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Archive Category: Nutrition and Diet

Sugar Smacks–Like We Need Another Reason to Avoid It

July 13th, 2018

Hopefully, no one believes that Sugar Smacks cereal is a healthy way to start the day. But now it is also associated with a multi-state Salmonella outbreak. If you have any of this cereal in your cupboard, please dispose of it. Instead, focus on a healthy breakfast of fruit, vegetables, and egg or healthfully-raised meat or fish. My breakfast today (wish I had taken a photo!): quail eggs sauteed with red cabbage and broccoli. To Your Health!!

Vitamin C for Your Brain Function!

May 18th, 2018

Love this article on the importance of adequate Vitamin C for brain function. This is just another in a list of many reasons to supplement Vitamin C. I often prescribe it to “bowel tolerance” or a maximum of 10,000 mg daily in divided doses. I know others who prescribe even higher doses via IV therapies. A minimal dose in my opinion is 1,000 mg Vitamin C twice daily. AND eat those Vitamin C-rich foods, too!!

Kiwi for Vitamin C!

“Organic” Jargon? This may help . . .

May 1st, 2018

Are you having trouble with the labeling of our foods? Organic, Grass-fed, Pasture-raised, etc. Lions and tigers and bears, oh, my! Here is an article that may shed some light on the nuances of labeling. EWG.org also has helpful pages–check them out as well. To your health!!

EWG’s Dirty Dozen–Foods Highest in Pesticides

April 10th, 2018

EWG has published their 2018 report for the “dirtiest” fruits and vegetables when it comes to pesticide residues. Strawberries and spinach top the list. Check out the full list here — a great way to support your grocery budget decisions.

Good Food

March 13th, 2018

I am finally getting caught up on some posts I’ve wanted to share. This is one of them!! So many people are struggling with what to eat and how. “In Defense of Food” is a great movie (and book, by Michael Pollan) on how to keep your diet simple and healthy. Eating real food can also be economical. But processed and packaged foods are killing us. Please check out this film–to your health and that of your families!!

Fasting to Reduce Huntington’s Symptoms

March 13th, 2018

Researchers have found that limiting the time that rats eat to just 6 hours per day reduces a protein that is associated with Huntington’s chorea. Read the article for details. BUT, please note that “intermittent fasting”, fasting 12 hours/day, fasting 18 hours once weekly, fasting in general, have been associated with improved health. Check with your provider to see how best to optimize your eating schedule–to your health!

Blueberries May Also Reduce the Risk of Cancer

January 23rd, 2018

Gotta love this news–a healthy and delicious food may help reduce risk of cancer and may even improve effectiveness of cancer treatments. They freeze well, too, so can be enjoyed year-round (although I do recommend eating seasonally).

Spicy Foods May Reduce Risk of Cancer?

January 23rd, 2018

This is great news for those of you who love spicy foods! Researchers are finding that capsacain seems to reduce risk of cancer and reduce risk of mortality. Check out this article–and do be careful to not overdue the chili powder either! 😉

Dietary Fat Guidelines Not Supported

January 2nd, 2018

This study indicates that the US dietary guidelines for fat consumption and reduced risk of heart disease are NOT supported. To quote the British Journal of Sports Medicine:

“Results Across 7 studies, involving 89 801 participants (94% male), there were 2024 deaths from CHD during the mean follow-up of 11.9±5.6 years. The death rate from CHD was 2.25%. Eight data sets were suitable for inclusion in meta-analysis; all excluded participants with previous heart disease. Risk ratios (RRs) from meta-analysis were not statistically significant for CHD deaths and total or saturated fat consumption. The RR from meta-analysis for total fat intake and CHD deaths was 1.04 (95% CI 0.98 to 1.10). The RR from meta-analysis for saturated fat intake and CHD deaths was 1.08 (95% CI 0.94 to 1.25).

Conclusions Epidemiological evidence to date found no significant difference in CHD mortality and total fat or saturated fat intake and thus does not support the present dietary fat guidelines. The evidence per se lacks generalisability for population-wide guidelines.”  Br J Sports Med. 2017;51(24):1743-1749.

Here are a couple of links to learn more: PubMed and Medscape .

So PLEASE eat healthy fats and avoid trans-fats and processed fats. Limit cooking to avocado oil or coconut oil. Use olive oil only after cooking or on salads, etc., but do NOT heat olive oil. Butter from 100% grass-fed cows is also a healthy source.

To your health!!

Bucking the Fast Food Marketing

December 18th, 2017

Bucking the Fast Food Marketing

 

Making fresh, homecooked meals every night is a rarity for millions of people that are busy with work and family life. Today, convenience foods and fast food restaurants have become the go-to for many busy families around the country. Convenience food products such as frozen pizzas, prepared mixes, canned soups, and other microwaveable foods means that individuals and families are lacking quality, wholesome nutrition. Processed food items like these usually have very little fiber, high saturated fat and sodium content, and lack the nutrients that fresh foods have. There has been controversy for many decades over microwaving food and the dangers of zapping nutritional content.

Yet, advertising and commercials make these processed foods appealing because they’re fast and easy to prepare, but in fact, they’re doing real damage to your health and can be a hazard to healthy living. Don’t fall victim to fast food marketing tactics. A whole food diet can be quick and even more economical. Here are some mistakes to avoid and tips on how to change what you eat so you can live a healthier lifestyle.

#1: Plan.
Set aside time to plan your menu for the week and if you’re short on time, get your shopping done in one trip at the beginning of the week to cut down time spent on stopping at the grocery store multiple times.  Planning can not only save you money, but it will also help you prepare on what meals you need to cook ahead of time and which ones you’ll need to set aside time to prepare when you get home at night. Planning ahead will help you start integrating, fresh, homecooked meals into your diet rather than relying on convenience food day in and day out.

#2: Make your diet a “whole” one.
If you live a busy, active lifestyle, you can still eat well while on the go. Just prepare fresh meals ahead of time and then freeze them until you’re ready to eat it, then add some fresh organic fruit and vegetables as your side dish. Your diet should include a variety of raw, fresh fruits and vegetables, so if you’re hungry during the day for a snack, instead of giving into your craving for a greasy bag of chips, have a variety of fresh items on hand or items that have low saturated fat and no processed sugar to eat instead. Or, invest in a blender or juicer, as this can allow you to drink your fruits and veggies and make it a flavorful treat during the day! It is very important to make each meal as well-balanced as possible.

If you’re tired of feeling lethargic or even “empty” after eating processed, packaged foods, it’s time to make a change. Do your homework when it comes to the importance of what you’re putting in your body. If you’re struggling with how to make a positive change in how you eat and you need help on how to adjust your diet and lifestyle, I can help provide some helpful tips and some of my favorite go-to healthy foods. Your health as well as the health of your family is incredibly important and making a shift away from convenience foods to fresh, wholesome products will be life-giving in the end.

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