Thursday, April 10, 2014

Science of Skinny part 2

This is a continuation of yesterday's post on the book the Science of Skinny. I wanted to share what food products/supplements the author recommends.

In yesterday's post I talked about the benefits of Omega-3s. If you're a vegetarian like me but want the benefits of Fish Oil, try Ovega‑3's Omega 3 DHA EPA Vegetarian vitamin.  I did find it makes me drowsy so I can't take it in the morning with my other vitamins, instead I take it at dinnertime. I researched to find out why and it's because it increases the brain's secretion of melatonin which is the hormone which helps regulate sleep. Additionally EPA and DHA lower your stress hormone levels.



Salad dressing often contains sugar and that you should carefully read the label to avoid those or make your own. The same company (Bragg) that makes raw apple cider vinegar makes a healthy salad dressing that she recommends which I found at Whole Foods.

Raw honey contains vitamins, antioxidants and antibacterial properties. However McCaffrey says that "most honey found in supermarkets is not healthy because they are basically the refined sugar version of honey which is bad for us." Once honey is heated (pasteurized) and processed, its antioxidants, natural enzymes and nutrients are destroyed. She credits bee pollen as the the best way to tame sugar cravings. So to get the best of both worlds, I got a combo of bee pollen and raw honey. Bee pollen are granules and a bit difficult to eat so I thought this would be good. You can find plain raw honey on the bottom shelf at Trader Joe's.








Have you heard of Kombucha? It's fermented tea that has a healthy fungus in it. McCaffrey says that "it has alkalizing abilities similar to those of apple cider vinegar, plus it's loaded with probiotics and B vitamins." It's been used in Russia, China and Japan for over 2000 years. It aids in cancer prevention by detoxing your body, treats arthritis, boost your energy levels, improves your mood and is a metabolism booster.  It tastes a bit tart, that's why I like these two flavors below because they mix juice in with it. But these synergy bottles are a bit pricey, so you could instead go for a pill form of kombucha.


While you're avoiding artificial sweeteners, she recommends an aspartame free gum by Pur. I've bought some at Whole Foods.






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