For those of you who are fighting the battle of the bulge and attempting to regain your health, I would like to share a useful piece of information. Practically everyone I have worked with or run into attempting to lose weight and keep it off believes substituting artificial sweeteners for sugar is the key. Well I’m sorry, but I’m here to burst that myth. Not only does using artificial sweeteners not assist you in losing weight, in some studies it has been shown to cause more weight gain than normal sugar. Throw in the fact multiple health conditions have been associated with artificial sweeteners, such as:
– Brain tumors
– Chronic fatigue syndrome
– Alzheimer’s disease
– Parkinson’s disease
In a recent study titled: Gain Weight by “Going Diet?” Artificial Sweeteners and the Neurobiology of Sugar Cravings, published in 2010 found:
We know that green tea has many health benefits, such as anti-inflammatory and cancer fighting properties, but did you know it could also help you accomplish your weight loss goals?
Personally I have consumed one to two cups of green tea daily for years, not only for its health benefits, but because it also tastes great cold or hot. For those who are looking for a coffee and soda alternative, and if water is just too bland for your palate, then green tea is an excellent choice.
Every day millions of people enjoy green tea, but where did this popular natural drink come from? Most experts agree that the first tea bushes were found in the Eastern Himalayan Mountains in China and India. Due to the lack of a written character representing tea until the Tang Dynasty, it is estimated that green tea’s origins in China emerged somewhere between 3000 and 5000 years ago. Green tea was first used for its medicinal purposes in China and parts of Russia. Cultures in these regions used green tea to treat asthma, colds, headaches and diarrhea.
Due to the advent of expanded ship transportation and the beginnings of international trade, green tea made its way to Europe and the United States in the 1600’s, and the rest is history. Today green tea is considered the second most popular drink in the world, after water.
I often get asked what is the best milk alternative for people who are lactose intolerant, or have difficulty consuming dairy products. For me the the best alternative is coconut milk, and I consider it also to be the healthiest option for people looking to lose weight. I use USDA Certified Organic So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk. So Delicious Coconut Milk comes in original, unsweetened, vanilla and chocolate. I use So Delicious Coconut Milk almost everyday in my protein drinks.
Here is my favorite post workout recovery protein drink recipe:
- 1-2 scoops of protein powder of your choice.
- 1/4 -1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon.
- A dash of nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon of almond butter
- 1/2 whole pealed banana
- 6-8 ounces of So Delicious Coconut Milk (Vanilla or Plain).
- 2-4 ounces of water until you get consistency you prefer.
For those who follow me know how I feel about buying products endorsed by current or has been “B Lister” celebrities. For those of you who don’t. This is how it goes, just send your money straight to a charity of your choice that way you actually get something out of it. Or maybe you should just light the money you were going to spend on that magic weight-loss product on fire, because at least that way you will not suffer any harm. Ok, I think you are getting the idea how I feel about this topic, but there will always be those who think their favorite celebrity would never endorse such a bad product. My rule is firm on this one, avoid them all and that includes that wacky wizard Dr. Oz. Just because they put doctor in front of their name does not make it all right and the products they endorse safe. I will be writing an article about one of my favorite Dr. Oz episodes later this year, I promise it will be just as entertaining as his show (emphasis on his show is for entertainment in case you missed that).
Just for fun let’s take a look at some of the more famous and ugly celebrity health and weight-loss endorsements:
1) What began your journey into traditional/holistic nutrition?
I’ve always liked to cook, but it all really started in the early 70s when I read Dr. Weston A. Price’s book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. I decided to apply the principles outlined in Price’s book to my own family, and raised my children on a rich diet that included whole raw milk, butter, cream, meat, seafood and organ meat’s. The result was that none of my children needed braces, even though I myself wore braces as a child. And they were much healthier than I had been as a child. Then, seeing these good results I had the idea to write a cookbook that incorporated Dr. Price’s principles. I started what was to become Nourishing Traditions in 1990 and the first edition was published in 1996.
2) What is the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) and how was it started?
The Weston A. Price Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity founded in 1999 to disseminate the research of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston Price, whose studies of isolated non-industrialized peoples established the parameters of human health and determined the optimum characteristics of human diets. Dr. Price’s research demonstrated that humans achieve perfect physical form and perfecthealth generation after generation only when they consume nutrient-dense whole foods and the vital fat-soluble activators found exclusively in animal fats. (As taken from the WAPF website)