Tweaklet #54 – The Paleo Diet

When you’re exploring healthy eating alternatives and stepping outside the conventional three meals a day, food groups, calories etc, then you have probably come across the Paleo diet and the Keto diet.

Both have gained popularity for a variety of reasons. They can also easily get confused, so over a couple of segments we’ll talk about their differences and their benefits. In this episode, we’re talking about the Paleo Diet.

Paleo follows the principles of our hunter-gatherer ancestors, with its name loosely based on the palaeolithic era and foods that have the longest history of human consumption. So, The Paleo diet refers to a framework for eating. There are no specific foods to eat, just a leaning towards natural, nutrient-dense foods rather than processed foods.

Foods to include on a Paleo diet are Meat, Fish, Eggs, Nuts, Fruits, Seeds, Roots, Unrefined oils and Natural sweeteners.

Foods to be avoided on the Paleo diet are All cereal grains and products made with grain flours, Legumes, Dairy, Refined sugar and sugar-sweetened drinks, Refined vegetable oils, Processed food and White potatoes, in some instances.

There is no exact ratio of how the key ingredients are put together. However, it is generally regarded as a low-carb way of eating because it eliminates most processed foods as well as refined sugar, grains and dairy.

People who embrace a paleo diet are looking to reduce inflammation in their bodies and to improve their weight and blood pressure. They may have blood sugar issues, possibly even problems with insulin resistance. People who are at risk of cardiovascular disease or are showing signs of autoimmune responses also turn to the paleo diet.

And the Paleo diet is really a very simple Food Tweak that fits into many people’s lifestyles and makes a significant positive impact to their health mainly because it boosts your intake of quality ingredients and eliminates processed overly refined foods.

If you have a gluten sensitivity, other food sensitivities or want to jump-start your weight loss then the Paleo diet is a good Tweaklet to try!

So that’s the Paleo diet. Next time we’ll talk about the Keto Diet.

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Tweaklet #27 Green Tea – For a Longer Life

Let’s talk green tea!

Firstly, it’s considered by many to be the ultimate ANTI-AGING drink! The reason being that the leaves contain a super high level of antioxidants. According to dozens of studies, these antioxidants, coupled with a range of other healing compounds, have the effect of reducing your risk of developing heart disease and strokes because it lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. It also helps to reduce the inflammation that causes arthritis. It boosts bone density and helps prevent  eye disease and……… well……green tea is just a great all-rounder that can help us live longer, healthier lives.

I drink green tea, well……because I like it. But I’m not sure I always liked the taste of it. I suppose I started drinking it because it was supposed to be good for me and over time I’ve come to really enjoy it. The other thing I like about it is knowing that the kind of anti-aging compounds that are in green tea are the same, only more powerful, as the ones found in some of my other favourites things – blueberries…….dark chocolate …….and red wine!

Even though it contains small amounts of caffeine, green tea has been associated with more health benefits than many of the healthiest foods available to us. This puts green tea into superfood contention! Yep, it’s official….this is another SUPERFOOD alert!

If you are not yet a fan of green tea, join me for a cuppa and give it a try.

Thanks for watching Tweaklets – these tiny food tweaks that can really make a difference to your health.

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Tweaklet #26 Bread, Dangerous Bread

I’m heading into dangerous territory today to talk about one of my favourite foods – BREAD.

Bread….and all its other cousins…… pastries…… pizzas…….crusty rolls……crunchy baguettes……donuts……muffins……pancakes…..crackers……mmmmm….the list of yummy baked comfort food goes on….at least for me! And I know a few of you out there probably feel the same.

Bread is genuinely addictive as the wheat in bread triggers receptors in the brain, similar to addictive drugs! Then there’s the high carb content which spikes our blood sugar, creates bloating and fat around our middles and plays havoc with our digestive system. Believe me, bread lovers, this is terrible news to me too!

But we have to face facts modern wheat just isn’t what it used to be. And it’s not just about the gluten content. Some gluten-free bread alternatives are made with high-glycemic starches that skyrocket your blood sugar even faster than wheat!

So where do we turn, when we want a luscious slice of buttery toast or a crunchy cracker? Well, there are people working really hard to find healthy wheat and gluten-free alternatives.

One book I particularly like is from Kelley Herring. Kelley has spent 10 years developing a guide to grain-free, low carb bread. I’m having great fun trying out her recipes! They are delicious and she’s got every type of bread covered – loaf breads, flat breads, breakfast breads, rolls and buns, crackers and crusts.

Bread lovers take heart we can still enjoy our favourites, we just need tweak them a bit. I hope you enjoyed today’s Tweaklet!

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