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What you put on your plate is as important as breathing.

What you put on your plate is as important as breathing.

Studies indicate that asthma and allergies are second only to lower back pain in the United States of America.  There are many symptoms, but they are only outward manifestations of something much more serious and internal.  Mostly people are concerned with the discomforts that these symptoms cause.

Having an allergy is one of the major signs of toxic build-up in your Immune system.  So the focus ought to be balancing the Immune System.

What most people do not understand is this:  Digestion is absolutely at the foundation of your health

Keeping your Immune system healthy and strong is vital for your protection from disease.

To strengthen Your Immune System:

1.  Have a Positive Attitude

2.  Eat a diet that consists of fresh raw fruits and vegetables as well as fiber for roughage, for example, wheat bran

3.  Avoid simple carbohydrates–foods processed with refined ingredients such as in pre-packaged foods

4.  Ample Sleep and Relaxation

5.  Moderate Exercise to combat fatigue and stress

The Gut is the Key to Overall Health

Certain medications can irritate or damage the lining of your intestines causing a serious problem such as Leaky Gut:

Antibiotics are one of the biggest offenders and can annihilate your friendly gut flora.

Radiation, chemotherapy steroid drugs, aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen and other NSAIDs can increase intestinal permeability.

Other health issues besides Leaky gut that may show up are:  Parasites, Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome–these all are traced to food intolerance.

For information on Wholistic Ways to Prevent Allergies, please contact Healthy Life Institute at 801-358-4777.

You might also be interested in Sarica Cernohous’ 7-week on-line course at http://www.funkykitchenfresh.com

Sarica will teach you simple tried and true methods of preparing healthy food for your family without staying in the kitchen for endless hours.  It is a wise investment you ought to take advantage of.  Tell her you were invited by Healthy Life Institute in Orem UT — thanks, G & C Larsen

What’s Good For You?

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We are told to eat a lot of raw dark green & red leafy vegetables.  Just how much is a  lot?  Americans think that if a little is good for you then a lot must be much better for you.

What about “Green Smoothies” that are all the rage?

If you put in a lot of Spinach or beet greens, for example, you get a lot of oxalic acid.  What does it do?  It causes a great deal of pain in your joints (inflammation).  In addition, too much raw spinach can affect your thyroid.

kaleThen, there is kale, for example, your urologist loves you because you have kidney stones, and that keeps him/her in business.

All foods should be eaten in moderation instead of obsessively because you also don’t want to avoid all the nutritious foods–then you would become deficient in your nutritional needs.

What about “Whey Protein” in your smoothies?

“The most common protein sources used in commercial powders include soy, egg, whey, & wheat gluten. An intelligent consumer must be very suspicious of these. Soy and gluten containing proteins (wheat, barley, rye, oat, kamut, & spelt) are highly allergenic and promote inflammatory reactions within the body.

Soy protein is an anti-nutrient that should be avoided for several reasons. Soy contains phytic acids that bind and pull major minerals such as calcium, magnesium, & zinc from the body. High processed soy consumption is linked with deficiencies in these major minerals. Soy also contains enzyme inhibitors that turn off natural enzymes needed to perform critical cell functions. Goitrogenic substances that block thyroid hormone are highly prevalent in soy foods as well.”

Non-denatured, grass-fed whey protein concentrate (not isolate) from organic pastures is the highest quality protein source for most individuals. This form of whey protein contains beta-glucans, lactoferrins, & immunoglobulins that enhance immune function. Additionally, non-denatured whey contains all the branch chain amino acids and optimal ratios of essential amino acids. Finally, non-denatured whey protein is one of the best food sources for boosting cellular anti-oxidants such as glutathione.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/031979_protein_powder_inflammation.html##ixzz2v7AGaVX1

Too much whey protein or animal protein including some kinds of fish, like cod, can cause gout to form.  It causes inflammation and can swell up your feet and is very painful.  One advises you to drink a lot of water.  Gout goes in a cycle lasting from 7 to 10 days generally.  Soaking the foot also helps alleviate the swelling and pain.  Avoid foods high in uric acid like bananas, pumpkin, apricots, etc.  Eat instead cherries, even frozen, or grapes, and other berries.

Exercise

we are told to exercise to get fit, to lose weight, to improve your heart, increase your muscle mass, etc.  Too much exercise or exercise for long periods of time can age a person faster than doing short interval or “burst” bursttraining1exercises for a few minutes a day.

Americans are too sedentary.  They sit to watch too much television or movies or read to relax and unwind.  Work causes too much sitting because the majority of us use computers in our work.  What can you do?  It was suggested to me to get up from sitting at my computer about every 15 or 20 minutes and do another activity before going back to the computer.  I think that’s wise advise and I’m passing it on to you.  If you lose track of time, set your alarm clock for 15 minutes–maybe this will help you get up and move.

Water

What is it about alkaline water that makes it so healthful?

The body is perfectly capable of maintaining its own pH balance provided it receives the proper nutrients. When the body is not getting enough alkaline minerals from food and water, it must rob calcium from its own bones to neutralize acidity. This is not ideal and once the body’s readily available alkaline mineral supplies are depleted, it becomes overly acidic.

It is important to note that water can be either naturally alkaline or artificially alkaline. Why? Naturally alkaline water contains the alkaline minerals the body needs to combat acidity. Artificially alkaline water, such as water from a typical alkaline water ionizer machine, has a pH that is artificially increased and does not have any more alkaline minerals than the original water used to supply the machine. Artificially alkaline water has also been proven to cause side effects, and from a chemical perspective, such a water cannot be found anywhere in nature.

What is Kangen Water®?

Kangen Water® is delicious water created from Enagic’s innovative water technology. Not only do these devices filter your tap water, but they also produce ionized alkaline and acidic waters through electrolysis. These waters can be used for various purposes, including drinking, cooking, beauty, and cleaning.

Problems With Commonly Used Waters

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Tap water is a healthier option than soft drinks. But according to the Environmental Working Group, there have been 315 pollutants found in America’s tap water since 2004, and over half of these pollutants are completely unregulated and can legally exist in any amount.

At the current levels of contamination, the public is starting to question the quality of tap water and wonders if it is safe enough to drink. Based on these facts, it’s no wonder that the demand for Kangen Water® is constantly increasing.

Reference – EWG

Bottled water

Bottled water

Bottled water is not necessarily healthier than tap water and yet it costs much more! Although associated with healthy water, bottled water is not guaranteed to be any healthier than tap water. Often the only difference is the added minerals which have no proven health benefits.

A four-year study by the Natural Resources Defense Council shows that 1/3 of the bottled water tested contains levels of contamination which exceed allowable limits. Bottled water can also be slightly acidic, which may affect your body’s pH balance. Finally, the environmental impact caused by the production and disposal of plastic bottles is harmful to our ecosystem.

Reference – NRDC | Contaminants Found in Bottled Water

Reverse osmosis water

Reverse osmosis water

Reverse Osmosis is a filtering process which may be effective in areas that do not receive municipally treated water and is commonly used in bottled water facilities. The problem with this process is that dangerous chemicals like pesticides, herbicides, and chlorine are molecularly smaller than water and can pass freely through the filter. Reverse osmosis removes healthy, naturally occurring water minerals. These minerals not only provide good taste, they also serve a vital function in the body’s system. When stripped of these minerals, water can be unhealthy. Also, 2-3 gallons of water are wasted for every gallon of purified water produced.

Here is one person’s opposition to Alkalized Water:

” . . . alkaline water, like any clean water, is a far better choice for hydrating than soda or an additive-filled sports drink. If you choose to see an expensive machine as a gateway to a healthier lifestyle or to give you an edge when competing in sports, then jump right in. It’s part and parcel of an alkaline diet, . . .”  http://www.takepart.com/article/2013/09/25/alkaline-water-not-fountain-youth

Truth About Smoothies

Do you care?

“Take good care of your body.  It’s the only place you have to live.”  Jim Rohn

What goes into your smoothie?  Some smoothies may look delicious, but they are literally packed with calories and sugar.  You may think you’re getting an energy boost, only to crash in about an hour or so.

I’ve recently learned that smoothies from Jamba Juice and Planet Smoothie are packed full of sugar and sodium.  For example: a 24-ounce Peanut Butter Moo’d smoothie from Jamba Juice contained 770 calories, 126 grams of carbs, 109 grams of sugar, 20 grams of fat (4.5 grams of that is saturated!), and 490 milligrams of sodium.

Another example:  Planet Smoothie’s Strawberry Mr. Mongo Workout Blast has 400 calories, zero fat and only 150 milligrams of sodium, but contains 58 grams of sugar.  That’s twice as much sugar content than a Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar.

We attribute our great health and vitality to our ‘Breakfast Smoothie’ that we’ve had for over a decade.  We know that breakfast can be a challenge, but it is the most important meal of the day.  There needs to be an ideal mix of the following ingredients; otherwise, you will easily become hungry.

Place the following in a Powerful Blender:

Fresh Fruits (organic apple–wash, core and quarter; berries–fresh or frozen; and apricots–rinse, split and discard pit.  These fruits are packed with antioxidant properties and fiber)

Vegetables (fresh zucchini, kale, cucumber–remove skin, etc.)

Healthy Fats (*Omega Liquid 3-6-9 by Systemic Formulas, Inc.)

Fiber (1 – 3 scoops daily of *FBR – FIBERS FOR INTESTINAL HEALTH by Systemic Formulas, Inc.)

Lean Protein (*Accell Therapeutic or *Accell Meal Complete by Systemic Formulas, Inc. )

Pure, Filtered Water and Ice Cubes

For more information on our ‘Breakfast Smoothies’ or if you would like to order any of the Systemic Formulas products, contact Healthy Life Institute at 801-317-1647.

Ultimate Body Cleanse (Part III)

How to Detoxify?

  1. Mandatory to drink at least 1/2 ounce of water per pound of body weight daily.  (Coffee, Tea, Soda Pop, Flavored Water drinks, Juices don’t count)
  2. Know that the body senses when higher quality nutrition enters and symptoms may be a little uncomfortable.  (Your Body needs roughage)
  3. Symptoms appear when eliminating stimulants, i.e., headaches, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, sluggishness or depression.
  4. A letdown of energy may occur at first:
    • Your body’s energy is being used for elimination and cleansing;
    • An increase of energy and strength usually follows;
    • Ability to handle stress may improve; and
    • A feeling of well-being.
  5. Initial detoxification may last from 10 days to several weeks depending on severity.
Human Anatomy: Antererior View of the Liver

Diagram of a Healthy Liver

  1. In a healthy intestine:
    • Fewer internal poisons are formed
    • Most poisons (toxins) are excreted
  2. In a healthy liver:
    • Toxins are transformed into intermediate substances
    • Free radicals are transformed by antioxidant nutrients:
      • These nutrients are transformed into water-soluble substances:
      • Released to the kidneys
      • Excreted via the urine

Reconstruction Phase

  1. Adequate sleep is mandatory for your liver to do the job
  2. Avoid stimulants
  3. Have Patience

Retracing Process Begins

  • Your body begins to eliminate excess bile from liver and gallbladder
  • Sludge begins to move from arteries, veins and capillaries
  • Arthritic deposits in and around joints will be cleaned up
  • Toxic residue from medications or stimulants and fat will be eliminated

Retracing Process

  • Waste materials are discarded more rapidly
  • New tissue is being made from new food and nutrients are being supplied to your body
  • Weight loss may also become more apparent

Stabilization Phase Begins 

  1. The skin becomes more alive and active in throwing out poisons
  2. The symptoms may be beneficial–do not try to stop them as they are part of a healthy process
  3. Symptoms may vary according to severity of toxins being discarded by the body

Stabilization Phase

  • Symptoms experienced depend upon the state of your organs involved in the elimination process and the physical energy available
  • The more a person sleeps and rests, the more bearable the symptoms
  • Realize that your body becomes healthier every day!

Your Body is Cyclical in Nature

  1. You may continue to get a cold occasionally
  2. Your recovery may be faster and easier than it has been for years
  3. Following through to successful detoxification may be avoiding serious diseases
  4. Health typically returns gradually in cycles

Your Uniqueness

Because you are unique from everyone else, we have professional-grade herbal supplements for gently cleansing and building your body from the inside, right down through the cellular level.  Many of these supplements are self-limiting = meaning that you would use specific supplements for your particular health issue(s) for a limited number of weeks or months, depending on the severity.

Contact one of our lifestyle coaches TODAY — to guide you through the Detoxification process at 801-317-1647.  We use a safe, effective, non-invasive approach that includes a personal computerized analysis.

Resource:

Tips, Jack, N.D.,  “A New Model for Detoxification,”  http://www.apple-a-day-press.com

Systemic Formulas, Inc.  http://www.systemicformulas.com

“Detoxification,” Advanced Nutrition Publications, inc., 1994.

“Kidney Detoxification,” http://www.Detoxinfo.com, 2003.

Thomas, Clayton L., M.D., M.P.H., Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, F.a. Davis Company, Philadelphia, 1997.

“Understanding the Benefits of Detoxification,” Global Health Trax, 1999.

Ultimate Body Cleanse (Part II)

What Organs Detoxify and What is Their Purpose ?

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    • Form urine from bloodplasma
      • Major regulator of water, electrolytes and acid-based content in the blood
  • The Liver
    • Secrets bile
      • Bile emulsifies fats in the small intestine
    • Produces enzymes
      • Converts toxic substances into less harmful ones
  • The Spleen
    • Forms red and white blood cells
    • Filter for lymphatic system (important part of immune system)
    • Reservoir of blood in times of emergency
    • Macrophages, in a healthy spleen, remove pathogens from the circulating blood
  • The Lungs
    • Excretes toxic gases out of the body when exhaling
  • The Skin
    • Excretes toxins out of the body, sometimes forming rashes or blemishes, etc.

What Can You Do to Eliminate Toxins Naturally?

It is an incredible cleansing process:

  1. Divide your weight in half and drink that many ounces of pure, filtered, non-acidic water
  2. Replace lesser quality foods (recreational) with higher quality foods:
    • Decrease cooked foods to no more than 50%
    • Consume raw fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts
    • Consume naturally-processed sea salt
  3. Exercise to stimulate blood circulation which improves all organs
    • Whole Body Vibration (Go to:  www.vibratebacktohealth.com )
    • Ground-bearing exercises i.e. walking
    • Stretching and deep-breathing exercises (Yoga) provide great benefit for a weakened liver
  4. Cleanse the Colon to remove self-poisoning from putrid, unevacuated waste
  5. Cleanse the Liver
    • Too vital an organ to leave polluted and congested
    • Performs more than 500 functions in the body
    • After the heart and lungs, it is the most important organ
  6. Cleanse the Kidneys to remove toxins
  7. Cleanse the Skin – the largest organ of the body

What Happens When Toxins are Stored in an Unhealthy Liver?

  • Toxins remain unchanged when leaving liver
  • Toxins are stored in tissues
  • Stored toxins are re-circulated in the blood
  • Re-circulated toxins may contribute to long-term, poor health conditions

Cold and Flu Season Precautions

The cold and flu season is upon us once again.  A lot of people are worried, confused and wondering what they can do to limit their own and their family’s susceptibility to these illnesses.  Everywhere we turn there are commercials or signs of one form or another telling us to get our flu shots.  But for some of us, a vaccination is not the preferred option.

Humankind has been fending off the ever-changing influenza virus for a long time.  The best advice is to keep calm!  Your immune system can be very effective in fighting off infection.  There are many ways you can boost your immune system and respiratory function naturally so you are less likely to contract a flu virus.

Some common-sense precautions to defend against inflammation and infectious diseases are:

  1. Frequent hand-washing  with plain soap and water is still one of the best ways.
  2. Clean hands top the list for prevention of spreading disease.
  3. Person washing his handsDon’t waste your money or time on antimicrobial soaps because they don’t work on viruses such as colds or flu.  Antimicrobial soaps can be a contributing factor to the spread of new resistant strains of bacteria.
  4. Keep your hands off of your face.  If you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth without first washing your hands, bacteria (germs) can enter your body causing you to become infected.
  5. Use proper hygiene etiquette when you are sick and around others.  It simply means that you cover your mouth or nose with a tissue (not your hand) when coughing or sneezing and throwing the tissue away.  You may also cough or sneeze into your sleeve at the elbow (not your hands).
  6. You cannot shield yourself all of the time from the general public.  Allowing a sense of fear to prevail is not good for your immune system or overall health.
  7. Do keep your children home if they seem to be coming down with something or have obvious symptoms–likewise for adults!  Tuck the sick person away from others and cleanse common surfaces such as bathrooms, doorknobs and kitchen appliances, dishes, utensils and faucets with a straight solution of white vinegar to keep the virus from spreading.
  8. Wash the sick persons linens in hot water and wash their clothing separately from the other family member’s clothing.
  9.  Wash your hands after handling laundry or other materials handled by sick person.

Preparing Immune System:

Food is Medicine.  Eating wholesome, home-cooked meals is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself year-round.  Certain foods and herbs support your immune system and protect your respiratory health.  Sipping herbal teas or gargling with warm salt water help to make your mouth unfriendly to microbes and reduces your risk of contracting flu even after direct exposure.
Avoid Inflammation Promoters.  Some culprits are:  alcohol,  tobacco, and sugar.  Excessive stress promotes inflammation and affects the immune system’s ability to respond.  Chronic stress accelerates the normal aging process.  Helpful to minimize your stress to preserve your immunity.
Optimize Your Vitamin D Levels.  Connections between vitamin D insufficiency and infectious diseases go back to the 1800’s, when people noticed how tuberculosis patients improved when they traveled to a warm climate and had more sun exposure.   Molecular geneticists study vitamin D’s capacity to stimulate “antimicrobial innate immunity” to learn how it regulates the genes that control your innate immune responses. To determine your Vitamin D dosage requirements, if you live in northern latitudes you need at least 1000 to 2000 IU/day (professional grade quality**) during winter months to protect you from the flu.
Support Your Intestinal Flora.  Chronic inflammation starts in the gut so you will need some herbal formulas to reduce incidence, severity, and duration of respiratory tract illnesses and symptoms as well as lessen the chances for viruses and bacteria.
Sleep!  Adequate sleep fortifies the immune system while sleep deprivation taxes it.  When you feel something is weakening your system, it’s only natural for you to want to sleep more.  This intuitive mechanism can help lower the seriousness of your infection or help you recuperate faster.
Exercise Regularly.  Overdoing your exercise routine or strenuous physical exercise can compromise your immune system and possibly set the stage for infection.  It won’t hurt you to keep up your walks, sprints (not long runs or jogs), bike rides, weight lifting or swimming.
Indoor Atmospheric Conditions During Winter.  Consider purchasing indoor plants that purify the air of toxins, reduce dust accumulation, and support respiratory health.  If you live in a dry climate consider investing in a humidifier to work with your furnace or place a pan of water on your kitchen stove or your wood-burning stove to put moisture into the air you breathe.
Your Health is Your Choice ~ Contact one of our lifestyle coaches at Healthy Life Institute by calling 801-358-4777 for your personal consultation.  
Sources:
*Dixie Mills, MD, FACS, Natural Flu Prevention, http://www.womentowomen.com, Accessed online 8-20-2010

 

**Systemic Formulas

Do You Like to Eat?

What is a Proper Diet?

Our bodies ideally maintain a pH of just about 7.0, and pH is the major governing factor to health.*

It is very important that you listen to what your body is telling YOU.  If you begin to feel sick in any way as a result of any type of food or supplement, stop eating it immediately! 

So, You Want or Need to Lose Weight!

If you are on a diet, and it is still making you feel like you are starving, or craving high caloric, unhealthy foods, here are some guidelines to help you get back on the right track:

  1. Cut down (or better yet) cut out sugar and simple carbohydrates

Simple carbohydrates turn into sugar in the digestive system — these include potatoes, white breads, white pasta, corn, white rice, etc.

Eating refined sugar weakens the immune system and promotes a build-up of yeast.  All non-diet soda pop contain at least eight teaspoons of sugar per container. 

Avoid pre-packaged foods because they contain some form of sugar such as corn syrup, fructose, honey, sucrose, maltodextrin, dextrose, molasses, rice milk, almond milk (unsweetened is better), white grape juice, fruit juice (sweetened is especially high), brown rice syrup, maple syrup, date sugar, cane sugar, corn sugar, beet sugar, succanate and lactose.

“Do Sugar cravings have you by the neck?”

“Most women . . . have experienced sugar cravings, no matter what time of year — or time of the month.  Whether it’s having a taste for something sweet after dinner each night or speeding to your local supermarket for the biggest bag of Swedish Fish you can buy, I know craving sugar can be a powerful urge.  And the disappointing truth is that once we start to include sugar into our daily routine, it becomes more and more difficult to stop.

As humans we’ve evolved to appreciate the instant energy sugar provides us, but food is a highly emotional topic, especially when it comes to sweets. We often associate sweet foods with love and acceptance, and scientists have looked at our brain chemistry to understand how food can directly affect our “feel-good” neurotransmitters like serotonin. There are many other physical causes for sugar cravings, too, like hormonal fluctuations, intestinal yeast, and stress, to name a few.”**

Go to www.womentowomen.com Click on:Insulin Resistance.  Then click on: Do sugar cravings have you by the neck? by Marcelle Pick**, OB/GYN NP for more information and get your “Pre-Tox before you party” Tips.

     2.  Drink a glass of water if you are feeling hungry

Sometimes you may confuse hunger with thirst, so wait about fifteen minutes after drinking a glass of water.  If you still feel hungry, eat a nutritious snack.

     3.  Only weigh yourself once-a-week

Weigh in the morning, after you’ve emptied your bladder and before your first glass of water. 

Keep in mind that muscle tissue weighs more than fat.

     4.  Get your mind on interests other than food

You could do several things such as exercise, go for a walk or hike, start a new hobby or resurrect an old one.  The point is to just keep busy!

     5.  Tips when eating your meals

Eat your meals sitting down

Chew every bite thoroughly before swallowing

Eat meals with someone else

Avoid eating between meals when bored or for comfort

Plan menus ahead of time

Prepare grocery list based on nutritionally-sound foods

     6.  Shop for groceries when stomach is full

Avoid impulse buying especially of foods you crave

Avoid an over-extended grocery bill

Know that nutritional foods cost a little more than the pre-packaged variety, but are better for you

Compile your grocery list to include only those ingredients from recipes not already stocked in your kitchen

Focus your shopping on the back and side aisles of most grocery stores for slow-carbohydrate or fresh, whole, natural foods. 

     7.  Why is an Alkaline Environment Important to our Bodies?

Our bodies, ideally maintain a pH of just about 7.0, and pH is the major governing factor to your health–so that necessary reactions and functions can occur. 

Our lungs, kidneys, intestines, and skin primarily control the internal chemical balance. 

We need oxygen, water, and minerals to accomplish bodily functions and the elimination of waste products. 

Ignoring pH is like ignoring the oceans in a planetary study of weather. 

Your energy level, immunity and emotional outlook are based on pH.

 What Do You Need to Eat to Maintain an Appropriate Balance?

Vegetables and Fruit:

Most vegetables and fruit contain higher proportions of alkaline-forming elements than other foods.  Eating fresh fruits and vegetables will give the body more of the nutrients that it needs than would over-cooked, processed foods. Most fruit needs to be eaten sparingly.  There are more vegetables to be eaten that are non-acidic, than there are fruit. 

Examples of non-acidic fruit are: limes, lemons (not oranges), tomatoes, and avocados (also a protein).

Examples of non-acidic vegetables are: asparagus, artichokes, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, dandelion greens, dark green/red leafy lettuce, garlic, red, white or green cabbage, leeks, onions, peas (fresh), red beets (fresh), rhubarb stalks, spinach (early Spring), turnip, white radish (Spring), and zucchini.

Protein:

Proteins are nutrients that are essential to the building, maintenance and repair of your body’s tissues such as skin, internal organs and muscle. 

Protein is found in all types of food; however, foods containing complete proteins are found only in meat, eggs, and cheese. 

Proteins are made up of amino acids.  The adult body can make fourteen of these amino acids, but the other eight are obtained from what is eaten. 

Normal intake of protein is around 20 to 50 grams at each meal.

Meat:

Three-ounce portions for most meats will provide about 20 to 25 grams of protein.  If you can buy a preservative-free lunchmeat, then it is a good source of meat.  Boneless, skinless chicken breast with no preservatives is an excellent source of protein, especially if you are trying to lose weight.

Eggs:

One egg has 6 grams of protein.  Eggs are an excellent source of protein.

Seafood:

Fresh-water fish (not farm-fed) such as salmon is an excellent source of protein and calcium.  It can be eaten about once-a-week. 

Salmon is delicious when barbecued.  The recipe is simple: Place salmon on a piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil that has been brushed with olive oil or coconut oil (the better choice) with the edges of the foil turned up.  Brush the top of the salmon with coconut oil and season with garlic powder, dill, sea salt and pepper.  Grill on one side for 7 minutes; turn salmon and grill for the remaining 7 minutes.  Test for doneness with a fork–it should be tender and juicy. 

Caution:  Avoid shellfish and bottom-feeding fish because they contain toxins which make them less healthy for human consumption.

Nuts, Seeds, Whole Grains & Beans:

They are a great source of fiber to include in your daily diet.  Almonds are an excellent source of protein and can be used as a substitute for animal protein.  Combining a serving of almonds with a serving of boiled or sautéed brown rice gives you all of the amino acids and a satisfying feeling.

A combination of black beans and brown rice are an excellent alternative to healthy eating.

Dairy:

Avoid cow’s milk products; instead substitute with such foods as unsweetened almond milk, or goat milk and cheese (produce less acid than cow’s milk products).

If you need help getting started down the right road to a healthy lifestyle, please give us a call at 801-893-1190.  Ask about our “30-Second Meal.”  It is especially formulated for those who are Diabetic or Pre-Diabetic, but others are able to benefit from it as well. 

Sources:

Brand-Miller, Jennie, et al. The Glucose Revolution: The Authoritative Guide to the Glycemic Index, The Groundbreaking Medical Discovery, New York: Marlowe & Company, 2001.

*Mendosa, Rick, The Glycemic Index, www.mendosa.com/gi.htm, October 26, 2009.

*Mendosa, Rick, Revised International Table of Glycemic Index (GI) and Glycemic Load (GL) Values, www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm, 2008.

 

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