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Butter: Good Fat or Bad Fat?

Butter: Good Fat or Bad Fat?

<!–butter–>People are often shocked when they see how much butter I use and eat in one day.  But I know the real truth; Butter is a good fat and can actually help you lose weight.

Unfortunately, people thinking butter is unhealthy is a very common misconception. People still think that butter and saturated fats are the reason heart disease is one of the top killers in this country (and now in many other countries as well). The truth is that it’s not the natural fats that are causing this epidemic, its the sugar, processed and packaged foods and overconsumption of refined oils that are causing so much disease (and you can add Diabetes, High Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure to this list as well).

1. Did you know that during the 60 year period from 1910-1970, the proportion of traditional animal fat in the American diet declined from 83% to 62%?

2. During this same time butter consumption plummeted from 18 pounds per person each year to 4 pounds per person each year.

3. During the past 80 years, the consumption of dietary cholesterol intake has increased only one percent.

So where is the problem? Why all the heart disease?

1. During the same period, the average intake of dietary vegetable oils (margarine, shortening, and refined oils) increased by about 400%.

2. During the same period, the consumption of sugar and processed foods increased by about 60%

Those are the facts, but there’s never better proof than the results I see with my clients and my readers. When people finally stop eating margarine, refined oils, “fake” butters, sugar and processed foods, their health sky rockets! (and by sky rockets I mean, gets better, greatly improves, elevates to whole new levels). Not to mention all the body fat they lose off their body (now isn’t that just an awful side effect?)

It’s important to mention that the butter I use is organic and grass fed. It has this beautiful deep yellow color and is not white like most conventional butters. It has gone through minimal processing and has no added growth hormones and antibiotics. I get all my butter from www.grasslandmeats.com

Now that I told you butter is ok to eat, here is a delicious chicken recipe you can enjoy:

(Please remember that the mad scientist in me sometimes forgets to document the exact amounts so you may need to play around with this a bit.)

Chicken with “I’m not afraid of butter” dressing

Ingredients:

2 large chicken breasts (approximately 1 lb of chicken)
6 Tbsp of melted butter
lemon juice from 1/2 large lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste

Directions:

Melt 1 tbsp of butter in a large pan. Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Cook chicken breasts in butter covered on very low heat. Do not let the butter get brown. Pour lemon juice in a seperate bowl. Slowly stir in the remaining melted butter as you stir mixture. Then slowly add the olive oil as you stir mixture. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.

Once the chicken is cooked through, served on a plate and pour the “dressing mixture” over your cooked chicken breasts.

Don’t be surprised if you are tempted to pour this dressing on your veggies and just about every other food item you can think of. It’s delicious!

Article and recipe by Isabel De Los Rios from The Diet Solution

9 Great Reasons to Drink Water and How to Form the Water Habit

9 Great Reasons to Drink Water and How to Form the Water Habit

We all know that water is good for us, but often the reasons are a little fuzzy. And even if we know why we should drink water, it’s not a habit that many people form.

But there are some very powerful reasons to drink lots of water every day, and forming the habit isn’t hard, with a little focus.

The thing about it is, we don’t often focus on this habit. We end up drinking coffee, and lots of soda, and alcohol, not to mention fruit juices and teas and milk and a bunch of other possibilities. Or just as often, we don’t drink enough fluids, and we become dehydrated — and that isn’t good for our health.

I’ve made drinking water a daily habit, although I will admit that a couple of years ago I was more likely to drink anything but water. Now I don’t drink anything but water, except for a cup of coffee in the morning and once in awhile a beer with dinner. I love it.

Here are 9 powerful reasons to drink water (with tips on how to form the water habit afterwards):

  1. Weight loss
    Water is one of the best tools for weight loss, first of all because it often replaces high-calorie drinks like soda and juice and alcohol with a drink that doesn’t have any calories. But it’s also a great appetite suppressant, and often when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually just thirsty. Water has no fat, no calories, no carbs, no sugar. Drink plenty to help your weight-loss regimen.
  2. Heart healthy
    Drinking a good amount of water could lower your risks of a heart attack. A six-year study published in the May 1, 2002 American Journal of Epidemiology found that those who drink more than 5 glasses of water a day were 41% less likely to die from a heart attack during the study period than those who drank less than two glasses.
  3. Energy
    Being dehydrated can sap your energy and make you feel tired — even mild dehydration of as little as 1 or 2 percent of your body weight. If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated — and this can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness and other symptoms.
  4. Headache cure
    Another symptom of dehydration is headaches. In fact, often when we have headaches it’s simply a matter of not drinking enough water. There are lots of other causes of headaches of course, but dehydration is a common one.
  5. Healthy skin
    Drinking water can clear up your skin and people often report a healthy glow after drinking water. It won’t happen overnight, of course, but just a week of drinking a healthy amount of water can have good effects on your skin.
  6. Digestive problems
    Our digestive systems need a good amount of water to digest food properly. Often water can help cure stomach acid problems, and water along with fiber can cure constipation (often a result of dehydration).
  7. Cleansing
    Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products from the body.
  8. Cancer risk
    Related to the digestive system item above, drinking a healthy amount of water has also been found to reduce the risk of colon cancer by 45%. Drinking lots of water can also reduce the risk of bladder cancer by 50% and potentially reduce the risk of breast cancer.
  9. Better exercise
    Being dehydrated can severely hamper your athletic activities, slowing you down and making it harder to lift weights. Exercise requires additional water, so be sure to hydrate before, during and after exercise.

How to form the water habit
So you’re convinced that water is healthier, but you’d like to know more about how to make drinking water a daily habit.

Here are some tips that have helped me:

  • How much water?
    This is a debatable question. What’s clear is that the old recommendation of “eight 8-ounce glasses a day” isn’t right, for several reasons: that amount includes all dietary water intake, including food and non-water beverages; it also ignores a person’s body weight, which is an important factor in figuring the amount; it also varies if you are sick or exercise. It’s also not good to just drink when you’re thirsty — you’re already dehydrated by then. Best is to form a routine: drink a glass when you wake up, a glass with each meal, a glass in between meals, and be sure to drink before, during and after exercise. Try to generally keep yourself from getting thirsty.
  • Carry a bottle
    A lot of people find it useful to get a big plastic drinking bottle, fill it with water, and carry it around with them all day. I like to keep a glass of water at my desk, and I drink from it all day long. When it’s empty, I fill it up again, and keep drinking.
  • Set a reminder
    Set your watch to beep at the top of each hour, or set a periodic computer reminder, so that you don’t forget to drink water.
  • Substitute water
    If you would normally get a soda, or an alcoholic beverage, get a glass of water instead. Try sparkling water instead of alcohol at social functions.
  • Filter
    Instead of spending a fortune on bottled water, invest in a filter for your home faucet. It’ll make tap water taste like bottled, at a fraction of the price.
  • Exercise
    Exercising can help make you want to drink water more. It’s not necessary to drink sports drinks like Gatorade when you exercise, unless you are doing it for more than an hour. Just drink water. If you’re going to exercise, be sure to drink water a couple hours ahead of time, so that it will get through your system in time, and again, drink during and after exercise as well.
  • Track it
    It often helps, when forming a new habit, to keep track of it — it increases awareness and helps you ensure that you’re staying on track. Keep a little log (it can be done on an index card or a notebook), which can be as simple as a tick mark for each glass of water you drink.
Written by Leo Babauta he offers advice on living life productively simple at his famous Zen Habits blog

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The 2 crucial things most physicians never learn in medical school that directly affect your health?

Did you know there are two crucial things most physicians never learn in medical school that directly affect your health?

  1. The roles of nutrition and food in health and disease
  2. The role of toxins and the importance of detoxification in health and disease

In today’s world, food and toxins are more important than ever. The nutritional value of our food has been compromised by factors that range from corporate agribusiness, over-farming, and depleting the nutrient levels of the soil to food companies putting highly processed, high-glycemic-load foods on the market.

The poor nutritional value of our food is further complicated by the extraordinary amounts of toxic chemicals that have entered our food supply and our bodies.

Since the 1800s, more than 80,000 new, largely untested chemicals have been introduced into the environment. Today many are used as pesticides to “protect” our food supply.

Our exposure to poisonous substances doesn’t end there.

Toxins are everywhere – from household cleaning products to plastics in our kitchenware, our water bottles, and even our tap water and air supply.

We are marinating in a sea of toxins, and a large body of growing evidence shows that these toxins are, in part, responsible for the epidemic of disease we see in the 21st century – not to mention our inability to lose weight.

The average American consumes literally pounds of hormones, antibiotics, food chemicals, additives, artificial sweeteners, and MSG each year.

Why should we worry about toxins?

The residue of toxic chemicals is stored in the bodily tissues of every single person and animal on the planet.  Many of these chemicals are stored in fat tissue, making animal products concentrated sources.

One hundred percent of beef is contaminated with DDT, as is 93 percent of processed cheese, hot dogs, bologna, turkey, and ice cream, because the soil still contains residue of the pesticide long ago banned.

We are all stewing in this toxic soup, and there is little doubt that it is playing a major role in the current obesity epidemic.

Toxins May Be Disrupting Your Weight
and Turning Off Your Metabolic Engine

A toxin can be defined, in the broadest sense, as anything that doesn’t agree with us. They come from two places: the environment (external toxins) and our own gut (internal toxins).

We generally cope well with these toxins, except when our liver or kidneys fail. However, in the last 100 years we have been burdened with an unprecedented number of toxins, and the total load of all toxins – pesticides, industrial chemicals, mercury, and more – has exceeded our bodies’ ability to get rid of them, leading to illness.

All these toxins affect our ability to lose weight because we store most of the toxins in our body (in our fat).

When you burn off the fat, the toxins come out, and IF they aren’t processed properly, they can cause additional problems.

In addition, our total toxic load can frustrate attempts at weight loss by impairing two key metabolic organs – the liver and the thyroid – and by damaging our energy-burning factories – the mitochondria.

Scared now?

I’m not giving you this information to frighten you but rather to make you aware of what is going on inside you and around you so that you can see how important it is to minimize your exposure to toxins and maximize your excretion of them.

People with a higher BMI (body mass index) store more toxins because they generally have more fat. Those toxins interfere with many aspects of metabolism, including reducing thyroid hormone levels and increasing excretion of thyroid hormones by the liver.

Ever Wonder Why You Are Always Hungry?

Besides directly lowering thyroid hormone levels, breaking down your mitochondria, disturbing your metabolic rate, and inhibiting fat burning, toxins can damage the mechanisms by which hormonal signals control your appetite and eating behavior.

Leptin is the hormone that tells your brain you are full. Toxins (heavy metals such as mercury and chemicals) block these signals. Over time, your brain becomes resistant to the effects of leptin, making you hungry all the time. So exposure to toxins can increase your appetite.

All this is proof that toxins have a serious effect on whether or not you gain weight and your ability to lose it.

However, there is good news. For anyone overweight or concerned about toxins, I strongly recommend going through a sdetoxification program.

I truly believe that environmental toxins cause unnecessary weight gain, and learning how to eliminate those toxins in a healthy way is very important.

That is why, I recommend doing a gentle detox every 3 to 4 months.  I am offering a real food cleanse in which you will eat real, seasonal every couple of hours.

Most people begin to experience all or some of the following after only one week:

  • Better digestion and elimination
  • Fewer symptoms of chronic illness
  • Improved concentration, mental focus, and clarity
  • Improved mood and increased equanimity
  • Increased energy and sense of well-being
  • Less congestion and fewer allergic symptoms
  • Less fluid retention
  • Less joint pain
  • Increased sense of peace and relaxation

To join the Real Food Winter Cleanse, simply use this link:

http://thehealthylifestyleconsultant.com/10DayRealFoodCleanse.aspx

Here is a testimonial from a client who completed the cleanse:

I lost about 6 pounds during the cleanse, but the weight loss wasn’t my real goal, especially because I don’t plan to eat that way forever. My real goal was to clean out my system and to give it a rest. I was more energetic, I think my memory was a little bit better, and my mood improved. I was experiencing the same amount of stress and pressure from work as before I started the cleanse, but mentally, I think I responded differently. I didn’t feel so weighted down and oppressed by it all. Dare I say that the stress and pressure didn’t get me down.

I also found that I didn’t have the same craving for chocolate and salty foods that normally come with my PMS.

And I just loved, loved, loved the delicious, ginormous salads that I prepared for myself each evening. I tried a couple of new veggies that I would’ve never thought to add to a salad before.

Thanks, in excellent health!

Sharon

For more information or to join the 10 Real Food Winter Cleanse, simply use this link:

http://thehealthylifestyleconsultant.com/10DayRealFoodCleanse.aspx

It’s not a long commitment. Within 5 to 7 days, you’ll see your body transform.

However, if you stay with the program for 10 days, you’ll get a deeper experience of the rejuvenation that detoxification can bring.

Wendy Schnitzer

Fit Food Coach

P.S. Did you know that one disease that even conventional doctors now know is irrefutably linked to toxic chemicals is Parkinson’s disease?