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Healthy Fats – You bet !

Hi folks,

Hope everyone is enjoying relaxing weekend, for myself, went to the mountations for some hiking and picnicing with family and friends.

As we’ve all either seen or read how Omega 3 fatty acids are healthy for us. Most know that salmon, tuna that are fresh seem to be regarded as top sources. But how about plant sources. You don’t have to be vegetariarn or even vegan to enjoy the plant version of Omega 3s.

Here’s some suggestion that hope you find helpful and please leave your comments and suggestions on your healthy habits.

If you’re looking to increase your intake of Omega-3’s, salmon and fish oil supplements aren’t your only options. While these are great sources for upping those Omega-3 levels, you may be surprised to learn that there are some great plant-based food sources too. You might even find that they’re easier to incorporate into your daily diet.

Seeds and Nuts are the most well-known plant food sources of Omega-3’s. You can use them whole, ground or as oils. They are all fantastic concentrated sources of Omega-3’s, and having them ground or as an oil makes them particularly easy to absorb into your blood stream.

Here are the top 5 most nutritious and easy-to-add options:1

1. Flaxseeds:

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You can find flaxseeds whole, ground, and in oil-form. Because whole flax seeds pass through your body undigested, use ground flaxseeds and flax seed oil to get the most nutritional benefit. In order to get your day’s worth, all you need is 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil. Just 1 tablespoon packs 7.2g of Omega-3 fatty acids. Include this in your morning shake, or drizzle it over a salad. You could even try a new dressing recipe using flaxseed oil instead of olive oil. Easy!

2. Chia Seeds:

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Just an ounce of chia seeds contains a whopping 4.9g of Omega-3 fats, and chia seed oil contains even more with approximately 19g per tablespoon. Try a chia pudding for breakfast instead of oatmeal, or include 2 tablespoons in your protein shake for extra protein and a good dose of Omega-3s.

3. Hemp Seeds:

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These days, you can find hemp seeds in a variety of forms – hemp seeds, protein power, milk, and oil. Hempseed oil has been reported to contain Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids in a ratio of 4:1 ratio. The daily recommended intake (DRI) of hemp seed oil is 1 to 2 tablespoons, which provides between 8g and 16g of Omega-6 fatty acids and between 3g and 6g of Omega-3 fatty acids. Drizzle the oil on top of a salad, mix the powder into your smoothie, or add the seeds on top of your oatmeal.

4. Walnuts:

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Walnuts have been recognized as a great plant source of Omega-3 fatty acids for a while. Probably the most common source, most people just eat them whole. However, you can find walnuts ground and in oil-form as well. All you need is an ounce or so of whole walnuts to get 2.5g of Omega-3 fatty acids. Crush them up and sprinkle them on top of your soup or salad for easy digestion and absorption.

5. Sacha Inchi Nuts:

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source: http://www.sachainchioilhealthbenefits.com/

Eaten for 3000 years by inhabitants of the Amazon Rainforest, Sacha Inchi seeds have only recently received attention in the U.S. for their high Omega-3 content. These nuts come from the highlands in Peru and contain 3x more Omega-3 than walnuts. They’re also a great source of protein, fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin E, and are 96% hypoallergenic. You can eat them in their nut-form, or get them as an oil. Throw them on your salad, soup, oatmeal, or shake, or snack on them as is. You can find these delicious and crunchy nuts at Whole Foods, your local health food store, or online.

What’s The Difference Between Plant vs. Animal Sources of Omega-3s?

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Omega-3 fatty acids have been getting a lot of attention in the health and wellness world recently due to their anti-inflammatory benefits and protective properties against cancer and cardiovascular disease.2 This is why it’s easier to find both plant- and animal-sources in most grocery stores and natural food markets today.

But plant and animal sources of omega-3 are not created equal. There are some important things to keep in mind about these two sources so you can be sure you’re meeting your needs of this essential fatty acid.

Animal sources of Omega-3 are comprised of EPA (eicosapentanoic acid) and DHA (docosahexanoic acid), which our bodies can easily absorb and utilize immediately. These fatty acids are found primarily in fish, but are also in grass-fed meat.

Plant sources primarily contain ALA (alpha-linoleic acid), which needs to be converted to DHA and EPA by our bodies before we can use it. The metabolic conversion process can only convert small amounts of ALA into EPA, and even smaller amounts into DHA.3
This means the intake recommendations differ for plant-sources. One study recommends that vegetarians double their intake of ALA, or take an algae-based omega-3 supplement, to ensure they meet their dietary needs.4

This means that, with some careful attention and planning, vegetarians and others who avoid fish in their diet can still get enough ALA to hit their Omega-3 quota and maintain their health.

How Much Omega-3 Should I Get Per Day?

While there is no consensus on the optimal dose of Omega-3s from either marine- or plant-based sources, most omega-3 experts recommend that healthy adults ingest a combined 500mg daily of EPA (eicosapentanoic acid) and DHA (docosahexanoic acid).5

A typical North American diet provides approximately 50 mg of DHA and 80 mg/day of EPA, for an overall combined DHA/EPA intake per person of about 130-150 mg/day. Clearly, the North American diet is lacking here.6

Ideally, include a variety of sources from both animals and plants every day, and you can rest assured that you’re eating enough Omega-3s.

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Plant foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids have stealthfully moved onto society’s “healthy food” radar. If you want to eat an animal-free diet or just add some plant-based sources, nuts and seeds are a brilliant way to add variety to your diet while also meeting your nutritional needs. Rather than just eat one source, get variety in your diet by eating a few different sources every day. Ideally, choose the most natural form and then mix, grind or pour – enjoy!

Remember folks, enjoy your Omega – 3 fatty acid sources along with a consistent healthy lifestyle.

Here’s to enjoying a Boundryless Life !!

Let’s talk about the “F” word Folks….

Eat healthy fat for a Healthy Body !

Eat healthy fat for a Healthy Body !

Hey Everyone,

Of course you knew I meant F..A..T  Right !!

So do you think fat will make you fat….really ?!

YES and NO. The right answer to this question is dependent on what type of fat we’re talking about. Certain fats are actually essential for so many important bodily functions, but the wrong kind of fat can lead us down an unhealthy path to weight gain and a long list of diseases.

Fat to Avoid

Hydrogenated Oils
You have probably already heard in the media or just about anywhere that hydrogenated oils are detrimental to your health so to avoid them at all costs. But what exactly are they?
Hydrogenation is a chemical process used to make fat more shelf stable. This hydrogenation method completely alters the liquid oil’s molecular structure so that it no longer resembles a natural fat. Because your body does not recognize the transformed molecule as a natural fat, it cannot process it and treats it as a toxin. This “toxin” has been linked to cancer, birth defects, heart disease, diabetes, weight gain and obesity.

We must read labels! Hydrogenated oil and partially hydrogenated oil can be found in most packaged foods (margarine, crackers, chips, pretzels, cookies, cereal bars, sugar cereals, microwave popcorn, and low-fat and fat-free snacks). There are even many packaged foods advertised as “health foods” that include this toxic ingredient.

Fats You Must Eat

Your body cannot survive without fat – specifically essential fatty acids. Your brain, hormones, immune system, and digestion are all dependant on this healthy fat (which is why people who go on very extreme low fat diets often suffer many health problems).

Omega 3 Fats
Omega 3 Fats are essential to human health but cannot be produced by the body which is why it is essential that we get these great fats from food. Foods high in Omega 3 fats are leafy green vegetables, flax seeds, salmon, sardines, raw walnuts, organic eggs and grass fed beef.
Extensive research indicates that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and help prevent risk factors associated with chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. These essential fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be particularly important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function. In fact, infants who do not get enough omega-3 fatty acids from their mothers during pregnancy are at risk for developing vision and nerve problems. Symptoms of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency include extreme tiredness (fatigue), poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings or depression, and poor circulation.

Cooking Oil
The only oil that is suitable for high heat cooking (and one of the healthiest oils you can consume) is raw, organic, unrefined coconut oil. Coconut oil has been proven to be one of the healthiest oils available for the human body and increases the body’s metabolic rate (helping in weight loss)

Oils best Raw
Olive oil and flax seed oil are two wonderful oils to use for salad dressing or on cooked or raw veggies. These oils have a lower melting point and are more stable (and healthier) when kept raw.

All you need to know about fat and fat consumption:
1. Avoid all products containing hydrogenated oil and partially hydrogenated oil
2. Consume foods high in Omega 3’s such as salmon, flax seeds, walnuts and organic eggs
3. Cook with Organic, Unrefined Coconut Oil
4. Use Olive Oil and Flaxseed oil raw for salads and veggies.  Also include avocados as a healthy source of fat into your meal plans.

Remember all fats are not created equal and proper use of the good fats can be a great way to keep you and your family at optimum health!

Only Healthy Fats for this Body !

Only Healthy Fats for this Body !


O is for Omega 3 ~ from where !?!

Enjoy Omega 3 with Grass fed meat with those healthy vegetables !!

Here’s a tip for those thinking you can only get your healthy Omega 3 from fish.

Well, that’s good, if you pick the smaller variety. Why not the big ones like tuna….
Who wants heavy (as in toxic) metals that affect the brain (here my gray cells saying OH!!!)
How about an alternative….NOT a replacement, but as is said Variety is the Spice of Life…..anyway, check this out and please give me your feedback !!
I know you’ve probably heard all of the buzz over the last few years about the health benefits of wild salmon and other fish that have higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids.

However, did you know that there’s a “land meat” that has similar omega-3/omega-6 ratios as wild salmon? In fact, this “land meat” not only contains as much, or even higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, but without the possible negatives such as heavy metals (mercury, etc) and PCBs that can be found in fish frequently. YOUCH !!!
This kind is one of the healthiest forms of meat you can possibly eat… It’s grass-fed beef and other grass-fed ruminant meats such as bison, buffalo, lamb, and venison.

Now I know that a lot of people will try to convince you that meat is not good for you… and to be honest I partially agree with them when it comes to your typical factory farm-raised meat where the animals are fattened up with huge quantities of grains & soy that are not their natural diet & given unhealthy doses of hormones, antibiotics, etc.
However, when animals are healthy and eat the diet they were meant to eat naturally, the meat is actually healthy for us.
Let’s take beef for example… When cattle eat mostly grain and soy, the fat composition of their meat becomes higher in inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids and lower in beneficial omega-3 fatty acids.

On the other hand, when cattle eat mostly grass instead of grains/soy, their meat becomes higher in omega-3s and lower in omega-6 fatty acids. In addition, grass-fed beef also contains much higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which has shown some promising benefits in studies for losing body fat and gaining lean muscle mass.
A similar comparison can be made between wild salmon and farm raised salmon. Wild salmon is a healthier option than farm raised salmon and has higher levels of omega-3s because the wild salmon eat what they’re supposed to eat naturally. On the other hand, farm raised salmon are fattened up unnaturally with grain/soy based food pellets which detrimentally changes the salmon’s fat ratio of omega-6 to omega-3.
The problem is that it is VERY hard to find healthy grassfed meats in typical grocery stores. In fact, even at health food stores, you might find some “organic” meats (which is at least a little better than standard), but it is often hard to find any real grass-fed meats.
Well, about 2 weeks ago, I did some searching and found a great website that sells all kinds of varieties of grass-fed healthy meats…
http://healthygrassfed.2ya.com

They have everything you could ever want… grass-fed burgers, filet mignon & any other quality beef cuts, grass-fed buffalo, grass-fed cheeses, and even free-range chicken and turkey!
And better yet, they deliver it right to your house with no shipping costs either… and I actually found that the prices were pretty comparable to what I usually pay at the grocery store anyway.

I’ll tell ya… I was like a kid in a candy store when I found this site. I placed my order for all kinds of goodies on a friday, I got a shipping notification email that Monday, and my delivery came right to my door the very next day in a sealed cooler… I couldn’t believe the service I got from this company.
Wouldn’t it give you peace of mind to know that you and your family are eating meat that is actually good for you instead of the mass produced junk at most grocery stores? I know I’m getting most of my meat from them from now on.
Everything in my order ended up being awesome… here’s my recommendations:
*the grass-fed filet Mignon (delicious and tender!)
*grass-fed burgers and bison burgers when I need a quick but healthy 5-minute meal (use some grass-fed cheese and sprouted grain roll for the ultimate balanced meal)
*the free-range chicken and turkey sausages (makes great italian dishes or healthier breakfast sausage)
*grass-fed cheese and butter (higher in CLA and omega-3 than normal butter or cheese)
*they even have free-range turkeys available for upcoming thanksgiving (you won’t find free-range turkeys in stores)
Plus, besides getting much healthier meat than you’d ever find in the store, another benefit to this site was that it was like doing my grocery shopping from my living room, instead of fighting the crowds at the store.

To let you know, I don’t earn any money from their site. Just wanted to share another healthy alternative with you folks.
By the way, enjoyed a Rockin’ workout today at sunrise to boost my HGH and get that fat fuel burning ~ YEAH !!!! Then a protein vegetable breakfast.
Will share more recipes coming up.
Keep Going ~ Keep Growing !!!