Healthy life, healthy food
It was brisk September morning and after months of training, I finally felt ready to run my very first marathon. As I was walking towards the start line I felt a rush of nervous energy and anticipation because I knew I was about to take on the toughest physical challenge of my life.
After weaving my way through the crowd to get close to the start line, I found myself a nice little spot where I could do some stretches and warm up my legs a little.
As I was stretching I glanced over my left shoulder and saw a man arching his back and pointing his chest towards the sky. He was a lot shorter than me and a bit more weathered but we struck up a conversation and amazingly after a few minutes of chatting I found out that I was actually talking to the oldest marathon runner on the planet.
Food Friday: Five Simple Changes for a Healthier 2014!
if you’re like most people i know, the whole concept of dramatic resolutions seems a bit overkill. i prefer easier adoptions that i know will extend into lifestyle changes long after january has come and gone. below are five super-easy food items you can work into your diet now that are guaranteed to produce a more healthful year:
1. organic mct oil. you know all the good things you’ve heard about olive and coconut oils? this is so much better. its loaded with potent fat your body craves and helps with the absorption of nutrients from the good food and supplements you’re taking. this is a super-versatile oil that can be used for everything from salad dressings to cooking at high temperatures. if you’re like me and have adopted a keto/paleo lifestyle, you may have heard of intermittent fasting. i mix the best-of-the-best-mct from bulletproof executive into my organic coffee and add butter. its divine and keeps your body in a fasting state, giving your body time to heal and allowing for super fast weight loss.
2. organic ghee. aka clarified butter, ghee is basically butter minus the milk solids, so you get just the pure good fat. its perfect for those who have shown any sensitivity to dairy and tastes far more buttery! it also has a much higher smoke point, meaning you can cook at high temperatures with ghee in cases where you typically couldn’t with butter. you can make your won or try this organic version from purity farms.
3. raw brazil nuts - it seems like i hear about thyroid issues from people left and right, recent research is showing that low selenium levels could be a cause and replacing levels is as simple as eating one or two brazil nuts a day. i like to buy mine raw at whole foods and its a pretty cost-effective route to go.
4. organic apple cider vinegar - ever heard of leaky gut? its a nasty problem linked to inadequate amounts of the good bacteria in your gut. in can be caused by a number of things but most predominantly from taking antibiotics, which in addition to killing bad bacteria (that makes you sick), also kills the good stuff responsible for digestion, vitamin absorption and, as recent research suggests, keeping you thin and/or able to lose weight. if you’ve ever taken antibiotics before (especially within the last year), or just tend to feel some leaky gut symptoms, the #1 thing you can do to help yourself is eat fermented foods. some people are reactive to certain ones like yogurt for example, and others are known holders of toxins, but organic apple cider vinegar is a safe bet for all. i mix mine with 2 parts olive oil, a packet of stevia and tablespoon of mustard for a honey mustard salad dressing once or twice a week.
5. wild caught salmon - emphasis on the wild-caught. cold water fish in general is really amazing for you given the epa and dha levels and eating it once a week completely eliminates the need for fish oil supplementation. unlike the first four items above, this one will cost you a bit more but its worth it once you know the difference between wild and farm-raised. essentially, the latter fish is fed grains and the feces of other animals (ewe) and is also pumped full of antibiotics. so if they ingest all of that, and you ingest them, you ingest all of that (double ewe). and if you read #4 above, you get why eating anything with antibiotics can really mess you up. last but not least, there’s this delicate balance between omega 6 and 3’s. too much or too little of one or the other causes all sorts of problems. buying wild ensures this delicate balance is kept intact and farm-raised can cause the equation to be warped, nearly six times off! so go wild!
i hope these are some simple changes you’ll consider! i’d love to hsare more throughout the year to keep us all on the right track! please message me if you have any special recommendations for future posts! xoxo.
Make healthy choices
As the New Year approaches, so does the inevitable New Year’s resolution to eat healthier and lose weight. Why not get a jump start on your resolutions and start making some changes today? Changing what you eat at work or on-the-go can have a big impact on your health and weight loss goals. We’ve all seen the candy dishes and donuts in the break room or have been tempted by the fast food restaurants on almost every corner. These simple tips and tricks will help you pack healthy and easy lunches and snacks for your on-the-go lifestyle. If you take just a few minutes at the end of the day to prep your meal and snacks for the following day, you’ll be in control of your food, and your health.