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Lower Your Cholesterol

Do you have high cholesterol? If your LDL is high and you fear heart disease and attacks then this natural remedy may be for you. I was watching Dr. Oz and he had a naturopathy doctor on and they said that yo-to dieting can lead to high cholesterol. If you’ve yo-yo’d at least five times in your life then your risk for a heart attack is pretty great. They said that a simple fix could be by adding Brewer’s Yeast to your diet. 1-2 tablespoons per day, mixed in with your food can help curb the icky blood vessel stickers.

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michael pollan.

From Michael Pollan’s new book, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, this (amazing) author on nutrition and food was on Dr. Oz and he had some stuff to say.

Who’s cooking your food? Corporations or people? Corporations are using the cheapest, worst ingredients and dress it up with salt, fat and sugar.

Get back into the kitchen and rekindle your love for cooking. If you do this, you don’t have to worry about counting calories or agonizing over getting enough nutrients, how much fat your taking in, etc. It figures itself out when you’re cooking, just in practice alone.

We’re being brainwashed into thinking we are incapable of cooking. Think about the companies selling you frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. That’s ridiculous. The most simple food to make, but hey, we make it better and easier for you. But is it?

Pollan’s new FOOD RULES:

WATER: where does flavor come from? You can make the best flavors just by cooking food slowly in water. Dashi, a Japanese stock, makes everything amazing. You add kombu to your cooking water and remove before it boils. Benito flakes is a great add-on (fish and mushroom).

AIR: you cannot live on wheat flour alone. But you can live on bread. Buy your bread from a baker not a factory. If it does not go stale in a couple days it is not REAL bread.

EARTH: fermented food is super important. Basically eat from the earth. Live, fermented food. Kimchi, sauerkraut, wine, cheese…

FIRE: No no no on microwaves. This is not fire, so don’t use it. Think about when you cook on a grill, everyone is attracted to it giving it a sense of community. Do you do that with microwaves? Nope, it’s quite the obvious.

Here is Michael Pollan’s grocery cheat sheet list:

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ayurveda fat loss

I still love Dr. Oz, that’s never gonna change. I saw an episode where he had a great Indian doctor, Kurleet Chaudhary, who specializes in ayurvedic medicine. She talked about how easy it is to get your body back in shape by simply shifting your regular eating practices. 

Fat Fighting Tea

1/2 teaspoon whole cumin

1/2 teaspoon whole fennel

1/2 teaspoon whole coriander

Throw it all in some boiling water for five minutes and then sip on this tea all day long. Try to do this a few times a week. 

Another fat fighting, detoxifying, body strengthener: Triphala. This is made up of three superfruits: Amalaki, which works as an antioxidant, Haritaki, a detox-er/colon cleanser, and Bibhitaki, basically a fat melter. You can take it in powder form. 1/2 teaspoon of Triphala, 1 teaspoon of psyllium fiber, 1/2 teaspoon flaxseed in warm water and go for it. If you an’t handle it take it in pill form, take two tablets an hour before bed. 

Another way to reduce fat and get those pounds to shed is by reorganizing the calories in your meal. Basically eat 25% of your calories for Breakfast, 50% for Lunch and the remaining 25% for Dinner. Dr. Chaudhary says that your body’s digestion is at its best during lunch, so you can basically throw down during this hour. But don’t throw down after 7p because your body does not want to work at night and so your fat will be stored causing you to pack the pounds. So what should your meals look like? Breakfast should be easy to digest- egg whites, oatmeal, fruit. Lunch should be your heaviest- meats, cheese, desserts. Dinner has to be the lightest- soups, cooked veggies.

Last fat fighter is adding curry powder to all your meals. It helps you feel satiated and will help you to eat less. If the ones in the stores are too spicy for you, it’s easy to make: 

  • 5 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 small (1 1/2 inch) cinnamon stick
  • 5 cloves

Grind em up in a coffee/spice grinder. Once blended add 2 tsp of turmeric powder. That’s your curry powder! 

Gharshana is a massage that helps with lymphatic flow. Not meant to be gentle it’s supposed to be vigorous. You apply pressure with raw silk gloves ($20, online) in whichever areas you want less fat. Go crazy with this to see results. 

cheeze!

I found this recipe today in my search for a gluten-free, vegan cheese sauce! Ever since I stopped eating gluten, found out I had a cow-milk allergy and deleted corn from my diet, finding favorite food replacements has been quite an arduous task! 

Note: I used turmeric and soy milk…

Thank you Karina for this great recipe, which I found on her blog Gluten-Free Goddess!

The Best Cheesy Uncheese Sauce 

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons light olive oil

5 tablespoons sweet rice flour
2 1/2 cups unsweetened plain soy, hemp, nut, or coconut milk
2 rounded tablespoons good tasting nutritional yeast*
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or more, to taste
A good dash or two of Garlic Powder, to taste
A good dash or two of Minced Onion, to taste
1/2 teaspoon gluten-free Dijon or honey mustard, or to taste
1 tablespoon golden balsamic vinegar, rice vinegar, or lemon juice- to taste
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon paprika (for orange) or turmeric (for yellow) color- may omit
1/4 cup white wine – may omit for alcohol-free
 
Note: I now add a rounded tablespoon of sesame tahini to the sauce mixture as well.
 
Instructions:

In a saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat, and stir in the rice flour (I like to use a whisk to do this). Cook and stir the flour for about 30 seconds- it will make thick paste- and continue stirring to cook the raw flour taste out of it.

 
Slowly add in the hemp milk, whisking to blend the flour paste and hemp milk.
 
Bring the mixture to a bubble (it will thicken as it heats) then reduce the heat to low. Add the nutritional yeast, sea salt, garlic and onion powder, mustard, vinegar, nutmeg, paprika or turmeric, wine (and sesame tahini, if using), and whisk to blend.
 
Continue heating and stirring the sauce over gentle heat for about five to ten minutes. Taste test. Does it need a hint more salt? Wine?
 
Stir and gently heat through.
 
Remove from heat and use on pasta, rice, potatoes, vegetables or casserole fillings.
 
Makes about three cups sauce.

b-12!

Oy vey I think I may have found the source of my fatiguey, tingly, forgetfulness! I was watching Dr. Oz and like I couldn’t have asked for a better episode but one focused on the vitamin B-12. Apparently a good third of us (or so as polled in his audience) are deficient in B-12 and a lot of it has to do with simple factors… First of all, if you’re under 50, hopefully your stomach is still with you, in tact and functioning properly. But if you’re at all like me, I have had stomach problems for years now. Second, if you are over 50, listen up because your stomach, probably like mine (and other faulty young stomachs out there), basically stops producing gastric acids needed to break apart B-12 from the protein molecule. Basically, if your body can’t separate it, all your B-12 intake could be for not. Why do you need it? It helps your cells communicate with each other and goes as far as helping you stay neurologically sound. There have been studies done where dementia, alzheimers patients suffered from B-12 deficiency. The problem is if you let your body go too long without, the damage is irreversible. Sound scary? Good. Be scared and prepared!

Sources of B-12: meat, seafood, some dairy. Those are the naturally occurring sources (but they should be non-GMO, grass-fed animals). Then there’s the fortified cereals or milk-substitutes, which work too.

Best way to infuse yourself with B-12: melt under your tongue B-12 supplements. This is good for those who have the weaker, older stomachs. If you have a young, healthy stomach then taking a pill-form supplement should be fine. And actually, not that anyone recommends you take tons, but there is no limit on B-12 in-take. And if that’s not fitting to your needs, you can also do the B-12 injections (that are popping up everywhere nowadays) but the Dr says you should get a Px first.

Remember, not like you’re stupid, but don’t go hog wild on anything before checking in with your physician, or go hog wild and have fun!

safflower.

the fight for a fat fighter. Let’s all just stop looking (and fighting) and focus in on safflower for a minute. An age old secret weapon, first discovered in Egypt over 4,000 years ago. It comes in oil form and supplement form (and others of course). I was watching this really awesome episode of Dr. Oz, which is how I came upon this knowledge. And, not like this matters, but Montel Williams swears by it (lost two inches in 11 weeks without even trying although he tries to maintain a healthy lifestyle). Apparently it is designed to be eaten thirty minutes before you eat, and it helps shift the craving for that sugary dessert afterward. Other ways to get this omega-6 fatty acid it… Look for 6 mg. of linolenic acid in the supplement form. Look for 7-10 g polyunsaturated fat when looking for an oil. Sunflower seeds can also be eaten (3 tsp. a day) to get those same benefits. An Ohio University study showed that although women didn’t lose weight while on the oil, they did lose a good amount of body fat. And then Oz asked a panel of doctors their opinion and they were split. So he said, try it for three months, see what happens. I’m all for that, why not?

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