In an ideal world, we’d all cook our food from scratch. But the reality is, for most of us, that doesn’t happen everyday. When we’re working with patients in the office, we hear a lot of them say that the fast paced NYC lifestyle impacts their time and bandwidth to not cook any of their meals at all. The problem with this is that most restaurants use poor quality oils, such as soybean and canola oils, and use low quality ingredients, such as non-organic meats and farm raised fish. If you’re just transitioning to a cleaner diet or on the Be Well Cleanse, using a food delivery service can be quite helpful, especially for those with a busy schedule.
To me, healthy eating simply means removing, or limiting the foods in your diet that could be harming you and eating enough of the foods that contain the nutrients essential to your health. It is always preferable to get your nutrients from food itself rather than supplements, although replenishing nutrients using supplements is necessary, too. Most importantly, eating should be a pleasurable experience. If you are not enjoying your meals because you feel deprived or bored, your diet is not right for you. There is no one right diet, or way to eat, different people thrive on different foods.
I am always looking for ways to help my muscles recover more easily. In addition to supplementation, I get asked what foods will help promote these results. Recently, many of my patients have also expressed concern about hair growth, nail strength and dry skin. Avocados can help with all of this, and that’s why they’re so popular in the wellness world!
Even when we are doing our best to make smart choices when food shopping, it is difficult to resist well-designed packaging, clever advertising and nutritious-sounding product descriptions. As we know, packaged food is a huge business and the food industry has become expert at convincing us to buy expensive and attractive items which appear healthy.
Meat, dairy and poultry. They’re on millions of American plates every day and most people don’t give ‘em a second thought, because our food supply, according to the FDA, is perfectly safe. Or is it? Those of us in the wellness community would likely disagree! Our food isn’t quite as healthy or wholesome as they’d have us believe. In fact, many of our staple foods in the U.S. contain ingredients and undergo chemical treatments that are banned in other parts of the world because of mounting health concerns. As a physician dedicated to sustainable wellness, these bans certainly set off a few alarms – and it’s why I advise my patients to re-think what they’re eating every day, to choose foods that will help them feel and be well. Here are three common foods to re-think – and healthier ways to enjoy them:
As a mom of two small kids and a health coach, I’m pretty mindful of what I feed my children. Now that they’re both in school, I have a lot less control over what they eat and a lot of the food they get outside the house is junk. The problem starts with our food industry. Food companies use deceiving marketing and nutrition buzzwords like natural, whole grain and antioxidant so we believe we’re buying something healthy. If you look at the ingredients of these “healthy” foods, it seems as if there are little to no regulations for these claims.
My friend and colleague, Dr. Mark Hyman is a practicing family physician, a nine-time New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in our field. He is the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. He is also the founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center, chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine, and a medical editor of The Huffington Post.
We’re both pro-fat—and we’ve long discovered that the right fats can help you become lean, healthy, and vibrant. Dr. Hyman talks to me about the fat facts.
Just like us, our food is on the road a lot during the holiday season—whether that’s traveling to a family dinner where everyone’s eagerly awaiting your signature dish or back home in the form of your favorite leftovers. And it certainly takes the fun out of holiday meals if you’re left worrying whether your containers are leaching chemicals into Aunt Sadie’s homemade stuffing.
Recently, I hosted a discussion on eating healthy and on my new book 10 Reasons You Feel Old and Get Fat. During the Q & A session, I was reminded by one of the attendees about one of the fundamental concerns people have about eating for wellness – for many people, it’s the cost. It’s not always cheap to eat well, but eating better is within reach for most people if they’re willing to make the effort and get creative about how they shop, cook and eat.
We have received several emails in the first few days of 2016 asking for tips on how to afford organic food. We get it. When we first started learning about how many additives, genetically engineered ingredients and synthetic pesticides were allowed into conventional foods—and that by law, these ingredients are not allowed in the production of organic food—we wanted to make the shift. But the numbers were totally intimidating, especially with four kids.
Does your local barista know your name? Does the bakery a block away have your cookie ready before you even walk in? Is the office kitchen’s snack supply calling your name at the same time every day? Well, then it might be time to get real about your 3pm energy slump! You see, you don’t actually have to experience that 3pm “I need a cookie and coffee now” situation every day. There are ways to prevent it by choosing better options throughout the whole day, starting with breakfast. What you fuel your body with from the moment you get up in the morning sets you off on the right–or wrong track for the day. Here are some common culprits and ways to improve your daily habits to avoid the energy rollercoaster and keep you feeling great, focused and sharp all day.