bad food tastes good

The Real Reasons Why Bad Food Tastes Good

We all know the feeling. You look at some unhealthy food knowing it tastes good, amazing even. You start to feel guilty for craving it. Maybe you give in and have just a little. Or maybe you completely let go and devour it all. Or maybe you don’t. Maybe later you feel proud for saying “no,” so that you can feel good about the goals you’ve made. Regardless of the outcome, we all know that feeling of guilt. Guilty pleasures. We all feel it. Then why is it that bad food tastes good?! It’s not fair, right?

Well, it also isn’t your fault. The reason why bad food tastes good is because there’s a mismatch between human biological evolution and the industrial revolution of our society.

Biological Evolution

The History of Our Biology

Slow biological evolution is part of the reason why bad food tastes good. When it comes to nutrition, our biology and how we process food has not changed greatly over the past 10,000 years (4, 5, 8). Our bodies are still a lot like the bodies of hunter-gatherers, which is a stark contrast to the time scale of the Industrial Revolution. In just a few hundred years, the way we grew, preserved, and accessed food changed entirely while our biology remained the same. This is important for understanding why bad foods tastes good.

Thousands of years ago, we ran around hunting and gathering food. At times, food was hard to come by and our bodies evolved methods for survival because of it. A simple example of this is that we store fat from all meals and from times of abundance so that we have energy to burn later on (8). When winters are harsh or food supplies run low, this gives us a better chance of survival (5, 8).

Taste as a Survival Mechanism

However, one simple evolutionary trait for survival that we often forget about is taste! When we taste something that is high in calories, it tastes good because evolutionary biology designed us this way (4, 8). It’s like our body’s way to say, “Hey, eat as much of this as you can because we don’t know when our next meal will be!” We love high-calorie foods not just because they taste good but because we need to store and use all the energy in them to survive. This is the real reason why bad food tastes good!

Unfortunately, the food industry and their marketers know this. Therefore, processed food companies pack food with extra calories in the form of fat and sugar to improve the taste of what would normally be tasteless food (6). They’ve been able to capitalize on the fact that because of our biology, bad food tastes good to us.

 For more on the healthy types of fat and how we metabolize them, click here!

Industrial Revolution

When it comes to understanding why bad food tastes good, the Industrial Revolution is another key piece of the puzzle. The Industrial Revolution began in 1760 and changed not only the way we live but also the way we eat (1). Invented in 1810, canned food allowed foods to last longer and be shipped further. More importantly, however, it allowed farmers to harvest and store large quantities of food without having to worry about it going to waste. This improved the quality of human health (1, 2, 3). Additionally, in the early 1900s, the invention of refrigeration was another milestone in food preservation at home and during transport (1, 2).

However, the impact of these changes has not been entirely positive because we are now seeing even more ways of preserving foods using chemistry. It is now common for foods to be preserved using chemicals, such as benzoates, nitrates, and sulphites, which have all been linked to unhealthy diets (7).  These chemicals have extended the shelf life of food and made it easier to access.

Understanding the history of our food industry is vital to understanding why bad food tastes good. Before 1760, there were only very basic ways to preserve food, such as by adding salt and other spices to it (3). For this reason, a lot of food would go to waste and low crop yields and long winters could lead to starvation. Clearly, the Industrial Revolution led to the invention of useful technologies that improved human health. But, it is important to understand that our biological evolution has not developed as rapidly (4, 5, 8).

The Key to Why Bad Food Tastes Good

This mismatch between our biology and changes in the food industry is the key to understanding why bad food tastes good. The Industrial Revolution has exponentially improved the growth, preservation, and access to food. In contrast, our biological instincts still lead us to crave foods high in calories, whether they’re carbohydrates, fats, or proteins, so we can store energy and survive when access to food is limited. Hence, our biology has not radically changed like our food industry has and still functions as if we don’t know when our next meal will be. Therefore, bad food tastes good because you’re biologically designed to love it. You know, just in case the next “hunt” to your fridge isn’t for a long time.

Joshua Turner

Kinesiologist & M.Teach

January 2017

 

References

  1. Ashton, T. S. (1997). The industrial revolution 1760-1830. OUP Catalogue.
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  1. Freudenberger, H., & Cummins, G. (1976). Health, work, and leisure before the industrial revolution. Explorations in Economic History13(1), 1-12.
  1. Garcia-Bailo, B., Toguri, C., Eny, K. M., & El-Sohemy, A. (2009). Genetic variation in taste and its influence on food selection. OMICS A Journal of Integrative Biology13(1), 69-80.
  1. Milton, K. (2017). Hunter-gatherer diets—a different perspectivenutrition.org. Retrieved 20 January 2017, from http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/71/3/665.full%3E
  1. Nestle, M. (2013). Food politics: How the food industry influences nutrition and health(Vol. 3). Univ of California Press.
  1. Soubra, L., Sarkis, D., Hilan, C., & Verger, P. (2007). Dietary exposure of children and teenagers to benzoates, sulphites, butylhydroxyanisol (BHA) and butylhydroxytoluen (BHT) in Beirut (Lebanon). Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology47(1), 68-77.
  1. Wells, J. C. (2010). The evolutionary biology of human body fatness: thrift and control(Vol. 58). Cambridge University Press.
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Why Dr. Oz Recommends Turmeric Curcumin For Brain Health

The internet is exploding with information on how to boost your physical health. But what can you do to protect your brain? According to Dr. Oz, the answer lies in a spice: turmeric. Read why Dr Oz recommends turmeric curcumin, a key compound in turmeric, for boosting brain health:

Reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a life-changing form of dementia with no known cure. But research reported by Dr. Oz suggests that turmeric curcumin can stop Alzheimer’s in its tracks. Science shows that turmeric curcumin might prevent plaque buildup in the brain, which is believed to cause Alzheimer’s. Who knew a spice could protect your memory?

Prevents Parkinson’s disease

Imagine having a disease that slowly attacked the cells in your brain so that it became hard to walk, talk, and breathe. That’s Parkinson’s disease, and it affects more than a million Americans. Parkinson’s destroys cells that produce dopamine, a chemical that helps your muscles move. According to data presented by Dr. Oz, turmeric curcumin protects dopamine-producing brain cells against the Parkinson’s protein.

Protects against neurotoxicity

It’s no secret that the food we eat – even the stuff that looks healthy – isn’t always good for us. In fact, many common foods and medications contain preservatives that are toxic for the brain. So what can you do to preserve your learning and memory function? Dr. Oz recommends turmeric curcumin because it can protect the brain against toxins.

Dr Oz recommends turmeric curcumin, but what kind do you need?

To get the best bang for your buck, take turmeric curcumin that’s enriched with black pepper extract (bioperine). On its own, turmuric curcumin is hard for your body to absorb. But when it’s paired with black pepper extract, your body can unlock its unbeatable health benefits.

Boost your brain health today with turmeric curcumin. Buy the supplement on our website.

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Fat: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Fat Stereotype – “The Low Fat Diet”

Historically fat has gotten a bad rep because of the low fat diet. In 1977, the low fat diet was promoted by a large number of nutritional bodies, even including several government networks in various countries (7, 15). Food companies in countries such as Canada, USA, Australia, and the UK poured large sums of money into marketing the benefits of a low fat diet in order to captivate the population that this was a solution to help lose weight. And how could you blame them? How could you blame an uneducated population with the science behind nutrition still barely in its infancy? Eating less fat equals being less fat. Simple. Obvious. Too easy.

Ironically, this is almost when the obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemics began to take form (15). Some studies suggest that since individuals were seeking low-fat foods, the alternative products consumed were high in simple carbohydrates such as sugar. Today we know sugars to be the leading cause of unhealthy weight and numerous other health problems stemming from poor nutrition (5, 6).

The history of our mainstream media echoes in today’s marketing. An overly simplistic view of following a low fat diet and weight loss is easier to promote to the uneducated public. This is why we still see bogus ads such as “Low Fat” and “99% Fat Free” for processed foods that are high in sugars and preservatives. This view into the past allows us to understand where the negative stereotype of fat originates from. Eating less fat equals being less fat. False.   

The Good

Disclaimer: A cornerstone to good nutrition is obviously eating healthy foods, but in moderation. It will always ring true that your calorie input verses your calorie output will determine if you lose, gain, or keep weight consistent, no matter where those calories come from. That’s just physics. Please don’t think that by eating more fat you will lose weight. But, some calories are easier to burn off than others and that’s where healthy fats come in.

Simply put, the healthiest fats are unsaturated fats such as monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat (look for them on labels). These types of fats are the easiest for your body to breakdown and turn into energy (4). At rest, your body creates about 70% of its energy by breaking down fat (11, 17). The majority of this fat is supplied to your brain, which is made up of about 60% fat (2). Your brain needs a lot of energy to run and regulate things such as processing fat through your stomach and liver to help create more energy. You can start to see a cycle, I’m sure. Thus, given that unsaturated fats can be broken down into energy faster, you burn fat more efficiently – it’s easier to burn off.

However, it should also be noted that saturated fats fall into a grey area as many studies are still conflicting. Some recent studies show that saturated fats can be healthy when coming from minimally processed sources, such as coconut oil. However, saturated fat from foods that are more processed such as cheese and other forms of dairy should be consumed with more moderation (9, 14).

Metabolizing fat is a complicated process and I don’t mean to make it sound too simple. But, if you can increase your consumption of foods that contain unsaturated fats, you will feel fuller, have more energy, improve your mental health, and provide yourself with the potential to reach the wellness you desire (1, 3, 4, 10, 16).

Foods to look for:  

  • Unsalted Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Avocado
  • Peanut Butter (100% peanuts)
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Olive Oil (avoid deep frying)
  • Dark Chocolate (70% cocoa)
  • Coconut Oil

And if you’re looking for other examples of foods and recipes to improve your wellness, check out the Slow Carb Diet and Glycemic Index article.

The Bad

As previously noted, saturated fats fall into a grey area. This is especially true in how saturated fats effect low density lipids (bad cholesterol) (14). Saturated fats do take longer for your body to metabolize (4), and therefore, unsaturated fats are still the better option. To empower your choice of foods, read nutrition labels to help compare the types of fats that are present in your products.

With that in mind, it is probably best to remember that the most important aspect of nutrition is to select foods that are minimally processed. Foods that don’t require nutrition labels, foods that have a short ingredient list (or at least have names you understand), and foods with not-too-distant expiration dates are the foods you should build your diet around. So for things that are high in saturated fat, such as dairy products and red meat, consume these sparingly.

The Ugly

Trans fats are by far the worst type of fat for your health. Not only does it take longer to break down and dispose of trans fats as energy, but they release less net energy because your body requires more time to metabolize these fats (4). Hence, you feel more tired, have less energy, and you want to eat more to make up for that energy – this could create a nasty snowball effect. Again, I apologize for simplifying how fats are metabolized (I know it’s a complicated biochemical process). However, minimizing your consumption of trans fat has widely been supported to improve health (4, 12, 13).    

Moreover, large amounts of trans fat are responsible for significant increased risks of cardiovascular disease, bad cholesterol levels, and even depression amongst many others (16). Now, it’s obvious to think that eating poorly would lead to adverse physical consequences, but how could mental health issues such as depression be associated with nutrition? Research is young, but more and more studies are finding links between microbes (bacteria) found in an individual’s gut and their mental and physical health (3, 10).

Foods to Avoid

  • Look out for foods that have long ingredient lists and never seem to go rotten
  • Any food deep fried or battered
  • Hydrogenated oils (look at the ingredient list)
  • Cakes, pies, cookies, doughnuts, and frosting
  • Chips
  • Frozen pizzas
  • Ice cream
  • Margarine
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Microwave dinners
  • Shortening
  • Creamers

It can be worrying to think that probably 70%-80% of the food found in grocery stores shouldn’t be considered very healthy (a figure you can come to by comparing how many processed verses unprocessed foods there are). And don’t get down on yourself if you have some ice cream or a cookie or whatever else sometime – I do! But, do so rarely and in mind of your goals and how you feel.

By becoming more educated on the fats in your food and busting myths on the “low fat diet”, you’ll help empower yourself to make healthier choices. You’ve already made a big step by making it to the end of this article.

References

  1. Arnos, P., Sowash, J. & Andres, F. (1997). Fat oxidation at varied work intensities using different exercise modes. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 29 (5), S199.
  2. Chang, C., Ke, D., & Chen, J. (2009). Essential fatty acids and human brain. Acta Neuroi, 18(4), 231-241. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20329590
  3. Claesson, Marcus J., et al. “Gut microbiota composition correlates with diet and health in the elderly.” Nature 488.7410 (2012): 178-184.
  4. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. (1994). Fats and oils in human nutrition. Rome: FAO. Retrieved from: http://www.fao.org/docrep/v4700E/V4700E00.htm#Contents
  5. Howard BV, Manson JE, Stefanick ML, Beresford SA, Frank G, Jones B, Rodabough RJ, Snetselaar L, Thomson C, Tinker L, Vitolins M, Prentice R. Low Fat Dietary Pattern and Weight Change Over 7 Years: The Women’s Health Initiative Dietary Modification Trial. JAMA. 2006;295(1):39-49. doi:10.1001/jama.295.1.39 (low fat diet)
  6. Howard BV, Van Horn L, Hsia J, Manson JE, Stefanick ML, Wassertheil-Smoller S, Kuller LH, LaCroix AZ, Langer RD, Lasser NL, Lewis CE, Limacher MC, Margolis KL, Mysiw WJ, Ockene JK, Parker LM, Perri MG, Phillips L, Prentice RL, Robbins J, Rossouw JE, Sarto GE, Schatz IJ, Snetselaar LG, Stevens VJ, Tinker LF, Trevisan M, Vitolins MZ, Anderson GL, Assaf AR, Bassford T, Beresford SAA, Black HR, Brunner RL, Brzyski RG, Caan B, Chlebowski RT, Gass M, Granek I, Greenland P, Hays J, Heber D, Heiss G, Hendrix SL, Hubbell FA, Johnson KC, Kotchen JM. Low-Fat Dietary Pattern and Risk of Cardiovascular DiseaseThe Women’s Health Initiative Randomized Controlled Dietary Modification Trial. JAMA. 2006;295(6):655-666. (low fat diet)
  7. Kearns CE, Schmidt LA, Glantz SA. Sugar Industry and Coronary Heart Disease Research: A Historical Analysis of Internal Industry Documents. JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(11):1680-1685. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.5394
  8. Kinsella, J.E. 1990. Possible mechanisms underlying the effects of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Omega-3 News, V, 1-5.
  9. Malhotra, A. (2013). Saturated fat is not the major issue. The BMJ. Retrieved 7 December 2016, from http://www.bmj.com/content/347/bmj.f6340
  10. Mayer, Emeran A., et al. “Gut microbes and the brain: paradigm shift in neuroscience.” The Journal of Neuroscience 34.46 (2014): 15490-15496.
  11. Melzer, K. (2011). Carbohydrate and fat utilisation during rest and physical activity. European E-Journal Of Clinical Nutritional And Metabolism, 6(2), e45-e52. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eclnm.2011.01.005
  12. Mensink, R.P. and Zock, P.L. Lipoprotein metabolism and trans fatty acids. In: Trans Fatty Acids in Human Nutrition, pp. 217-234 (J.L. Sébédio and W.W. Christie (eds.), Oily Press, Dundee, Scotland) (1998).
  13. Micha, R. and Mozaffarian, D. Trans fatty acids: Effects on cardiometabolic health and implications for policy. Prostaglandins Leucotrienes Essent. Fatty Acids, 79, 147-152 (2008).
  14. Mora, S., Szklo, M., Otvos, J., Greenland, P., Psaty, B., & Goff, D. et al. (2007). LDL particle subclasses, LDL particle size, and carotid atherosclerosis in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). Retrieved 7 December 2016, from http://www.atherosclerosis-journal.com/article/S0021-9150(06)00259-0/abstract
  15. National Center for Health Statistics (US). Health, United States, 2008: With Special Feature on the Health of Young Adults. Hyattsville (MD): National Center for Health Statistics (US); 2009 Mar. Chartbook. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK19623
  16. Sanchez-Villegas et al. (2011). Dietary Fat Intake and the Risk of Depression: The SUN Project. PLOS One, 6(1)e16268
  17. Suga, K., Kawasaki, T., Blank, M.L. and Snyder, F. 1991. An arachidonoyl (polyenoic) specific phosphollpase A2 activity regulates the synthesis of plateletactivating factor in granulocytic HL-60 cells. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 265: 12363-12367.
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Weight Loss Hacks: Master The Slow Carb Diet and Glycemic Index

The Slow Carb Diet and Glycemic Index

As a chef I hear much about food trends and diet fads, I keep a skeptical eye out for the information that seems relevant. Once every 10 years or so strides are made in human health science that topple food fads.

The current evolution of this phenomenon is the refined understanding of glycemic index and how it’s particular effect on the body can be deployed to make shocking changes in personal health and well-being. The phenomenon is know as the Slow Carb Diet and has been made wildly popular by the self help guru Tim Ferris in his book The 4 hour body

Most carbohydrates we eat come in the form of refined sugars, breads, cereals, white rice, muffins, cakes and pastries. All of these products share a common theme, they are refined. The process to make flour, extract sugars and hull rice are all extreme forms of refinement that allow the baser elements of these foods (sugars) to get streamlined through our digestion and injected straight into our blood. This is called a “blood sugar spike” and just about everyone has experienced the effects.

What you maybe don’t know is that this blood sugar spike will damage the body over time even if you do not have diabetes. After Years of studying diabetes we have an astounding knowledge of the effects of insulin on the body and this is where the rubber meets the road.

glycemic index

 

The Rollercoaster

You have a busy day, on your way to work, like always, you get a double-double coffee and a bagel with cream cheese from your favorite Canadian fast service cafe. Sugar spike, you feel incredible, your brain and muscles run on glucose and you have just hit the motherload! Your belly full and day underway you tackle challenges one after another, and silently your body is working against you.

Your Blood sugar spike sent a message to your pancreas to release insulin a hormone that tells the body to consume the readily available sugar and store the rest in the muscles for later use. Just as fast as that energy is delivered, your body takes it away, and now you are low, in some cases lower than before you had breakfast, then hunger sets in. This is not regular hunger either, this is low blood sugar hunger, body shaking, soul sucking hunger as though you have never had food before in your life. You lose focus, irritable and without thought you hit the nearest food retailer for a sandwich made with refined white bread.

Wash, Rinse, Repeat

If you’re burning only glucose, on an endless cycle of sugar, guess what you’re not burning; fat, a problem that only compounds over time. Obesity, hypertension, heart disease, cancer and any number of highly unpleasant forms of gastrointestinal malfunction follow this cycle.

The Fix

You can still eat carbs, the key is knowing the glycemic load. The glycemic index refers to the amount of glucose in the blood at any given time and the glycemic load is the amount of glucose that a given food will deploy into the bloodstream and how quickly. A Low glycemic load has a slow release that is easily assimilated and evenly distributed over time, a high glycemic load is a catalyst for “blood sugar spike”.

Low GL foods

Sweet potato
Whole wheat pasta
Raisin Bran or whole bran cereal
Cous Cous
Quinoa
Oatmeal
Chickpeas
Black beans

High GL Foods

White Bread
Muffins
Pastries
Soda
Energy Drinks
White Rice

For a full list of comparable foods check here 

Here is a recipe I use for an on the go meal I can eat warm or cold to help me keep my day level and avoid the roller-coaster. With both the slow carb diet and glycemic index, you just have to be aware of what goes on your plate.

Chickpea Penne Pasta

2/3 cup chick peas drained & rinsed
1 cup cooked whole wheat penne pasta
1/4 red onion minced
1 large tomato diced
2 cups baby spinach
1 tbsp capers
1/2 tsp crushed chili peppers
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
pinch of salt

Combine these ingredients into a medium sized plastic travel container, it can be shaken up and eaten cold for a filling slow carb diet meal, or microwaved for 2 minutes to wilt the spinach and soften the tomato for a hearty warming meal on the go.

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Why Dr. Oz Reccommends Coconut Oil

When you think of coconut, you probably think of treats like coconut cream pie, pina coladas, and Bounty bars. This means coconut can’t be good for you, right? Think again. Check out the 3 reasons why Dr. Oz says coconut oil is good for your health:

1. Boosts weight loss

Coconut oil is high in saturated fat, so shouldn’t it make me gain weight? Not quite. Unlike red meat, coconut oil contains shorter chains of fat called medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). When your body breaks down MCTs, it burns energy more efficiently. That’s why researchers found that women who ate coconut oil every day for 12 weeks had less abdominal fat than women who didn’t.

2. Nourishes skin

Can’t focus at work because of your dry or irritated skin? Coconut oil can help. Packed with Vitamin E, coconut oil soothes skin that’s been tortured by eczema, psoriasis, and bug bites. And because lauric acid, one of the MCTs in coconut oil, fights fungus, coconut oil can help you kiss fungal infections goodbye.

3. Heals ulcers

Lauric acid doesn’t just make your skin glow. It can also banish ulcers from your gut. How? With its antibacterial powers. Lauric acid kills H. pylori, the bacteria that causes most ulcers in the stomach and small intestine. So instead of being the treat that eats away at your digestive tract, coconut oil repairs it.

Dr. Oz says coconut oil is a superfood, and he’s right

It can be easy to dismiss the health benefits of coconut oil. After all, it’s hard to believe that a tropical fruit could be so good for you. But as we’ve explained, science shows that coconut oil packs a powerful punch against disease and infection. That’s why Dr. Oz says coconut oil is one food you can’t live without.

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Secret Chef Recipe That Crushes Migraines

Migraine headaches affect 24% of the population, including me. Everyone gets headaches, but migraines are a group of symptoms that are connected to the central nervous system and often indicate underlying conditions. Migraines can affect sight, hearing, balance and even disrupt proper functioning of the G.I. tract. When I started to discover some of my own migraine triggers I noticed the symptoms correlated strongly to my diet.

Cured meat was my ultimate go to as a chef, for adding deep rich umami to a dish almost nothing compares. My diet was peppered with buffalo mozzarella and mortadella sandwiches and pasta carbonara, not to mention late night snacking on crusty bread and sliced coppa with mustard, but it was not meant to last.

Contained within these foods is protein called tyramine, which has been correlated to trigger headaches in migraine sufferers. This protein, combined with other chemicals in the brain can not only trigger headaches but can also raise blood pressure and seriously affect overall health.

Here is the good news, cured meats are not off the menu. The correlation comes from the combination of the protein tyramine and the fermentation process often used to cure or preserve these products. Not only that, if there are foods that trigger migraines then you better believe there are foods that prevent them. Enjoying cured meat and cheese in moderation, and adding some of these remedy foods into your diet on a regular basis can let you have your prosciutto wrapped grissini, and eat it too.

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Leafy Greens

Spinach, Swiss chard

-Contains magnesium, which has been shown to significantly prevent the conditions in the brain that cause migraine headaches.

Healthy Fats

Salmon, Olive oil, Walnut oil

Omega 3 Fatty acids have been shown to reduce the frequency and severity of migraine headaches.

Seeds, Nuts, Mushrooms

-many seeds and nuts contain riboflavin and coenzyme Q10, both shown to reduce frequency 2-3 times with many migraine sufferers. Mushrooms are another significant source of riboflavin.

Here is a recipe I eat at least once a week that is packed with these preventative foods and helps keep my diet in check.

One Pan Pacific Salmon

2 pieces salmon 6-7 oz each

5-6 large pieces swiss chard, washed and roughly chopped

1 large sweet potato peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp maple syrup

1/2 tsp crushed chilies

2 tbsp roasted peanuts, chopped

  1. In a large fry pan with a tight fitting lid saute the sweet potato in olive oil over medium-high heat until golden and starting to soften about 5 minutes. Add the swiss chard and lower the heat to half, covering it so the potatoes can steam a little.
  2. Sprinkle a little salt on the salmon and let it come to room temperature while you make the sauce.
  3. Combine the lemon juice, maple syrup, chilies
  4. Once the potatoes are cooked through spread out the mixture of chard and create an even layer in the pan, lay the salmon in the pan and spoon the sauce over each piece being sure to use it all.
  5. Cover the salmon and let it cook covered for 7-10 minutes  

To serve the salmon, spoon a little of the sweet potato and swiss chard mixture on the plate, top it with the steamed salmon and sprinkle with chopped peanuts. Enjoy!

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Dr Oz suggests garcinia cambogia pure for weight loss

Are you splurging on pricey diets and gym memberships and still having trouble shedding the pounds? It’s time to call the pumpkin-shaped fruit garcinia cambogia to the rescue. Here’s why Dr Oz suggests garcinia cambogia pure for weight loss:

Why Dr Oz suggests garcinia cambogia pure

According to Dr Oz, garcinia cambogia pure is a revolutionary fat buster. Why? It allows the average woman to lose four pounds in one month without dieting and exercising. That’s no small amount. And even for obese adults, garcinia cambogia pure can reduce body weight by 5–6%.

These effects sound great, but how does garcinia cambogia pure work its magic? In two different ways.

Appetite suppressant

Garcinia cambogia pure nips emotional eating in the bud by suppressing your appetite. Garcinia cambogia pure makes cells in your brain release more serotonin, a chemical that controls appetite. Have trouble staying away from cookies even when you know you’re not really hungry? Garcinia cambogia pure has you covered.

Fat blocker and burner

Sugar is in so many foods we eat these days. And what happens when you eat it? Your liver turns it into fat. Garcinia cambogia pure blocks this process and lets your body turn sugar into energy instead. And when you’re body isn’t producing fat, it’s burning it. Science shows that people who take garcinia cambogia pure for just five days burn more fat during exercise than people who don’t.

Losing weight is tough. But when you’ve got the fat-busting power of garcinia cambogia pure on your side, you can find yourself on the road to success. That’s why Dr. Oz suggests garcinia cambogia pure for weight loss.

Want to feel great inside and out? Buy garcinia cambogia pure on our website or reach out to us if you have any questions on how shed those pounds!

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How To Get Rid Of Chronic Back Pain & Muscle Tension

Chronic Back pain is one of the most common reasons why people can’t come into work. It’s a real epidemic caused by bad posture habits and failure to develop proper strength and flexibility. To make matters worse, there’s a lot of confusion on how to cure back pain. At one point, in an effort to eliminate chronic back pain I went through different chiropractors, acupuncturists, back specialists, physiotherapists, and the list goes on! I’m not saying that there aren’t awesome medical practitioners that don’t have the capability to eliminate back pain, but I almost lost hope… Until I discovered alternative ways to relieve and eventually eliminate my back pain. One important starting point before taking on the following list, is to really understand what problem is and what could be the root cause. I eventually figured out that my muscles kept getting extremely tense, and my only hope for temporary relief was a deep tissue massage with grinding elbows (OUCH!). For many years I kept up this pattern until I had enough and decided to search for alternative approaches to eliminating back pain. Now I’m so happy and grateful to say that my life is VERY different. I feel taller, my back feels in place, and I feel comfortable sitting and standing. With the list below I’m hoping I can save you many years of finding a cure, and thousands of dollars from your wallet and insurance bills. If you follow all five suggestions from this list, I’m confident you’ll be happy and on your way to recovery. At least try it for a month.

  1. Massage Aids

I can’t stress this more. Sometimes you’ll have those hard nights where your muscles are incredibly tense and you’ve asked your partner way too many times for a massage. This is exactly why you should have the following items around your home:

  • Lacrosse Ball
  • Massage Roller

With a lacrosse ball you’ll be able to pin point exactly where your muscles are tense. It also gives you the currect indication on how to sit properly (which is making sure you have support for your lumbar region). Its hard enough to give you that relief you’re looking for, yet the perfect size to not give you discomfort. You can buy a lacrosse ball from Amazon or any sporting goods store. Check out the video below on how to use a lacrosse ball to give you relief from chronic back pain.

Like the lacrosse ball, a massage roller is an excellent tool to keep around the house. Especially because its firm and allows you soften the specific regions of your back. It fits perfectly in the lumbar region, and will give you awesome support when sitting in uncomfortable positions. You should use it anytime you feel like your posture is not correct. Its actually meant for sore muscles after an intense workout.

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2. Yoga & Deep Stretches

Continuing to do deep stretches will ensure those muscles stop tightening. Your muscles have been conditioned to go back into the same mode, which is why to reverse it you must have it adapt to the new ways. Achieving flexibility through yoga and deep stretches is key to achieving relief from chronic back pain.

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3. Meditation & Self-Hypnosis

No joke here, meditation training works… Only if you truly believe in it. This was the one thing I did that allowed my subconscious mind to be reconditioned. It is incredible how much emotional baggage you collect over the years, and it can show up in physical form. If you follow Louise Hay, you’ll learn that many illnesses are derived from a hidden negative emotion. In my case it was unnecessary guilt, and that was one of the constant feelings I had to let go in order to release the tension along my back. Make sure you find credible sources when it comes to meditation tapes and self-hypnosis. There’s a lot of stuff out there that doesn’t really cut it. We’ve found a great self-hypnosis meditation below, start by following through on it every evening.

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3 Coconut Oil Benefits You Must Know

It’s 3 p.m. on a Wednesday. You’re trying to finish a project that’s due tomorrow. But as usual, all you can think about is how exhausted you are. You’ve tried getting more sleep and reducing your sugar intake, but nothing works. If this sounds familiar, there’s something you probably haven’t discovered: coconut oil. Coconut oil benefits you in more ways than you can imagine, and we’ll break them down for you!

What’s so special about coconut oil?

Why would coconut oil benefit your energy levels? Because it’s packed with fat. Yes, we know what you’re thinking: “Isn’t fat bad for me? Won’t it give me a heart attack?”

It’s true that foods high in fat have earned a bad rap. But recent scientific studies have found no link between eating fats and developing heart disease.

What kind of coconut oil benefits are there?

Coconut oil doesn’t contain just any kind of fat. (After all, a tropical fruit would be too cool for that.) Instead, most of the fat in coconut oil is medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs).

Your body processes MCTs differently than carbs and other fats. When you eat carbs, your energy level spikes and drops quickly. That’s why you crash at 3 p.m. MCTs, in comparison, are an energy source that your body processes easily and gradually. The MCTs in coconut oil benefit you by giving you an immediate energy boost that remains more stable during the day.

Coconut oil is the source for MCTs

Coconut oil has one of the highest natural concentrations of MCTs. That’s why coconut oil energy benefits are hard to beat. Incorporate coconut oil into your diet today to stop those midday crashes right in their tracks.

What are you waiting for? Experience coconut oil energy benefits by purchasing it on our website or on Amazon.

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Why Maca Benefits Your Libido Health

Maca benefits both men and women on many different levels. We’ll be looking at how taking it regularly will significantly improve libido health and sexual wellness, add more vitamins to your intake, and improve your overall well being.

Maca benefits your body, its full of vitamins

Maca Powder is full of vitamins such as Vitamins B, C, & E. You’ll get also get plenty of Zinc, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Phospherous and Amino Acids.

Women benefit from Maca

Its also shown to improve fertility rates and balance hormones. For women Maca benefits by detoxing your body from the negative effects of birth control. It has also shown improvement for women that have just gone through menopause, as it relieves many of the side effects which include cramps, body pain, hot flashes, mood swings, anxiety, and depression.

Women should consult with their health practitioner before adding Maca to their diet. The advice shared here is anecdotal.

Awesome for energy

Maca is an excellent source of energy. Athletes use maca for peak performance. Especially for the development of stamina, many experience these benefits within days.

You can add so many organic, natural and raw ingredients that are incredible for your body. The best part about the Kefir Bowl Variation is you can make it your own

In 2009 it was discovered that 5 researchers from Northumbria University conducted a study on the impact on energy levels from Maca. They tracked two groups of cyclists. One that is taking Maca powder for 14 days, and another that is just given a placebo. When 2 weeks had passed, all participants had completed the 40 km cycling route. Based on the competing times, researches found that the group taking Maca had managed to significantly reduce their best times. The placebo group remained the same.

Libido health and sexual wellness…

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Maca also has improvements for libido health and power and is awesome for endurance. It has shown improvements in sexual function for both men and women. A study in 2001 was conducted where it was found that Maca increased both energy and sexual performance in male rats. They were able to reproduce much more, sustain physical activity for longer periods, and maintain consistent levels. They were also able to find an increase in sperm count.

Different studies have also found Maca to be beneficial for treating sexual dysfuntion. One important study done by the Andrologia Journal in April 2009, researches gave 2400 milligram extract of maca root to one group and a placebo to another. After 12 weeks, both groups experienced improvement in their International Index of Erectile Function scores. However what the researchers discovered was that the group that took Maca root experienced a much more significant impact on libido health and sexual well being than the controlled group.

Buying Maca

There are different ranges of Maca, and you must get the right one for you. It needs to be raw and organic. Women should get yellow Maca, and men have red Maca. The best way to have it is either through a Kefir Breakfast Bowl, throw it into a smoothie, or just add it to whole organic milk (tastes like Ovaltine!).