Kamilah Guiden's blog

Chemicals in Food: Two That Aren't As Scary As They Sound

“We shouldn’t be consuming chemicals, only things found in nature.” I’m sure all of us have heard this phrase or some variation before.

Believing that we should avoid food and food ingredients with “deadly chemicals” is a noble pursuit, but often one where the chemical culprits are also found naturally in the foods we eat. We can’t just not eat, and despite the obvious reasons why that wouldn’t be ideal, food should be enjoyable, not a constant concern that nags at us every minute of the day.

Activated Charcoal:The Detox Cure-All? (Or Not)

I have a ritual every morning I get to work: Turn on my computer, heat up my breakfast while my computer boots up (this morning it was potatoes, boiled eggs, and some coffee), check work emails, then check my personal email. My personal email is full of various unimportant things: an email from my mom, the weather for the day (which I should be reading before I leave my apartment), and a bunch of emails from various and popular health websites.

Coffee Here, Coffee There, Coffee Drinks Everywhere

The very first time I got a latte, I had no idea what I was ordering. There was just a special on caramel lattes, it sounded good, and so I figured, “Why not?”

Try It Tuesday: The Weekday Vegetarian: A True Tale

Last week I decided to take a different approach to Try It Tuesday. Unlike the paleo diet, where I cut out meat, dairy, and grains for the sake of a blog post, I decided to do a post on a very real dietary change I’m trying to make (if you didn’t read it, I was trying to get more vegetables in my diet by drinking a green smoothie).

Eating by Drinking: Liquid Meal Replacements

The great thing about working at the IFIC Foundation is that my coworkers are reality show addicts just like myself. And when your only outlet for discussing what happened on last night’s guilty pleasure is Twitter, this is pretty big deal.

Try It Tuesday: The Vegetable "Green Monster" Smoothie

We all know how important fruits and vegetables are in a healthy diet. With micronutrients like vitamins A, B6, and C, antioxidants, and fiber, fruits and vegetables are vital components to a well-balanced diet.

Reducing Food Waste: Creating New Meals with Leftovers

When it comes to my Tuesday evenings, there’s always one show I tune into, "Chopped." If you haven’t seen it, it’s a show where four chefs compete by using an unusual combination of ingredients to create a delicious meal. Entertaining and exciting, as a foodie, I just can’t get enough of it.

Cutting Down on Sodium: 6 Alternatives to Salt

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued guidance to reduce sodium in packaged and processed food products. While sodium is essential for many basic human activities, such as muscle and nerve function, too much can increase blood pressure and lead to hypertension.

Try It Tuesday: The Paleo Diet

Have you ever watched "Degrassi: The Next Generation"? It was one of my favorite shows growing up.

Weekend Chew: Roasted Lentils

This year is the Year of the Pulse, and what better way to celebrate than with some roasted lentils! Lentils are a legume, and even further categorized as a pulse, or a legume that only includes the dry seed. Besides lentils, other types of pulses include beans, chickpeas, and dried peas.