Demonizing Saturated fats…did we make a mistake?

Demonizing saturated fats…did we make a mistake? More than ever, it seems people today are confused on what to eat and what is truth. With so much conflicting information AND changing of nutrition advice, we are all at a loss as to what is actually healthy for us and what is not. I know my head is constantly spinning. The truth is, overall, we really don’t know that much about food, nutrition, hormonal response to foods, and how this all affects our physiology. Nutrition is such a new science — we’ve barely touched the surface as to the power it has over our health and wellbeing. And we’ve mislabeled good things as bad and bad things as good over time. We learn as we go and as we take a deeper look at the old and new data. With that said, today I want to talk about a very controversial topic — saturated fat. You know, the evil, artery clogging, heart attack promoting stuff that most doctors tell you to eliminate from your diet or lower as much as possible. Today I want to present another side to the saturated fat story. I want to discuss with you (with studies to back up what I’m saying) why I believe saturated fat has undeservingly received a bad reputation. I will discuss why saturated fat can actually be very beneficial to you — why we have been brainwashed into thinking it is unhealthful and why you should start incorporating it back into your daily diet. First, what are saturated fats? Saturated fats are chains of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen that are...

Carrageenan…you may want to avoid this food additive.

Carrageenan…you may want to avoid this food additive. What if I told you that everyone reading this article is most likely consuming on a weekly basis — if not daily — a harmful natural substance that has been linked to arthritis, immunodeficiency, Crohn’s disease, decreased liver enzymes, thyroid issues, ulcerations, and cancer of the gastrointestinal track. What if told you that this substance is found in most soy milks, almond milks, rice milks, hot dogs, ice creams, cottage cheeses, yogurts, and other processed food products? It’s also in some make-up brands, shampoos, lotions, and lubricants. Yes, it is everywhere. What if I told you that this natural food additive has been known as a dangerous allergen since 1940, yet it’s still classified by the FDA as “safe for human consumption”? Quite honestly, this news should not surprise most of you, since the FDA also approves MSG (linked to brain damage, obesity, and cancer), aspartame (linked to MS, seizures, memory issues, and blindness), saccharine (linked to many cancers), and Olestra the fat-substitute in Wow chips (remember the warning: Olestra may cause abdominal cramping and loose stool). I am going to guess that most of you have never heard of this natural substance, so today will be an introduction as to why you should be avoiding this food additive. What am I talking about? CARRAGEENAN. Car-A-what? Pronounced: Care-a-GEE-nan What is carrageenan? Carrageenan is a polysaccharide extracted from red seaweed. It’s also considered a food “gum” and a food additive. It is used as a thickener, emulsifier (helping liquids stay mixed together without separating), and a food stabilizer (preventing sugars or ice...

What is up with Vitamin D?

What is Up With Vitamin D? The other day I was consulting with a new client (I’ll refer to her as Julie) about her recent lab work. One thing Julie had a concern about was her Vitamin D level…which was considerably low. Julie wondered how these levels could be so low since she played hours of tennis outside every day. She explained how she was out in the sun daily with only SPF 15 sunscreen. She thought she was getting enough sun…yet was she? It seems in today’s world that everyone is deficient in Vitamin D. I live in the sunniest place on earth, San Diego, and everyone I speak with has some level of Vitamin D deficiency. Knowing we can synthesis our own Vitamin D from the sun, why are we all so deficient? Who or what is to blame about this? Is it too much sunscreen? Poor diet? Liver problems? Kidney issues? Some combination of all four factors? Let’s go deeper so we can see…What is up with Vitamin D? What is Vitamin D? Vitamin D is an essential nutrient obtained from food or sunlight. Vitamin D can be attained by plant sources as ergocaliciferol (D2) and animal sources as cholecalciferol (D3). Its main function is to regulate calcium and phosphorous in the bloodstream and to promote healthy bone formation. With adequate amounts of sunlight, the body can synthesize Vitamin D. By definition vitamins must be obtained by the diet since they cannot be synthesized in sufficient amounts by the organism. This makes Vitamin D unique, since it can be obtained from a source outside of food...

Is Your Metabolism Broken?

Is Your Metabolism Broken? Is your metabolism working at an optimal level? Do you know? Lately, It has come to my attention that most people’s metabolisms are operating at a below optimal level of function. They’re trying to lose weight and get healthy, while their body’s internal system for weight loss is… well… broken. Trying to lose weight with a low metabolism or broken system is like trying to run a race with a broken leg. You could do — but it will be much harder, and in the end you will most likely do more harm than good. Therefore, wouldn’t it make more sense to heal the leg first, and THEN run the race? I think so. The problem is most people don’t go through this healing process when trying to lose weight. They try running the race (try losing weight) with the broken leg (low functioning metabolism). And yes, with a lot of persistence, willpower, and food deprivation, some end up losing a little weight — only to find in time that they cannot live with this deprived lifestyle for long. So they put all the original weight back on — and then some. I think Diane Schwarzbein, MD (author of The Schwarzbein Principle) said it best: “You have to get healthy to lose weight — not lose weight to get healthy.” Health is not defined by weight loss, how lean you are, or how fast you can run. True heath is defined as being free of illness, injury, pain, a warm body, good sleep, happiness, good digestion, and an ability to stay lean without countless hours...

My TOP 12 Metabolic Supportive Foods

My TOP 12 Metabolic Supportive Foods Recently, I have been focusing a lot of my time and energy on finding and using foods to heal the body, the metabolism, the thyroid, the liver and the gut. I have discovered that some foods can support your metabolism, while other foods can slow it down. Some may be pretty obvious to you while others may be quite surprising to you… You see I love to eat. I love great tasting healthy food that provides me with great energy, nourishment, tastes great and helps support my metabolism. There use to be a time in my life when I would eat cardboard tasting food because I thought it was healthy for me, how wrong I was. Like many, I got caught up in the marketing of food. Low calorie, low fat, low in nutrition, easy to make, yet taste like crap and filled with crap. Now, I know better, now I know what is going to energize me and keep my metabolism fired up (fresh, organic, not processed foods) vs unhealthy food (processed, fast food, frozen, polyunsaturated fats) that is going to slow my metabolism down and take energy away from me. Can you remember a time that you ate a great, healthy meal and felt great afterwards? What about when you ate an unhealthy meal, how did you feel? Different? Of course! With that said, I want to give you my TOP 12 healthy, energizing, metabolism boosting foods. If you can find a way to get all of these foods in your diet, in the right amounts, at the right times, within your...