Nutrition & Food
Learn how food can be your medicine. I'll answer the most common questions regarding nutrition and food.
For those hose of you that know me, you know I am addicted to peanut butter. PB any way, on anything at any time. Now a little is considered healthy but a jar full not so much. So I am always looking for ways to get that yummy peanut buttery taste in a healthy snack or dessert. So I discovered PB 2. This stuff is the answer I've been searching for. What is it?
Let me let you in on a little secret. I am a master at making not so healthy recipes healthy! So I will be sharing a few of them with you each week. This first one is a prize winner. I wanted to make a dessert for a party that tasted like it had a million calories but really didn't. So i had a recipe for peanut butter whoopie pies! What could possible be better than that? The original recipe called for chocolate, peanut butter, butter, flour and tons of sugar (1 1/2 c) plus another 2 c of powdered sugar. Sounds like a lot of calories right? Wait until you hear how I made them and the amount of calories I cut out!
I am going to get on a bit of a soapbox here so bear with me. Magazines! Don’t bother with them. I was in the salon today and the promises you read about are ridiculous. It’s just irresponsible for these publishers to put out these articles promising such unreasonable things. The one I am going to talk about today (and there will be more to come) is about carbs. You’ve all heard me talk about carbs before. I am not a believer that carbs are evil. However I do believe they are the primary cause of weight gain and at the root of many health and disease issues in this country. But I would never suggest anyone cut them out entirely. Our body needs some carbohydrates. But the obvious problem is that Americans are over consuming carbs, especially processed carbs, and getting fat. So look at what I found today!
You’ve probably heard a lot about carbohydrates and that they make you fat. Should you go on a low carb diet to lose weight? What carbs are making me fat and which ones should I eat or not eat? The fact is there is so much information overload that you may hear two completely different perspectives in any given week. Here are the simple facts as I see it from my experience with my own weight loss and that of many of my clients.
I get a lot of questions about protein. How much should I eat. Should I do a high protein diet? What’s the best source of protein? Unfortunately the answer to those questions is going to be a little different for everyone. Some people need more protein than others. You need to determine how much protein you need for your own lifestyle. The recommended daily allowance for protein is .8g per kg of body weight. So for a 140 pound woman that’s about 51g a day. For some people that would be just fine, but others may need more or less. The best way to find out what is right for your body is to keep track of your protein intake and how you feel when you eat different amounts. Here is what I have found through experimentation and what works for me.
Do you like to eat? I do. Let’s explore the concept of volumetrics. Here’s the basic idea: the healthier and more nutrient dense the food you eat, the more of it you can have. I don’t know about you, but I like to eat. I love food. I enjoy eating with others in social settings. Food makes me happy. Being hungry makes me grumpy! So over time what I have done is to find the foods that are the healthiest and just eat a ton of them. So let me give you some examples.