Thursday, February 3, 2011

Changes I've Made Part 4

1.  I've switched from using canola oil to olive oil.

Benefits of olive oil:
-extra virgin olive oil is high in polyphenols (a powerful antioxidant) and monounsaturated fat which contributes to lowering bad cholesterol
-olive oil may be just as effective in the prevention of colon cancer as fresh fruits and veggies. A diet rich in olive oil has been shown to reduce the incidence of colon, breast and skin cancers.
-extra virgin olive oil may help to lower blood pressure.
-replacing other fats with olive oil will reduce the risk of alzeheimers
-Olive oil promotes the secretion of bile and pancreatic hormones naturally and lowers the incidence of gallstones.

2.  I keep healthy snacks handy so I don't grab for something thats not good for me.
3.  I eat 5 meals a day every 2 to 3 hours to keep my blood sugar from spiking and to keep my metabolism running efficiently.
4.  I shop the perimeter of the store where the healthier foods are sold such as fruits and vegetables and I read food and nutritional labels so I know what I'm putting in my body.
5.  I avoid alcohol because it contains a high amount of sugar.
6.  I either avoid salad dressing or only use a very small amount.
7.  I've switched from high fat cheeses to lowfat cheeses.
8.  I eat lean meats such as ground turkey, chicken and turkey breasts and lean cuts of beef and pork.
9.  I've switched from white rice to brown rice, from white bread to whole wheat bread and from white pasta to whole wheat pasta.
10. I've increased my intake of veggies daily and only allow myself 2 servings of fruits daily.
11. I've replaced mayo with ketchup, mustard, red pepper hummus or guacamole.
There are still a few things that I have to try that either I haven't found yet or just haven't gotten around to buying yet.  If anyone has tried any of these please tell me how you liked it.
1.  Chia seeds
2.  Quinoa
3.  Hemp seeds
4.  Edemame
5.  Bee pollen
6.  Coconut oil
Also if anyone has any suggestions for other healthy things I can try I would love any ideas you have.


  1. First time commenter here :)
    I was hesitant to try quinoa but I bought some and its really easy to make, the perfect rice substitute. I find it tastier when I boil it in a stock, whether it be beef, chicken or veggie.

  2. Those are some great changes, Christine! I love using olive oil, and I've used it for years. I need to work on my salad dressing consumption though. LOL Keep it up! You're doing wonderfully! :)

  3. Thanks Glam I always love comments and I'm definitely going to have to try quinoa soon.

    Thanks Stephanie, yea its hard to give up the salad dressing but its so fattening.

  4. 3 Researches PROVE How Coconut Oil Kills Fat.

    The meaning of this is that you actually kill fat by eating Coconut Fats (including coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut oil).

    These 3 studies from big medical journals are sure to turn the traditional nutrition world upside down!