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Not all sources of protein are created equal


In the most recent issue of Women’s Health magazine they had a short blurb about sources of protein and if they are all created equal –The answer was No. Up until recently, I never really thought about this. I always figured, protein is protein. But after looking into it and talking with others — you want to eat whole, efficient and complete food — and some would even say the info below should leave out dairy products all together and go pure ‘paleo’. One of the things I have found — we are all different and we need to try different approaches to see what works best for you, your lifestyle and your body type.  But the key take away here is not all protein is equal —

Many plant foods, including nuts and beans, can provide a good dose of protein, the best sources are dairy products, eggs, lean meat and fish. …Unlike plant based proteins, animal protein is complete, meaning it contains the right proportions of the essential amino acids your body can’t synthesize on it’s own. It’s possible to build complete protein from plant based foods by combining legumes, nuts and grains, but you’d need to consume 20-25% more plant based protein to reap the same benefits that animal-derived sources would provide…

What if bad fat isn’t so bad? – Health – Diet and nutrition


What if bad fat isn’t so bad? – Health – Diet and nutrition –

So much of what I am reading lately questions our common day notions of ‘bad’ fat.  I remember clearly when fat free food started hitting the market and yet we are fatter as a country. It’s not unreasonable to want those who study this type of thing to question commonly held thoughts about food and what constitutes good and bad food or if either exists at all. We are learning so much more and more about how we develop and prosper – it seems logical to constantly re-examine what we think about what we eat.

Suppose you were forced to live on a diet of red meat and whole milk. A diet that, all told, was at least 60 percent fat — about half of it saturated. If your first thoughts are of statins and stents, you may want to consider the curious case of the Masai, a nomadic tribe in Kenya and Tanzania.

Restaurant trends for 2011


Eating out in 2011 will be about health! Although skeptical, this is great to read because it shows that it’s on the minds of those in the food business.  Of course the fact that they are mentioning improving kids’ nutrition makes me even happier! Let’s keep our eye on this one —

Happy eating in 2011!!

Ahead of the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans and impending regulatory standards for calorie postings in restaurants, smart chefs and restaurateurs are aligning their plans with the changing nutritional tide. Thus, eating out in 2011 will be all about health and flavor. Here are some of the predictions: Locally sourced ingredients. After a few tough years with outbreaks of food-borne illness and frequent food recalls, consumers want to know where their food is coming from. The closer, the better. Roof top and back yard gardens are supplying restaurants with the freshest herbs and produce available. Smaller portions. Whether it’s supersize fatigue or a sluggish economy, restaurant patrons are opting for smaller portions or sharing entrees. Fixed price meals and other cost-saving deals will continue to be on the menu. Big flavor. The portions might be smaller, but the flavor is bigger. Ethnic and artisan foods turn a meal into a taste experience. For your consideration: coconut-infused flavor, ancient grains, flavorful cheeses, and local, artisanal beers and liquors. New twist on kid friendly. From the White House to the school lunch room, childhood nutrition is getting a much needed overhaul. Instead of the traditional fried strips of chicken and potatoes, look for more nutritious meal offerings to include fruit, veggies, and milk. Dessert anyone? Yogurt, gourmet popsicles, and pie are topped with or filled with fruit and flavor combinations to delight. Allergy awareness. For those with food allergies, dining away from home is a gamble. Smart restaurants know that clean kitchens and food handling practices that prevent cross contamination could open the doors to new patrons.

via Restaurant trends for 2011 –

Cleaning up your carb act: Where to begin


Cleaning up your carb act: Where to begin –

Carbs are really what gets most people in trouble food/weight wise.

Most Americans eat between 250 and 300 grams of carbohydrates a day, the equivalent of 1,000 to 1,200 calories. The Institute of Medicine, which sets dietary nutrient requirements, recommends 130 grams a day. Some, such as Dr. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, say achieving that would be a big step in the right direction, but other low-carb advocates believe the number is too inflexible.

“What people can tolerate varies widely based on age, metabolism, activity level, body size and gender,” says Dr. Stephen Phinney, nutritional biochemist and an emeritus professor of UC Davis. For healthy adults the number can be higher, he says, while others will feel and function better if they stay between 50 and 100 grams a day. “I’ve seen some people get in trouble when they eat over 25 grams.

Parents and Mcdonalds


I just saw a story on GMA about a Mom suing McDonald’s because her daughter is obsessed with Happy Meals and the toys that come with it. She says its their fault with their marketing targeted towards kids and she can tell her daughter ‘No’ but she sees the commercials on TV and it’s a losing battle in her mind.

My thoughts – instead of spending her energy suing McDonald’s, how about she focus her energy and money into creating programs that educate parents about good nutrition and what food like McDonald’s can do to the bodies of growing children if eaten as a staple. I am not going to sit here and say my kids’ don’t eat there — they do on occasion – what kid hasn’t? But my kids know it’s not super healthy food, they don’t get the french fries or juice and that it’s something they get in moderation.  You can’t have your kids living in a bubble — but you can arm them with knowledge without scaring them into eating disorders.

I tend to find myself getting annoyed with parents out there that don’t focus their energy and responsibility on the parents. The way to get McDonald’s to stop marketing and selling crap food is to stop buying it.  As a parent,  explain to your family about why you don’t want to eat there and that’s that — drive on by. Kids will get over it.  They are resilient and will get over it and may even thank you when they are old enough to realize the truth about poor nutrition —

Paleo eating filters your view


This is a great new blog I found from Diane Sanfilippo- Holistic Nutritionist specializing in Paleo nutrition, blood sugar regulation, food allergies/intolerances and digestive health Balanced Bites — she gives good sound advice about eating clean. She’s also readily accessible via Twitter which I think is awesome –She recently wrote a post in response to Self Magazine’s Best breakfast choices — Reading this now being so aware of how wheat played a role in my overall fatigue and lack of satiety — it really fires some alarms for me…. Read it with a paleo view and it’s really all wrong!!!

Breakfast Scmreakfast: My Take on Self Magazine’s List of “Best Breakfast Choices”

A few weeks ago a loyal reader of my blog and a fan of my Facebook page sent me a link to this article and asked for my take on it. I let her know that I’d share my take but it was going to take some time. Well, here it is. Self Magazine presents it’s best breakfast choices. I’m going to insert my take on each of these options below. Brace yourselves… I’m not holding back!

Some Deals this Weekend!


A few deals to take advantage of this weekend:

Starbucks is offering a BOGO offer through Sunday:

Buy 1 Holiday drink, get 1 free. Give it to a friend, make a new friend! 2-5pm today-Sunday.

Chipotle is offering a special as well tomorrow:

Check-in at Chipotle using Facebook Places Mobile on your smart phone on Nov 20-21, show your phone with the check-in offer on your screen, and get a BOGO (Buy-One-Get-One) burrito, bowl, salad, or order of tacos.
How to do it:
In order to qualify for the BOGO, you must be physically at the restaurant. Then, you’ll need to check in at that restaurant either through the Facebook Places Mobile app on your smart phone or, if that is… not possible for you, through on your smart phone’s web browser to qualify for the BOGO. This BOGO offer will pop up as a deal at the restaurant at which you check in. Show that deal to the cashier from your phone.
How not to do it:
Posting “checking in” on the wall of this particular Event, posting “checking in” on our or your Facebook page wall, changing the status on your own Facebook profile to say “checking in at Chipotle,” and other non-geo-locational check-ins, unfortunately are not acceptable check-ins. Sorry.

Here is a helpful link too, if you have further questions on how to do it:

How the food industry should act on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines


How the food industry should act on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines.

Reduce sodium intake, eat real portion sizes are some of the take-aways from this article.

Sodium reduction, providing smaller portion sizes, and better portion labeling are key areas for food industry action in light of the upcoming Dietary Guidelines for Americans, according to the advisory committee chair.

At the American Dietetic Association’s Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Boston last week, chair of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) Linda Van Horn, and chair of its Carbohydrates and Protein Subcommittee Joanne Slavin outlined some of the main findings of the DGAC and how research has shifted nutrition evidence since the 2005 guidelines were issued. spoke with Van Horn about which aspects of the guidelines were likely to have the most impact on the food industry.

“First of all, sodium,” she said. “The food industry has been running rampant on sodium for a long time, but now is the time for them to reduce sodium – and not sacrifice taste. I believe American ingenuity can do it.”

Arizona School Sends Overweight Kids Home With Notes


Arizona School Sends Overweight Kids Home With Notes.

Obesity is a very serious problem for adults and children and getting serious about addressing the underlying reasons why its such a serious problem in this country is definitely important. Taking it upon yourself to send kids home with a note essentially telling them they have a problem is not the solution. The school should look to ways to educate parents and kids on proper nutrition and fitness and offer activities and food programs that support that goal — not send home a note with helpful suggestions. That’s not Helpful.

Childhood obesity is, admittedly, a serious problem in the United States. But shaming kids about their weight is not the solution. And someone needs to tell that to the administrators at an Arizona school, which is congratulating itself for an “innovative” new program, whereby children will be weighed, measured, and if they’re found to be overweight, sent home with a note.

Eating Paleo in a Non-Paleo World


Eating Paleo in a Non-Paleo World.

This is a great recap of eating Paleo and living your life being conscience of what you eat.  It is easier to just go through life not paying attention but that’s how you end up with health and weight issues. Plain and simple…

Once you start eating a Paleo diet, you’ll notice that most of the world is very much non-Paleo. Like maybe your spouse, roommate or best friend. Fear not, it’s possible to be a happy Paleo eater in a non-Paleo world.

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