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As a dietitian, I have seen many concepts about food and nutrition come and go. Above all, fats have been the most misunderstood, criticized, and challenged. When I was studying nutrition in the mid-1990s, fat was evil: saturated fat caused heart disease, coconut oil would increase your cholesterol, and butter would clog your arteries. As a young, and inexperienced student of nutrition, I followed this diet trend quite seriously, eating low-fat or fat-free everything, but instead a plethora of carbohydrates; I can honestly say I was never more unhealthy than I was at that time in my life.

In my early twenties I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called mixed connective tissue disease that presents as a combination of lupus-like and rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, which left me fatigued and feeling pretty awful. The rheumatologist’s prescription was a drug called Plaquenil, and I spent more time visiting specialists in an effort to be proactive and avoid all the negative side-effects from the drug, such as lung, kidney, and vision problems.I was also an avid Advil user, but the side effects are varied and can be quite serious.

The gift from the pain was that my autoimmune disease led me down a phenomenal path of healing with nature and food. I started to research natural anti-inflammatory ingredients and came across some amazing research on borage oil, which is rich in GLA, an anti-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acid.

This was the first dietary supplement I ever used, and almost fifteen years later, I am still using it daily. I also include 3,000 mg of omega-3 from Sea-licious fish oil, probiotics, vitamin D, B vitamins, curcumin, and greens. All of these nutrients, along with regular physical activity, have greatly helped manage the pain and inflammation that comes with an autoimmune disease, not to mention numerous other benefits for my skin, hair, nails, and hormones.

My journey has also been one of many food and lifestyle changes over the years, from decreasing sugar in my diet and focusing on more fiber and whole foods to increasing protein and omega-3s from fish. I believe all of these changes together allow me to be the person of health that I am today.

I have experience firsthand, what an incredible turn around in healing, my body experienced as a result of incorporating healthy fats from fish and plant oils. My love for healthy omega oils has continued to grow and lead me to researching, studying, writing, formulating and developing Sea-licious and other omega oils.

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October 11, 2016

You Put What in There?! by Miranda Malisani, RNCP

Fish oil. Yup, I did. I put it in my frozen treats for the boys and they loved it. Sea-licious Natural Maple Fish oil is so tasty that they’ll pull the bottle out of the fridge themselves and remind me to give it to them. Let’s be clear, I don’t get into great detail of the specific ingredients inside. …

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August 3, 2016

Eat Fat, Get Thin!

The low-fat diet craze of the 1990’s had many of us, women in particular, absolutely fearful of fat. The theory that fat was the nutrition evil (and carbs were king) linked to obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer, and if we removed all fat from the diet, not only would we lose weight, but we…

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July 25, 2016

Feeling Good about Yourself is the Best Gift for your Kids

When my 3rd baby was just over 1 month old, I hit rock bottom and was desperate for change. I had had 3 babies in 4 years, and the 5 years of pregnancies, nursing, and juggling everything that comes with being a working mom had began to catch up to me. I felt weak, fat, overwhelmed and tired (oh so tired!) We…

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July 13, 2016

How Being Right Where You are is the Most Potent Antidote to lost Sexual Desire in Women

by Lori A. Brotto, PhD, R. Psych             Sex is ubiquitous. It used to be delegated to late night television on the upper channels. Now innuendos and references to sex are common, perhaps even inescapable, on most of prime time television. Bus-stop billboards display larger than life posters of nearly…

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July 7, 2016

Surround Yourself with Like-minded People

Was there ever a person in your life that had inspired you to do something or just astonishes you with their achievements? For me that’s my boss and beloved friend Karlene Karst. Exactly 3 year ago, after graduating from Business School I was blessed to get a job as an Inside Sales Representative with Karlene at…

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