Food Therapy Blog

Quick Tip: Which Tortillas Are Healthier?

If you’re stuck buying conventional tortillas from the grocery store, opt for corn over flour. They have a lot less additives and preservatives, and many flour tortillas contain partially hydrogenated oil aka trans fat—so check the ingredients!.download full movie Alien: Covenant

Quick Tip: Organic Food Drive

Picked up a grocery bag for our church’s food drive today. Here’s what they need:

  1. Canned Meat
  2. Peanut Butter
  3. Jelly
  4. Dried Beans and Rice
  5. Hamburger Helper
  6. Box Macaroni and Cheese
  7. Coffee
  8. Creamer (powdered)
  9. Sugar
  10. Toilet Paper
  11. Paper Towels

Now here are the common ingredients in these conventional items:

  1. monosodium glutamate & soy, sodium nitrite
  2. partially hydrogenated soybean oil (trans fat)
  3. high-fructose corn syrup
  4. These usually are clean.
  5. partially hydrogenated soybean oil (trans fat)
  6. yellow 5 & 6 (linked to cancer)
  7. pesticides and chemicals
  8. hydrogenated vegetable oils and corn syrup solids (treated with hydrochloric acid)
  9. treated with bleach and phosphoric acid (a corrosive)
  10. treated with chlorine bleach
  11. treated with chlorine bleach

Since poverty and poor health are directly related in this country, how amazing would it be if every time any of us participated in a food drive, we bought the organic version? Even just one item might make a difference.

Eat This to Get Rid of Winter Weight

As spring approaches and along with it the thought of shorts and bathing suits, many people will eat a lower-fat diet in order to keep off winter weight. However, low-fat diets can often leave you feeling hungry and unsatisfied, and can actually contribute to craving fatty, high-calorie food.

I recommend that instead of a low-fat diet you consume some healthy fat. This doesn’t just mean avocados, salmon, and walnuts. Saturated fat has gotten a bad (and undeserved) reputation in the past sixty or so years, though it has been an essential part of the human diet for thousands of years. (more…)

What’s Your Inspiration?

Today, because it was a gorgeous, warm, sunny, breezy day, I sat out on my porch and ate a bowl of celery, carrots, and apple. I just sat in the sun and tried to chew as much as possible. Lately I have been eating too much, too fast, and struggling with sugar cravings. Sometimes when you get on a food roller coaster, it’s hard to stop. My catalyst was gorgeous weather, how my very white legs look in shorts right now, and a book I’ve been reading.

I won’t identify the author or title, but this book (despite its insistence to the contrary) is simply another list of don’ts and regurgitated mainstream health nonsense. What, may I ask, is to be gained from avoiding tropical fruits because they contain more sugar? If you are worried about sugar intake, cutting out soda or baked goods is probably going to make such a huge difference that you won’t even need to think about what kind of fruit you’re eating. And I don’t know of a single instance of someone eating so much pineapple that they got diabetes.streaming War for the Planet of the Apes 2017

However, this book was a catalyst that got me thinking about two things. (more…)

Tired of Cereal? This Breakfast Egg Recipe Is for You!

So this is another recipe I’ve adapted from RealSimple. I get really tired of figuring out what to eat for breakfast. I hate cereal, I’m bored with yogurt, and while I would eat a blueberry muffin every morning given the option, it’s just too expensive and unhealthy in the long run—plus a lot of work to make. So I was very excited to come across this recipe, and as usual I’ve “developed” it to make it yummier.

Skillet Poached Eggs

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Two Fast Chicken Recipes for Multiple Meal Options

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OK, this guy is a little creepy, but he illustrates the point that when it comes to cooking, there is nothing better than being able to cook once and eat twice (or three or four times). In that spirit, I present multiple fast meal options from one base chicken recipe:

Almond Butter Chicken

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How Important Is Science When It Comes to Your Health?

I’m going to make a bold statement: when it comes to our health, science is largely inconsequential. We’ve been eating and drinking, getting sick and staying healthy, for a lot longer than the sciences of nutrition and health have been around. Sure, you can study people’s eating habits, break down the nutrient content of certain foods, and count calories until you’re blue in the face: it changes nothing, and ultimately it has not made a positive difference in what people eat—except that we’re getting sicker, largely due to food and medical technologies that are supposed to save money and make some specific people very wealthy. (more…)

What Motivates You to Change?

In this season of New Year’s resolutions, I’ve been wondering: What motivates us to change?

Often, it seems that pain is the most powerful element in forcing us to make changes in our lives. The pain of overweight, disease, discomfort, or just plain pain.

Since moving to upstate SC in August, I’ve had quite a series of ups and downs. Going back to Charleston for the holidays, I really felt the difference of this big change in my life more than ever. And for once the first day of the New Year actually felt different, though I’m still not quite sure how.

That doesn’t mean the same struggles have followed me from 2011. As a result of physical stress from moving, mental stress from moving, too much exercise and not enough stretching, and who knows what else, I threw out my neck and my back in November. The pain of this has definitely contributed towards recognizing I needed to make some changes I didn’t necessarily want to make. I’m trying to do yoga, Pilates, and stretching on my own until I find a good class—even just five minutes a day. And with the opportunity to offer food therapy classes at G7 Gym locally, I’ve become even more aware how much my career needs to change as well.

It’s all a work in progress, but it makes me wonder: do we ever change without pain? What motivates you to change?

The Secret to Exercise

I have started exercising again. Not a measly walk around the block or the occasional downward dog or pigeon pose when I’m feeling stiff. No, a good brisk pace up and down numerous hills that leaves me breathless and sweating, and also hungry and energized! Best of all, I get fresh air and it’s free!

What’s my secret? I didn’t just wake up one day and decide that exercise was too good for me not to do it. No, I—inadvertently—found a walking partner.

I was toiling up the hill to my house during a halfhearted 10-minute walk around the block when my next-door neighbor came out to check her mail. We had exchanged pleasantries, but this time we got into a full-blown conversation, which began with her noting, “Not many people walk around here,” and ending with “I’d love a walking partner.”

Even though the time she suggested was earlier than I usually get up—7:30 a.m.—I jumped at the chance. This was the motivation I’d been looking for! And waking up in the dark this morning to go out into temperatures in the high 30s, I needed the motivation of knowing someone was standing out in the cold, waiting for me.

And one minute into our walk, as we were talking a mile a minute about local health issues (she’s a yoga and water therapy instructor), I realized I wouldn’t have missed this cold, early, sweaty morning for anything.

How to Make Vegetarian Food Satisfying

If you are a meat eater like me, the thought of a meal without beef, chicken, pork, or fish can be a little daunting. I find that I associate a lot of mental satisfaction with meat—without meat, it’s not a meal, it’s just a snack. While there is a lot of common sense evidence to suggest that a certain amount of meat is good for you—our not-so-distant ancestors ate organic meat because that’s all there was, and it’s very difficult to get enough essential vitamin B without it, not to mention all of the necessary amino acids—there’s also a decent body of evidence that suggests a break from meat can be good for you, too. Meat can be difficult to digest (although some studies suggest that because meat stimulates more gastric juices it is an important part of a healthy digestive system), so eating vegetarian once or twice a week (or more often depending on your inclination) gives your digestive system a break.

In order to solve the problem of mental satisfaction for the rabid carnivores in your home, I asked myself this question: What is the most satisfying non-meat food? And I answered myself confidently: Pasta.

In my experience, you can eat a plateful of pasta with no meat in sight and feel absolutely satiated. So last night, being as there was no meat in the house and I was too lazy to go to the grocery store, I defaulted to an absolutely delicious vegetarian meal.

 

Vegetarian Pasta for the Ravenous Meat Eater

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