Are you confused about eating fats?
Don’t snooze, this is important info for your heart and waistline.
There are plenty of natural sources of healthy fats such as a group of fatty acids called MCFAs – medium-chain fatty acids also referred to as MCTs – medium-chain triglycerides. What makes these good for us? Researchers believe these fatty acids fight against obesity by keeping body fat from accumulating. Rather than store this fat in our ever-so-glorious storage containers such as our hips, belly and thighs, our bodies recognise these MCFAs and burn them for energy. So where can I find these bad boy MCFAs? Number 1 source? Raw organic virgin cold-pressed coconut oil.
Coconut oil is a saturated fat; however it is a good fat as is it chocka with MCFAs. Coconut oil, when it enters the body, is quickly metabolised and converted into energy similar to a carbohydrate, meaning it does not store as fat in the body. It is high in lauric and capric acids which are anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial. Coconut oil lowers cholesterol, stimulates thyroid function and protects the immune system not to mention how incredible it is for glossy hair and glowing skin.
“Oats are a useful grain for both cattle and man. Cooked and eaten, they are an excellent medication encouraging one’s daily stool; it fills the belly and is a fortifying source of nutrition.”
German botanist Adam Lonitzer reported back in the sixteenth century, proving that oats have been recognised for centuries for their beneficial medicinal effects. The U.S Food & Drug administration claim that oats, as part of an overall healthy diet, could lower the risk of heart disease. The potential health benefits of oats include; reducing the risk of coronary artery disease, lowering levels of cholesterol, stabilising blood sugar levels and lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Google The Dancing Skeleton Song Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones. Do you remember this catchy TV advert encouraging children to drink a glass of milk a day? Newsflash: Calcium is available in a more bio available form other than solely from happy moo juice. Almonds, brazil nuts and figs are an excellent vegetarian source. Calcium is vital for the development of bones, muscles, nerves, hair and nails and supports heart health and a strong nervous system. One almond milk chocolate smoothie coming up!
One of the most common questions I am asked is “Where do you get protein from since you don’t eat meat or dairy products?’” A protein molecule consists of 22 amino acids – our bodies can naturally make 13 of these but the other 9 need to be put into our bodies from the foods we eat. These are available in nuts, seeds, green leafy vegetables, legumes and superfoods. Proteins are constructed of amino acids which our bodies require to function properly. They are needed for cell growth and repair and maintaining all body tissues such as skin, muscles and organs. Try making my No Bake She-Raw Princess of Power Protein Bars in my free eBook.
Buckwheat is technically not a grain but a fruit related to the rhubarb family. It has a distinctive nutty taste and texture. It is super high in protein, in particular lysine, and is a rich source of B vitamins. It is a major source of bioflavonoid, rutin, which is good for the heart and circulation. It is high in phytonutrients helping protect the body against disease. It is rich in magnesium which is supportive in the management of diabetes; lowering the risk of developing high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Chromium is required for the production of insulin; regulating blood sugar levels as well as cholesterol levels in the liver and helps to protect the cardiovascular system. It is found in abundance in nuts, seeds and buckwheat. Ladies stock up on the BIG C- signs of deficiency are irritability, sugar cravings, mood swings and PMS.
Phytonutrients and Antioxidants
You don’t need to brew kombucha, wear 100% organic hemp yoga clothes, sprout quinoa, own a Vitamix and drive a hybrid to be able to afford Superfoods. Superfoods are not just goji berries, maca and acai. We consume superfoods already in everyday foods such as walnuts, avocados, broccoli, blueberries and olive oil. Superfoods are nutritionally dense foods which offer tremendous health benefits as preventative medicine. They strengthen our immune system and are high in proteins, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants.
Phytonutrients/phytochemicals are simply chemicals found in plants which offer health benefits when consumed. For example carotenoids in carrots and flavonoids in grains and seeds.
Antioxidants are substances such as A, C, E, selenium and phytonutrients such as flavonoids, lutein and lycopene which repair and/or prevent oxidative damage caused by free radicals. Antioxidants enhance the immune system and slow down the ageing process. Free radicals can cause damage to our cells and contribute to diseases and premature ageing. Bye Bye Crème de la Mer, hello For the Love of Gránola.