Shedding some light on fats

Most of the clients I see in my practice are health-conscious, educated people. They follow the food pyramid guidelines, yet they struggle with weight gain, fatigue, gastro-intestinal issues, constant hunger and cravings, hormonal imbalances, depression and more.

When I review their food journals, I find out that their diets contain little or no fat, or, worse, adulterated man-made concoctions (the supposedly “healthy” margarine, the “I can’t believe it’s almost plastic”, etc). They proudly tell me that they stay away from red meats, egg yolks, butter, whole dairy products and eat plenty of skinless chicken, low-fat dairy, and, of course, the recommended 6 to 11 daily servings of carbohydrates.

When I counsel them to eat healthy fats, they look relieved and puzzled at the same time. A healthy male body is composed of about 15 to 18% of fat; a healthy female body [...]

By |July 27th, 2013|Nutrition 101|Comments Off on Shedding some light on fats|

A Note on Cholesterol

Everywhere we look, we are told that eggs are bad for us. Dairy products and red meat have been banned. Traditional foods that have nourished mankind have been replaced by cholesterol-free, low-fat pseudo foods. Yet, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) approximately one in every six adults—16.3% of the U.S. adult population—has high total cholesterol. The level defined as high total cholesterol is 240 mg/dL and above.

When our blood vessels become damaged (for example through irritations caused by free radicals or viruses, or because they are structurally weak), the body’s natural healing substance, cholesterol, steps in to repair the damage.

Cholesterol is a high-molecular-weight alcohol that is manufactured in the liver and in most human cells. Like the saturated fats, the cholesterol we make and consume plays many vital roles:

Along with saturated fats, cholesterol in the cell membrane gives [...]

By |July 23rd, 2013|Nutrition 101|Comments Off on A Note on Cholesterol|

3 Tips to Keep Olive Oil Fresh, Healthy & Delicious

Wow. This week, I debunked so many olive oil myths, I should go work for the industry! I think if I put 10 of my nutritional therapy clients together in a room and asked them about how to best store olive oil, it would turn into a brawl. Here are my best tips for olive oil storage and use. Now stop arguing!

Olive oil is one of the preferred cooking oils in the Mediterranean. Its high levels of monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidant substances protect the heart. To keep its nutrients in the best shape and its flavor rich, follow these tips:

Keep olive oil away from both sunlight and indoor light. Pantry is best. It does not need to be kept in the refrigerator. Buy extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) in a dark glass bottle to further prevent light from [...]

By |July 18th, 2013|Nutrition 101|Comments Off on 3 Tips to Keep Olive Oil Fresh, Healthy & Delicious|

Soy, friend or foe?

Every year, our supermarket shelves are inundated with new man-made concoctions. From cereals to crackers, from baby formula to granola bars. What do this items have in common? If you have a degree in chemistry, you will be able to read the labels, and find that one of the common ingredients in a variety of Franken-foods is soy. Some of the names under which soy may be listed are: soy albumin, soy fiber, soy flour, soy grits, soy milk, soy nuts, soy sprouts, soya, soybean (curd, granules), soybean butter, soy protein (concentrate, isolate) soy sauce, tamari, textured vegetable protein (TVP), tofu.

Soy protein may also found in many additives: hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP), flavoring (including natural and artificial), canned chicken broth, vegetable broth, gum, and starch, bouillon cubes (beef, chicken, vegetable, etc.). I believe that sprouted soy products (miso, natto, tempeh), [...]

By |July 12th, 2013|Nutrition 101|Comments Off on Soy, friend or foe?|

Would A GAPS Diet Help You?

Would a GAPS Diet Help You?
Ironically, our “advanced” western medical establishment cannot always successfully treat some of the most pervasive issues affecting Americans today. Families go from doctor to doctor looking for answers for:

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
Bi-polar disorder
Learning disabilities
Autoimmune conditions
Digestive distress

Many of these families find great relief and even complete healing when they regard their disease through the lens of gut and psychology syndrome, an issue first identified by British neurosurgeon Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride.

The basis of gut and psychology syndrome or GAPS™ is that when the bacteria or “flora” in the digestive tract or “gut” becomes compromised, the resulting toxicity can interfere with proper brain function. Effective nutritional therapy can re-balance gut flora to create a healthier overall physiology.

What’s in the Gut? You May Be Surprised
The human body carries around 4 to 6 [...]

By |July 6th, 2013|GAPS|Comments Off on Would A GAPS Diet Help You?|