The recipes in this new cookbook from the GuiltyKitchen blogger meet all my criteria for an excellent kitchen companion: enticing, healthy, and, most importantly, easy. Full of delicious Paleo-friendly recipes utilizing coconut oil, Elizabeth Nyland’s book is an inspiration for all types of eaters, Paleo or not.
Admired for its many health benefits, coconut oil contains lauric acid, a medium chain triglyceride which supports the conversion of cholesterol to pregnenolone, lowering cholesterol, boosting thyroid function and improving overall hormonal health. MCTs are absorbed directly into your liver where they are metabolized to provide instant and sustained energy for your body and brain.
Lately, you’ve probably heard a lot of people talking about eating “Paleo.” People are really into it. Here at the Wellness Center, we are big fans of Paleo and we recommend it to a lot of patients. We’ve witnessed people having great success with a number of conditions -- weight loss, clearing up digestive/gastrointestinal discomfort, skin issues, hormonal imbalances, joint pain and even autoimmune issues. What’s all the hype about?
Living a healthier lifestyle can sometimes feel overwhelming, confusing, and all-consuming. The idea of giving up our favorite foods or force-feeding ourselves foods we don’t like for the sake of health is simply not a good motivator!
When it comes to implementing change, attitude makes all the difference. With a step-by-step approach, a healthy lifestyle is something we can build up over time. Little by little we’ll crowd out the bad choices by choosing healthy alternatives that we actually enjoy. These conscious choices turn into healthy habits and something very exciting happens: we start feeling better! From there, staying the course is that much easier.
In the world of nutrition and science we tend to point to “food villains” and look for for quick fixes. For a long time, fat was a “food villain.” People went on low-fat diets to try to lose weight. When that didn’t work, the pendulum swung back and it became all about avoiding carbs like the plague. But all carbs are not created equal!
Our bodies need carbohydrates. It’s not for nothing that we tend to crave “sweet” things – our instincts tell us that we need the energy and nutrients that hide in these foods. But a whole food is always superior to a processed food. Instead of loading up on candy bars and soda, we can satisfy our body’s need for carbohydrates with whole foods from nature.