November 16, 2018

Hedge Your Health

with Laura Georgy, MS, RDN, LDN

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February 2017

"I'm so unfamiliar with the gym, I call it James!"   - Ellen Degeneres

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Health-forward companies that do the heavy lifting.

Who doesn't love receiving a package in the mail? How about one you get to eat AND feel good about?

By far the biggest excuse, er… obstacle, for eating well is not having access to the good stuff. Whether your pantry/fridge is empty or your local stores do not carry the right products, there are services that can fill in the blanks. Here’s a shortlist of companies that truly deliver:

-    Graze (portion-controlled snack packs)
-    Urthbox (curated snacks of emerging products)
-    Healthy Surprise (full-size snack pack)

-    Thrive Market (if Amazon, Whole Foods & Costco had a child)
-    Hello Fresh (They have a Dietitian on staff!)
-    Green Chef (food allergy & paleo-friendly)
-    Purple Carrot (plant-based goodness)


How to feel good about eating MORE nachos.

What if someone told you it was okay to eat MORE nachos… would you do it? Me too.

When you bake your own chips (which happen to taste just as good as the fried kind), you can double your portion size and slash the fat. GENIUS!

The standard chip serving is 1 ounce (roughly 8 chips) and contains 140 cals and 6g fat. This D.I.Y. version gives you 18 chips but only contains 150 cals and 2g fat. More chips means more surface area to load up on fiber (beans), fresh produce (salsa, peppers and lettuce) and healthy fats (avocado/guac). Here’s how:

1) Take a head count. How many people are you serving? Factor 3 tortillas per person.
2) Stack and slice. Cut your tortilla into 6 wedges.
3) Mist and season. Arrange tortilla wedges on a baking sheet in a single layer. Mist with cooking spray and season with sea salt. To spice things up, sprinkle with chipotle powder.
4) Bake. Once oven reaches 400 F, bake chips for 10 minutes or until crispy.
5) Pile it on. Gather chips in the center of the pan and top with your favorite ingredients like black beans, grilled chicken/lentils, bell peppers, sliced jalapenos, and cheese. Place pan back in the over for 3 minutes, or until cheese melts.
6) Add sides. Top with shredded lettuce/spinach and serve with salsa, guac, and plain yogurt in place of sour cream.


Client Confessional

Real life situations from anonymous clients who are trying their best.

Dear Laura, I just learned some devastating news today… my mom has cancer. So many thoughts are going through my head. Is there anything I can do or make, from a nutrition standpoint, to help her fight this heinous disease?

Dear Friend: My thoughts are with you and your mom (virtual card here). Without knowing much about her diagnosis or prognosis, I do know that certain foods, herbs and spices can offer exceptional anti-cancer properties.

Additionally, what she puts on her fork can lessen the common side effects she may experience, like nausea, fatigue and muscle loss. For example, studies suggest the oils in parsley have strong anti-tumor properties, especially with regard to lung tumors. Parsley also may neutralize carcinogens (cancer-causing compounds) present in cigarette smoke, charcoal grill smoke and fried foods.

The list of beneficial foods is long. Instead, I’d like to share some resources to help you understand what foods will help strengthen her immune system, increase appetite and explain what she may experience if she elects to receive chemo or radiation therapies.

An incredibly useful website is Rebecca Katz is a well-respected natural chef who has dedicated over 15 years to culinary R&D in cancer recovery and prevention. While you can purchase her book The Cancer Fighting Kitchen, you can access an extensive recipe collection for free (I particularly love her Magic Mineral Broth) or enroll in a multi-media online course to teach you how to help someone battling this disease. The cost of this course is $99, but I have a discount code (because I am a health practitioner) to pass along a $20 savings. Email me if you're interested!

Got a question you'd like me to address? Let's connect on social media or email me HERE.

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