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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.

How Diet Can Aid Cancer Prevention and Treatment

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Whether you are battling cancer, have a family history of the disease, or are looking for ways to prevent it, simple lifestyle changes, including your diet, can have a major impact. A diet rich in plant-based foods is associated with a lower risk for developing cancer, as well as reversing cancer in some cases. According to the National Cancer Institute, eating a healthy diet in conjunction with exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight can contribute to the prevention of a third of all cancer diagnoses.

By eating smart, you can improve your health, your life expectancy, and lower your risk of developing cancer. It’s highly important to consume beneficial and vitamin-rich foods before, during and after surgery, radiation and other cancer treatments. The following foods have cancer-fighting and prevention properties.

Foods that May Help Prevent or Treat Cancer

 

  • Berries. Fruits such as blueberries and strawberries are full of antioxidants, which can protect against cell damage, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. These berries especially help protect against mouth and neck cancers.
  • Tomatoes. These fruits are rich in lycopene, a type of antioxidant that helps give tomatoes their red color and may help prevent prostate, lung and stomach cancer.
  • Whole Grains. Whole grain foods may greatly reduce your risk of colon cancer. This is because whole grains contain a number of plant compounds, including phytochemicals, which protect against cells damage. Whole grains are also a great source of antioxidants and fiber, which is highly protective against colon cancer, but may also protect against breast, ovary, endometrial, and gastrointestinal cancers.
  • Carrots. Orange vegetables and fruits including carrots, butternut squash, sweet potatoes and cantaloupe are high in beta-carotene, a type of antioxidant, which can help prevent mouth cancers. Beta-carotene helps reduce the harmful effects of free radicals, which are the molecules in your body that cause cell damage, leading to the development of cancer.
  • Fatty Fish. Fish, such as salmon, are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which may help protect against colon, breast and prostate cancer.
  • Garlic. When garlic is crushed or cut, it releases immune-enhancing compounds that may help block carcinogens from entering cells and may also slow cancerous tumor development.
  • Green, Leafy Vegetables. The American Institute of Cancer Research reports that kale, spinach and romaine lettuce are excellent sources of fiber and nutrients such as lutein and flavonoids, which may protect against cancers of the mouth, pharynx and larynx.
  • Green Tea. This type of tea is loaded with antioxidants and other cancer-fighting agents. Drinking about two to 10 cups of green tea a day may help patients with any form of cancer. Some studies on green tea and breast cancer have reported shocking results.
  • Mushrooms. From shiitake to maitake to reishi mushrooms, these vegetables contain a number of vitamins that may naturally enhance your immune system and natural cancer-fighting abilities.

The consumption of fruits and vegetables may help in the prevention and treatment of cancer, but is not intended to replace more conventional methods of treatment, and should also be coupled with regular exercise and doctor appointments.

Author bio: Kaitlyn Teabo is a writer for The Mesothelioma Center. She combines her interests in writing, cancer research and emerging scientific technology to educate the mesothelioma community about asbestos and its related diseases.

Source:

American Association of Retired Persons. Foods That Help Prevent Cancer. Retrieved from www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-12-2012/foods-that-help-prevent-cancer.html#slide1

 

Nutritional Approach for Alzheimer’s disease

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Nutritional Approach for Alzheimer's diseaseIn today’s Boston Globe their is an article www.boston.com/dailydose entitled “Is Alzheimer’s Disease akin to type 3 Diabetes?” This article discusses research that has found that persuasive evidence linking diet to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Guess what- The researchers discovered that eating a diet in whole foods, low glycemic carbohydrates (low sugar, low processed foods, and little pasta, rice, potatoes, breads, baked goods, and other starchy foods), limiting excess fat, and limiting nitrates (cured meats such as hot dogs, salami, and sausages), and exercising, has shown to help reduce the incidence of alzheimer’s. Could it be that eating the way ZonePerfect Cooking Made Easy, by Gloria Bakst suggests will help you reduce not only diabetes, heart disease and obesity but also help with reducing the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease. If you want to preview some great low glycemic recipes that are tasty and flavorful go to http://www.chefgloriab.com/healthy-recipes.html. If you need help preparing meals Chef Gloria B will help. Contact her at Gloria@ChefGloriab.com or visit http://www.chefgloriab.com/personal-chef-service.html.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome & Type 2 Diabetes, Treatment

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Do you or anyone you know have PCOS, otherwise known as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome? Or do you have or know anyone who has Type 2 diabetes? You maybe surprised to learn that the treatments for both diseases are remarkably similar. Both can be managed with lifestyle changes. Both have the similar drug treatments recommended. If you or someone you know has this drugs aren’t necessary, if they make significant changes in their lifestyles through diet and exercise.

Getting 5 days of exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes is very important. The exercise needs to raise your heart rate to get maximum benefit. Walking, biking, running, swimming, dancing, single’s tennis, rowing, kayaking are some of the vigorous exercises that will help with changing your conditions.

The diet part is the other big piece of the picture. Eating a balance of lean protein (fish, soy, eggs, or egg whites, low fat diary products, white meat chicken & turkey, bison, or very lean cuts of beef) (approximately palm size and thickness), low glycemic, high fiber carbohydrates, and some monounsaturated fats at each meal will help change your conditions. Staying away from sugar and sweetened drinks will help you reach your health goals.

For a list of the top high fiber foods with recipes, go to http://www.chefgloriab.com/high-fiber-foods.html

If your looking to improve your health and confused about how to get healthy see www.balancednutritionallifestyles.com. We can help make it easy, simple, and delicious. Try some of our free recipes to help you get started with your new lifestyle. We can teach you how to make them or do it for you with our personal chef services.

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.