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Is MSG making us fatter?

MSG-warningDid you know that MSG is associated, or shall I say is one major cause of obesity? MSG and free glutamine is added to almost 80% of our manufactured ‘food’ products. It is used to enhance the flavor and it is also known to make you crave more. MSG makes food taste better so you eat more, also, it excites brain in charge of fat programming so you eat more and you get fatter!!! If you look under obesity studies you will notice that they use MSG to create obese mice. That’s the protocol to make a mouse fat!

Feed a mouse MSG and it will become obese…..it is in 80% of our food….the obesity epidemic….hmm…maybe it is all related?

Even more shocking is that you may not even know if it is in the foods that you love because it is there hidden, disguised under many different names’. Here is a list of a few of those names. The irony is that some of these names feel very ‘good’ like ‘protein isolate’ or ‘hydrolyzed protein’ I mean why would any person think that a protein isolate is bad? But lo and behold it is! And it is a form of MSG.

I challenge you to read this list and if your diet is not already totally clean to remove all MSG for your cabinets, shelves, fridge and body for one week. Let me know what happens!

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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A little yoke can go along way…..

eggs berries beans greensI was just in Anaheim for Expo West and it was basically a large sampling food fest. Sadly, even though it is the ‘natural product expo’ many of the food choices were seriously unhealthy, or for me, involved dark chocolate, so I needed to balance things out and I needed it to be easy since we were at a trade show working 12 hours a day. This is why I turned to ol faithful, organic humane eggs.

Eggs are fantastic for your health, filling, complete with protein and contain a wide variety of important vitamin and nutrients. For many years we have been led to believe that eggs are not healthy; that they are fattening, that they can cause heart disease, that they contain bad fats. Misled by diet fads and incorrect nutritional information, we were taught to believe that the protein part of the egg is the best part of the egg, so weight conscious consumers and dieters have switched to eating only the whites of the eggs and a new market opened up selling boxes of the whites only. Restaurants have become accustomed to it too, now on menus you can find ‘egg white omelets’ as well. But in the egg, I mean in the end, nature is way smarter than we are and that’s why I say the ‘yokes on us!’

Egg yokes contain:

1. a good source of choline. One egg yolk has about 300 micrograms of choline. Choline is an important nutrient that helps regulate the brain, nervous system, and cardiovascular system. Women should take in about 420 micrograms daily for optimal health, men around 500 mcg.

2. They contain the right kind of fat. One egg has just 5 grams of fat and only 1.5 grams of saturated fat. According to a study by the Harvard School of Public Health, there is no significant link between egg consumption and heart disease. In fact, according to one study, regular consumption of eggs may help prevent blood clots, strokes and heart attacks.

3. New research shows that, contrary to previous belief, moderate consumption of eggs does not have a negative impact on cholesterol. In fact, recent studies have shown that regular consumption of two eggs per day does not affect a person’s lipid profile and may, in fact, improve it.

4.Eggs are one of the only foods that contain naturally occurring vitamin D.

5.Eggs promote healthy hair and nails because of their high sulphur content and wide array of vitamins and minerals. Many people find their hair growing faster after adding eggs to their diet, especially if they were previously deficient in foods containing sulphur or B12.

6.Researchers found that people who eat eggs every day lower their risk of developing cataracts, due to the carotenoid content of lutein and also because of the zeaxanthin in eggs.

And finally, one egg contains 6 grams of high-quality protein and all 9 essential amino acids, which mean that it is a great source of protein! So I cured my chocolate imbalance with a few greens mixed into my fabulous eggs and I felt great!

So next time you need a quick snack or meal make an omelet, add some veggies and avoid an all whiter…a little yoke can go along way…..

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Magical Sausage and Eggs at Mcdonald’s Heals Man with Diabetes!

I was at my sweet friend’s house the other night. Names will be modified in this blog post to protect the innocent, but just as a reference, this is the friend who I blogged about over a year ago. She is the one who almost took ten years off my life and that of her whole family by serving black broccoli aka; toxic laden nitrate filled charred cancer producing broccoli.

Anyways we all survived that dinner, but I digress… So I was at her house the other night and we were chatting about health issues and as it turns out her husband, Mr B, had a near death experience because of poor glucose control. Mr B survived, changed his life, changed his diet, lost some weight and now feels great.

So I am thinking wow, what did he do, South Beach, Paleo, Atkins what? How did this man change his diet to lose the weight and feel great?

Well, the conversation, in her kitchen of course, continues and he shares his great weight loss tactics. Every morning, he no longer skips breakfast but on his way to work he stops at McDonald’s and gets a hearty meal of sausage McMuffin and eggs. I stand there in the kitchen mouth agape, not moving or commenting because I am scared of what may come out… And he proudly goes on to say that he does this based on diabetic counselling, at the hospital no less. They clearly told him to eat breakfast and he was told by the diabetic nutritionist that he had to eat at least 30-70 grams of carbs in each meal with some protein. That sausage Mcmuffin with egg I may add, he wanted me to make sure I did not forget to add the protein component aka, the egg, clearly fits the bill of the diabetic requirements.

Still I stand there silently in the kitchen…..ok, smiling to myself because the irony of all of this is killing me…

Mr B, is actually right! And who can argue with a man who has lost weight, never has felt better and finally has his sugar under control?

So I ran home and looked up the nutritional profile of these magical eggs and sausages, here it is in case you were wondering:

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/foods-from-mcdonalds/6272/2

450 calories; not bad for a hearty breakfast

Sodium: 930mg…yikes! That will come back and bite him in the you know what with high blood pressure

Carbohydrates 29 grams; right on track with the diabetic counselling

Cholesterol 290 mg, another yikes

But my gosh, it is low on the glycemic index only 13,  so totally ok for diabetics unless they are also concerned about the state of affairs of your heart and/or arteries, then beware!

Clearly diabetic counselling needs to go one step deeper but I have to say, kudos to MR B for trying and I think given his past and the information he has that he is dong amazing, “great job MR B!”

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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An Aspirin a day keeps the doctor away?

The old adage used to be ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’, today it has changed to ‘an aspirin a day,,,” But with these new findings, I think it is time once again to go back to the apple!

Daily aspirin use was associated with a higher-than-expected increase in the risk for major bleeding in an Italian study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.Millions of people take aspirin every day! Daily aspirin therapy has been proven to lower the risk for a second heart attack or stroke in people who have already suffered one. The treatment’s usefulness for preventing a first heart attack or stroke is apparently not so clear anymore.

As the doctor in the kitchen I am thinking why take that unnecessary risk. ” Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food!” If you want to protect your heart try a daily dose of omega-3 fatty acids, walnuts, flax seeds and oily cold water fish. Add a little garlic to the mx and voila, you have the perfect blend of heart healthy natural blood thinning, no side effects medicine that tastes good too!

 

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Sprinkle away inflammation!

Inflammation is now the new buzz word when it comes to your health and if it is not tamed, can cause all sorts of problems for us!  What kind of problems? Well inflammation is basically the root cause of many diseases, if you have heart disease or diabetes, you have inflammation. If you have arthritis, you have inflammation. If you feel any pain in your body, bloated, headaches, or are prone to infections then yes, you guessed it, you have inflammation in your body.

So what to do? Well I have blogged about the best antiinflammatory diet in the past. Today I will share the best, the one most fabulous helpful hint that I have in my kitchen. This recipe can change your inflamed life and bring you back into balance!

Recipe:

1 cup sprouted flax powder

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp ginger powder

In a spice shaker or well-sealed glass container place the following super potent anti-inflammatory nutrients and sprinkle away your inflammation at every meal. The flax seeds provide beneficial anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids and are also fabulous for maintaining normal cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Also because of their high fiber content they will also ensure regularity.If you grind flax seeds fresh, the oils, once exposed to oxygen, will go rancid quickly. I choose sprouted flax seeds because they are nutritional more bioavailable, beneficial and the oils are preserved better because of the dehydration process.

As for turmeric and ginger, these two herbs are the powerhouses when it comes to calming inflammation in the body. These herbs need to be present in every kitchen! Black pepper is added to the recipe to potentiate the absorption and super health benefits of the turmeric.

So sprinkle away and move towards optimal health, a longer life and much less inflammation!

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrew-weil-md/turmeric-health-have-a-happy-new-year_b_798328.html

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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In the mood for a simple luscious healthy filling afternoon snack ?

If you are in the mood for a light, filling, diabetic friendly, rich, creamy luscious healthy snack, say no more, avocado drizzled with balsamic vinegar…the end!

Try this for your afternoon delight;

slice an avocado in half, remove the pit, and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Spoon each bite right out of the skin and enjoy! Or, place on a flacker, a piece of fruit or vegetable of your choice, then enjoy!

If you want to eat healthy, you can’t go wrong with this snack; avocados are high in fiber and monounsaturated healthy fats– both of which are super for weight management and have a steadying effect on blood sugar. Avocados are also loaded with potassium, so if you decide to add a littel salt, no worries, these two balance eachother out!

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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