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3 Doctors Discuss the Best Diet To Have

There are a million and one diets out there that claim they are the best way to eat and live by… however, with all of them claiming they are the best, it’s extremely overwhelming deciding which one to follow to live your Ultimate Life. In this video, three doctors discuss the low down on sugar, gluten, vegan and paleo and talk about the best way you could possibly eat to clear up any concerns you may have:

Watch Out For These “Healthy” Foods That Can Cause You Harm

Are you ready for the biggest contradiction you’ll most likely hear all day?  There are healthy foods that can cause you some serious harm, meaning there really is too much of a good thing!  Check out the deemed ‘healthy’ foods that can do some serious damage if not consumed properly: 

KALE

Kale has a compound in it called thiocyanate that, in high amounts, severely interferes with iodine metabolism, which can, in turn, result in hypothyroidism. Eating too much kale in an effort to lose weight can actually lower your metabolism (and affect a lot of other things that your thyroid controls). The condition is not common, and drinking kale juice seems to pose the biggest risk. So enjoy it, the stuff is healthy in moderation.

SALMON

Salmon contains mercury, a neurotoxin. Too much of it can cause mercury poisoning and major neurological damage. Pregnant women are especially advised to limit their consumption of fish due to the presence of mercury.

But … how much mercury? Trace. About a zillionth the amount of fat that there is in the avocado. It’s considered a low-mercury fish, and you can safely eat 12 ounces of it per week (about two standard servings). But that’s it. So enjoy it, but don’t live on it just because you read one article that says it’s healthy.

GOJI BERRIES

Gram-per-gram, they have the same number of calories and almost the exact same number of grams of sugar. They’re not nutritionally the same given the goji berry’s wealth of vitamins, but if you’re watching your weight or if you’re diabetic? Your pancreas will view these as candy.

Enjoy goji berries. Like everything else, in moderation.

CHIA SEEDS

They’re not just for making creepy statues grow hair anymore (and yes, the chia in your pudding and the chia that grows out of that weird terra cotta thing your grandma loved are the same thing). They’re so healthy that you’re probably dying right now simply because you’re not eating them. They’re touted as an ancient superfood, rich in antioxidants, protein, fiber, and omega-3s. They should be added to your salad or even your raw organic kombucha. When mixed with a little agave nectar and almond milk, they taste delicious and look vaguely like frog eggs. Why the hell did we ever waste these little guys on statues?

Probably because of the potential for severe gastrointestinal side effects.  That cute thing chia seeds do in almond milk when they puff up? They do that in your body too, and the side effects can be painful. They even landed a guy in the ER for expanding post-ingestion and obstructing his airway.


 

Read more from our blog about how you should break up with your paleo diet and move on… 

 

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Don’t Be Fooled By these Diet Marketing Ploys Ever Again…

Let’s face it, there are a million and one diets out there all claiming they are the absolute best… And not to mention all of the marketing ploys in the diet industry to get you to buy ‘their’ brand of food because they are ‘gluten free, no BPA’s added, sugar free and have a label saying it is natural… I hate to break it to you but that is all more than likely a bunch of bull to get you to help them reach their bottom line. I mean, could eating that brand of protein bars really give you abs of steel in just one week? Maybe if you starved yourself and only ate their “natural fat free” bars, but really, who does that! Fitness goals are reached by a balance of healthy dieting and exercise … Take a look at the list below so you can weed through the fakes and the phonies of the diet industry:

 

  1. If it’s labeled as “natural”, it might not be. When was the last time you saw broccoli being marketed as “all natural”?

  2. Labels like gluten free or dairy free don’t necessarily = healthy. If you have experimented with your diet and learned that you have a sensitivity to something and it doesn’t agree with you, then absolutely cut it out, or cut back on it. But that doesn’t mean that gluten free junk food isn’t exactly that…junk food.

  3. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If there was really a secret to six pack abs, don’t you think someone would have spilled the beans by now? Brands don’t sell waist trainers by reminding you that every one is built differently and optimal health looks different on everyone.

  4. Just because Oprah endorses it, doesn’t mean it’s any different than any other diet. I may get some flack for this one but I feel strongly about it. Don’t get me wrong…of course I have great respect and admiration for Oprah. Who doesn’t? And it’s not that I have anything against Weight Watchers in particular. It’s just that…Weight Watchers is still a diet and diets do not work for the long term. It’s not teaching you how to listen to your body and eat mindfully. It’s teaching you that certain foods have certain values. While it may help some people better understand portion control, if you are someone that has chronically struggled with weight loss and food addiction (like Oprah openly has), portion control is probably not something you need to be educated on. It’s much more likely that you are stuck in a cycle of assigning judgment to yourself based on what you eat, which, in turn, leads you to reward and/or punish yourself with food or lack of food. Counting points instead of calories doesn’t change that.

  5. If you are working to add more vegetables (especially green ones) and cut back on processed foods, you are moving in the right direction. Try to pick the highest quality ingredients, whether its chicken or chocolate. Water should make up the majority of your beverage choices. And that pretty much covers the basics. Neither Vegan nor Paleo is a better choice. You need to find the better choice for you.


 

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You Can Now Afford Healthy Eating Thanks to This…

It’s a common assumption that having a healthy diet often comes with a pricey grocery list, but believe it or not, there are ways to beat the price tag when your grocery shopping for healthy foods; you just have to know what to look for. Whether you are a business owner with a busy day or a high performance athlete, everyone has a budget and everyone needs a healthy diet to keep them rocking throughout their day. Thanks to registered and licensed dietitian at Urban Nutrition, Nicole Chase, and nutritionist and author of “The One One One Diet,” Rania Batayneh, we have 5 of your next grocery list items:

Sweet Potatoes

You can find this versatile veggie for $.50 apiece at Trader Joe’s.

Photo:Wally Hartshorn
Photo:Wally Hartshorn

While one serving contains about 40 grams of carbs, there’s no need to feel bad about consuming carbs if they’re coming from sweet potatoes, Batayneh tells us. “They provide your muscles and brain with energy, as well as a host of other nutrients to keep your body running smoothly. High in fiber, they help maintain healthy blood sugars. They also contain beta-carotene, a precursor for vitamin A.”

 

 

Dried Beans

Beans are often overlooked, but they’re a great economical ingredient to add to your grocery list.

“A serving of beans — about ½ to ¾ cup — offers eight grams each of muscle-building protein and satiating fiber, making them a healthy and economical add-on at breakfast, lunch, or dinner,” says Batayneh. “Dried beans are cheaper than canned beans but require advance planning, as they generally require soaking for a couple hours.”

Chase agrees that buying dried beans in bulk is the least costly option, and recommends using them as the base for meatless meals.

Eggs

“At around $.20 per egg, eggs are one of the most economical (and environmentally friendly!) sources of protein,” says Batayneh.

“Both the whites and the yolk are valuable sources of nutrients: The whites offer six grams of high quality protein, while the yolk provides choline, a B vitamin that plays a role in brain and liver health, as well as zeaxanthin and lutein, two antioxidants that boost eye health.”

What’s more, egg preparation options are endless. Try them scrambled, hard-boiled, soft-boiled, poached, or whip up an omelet or frittata.

Jicama

If you’re looking to munch without loading up on hundreds of calories from chips, crackers, or other crunchy snacks, jicama is your answer.

“Ditch the chips and try sliced jicama, a non-starchy vegetable with a crispy, juicy flesh,” says Chase. “Jicama is a tuber vegetable that can be found in the produce section of your local grocery store. With only 25 calories per half cup, sliced jicama packs in 20% of the daily value for vitamin C and is a good source of fiber.”

Chase recommends peeling and slicing the veggie to use in place of chips as a dipper for appetizers.

Canned Tuna

“The American Heart Association recommends consuming at least two servings of fatty fish per week, but for the time- or money-conscious, that can be difficult,” Batayneh tells us. “Canned tuna (or salmon) removes both of those obstacles.”

Cans of Tuna isolated against a blue background
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You can find two-serving cans for about $.70 each, and they’re rich in omega-3 fatty acids, she says. “Omega-3 fatty acids improve heart health by reducing blood triglyceride levels and slowing the growth of atherosclerotic plaques. Their consumption is also correlated with a reduced risk of depression.”

 

 

 


 

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