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May 24, 2020
The most commonly asked question I get as a nutritionist is “What should I eat?” Most people want to improve their diet because they want to lose weight.
What if I told you that even though you need to lose weight, your primary focus should not be on losing weight but on gaining health, and that weight loss will occur as a natural byproduct of this transformation? What if you could stop counting calories, measuring foods, and depriving yourself of enjoyment at mealtimes? What if you could achieve your goal of losing weight without the hunger and drudgery of yet another diet? Read on.
Being overweight is a health risk and it does contribute to developing all kinds of chronic health conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and autoimmunity. As you improve your health and eating habits, however, your weight will naturally decrease and you will arrive at a healthy weight without dieting.
So, what’s one thing you can do today to start changing your eating habits and improving your health? Replace convenience foods with real food. That’s it. Simple, yet easier said than done. Let’s unpack this further.
When you eat a diet high in naturally existing nutrients your body responds and starts reaching a balance or homeostasis, where nutrients are utilized efficiently to build and repair tissue, to defend against invaders, and to keep you feeling your best. Rather than me trying to convince you, the key to this transformation is for you to experience it firsthand. After all, you believe you and you talk to you more than anyone else.
So, where do we start with replacing processed foods? The best way to start improving your eating habits is to make a plan of action. If you want to start with baby steps, my suggestion is that you go through your pantry and refrigerator and get rid of all foods that are not found in nature. I know; that’s a lot to ask. Get rid of soda, syrups, dressings, packaged foods and anything that has an ingredient list that you don’t understand.
A helpful mindset is to think: “I’m adding health to my body; I am feeding my body with food, not man-made substances”. Then start replacing these foods with real food found in nature.
To help you do this I’ve put together a comprehensive guide that will help you answer the question, “What should I eat?”. This guide can be printed and laminated. It’s full of delicious, whole food ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Make a grocery list with this guide in mind and tell yourself you’ll try it for a week. See how you feel. Experiment and watch your body transform before your eyes!
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In great health,
Monica Paz, MS, CN, FNLP
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July 07, 2020
Trying to decrease sugar in your diet seems like a daunting task when you don’t know where to start. It’s easy to get overwhelmed because sugar is found in so many foods.
The objective is to a eat whole food diet that has easy-to-digest foods that include a protein source (meat, poultry, fish, beans, nuts/seeds or organic non-GMO tofu), fiber (lots of veggies) and some healthy fat to help delay the release of natural sugar from the rest of the food into the bloodstream. Remember, the key here is to delay the release of sugar into the blood.
These are 5 simple steps to help you feel prepared and in control of your weekly meals:
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Do you get cranky when you skip meals? My client Susan was snapping at people at work and she felt irritable, dizzy and fatigued when she didn’t eat. She thought this was normal; after all, her mother and grandfather had the same condition. Her solution? Eat sugar-containing food every couple of hours and to make sure she had food with her at all times. This wasn’t working...