This week we are starting what we will be calling our “Q & A Wellness Newsletter”. Every so often we are going to take some of the most frequently asked questions we get and answer them all in one place. We’d love to hear from you so feel free to shoot us an email with your questions!
1Is ALL bread and pasta bad for me?
Unfortunately the majority of the white and wheat bread and pasta out there is highly processed and full of “empty calories”. We define empty calories as calories that provide little to no nutritional value and in many cases cause inflammation and spikes in our blood sugar. Lucky for you there are healthy options of bread and pasta for your enjoyment! Give any of the following a try:
- Brown Rice Pasta
- Quinoa Pasta
- Black Bean Pasta
- Ezekiel Bread
2Do I HAVE to buy organic?
Buying organic is definitely ideal but we totally understand it can get a little pricy. Focus on eating food items without an ingredient list (REAL FOOD i.e. fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, oils, eggs, meat) and once you have that mastered, you can take the next step in your wellness journey towards organic.
3What supplements do I need?
First and foremost focus on your nutrition. Eating a diet rid of processed foods, sugar and inflammatory oils is FAR more important than taking a multivitamin. We like to say it’s like mowing the grass while the house is on fire. Focus on your food and fitness and once you have that down, we can talk about supplements.
4What are some healthy drink options?
Water, water, water, water and more water. Your body is made up of between 60-70% water (not diet soda or gatorade). If you need a little something extra, give one of these a try:
- Seltzer water
- Hot or iced tea (unsweetened or sweetened with stevia)
- Zevia (soda sweetened with stevia)
- Coffee (no added sugar, consume in moderation)
5Are “diet” or “sugar free” options healthy?
99.9% of the time… NO. Usually the words “diet” or “sugar free” mean that item is sweetened with a fake sugar such as aspartame, sucralose (splenda) or saccharin. These artificial sweeteners are just as harmful, if not more harmful than traditional sugar. They can disrupt brain function, gut health and contribute to weight gain. Try stevia or monk fruit sweetener instead.
6What’s the deal with oils?
Natural oils such as avocado oil, olive oil, coconut oil, grass fed butter and ghee are AMAZING for you to consume and to cook with. They are healthy sources of fat which provide long lasting energy and have little to no impact on your blood sugar. Processed oils on the other hand such a soybean oil, canola oil, vegetable oil, corn oil, peanut oil, safflower oil, cottonseed oil and sunflower oil are highly inflammatory, increase our bad cholesterol, and increase our risk for mental illness and suicide. Do your best to limit these and stick to natural oils!
7What do I do if my kids won’t eat this way and I don’t want to make two dinners every night?
YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE TO. Your kiddos are growing and developing and it is VITAL they are being fueled with WHOLE, REAL foods. You have the opportunity to set them up for a lifetime of health or a lifetime of disease, weight management issues and sugar addiction. For more on this, watch “The Magic Pill” on Netflix and/or order a copy of Nicole Magryta’s ‘Nourish Your Tribe’.