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Amazing Food Finds: Excuse Me, Dr. Weil.

I’ve been a avid follower of Dr. Weil for many years.  He, the likes of Dr. Mercola, Chopra, Wolfe and many others have educated me,a nd guided me down the clean superfood path.  However, as of late (and by late, I mean last 5 years or so), I have become increasingly concerned about Dr. Weil and his business.  Well, the latter is what concerns me most.  The consummate anti-capitalist I am, I get very wary when food becomes business and vice versa.  I’m all about doing what you’re passionate about, and making a living doing so.  I love independent health food stores, and Farmer’s Markets are my joy.  But the more I see Dr. Weil appearing on the cover of this and that, vitamin line this, trademarked treatment of that.  I’m not mad, just wary.  And I became more wary when I was researching coconut oil the other day, and came across a post of his that states:

 The benefits of coconut oil in the diet, if any, are likely to be minimal, and until we have more and better evidence about coconut oil’s effect of metabolism and potential role in promoting weight loss, I do not recommend using it.

Shame, shame, Dr. Weil.  Coconut and all coconut products, INCLUDING oil is a superfood.  One of the esteemed short list of about a dozen, and has been proven time and time again, both officially and unofficially to:

  • IMPROVE heart health through its unique chain of triglycerides, which are not found in ANY OTHER fat
  • Boost thyroid health
  • Increase metabolism
  • Promotes a lean body, and weight loss (because of the medium chain of fatty acids (MCFAs), the oil is easily digested and immediately burned as energy by your liver–unlike the longer shains present in other oils which take longer to digest and therefore are often stored as fat.)
  • Supports a healthy immune system 

Dr. Mercola actually has a short artcle about coconut oil, in which he references farmers back in the 40’s who gave coconut oil to their livestock in an effort to fatten them up, and all it ended up doing was making them lean, hungry and energetic!  Of course, Dr. Mercola is not alone, and neither am I.  Pacific Islanders swear by the stuff, and have nearly non-existent cardio issues.  And, if you need another reason to make the switch, coconut oil is the ONLY oil that is safe to cook with at high temperatures, due to its stable and Omega-3 rich nature.  Yes, including the EVOO.  Olive oil is an excellent mono-unsaturated fat source, and should be used as dressings and dips. just not heated–heat destroys its beneficial properties. 

So how do I cook my eggs, you may ask!  Herein lies our next Amazing Food Find!  Coconut Oil spray.  What a lovely, healthy superfood invention.

 

 

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An Eating Disorder I Agree With

So, my last commentary on Orthorexia, which Women’s Health magazine touts as the new generation of Eating Disorders got me going.  Could really keep going about it, but I’ll spare you.  I think you all get the ludicrous connotations involved there.  By the way, would I be crass to get a t-shirt (made of hemp) with “I’m an Orthorexic” on the front?  Probably.  I digress.  Anyway, though I have learned to take much of what he says with a grain of salt, I was particularly amused and intrigued by Dr. Weil’s Daily Tip of the Day:

Everyone prefers some foods over others,but some adults take this to an extreme.  These people tend to prefer the kinds of bland food they may have enjoyed as children – such as plain or buttered pasta, macaroni and cheese, cheese pizza, French fries and grilled cheese sandwiches – and to restrict their eating to just a few dishes. This condition has been dubbed selective eating disorder (SED), and may eventually be listed by the American Psychiatric Association as an officially recognized eating disorder.

Is anyone else giggling?  Admittedly, I am that person that while helping you up, also laughs when you trip.  Sorry!  But if it’s any consolation, I laugh at myself just the same.  I mean there is something a little humorous about adults whose pallets haven’t adjusted to grains, vegetables and fruits, and instead eat…things that are white.  I won’t call it child food, because (says the woman with no children) I believe that even modest kids have the capacity to love colorful, mineral rich foods.

Joking aside, selective eating disorder (SED) is a symptom.  It’s evidence of the American culture we live in, where sugar, fats and salt reign paramount to whole, clean food.  It’s really no wonder that so many of us suffer from this disorder that there has now been a scientific label applied to it!  Afterall, even socioeconomic status aside, what would any busy intersection, mall, shopping center be without endless opportunity to indulge in fries, burgers, sodas, pizzas, white bread…you name it.

Come to think of it, I feel as badly for those who are being told that because they don’t eat vegetables they have an eating disorder, as I did for myself being told because I eat “too many” vegetables, I have an eating disorder!  I mean at least for me, food is my life and my hobby so I make an effort to consider every meal, and go out of my way to get good, clean food.  It’s natural for me.  But these other guys, with SED, they’re eating what their parents ate.  They’re eating what they ate as a child, and what media and pop culture is shoving down their throats at every turn.  They’re effectively doing what comes natural to them!  And now all the sudden, the very system that gave them McD’s, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell, is now telling them they have a problem??  The only thing I have to battle with is my local Farmer’s Market, they on the other hand have an entire industry to wage a war against!

Yes, they do have a problem, unfortunately.  It’s not exactly fair, but it’s true.  And labeling it is likely only the start of the potential obesity, blood pressure, blood sugar and energy issues that will surely ensue from such a limited diet.  Again, not fair, but if calling it out will inspire some momentum in the opposite direction, it could be a positive thing.  Who knows they could be Orthorexics before they know it!

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