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Food sensitivities are believed to cause chronic inflammation, chronic disease & general malaise. They are growing more commonplace, yet they are difficult to detect. Most of us experience the symptoms of food sensitivities as fatigue, joint & muscle pain, mental fog, sleepiness after eating, anxiety, depression, irritability, acne & other skin disorders, weight problems, gas & bloating, insomnia, ringing in the ears, coughing, acid reflux, mouth sores, food cravings, high blood pressure and more. Do you fit any of these criteria? If so, download this podcast and share it with others. This interview with Joy Supplee, MS, RD, examines what they are, how they develop, how to get tested and start the road to recovery, and offers hope for promising health. Listen to the interview here (you can listen from your computer or download as an MP3).

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Show Notes:

Connect with Joy: www.customfitnutrition.net, 1-855-CUST FIT(1-855-287-8348)
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Plants are friggin’ sexy. They have refined themselves through countless and fast life cycles to maximize their attractiveness to humans. Edible plants keep us sexy by helping us stay healthy, lean, youthful, energetic and glowy. Let me tell you a bit more.

Most of us don’t realize this, but plants that are exposed to more bugs (via fewer pesticides) actually have a stronger plant immunity. So yes, organic is usually better (there are some exceptions, and that’s another blog post, Darlin’.) Much like in the animal kingdom where the predator preys on the young and the weak, bugs prefer to eat weaker plants. They usually leave the stronger plants alone because strong plants produce their own pesticides & insecticides that repel creepy crawly pests. Essentially, the more bug exposure plants experience, the stronger the plants become because they are defending themselves by creating more of these endogenous* bug repellants. Gee, doesn’t that sound like a handy skill to have in during mosquito season?

The stress from pest exposure helps the strong plants become “super-duper” plants because they develop more endogenous phytochemicals**, while the creepy crawlies munch out on wimpier plants. This strong plant immunity results in tough anti-cancer, anti-aging, anti-disease compounds within the plant that are just waiting to join you and help you in defending your body against modern diseases, like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other unappealing diseases. *THANK YOU, PLANTS!* This all promotes a sexier, stronger you!

Get your sexy on! First, start with colors. Eating a rainbow of colors will supply you with a better variety of nutrients. Try a new plant or fruit each week. Edible plants provide you with the hot-ticket phytonutrients that people pay a wallop of cash to buy in the form of supplements. You might already be familiar with a few of them: lycopene, zeaxanthin, lutein, carotenes, and so on. FYI: Supplements can never replace real food. You get waaaay more from whole foods than from the sum of its manufactured parts!

Do us both a favor: save the money you would spend on supplements by purchasing and eating more plants. At the end of the day, you will still have money left over, and have me over for dinner for telling you this money-saving, health-saving tip! Plants are pretty sexy, don’t you think?

What are your favorite plants to eat? Which ones are repulsive to you? Please post your answer in the comments below. I want to hear from YOU, oh sexy plant eater!

Do you think this post is helpful? Please rate it, “like” it, and share it with others! And thanks for reading. Love ya!

Hugs and plant kisses,

Frances

Definitions:

* Endogenous: produced from within

**Phytochemical:  These are protective, disease-preventing, non-nutritive plant substances that are vital for preventing diseases.

Phyto = plant

+ Phytonutrients: essential nutrients that protect and promote life, found in plants.

 

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Eat foods that closely resemble their form and color when plucked from the dirt, tree, or vine. Think: how did my body evolve to eat food? (this is not a subtle plug for raw food diets, so don’t get excited!) The more processing your  food has undergone, the fewer nutrients are left to help keep your immunity strong. What’s more? Processing often introduces novel proteins & other foods (those that are new and unusual and therefore not known to your body), which increases your exposure to harmful substances. These chemicals are linked to modern chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cancer, arthritis, obesity, malabsorption, food intolerances, digestive disturbances and more. Bleh! That is definitely not sexy!

For all y’all vegetarians out there, take a look at your fake meats, fake cheeses, fake milks, protein supplements. The ingredients are usually NO BUENO, friends. (Full disclosure: I was a vegetarian for 13 years and developed severe food intolerances largely in thanks to those highly processed fake vegetarian foods.)

 

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March is ringing in with two very FABULOUS topics: NUTRITION AWARENESS MONTH  and COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. These topics are surprisingly related, and it is my intention to help reveal the connections between nutrition and cancer. My girlfriend, Chelle, was diagnosed about three months ago with colorectal cancer, stage III. She is  30 years old. Her nurses are shocked at her story because she has this terrible disease at such a young age. Most people diagnosed with colon cancer are at least 50 or older. Nonetheless, Chelle is strong and spirited, and the nurses who help oversee her chemo love and adore her as though she were their own family member. I join these nurses in being deeply concerned for Chelle – and for others with cancer – and in praying for her full recovery.

This month, let’s explore together some of the many foods and lifestyle factors that prevent cancer. Your feedback is important, so please share your comments and ask your questions! Also, a quick update on the anti-cancer nutrition interview – for personal reasons, Gretchen is no longer available for the interview and I am working on creating the replacement.  I need a little time to work this out. Thank you for your patience and understanding! I guess this is part of my learning curve in creating interviews with experts. My intention is to continue interviewing experts on specific topics of interest to you. Please comment on the topics you are interested in learning so that I can work on delivering valuable subject matters for you! =-)

I want you to view the following video on foods that starve cancer. I’ve watched it several times and it continues to reveal new information each time. Minute 12:01 he discusses what foods to eat. Minute 12:54 shows food list of cancer fighting foods.

Eat to starve cancer

With Love,

Frances

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So you’ve heard the buzz about the importance of Omega 3s, and you’ve heard the emphasis about its proportions to Omega 6s being important. But why do they really matter?

It boils down to this: omega are essential fatty acids (EFAs), meaning that humans must acquire them from the diet because our bodies do not produce them. Omega 6s work by increasing inflammation in the body. Despite the buzz about the perilous nature of inflammation, it is actually a critical function in healthy immunity, blood clotting, and cellular reproduction. You need some level of inflammation. But we get into trouble because our modern diets promote ridiculous amounts of inflammation, which can lead to insulting conditions on our bodies. The goal is to achieve balance.

This is where our friend Omega-3 enters the center stage. This EFA downplays everything Omega-6 does. In a natural environment, we would probably enjoy a near-perfect balance among these EFAs, and might take it for granted that they matter or even exist. But thanks to government food subsidies of corn and soy, and cheap food manufacturing, our EFA intake has a serious tip in its scales. Soybean oil is so common in processed foods that the average American is estimated to receive a whopping 10-20% of its calories from soy oil alone. Think you don’t eat processed foods? Think again. Every food item you eat that was prepared outside of your kitchen, including restaurant foods and snack foods, are processed and likely contain corn, soy, and/or canola oils.

So, why should you care? This EFA imbalance may be a major contributor to asthma, heart disease, many types of cancer, obesity, arthritis, ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease, dyslexia, dementia, depression, post-partum depression, and violence.  Joseph Hibbeln, M.D., a psychiatrist at the National Institutes of Health, advocates bringing these fats into balance to reduce these conditions. He cited a study showing that after omega-3 fish oils and vitamins were added to British prisoners’ diets, the violence in the prison dropped by 37 percent. Here’s another view point: Japan is arguably the happiest and most peaceful developed country, and the average Japanese consumes 145 pounds of seafood yearly. In contrast, the average American consumes about 40 pounds of fish, and while we are more prosperous and enjoy more open land than Japanese, we are more depressed and unsatisfied with our lives.

While supplementing may seem like the obvious answer, examine your options before running out for the next bottle of fish oil that you can find. Not only is supplementing with fish oil taxing on the environment, fish oil supplements are not FDA regulated and may end up costing you a lot of money without giving you the benefits you are seeking. It is possible that these supplements may even contain more omega 6 fats than omega 3s, as explained in my last post. Plus, if you are watching the oils you consume, eat fewer processed foods, and consume more of the omega-3 food items, you should have no problem improving your omega 3:omega 6 ratio.

Consider options that are more environmentally friendly, such as vegetarian sources of omega 3s, outlined here. If you eat meat, eat more grass-fed animals, such as beef, lamb, and chicken. Even the milk from grass-fed dairy cows or goats will contain more omega-3s than when fed from corn, soy, and other food items. Purchasing grass-fed meats from a local rancher or butcher may give you more confidence in the source of this food, support your local food producers, and will likely support more humane animal husbandry.

If you do opt for supplementing your diet, seek oils with a five-star rating from the International Fish Oil Standards (IFOS) at www.nutrasource.ca. This Canadian organization monitors the purity of fish oil supplements to help ensure you are getting just what you are paying for.

Finally, we can all improve our EFA ratios by reducing the amount of omega-6 fats we consume. Omega 6s are abundant in processed and cheap foods, so cook at home more to avoid them. Again, check out this post to see the list of omega-6 EFAs.

Stay Happy & Healthy!

Frances

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Today, I celebrate National Registered Dietitian’s (RD)  Day with a bit of glum. Why isn’t nutrition holding more ground as an essential preventive measure? Why do we insist on spending billions of dollars in health care expenses that could be significantly reduced with preventive measures?

RDs are recognized as the nutrition experts and dedicate themselves to bringing nutrition to the foreground. We help people battle obesity and anorexia, cancer and heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis . . . any health condition humans face, nutrition plays an important role. We help moms secure adequate nutrition during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and help growing children and adolescents find a balanced diet/lifestyle that will ensure they obtain nutrients that will help their bodies for a lifetime. We take care of our elderly and special needs population with nutrition, too.

I find it interesting that nutrition is at the basis of our most expensive modern diseases, and yet it is often the background conversation to the more costly and invasive medical interventions. At a time when obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer overwhelm our country financially, physically, mentally, and emotionally, why isn’t nutrition revered? Why are pharmaceuticals more important than eating a balanced diet? Take a poll to examine many people are taking at least one prescription drug versus how many people are eating at least five fruits & vegetables, and you will find that more of them take drugs than eat vegetables.

Childhood obesity is one of the most insidious problems we are facing. It is extremely expensive: our children will grow up with more health problems than any previous generation, will have fewer productive years because of poor health, and will die younger than their parents. This doesn’t account for the emotional and mental burdens they will face, which our society is also ill-equipped to manage. The impacts are astounding.

For every $1 spent in preventive health services, it saves $3 in future health care expenses. And yet, in an effort to save money in the short-term, congress is cutting back on all of our preventive programs, most notably, Women, Infants, Children (WIC) and Head Start. WIC has proven its in reducing childhood health problems by ensuring that pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, as well as young children, are informed and assisted in meeting their basic nutrition needs. This helps prevent developmental abnormalities that could impair growth, learning, weight, eyesight, and more. Head Start also provides nutrition education for families, and secures a better education foundation for young children. The education provided in these programs are indeed necessary, as the lowest income families are the most susceptible to poor health outcomes.

It remains today that the most prominent health care professionals are doctors, nurses, and pharmacists. Unfortunately, none of these professionals are experts in nutrition and can give little to no nutrition education. And sadly, RDs are usually the health professionals scrapping together their places in healthcare.

Additional links:

American Dietetic Association: www.eatright.org

Let’s Move Campaign: www.letsmove.gov

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March is National Nutrition Month, so please indulge me in sharing with you the many reasons why consulting with a Registered Dietitian (RD) is a SMART choice:

1. You have diabetes. Many people think that having diabetes means the end of enjoyable foods. The dietary restrictions can seem overwhelming, which is one reason why diabetics quit managing their diets. Unfortunately, diabetes is a very serious illness, and if not managed properly, the consequences can be quite serious: limb amputations, kidney disease, kidney failure, coma, and more. Your diet is an integral component to managing this disease well. Your RD will teach you about lifestyle management, such as weight loss (if needed) and physical activity. And best of all, your RD can help you continue enjoying many of your favorite foods safely, without sacrificing taste or nutrition.

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For diabetic lifestyle tips, click here

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