Cold Naturally” and I found it fascinating and I immediately subscribed to this podcast and began downloading all previous episodes I highly recommend it if you are at all interested in living a more natural lifestyle and learning more about why that might be a good idea. The hosts are fun and interesting to listen to and – probably the biggest, best feature for me – not preachy! There is a lot of information about being vegan and happy, healthy families but, if you aren’t vegan and/or don’t have a family, you can still listen and learn a lot, without feeling pressured into a whole new lifestyle! I will say, however, that it is certain female-centric. Men can listen and learn, but I think women will probably relate a bit more to the content.

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