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’m so excited about our July issue, “Food Watch”! I am a foodie all the way. I think about lunch at breakfast, dinner at lunch and breakfast at dinner. I have loved food, flavors, tastes and textures since I was a little girl. My beloved Aunt Myra, after a day of shopping, would take my sister and me to our local Friendly’s restaurant. My sister would order the grilled cheese platter with French fries and soda, but I would request the clam boat platter with baked potato topped with sour cream and chives, house salad and hot tea with honey and lemon. My taste palette has since expanded, but only because I was always curious about new foods. What does that taste like? Where does that come from? I would try anything and most often really enjoyed it.

Debra Tucker

In 2008, I graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN), where I studied dietary theories, food allergens and intolerances, government policy, how food can help heal the body and ward off disease, and much more. It put me on a path to finding my own wellness. IIN was a wonderful experience and I have had the pleasure of meeting many other graduates and current students living in Hudson County, helping to make a difference for those searching for direction on their own wellness journeys.

I came to own this amazing publication through my love of food, IIN and healthy living. I love to eat, IIN opened my eyes to the healing power of food, and I truly believe that if you treat your body right and nourish it with the right foods, you will reduce your risk of disease and feel healthier and more alive every day.

This issue includes such food-related articles as “Good and Raw,” an interview with supermodel Carolt Alt; “Banishing Wheat Belly,” with Dr. William Davis, on the benefits of a gluten-free lifestyle; and “Health Rules,” with wellness activist, author and documentary filmmaker Kris Carr, on a plant-powered diet. Finding a healthy lifestyle that addresses busy schedules, food allergies and intolerances, picky eaters and satisfying tastes can be a challenge that requires homework and experimentation. I must have tried every eating style there is and discovered new foods that I loved and some that just didn’t work well for my sensitive stomach.

I have learned that a dairy-free, gluten-free lifestyle is best for me to reduce my headaches, joint pain and edema. The book Wheat Belly, by Dr. Davis, is a great resource for those suspecting a gluten intolerance or allergy. I have found great healthy substitutes for my favorite foods, including my favorite brunch dish, Eggs Benedict. When I go to the local diner, I splurge and have it served over sweet potato fries! It’s crazy delicious. We should all feel great every day. I encourage you to look closely at your lifestyle, food choices and stress management. Make a plan, set small goals and go get your healthy!

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