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Did you Know? About Red Meat and Gestational Diabetes…

27 Feb

Animal vs Plant

Did you know that a recent study reports that eating animal protein increases the risk for gestational diabetes, while eating plant protein lowers it?

Shocking but true! This is now another reason to start eating healthier and wiser… Try adding nuts, seeds, beans, quinoa, brown rice and lentils to your diet, these are all packed with proteins.

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Good Carbs, Bad Carbs

9 Oct

Bad carbs make you fat! But good carbs can make you lose weight.

Avoid these carbohydrates in your diet:

  • Cakes
  • Cookies
  • Bread
  • Sugar
  • Refined grains
  • Pizza
  • Almost all processed foods
  • White rice
  • Pasta
  • Cereals

Make sure to include these carbs in your diet, these are good for you and help you either lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. Don’t be scared of these carbs, it’s a myth that they’ll make you fat.

  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa
  • Beans
  • Oats
  • Whole grains
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Legumes

Remember Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Fiber = Healthy Digestive System and More!

19 Mar

Fiber is a great supplement, specially now that so many people are  consuming the SAD diet (Standard American Diet), a diet that lacks fiber and many other nutrients.

Fiber is great for stabilizing blood sugar, it helps lower cholesterol, it prevents colon cancer, hemorrhoids, constipation, alleviates irritable bowel syndrome symptoms and studies show it may even help people lose weight!

In addition to taking a supplement make sure you include foods to your diet, which are high in fiber:

  • Whole grains
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Brown rice
  • Seeds
  • Lentils
  • Beans

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Fats: Not all Bad

22 Feb

I really didn’t understand fats until a few years ago.

I grew up with everyone around me saying fats were bad and fats make you fat!

I was still too young to know better, so I ordered fat free dressings on my salad, things cooked with no oils, I decided not to eat avocados, nuts and all vegetable fats! I really thought animal products were fine, as were processed foods (!?!) I had no idea what I was doing! I was letting the TV and magazine ads dictate the terrible way I was eating.

It wasn’t until I read a book about good fats that my perspective changed. This was a few years after medical school, where I heard a few things about fats, but mostly that I should stay away from them!

After reading the book I finally understood that everything in my diet was wrong. I still had a lot of research to do but I was on the right path to understand that: vegetable fats were the good fats, animal fats were mostly the bad fats and processed food fats were the terrible fats! Or as Dr. Mark Hyman says “the ugly fats.”

Good fats

Good fats are unsaturated fats. They help lower cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL and VLDL (very low density lipoproteins) and also reduce inflammation.

Some examples include:

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Flax seeds and flax seed oil
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Avocados
  • Salmon
  • Sardines

Bad Fats

These fats are saturated fats that block arteries, leading to heart disease. They cause weight gain that is liked to diabetes and have been also linked to cancer.

  • Refined vegetable oils
  • Beef
  • Butter
  • Pork
  • Chicken

Trans Fats

These are the worst of them all. They are man-made, toxic and dangerous. They increase the risk for heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer.

They are present in most processed foods like:

  • Margarine
  • Crackers
  • Chips
  • Cookies
  • Frozen dinners
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Cakes

Eat mostly good fats, little amounts of saturated fats and zero trans fats!

Eat healthy, be happy!