Supporting my local, organic foods at Raw Republic on Magazine Street in New Orleans today. Nothing is tastier than eating for a good cause. Best and healthiest falafel wrap ever.
"Studies" show that there is no significant difference between organic and non-organic. If organic is a ripoff & a scam, then I'd rather take my chances on investing in healthy food with little-to-no harsh products sprayed on it, than on a product that you know is basically a storage facility for harmful chemicals.
These types of chemicals can lead to allergies, joint aches, headaches, menstrual complications, infertility, inflammation, fat storage, asthma, eczema, a weakened immune system, gut issues, and a host of health problems.
Invest in organic, & you're investing in your health and quality of life.
Think about it. How would the human race have survived up until this point in time, if we were truly allergic to the one thing that is designed to keep us alive?
Sometimes we can believe we are allergic to a certain food until we try the organic version and have no adverse reaction. The harsh chemical additives, sprays, & insecticides are what our bodies are allergic to, not the food itself. Organic food makes a huge difference.
If you are a typical American, then chances are good that you have a healthy (or maybe not-so-healthy) "addiction" to coffee. Furthermore, if this rings true for you, I have wonderful news for you: coffee is good for you!
According to Ray Peat, Ph.D., coffee drinkers have a lower incidence of thyroid disease, cancer, and other diseases than non-coffee drinkers. Coffee has been used medicinally throughout history, protecting the liver from alcohol, prescription medications, and other toxins, while also protecting the body against radiation, chemical carcinogens, and viruses. Additionally, coffee contains magnesium, a very important mineral for the thyroid gland and overall health. Magnesium is a natural tranquilizer, and it reduces high blood pressure and assists in stabilizing blood sugar in the body. With that said, it is not uncommon to see the general population today consuming the wrong type of coffee at the wrong time.
Here are some tips on how to get the most metabolic bang for your cup:
1) Put 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in your coffee.
- Coconut oil is a medium-chain fatty acid, which means it tends to burn immediately as fuel, rather than store as fat on the body.
- Coconut oil is also a natural anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial fat that boosts energy, supports thyroid function, insulin secretion, bone health, immunity, and digestion, and helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers (Dr. Bruce Fife).
2) Never drink coffee on an empty stomach, as it will cause a spike in adrenaline and other stress hormones, like cortisol.
- Increasing stress in the body can lead to weight gain, wrinkles, and other hormonal chaos.
- It's best to consume it after a meal or snack containing an optimal protein (i.e., white fish, shellfish, grass-fed organic beef, venison, gelatin, bone broth, organic (local and insect-fed) eggs, etc.), carb (i.e., tropical fruits and/or root vegetables), and a fat (i.e., organic heavy cream, grass-fed butter, or coconut oil). (*Note: The protein, carb, and fat examples are not a comprehensive list of optimal food options).
3) Choose a quality roast and water.
- Pick a coffee that does not have artificial flavorings or perfumes (i.e., Folgers and other plain roasts or Organic roast coffee is acceptable).
- It's best to brew at home with quality, filtered, mineral water (i.e., Evian, FIJI, etc.).
So go enjoy your cup of metabolic euphoria, guilt-free and by the cup!
A word of caution though; be careful if you drink and drive.... You just might end up being nice to people on the road today.
When shopping for produce, how do you know if you're consuming GMOs if it's not labeled? There are a few tricks. The "Price Look-Up code", or the "PLU code", gives you some vital information. The numbers within the PLU code are one way to identify conventionally-grown produce versus genetically-modified (GMO), as well as organic produce.
The 4-digit codes are conventionally-grown, and the 5-digit codes are either genetically-modified or organic.
The prefix of '8' would be placed in front of the 4-digit code for genetically-modified (GMO) produce (example: "84321"), and the prefix of '9' would be placed in front of the 4-digit code for organic produce (example: "94321"). Conventionally-grown produce may have PLU codes between the numbers of 3000 and 4000.
When in doubt, always choose the 9! :)
In honor of the first day of fall, here are 5 tips to remember to boost the immune system and lessen the stress response during this seasonal change:
1. Expose yourself to the sun for at least 15 minutes/day (darkness is a stressor on the body).
2. Stay active (tip: going on a walk outside for 15 minutes will also expose you to the sunlight that you need and boost your mood).
3. Rest, not just at night, but throughout the day. Take a break for a few minutes, at least 3x/day, to calm the mind and the body, and just breathe.
4. Eat root vegetables (carrots, potatoes, beets, squash, pumpkin, etc.). These are grown underground, so they have their own powerful immune systems to fight off microbes and other bacteria. (Note: like any other carbohydrate, these must be eaten in conjunction with a protein and a fat to lessen stress on the body).
5. Start your morning off with room temperature lemon water. You can squeeze an organic lemon in one, 8-ounce glass of quality water (up to 1 tablespoon of lemon juice), and drink it on an empty stomach. This will make your HCl, or stomach acid, better able to kill off bacteria. Feel free to also add in ginger root, cayenne pepper, and/or coconut oil for an added boost.
6. Have fun. Do something every day that makes YOU happy. Too often we do for others, and not enough for ourselves (shout-out to the moms out there, especially). Never underestimate the healing power of enjoyment in life.
As always, what helps resist sickness and disease the most is whole mind, body, spirit wellness: to eat well, move well, rest well, play well, think well, and act well. For help in any of these areas, don't hesitate to ask me :)
Feel like you're "allergic" to exercise?
Most people in society, including health professionals, currently view weight gain as a result of not moving enough and eating too much. It would be logical to then assume that increasing your exercise frequency would help you to lose weight.
However, weight gain is not the outcome of not enough exercise; it is the end result of being hypo-metabolic (having a damaged or an inefficient metabolism). This all starts with food quality (organic vs. conventional), type (fresh produce vs. processed products), frequency (how often you eat), and ratios (protein, carbohydrate, and fat amounts in one meal/snack).
By decreasing energy intake (reduce eating calories from food), while increasing energy demand (increasing the amount of movement) with breathless exercise, you are putting your body further into a stressed state. It's not as simple as calories in, calories out.
When the consumption of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are inadequate (either not enough, or the wrong types/ratios/frequency), your body does not have enough fuel to get through the day, much less to get you through exercise (a stressor, itself).
Starting an exercise program and eating less to lose weight causes many to become discouraged about their health when symptoms arise, such as weight gain through water retention (edema/swelling), muscle atrophy (your body eating muscle for fuel), increased anxiety, trouble sleeping, constipation, altered menstrual cycles, infertility, rapid heart beat (over 85 bpm), etc.
If you are already in a hypo-metabolic state from not properly fueling the body before performing breathless exercise (a stressor), the outcome of the exercise may put you further into a hypo-metabolic state. So no, you're not "allergic" to exercise, you just need to work on food, first. As Dianna Schwarzbien, MD, points out, you must get healthy to lose weight, not lose weight to get healthy.
The term "gluten-free" has become very popular in today's society.
Not that I disagree with the thought of not ingesting gluten, for many reasons, but a better option would be to avoid grains. In addition to grains containing gluten, a couple of more alarming points are that grains contain toxic polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and phytic acid.
PUFAs (i.e., found in vegetable oils, grains, leafy green vegetables, margarines, etc.)
- Lower the immune system
- Are estrogenic
- Inhibit protein breakdown
- Lower energy metabolism
- Increase inflammation and aging
- Contribute to senility
- Can lead to Leaky Gut Syndrome
- Can lead to sterility/infertility
- and so on.
In addition, phytic acid allows for poor bone health and can block the absorption of zinc and magnesium, two essential nutrients in creating an efficient metabolism.
So, whether or not you may be "gluten-sensitive" or "gluten-intolerant", is less pressing than the issue of you being more "grain-aware". Furthermore, beware of "gluten-free", processed products that contain a ton of preservatives, fake sugar, and other harmful ingredients. You may be "gluten-intolerant", but your body is also "toxin-intolerant". Coconut flour, rice flour, and the occasional organic Jasmine rice are acceptable, all in moderation.
And remember, it is always best to eat real, whole, organic foods in the right ratios, at the right time, for your particular body. After all, it takes life to give life.
I recently had a conversation with a gentleman who said, "All of this Organic hype is just a selling tactic. Why pay more for something, when you can pay less for the same thing? I figure if it's not immediately making me sick and giving me the sh*ts, then it's fine to eat."
Although I admire the man a great deal, this is a common misunderstanding that many people have today.
My question is, "Why not eat Organic?"
Clean food must be made a priority. Yes, the man has a point--you can eat conventional and processed foods and may not immediately experience adverse effects. However, it will creep up on you.
The chemistry from the food that you eat makes up your cells in your body, which makes up tissues, which makes up organs, which determines how efficiently you function, the way your body looks, etc. You actually are what you eat, and no one I know of dreams of being jacked up on hormones that beef you up to be fatter, quicker--like so many of those cows out there.
So if you're wondering why all of a sudden, after years, you have developed "allergies", food "intolerances", headaches, hormonal imbalance, acne, and/or other health issues, question how your food is grown and processed. The answers may lie in that genetically-modified, hormone-laden, chemical-preservative-laced "food" out there.
Always try to choose organic, even if you don't believe in it--it can make a serious difference in your life.
Pay attention to the quality of your food, rather than the number of calories it provides you.
If the body does not recognize an ingredient, it could lead to a decrease in energy production, an inefficient metabolism, and more stress on the body.
The continued consumption of fake ingredients can lead to the following:
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Muscle and joint pain
- Slow reflexes and speech
- Hair loss
- Lower immune system
- Impaired hearing
- Muscle weakness,
- Cold hands and feet
- Psychological depression
- Cognitive difficulties
- Dry skin
- Menstrual problems
- Hormonal fluctuations
- and so on.
If you are suffering with any "ailment", it could be your body telling you something. Maybe all you need is a change in diet. Organic, real ingredients are what your body is trying to beg you for, not deprivation through less caloric intake.
Listen to your body, and feed it the nutrients it craves through real food.