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Water: Covering a Multitude of Sins

I dont like to be regulated. Not by the government, not by anybody. Looks like that fight has been temporarily lost, but that’s beside the point right now. There is, however, a time and a place for regulation. Time: now. Place: the body.

Water is our body’s ultimate regulating system. Besides being the universal thirst quencher, water is truly a remarkable liquid. Here’s why.

Water enables our body to function at it’s peak. 90% of our body is water. Why so much? Water is the ultimate regulator. It takes a lot of energy for water to heat up or cool down (think of how long it takes to boil pasta water, or for the lake that froze over the winter to get to a swim-able temperature). This means that water is an effective means of regulating our body temperatures. Why did mom make you guzzle liquids when you have a fever? To bring your body temperature down: regulate, regulate, regulate! Water has a neutral pH balance, so when our blood pH gets out of whack (think that massive salt attack of a bacon cheeseburger you ate for dinner last night), the water in our blood balances out the sodium to neutralize our blood and bring it to it’s normal pH. Pretty neat stuff, huh?

Water does plenty more for our bodies besides regulate all our systems and keep our core temperatures stable, but there is another time and place for that.

Drink water and listen to nutritionista.

Red Pistachio Nuts, Green Pistachio Nuts…

I’m not one of those people who tries to use scientific research to support a naughty habit of eating hostess cupcakes because they are chocolate, and chocolate has health benefits, and therefore…

No. Bad. Shame. BUT, there’s no harm in taking note that some foods do boast an edge of health benefits over their competitors. Take the pistachio for example. You find it in a lot of holiday foods for some reason- like these yummy chocolate pistachio biscotti that I Read the rest of this entry »

Brussels Sprouts

Here are a few things you should know about brussels sprouts:
1) there is an “s” after brussel: brusselS sprouts.
2) they only smell like stinky feet if you microwave them- so dont do it.
3) they are uber healthy for you because they belong in the cruciferous family of veggies (like cabbage, kale, and collards).
4) they are easy to prepare

I am secretly on a mission to see how many varieties of Read the rest of this entry »

By Hook or By Crook

There are few things that make me so happy as cooking a dish for someone I know will love it. Example: Zach loves french toast. So being the merry little domestic wife I am, I decided to whip up some french toast this Saturday morning for brunch. Now, French toast may be the world’s most adored breakfast food, but it sure isn’t Read the rest of this entry »

Graham Slam

I love graham crackers. Are they a cracker? A cookie? Who knows, or cares. They are just so good that it doesn’t matter. And believe it or not, the original graham crackers were whole grain! Some still are, you just have to push aside the big names like Nabisco and Keebler to find the winners like Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Grahams.

Graham flour was named after Sylvester Graham, who was adamantly opposed to refined white flour. He wasn’t a nutritionist, he was a pastor. But regardless, he knew Read the rest of this entry »

Tropical Oils

Tropical: the very word musters up thoughts of palm trees, sunshine, beaches, guava, and a strawberry daiquiri in my hand. I love most things tropical. With one exception: oil.

Tropical oils (coconut, palm and palm kernel) are unique. Most people think of oil as a healthier alternative to butter or shortening, but that’s not necessarily so. In fact, while olive oil and canola oil are some of the healthiest oils you can eat, coconut and palm kernel oil are the worst. Here’s why. Tropical oils are mostly saturated. Translation: when you digest the oil, it sticks to Read the rest of this entry »

Stuffed Zucchini: Good

I’ve decided to come out from NFN hibernation! I know it’s been a long while since we’ve chatted, and I’m sorry. Fortunately, I have an excuse. Mairwage (if you haven’t see The Princess Bride, add it to your to-do list NOW).  Yes, white dress, handsome groom, pretty flowers, angels singing…the whole deal. I know you missed me as much as I missed you. Which is a LOT, of course.  But instead of going all mushy about how much you mean to me and starting to cry, we’ll just move on to nutrition.

But first, let me tell you how many Read the rest of this entry »

The Truth About Calories

I was walking through the mall the other day and I saw a stand selling all kinds of books and products for something called the “cookie diet.” I laughed. Out loud. Are you serious? Yes, they are… that is the sad part.

People are so confused when it comes to exercise/>lose-weight-exercise/>weight loss. We’re an obese nation, so it makes sense that we’d be desperate. But let’s set the facts straight- no short term plan will do any long-term good. Period. Read: do not buy into the cookie diet, the grapefruit diet, the potato chip diet (ok, that one doesn’t exist, but if the cookie diet exists, the potato chip diet probably isn’t far behind)…

A recent article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition studied the different effects Read the rest of this entry »

Keen-waa

Zach and I did something so fun this week. We had our first tasting for the wedding! It was amazing. But what really got me excited was when I saw Quinoa (pronounced: keen-waa) on the menu. It sounds weird, I know. But to your trusty nutritionista, quinoa is like candy!

Most people think of quinoa as a grain. But they’re wrong. It has very similar texture to grain like cous cous, but it is actually a seed. So now you know, and you won’t be one of the people who is wrong. Because it is a seed and not a grain, quinoa has a high Read the rest of this entry »

Fake Fiber

I’d just like to talk for a minute about something that drives me nuts. That would be things that like yogurt, juice, and ice cream that are not naturally a source of fiber, but suddenly claim to be “a good source” of the roughage. What? Who wants fiber ice cream? Yuck.

Fiber is awesome. I love it. You should too, because I do. But beware of all kinds of foods that have added fiber to give it a superior looking nutrition profile. It’s a fake, and your body knows it. Natural sources of fiber like vegetables, fruit, and whole grains are really super for your body (digestion, detoxification, reglarity, the whole works). But fake fiber has none of those benefits. Companies often use inexpensive refined flour and then add back in fiber so that it looks healthy again. Really they’re just being cheap. So when you see 10g fiber in a tortilla, dont be overly impressed. It might have a sky high amount of fiber, but whole grains dont have that much fiber. And honestly, it is much better for your body to eat a whole grain tortilla than to eat a refined flour tortilla with all kinds of inulin and other added fibers to it.

For grains, make sure the ingredients contain “100% whole grain” rather than “oat fiber” or “inulin.” For yogurt and juice, chocolate and other random foods that are suspiciously high in fiber, just skip it. The less processed and altered from it’s original state a food, the better.

Just keeping things regular…