July 21, 2013 by Living Girl Living Foods
Hello my radiant friends ❤
I have been having some truly wonderful discussions lately on transitional foods. What I mean by “transitional” foods is healthier alternatives to things that may already seem to be the healthy alternative. Also options that are gluten free but are not loaded with soy or rice and so forth. More plant based, clean, living, and simple options.
I appreciate the time that these new friends took to ask these questions. I am sure we all can benefit, relate, or have healthier alternatives we like to share with people too! Please feel free to leave a comment with any transitional foods that you have found to be helpful, yummy and just too delicious to not share ;-)!
Q: What are your thoughts on peanuts and peanut butter?
A: Gosh this question always makes me loss friends for a day or so because they do not like my response :-X! Many peanut butters are made with soy oil. Soy happens to be one of the most mucus-forming plant based foods out there. This holds up the body’s productivity leading to other problems that can lead to big problems. A few issues are irritable bowel syndrome, weight gain, increases ones aging, and the circulation in our bodies even slows down. Peanuts are actually not a nut but a legume. This is why for many peanuts make them gassy or are hard to digest. Legumes are more of a starch than a protein.
Legumes including peanuts are a lectin. The stickiness and structure of lectins is what makes them nearly impossible to digest.
Lectins have been indicated in a number of inflammatory conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis. Lectins are high in omega-6, which the Standard American Diet is already too high in.
Peanuts are actually highly toxic, they can cause depression or that lazy, couch potato feeling. Besides the oils, salts and so on the big concern with peanuts is the bacteria. The bacteria in them is what can cause larger health concerns.
Aflatoxin is the name of the bacteria that can be found in peanuts in large quantities. Aflatoxin is a carcinogen associated with liver cancer. Consumption of this bacteria has been linked to stunting growth in children. Any food that is creating congestion in the liver may potentially impede its important functions, including detoxification and fat-burning.
Peanuts are cheap, many consider them as a healthy protein option. But when it comes down to it, it’s just a starch covered in salt, soy oil and other ingredients that slow down our bodies.
Sorry loves! But love your body and try out healthier alternatives such as almond butter or walnut butter.
Q: What is THE best oil to use for dishes?
A: This is typically a question I hear when I do private classes with clients at their home. Typically everyone think a cold-pressed olive oil, or an organic coconut oil. I highly recommend rotating oils! Two of “the” best oils to use as far as I know are; cold-pressed chia seed oil and the second would be cold-pressed flax oil. Please buy organic and check on where the company is buying their seeds from.
These oils have a very distinct taste, but let’s say a dish you typically make with 1 cup of olive oil could be cut into 1/2 cup chia seed oil and 1/2 cup olive oil. This way that familiar taste is still somewhat there.
Chia seed oil has one of the best balances of Omega’s 3 &6. Chia seed is the richest plant based source of Omega 3 fatty acids found in nature. Gram for gram, chia seed oil offers more omega-3 fatty acides than flax seed or fish oil! Chia seed oil is also super duper excellent for the skin ❤ why ever put anything on your face that you wouldn’t eat?
Q: What are a few basic transitions you would recommend to someone who wants to eat healthier but is not interested just yet in becoming a vegetarian?
With animal fat in mind:
Choose salmon over meats, try to pass on red meat as much as possible and know where your meat is coming from. This includes knowing what it is feed, when the animal was slaughtered, if it was given antibiotics and buy local!
Try to purchase as much sprouted seeded breads, crackers, cookies and so forth as possible. Consider staying away from corn, legumes and white rice. Just because an item is gluten free does not mean it is healthy, depending on the flour, sugars, and so on used it may actually be worse. Wraps actually have more calories usually than slices of bread! Please please please read the labels ❤
Always buy as much organic, local, simple and homemade treats as possible. Local, hormone free and grass fed items.
Try to stay away from foods in cans, the amount of sodium and unnecessary ingredients in these items are out of this world.
Consider making chips at home! Sweet potato, jicama, carrot, beets, broccoli stems, daikon root, radishes and so many other yummy vegetables.
If you can’t pronounce it and it doesn’t sound like an actual food on the ingredients list…it probably shouldn’t be in your beautiful tummy box 😉
Do the math yourself and figure out if a product truly is “low-fat” and think about how many servings you really eat.
I hope this information was helpful and can be of assistance to those who are ready to make a transition. We all do our best until we know even better thus do better. It takes little steps at a time and should not feel overwhelming, or not “do-able.”
Thank you all for taking the time to stop by my site! I trust you all had a wonderful weekend with great company. Much love ❤ and raw power 😉