3 Easy Food Swaps to Heal Your Gut and Lose Weight
With the plethora of diets and meal protocols bum-rushing the market, and the multitudes of “health” products swooping in to satisfy each and every new trend, how do you decide which plan is right for you? While there are many contradictory claims, the important thing I hope we all agree on is this: The Standard American Diet doesn’t benefit anyone.
VIDEO: Food Swaps to Heal Your Gut and Lose Weight
3 healthy swaps to the SAD diet that I recommend everybody consider trying
1. Processed Sugar – Sugar has been linked to inflammation, lowered immune system, diabetes, obesity, and even heart disease. Based on new research, a sweet tooth can be quite dangerous in the long run. Try some honey in your tea instead of coffee and sugar. Swap the ice cream with some blended up frozen bananas and berries. If you absolutely must have cookies, pies or other desserts, cook them yourself and swap the processed sugar with some agave nectar or honey.
2. Dairy – In my opinion, dairy is not necessary, especially the dairy from cows injected with steroids, hormones, and antibiotics. If you appreciate the benefits of a calcium-rich beverage, but can’t handle the indigestion or mucous-like side effects of cows milk, you can give goat’s milk a try. If you need a creamy drink for your smoothies or other recipes, try coconut or almond milk. Check the ingredients to avoid carrageenan.
3. Wheat – Removing gluten from my diet actually proved very beneficial. Yes, that includes beer and whiskey. It wasn’t easy, but after a couple weeks I noticed my stomach having less bloating and indigestion. My head felt more clear, and I had much better sleep. If you really think about it, in terms of micronutrients, wheat doesn’t have NEARLY as many vitamins or minerals as vegetables and fruits.
Beans, veggies and fruits also have more fiber than wheat. If you’re a bodybuilder, athlete, or you exercise quite a bit, you’ll probably need some kind of grain for those extra calories. In that case, my favorite gluten free grains are quinoa, and brown and white rice. (Some sourdough breads are low in gluten, depending on the fermentation process.)
Here’s a healthy salad dressing recipe that’s good for you and your family:
Healthy Swap Salad Dressing Recipe
► Recipe Type: Salad
► Author: Drew Canole
► 3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
► 2 tbsp Lime juice
► 1 tsp minced Garlic
► 1/4th tsp Cumin
► 1/4th tsp Black Pepper
Just mix everything properly and add to your favorite vegetable salad.
Wow, that’s delicious. When you make this dressing, the brightness of the lime and the heat of the cumin really create a special reaction on your palette. Compared to the bottled, sugary, preservative-infused, milky dressings from the store, these light, fresh, fragrant dressings are absolutely life changing.
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