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Archive Category: Nutrition and Diet

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.

Cannabinoids in Salmon??

December 8th, 2017

Most of us are aware of the benefits of healthy essential fatty acids (EPA and DHA, in particular) and that wild salmon is a wonderful source of them. Essential fatty acids are anti-inflammatory as well as support healthy cell membranes improving their function overall. But there is now evidence that our bodies are able to convert these omega fatty acids into endocannabinoids without the psychotropic effects! Check out this article.

Great Foods to Include in Your Cooking

July 28th, 2017

Here is a great article summarizing some powerfully healthy foods to include in your cooking. Enjoy!! To your health!!

Sugar Also Reduces Absorption of Nutrients

April 10th, 2017

Please read the attached article regarding sugar and how it reduces our ability to absorb certain nutrients. This is just another reason of many to avoid sugar consumption–like we need more reasons! I will never forget skimming some eclectic nutrition books when I was in medical school–I ran across a book from the late 1800’s in which the author was railing that “artificial sweetener” was going to be the bane of human health. I scratched my head wondering what “artificial sweetener” he could be referring to at the turn of the century–you guessed it, SUGAR. For more current information, please also watch “Fed Up” which is currently available on Netflix. Stick to fruits to satisfy your sweet tooth! And maintain a vegetable-based diet with healthy protein and fat sources. To your health!!

Eat More Vegetables–Yes, Research is Supporting This!!

March 21st, 2017

Not that we need more research to know that we need to eat our vegetables, but just in case you want some encouragement, please read the attached article! 🙂

Too Much Milk

October 31st, 2016

Yes, there is such a thing as too much milk  for our children and for adults. In fact, many children have increased risk of eczema and ear infections due to dairy consumption. While dairy is a good source of calcium and vitamin D, I recommend trying yogurt or kefir, if dairy is tolerated. And keep those dark leafy greens included in meals. Sardines are another good source of both calcium and vitamin D. Nutrient variety is important! 🙂

Cancer Prevention with Low Glycemic Diet?

October 11th, 2016

So that Paleo diet may also reduce your risk of lung cancer. Research has shown an increased risk of lung cancer with high glycemic index diets. What does that mean? Avoiding sugars and grains may reduce your risk of cancer. A Paleo diet is based upon vegetables, lean meats, fruit and nuts–naturally lower glycemic index than the Standard American Diet (called SAD for a reason!). Schedule an appointment to see what dietary changes may help you–to your health and longevity!

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