HOW TO CREATE YOUR HEALTHY PLATE

HOW TO CREATE YOUR HEALTHY PLATE

There is no one-size-fits-all healthy plate but most people will benefit from the tips provided here. Others may need more strict and individualized approach to address their health issues such as with allergy, intestinal dysbiosis, diabetes, autoimmune disease, nutritional deficiencies, or food intolerance. Generally speaking, if you are eating health promoting foods, you follow a healthy life style – then don’t overanalyze or get obsessed in what you’re eating and just enjoy your real food. After all, there’s more to life than food! But now let’s focus on food. I want to help you to compose health promoting meals. No dieting and calories counting as long as you chose the best quality of health-promoting real foods. The quality is more important than the quantity. You want to have foods on your plate that were alive because they promote life and health, on the contrary factory and processed foods promote disease. Follow the mother nature principles and you are on the safe side. What should be on your plate? Real Food. Mostly plants. Not too much. I based it on the Michael Pollan’s quote stating “Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much.” It’s the essence and your primary goal. I have made 6 rules to make it more precise and helpful for you so you can start creating your healthy plates. This is how proportions of different food groups should look like on a healthy plate, according to me.   6 keys rules to compose healthy plates (for breakfast, lunch and dinner) #1 Have only real foods on your plate and resist processed foods – real foods contain information (proteins,...
KNOW YOUR POOP, IT CAN TELL YOU A LOT

KNOW YOUR POOP, IT CAN TELL YOU A LOT

It’s time for a poop talk. I always ask my clients about their bowel movement. I realize it’s not the most comfortable question but poop can be an important marker of health or disease. It can tell you a lot. Is it soft, hard, smelly, yellowish, back, fatty, with mucus, with blood or with undigested foods? Next time you poop, pay attention to what comes out! We can observe our body, our body fluids (blood) and our body secretions (urine, feces, saliva) for signs of dysfunction. Some parameters can only be measured by a laboratory but you can also be your own detective and learn how to distinguish a healthy bowel movement from an unhealthy one. What you need to look at in terms of poop? Color, consistency and smell are the key parameters. Normal, healthy poop is brown (from light brow to dark brown), well-formed (sausage like) and has no repelling smell. What’s your poop color like? Healthy human feces is brown. The color can change after eating some foods (red beets, spinach), after taking certain medications (iron for example) or it can also be an indication of a health issue. – Black or a very dark color can be related to the use of certain medications, supplements (iron, activated charcoal), foods (black barriers, red wine). It can also indicate a blood loss from stomach or (small) intestine, or can be a sign of inflammation, ulcer, polyps, or cancer. Constipation may promote darker stools. A black stool with a very strong abdominal pain can indicate an internal bleeding. – Red, eating red beets can color your stool red....
Combat your sweet tooth

Combat your sweet tooth

Why some people do have sugar cravings whereas others do not? Have you ever wondered why or have envied people who say easily “no” to a chocolate bar or a deliciously looking cake?  Why some can say “no” without feeling deprived and others can’t? It’s a combination of factors, it’s partly because of your genes and partly because of your environment which includes what you eat, how you sleep, how stressed you are, how you feel emotionally, physically and mentally. People who crave carbs have following in common: Low serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that quiets the brain. Most of it is produced in your gut. One explanation you may be prone to low serotonin lies in your genes.  For example, by having a single nucleotide polymorphism a so called SNP (pronounced “snip”) in a MAOA gene (monamine oxidase), you may be more susceptible to carb cravings. This gene plays a role in metabolism of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine and therefore relates to mood swings and carb cravings. If you have a “fast” MAOA gene, you will process serotonin quickly resulting in low serotonin which can make you feel down, helpless, and pessimistic. Low serotonin will make you crave carbs and sweets to get a temporary serotonin boost. The precursor of serotonin is tryptophan.  Blood glucose swings. Western diets rich in simple sugars and starch (grains) lead to unhealthy glucose blood swings and high production of insulin which has negative short and long term effects on health. When you eat foods made up of simple carbohydrates (sugars and starches), your blood glucose rises and your body releases insulin, a...
ABDOMINAL BLOATING nightmare

ABDOMINAL BLOATING nightmare

Many people suffers from abdominal bloating and if you are one of them you know that’s no fun. Majority of people that come to see me struggles with it, therefore I decided to give it a brief attention. If bloating interferes with your daily life, your work, your social of recreational activities, it’s something you need to look into. Symptoms Your abdomen feels bloated when your GI tract increases its volume due to presence of air or gas. It is a nasty feeling of fullness, swelling, tightness, or hardness. You may also experience pain, flatulence, abdominal distension, nausea, burping, belching, or gurgles. Some people feel like they “look pregnant” when bloating strikes. What are the most common causes of abdominal bloating? There can be various causes of being bloated, some of which are quite easy to tackle and some may need a professional help. Consider following if you feel regularly bloated: Eating and drinking too fast. Eating too much. When you eat and drink fast you may swallow too much air and promote gas formation, also rushing while eating impairs digestion. Chewing gum, smoking may also worsen the problem. Our digestive system has certain capacity to digest efficiently, if we eat too much food (too fast) it will obviously not be able to digest optimally. Eat slowly, not too much and chew your food thoroughly for better digestion. Diet rich in starch and/or nuts. Overconsumption of starch (grains), nuts, processed foods, sugar, difficult to digest meal combinations such as high starch and high protein content in one meal. Overconsumption of starch intensifies the complaints related to candida and intestinal...
HOW TO BOOST IMMUNITY all year long

HOW TO BOOST IMMUNITY all year long

Winter is not over yet and as every year many people around get sick. If you are one of them, you may wonder how you can support your immune system and minimize the risk of getting sick. Below I share with you my proven tips. One of the most important aspects of avoiding catching a cold or flu is by boosting the immunity. There are many factors determining whether you get sick or not, such as your genetics, the condition of your immune system, your nutritional status and your health, the type and the virulence of the infectious agent. Some of the factors we can influence whereas others we can’t. Now, let’s focus on the ones we can influence which are primarily related to adopting the healthy-living strategies. Superfoods for super immunity Since about 75% of your immune cells are located in your gut, this is the place you want to nourish by knowing what you put in your mouth. For a healthy immune system you want to: Eat Real Foods. Real Foods equal health. Invest in meals made from real foods and not factory packed food like substances. For example real plant foods, apart from being a source of nutrients (protein, carbs, fats, vitamins, minerals and water), are complex packages of biologically active compounds, a so called phytochemicals or phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are bioactive compounds primarily important for the growth and survival of the plant but they also support you, they are indispensable for the optimal function of your immune system. Think of herbs such as oregano or thyme and their powerful anti-microbial properties. Human beings rely on these...
ARE SUPPLEMENTS USEFUL OR USELESS?

ARE SUPPLEMENTS USEFUL OR USELESS?

Over past 3 years I have learned a lot about supplements and I still do learn. Before I became a parent, I was never rigorously taking any supplements, once in a while perhaps I got a low quality multivitamin from a drug store. Of course I have never noticed any significant effect. After my second daughter was born, I was not only deficient in sleep, I was deficient in various vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. At one point I decided to try a mineral and trace elements formula, of high absorption. And I was blown away, on the days I took it I felt and functioned much better, and I even looked much better. My nutrient deficiencies became obvious then. It was the time when I realized that proper supplementation can be quite powerful. With the knowledge and experience I have now, I am quite critical as to what I supplement myself and what I recommend to my clients. I always look for high quality, high purity, high bioavailability products, and preferably hypoallergenic. No trash supplements are on my list. In general, I think that it does not make sense health wise and wallet wise to take poor quality supplements. If you do use supplements, do it wisely. Take the supplements that have the potential to help you. The first question many of you might have: Do we need to take supplements at all? If we lived in a perfect world, ate nutrient dense foods, had no chronic stress, no sleep issues, no environmental toxins and chemicals, if we had plenty time to relax, if we were born naturally...

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