Food News & Chews follow-up

The podcast is live – and I’d love for you to check it out both via Apple Podcasts & on Spotify – and be sure to subscribe! “Not just about cooking, FNC is all about food and its place in our lives. And more than just one more recipe for cheese onion dip or leftovers after Thanksgiving, the world of food is explored as something more than that in our lives and culture. Whether related to health and wellness, safety, environmental protection, economic strength or access and affordability, food lies at the root.”

We really crammed a LOT in during our discussion, and I wanted to share some follow up information and references if something piqued your interest!

*Please note, I am not a physician and this is not medical advice – it is imperative to check with your healthcare provider before making any changes to your diet and exercise regime*

moderation vs 80/20

I am not a fan of the word moderation when it comes to making healthy diet and lifestyle choices. First, I feel like it’s such a subjective term that can allow us to justify bad habits – who’s to say how much of an indulgence is a moderate amount? Additionally, if I were to have a “moderate” amount of sugar, “moderate” amount of fast food, “moderate” amount of saturated fat, and so on, I’d pretty quickly shift away from more healthy options as a whole. I coach my clients to be more accountable in an objective way by identifying a few healthier habits at a time and aiming for an 80/20 approach. We use a tracker (DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE COPY HERE) and check off each habit daily while allowing for occasional indulgences or ‘miss days’. If 80/20 seems daunting, try 50/50 and increase over time to a higher rate. Check out my tracker for this month – note that I also list all the different plants I consume each week – more on that topic below! (I had a lot going on the first week of the month & didn’t list them).

olive oil

THIS ARTICLE in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that “Consuming more than 7 grams (>1/2 tablespoon) of olive oil per day is associated with lower risk of cardiovascular disease mortality, cancer mortality, neurodegenerative disease mortality and respiratory disease mortality, according to a study publishing today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The study found that replacing about 10 grams/day of margarine, butter, mayonnaise and dairy fat with the equivalent amount of olive oil is associated with lower risk of mortality as well

diversity of plants/american gut project

Check out the Fiber Fueled book HERE

What’s the microbiome (“gut”)? Learn more HERE

The American Gut Project HERE

indulgences

When my sweet tooth needs attention, my favorite healthier indulgence is below. It doesn’t sound super exciting, but it is delicious!

  • 2 dates – remove the pit & split open lengthwise to make a little crater
  • smear a little natural nut butter in the crater
  • top with a couple non-dairy dark chocolate chips, if deisred

… and HERE is the mug cake I make (note -this definitely is NOT a healthy, whole food and includes inflammatory oil that I typically avoid – but I count it as a rare/ occasional indulgence in my 80/20 lifestyle). Sometimes, you just want a little treat!

inflammatory oils

Industrial seed oils (including Canola, Corn, Cottonseed, Soybean, Sunflower, Safflower, Grapeseed) are thought to be highly inflammatory and raise our omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acid ratios, which may have significant consequences for our health. I avoid these and personally prefer to get my fat from whole plant foods including organic olive oil, avocados, nuts, flax and chia seeds. Ask your healthcare provider for more info, and check out THIS ARTICLE for easy to read facts about these oils.

mediterranean diet

Check out the Blue Zones HERE

The Mediterranean Diet and the Ornish Diet tied for #1 in best heart healthy diets in U.S. News – check out the rankings HERE. Read more about the Ornish lifestyle HERE ( I love his book, Un-Do It!)

Check out my thoughts on “busy-ness”in THIS POST.

carolina gold rice

I order from Anson Mills HERE and check out THIS ARTICLE about the history and benefits of Carolina Gold Rice.

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Food News & chews – tips and “busy-ness”

I just finished recording as a guest on the Food News and Chews radio show and podcast.  We discussed all kinds of things from the one thing I recommend everyone cut out when aiming to eat healthier, to gut health, my favorite indulgences, the 80/20 approach & more.  At the end of the discussion, we talked about the Mediterranean Diet and Lifestyle which got me thinking about our American way of life and “busy-ness” – so here are a few more thoughts about being busy vs being mindful & how we can level-up! I’ll be sure to share the podcast link once it goes live.

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Recovering from a bout of overeating

Overdo it this week? You’re not alone! But don’t let it derail your progress or get you down! Here are some tips to get back on track:

  • Take some time to think about what contributed to overeating:
    • Was it simply the overwhelming amount of yummy options available?
    • Any triggers like stress or boredom?
  • Freeze any leftovers so you don’t continue picking at them. Transfer any items that have been left out to storage containers & put them away in the fridge or pantry. 
  • Eat from a plate at the table – no more snacking while standing at the pantry or fridge. 
  • Make hydration a priority.
  • Wait until you feel hungry to eat and then have a typical amount of healthy food – don’t restrict yourself – it won’t help!
  • Wait a few days before stepping back on the scale.
  • Commit to some movement – go for a walk or get back to your regularly scheduled workouts.
  • Don’t give yourself a hard time.  Remember – It’s normal to overeat at Thanksgiving, but be sure not to let it continue into the rest of the holiday season. 
  • Use your tracker & stay on track with your Super 60 habits!

Reduced risk of premature death with plant protein

A study released today by the Journal of the American Heart Association found that “Older women who ate more plant protein had lower risk of premature, dementia related death.” The main takeaway is that “Substituting red meat, eggs or dairy products with nuts was associated with a significantly lower risk of death from all causes”.

  • Compared to postmenopausal women who had the least amount of plant protein intake, those with the highest amount of plant protein intake had a 9% lower risk of death from all causes, a 12% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease and a 21% lower risk of dementia-related death.
  • Higher consumption of processed red meat was associated with a 20% higher risk of dying from dementia.
  • Higher consumption of unprocessed meat, eggs and dairy products was associated with a 12%, 24% and 11% higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, respectively.
  • Higher consumption of eggs was associated with a 10% higher risk of death due to cancer.
  • However, higher consumption of eggs was associated with a 14% lower risk of dying from dementia, while higher poultry consumption was associated with a 15% lower risk.

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Healthy snacks for busy days

“I’m so busy”

We wear the ‘busy’ identity like a badge of honor sometimes, and there are definitely days when we are all on-the-go without stopping.

Just don’t let that be an excuse for hitting the drive thru
Here are a few quick & easy snack ideas to keep at your desk or in your purse as well as a few things you can grab quickly while you’re about town:

  • Fruit – apples, bananas & oranges are easily packed & don’t need to be refrigerated
  • 2 TB raw nuts or pumpkin seeds – don’t overdo it.
  • Baby carrots, celery sticks, sliced cucumber or bell peppers, jicama sticks (Kroger sells them pre-cut & they’re yummy!)
  • Make your own the night before a busy day or grab a cold pressed juice or smoothie from The Weekly Juicery or your local juice shop
  • A few decent packaged options include:

Be intentional & be prepared – you’ll feel better and have more clean energy than if you had a sugary latte or order of fries…which will lead to increased focus & productivity for your busy schedule!