Nutrition & Food
Learn how food can be your medicine. I'll answer the most common questions regarding nutrition and food.
Eating these two foods together could be making you sick. Have you ever heard of the science of food combining? Most people have not and if they are aware of it, they ignore the recommendations despite all the science to support its importance. Two of the most commonly eaten foods in the American Diet eaten together can be a leading cause of tummy troubles. Gas, bloating, constipation and diarrhea as well as many other stomach issues can frequently be eliminated by properly combining your food.
Lately I have been getting a lot of questions about what I eat. In particular people that see me toting around a large plastic water bottle filled with green stuff want to know what that is and why I am drinking it. One person (you know who you are) even lovingly called it my green slime! So today I am going to explain what that green bottle of goodness is and why I drink it and why you too should be drinking it. I call them my green smoothies. First I want to talk about the growing trend of "juicing" and why I am not really a fan. This is where you purchase a really expensive machine and basically put any and all fruits or veggies through it to create a pure juice. Then you have all the leftover parts and mess to clean up and that's no fun! All the vitamins, minerals and nutrients are squeezed into a tiny glass of juice. This isn't necessaryily a bad thing, but you lose all the fiber from the whole fruit or vegetable. Also if you are juicing fruits, you have just concentrated all the sugars. Drinking this pure juice is like a shot of straight sugar to your blood. If you eat the whole fruit, you at least have the added fiber to slow down the sugar shock. Thta's why I prefer to make what I call green smoothies. Here's what I do.
This weekend was a super busy one for us. We had competitions, two parties and a lunch with friends. I got to thinking about food and what I would be eating (like I always do)! I knew there were going to be many opportunities to eat a ton of unhealthy and tempting food. So I needed a plan. What was I going to indulge in and what was my plan to prevent it from getting out of hand?
Have you ever gained a few pounds between October and January? I know I have. Have you been tempted time after time during the holiday season by halloween candy, savory delicious Thanksgiving meals, Holiday parties, fancy cocktails and appetizers, Christmas Dinner, New Years Brunch and the list goes on and on? Most of us are.
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So I have been thinking a lot about the upcoming holidays and talking endlessly with clients and my kids about how to manage all the available junk food, candy, rich meals and high calorie drinks. Even my daughter who is the total sugar addict in my family is in a bit of a quandary. She loves Halloween and usually can’t wait to see if she can break her own personal record for her “take.” This is the first year she is a little concerned about putting on weight. She is a cheerleader and has to look cute in her uniform. I find myself walking a fine line of how to eat healthy, exercise and stay fit but still be a kid and eat your favorite treats once in a while. You need a strategy! Small changes can make a huge difference!
There’s just no question about it, cooking at home is the best way to eat healthy. When you eat out you have no control over what’s going in your food. You don’t know the quality of the food or where it’s coming from. More importantly you don’t know what they are throwing into it. Most restaurants use a ton of salt in their food that just really isn’t necessary. Have you ever watched the food network? Some of their most popular hosts put as much as ¼ cup of salt into pasta water! That’s absurd! I’ve done a “non scientific” taste test making pasta with no salt and with that large amount and you can’t taste any difference. Think about it. You are going to put some sort of sauce or other additions in that pasta anyway. You aren’t eating it plain. Using that much salt can increase the sodium content of your meal by over 600 mg! That’s almost a third of your daily allotment! Restaurants are also notorious for using tons of butter and adding cream to most sauces, even if the description does not say it’s a cream sauce. Why do they do this? Because it makes everything richer, creamier, fattier and according to most people, makes it taste better. But home cooked, healthy food can taste great AND be healthy!