Today, I am going to discuss one reason why full-fat dairy products may be better than low-fat dairy products. I am going to focus on the aspect of sugar content, inflammation, and type 2 diabetes in this post, but will focus on other aspects, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer, in my next posts!
The new U.S. dietary guidelines have been released, and though the formatting looks different than previous guidelines, not much has changed. The guidelines propose ways to eat healthier, but don't mention specific food groups such as sugar-sweetened beverages and meat due to the financial clout of these organizations. However, I will consider the evidence and comment about what was outlined well and what should be made clearer.
For as long as I can remember (and I haven't been around too long now), meat has always been the culprit of most diseases popping up and increasing in the U.S. My mother used to always tell all her friends how she only ate white meat because red meat gives us heart disease. My mom is a doctor so when I was a little girl I thought everything a mother said, and a doctor especially, was right. So I followed suit and only ate chicken and sliced turkey, forgoing beef and pork. (But we are Greek so once or twice a year we would eat some lamb).
When it came to eating dairy, however, it was a different story. Dairy has always been good in our household and most others. It’s full of calcium and important for growing bones, my mother told me. But after watching Forks Over Knives this past week, a documentary about eating a plant-based diet that forgoes animal and dairy products to reduce disease, it made me wonder if I should forego those food groups. Below I will outline my thoughts and why I ultimately have decided to keep animal products and dairy in my diet.
I posted this on my tumblr (stephaniewellbeing.tumblr.com) and I thought I would repost it here as well because it is so important! This is just a short guide and there is much more that can be done to improve cholesterol, but I thought I'd share these quick tips! Enjoy! And also, feel free to check out my tumblr account. It's an offset of this and I have been using it to post my ideas and share others' ideas because I find it easier and quicker to utilize!
Okay so I know the link to this amazing video is on buzzfeed, but this video is actually really accurate and informative and it is less than 2 minutes long (REALLY, DON'T UNDERESTIMATE IT!). Click and watch, you may actually learn something new today about your diet and how to make some healthier changes with whole, natural foods.
Before I jump into this article, I just want to articulate that going gluten-free isn't a choice for everyone. I do, however, strongly advocate to eliminate it from your diet for 3 weeks to see if you feel better and if you get any symptoms when you re-introduce. Many of us have unknown sensitivities and removing an allergen is a sure way of finding out. On the other hand, many people thrive eating gluten and need it to meet certain dietary needs. I completely support that decision as long as it comes from whole sources as I will outline below. But before, I talk about eating gluten, I want to discuss why I don't.
In the midst of winter many people start to feel the blues. They think it could be the passing of the holidays or the wind chill outside, but what many people don't know is that it could be your vitamin D levels! A doctor once told me that anyone above the Georgia line of states is Vitamin D deficient! That means most of Americans are lacking this crucial vitamin! What exactly is vitamin D? Well read on and I'll give you a brief explanation as well as advice for how to raise it so you can be back on your way to feeling good!