So I was chatting to a social media follower, let’s call her Betty and we got to talking after she commented on one of my posts where the theme was ‘I walk because I hate running.’
Since I’ve discovered that heating nut flours like almond flour etc actually increases the oxidisation of PUFAs (poly unsaturated fatty acids) in them and kind of makes them toxic (eek!), you can understand why I’m not so keen to continue making up recipes with these nutty flours in it.
What is a PUFA? – Why is it a problem? – How does it relate to my skin and aging?
Ok, PUFAs are Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acids and despite many a traditional dietitian still espousing that it’s the healthier oil – think nut oil, seed oil, grain oil – like sunflower, canola, rice bran – others like Biologist Dr Ray Peat say that due to its unstable nature – ie: easily breaks down in heat and light – it actually may be toxic and inflammatory and cause a whole host of issues like this:-
Every time I was in my local health store, I would look at the packets of healthy choc chips longingly, thinking of all the yummy treats to which I could add them – like my ice cream, brownies, slices, even biscuits.
But at $24 a pop for a little packet, that seemed a little indulgent to me – I want healthy ingredients, but that’s a bit ridiculous. And the non-healthy ones were not at option.
So hydration – quite important right? The story goes – three days without water and you’re cactus.
In recent times though the fit and healthy crew have gone a bit overboard with DRINK ALL THE WATER!
But more than you actually need is not better at all and in fact can slow your metabolism down, overtax your kidneys and dilute the minerals and electrolytes your body actually needs to function correctly. More on that whole hullabaloo another time.
However that last point about electrolytes… leads me to coconut water.
So last post I detailed all the foods I’m including in my diet to eat in a pro metabolic way, if you need a refresher of what they were, then click here.
Now here is the ‘perhaps they are not as healthy as we thought’ list.
Some entries may shock you as they did me… approach with an open mind…
Ok, so I’ve mentioned a few times now that I have changed how I am eating.
…my holy grail – low sugar and low carb – stopped working for me and the weight started to pile back on!
What happened to the cherries this year? Hardly any in the stores and still so expensive. Just as well there are frozen options handy at all times.
Have been loving these fruity popsicles (or Icy Poles for the Aussies!) just as an after dinner ‘cool me down’ and little sweet hit.
I’ve discovered a whole different angle of nutrition based on nourishing, healing and nurturing your body. It supports healthy hormones, regulates your blood sugar, encourages repair and rejuvenation and is basically everything you need for a super healthy body, fast metabolism and easy weight loss/maintenance.
Not sure what it is about December but as soon as it hits, the panic sets in!
I always feel like I have more time than I do to get things organised and it freaks me out when I realise I don’t! How about you?
One year, I’d love to go away for all of December and January and just skip it. Bask on a beach maybe?
As you can imagine, I haven’t been adding to the stress by trying to create new treats – the imagination is still running wild with new options I want to try, but I’m being kind to myself.
So I thought I would leave you with a few suggestions on nibbles and sweets from my past recipe pursuits, that may work for our hot weather Chrissy and keep everyone healthy at the same time.
And even better, at the end of my list, Sonia from Natural New Age Mum has compiled a fantastic resource of Christmas wholefood recipes from other healthy writers – lots of great ideas there. Totally saved me the work and more stress! Cheers Sonia!
Starters & Snacks
Slices & sweet treats
A great wholefood Christmas resource:
I think I’ll be trying a few of these myself!
Have a wonderful Christmas and holiday break where ever you venture.
Wishing you fun, love, laughter and, of course – amazing health.
(Thanks to www.adrianalfordphotography.com for the images!)