Monday, March 25, 2013

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March On with Nutrition!

This month I am sharing tidbits of L.E.A.N. Start information from the Traffic Light Eating concept as well as a little on Omega-3s. The monthly topics will give you a peek into what you’d learn in full detail in one of my L.E.A.N. Start classes. I have online classes available whenever there is a group of 4 participants or more. So, if you’re interested in diving deeper into understanding nutrition in a simple and fun way, please contact me or register at.

Traffic Light Eating is a concept adapted by Dr. William Sears and it helps us understand how food is categorized. It is one of the best ways to eat healthy.

Green means “go;”   Yellow tells us to “slow down;”   Red means “stop and think.”

The “N” in L.E.A.N. is for Nutrition and Traffic Light Eating is a way to incorporate good nutrition into your day.

Green light foods help you ‘go’ and grow. Green light foods include:
·         All fruits and vegetables (as close to nature as possible)

Yellow light foods are ‘slow down’ foods and they are good to eat but don’t eat too much (instead fill up on more plant based foods found in the green light category). Some examples (*choose whole grain):
·         Pasta*
·         Rice*
·         Bread*
·         Lean red meat
·         Chicken/turkey
·         Nuts and seeds
·         Fish
·         Greek yogurt and dairy (choose organic when possible)

Red light foods should make you ‘stop and think’ and I encourage you to make a different choice or choosing a smaller portion. This category is also called your ‘special occasion’ foods. Some examples:
·         Cookies/cake
·         Candy
·         Frozen Yogurt
·         Chips
·         White bread/rice
·         Sugary beverages
·         Bacon, ham, hot dogs and other processed meats (because they are usually chock full of nitrites/nitrates and other preservatives, caramel coloring, etc)

Sure, you can bake your own goodies but choose natural sweeteners and always wholesome ingredients and whenever possible, organic / non-GMO ingredients. 

Fish is a yellow light food because it’s not a fruit or a vegetable but it is still one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Salmon is rich in Omega-3 healthy fats that make our brains and hearts happy (be sure to choose wild caught)! Omega-3 is the most thoroughly researched nutrient with over 22,000 articles! 

Wild Pacific Alaskan Salmon is the safest, healthiest, and cleanest fish to eat. It is high in protein, B12, Omega-3 (both EPA/DHA), calcium, and it is antioxidant-rich.

If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, you can obtain your Omega-3s from plant sources like flax seed/oils or by taking an algae-based supplement. You can also visit my Products page to learn about the companies that I personally recommend if you need to supplement. 

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Choose, eat, and live well! =)

[This article was featured in the in-print March 2013 edition of The Inland Adventurer, Ridgecrest, CA monthly newspaper. I'm the author.]

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