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Which Diet is the right one? Paleo, Mediterranean, Zone??

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Chicken, asparagus & portobello mushroomsZone, Mediterranean, Paleo, which is best? I have been teaching healthy cooking, doing nutritional consultations and a personal healthy chef for over twenty years. When I began my food/health journey Macrobiotics was the way to eat for good health. It still has great principles which continue to show up in the “celebrity” or “Doctors” latest discovery. I hear so much controversy regarding different ways of eating, it’s almost comical.
But, what I believe is that our foods have been grown with too much pesticides and the use of GMO’s in our food supply is very damaging to our health. The use of pesticides is changing our health. It is seen in the vast increase in celiac disease, cancer and food intolerances that are affecting millions of people. Many people aren’t even aware that they have these food intolerances. Some think they have acid reflux, or IBS. People don’t understand why they have gained weight or how to lose weight until they want to figure out they have a problem. Much of it is actually the effect of eating non-organic grains, corn, soy, and processed foods.
Six years ago I wrote the book Zone Perfect Cooking Made Easy. I was and am proud of this book. However, if I were to write it today it would be different. For starters, at the time I wrote it, the American Diabetes Association was big on Splenda, which I would not use today. If I were to substitute all of the recipes that I used Splenda in I would choose Stevia or organic Agave Nectar. I would use recipes involving buffalo meat, the least saturated, and free range meat. Another change I would make is using more healthy fats, they won’t make you fat (which I state in my book) however, if you were to use more than the suggested amounts in the recipes it wouldn’t hurt you. I would prefer to cut down on the grains and beans. I didn’t emphasize the importance of organic foods because it was written for the general public, rich or poor and I wanted everyone to be able to use the book. My strong preference is to use organic and free range as much as possible in all of your healthy cooking. I also think the 40-30-30 principle is adaptable to different bodies, perhaps for some it is 30,30,40!
The test of whether what you are eating works for you is in answering these questions: Do you have good energy, good mental acuity,(4-5 hours after eating), are you focused, do you have cravings, are you at your ideal weight, do you have any other health issues such as too much acid or alkaline in your blood system? Regardless of what diet you are following, the key is to have balance of all nutrients in your body.
I have been sugar free (since 1973); dairy free, gluten free and red meat free for over 20 years. For my body, and I do believe that everyone has the “right” way to eat for their body type, and activity level; having steel cut oats, fresh fruit with eggs in the morning energizes my body. It feels great eating and I feel great for 4-5 hours after eating. I eat very little grains (quinoa with vegetables and the steel cut oats are what I eat in small quantities) I eat a large quantity of fruits and vegetables, good fats (avocado, olive oil, olives, nuts and seeds)and protein (wild fish, seafood,free range poultry and cage free eggs).
If you are in doubt as to what to eat and what works best for your body, I recommend kinesthetic muscle testing or an elimination diet to find out what foods give you strength and support you and what doesn’t. I do kinesthetic muscle testing with my clients, and if there is doubt I recommend a good elimination diet for 6 weeks to support the findings.
Listen to your body, it will speak to you and tell you what is right. If you are having trouble hearing your body talk, I can help. I am available for consultations. Give me a phone call or send an email so I can help you figure out the best foods for your health. I can also give you recipes suitable for your body.

What is Dysphagia and How to Cook

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Dysphagia affects mostly the elder population. It is when food is unable to be chewed because of swallowing issues. Swallowing becomes painful or difficult. Eating becomes a problem and often people lose a great deal of weight. I have been working with patients with dysphagia for five years now and have learned how to prepare the food so that it tastes delicious and patients can begin to eat better.

How Does Dysphagia Occur?

“Dysphagia occurs when there is a problem with any part of the swallowing process. Weak tongue or cheek muscles may make it hard to move food around in the mouth for chewing. Food pieces that are too large for swallowing may enter the throat and block the passage of air.

Other problems include not being able to start the swallowing reflex (a stimulus that allows food and liquids to move safely through the pharynx) because of a stroke or other nervous system disorder. People with these kinds of problems are unable to begin the muscle movements that allow food to move from the mouth to the stomach. Another difficulty can occur when weak throat muscles cannot move all of the food toward the stomach. Bits of food can fall or be pulled into the windpipe (trachea), which may result in lung infection.” By ORALFLO.com

I have several recipes on my website: www.ChefGloriaB.com that have been converted to patients with Dysphagia. For example the Chicken Avocado Salad

I find that a food processor with a chopping blade is indispensable in cooking for people with dysphagia. If you are interested in more recipes please contact me at Gloria@ChefGloriab.com.

The one important understanding if you are cooking for people with Dysphagia is don’t just cook the meal and put it in the food processor. For something like steamed vegetables that is fine. However, if you are doing a recipe such as the chicken avocado salad, it is important to process in steps so the food has the most flavor.

New Year’s Quickly Approaching

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Do you know what the number 1 New Year’s Resolution is?

Weight loss! and the Top two diseases affecting the American population is Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes.

Do you know how to deal with this issue?

Most people will go on a low calorie diet and lose weight. After they have lost the weight, they will slowly resume eating the way they did before their diet. This is called the Yo-Yo effect. Weight on, then off, then on. It is the hardest thing for your body to deal with. Actually maintaining your weight even if it is 10-15 pounds over your ideal weight is healthier for your body then yo-yo dieting.

I hate the word diet and losing weight! The opposite of this is gaining, which most people end up doing. A better way to approach this is by releasing weight, the opposite is holding weight. It is more of a lifestyle change. Time and time again studies have shown that dieting doesn’t work. Restricting your calories for periods of time will slow down your metabolism and will actually make your body think that you are in the starvation mode and it will be harder to lose weight.

When I work with clients, I take into consideration what their lifestyle is, how to make small changes to feel better, release weight and prevent and reverse disease. It is not a quick fix, nothing ever is that is permanent.

I specialize in helping you have delicious food, that is easy to prepare, or I can prepare it for you, that will help you reach your ideal weight.

I can work with you to help release weight without deprivation. See www.chefgloriab.com for more information, recipes, or call for a free consultation.