Posts Tagged ‘food’

Salvere Blog: What if Scales Didn’t Exist

November 28, 2017

by Salvere Health And Fitness

Way back in history, people used the original scales to weight objects out of a necessity IMG_20171121_110536339for various parts of life such as merchants for accuracy in selling their goods. As the scale developed over the past thousands of years, it certainly advanced in technology and accuracy. Today, the scale is used many places and became part of pretty much every household.

With specific conversation surrounding using the scale to weight yourself, what if the scale did not exist? How would it change your relationship with food and what you eat? Would you pay more attention to how you feel instead of what made the scale move? Or would you be kinder to yourself?

IMG_20171126_134844724What about your exercise? What would you do to move your body if your weight had nothing to do with defining “your success”? Are you someone who goes through phases with exercise? Would it change your consistency? Would you pay more attention to your surroundings? Would you pay more attention to the other benefits of moving?

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email or call 410.707.0055

We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: Kale, Really?

October 28, 2017

by Salvere Health And Fitness

Okay, kale, the super food. Do you really pack that much nutrition into a serving? Or is this another one of those nutrition fads?

First thing, if you feel like the thought of eating kale makes you gag, you can stop reading here – It’s apparently not super for you. But, seriously, kale comes in high on the nutrient content scale. However, if you don’t like it and tried it in several different forms (egg casserole, soup, smoothies, sautéed, salad, etc.), it’s okay.

In case you wondered, this breakdown details Kale’s potential:


The same goes for any other food claiming to be miraculous. Remember Acai berries, Goji berries and chia seeds – we frequently make this statement about certain foods.

If you don’t like them and they completely turn you off, look at what they contain and find other alternatives. Sure they might not contain the same nutrients but can be close. And, if you don’t eat a food at all, it really doesn’t matter the nutritional value – because you get zero nutrients of what you don’t eat!

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email or call 410.707.0055

We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

In health,
Your “Live Healthy” Team
Salvere Health and Fitness

Salvere Blog: What is Healthy?

June 13, 2016
by Salvere Health and Fitness

Walking through the farmers market a few Sundays ago, we passed our favorite hummus stand. The chick pea sellers attempted to lure us over with the promise of the “healthiest hummus around, its low fat.”

This brought on some conversation about what really does that mean? Does low fat make it healthy? What if I wanted to use it as a spread instead of cream cheese and wanted a little fat for some substance? Or even eating it with vegetables as a snack and the fat could help keep me full for a little longer?

Staying true to my never ending curiosity, I decided to google the definition of “healthy”. Well, our friend Merriam-Webster defines healthy as:

— enjoying health and vigor of mind, body and spirit

                — evincing health

                — conducive to health

So, now the definition of health:

                — the condition of being sound in body, mind or spirit
                — the general condition of the body
                — a flourishing condition

                — general condition or state

In reading through all these – why do we even define food as “healthy”? Maybe a reinvestigation on how we label food could be helpful? What about using the term “nutritious” instead of “healthy”? Hmmmmmm – Just some “food” for thought.
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact Lisa, call her at (410) 707-0055 or email her at .
We welcome your thoughts and ideas!  Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

Salvere Blog: Sometimes it’s the Little Things

October 21, 2015

by Salvere Health and Fitness

Ever read the ingredient list on the back of the food label and thought “what the heck is that”? Maybe you recognize the first several ingredients but then comes that list of Thiamine Mononitrate, Trisodium Phosphate, Carrageenan, Titanium Dioxide, Phenylalanine, etc. Forget identifying these things when simply pronouncing these words becomes a challenge. Many of these food additives help to preserve the food or make it look and taste more appealing.

When it comes to food additives, we need to pay a little more attention especially if you consume a diet high in processed or packaged foods. Many of these additives need more research but, regardless, the best research happens when we each pay more attention to how our own bodies respond. While these ingredients could be lengthy discussions by themselves, we wanted to at least define a few of them for you.  This blog is a little longer then our usual so bear with us!

Carrageenan: “a nondigestable polysaccharide extracted from red edible seaweed.” Makes sense now, huh? Okay, so you will see this in many of your non dairy milk alternatives such as almond and coconut milk. It acts as a thickener and stabilizer in foods. Now, carrageenan can be found in a food grade form and non food grade form. Some research shows it can cause inflammation and irritate individuals with GI issues such as IBS and Crohns.

Titanium dioxide: “the naturally occurring oxide of titanium.” Again, this sure clears things up! In food, this additive makes things look more white. Think skim milk and powdered sugar on donuts. You will also see this in cosmetics such as sunscreen and lotions. This too has been show to possibly irritate the GI tract and negatively impact individuals with IBS and  Crohns.

Chicory root: “a woody, perennial plant usually with bright blue flowers.” Pretty easy to understand this one. Both the root and flowers/petals can be consumed. Often you will see this ground and used as a coffee substitute. Additionally, you’ll see it in foods, possibly listed as chicory root fiber/inulin/extract, that promote fiber content such as the high fiber bars, cereals and breads. Some people do well with his particular ingredient and for others, it’s not really your friend!

Soy lecithin: “an oily substance extracted from soybeans chemically (using hexane) or mechanically, it is a byproduct of soybean oil production.” Check out the back of any processed food in your pantry and chances are pretty good you’ll find Soy Lecithin. Companies use this product as an emulsifier in foods such as chocolate and salad dressings. It keeps the oil and other stuff from separating. And it can be found quite cheap in the US as the government often subsidizes soy crops. Issues may arise in some people with soy allergies, although uncommon.

Sorbitol: “a sugar alcohol with a sweet tastes that the body metabolizes slowly.” You’ll see this in chewing gum and diet food products. It’s also used as a laxative. This again is one of those products that can cause bloating and other GI “disturbances. In cases of health issues such as IBS and Crohns this additive may cause irritation and flare ups.

Xanthan gum: “a substance produced by the fermentation of Xanthomonas Camestris.” Huh??  Its basically taking a substance that forms as a result of fermentation and processing it into a powder that works great to help those herbs stay suspended in your salad dressing and keeping your ice cream creamy! Some people do have allergies to Xanthan gum and it to can contribute to GI discomfort.

Guar gum: “the ground endosperm of guar beans.” Basically they take the guar seeds, remove the husks, mill them then screen them to leave a white powdery substance that is guar gum. Use guar gum as you would corn starch. Check you soup, salad dressing and condiment labels to find this ingredient. Guar gum is a soluble fiber so it will aid in digestion and elimination by helping to create bulk. It was once used as a weight loss pill.

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. If you’d like to contact Lisa, email her at or call her at (410) 707-0055.

We welcome your thoughts and ideas!  Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.