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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.

Quit Smoking: A Nutritional Guide

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There are plenty of studies linking cigarettes to various diseases and health problems, and many people have surely witnessed disturbing ads on TV, which illustrate the dangers of cigarettes by featuring former smokers who use tracheotomy devices to speak or bear scars from removal of a diseased lung. It’s clear that smoking is bad for our health. This increased awareness hopefully sparks more people to quit the habit, but the process is no doubt a test of determination and willpower. Focusing on a holistic plan that emphasizes nutritious foods and exercise can help ease the process of kicking cigarettes to the curb—for good.

Many smokers fear that quitting will cause weight gain. Smoking cigarettes burns an extra 200-250 calories per day, depending on the number of cigarettes and the smoker. This can slightly elevate their metabolism. Nicotine also acts an appetite suppressant, so smokers tend to eat less. Quitting smoking can easily pack on the pounds for smokers who grab a cigarette because they’re stressed or want to feel calm. They may replace smoking with food, and since starchy and sweet foods that are high in carbohydrates increase serotonin levels, just like nicotine, quitters-in-progress can make the mistake of turning to unhealthy foods to get a similar fix.

In 2007, Duke University Medical Center conducted a study that showed dairy products, vegetables and fruits can help break the smoking habit. Nineteen percent of participants reported that dairy products worsened the taste of cigarettes, 14 percent had a similar effect with non-caffeinated beverages, and 16 percent reported the effect with vegetables and fruits. However, alcohol, caffeinated beverages and even meat, enhanced the flavor of cigarettes.

With the average person gaining four to 10 pounds after quitting smoking, choosing low-glycemic foods that are filling and help regulate blood sugar levels can help control weight. Foods rich in fiber, such as fruits, vegetables, and nuts, along with lean, protein-rich sources such as beans, fish and egg whites, can result in a satisfying meal that’s low in bad fats and high cholesterol. Providing the body with proper nutrition from natural foods boosts antioxidants, aiding the immune system that might have been damaged by smoking.

Smoking is both physically and emotionally addictive, which only increases the difficulty of quitting. However, a smoker can choose from several options to help gain support in their journey. Consulting a doctor on a regular basis to help with exercise and nutrition plans or joining a support group can aid in recovery. Choosing to participate in a holistic drug rehab program is also beneficial, as these programs emphasize a detoxification process through proper nutrition, exercise, and spiritual exploration to help understand emotions and deal with stress. By discovering what led the person to smoke in the first place, they might be less likely to relapse and start again.

It’s important to remember that quitting is a process—smokers who are trying to quite should be patient with their body and allow it to detoxify the natural way with proper nutrition. They should avoid crash diets and give their body time to restore its balance so it can provide for them in the future, smoke-free.

Written By: Alex Kerwin is a creative writer from Florida who has a passion for health and wellness. In addition to guest posting, he writes for Best Drug Rehabilitation, to spread awareness on the benefits of drug rehab to those in need.

If you are interested in learning how to cook or have someone prepare foods that will help you quit smoking email me at Gloria@ChefGloriaB.com or visit my website www.ChefGloriaB.com

Spiral Pasta with Vegetables in Tahini Sauce (gluten free, dairy free)

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I have been cooking for a woman who has cancer and has many dietary restrictions. She also needs to gain weight. She is not allowed to have dairy, wheat, night shade vegetables (eggplant, peppers,small amount of potatoes), no citrus except for lemon juice, no vinegars except for apple cider vinegar, no sugars or sweeteners of any kind. Needless to say it is challenging cooking, however, whenever I am faced with these types of challenges it brings out my creativity and I blossom for the occasion. I have created some very interesting and delicious meals. If anyone has these type of restrictions or needs to gain weight they might find these recipes of great interest. The first recipe is with brown rice fusilli with vegetables in a Tahini sauce. It is vegetarian, but if desired, sauteed chicken or shrimp can be added for protein to balance out the carbohydrates and fat. Tahini is made out of sesame seed paste and has a delicious nutty flavor. It is very important to always add water to the tahini before mixing with other ingredients. It needs to blend well with the water and become very smooth before adding other ingredients. Click here for the recipe http://ChefGloriab.com