I know winter’s really set in when my kefir takes an extra day to culture, and I need a carving knife to hack into my coconut oil. Gosh I hate the cold!
I concocted a delicious soup last night that helped to thaw my insides and warm my spirits. Used some of my fresh batch of chicken broth. Must say it was reeeeally good! Here’s the recipe (rough measurements; adjust to your tastes)
Further to Sarah’s comment on ‘Low Fat’ foods (or “non-foods” as I prefer to call them), these do not support weight loss. On the contrary, foods that have been processed and stripped of their fat can actually encourage the body to produce more fat. It’s a subject that has been completely confused and abused. There’s lots we need to relearn about fats, but to get you started, here’s a few simple tips to keep in mind to kick start your weight loss and improve your overall health also:* Incorporate cold-pressed coconut oil in your diet daily
* Choose butter (ideally organic and ‘cultured’) over olive oil (less conducive to fat production)
* Use extra virgin olive oil or avocado in your salad, not both
* Limit or avoid nuts while you’re trying to drop kilos
* Only ever cook with (heat) butter, ghee or coconut oil
* Eat raw fats like organic egg yolk, for their lipase content (the fat-digesting enzyme)
This month’s Vogue Australia (June edition), I’ve addressed some of the particularly important issues (affecting the skin and deeper) that should be addressed during different stages of a woman’s life. For example, minimising bone demineralisation in the 20’s, fertility and nourishment in the 30’s, oxidative stress in the 40’s, and hormones in the 50’s.
Further to Sarah’s discussion, the fat-soluble vitamins are in the fat and the skin; and nutrients like Vitamin D, so long as it’s a true free-range organic in the case of chicken. However, don’t eat chicken too often. Being high in Omega 6 fats, it does not have the same health benefits and healthy fats as grass-fed beef.
I recently had a discussion with Emma about the various myths around food… a lot of us really don’t know who and what to listen to when it comes to nutrition advise. There’s so much conflicting information out there – Women’s health magazines will tell you to go for low fat options if you want to lose weight or try out soy milk as an alternative and your doctor may say to stay away from soy milk… then your friend will tell you her nutritionist recommended only eating for your blood type?! It’s hard to navigate your way through it all so I thought thought I’d have a little fun and ask Emma to demystify some of the common food myths. Here’s what we came up with:
Water: Yes, remember to also “eat” your water! The water contained in high-water-content foods such as cucumbers, will hydrate your cells fat better than any amount of tap water. The co-factors such as electrolytes help to carry the H2O through the cell wall. Also remember to limit / avoid the things that ‘dehydrate’ the cells in the first place: coffee, alcohol, table salt.
Omega 3 (especially in the form of DHA) is anti-inflammatory. It is found in wild oily fish, organic egg yolks and grass-fed meats. Omega 6 on the other hand is inflammatory. We obtain far too much Omega 6 from all processed foods, especially those containing vegetable oils of any kind (safflower, sunflower, soy, corn, canola, sesame and even olive oils), conventional chicken, nuts and seeds. Being anti-inflammatory, Omega 3 will support and encourage healthy muscle growth and repair, as well as maintenance of healthy skin rejuvenation (“anti-ageing” if you like).A high quality Omega 3 fish oil can be beneficial, so long as it’s ‘cleaned’ of heavy metals. But most importantly, drastically reduce your intake of Omega 6′s.
Came across this cute little ditty this week:
A Lady, while eating her dinner, declared that she’d rather be thinner: “But food has a race to get in my face, and chocolate is always the winner.”
If only this lady knew that she could have her chocolate and slim down too! … and that it has to do with the kind of chocolate she had been eating, and a lot more to do with what was in her actual dinner.
For immunity, you can’t go past garlic (raw or ‘aged’ encapsulated). Add crushed garlic to salad dressings or make a garlic aoli with organic egg and cold pressed olive oil. I even throw whole cloves through my juicer to my green juice. Also, coconut oil is strongly anti-microbial. Also great are onions, Ginger and ‘probiotic foods’ like raw sauerkraut and kefir. And avoidance of all sugars is really important.
The answer that all you coffee drinkers out there want to hear is that coffee is beneficial, but the honest truth is that caffeine jolts and stresses the adrenal glands and can eventually lead to adrenal exhaustion. And the ‘lift’ you get after a coffee is not because it gives you natural healthy energy; it’s a stimulant. And decaffeinated is no better; it may have less caffeine, but is still highly acidic, dehydrating, demineralising to the bones especially and contains chemicals from the extra processing. If you do love coffee, keep it to a minimum, savour and enjoy a high quality organic brew and treat it as a ‘treat’, not as a health tonic!