Diet vs. Exercise

Diet versus Exercise for weight lossDear GreenSmoothieGirl: I know that a great diet coupled with lots of exercise is the healthiest approach for all of us. Having said this, I just listened to a guy on the radio say he is a gym rat and is in excellent physical shape for his age (approaching 50,) but he’s a junk food king. Which is worse: Great diet, little or no exercise, OR so-so diet, but great cardio and muscle workouts. Happy Mother’s Day! –Patti

Answer:  It’s a funny question, and the answer may not even be helpful to anyone, but it will entertain me to answer it! Obviously it’s a terrible idea to have a bad diet OR live a sedentary lifestyle. But your guess about what I’m going to say is right: I think diet is even more important.

80-20-ruleWe do it all day long, eat food. It is so foundational. It’s the gas in the gas tank. When it’s hybridized, genetically modified, stripped of fiber and nutrition, or even made of nothing but chemicals (i.e. soda), your body doesn’t even have good fuel to work with, in a cardio or weight workout. Fuel is what builds every cell. With your weight, food is 80% and exercise is 20%. While I think both are critically important, nutrient density in your diet is probably the #1 most important issue for your health, and your emotional well-being. Stress management / attitude / ability to metabolize and move forward after negative events is the #2 most important factor affecting your overall health. Exercise is likely #3!



What’s the big deal about coconut oil?

coconut oilDear GreenSmoothieGirl: I thought coconut oil was a dirty word. Saturated fat! Shouldn’t we avoid it?

Answer: That was a smear campaign by the new vegetable oil industry 30-35 years ago, that effectively removed tropical oils from the shelf. They lumped this whole-food nutrient in with partially hydrogenated oils that are truly harmful.

The problem is, medium-chain triglycerides are needed nutrients for the human body. They all but disappeared from our diet for almost two generations.

(And vegetable oil, on the other hand–what a misnomer, as if it’s healthy with the word “vegetable” in it!–is processed, rancid, carcinogenic, and downright toxic.)

Of course you want your coconut oil to be cold pressed and organic. But not all “saturated” fats are bad.

Coconut oil is anti-bacterial, anti-parasite, and anti-fungal. On more than one occasion, I’ve helped one of my kids quickly get rid of a fungal infection with simple topical application of this powerful oil.

Digestive problems can be eased by coconut oil since the body doesn’t have to use pancreatic enzymes or bile to digest it. When people start green smoothies and the high fiber and massive nutrition causes digestive disturbances (which sometimes happens), I suggest consuming coconut oil at the same time. Often, good fats like coconut oil also increase absorption of minerals in greens, as well. Coconut oil is not high in essential fatty acids, but it does increase your absorption of EFA’s from other sources by as much as 100%, according to one study.

Health-Benefits-of-Coconut-Oil1Diabetics use it to help regulate blood sugar, as it’s a food that doesn’t affect blood sugar or insulin levels. In fact, some studies show it improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.  It’s a good fat that burns the bad fats–and it’s burned as energy quickly, rather than storing in fat deposits in the body.

Unlike some trans fats and animal products high in fat, coconut oil purifies the blood and is highly alkaline–it doesn’t clog arteries, as it’s liquid above 76 degrees. It’s used in hospitals around the world for a variety of uses, and baby formulas and many other nutritional and medicinal purposes are celebrated world-wide. Pacific Islanders who are far from Western processed foods eat up to 65% fat in their diet–from palm and coconut oils, and they are beautiful people with ideal body-fat ratios. They are virtually free of the degenerative diseases that plague Americans who eat toxic fats.

Next time, let’s talk about some simple ways and recipes you can use coconut oil in your daily life, to increase brain nutrients, protect cell barriers, improve circulation, combat viral infections, and control sugar cravings, among other benefits.  In the mean time you can get in on our second chance GROUP BUY for this amazing oil today!




Hot dogs are too dangerous for human consumption

processed meatIf you’ve been a GSG reader for long, you know I’ve said a million times that “all things in moderation” does NOT mean we should eat poison—in any amount, moderate or otherwise. And I often point out that while my diet isn’t perfect, there are some things I never, ever eat, and absolutely stand up to my children ever eating them. Trans fats (like shortening), pork, and soda are among them. But, today’s topic:

I NEVER eat, or allow my kids, to eat processed meat. Just like I don’t let them stick their hand in a fan, or ride down the freeway on top of my car, or jump into a swimming pool with 2 feet of water.

It’s too dangerous. It’s actually crazy.

And why? Check out THIS REVIEW of a World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) meta-study reviewing 7,000 clinical studies. The reviewer concludes that processed meats are too dangerous for human consumption—ever.

No nitratesRead the study’s list of what processed meats are. Jerky, bacon, sausage, lunch meat, and hot dogs, you probably knew that. But did you know that sodium nitrate, a deadly carcinogen, is also found in frozen pizza meat, canned soup meat, frozen meals, ravioli, kids’ meals, and virtually all red meat sold in public schools, restaurants, hospitals, hotels, and theme parks?

Not mentioned in the review is a 2001 study that children with cancer were highly likely, far more than children in general, to eat a lot of hot dogs. In fact, high consumption of processed meat was the ONLY thing children with cancer had in common.

This article does mention that if you eat processed meat, your risk of pancreatic cancer increases 67 percent. Have you ever known anyone who died of pancreatic cancer? A friend of mine , just a few years older, died of this disease this year, leaving six children, some of them underage.

That is one ugly, brutal way to leave us behind. Please don’t.

And every 50 grams daily of processed meat that you eat increases your risk of colo-rectal cancer by 21 percent.

Warning: Do not feed this to your children or yourselves.
Warning: Do not feed this to your children or yourselves.

These are by no means the only statistics in the review of 7,000 studies. It’s now very clear that nitrites and nitrates on the ingredient label are just begging to give you cancer.

This article reminds us why bacon, and nitrites added to food, are not banned by law. (In the 1970’s, in all fairness, the USDA did try to ban sodium nitrate.) The reason is, because powerful food industries virtually control the USDA and FDA.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, will you please not feed processed meat to your children, no matter how cheap it is? Hot dogs are called “cancer sticks” for good reason. And please don’t eat them, supporting that industry, and please share real hard data with friends who don’t know better. (Friends don’t let friends eat salami!)

Sugar is worse than just “empty calories” and tooth decay

sugar danger

An interesting study you’re not likely to ever hear about came out of my own alma mater, the University of Utah, and THIS article was published in the Tribune:

James Ruff and professor Wayne Potts stand inside a semi natural mouse enclosure at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City
James Ruff and professor Wayne Potts stand inside a semi natural mouse enclosure at the University of Utah

Many mothers let their children eat loads of sugary food, thinking that it’s okay because their kid is thin, and they’ll make him brush his teeth twice a day. It turns out that sugar is harmful in so many more ways than dental decay and “empty calories.” The researchers at the University of Utah found that, with the amount of added sugar many Americans eat, female mice died at twice the rate, and male mice exhibit abnormal behavior and don’t reproduce.

The senior author of the study says that the mortality rate of eating the S.A.D. is the equivalent of having your parents be first cousins.

Sugar as dangerous as alcohol and cigarettes

sugar alchohol ciggarettesA study out of University of California at SF says that sugar should be regulated like alcohol and cigarettes, because it’s every bit as dangerous and deleterious.

Click here to view the News Video on Sugar Study

It changes your metabolism, raises your blood pressure, and destroys your liver, they say.

They state that it contributes to 35 million deaths, compared to 6 million deaths from smoking each year. Sadly, you and I both know that sugar is an American darling, a sacred cow that no one is going to touch. GreenSmoothieGirl can dream, though.

american sugar(Actually, I don’t dream about government regulation. That would never work as a solution. We should get it out of the schools, hospitals, and vending machines though, and implement education programs.)

“Empty calories” as the descriptor for sugar is language that isn’t nearly strong enough – because sugar is filled with bad stuff, not just nothingness.

eat more sugarThe Sugar Association, of course, is screaming bloody murder and claiming those calling attention to the study are  “irresponsible.”

As if the SUGAR industry is a paragon of responsible virtues with the right to get in a self-righteous snit. That would be entertaining, if it weren’t so infuriating.

What would it be like to have a job working for the sugar industry where you do NO good for anyone, only HARM? Once the High-Fructose Corn Syrup people posted here on my blog, spinning their product as some kind of health food. INCREDIBLE.

Supply Side Expo: my reactions to ingredients in “health food” products

Supplyside2012_west_exhibitorI went to Supply Side West in Vegas in November. It was the same night that my family, the Romney clan, was SUPPOSED to be having a Mitt Romney victory party at the Venetian. That’s where I was staying and where the trade show was being held. As you know, the party didn’t exactly work out. My parents and siblings were in town volunteering on the campaign last-minute.

I was attending the show to learn more about suppliers of natural-product ingredients. Specifically the things that GreenSmoothieGirl is now making:

Our own line of protein powders. My favorite minerals product I call Ultimate Minerals. Sprouted superfoods to add to your smoothies. Our drink mixes.

I left educated about, and dismayed by, what goes into 99 percent of products being sold to consumers. Even stuff flying under the banners of “healthy” or “natural.” What’s done to a natural “food” to get it into a pourable, packageable form.

dance bananaThere are complex processes to mill a food, deodorize it, purify it, “mask” tastes (like any bitterness), enhance “mouth feel,” prevent caking, improve pourability and viscosity, change the color, make it sparkle, twirl, and sing an aria.

All of these require chemicals, processes, heat, altered states.

The more standardized our tastes become, the more processed our food supply becomes. And vice versa. It’s the classic “vicious cycle.”

I wanted to talk to less than 1 percent of the companies there. Companies bragging about their “pharmaceutical-grade purity.” The fact that it has “pharmaceutical” in the title just makes me wonder if a drug company owns it. Did you know that drug companies own more than 70 percent of the vitamins on the market? So it’s sterile and standardized (pharmaceutical grade). But is it good for me?

cornyrxI want my food to be…..FOOD. Out of the dirt. Where tiny organisms live that give us Vitamin B12. Food with fiber. Food that fed my ancestors.

Seeing what processed food looks like from a manufacturer’s view, made me that much more committed to eating real, whole foods.

Down the hall from the Supply Side convention, the Burger King convention was sponsored by Pepsi and Del Monte. An incestuous relationship of fast food and processed food industries.

A guy on the elevator with me in the Venetian struck up a conversation and told me he was a BK franchise owner. I confessed I’d never eaten at BK in my life. He said, “WHAT?” Just to make it simple, I said, “Well, I’m a vegetarian, not my thing.” He invited me to come on in for their veggie burger.

It’s a start, Burger King offering a vegetarian sandwich. Too bad I don’t even have to try one to know that everything ELSE about it will be bad. Don’t fall for the idea that “vegetarian” means “good for you. Here’s what I predict: lots of preservatives, white-flour hybridized wheat bun, bad fats in the goo they put on it, lots of refined salt, maybe even some GMO soy product as the “meat” replacement.

Maybe someone reading this will chime in telling me if I nailed that guess? I have other research I want to do, more than finding something edible on the Burger King menu.

grow_your_own_article_A1More than ever, after spending a day looking at food manufacturing…..I want to grow and make my own food! And never have anything on this site that is less than outstanding.