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Where's Your Healthy Lifestyle Information Coming From?

In this session, Certified Culinary Nutrition Expert, Chef Michael, from doctoronamission.com, asks the question, "Where is your health information coming from?"

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CNE Michael and Brain Health in the News

Hello everyone. It's Chef Michael, Culinary nutrition expert @ doctoronamission.com.This is massively important because this is going to be around an area where we just don't tend to talk a lot about it. I mean, we seem to always want to talk about physical health and working out, which is fantastic. Physical health is very important. But there's also what's called brain health. Now today, why I want to talk about this is because it is so, so important. So here, I'm going to be quoting you from and kind of paraphrasing a little bit from an article that just came out today. Now this is stuff that we've actually known for awhile.The article is entitled the Diet that's shrinking your brain. This is about the lifestyle choices that people are making and all the world currently. Okay. So here's what it's about now, the average person, I'm just going to read some of it because I need to, the average person is eating a lot more calories than they did 50 years ago, and it's having devastating results on their brains. A new study warns people are eating an extra 650 calories day.So basically, maybe they're eating like an extra burger and fries and soft drink a day than they did in the 1970s. This is from the Australian National University professor Nicholas Cherrybomb, his new research published in frontiers and neuroendocrinology brain, said there was a clear link between brain deterioration and unhealthy lifestyle choices, brain deterioration. Um, that's not good. So this study, research and reviewed results from 200 international studies and basically what they found is there is a link between type two diabetes, overweight, obesity and rapid deterioration of brain function. Another problem is that people are eating too much of the wrong types of food, such as fast food, processed foods, that are low in nutrients really has no nutritional value, and very high in calories. Wow. Now let me just point out a few other things I am reading in here even more worrying is that the damage of brain function, brain deterioration starts a lot sooner than people think.Yep. We'll talk about that in a moment. We've found strong evidence that people's unhealthy eating habits and lack of exercise for sustained periods of time, meaning over years, put them at serious risk of developing type two diabetes and significant declines in brain functions such as Alzheimer's, dementia and brain shrinkage, and cognitive decline. The article states, people are eating away at their brain with a really bad diet, basically eating the wrong foods, too much food, and little to no exercise. It is people's diets in childhood and young adults and as adults that are crucial. Wow. Okay. So bottom line is, as is Dr Isabel and I have been talking about recently, is that we now know that the brain doesn't just automatically shrink. You know, when we're forgetting things and we have cognitive decline where we're a little bit foggy and as time goes on, let's say it's in a person's forties, 50s, 60s or later, we would always before just say, oh, it's just old age.Well, it's not just old age. This has been coming on because of the choices we're making, especially through nutrition. And so we've got to understand, folks have to understand this is so, so important that the brain is elastic. It can shrink or it can grow or it can stay the same. And how do we grow the, grow the brain by using it, by also having proper nutrition lifestyle. Exercise energy, exercise doesn't have to be pounding in weights all day long, but just movement, movement, movement is so great for the body and for the brain and nutrition. And also now that around 10% and growing around 10%, currently of the world's population is either in prediabetes or type two diabetes. That's one in 10 people you probably already know somebody or you know, um, I mean, prediabetes means people don't even know it. They're probably overweight or obese and they haven't been diagnosed as type two diabetes, but they pretty much are. They just haven't been diagnosed yet. One in 10 people already. And that's getting, pardon the pun, bigger and bigger. This is so important to understand the fact that we can prevent, we can reverse. We don't ant to be going along inlife and then, BOOM! Do you know somebody who has cognitive decline? Alzheimer's dementia is having brain problems. If you do, please understand and know how Yucky that is and you definitely don't want it to be you and you don't want it to happen to any of your friends, your family, your loved ones.It is so, so important to learn about brain health and how to keep your brain sharp till the day you die. All right, bye for now.

The Doctoronamission Nutrient Dense Food Pyramid

Hello and welcome. I'm Dr. Isabel medical doctor and founder of doctoronamission.com, where I help you live up to 100 years young and healthy. In today's coaching session, we'll be learning about the ultimate guide for your nutrient dense food pyramid.Now, a lot of you from Doctoronamission have sent me questions saying, hey Dr., what is the right food pyramid to be following? I totally understand your frustration. The food pyramid that I have put together is based on functional medicine. Now, as you know, I'm a functionally medically trained doctor. What we do is we seek to address and identify the root cause of your disease, of your unwellness. We look at you as a whole person. Integrated, working together, instead of an organ that's separate from you, and it gets allocated a medical specialty.This food pyramid is nutrient dense, and it's based on functional medicine. Bottom line, the foundation of your food pyramid is vegetables. Yes, vegetables, not pasta, vegetables. I recommend that it's locally grown and organic. If you can afford organics, great, if you can't, what you can do is you can fill up your greens into the basin, into your sink, put some water, fill it up with water, and 30 mils of apple cider vinegar or 30 mils of white vinegar, little bit of salt. Swish it around and let it sit there for 20 minutes. Then rinse it and dry it off and that's as close as you're going to get as getting the toxins off your greens.Now, you want to have abundant amounts of vegetables. Because you know what? Your greens are your main meal. you want to have three to four servings. Each serving is one palm. One serving, sorry, one serving is three to four palms. You can have three to four of those servings at each meal. It's not going to hurt you, because it's been beautiful, beautiful nutrition. Its got fiber, and its got beautiful carbohydrate.I want you to understand that your vegetables are actually your carbohydrates, okay? They're your carbohydrates. A lot of people don't understand that, but you do now. The next level is you want to have your meat, fish, fowl, which is your birds, or your eggs. The amount of that is your palm without the fingers, and that's one serving.The reason you want to have the meat, the fish, the fowl and the eggs is because it's got two beautiful things. One is it's got saturated fats. Saturated fat actually give you energy. I don't want you to be afraid of saturated fats. Saturated fats are good for you. They also decrease your hunger by telling your hormones in your stomach to talk to your brain to say, "You know what, I'm full. I don't need to keep on eating." The saturated fats actually help repair your hormones.Then the protein in the meat, the fish, the fowl and the eggs is important to build muscle. Because you got to have muscle, because muscle helps burn fat. You know what? The more toned muscle you have on your body, the more physiologically younger you are. You can actually be 15 years younger than your current age in your physiology, if you have enough strong muscle, and you've got low body fat. Isn't that amazing?Let's say you were 40. You could actually have the body, the inside body of a 25 year old. How does that feel? Or you can be 60 and have the physiological body of a 45 year old. Sounds good to me. Those are my goals.Now, make sure that your meat, fish, fowl and eggs are local, grass fed and organic if you can afford it. The next level is your healthy fats. Because fats are good for you, but we've got to be eating the right fats. Now, the fats that I'm recommending are the fats that are not your vegetable oils, like your corn and your canola or your sunflower, safflower or soybean oil. Those are vegetable oils, no good. Or your trans fats. Now, those are anything that's hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated, get kicked out because they cause oxidative stress and they age you.These are the fats that are good for you. Things like butter, grass fed. Coconut oil or ghee, Olive oil, extra virgin olive oil for your salad, and source it locally so you know you're getting the real deal. Avocados, beautiful beautiful fat. Olives; green, black, lots of olives out there. But watch out for those pips because you can crunch down on them and break a tooth. I've done that before. Then you can eat raw nuts. Raw nuts, not roasted, not salted, raw. Things like macadamia. Let me see, what do we have in our cupboard? We've got macadamia, pecan, walnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, pine nuts, just to name a few, and raw seeds. Like your sunflower, your chia seeds, your sesame seeds, your flaxseed.Remember when you're going to eat your flaxseed, if you need to grind it up, buy them whole and grind them up by yourself in the coffee grinder. Don't buy them already ground up because they become oxidized and rancid and that's no good. You're wasting your money. So, buy them whole. The other healthy fat that's good for you is nut butters. You can actually make your nut butters in your kitchen; almond butter, macadamia butter, beautiful, beautiful nut butters.The reason you want to eat your healthy fats freely is because they give you energy and they decrease your hunger. Now, here at Doctoronamission, we're learning how not to be fat to phobics. Now, when we say that, we're talking about not being afraid of eating the right fats. So, don't be afraid of eating the good fats, okay? You have permission to eat good fats.The next level of the pyramid is, I label it moderation. What I want you to eat in moderation are high fiber carbohydrates, which I will explain what they are, and high fat dairy. The high fiber carbohydrates. Those are really good for you because fiber actually fills you up, it stabilizes your blood sugar and helps you have good bowel movements, which we love doing here, because we will not be having colon cancer, right? Right.The high fiber carbohydrates are things like quinoa, steel cut oats, and barley. Also, include beans, any kind of beans. black beans, lentil beans, chickpeas, red beans, chili beans, on and on and on. Next is your low GI fruits. Those I recommend should be locally grown and in season. Now, off the top of my head, low GI fruits are all your berries like your blueberries, your blackberries, your boysenberries, your apples, your kiwi fruit. Let me see, your grapefruit and I believe, oh yeah coconut, but raw coconut.The next is boiled kumera Now, you know I live here in New Zealand, so sweet potatoes are called kumera but in the rest of the world, sweet potato. So, boiled kumera or sweet potato. When you bake it, it actually has a higher sugar level. So, boil it is the best. The next are your whole grains. Whole grains like brown rice, black rice, Basmati rice and couscous. Then your high fat dairy.Now, the amount that you shouldn't, you should not exceed more than a half a cup of these combined at each meal, okay? Half a cup, that's all you get, okay? All right, now we go to the treats. Hence the reason why we're amongst the grapes. Treats, got to have treats. Golly, gosh, if I don't have a treat, I go crazy. I get more curls and I don't really need any more curls.The treats are red wine. If you're going to drink, red wine is the best because it's got beautiful antioxidants in the form of resveratrol, and it helps beef up your mitochondria. As you know, the mitochondria is your powerhouse engine that gets you going and keeps you young and strong.However, we need to discuss how much red wine I am recommending as a treat. If you don't drink, don't start. There's too much alcoholism in this world and I don't need to encourage you to do that. However, if you do drink, red wine is the best, and no more than three glasses a week.Now, here's a question, how many glasses of wine are there in one bottle of wine? Did you say two glasses of wine in one bottle? Did I hear you say four glasses of wine in a bottle? I'm sorry, don't throw tomatoes at me, but there are 7.2 standard drinks of wine in one bottle of wine. So, no more than three glasses a week, okay? All right. And then also, another treat is dark chocolate. Now, the dark chocolate is best if it's greater than 70% dark chocolate. The reason is because the higher the dark chocolate content, the less the sugar.Dark chocolate is beautiful. It's a lovely antioxidant that keeps us young and healthy. To recap this food pyramid, the bottom level is vegetables. The next tier is your meat, your fish, your fowl and your eggs. The next is your healthy fats. The next is moderation, and then the tippy top is your treats; red wine and dark chocolate.I hope that helps clear up a lot of the confusion about what we should be eating. Because I know I was confused. That's why I put this together because you let me know your pain points, and I appreciate that.Until next time, let's go out there, let's make a positive difference. Let's love unconditionally and let's forgive fast. Talk to you later. Bye bye.