When I visit a house, I like to go straight to the kitchen and have a snoop. Like a CSI agent I assess what foods they might eat, delicious meals that could be cooked and what evils may be lurking.
Highly processed oils made from soy, sunflower and canola are so cheap and have made them a staple in the kitchen. Used for frying foods until they’re deliciously crispy, caramelized or as an alternative to butter, seed oils have never been so popular.
Cheaper sources of seed oils have kept margarines on the shelf but as our generations’ keep using these oils and less unrefined cold pressed oils, we’ve made ourselves unknowingly sick.
Now-days people can contain too much polyunsaturated fat in their body. The cause is due to over consumption of Omega 6 seed oils. They contain polyunsaturated fat and Omega 6 but higher-than-normal levels of polyunsaturated fats can lead to body inflammation, which in turn can contribute to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Heart health and cancer
Omega 3 supplements contain fish oil. The body needs to reduce inflammation and keep the heart healthy, but when the body’s ratio of omega-6 fatty acids and omega-3 fatty acids is unbalanced, problems occur. In general, most people get too much omega-6 in their diet compared to omega 3. Excess gut fat or visceral fat that protects and cushions the organs inside the torso area has a direct link to heart disease and fat storage around the middle of our bodies, increasing the risk of fat interfering with those precious organs because that type of fat can release more inflammation due the hormones and chemicals it can produce.
Our favourite BBQ’s
Barbecuing has its own downsides and although I love a good barbecue the smoked flavour or charcoal on foods is carcinogenic. Cancer causing.
If you’re loading your BBQ plate with burnt sausages, delicious smoked fish, charcoal grilled steak or slightly burnt vegan sausages or patties or vegetables and drowning it all down with a lovely cold beer or glass of wine the next day, balance it out with some sushi or steamed fish and a ton of green leafy vegetables smothered in a dressing made from flax or cold pressed hemp oil.
Canned fish or smoked (farmed) salmon isn’t great either. Show a little moderation here, I’m not a total kill joy.
Trouble converting good vegetable fats into healthy benefits.
Abundant trans-fat from processed foods, alcohol and saturated fats can stop the body converting omega 3 from plant oils but if you use fish and krill oil supplements daily to counteract the bad stuff you want to make sure they don’t have any mercury or nasty chemical PCBs in them.
Smoking foods for the foodie
How many of you reach for smoked salmon, a slab of tuna cooked to perfection or tinned fish thinking oh yes that’s good for me? Uh uh, think again. Steer away from tuna that can be full of mercury that can lead to brain and nerve wasting diseases and eat the smaller wild oily fish. A top secret few know of.
But I eat lots of fish, is a comment a lot of clients tell me. Fresh, poached and steamed is best remembering to steer away from smoked fish and tinned fish.
A food secret even New Zealanders don’t know.
In New Zealand there’s a wonderful fish that’s good for sashimi where you can eat unadulterated omega 3. Its shiny green skin hides the abundant omega 3 within it. The delicious mackerel. Trust me it’s a delicacy in Japan and used for fish bait in New Zealand because it has a strong taste of omega 3 oils in it. Omega 3 oils are so good for the pain of arthritis, inflammation of the lungs so top up if you have emphysema or asthma and can even make you brainy given that our brain is over 60% of these good fats.
Get healthy, use these & lose belly fat!
Reach for less-refined alternatives like butter, coconut, avocado, olive, or peanut oil when cooking. These oils can take the heat. Shallow fry as opposed to deep frying foods. Eat less takeaways because if the food is fried they’ll be using the cheaper seed oils. Make your own rich smoothies or salad dressings with flax oil, cold pressed olive, walnut, avocado and commercial health hemp oil that has a balanced ratio of omega, 3, 6 and 9. Bonus, they help reduce excess fat around your waistline.
It's easy, take high quality Omega 3 supplements that can be converted easily in the body for health benefits.
Premium quality fish oil supplements should use small sea fish oil as the main ingredient loaded in DHA and EPA oil.
I’m loving the mixes of health cofactors for the added benefit of healthy cells, skin, eyes, muscles, joint lubrication, and heart health.
These can include Co enzyme Q10, astaxanthin, zeaxanthin, lutein, and Vitamin D3.