all fat is not created equalNo CommentsRead more
We need three types of macronutrients to live – carbohydrates, protein and fat. However not all fat is created equal. I think most of us know that saturated fat from meat (red meat, white meat, dairy, eggs and fish) creates plaque in our bodies and increases risk of heart disease and stroke and that trans-fats (partially hydrogenated oils) are even worse still. But what is considered healthy fat? It’s best to stick with whole food forms of fat, and limit oil consumption. Although I do use small amounts of olive and coconut oil for dressings, cooking and baking, it is not what I would consider a health food. Comparatively, it is high in calories and low in nutrients and for the majority of our food, we should stick with foods low in calories and high in nutrients. Dr. Fuhrman, who I received my Certificate in Nutritarian Studies from, says H=N/C (health = nutrients/calories), in other words, the more nutrients per calorie, the better for our health. Below are the fats that give you the best bang for your calorie buck.
watermelon & avocado saladNo CommentsRead more
Summer is coming to an end but the weather has been absolutely perfect here on the east coast and I’m holding on as long as possible. This easy salad from Jeanine over at Love & Lemons is refreshing and packed full of cancer fighting antioxidants, healthy fats and a little kick from spicy peppers.
winter salad with blood orange & avocadoNo CommentsRead more
As if the power of whole foods on their own wasn’t enough to excite me, there are some amazing studies being done on the synergy of food! Hort Research in New Zealand did a study showing that if you combine berries and chocolate, you absorb three times the amount of antioxidants than if you were to eat those two foods separately. Today I want to specifically talk about how adding healthy fats to a salad can boost your carotenoid (antioxidant) absorption.
guilt-free chocolate mousseNo CommentsRead more
One of the most common concerns I hear when people start talking about changing their diets to eat whole foods is that they will feel deprived or they won’t be able to enjoy the sweets they crave. I tell people over and over that the more whole foods they eat, the less they will even want the processed sugar and desserts. It is really a hard concept to wrap your head around but it is true! It doesn’t happen overnight but it did happen to me and I also watched it happen to my husband over a few years’ time. He jokes with me and asks me what I did to him (he seriously is a different person now), but really it wasn’t me, it was his taste buds changing as he added more and more whole foods into his diet. He even agreed to write about it so you know I’m not making it up.