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My mother continues to harp on me about the need to eat
more garlic. Are there benefits besides those previously
stated regarding garlic and heart health?
As a matter of fact, the
consumption of garlic is now believed to be beneficial
in decreasing the chances of developing both colon and
stomach cancer. In a review of 19 studies, researchers
at the University of North Carolina concluded that with
the ingestion of only six cloves of garlic per week,
our likelihood of developing stomach cancer drops by 50%
and colon cancer by 30%, compared to those who do not
Please settle a
squabble with a friend. Isn't stick margarine better for
us than butter?
Well, I hope you haven't
invested too much into your bet, because your friend has
just won . . . but neither choice is a very good one for
our health. The culprit in margarine is the high level
of trans fatty acids, which have been found to increase
LDL cholesterol (the bad form) and decrease HDL
cholesterol (the good form). While the saturated fat in
butter raises LDL, it does not negatively affect HDL. Of
course, there are much healthier choices such as using
olive oil as a substitute or to look for margarines that
are low in saturated fat and contain no trans fatty
acids. According to information from the FDA, removing
all TFAs from margarine would prevent approximately
7,000 heart attacks each year.
Irradiation of food
products has been promoted as a safe way to kill
bacteria without depleting nutritional content of food.
Is this true?
I personally wonder if we
will ever get the true facts about the safety of
irradiated food products. While the FDA says that
irradiating eggs, for instance, to kill bacteria like
Salmonella, is effective, it also recently admitted that
this does lower the Vitamin A content of this
food. The consumer group
Public Citizen is
concerned that along with the loss of Vitamin A, heat
sensitive nutrients such as Omega 3 Fatty Acids and B
Vitamins will also be diminished. My belief, as always,
is to stay away from foods processed with procedures in
which we have no clue as to the long-term risks to the
Is it true that the
best diet to eat for gaining muscle is one of meat vs.
The argument could
probably be won by either side of this equation: the
meat believers/users or the vegetarian sect. However, a
study published in the American Journal of Clinical
Nutrition stated that animal protein may get the
edge in its ability to build muscle in humans. This
could be related to its bio-availability, although I've
seen other studies that rate soy protein very close in
bio-availability when compared to beef, chicken, fish,
etc. A varied diet may be the best one to follow as the
benefits of soy protein are well founded in its supposed
influence in decreasing the chances of acquiring certain
cancers as well as minimizing menopausal symptoms and
enhancing immune system functioning.
Is it true that raw
foods are better for us than cooked foods?
This battle has been
going on forever between raw food devotees and those who
believe that a balance between the two food groups is
necessary. I love the incorporation of more raw
foods/veggies, nuts, seeds, etc. due to the high amount
of fiber, vitamins and minerals these foods normally
contain. There is no doubt that we are consuming diets
that are too processed — white breads and pastas, rice
and deserts — that are void of most nutritional
benefits. Fast food after fast food meals . . . leading
to an increasing number of health problems. Even with my
enthusiasm over eating more raw foods, there may be a
nutritional benefit that is achieved by cooking
certain veggies. Take for instance a recent study in
the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry,
where they found that when carrots were cooked, the
antioxidant levels available for use by the body
increased by 34%. Balance, balance, balance.
Is it true that
cinnamon can help with certain types of diabetes?
According to studies done
by USDA researchers in Maryland on lab animals, cinnamon
improved their blood sugar levels, which could have a
positive impact on people with type 2 diabetes. The
equivalent of 1/2 to 1 teaspoon per day was recommended.
Make sure to speak with your doctor about any possible
benefits. No correlation was given for insulin-dependent
Is it true that green
tea can help you burn more fat?
This was first reported
about ten years ago and now recently confirmed in a very
small study reported in the American Journal of
Clinical Nutrition. In this study, 60% of the men
taking a green tea supplement, roughly the equivalent of
one cup of this tea with each meal, burned about 80 more
calories per day than those taking a placebo pill or
caffeine supplement. Since the "caffeine group" did not
see this change, study researchers believe it may be the
flavonoids in the green tea that increased the metabolic
I haven't heard you
mention any new information regarding benefits of soy
lately. Is this just another heath food fad?
Actually, there have been
several new studies touting the benefits of soy which I
believe reinforce the fact that the "soy craze" is much
more than a health food fad. A study from the University
of Minnesota proved that women who consumed a soy drink
that contains the estrogen components in soy, called soy
isoflavones, saw a significant reduction in blood
cholesterol levels. The only caveat with soy consumption
may exist with women who have breast cancer. Some
researchers believe that this product may actually
encourage tumor growth. As always, check with your
doctor or a naturopathic physician (to find one in your
area, contact the
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians) for
the latest findings if you do have any serious illness.
replacement bars do you use?
Two of my favorites are
(high protein/low carb) and
protein/moderate carb). Both of these options can be
worked well into your daily meal plans, allowing us to
stay on schedule and eat every three hours, regardless
of how busy our day might be. Add a piece of fruit and
several glasses of water to one of the above meal
replacement bars and you are set until your next meal.
Please check past
for more information on meal planning.
Are there additional
dietary changes I can make besides reducing sodium to
help with high blood pressure?
At the University of
Naples, Italy, a recent study involving people with mild
to moderate high blood pressure showed a positive
correlation between intake of olive oil and the
reduction of blood pressure. As reported in the
Archives of Internal Medicine, two groups of people
were fed diets consisting of 26% fat, where one used
olive oil and the other used sunflower oil. At the end
of the study, the people on the olive oil diet had
resting blood pressures that were significantly lower,
hence their blood pressure medications were
significantly reduced. Just think of the increased
benefits that these people would experience if they
added one more lifestyle change that has also been
proven to lower blood pressure — transcendental
Please share with me a
variety of choices when it comes to healthy protein
Ok . . . cottage cheese
(low/fat free), egg whites (as an omelette or egg white
salad for sandwiches, etc.), tofu, soy burgers and soy
dogs, beans of all types as salads or burritos, protein
powders for shakes or to use in oatmeal, waffle and
pancake mixes, lean cuts of turkey, canned tuna, salmon,
etc. (while higher in fat, they offer essential fatty
acids), fat free or low fat yogurt, protein bars. As you
can imagine, the list goes on and on. Please check our
past FAQs on this page for more info on healthier
How many calories does
one need daily to maintain weight and not gain any.
If you multiply your
weight by 10, that's the number of calories you need per
day to maintain your current weight, if all you did was
lay around all day and not move. If you weigh 125
pounds, you need 1,250 calories per day to fuel your
bodily systems. If you are semi-active (walk a little,
light exercise), multiply your base calories by 1.2 (in
this case, you'd need 1,500 calories per day). Someone
who exercises regularly, multiply base calories by 1.3
(1,625 calories needed per day to maintain). To lose
weight, read our past FAQ's on this page regarding the
truth about our need to eat multiple meals per day (5
meals a day) combined with a sensible strength training
program for women and men.
A friend of mine heard
on your show your concern with regular consumption of
Nutrasweet. Is this an unhealthy product?
I never really paid much
attention to the associated health concerns of
Nutrasweet (aspartame) until I received a letter three
years ago from a listener, who after doing extensive
research on this product, connected her depression and
insomnia to her intake of three diet colas every day.
After weaning herself off the diet sodas, her symptoms
disappeared within 30 days — a brief period of time
considering that she'd been suffering for over ten
years. No other changes were made that would equate with
the disappearance of her health problem. And now, a
recent guest, Christine Lydon, M.D., is offering a free
article she wrote entitled "The Dangers of Aspartame."
An extremely thorough researcher, Dr. Lydon plainly
points out the potential problems brought on by the
consumption of aspartame that range from dizziness,
headache, tinitus, chronic fatigue syndrome, and more.
Call for your free article today 1-800-255-2690.
Do you believe in
fasting as a way to help detoxify the body?
For years the general
concensus was that juice or water fasting helped to
eliminate toxins from the body. However, recently, Ann
Louise Gittleman, author of
The Living Beauty Detox Program, presented
intriguing information that stated to truly detoxify we
must continue to eat and drink, and it's the correct
combination of food and supplements that can really make
a difference in the way our bodies heal. She hightlights
the need for specific fats to help the body cleanse
itself along with certain protein sources and purifying
drinks containing unsweetened cranberry juice. This book
is an excellent resource that I highly recommend. If you
mention our show or web site, her company will offer you
a 10% savings on the cost of this book. Call
You had referred a
while ago to a method designed to help people who eat
emotionally. I have struggled with this for years and
need your input.
Many leading edge experts
in nutrition believe that through amino acid
supplementation we can help correct brain chemistry,
decreasing the chance of overeating due to emotional ups
and downs. It seems the key supplements to consider are:
1) Tyrosine (decreases the desire for sugar,
carbohydrates, caffeine, etc. that temporarily give us a
lift of energy); and 2) GABA (decreases the desire for
sugar, alcohol, etc. that temporarily gives us a calming
effect). There are additional supplements that help as
well such as glutamine and 5HTP, helping to stabilize
our moods, thereby leading to a decrease in emotional
eating. One of the best books ever written on this
The Diet Cure by Julia Ross.
You recently read a
study regarding how we can decrease our risk of prostate
cancer through the consumption of certain vegetables.
What were they?
A listener from Seattle
sent us the conclusion of a study at the
Fred Hutchinson Cancer
Research Center, showing how we can cut the risk of
this disease by almost 50% when we consume three
or more servings of vegetables per day. The most
effective were the cruciferous veggies like cauliflower,
brussels sprouts, broccoli and cabbage. Since a service
size is only 1/2 cup, this is extremely easy to
accomplish if we simply plan a little bit in advance.
And it's worth the minimal effort, as prostate cancer is
the second leading cancer killer of men next to lung
I know that losing and
keeping weight off is a challenge for many people. What
do you think are the keys to long-term success?
There really is no
magical formula to weight loss, but it doesn't have to
be complicated. First, forget about a special
supplement, especially those that claim you don't have
to change your lifestyle to drop the pounds. Pure
hogwash. Understand that worthwhile accomplishments take
effort. It's pure and simple. If you're not willing to
do something different in regard to your lifestyle (like
getting up 30 minutes earlier every day to walk), then
get used to the body you have right now and prepare
yourself for more weight gain in the future.
Eat more fiber.
Studies have proven that a diet high in fiber helps
maintain energy levels and decreases binge eating.
Slowly build up to 30-45 grams/day.
Eat 5 small meals per
day, each one balanced with some protein and
whole grain products or vegetables. Eat every 3 hours,
which will eliminate almost all of your binge eating by
keeping your blood sugar levels more normalized and
metabolic rate burning at a higher level.
Commit yourself to
keeping a journal for the first 90 days, 7 days a
week, writing down the foods and amounts and time you
are eating (7 am, 10 am, 1 pm, 4 pm, 7 pm), and the
exercise you are doing. This will keep you very aware,
Add strength training
to your routine.
often, work out with a buddy, create a space for
gratitude that you are an amazing person for choosing to
live healthier and throw out the bathroom scale.
day with a long range goal of 30 minutes per day.
Even beginning with a few minutes each day can yield
some unexpected benefits. These practices will allow you
to become more centered, less anxious.
I know fiber is
important, but how many grams do we need daily? Are
supplements a good way to get it?
While the average
American consumes only 12 grams of fiber per day,
studies have shown that the optimum amount is between 30
grams - 50 grams per day. But be careful when increasing
your intake daily — adding too much too quickly can
result in bloating and cramping of the intestines. Along
with moving dietary wastes through the intestines
quickly and effortlessly, an increase in both soluble
(i.e., oat bran) and insoluble (i.e., wheat bran) fibers
may enhance our heart health, decrease the chance of
certain cancers and help us to maintain more normalized
blood sugar levels, decreasing our desire to overeat.
Begin to look for more natural, less processed foods and
incorporate them into your diet. Beans, salads (except
for iceberg lettuce), vegetables, oatmeal, brown rice
and sunflower seeds, are all good sources of fiber. I
highly recommend psyllium fiber capsules
(1-800-634-1800), which have no added sugar or aspartame
vs. the popular powders on the market today.
My daughter is moving
east to pursue a career in modeling and I'm concerned
about her staying with a sensible eating plan. Do you
have any information on the special needs of models
The modeling world is
usually perceived as one full of eating disorders and
unhealthy living practices (little exercise, long hours,
smoking, etc.), but there are numerous positive examples
of healthy models with great lifestyle regimens like
Cindy Crawford and Kim Alexis. Kim has been running long
distance races for years, and at one point was doing
100+ pushups/day. One model I helped on the West Coast
actually saw her body change for the better by adopting
a program of eating five small meals per day. Her energy
levels stayed high even when she was pressed to pose for
photographs for over 14 hours/day. She also saw a change
in her skin when she began drinking a gallon of filtered
water per day, as well. Below is one sample day's menu
that you can share with your daughter. Make sure she's
taking at least a high potency multi-vitamin/mineral
supplement plus 1200 mg. of calcium and 500 mg. of
magnesium each day.
7:00 A.M. — 1 cup low fat
cottage cheese, 1 banana, 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, water
10:00 A.M. — 1/2 cup trail mix or protein drink, water
1:00 P.M. — chicken breast over Caesar salad,
4:00 P.M. — 1 cup nonfat yogurt, 1 apple, water
7:00 P.M. — protein shake (protein powder, water, frozen
fruit), steamed spinach (frozen or fresh)
On many days, your
daughter may not be able to stay with a strict schedule,
but encourage her to always carry with her water and
packable foods like fruit, trail mix, protein powder and
Several months ago you
talked about a food index where there are some foods
that burn slower, or take longer to raise our blood
sugar levels. This, then, I would guess helps keep our
energy levels more even. What is the index?
The glycemic index to
some researchers is the key to maintaining constant
energy levels, as well as decreasing the chances of
overeating. When we eat over-processed foods and simple
refined carbohydrates regularly, insulin is released to
normalize blood sugar levels that rise rapidly after
eating these types of food. If we continue to regularly
have these foods (bagels, low fiber cereals like Corn
Flakes, white rice) the body goes through a constant
battle between the surge of blood sugar levels to the
normalization via the role of insulin. Some believe this
creates the craving for more refined foods, which tricks
us into believing we need them to keep our energy levels
up. On the contrary, low glycemic index foods are
normally digested more slowly, raising blood sugar
levels more evenly, thus keeping our energy levels
stable and decreasing the carbohydrate cravings many
people get. Try to consume higher fiber foods at every
meal and also always incorporate protein and some
fat at these times as well. Here is a brief list of
glycemic rated foods:
Macaroni and cheese
White bread, bagels
Rice Crispies, etc.
100% stoned wheat, 100% whole wheat bread/bagels
Organic Spelt products
Peanuts, sunflower seeds
100% unprocessed oats
Could you comment on
the various fat absorbing pills on the market?
At this point in time I
would be hard pressed to endorse such products that, to
my knowledge, have never really been tested and proven
effective. It seems to me that these products are one
more attempt to take away from the importance of using
our common sense in accomplishing weight loss goals. I
am also concerned with the fact that any product that
removes fat from the digestive process obviously would
also have to remove the important and healthy fats like
essential fatty acids found in vegetable sources such as
flax seed and fish products, and also remove at the same
time important fat soluble vitamins. Until more research
is done, I would stay away from these products and go
back to the basics of what we know works to decrease
body fat, i.e., watching the number of calories we
consume on a daily basis and increase our efforts in the
weight room and aerobic activities.
I've been following
your recommendation of eating more protein and veggies
and I do feel better, even more energy. But I'm stuck
with ideas for really quick, easy and smaller meals.
Ideas are welcome.
Variety can be a
challenge initially in our switch to smaller, more
frequent meals, but the end result of having more energy
and feeling better is well worth it. Chopped egg white
and low fat mayo mixed with veggies can be prepared the
night before, and beans and rice and veggies can be
eaten cold or hot. I also recently found an instant soy
based meat-free chili (just mix with 2/3 cup boiling
water) that is just superb! I prepare one packet and put
it over a baked potato or 1/2 pound of veggies for a
quick meal. Lean Entree Veggie Chili Mix can be ordered
by calling 800-634-1380 ($14 + S/H for six individual
You spoke of a study
condemning U.S. fruits and vegetables, saying that
children are at risk for high pesticide intake. Where
did this information come from?
One of the most respected
consumer magazines, Consumer Reports, shares
information monthly on ways that we can all become more
educated and aware in life. While at times I believe
they are too conservative in their viewpoints, this
information was even shocking to me. A report written by
the advocacy group that publishes Consumer Reports,
Consumer's Union, discovered that almost 80% of
five-year-olds who ate only a single serving of winter
squash would be exposed to unsafe levels of pesticides,
and 40% of this same group would be at risk after eating
a single peach. This exposure may cause flu-like
symptoms and repeated exposure may lead to brain damage.
I could understand if these findings were reported about
some foreign grown fruits and vegetables where the use
of pesticides is all too abundant, but I was amazed that
this information was based on produce grown in the U.S.
A report that once again supports our need to eat more
organically grown foods. For more information on this
report, go to
www.consumersunion.org or call 914-378-2000.
Everyone knows we
should eat breakfast, yet few of us do. You spoke about
the benefits to kids of eating breakfast daily. I'd like
you to repeat this so that I can share the information.
Our friend and nutrition
expert, Jean Carper, recently wrote an article I quoted
from regarding the incredible benefits of breakfast for
children, which I'm sure can be applied to adults as
well. A study completed at Harvard University showed
that kids who ate breakfast had a better attendance rate
and 40% higher math grades. Those who did not eat
breakfast were 30% more likely to suffer from
hyperactivity and twice as likely to be depressed. The
good news is that once breakfast was added to their
daily routine, hyperactivity, depression and anxiety all
declined while their grades improved. The jury is in and
breakfast is still the most important meal of the day
for children and adults. For those unaccustomed
to eating breakfast, protein and fruit shakes (see
receipies in our previous FAQs) are probably the easiest
meals to make. They're great tasting and full of the
nutrients needed to get your day off to a wonderful
do you eat 5 meals a day and not gain weight? I know you
personally follow this program and would like
information on how to do it.
I know in the last
several years two major changes to my eating routine
have led to great changes in my energy levels and body
composition: 1) eating more low fat protein; and 2)
eating 5 meals a day. Here is a sample of my 5 meals a
day eating plan:
9:00 A.M. — Protein shake
with berries or bananas (either straight whey protein
powder or whey & soy) and 1/2 cup oatmeal or Wheatina.
12:00 Noon — 8 hard boiled egg whites (chopped), 1/2 cup
brown rice, 2 cups steamed broccoli and 1 tablespoon
fat-free mayonnaise (mix all together).
3:00 P.M. — Protein shake (see above), sweet potato.
6:00 P.M. — 8 oz. fish, 1 cup brown rice, 1/2 lb.
9:00 P.M. — Protein shake (see above).
By eating 5 meals a day,
our bodies are constantly fueled so our energy levels
stay high. The caloric intake is not so high at each
meal where one feels stuffed and lethargic. And, it's
not difficult to prepare foods ahead of time to take
them to work with you. I have yet to meet anyone
who eats this often (and healthy foods!) who complains
of low energy. It really works. Weight training is also
a very important part of my weekly exercise routine. I
follow the rule of thumb of 1 gram of protein per pound
of body weight per day.
I just recently
started listening to your shows and how uplifting they
are. Good job! Could you post the recipe for the
breakfast protein drink you mentioned?
For all of the people who
have called, faxed and e-mailed for more information
about my protein shake, here it is in detail: Solgar
Whey to Go (1-2 scoops), Naturade soy protein (1 scoop),
10 ounces of water, 1 banana or 1/2 cup blueberries, 4
ice cubes, 1 teaspoon psyllium fiber powder and 1/2
teaspoon honey (optional). Also, 1 scoop Myoplex if I'm
working out with weights that day.
Can you recommend the
best audio cassettes on nutrition? As a salesperson in
my car all day I could take advantage of this time and
be more proactive in my attempt to learn about health.
One of the top
nutrition experts in our country is Dr. Betty Kamen
who has released eight really dynamite audios on
everything from antioxidants to osteoporosis. To order,
In a perfect world,
what do you believe would be the best diet for most of
us to follow?
I really do believe that
most of us can see dramatic changes in our mental and
physical energy with a program that would be 50%-55%
complex carbohydrates (heavy on vegetables, dark and
bright colors, high fiber -- spinach, carrots, brussels
sprouts, broccoli, fruit, etc., light on white pasta and
rice), 30% protein (heavy on soy milk, soy protein
shakes and seafood, extremely light on full fat dairy
foods and meats) and 15% fat. Supplementing this program
with added bulk from products like pysillium fiber, hot
oatmeal or wheat cereals can help us all come closer to
the recommended 30-50 grams of fiber we should be
consuming per day, versus the 12-15 grams the average
person takes in. The key seems to be consuming a low fat
source of protein at every meal followed by a heavy dose
of nutrient dense vegetables at most meals.
I have changed my
whole diet, threw away the junk, refined sugars,
chemicals, flour and rice. I feel great about these
changes, but I'm also confused about some things I have
heard and read. There are people who are promoting
"high" animal fats, eating red meats, butter, raw milk,
eggs, etc. What are your views?
I have a hard time
believing that a high fat, saturated fat diet can be
healthy when it has been linked to cancer of the colon
and heart disease for more than 50 years. I do believe
white flour, white pasta and rice, sugar and refined
crackers and cookies, etc., are horrendous for our
health and we should make changes to move away from
these foods. Make sure your family is on a strong
multi-vitamin mineral supplement and consume 30+ grams
of fiber per day. Check out our other FAQ comments for
more on dietary change.
Wheat Allergies . . .
I regularly recommend Dr.
The Yeast Connection Handbook for people battling
stomach and intestinal problems. Here is a letter from a
listener with another option.
I heard your program
regarding wheat allergies. I discovered that I was
extremely sensitive 20 years ago. I had all the symptoms
you mentioned, especially severe depression. My
physician had me read the book
Winning The War Against Asthma & Allergies - A Drug-Free
Cure for Asthma and Allergy Sufferers by Ellen W.
Cutler, D.C. It explains the Nambudripad Allergy
Elimination Technique. I started treatment this past
fall and the results are amazing. I can now eat wheat
and other formally "bad" foods without having a mind
altering experience. I no longer crave wheat. I am so
grateful to have my life back through these treatments
that when I heard your program I felt a moral obligation
to pass on my experience.
My daughter and I
listened in amazement to a recent guest talk about
recovering from cravings for sugar and wheat/white flour
products through supplements. Who was this person?
My recent guest, Julia
Ross, is one of the leading experts in amino acid
supplementation to combat food and substance addiction
in the U.S. Her company, Recovery Systems
(415-458-8446), has an unbelievable 85% success rate
for people with eating/addiction problems. The use of
amino acids such as L-Tyrosine for arousal/energy,
L-glutamine for normalized blood sugar levels and
intestinal health, and L-Tryptophan for a feeling of
calm/centeredness have been widely researched and are a
part of the program needed for many to break the cycle
associated with these certain cravings.
My boyfriend just cut
back his drinking to two per day and is having intense
sugar cravings which I know is not healthy. Any ideas to
Going to sugar cravings
from alcohol is extremely common and a whole lot
healthier, so allow the transition to continue. Do not
let your boyfriend feel guilty about consuming more
sugar at this point because then the other alternative
for him may be going back to alcohol. Most experts
recommend 200-400 mcg of GTF chromium, 1500 mg of
glutamine and an essential fatty acid supplement like
Efamol's Balance to help decrease these sugar cravings.
I have had at least 50 people over the past year write
to tell me this combination was the ticket to freedom
from sugar. Also, you might check out the book
Seven Weeks to Sobriety by Dr. Joan Mathews-Larson.
AA meetings may also be beneficial.
You mentioned before
on your radio show your love for popcorn. How do you
make it low fat?
I do love popcorn and
here is the infamous recipe: air pop corn in a paper
grocery bag, sprinkle 1 or 2 tsp. olive oil over the top
and shake bag to spread it around. Spray Pam into the
bag and shake, light spray again and shake. Then
sprinkle in low sodium salt and/or black pepper and
viola! the perfect low fat high fiber snack (the paper
bag will absorb much of the oil, but to make it a nonfat
snack, omit the olive oil).
I've read that certain
types of juicers are better than others, but can they
really extract a high enough percentage of nutrients
without any adverse effects? I've heard there are some
I really believe one of
the best food processors/juicers is produced by
(1-800-Vitamix) due to the fact that it utilizes the
whole fruit or vegetable including the pulp which
is full of phytochemicals and fiber. It seems like such
a waste to use a juice extractor that removes the pulp
and fiber almost entirely.
I'm just starting to
get off of my carbohydrate addiction and need ideas to
increase "healthy" intake of protein.
In some of our past FAQ's
I discuss several options for quick, easy and delicious
protein shakes. Here are some more protein options: soy
dogs (my favorite are Yves Jumbo Veggie Dogs - Hot &
Spicy, which contain 18g soy protein per serving), soy
burgers, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, low or nonfat
cottage cheese, plain nonfat yogurt (look for the kind
that says "live acidolphilus cultures" - these are
healthy bacteria for our digestive tract).
What is the formula
for how much protein I should eat per day?
While there is no magic
formula, here is what many health experts recommend:
Endurance athletes and body builders: 1 gram of
protein per pound of body weight daily (150 lb. person
would consume 150 grams of protein daily), Fitness
enthusiast (not an athlete): 1/2 gram of protein per
pound of body weight. But be careful with the fat
content of many higher protein foods. Individuals with
kidney disorders, check with your physician before
increasing protein intake.
I have heard a lot
recently about allergies to food products and wanted any
information you have on this. My neighbor found out he
was allergic to wheat and at the age of 23 he has made
some major changes in what he eats and he feels great.
Any information will help.
Food allergies are still
one of the most misunderstood health problems facing us
today. The symptoms can range from dark circles under
the eyes (also caused by other allergies) to stomach
bloating, rashes, headaches, sinus problems, weight gain
and more. Most experts believe this occurs due to a
weakened immune system that could be in part,
genetically based. This would explain why one person can
eat peanuts while a sibling is allergic to them. One
simple self-test we can do is to stop eating the
"presumed culprit" (wheat or corn products, nuts,
tomatoes, etc.) for 14 days to see if the symptoms
disappear. Another option is to add more variety to our
diet — many people basically eat the same foods every
day. An excellent book / cook book combined is
Freedom from Allergy by Ronald Greenberg and Angela
Nori (available from 1-880-634-1380) or
The Yeast Connection Handbook by Dr. Crook.
Thanks to your
program, I have found that my sensitivity to several
different foods has been the cause of stomach and
intestinal problems for over ten years. By going to
lactose free and soy milk, my constant bloating and
diarrhea have disappeared. I also have cut way back on
refined wheat products, added more lean protein at
breakfast and I feel better and more energetic. How can
I get my children who never eat breakfast to do so and
consume adequate protein at this meal? Is there a
"healthier" regular milk I can buy them? They won't even
try soy milk, probably because I rave about it. Thanks
Isn't it incredible what
can happen by making a few dietary changes? I just love
to read faxes like yours. Since breakfast is the most
important meal for all of us, try a protein powder
and fruit blender smoothie. I've given several recipes
in past FAQ's you might want to check out. Entice them
with 100% whole wheat English muffin or bagel pizzas . .
. get creative. Breakfast does not have to be limited to
breakfast foods. My favorite "healthiest" milk is put
out by Farmland
Dairies under the name "Special Request" milk. This
milk (their skim milk version is excellent) has 37% more
protein and 34% more calcium than whole milk and hormone
free! No bovine hormones used at all. Call them @
1-800-327-9522 to find a store in your area, or you can
even order direct.
We have three
children, two are in the normal weight range for their
age and size, but our youngest is very overweight. My
husband and I are active and are curious if there is
concern for him at 8 years old, or will be grow out of
By your two addresses, I
assume you travel a lot and wonder if your son has
retreated into a routine of overeating due to his own
inability to express feelings. That may seem like a long
shot, but consider getting some help to see if there are
any underlying feelings he may not be sharing. According
to Dr. Charles Attwood, author of
Dr. Attwood's Low-Fat Prescription for Kids: A
Pediatrician's Program of Preventive Nutrition, the
reason that childhood obesity has doubled since 1965 is
physical inactivity and too much fat in their diet. A
Tufts University study showed that overweight kids will
have a death rate four times that of a normal weight
child before the age of 70. It becomes increasingly
difficult for children to lose this weight, the older
they get. To enhance his physical activity, introduce
him to new activities if he has not found something that
he really enjoys that keeps him active. From swimming
classes/clubs to tennis camps or Karate, there are so
many options available today. What do his friends do
that he might be interested in joining? Explore with
him, without the pressure to excel, options that he
might enjoy doing.
You recently reported
on your show that the American Heart Association is
endorsing cereals like Sugar Frosted Flakes. How can
they do this? Why don't they endorse Grape Nuts or
Shredded Wheat? This is just what we need, Americans
being "duped" into thinking a food like this is healthy
because of some ridiculous "seal of approval."
Isn't this ludicrous?
Supposedly, one of the leading organizations promoting
health enhancing techniques and products, the American
Heart Association has stooped to new depths of disgust
with their recent promotion venture with Frosted Flakes
and other sugar laden cereals. According to Consumer
Reports magazine this "heart healthy" (?) cereal
consists of 42% sugar and one gram of fiber per serving.
Yet the AHA was more than happy to allow its seal of
approval to be placed right on the front label!
Appalling! All for the almighty dollar, it seems. Let's
take action here. Please take 40 seconds out of your day
and let the AHA know how disgusted we are with their
decision. Fax your comment to: President, American Heart
Association at 214-706-2139. Thank you for making your
voice heard. Any food in moderation is acceptable, but
it is not acceptable to stand by and let an organization
supposedly devoted to our health get away with a move