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Healthy Holiday Gifts

I stole this idea from my e-friend (a friend I know over the internet but not in person- seem to have a lot of those) Kelly over at Paleo Infused Nutrition. She gave me the idea to do a little self-promotion and a promotion of my friends for the holiday season. So here goes!!

Book Recommendations

Looking for some reading material for the new year? Here are some e-books to check into by myself and some of my e-friends.

– Remember my best-seller called “How to actually lower your cholesterol?”, yes, the “best-seller” that sold all of 2 copies! Well, guess what??? Its still available! For purchase on the Amazon.com site. Check it out here.

– My wonderful e-friend Aglaee, Paleo Dietitian and world traveler, has not just
ONE but TWO e-books for sale. Since she travels so much she is an expert at eating Paleo during travel, so she wrote “Eating out and traveling on the Paleo diet” and her second e-book “21 myths about the Paleo diet debunked”.  You can get them both on her site here.

– Another e-friend who has given me a lot of free information about blogging over the last year, Tom Corson-Knowles has written an e-book on creating a business out of your blog. He has been very successful at creating his own business and living the life of his dreams. If you have a goal of being a pro blogger, start with his book.

– A REAL friend (who I know in person) Candace Morgan, RD has put together her family’s favorite healthy recipes. You can get your copy here.

Vitamins

– HUM Nutrition is offering special gift boxes this holiday season to get your friends and family off to a healthy start. I have packaged together some of our favorite products into bundles to help you reach your goals for ultimate health in the new year. Check out the “Skinny Box” if weight loss is your goal or the “Looking Fabulous Box” for glowing skin, strong nails, and shiny hair. They are also offering the “Ultimate Detox Box” for when you over-do it a little on the holiday cookies and the “Winter Boost Box” too keep you healthy all winter long!

– Looking to get your kids on the right track in the new year? Try the Smarty
Pants line of great gummy vitamins for kids (and grown-ups too!). They are one of the few kids vitamins that taste good, have omega-3s, and vitamin D! They are also a part of the Vitamin Angels network and donate a portion of their profits to help prevent vitamin deficiencies in needy children.

Cleanse Program

– I will be offering the “28 Days to Health” cleanse in the new year. January is a GREAT time to do a cleanse to get the year started off right. This is a gluten-free, dairy free, toxin free cleanse to maybe help you shed a few holiday pounds and make 2013 a great year for healthy eating! Keep posted on the date, but you don’t need to show up to the class to do the cleanse as all the materials are online. Contact me for more details!

Make it a healthy holiday and an amazing 2013!

Eating out to lower your cholesterol

It is best to eat food from home that you can prepare yourself, but life doesn’t always work out that way. The key to eating out and sticking with your meal plan is to be prepared. Most restaurants have menus online so you can check them out before you go. Salads are generally a good choice, just watch out for added croutons, tortilla strips, fried chicken, etc. A good salad should have at least 5 different vegetables and some protein. Use olive oil and vinegar instead of ranch or blue cheese as your dressing.

Here are Some Options When Eating Out:

  • Panera: Classic hand-tossed salad + chicken
  • Chipotle: burrito bowl or salad. No rice, no beans, add veggies of choice (salsa, fajita veggies, lettuce), double meat, guacamole.
  • California Fish Grill: grilled fish (no fries, rice, coleslaw or bread), add side salad
  • KFC: Chicken without breading, corn, green beans
  • In-and-out: Protein-style double-double.
  • Quiznos: Chicken Taco salad (no tortilla strips) or Classic Cobb Salad (no croutons)
  • Subway: Salad with all veggies, chicken, and avocado. Mexican food: Fajitas (any protein is ok), no tortillas, no rice, no beans, double vegetables.
  • Japanese food: Teppan yaki, eliminate the rice. Sashimi or hand rolls without rice. Soy sauce contains gluten (gluten free soy sauce is available at specialty grocery stores).
  • Italian food: Avoid pasta or rice. Choose grilled fish or chicken with a side of vegetables and lots of salad to start.

How to actually lower your cholesterol

As a Registered Dietitian, I have seen hundreds of patients trying to lower their cholesterol via a low fat, low cholesterol diet. Many patients come to me desperately trying to figure out why their cholesterol keeps increasing after years of avoiding fried foods, meat, bacon, eggs, and cheese. I learned in school,

that if a patient was not seeing results with a low fat, low cholesterol diet it probably meant they weren’t REALLY avoiding the foods they needed to avoid. Just a few years ago I believed that if a patient was truly eating lots of whole grains, very little fat, and avoiding red meat at all costs, they should have low cholesterol. But, after a while in this field, seeing one unsuccessful patient after another, I started to see that this was clearly not happening. How could ALL my patients be lying to me about what they were actually eating? Sure, there is a genetic component to high cholesterol and some people’s numbers are high no matter what they do, but these cases are rare. I didn’t feel that genetics was accounting for the lack of change I was seeing in my patients when they changed their diet according to my recommendations

The thing is that I was eating a “heart healthy” diet myself, exactly as I had learned in school. I knew I had a family history of high cholesterol and had to be careful with my diet.  But, even in following the traditional recommendations (and who knew them better than me?), my total cholesterol was over 200. My LDL (bad cholesterol) was borderline high. How could this be?  I ate oatmeal with fruit for breakfast, whole grain bread with fat free mayo, low fat cheese (or fat free, yuck!), and turkey for lunch, and whole wheat pasta with veggies for dinner! I used only olive oil for cooking, didn’t eat fast food, never ate anything fried, avoided eggs, and didn’t eat much red meat. Why was my cholesterol so high at only 27 years old? I had all the information and was following the recommended diet I had learned in school. Why couldn’t I lower my own cholesterol? Why were my patient’s struggling as well? Clearly there was something that was not right.

Part of the reason I became a dietitian is because I love how often the field changes, requiring a lot of research and constant learning to stay on top of all the new information. I like to try things out on myself before I make recommendations and don’t like to recommend diets if I am not seeing the results I think I should.  I couldn’t accept that the low fat diet I was following was not keeping my cholesterol under control, especially since I was following exactly what I was taught and what was fully accepted by the medical and nutrition communities.

So, I hit the internet and did some research, I desperately wanted real results for my patients and myself, and didn’t want to provide information that clearly wasn’t working. I attended a few “alternative” nutrition conferences to try to discover different ways of thinking about heart health. After a lot of research into what would actually lower my cholesterol, I changed my diet. I quit following the “recommended” heart-healthy diet and I added back many foods that I had been avoiding for years.

After 6 months on this new diet, my cholesterol went down 32 points, my LDL was down 27 points, now all within normal levels. I also convinced a coworker to try the diet with me and her total cholesterol dropped 20 points and LDL dropped 25 points after only 2 months. Her HDL also increased by over 20 points, and she was not exercising (exercise usually raises HDL)!

When I told my doctor what I had done, including the dietary changes I had made, he told me it was impossible, that it couldn’t have been my diet that changed my cholesterol. He said “You must have a different kind of metabolism from other people!” Really? Clearly, he was wrong, it was my diet. It’s not his fault, his area of expertise is not nutrition and he is just following what the rest of the medical community has accepted as dogma. When you know better, you do better.

So I wrote a program manual called “How to actually lower your cholesterol” to help people like myself who are doing everything they can, following all the recommendations as closely as possible, and still not seeing the results they want with their cholesterol levels. It outlines exactly what you need to do to get your cholesterol down fast.