Archive for July, 2011
I’m super pumped, because my new dinner planning newsletter, No Plan Meal Plan has finally launched. Check it out! There are so many ways this can help you with your dinner-time routine; maybe you want to spend less time planning and be extra-efficient, perhaps you’re looking for fresh new dinner ideas, or maybe you’ve been wanting to eat healthier and reap the benefits of a cleaner diet, but aren’t quiet sure how to get started. NPMP will help you in all of these aspects.
For once I’m encouraging you to put less time and energy into dinner! Go on, check it out! Don’t take my word for it, read the great reviews here.
Sometimes I get sucked into the extreme weight loss shows…I always find it interesting to see what the nutritionists suggest, and mostly I find the transformations and level of personal dedication and hard work inspiring. Plus Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition is on right after the Bachelorette (a high-quality program..errrr).
So last night I was watching the program, and the contestant/winner/loser of the weight had some kind of nutrient level testing done, not sure what exactly. But the doctor informed her that she was malnourished in several areas. Now this lady was over 450lbs, so she was obviously eating a tremendous amount of food. How could she be malnourished, right?
She was eating tremendous amounts of food, but it was tremendous amounts of junk! Absolute garbage. Her diet consisted almost entirely of fast food. The only detail they really gave was drive-through barbecue, including brisket, which many probably think is reasonably nutritious given that it’s beef and thus a “complete protein”.
This is consistent with an important point I frequently tell clients, and people at my workshops. If you eat food that is low in nutrition, you’ll still feel hungry. Think it’s strange how you can eat a whopping high-calorie fast food or restaurant meal and feel hungry an hour later? It’s because you didn’t get enough nutrients, and your body’s way of trying to get more is to keep you hungry. So you eat more. But if you’re not eating the nutrients, your body will keep asking. So you eat, and eat, and gain, and gain.
And now the upside! Want to curb your hunger, maybe lose a little weight? Integrate some high nutrient-density foods into your diet. (For more on nutrient density, click here). Superfoods like kale, collard greens, fresh summer berries, and whole, unproccessed grains (I’m not talking flour here - rather rye berries, kasha, quinoa, etc). You will be amazed how full and energetic you start to feel, and your body will repond by dropping some of that extra baggage. They’re tasty too, I promise.
Well, this is a little sad (but probably for the best). No more Orbit gum. Thanks to this article, which does a pretty good job at describing a handful of dangerous food additives. Some are familiar (saccharin i.e. Sweet n Low, Olestra of anal leakage fame, and trans fats), and others are a little more mysterious. BHT and BHA, the substances in Orbit gum, are “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” according to the Department of Health and Human Services. (Why does the FDA still allow it? I don’t know but the FDA allows a LOT of scary things in our food). Another surprising one for me was Carrageenan, which is actually made from seaweed and you’ll see in many “natural” products. It’s associated with cancer, colon issues and ulcers. Yikes. Check out the article for more common additives, and the products they’re in. And as usual, if you can’t pronounce it, probably best not to eat it