I recently finished reading the book Deep Nutrition by Dr. Cate Shanahan. Dr. Cate is a board certified Family Physician. She trained in biochemistry and genetics at Cornell University before attending Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She practiced in Hawaii for ten years where she studied ethnobotany and her healthiest patient’s culinary habits. She is currently in private practice in Napa CA, and consults for the LA Lakers. This is a great book for everyone to read but I highly recommend it for pregnant women and those trying to conceive. She also has another book called Food Rules: A Doctor’s Guide to Healthy Eating. I have not yet read this book, but after I finish the 200 other books I have in my library, I’ll get to it… Deep Nutrition was an eye opener for me. We all know we SHOULD be eating nutritious foods for our health, but did you know what you eat can have a profound effect on your children, and even your grandchildren??
Foods to Avoid
Two of the main foods Dr. Cate recommends to avoid are sugar and vegetable oil. These are mostly found in processed foods. Because of our busy lifestyles, we rely on fast, cheap, and easy ways to eat. It’s a difficult transition to make but you are not only doing it for the short term, but for the long term. One statement about vegetable oil that really resonated with me in her book was this “In 2007, an article in Genes to Cells showed how oxidative stress can disrupt hormone production and interfere with hormonal responses, suggesting that women who consume vegetable oil while pregnant are increasing their child’s risk of all kinds of growth deformities and disease. So if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant, banish vegetable oil and foods containing vegetable oil from your kitchen, and get the stuff out of your life.” Not only is vegetable oil bad, but canola as well. The process that these seeds go through to make the oil transforms them into something our bodies cannot recognize, creating an inflammatory response. If you use it daily or consume process foods that contain it, you are exposing yourself to chronic inflammation and setting yourself up for disease.
Stick to Protein and Fat for Breakfast
“Breakfast is the one meal of the day to not screw up. Don’t have carbs for breakfast unless you have just worked out.”
I love this because it is so true and I see it all the time. Muffins, toast, rolls, high carbohydrate cereals, fruit, oatmeal, these area all things that are going to spike our blood sugar. They are also going to make our energy crash prematurely, cause brain fog and also weight gain. I always hear people say how healthy their grandparents were because they grew up on bacon, eggs and lard. Well, they were doing it right and we are doing it all wrong…
Setting your Children up for Success
When we send our kids off to school with a tummy full of cereal and toast, or a poptart or toaster strudel, it won’t be long before their stomachs are growling and they can’t focus because they are not properly nourished. We need to be more aware of what we are putting into their little bodies and make sure we are giving them proper nourishment to help their brains function and keep their energy up. I love the Bulletproof Diet Bulletproof-Diet-Infographic because it basically lays it all out and makes it simple. Food doesn’t need to be complicated, that’s not the way we were designed. We need simple so we can digest and utilize what we consume.
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What Are Your Thoughts?
What do you eat for breakfast if you do and how does it make you feel until it is time for your midmorning snack or lunch? Please leave your answer in the comments below, I’d love to hear what works for you!!
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