Archive | January, 2012

Pregnancy: Folic Acid

18 Jan

Folic Acid is very important in preventing neural tube defects in babies. I get asked a lot by pregnant women about good sources of folic acid. Here are a few:

  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Lentils
  • Beans
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Broccoli
  • Rice
  • Papaya
  • Peas
  • Orange juice

Although these are good sources of folic acid I have to recommend taking a supplement as well. We really don’t want to risk it when it comes to brain and spine development.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommend 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid per day to all women of childbearing age. Make sure you are getting enough folic acid before getting pregnant and for at least 3 months into the pregnancy.

 

M Cafe

13 Jan

 

M Cafe de Chaya

If you want to go to a super healthy and delicious restaurant, this is definitely the one to go to.

A contemporary macrobiotic restaurant, where almost everything on their menu is organic and everything is fresh, healthy and free of harmful chemicals.

Order anything you want from the menu, I’ve tried almost everything and it’s all delicious! The juices are also great.

In LA they have 2 locations

Beverly Hills and Melrose

If you’re in Mexico City I have to recommend Nick San, I always get the green salad, the grilled vegetables and a side of brown rice. The sashimi are quite nice as well.

From the Farm to your Home

12 Jan

I’ve just received my box full of fresh fruits and vegetables from Farm Fresh to You.

Once a week you can get a box with healthy, organic produce delivered to your door. It’s a great way to start eating healthy and since everything is picked daily and delivered fresh, it holds all the nutrients.

I know there’s a few options all around the U.S., I’ve heard of Urban Organic in NYC and Aires de Campo in Mexico City.

Go online and search for your city, if you can’t find this kind of service I recommend you start buying at farmer’s markets, they have very fresh produce as well. Always try to look for organic and in season options.

And remember… You are what you eat!

MSG: Avoid it!

11 Jan

MSG or Monosodium Glutamate is a chemical added to food to enhance the flavor.

It is a neurotoxin that has been linked to migraines, autism, asthma, ADHD, infertility, Alzheimer’s, IBS, anxiety and many more. Unfortunately it is found in most of the food we are exposed to everyday.

A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that, men and women who consume high levels of MSG are more likely to become overweight.

So, where can we find MSG? It’s in soups, chips, pasta sauces, salad dressings, fast food, candy, gum and most processed foods.

Read the labels! MSG is hidden under many names: Monopotassium glutamate, hydrolyzed protein, calcium caseinate, yeast food, gelatin, yeast extract, glutamic acid, sodium caseinate, textured protein, barley malt, whey protein, to name a few.

Be careful and remember, the best way to eat is to prepare your own food from scratch, go for organic, eat natural!

Healthy Documentaries

10 Jan

These are three GREAT documentaries to understand how the food we eat is hurting our health.

You have to watch them:

Food matters 

Food INC.

Forks Over Knives

 

(Click on the titles)

Healthy Tip: Adding Good Food

9 Jan

Having a healthy diet is not something you wake up with one morning, it’s a slow but sure road. The most important thing to do in the beginning, is not to eliminate all fat, greasy, processed food at once, but to add more healthy food.

Take it one step at a time. I recommend you add a new food per week. For example this week you might want to add kale or spinach to your diet. Next week try quinoa or beans.

Keep adding healthy food and eliminating bad food.

Try to eat the cleanest possible.

Your goal in the end will be to eliminate processed foods and eat fresh, happy and nutritious food.

Fresh Quinoa Salad

6 Jan

The weather is beautiful here in LA and I’m craving a healthy quinoa salad.

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups arugula
  • Cilantro, mint, salt and pepper

Wash the quinoa, then soak for at least an hour (I let it soak overnight if possible. I always let it sprout), rinse carefully and add to a pot with the water. Add sea salt or Kombu and then bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat to simmer, cover and cook until the liquid is absorbed.

Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl, add salt and pepper as desired. When the quinoa is cooked add and mix with the rest of the ingredients, serve and enjoy!