I read this great article from my friend and Holistic Nutritionist, Yuri Elkaim, just before we cleaned out our pantry and fridge off the sweets and junk that seemed to pile up over the holidays a couple of weeks ago So I wanted to share this with you. From the desk of Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN Owner and Founder Elkaim Health Fitness Solutions, Inc. Creator of Total Wellness Cleanse Program Have you ever stopped to think about whether some of the foods that you’ve been told are GOOD for you; might actually be causing more damage to your health? I know it’s not something we all think about but I want to share 3 so-called health foods with you that actually damage your health! I’m sure you’ll find this helpful. “Not-so-Good” Health Food #1 – Unfermented Soy Soy is one of the highest food sources of protein but that’s about all it’s got going for it, especially in its unfermented form. The problem with soy boils down to the fact that it is a very powerful source of phytoestrogens, which elevate the estrogen levels in your body. This is a big problem nowadays as we are seeing more and more people develop “estrogen dominance” related problems like endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and general weight gain – just to name a few. Since estrogen promotes cell division/growth it is also a stimulating factor in the development of many types of cancer. Not great if you ask me. The other issue with soy is that it suppresses your thyroid. These “goitrogenic” properties reduce your thyroid function and thus your overall metabolism. Since the thyroid is the master gland of metabolism, any disruption to it will inevitably cause you to pack on the pounds. On the flip side, fermented soy products like tempeh and miso are OK to eat and are actually really good for you. But it’s the processed, unfermented versions of soy (tofu, soy milk, etc…) that are readily available in almost ALL of our processed foods that are the big problem. “Not-s o-Good” Health Food #2 – “Low-Fat”, “Low-Sugar”, “Diet” I recommend that you steer clear of packaged foods. Mainly because they are made by companies that have no interest in your health. Case in point – any packaged food that is labeled ”low fat”, “low sugar”, “diet”, or any other marker of processing. Remember this – when a food has had ALL or SOME of its original contents removed, these will need be replaced by another (and usually nastier) additive. For instance, “sugar free” yogurt and diet sodas may have few calories because they don’t have any sugar but they do have a ton of aspartame and acesulfame K – TWO deadly neurotoxins that account for over 75% of ALL health complaints that the FDA receives!!! If you’re going to eat something out of a package or box, make sure it’s REGULAR. End of story. “Not-so-Good” Health Food #3 – Whole Grains What?!? “But what about my Cheerios,” you might be saying. This is one of the biggest farces of our time. We’ve been told to eat whole grains because they are good for us. They are great source of fiber and other vitamins. Well that’s not completely accurate. Here’s the problem…. Humans have not evolved to properly digest grains. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking white pasta, whole wheat or multigrain bread, or cheerios… Your digestive tract does not know how to handle grains. Sure some cultures may fair better than others but isn’t it interesting that MOST weight loss diets tell you to avoid grains??? Other than helping you lose weight quickly, removing grains will also reduce the irritation and thus potential inflammation caused by gluten (a problematic protein found in grains). We’ve now seen that gluten is at the root cause of numerous autoimmune disorders, leaky gut, food allergies, skin breakouts, and weight gain. To avoid gluten; choose pseudo grains like quinoa, amaranth, millet, and buckwheat. These grains don’t contain gluten and are a much better source of protein and important minerals. Nonetheless, reducing your consumption of ALL grains will better your chances of losing weight and looking great. There are also number of other foods that are not great for your health (8 to be exact) and I will show exactly which ones they are, how to replace them, and how to purify your body for easier weight loss and all-day energy with my TOTAL WELLNESS CLEANSE program. Considering it’s the new year, I thought you’d benefit from this information since there’s no better time to cleanse your body than now…or maybe in 12 hours from now Your friend and coach, Yuri ACCESS YOUR TOTAL WELLNESS CLEANSE CLICK HERE
What are thermogenic foods and do they really increase your metabolism and help you lose weight? The answer is YES THEY CAN! Thermogenic foods contain components in their structure that cause your body to use more energy (calories) to breakdown and digest the three macronutrients you intake on a daily basis; protein, carbohydrate and fat, and as a result, your body burns extra calories when these foods are consumed. When ingested, thermogenic foods aid to stimulate body fat to be released and used as energy. All foods require energy to be broken down but some foods require more energy than others. Protein is a perfect example of a macronutrient that utilizes the most energy, almost 30% more than carbohydrates and fat. Examples of high protein choices would be chicken, turkey, fish, seafood, lean beef, and eggs. In simpler terms, increasing the amount of protein in your diet will not only increase your metabolism but it will keep you feeling full longer because protein, unlike carbohydrates, gets broken down in the stomach and takes roughly 3-4 hours before it moves into the intestines where the absorption process begins. What does this mean? Well, if you consume 100 calories of lean protein (chicken and turkey breast, white fish, egg whites, etc), this means that 30 of those calories (30% of 100) are being used as an energy source for digestion alone! Protein is known to have 4 calories per gram, therefore you could even go as far as presuming that since 30% of those calories are being used in digestion, a protein in actuality only has 2.8 calories (30% of 4 grams) by the time your body has worked its magic and digested the protein for assimilation. Why wouldn’t you incorporate more healthy proteins in your diet! Protein is not the only thermogenic food however! Many vegetables and some fruits also have a thermogenic effect on the body and your metabolism. Cruciferous vegetables such as arugula, broccoli, spinach, Brussel sprouts and cabbage can increase your metabolism when consumed in larger quantities and on a regular basis as they are loaded with nutrients necessary to get your cells and liver to do their job and burn fuel efficiently. A diet poor in vitamins and minerals does not result in the same energy expenditure. Low glycemic index fruits such as berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries) as well as grapefruits and apples also have thermogenic properties and do not affect a rise in blood sugar levels as do other fruits, especially dried or tropical fruits which can increase your insulin levels and may cause carbohydrates to be converted to fat. Condiments such as apple cider vinegar, hot sauces, hot peppers, spicy mustards and chili’s are a definite must and add fuel to the fire increasing your metabolism even more. Try adding some to your next meal! I know you have heard this a thousand times but… drink your water! Water, yes plain water, can also increase your metabolism; especially if you drink it cold since your body has to expend so much energy to warm it up before it passes through the digestive system. All of the above mentioned foods can be readily found during your next visit to the grocery store if you don’t already have them hiding in your pantry, fridge and freezer. So be sure to include as many of the above mentioned thermogenic foods as possible and get your metabolism in gear! By Laura Discepola, RNCP and ROHP Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner and Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner Can-Fit-Pro PRO-Trainer, NWS & CPR Instructor Personal Trainer (PTS) & Chef www.fittoeat.ca firstname.lastname@example.org p. 647.408.7142 Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fit-To-Eat-Nutrition/173707265981688
BE PREPARED Nothing in life gets done properly without planning and preparation. Imagine knowing you were to have a child and did no preparation for the birth or after. It just wouldn’t work. The same type of thought must apply to your everyday life. When you go to the gym, you should already know exactly what workout you are doing so it can be an intense effective workout. Prepare your meals beforehand so you do not find yourself slipping into eating the junk food that may readily be available. Being prepared keeps you focused and on the right track to success. Fruit 3 – 5 servings daily 1 serving equals: 1/2 cup cut fruit, whole fruit size of tennis ball, half a banana, 1/2 cup 100% fruit juice Fresh fruit is filled with vitamins, nutrients and minerals. As with your veggies, choose a variety of colors to ensure that your kids are getting a range of nutrients. Stay away from fruits that are canned and coated in syrup, and also from fruit snacks and chews that contain added sugars. If fresh fruit is not readily available then go for plain dried fruit, with no added sugar. Unlike veggies, it is possible to eat too much fruit. Though the natural sugars within fruit are much healthier than refined sugar, too much of it will have a negative impact on your blood sugar levels and the extra calories will be stored as fat. Stick with 3 – 5 servings per day.