Wellness Beets Episode #39: GMO Salmon, Sugar Detox, Stress Management, and Cricket Flour

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NEWS & UPDATES
Brittany talks about her adventures in Local Eats Project and her most recent Dairy-Free Eggnog video.  Alex chats about her and Megan’s (of GingerNewtrition) new Detox Skin Care Guide coming out January…keep an eye out on Instagram for free content all about that.

 

GMO SALMON
We discuss the new release of GMO salmon and how it is made (crossed an Atlantic Salmon with Pacific-Chinook Salmon with added DNA from an eel-like ocean pout). We also talk about how many retailers are deciding to not carry it, as well as an interesting new movie about the topic that Brittany found out about: Consumed, The Movie.

 

SUGAR DETOX
We talk about Brittany’s repeat experiences with the 21 Day Sugar Detox and how she inspired Alex to cut back on her processed sugar intake as well. We talk briefly about food restriction and how we respond to it.

 

FINDING ENJOYMENT IN STRESS MANAGEMENT 
Brittany talks about the Inquiring Minds podcast interview with Robert Sapolsky and how it prompted her to think about the importance of actually enjoying your stress management tools.  We talk about a rat study and the growth/destruction of neurons in response to stressful exercise, just as an example. Alex talks about the real, physiological outputs in response to doing something that stresses you out.

 

CRICKET FLOUR
We talk about cricket flour as a sustainable protein source, and a source of a novel combination of micronutrients and vitamins (like calcium, iron, B12). We talk about our reactions to eating bugs and how the rest of the world views the role of insects in a regular diet.  Lastly, we talk about products we plan to try and fun ways to get in those crickets.

 

PRODUCTS:
Bitty Foods (cookies)
Exo Bars (coconut nut, peanut butter and jelly)
Cricket flour on Amazon
Six Foods (cricket chips)
Eat A Bug Cookbook (for the very brave!)

 

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Wellness Beets Episode #9: The Fat & Oil Debate and Organization for Stress Management

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The Fat & Oil Debate

The topic of fats and oils (how much to eat, which ones are healthy) is a hot-button issue so we hit on the most important considerations and actionable items that we commonly get questions about.  We discuss why making a distinction between “heat stable” and “heat unstable” fats is so important.  This underlies why we recommend cooking with fats such as butter, ghee, lard, duck bat, bacon fat, and coconut oil.

Get tips on How to Select The Best Olive Oil in Brittany’s article. 

We briefly delve into the current coconut oil controversy and how we both feel about it.  We also discuss how we use the heat-unstable fats such as macadamia oil, walnut oil, flax oil, etc.  Further, we get into some past and current scientific literature on fats/oils and how we choose to interpret that data.

For more information, check out Brittany’s Guide to Fats and Oils.

 

Organization for Stress Management:

We discuss why organization is crucial for stress management and key tips for making organization a life habit.  Some of our recommendations include making categorized lists, making to-do lists that are action oriented, and how to go about focusing on one thing at a time so that efficiency is maximized.

Brittany recommends David Allen’s book Getting Things Done and Alex loves The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande.  Alex also enjoys using the checklist and to-do app called Tick Tick.

 

 

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Wellness Beets Episode #7: Stress Management, Cooking Fats, and Henna

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Updates
Brittany is heading to Paleo f(x) April 23rd-26th! She’s excited to for a weekend of nerding-out with science minded foodies. Look for her there and introduce yourself! 

Alex’s Nutrient Boot Camp is revving up for its May group! Join in to increase your nutrient density and diversity for 28 days. 


Stress Management
Stress Management is incredibly important for overall health.  Not only does this change the physiology of the body (hormones, messaging signals, central nervous system), but it changes your perspective on the objective things going on in your life. Alex and Brittany share their personal experiences with incorporating mental health practices and how this affected their overall health.

Tools:
►Gratitude Diary app from App Store

For Meditation:
►Headspace app from App Store
►check out: Tara Brach (has podcast as well), Louise Hay (Hay House Podcast), Oprah & Deepak Chopra program (21 day intro program)

 Daily Options:
►long walks
►talking with friends and family
►meditation
►journaling
►epsom salt soaks

Henna for Hair and Colorless Henna Alternatives 

The most basic recipe is to place henna in a bowl, pour in warm water until it’s the consistency of mud, and add in a splash of lemon or lime juice (something acidic). Then let it sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour to let the dye release. Alex usually washes her hair first (soapnut shampoo and this protein packed strengthening shampoo are her favorite), applies the henna, and lets it sit on the hair for a while (kept in place by a shower cap and towel turban) before rinsing out with an apple cider vinegar rinse. Alex highly recommends starting with as little as 15 minutes on the hair, especially if you have a lighter hair, and working up to 1.5 hours (for dark hair and for a greater transformation in color). 

Different additions to the henna treatment will give different results. For all the different goodies for all the different purposes (conditioning, better curls, repair), you can get this free Henna Hair Guide cheat sheet PDF. 

For all the conditioning effects of henna but with less color deposition, you can mix the henna with coconut oil for a glossing effect.  In this case, a shampoo afterwards might be necessary. A great alternative to this is a henna and yogurt nurturing hair mask.

If you’re looking for the conditioning effect of henna but without any color change, there is this recipe.

If you’re looking for a brunette color, you can combine henna and indigo to get a pretty color.

Great information webiste: hennaforhair.com

Alex’s favorite place to buy henna: mehandi.com

 

Food Swap Tip: Replacing Cooking Fats

For all the information on why to swap your cooking fasts and oils, look to Brittany’s Cooking Fat/Oil Guide.

Cooking fats to toss: canola oil, spray oils, any vegetable oils (mis-labeled products are companies trying to hide transfat in their foods) margarine, soybean, corn, and products labeled “vegan butter” or “____ butter”. Anything that’s not real butter, toss it. 

Cooking fats to use are: coconut oil, butter, ghee (here’s Alex’s recipe), lard, bacon fat, duck fat, or olive oil. Check out this guide for help in selecting the Best Olive Oil.  

 

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