Aug 16 2011

love what you eat

Love What You Eat
By Sue Ann Gleason, Culinary Nutritionist

Remember when you were little and your mom said, “Stop playing with your food.” You’d be making mashed potato mountains and the peas were tiny soldiers ready to roll down the mountain and pummel the approaching carrots. If you grew up in the 50s that was about the only thing you’d want to do with peas and carrots. Peas and carrots came in a can. Those little gems were the mushiest, squishiest things on the planet. No wonder most American children grew up hating vegetables.
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May 29 2011

you are what you eat

-by Sue Ann Gleason, Culinary Nutritionist

Did you know your skin is a window into your digestive health?

I picked up a magazine this morning. In it was a very clever ad: Reform School for Aging Skin: Reducing the Signs of Aging through the Science of Cellular Water. Now the marketing strategist in me wanted to nab that title for a teleclass or workshop, but the magazine was promoting a skincare product. I added the advertisement to my “bunk” pile, saddened by thoughts of all the women who will run right out and purchase that sixty-dollar promise in a BP-laden bottle, but scoff at the idea of paying more for organic produce. You see, glowing skin is an inside out affair. If you have a healthy gut, you’ll have healthy skin. If your diet is high in water-rich, chemical-free foods, you’ll reap the rewards in glowing skin.

Traditional societies across the globe have some culinary tradition of fermentation handed down, parent-to-child, for thousands of years prior to refrigeration. Japanese miso, Bulgarian yogurt, Polish sauerkraut, Indian lassi, and Korean kim-chee. Fermented beets feature widely in the culinary traditions of eastern Europe with dishes like rossel and tonics like beat kvass. Earthy, salty pickled eggplant graced the shelves of my grandmother’s pantry.


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Jan 7 2011

the skinny on fat

Get an Oil Change

The idea that fat in your food = fat on your body is an outdated nutritional belief system. When this belief system was firmly in place we all jumped on the Low Fat No Fat Battleship. We waged war on fat and removed it from the premises.

When fat became the enemy we got very good at reading food labels but the only thing we looked at was the number of fat grams in the product, totally ignoring the gazillion chemicals, food colorings, and “natural” flavors in the product. (If they’re “natural” why don’t they name them?)

Our refrigerators became stocked with:

Skim milk
Low fat or no fat yogurt
Fat free salad dressing, or worse yet—no salad dressing
And our favorite sweet snack became “Snackwell” cookies.
So what happens when we don’t get enough healthy fat in our diets?
The quality of our skin diminishes.
We got a little grouchy.
We can’t find our keys.
We have difficulty absorbing vitamins A, D, E, & K (all of our fat soluble vitamins)
Our bones suffer.
Our kids are acting out in school.
We fall asleep at our desks at 3:00pm.

Why?

When food scientists took the fat out of our food they replaced it with more sugar and all of the latest research is pointing to fructose, not fat, as the real culprit in diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Dietary fat is very slow burning in the body. When you replace the fat with faster burning carbs you tend to feel less energetic, you risk burning muscle tissue, and you wreak havoc on your metabolism, your hormones, your blood sugar, and your energy.

Dietary fats supply some of the best, and most stable sources of energy. If you want to feel good all day long, you need to make sure you are getting enough healthy fat in your diet.

Remember, the human body needs fat to function properly and for proper hormone production. If hormone production is off, your metabolism will follow. Hormones regulate all kinds of things in your body including your ability to build and maintain muscle tissue, which is responsible for a large portion of your energy expenditure. In simple terms, muscle burns calories 24 hours a day and if you eat a low fat or no fat diet you will have a hard time building and maintaining muscle.

For more on hormones, sign up for my f.r.e.e teleclass.

Meanwhile, add some of these items to your grocery list:

• olives
• avocados
• walnuts
• hazelnuts
• almonds
• Brazil nuts (great source of selenium)
• seeds (hemp, flax, pumpkin, sunflower)
• wild cold water fish (preferably line caught)
• coconut oil (yes this is GOOD for you)

And while you’re upgrading the items in your pantry, check the label on your peanut butter jar. If it says hydrogenated vegetable oil, throw it away and upgrade that as well!

In good health,
Sue Ann

Find more radiant life tips on Sue Ann’s website Conscious Bites Nutrition.