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Q. What is the Paleo diet? Do you recommend it?
The Paleo diet focuses on the type of diet our ancestors may have consumed and is based on lean meats, seafood and unlimited fruits and vegetables. It takes a step back in time when their were no convenience foods – and thus no prevalence of trans fats, high glycemic carbs, overly-salted, processed foods. And we know high consumption of these foods to be cause of weight gain, cardiovascular disease and various other health problems. Replacing dairy and grain products with fruits and vegetables make this a clean, lean diet rich in beneficial phytonutrients.
Check out this link to see which foods are avoided on the Paleo diet.
It suggest that certain foods need to be cooked for edibility and thus wouldn’t have been avail to the hunter/gatherer. But since you can soak and sprout chickpeas and oat groats (a whole grain) and enjoy them raw, I don’t see these foods as a problem (I enjoy them raw or cooked. Though RAW foodists suggest the nutritional value is greater when eaten sprouted / uncooked). Understandably, the hunter/gatherer likely didn’t have the time to stay and soak these foods. But just because of the limitations of their time, doesn’t mean these foods won’t have value to us. Whole grains and legumes provide heart-healthy B-vitamins, protein and dietary fiber – and add healthy variety to our diets.
In line with Paleo, I am certainly a fan of including rich in vegetables and fruits that also includes lean meats and seafood. And I agree that it is important to wean off of highly processed foods. But I like to include whole grains and legumes, too. So I’d take this diet and run with it, but add in some heart-healthy whole grains, like my fav’s quinoa and oats, and a variety of legumes (lentils, edamame, chickpeas to name a few).
BTW: I recently discovered the power of raw and made a delicious raw hummus salad – including chickpeas, arugula, cilantro, lemon and parsley – so this does include a lot of veggies/herbs and no highly processed items (all natural and no preservatives).
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Q: What’s all the hype on SENSA?
Is it safe?
A:“Safe, Easy, Natural Weight Loss”: This is how SENSA is marketed. And isn’t that just what you want to hear to quell any sense of fear (remember those ill-fated consequences that followed certain weight loss drugs – EPHEDRA ring a bell?)
The satisfaction of SENSA is that it helps control your appetite through a tasteless blend of “sprinkles” which includes Maltodextrin. If you remember from one of our prior Q&A’s,Maltodextrin is SUGAR! Do you really need more? And just because it contains Silica, a “metabolic booster” naturally found in leafy greens and whole grains, doesn’t mean SENSA is good for you. Remember our Q&A re: isolated proteins? Why not eat these heart-healthy whole foods (and make it a larger part of your diet) instead?
Instead of relying on a substance blend, you can learn to control your appetite by:
eating the right combination of foods (plant foods are rich in fiber that helps control appetite), and
weaning yourself off excess sweets and salty foods which, BTW, tend to stimulate the appetite.
Whether or not it is safe, consider the satisfaction of working toward a healthier lifestyle and your weight loss goals without the aide of any substance. Guaranteed results may be your M.O., but having to relying on SENSA or any appetite suppressor, diet pill, etc…should not be your answer. Studies show that weight loss and good health can be achieved through a wide variety of plant foods, eating less red meat, less unhealthy fats, less added sugars and overall relying more on whole foods verses an excess of highly processed foods.
And remember you can safety lose weight by consuming 500 less calories per day for an average of 1 lb a week. Here are some ways to lighten your load:
Skip that extra latte or go easy on the “milk”: consume 1 less glass of milk, or alternative milk – the amount typically used in a single latte (lowfat milk and alternatives generally range from 100 – 120 cal, regular milk about 160 cal) – Skip that extra latte. Cut your order in half (8 oz vs a 16 oz size, or drink 4oz vs 8 oz); and drink it only once a day vs multiple times.
Go easy on the bread: Truth be told Americans consume far too much bread which not only adds in on calories, but ups the sodium content of daily intake. Did you know bread is the top salt culprit - a major contributor to excess sodium to our diets? 1 less piece of bread can save you 80-100 calories.
Trim the fat:Cutting the excess fat in your recipes (1 tsp oil vs 1 TBS can save you 80 calories) so you can use less on your salads and less when you cook. Use salt free seasonings such as garlic, onion and various spices and choose citrus to help flavor your meals without the sodium, without the sugar and without the extra fat. But do note that, while we don’t want to OVERDO fat, healthy fats are essential to our diets. Check out this post on Separating FAcT from Fiction
Set your portions: Sticking to controlled portions (many consume over 1 cup spaghetti at a meal vs 1/2 cup portion size – excess pasta portions can add up to 200 extra calories or more).
Go half-sies to make it larger?: Instead of a full plate of pasta, you can eat 1 cup’s worth of veggie-filled spaghetti so that half the amount is actually vegetables with not only visually makes your plate a little fuller, more satisfying but includes heart-healthy fiber which will help keep you fuller longer.
Lose a tooth – your “sweet tooth”, that is (or just keep it under control): Consuming a little portion of sweets (once in a while is one thing), but a daily “addiction” can easily pack on the pounds and keep you reaching for more. Eating more plant foods provides fiber for satiety and healthy vits/minerals, antioxidants to keep your body healthfully fueled, more energized physically and mentally without the “sugar-crash”