Oh-no!!! She eats Tofu!!!

Wait!! ….Wait….hold on… I know…ewwwwww, right?!! Just give it a chance. Really!

I used to think I could never eat tofu and sometimes I still don’t like how it feels in my mouth…sometimes. My husbands first thought “Oh no….She eats Tofu!!! Will I have too?”. well…yes, but that’s just it, It really does have to do with how it’s prepared. Tofu has some great benefits and can be a yummy addition to your diet. It provides protein while taking on the flavor of the dish.

TRIVIA

  • Tofu contains all 8 essential amino acids
  • Tofu’s first recorded use is 2000 years ago in the Han Dynasty
  • Tofu is made from bean curds, similar to how cheese is made
  • One acre of soybeans can produce 82, 368 crayons
  • Half of the worlds soybeans are grown in the USA
  • Tofu takes on the flavor of whatever it is cooked with

WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?

Eating Tofu:

  • Lowers LDLHas antioxidant properties which may reduce the risk of some cancers
  • Can decrease bone loss and increase mineral density during menopause
  • High in PhytonutrientsIs beneficial to the prostrate and does not put men at riskImproves digestion

PLUS

  • Calcium – Helps maintain and form healthy teeth and bones, helps with blood clotting, sending and receiving nerve signals, muscle health,  helps keep a steady heartbeat, helps with the release of certain hormones
  • Iron – Required for the production of red blood cells, helps take oxygen to all the cells of your body, binds with carbon dioxide to take it back to the lungs, plays an important role in the production of enzymes, contributes to normal cognitive function and immunity.
  • Magnesium –  Is important for muscle function and health, improves energy, and regulates of calcium, potassium, and sodium.
  • Protein – Protein serves as building blocks for muscles, bones, cartilage, skin, hormones,  and enzymes.  They increases satiety helping us feel more full.
  • Potassium – Potassium,  Helps the heart, kidneys, cells, digestive system, muscles, and regulates flood balance and blood pressure.  Potassium has may help reduce the risk of stroke.
  • Manganese – Benefits bone formation, balance of sex hormones,  important in thyroid function, absorption of calcium, metabolism of fat and carbohydrates, helps the immune system, and is important to function of connective tissues.
  • Selenium –  Our bodies need only trace amounts, but it plays an important role of preventing cellular damage from free radicals and supports a strong immune system
  • Phosphorus – Works closely with calcium for health bones and teeth, is necessary to make protein for growth and repair of cells, important for muscle contractions, steady heartbeat,  helps the body make ATP.

Not sure how you feel about soy? Check out this article: Dispelling the Soy Myth

RECIPES

A look at Superfoods

What is a Superfood?  A superfood is defined as a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being – Mcmillian Dictionary.

Dr. William Sears, in his book Prime Time Health, describes Superfoods as:

Nutrient DenseNutrients that have proven benefitsMade by nature, not a factoryTaste good & satisfyingMay be able to be prepared in a variety of waysContains no ingredients harmful to health

While we receive vitamins, minerals, proteins, and essential fats from our foods, some foods have been proven to provide extra health benefits, these foods are called superfoods. They have properties that  may be anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and anti-Alzheimer, lower highs, and raise lows in our body.

Let’s be clear, when I say superfood I do not mean magical foods that cure-all, nor do I  mean a diet consisting of one food, like the old “Grapefruit Diet”.  The truth is, that these foods work best when part of a healthy, whole food, plant-based diet full of variety and by diet I mean lifestyle eating habits, not a short-term solution.  Just eat food that rots, but eat it before it does!

Sources

Inflammation Solution By Dr. William Sears copyright 2015

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/ingredient-focus-tofu

http://www.nasoya.com/tofu-u/classroom/soybean-fun-facts

Lisa received her Health Coach Certification from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, founded by world-renowned physician and author, Dr. William Sears. The Institute is a leader in science-based health and wellness education that focuses on the four pillars of health; Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition (L.E.A.N.). A certification by the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute is obtained only after completing the extensive course work and meeting all requirements. Once certified, a Health Coach possesses the knowledge, tools and resources to make a positive difference in the health of others.

The information in this blog is educational and not meant to diagnose, treat, or mitigate symptoms.

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Choose Wisely

While choosing to eat a more whole foods, plant based diet is a wise choice, the choices we make daily may not be. Many choices are loaded with sugars, fats, saturated fats, sodium, artificial ingredients and more and this is true no matter your dietary ilk. Remember to be a label reader and wise shopper.

Even avid label readers can find It challenging to weed through the choices and marketing makes it even more confusing. A good example is The Impossible burger that is in the news right now. At first glance it seems like a great option, while it is high in protein with 19 grams it is also 53% fat, 8 grams of which are saturated plus it has 370 mg of sodium! In addition, many may not realize that the ingredient that makes it meat like is created using a genetically modified yeast that is then fermented, called Heme.

This is from the Impossible Burger website “The heme in Impossible Burger is made using a yeast engineered with the gene for soy leghemoglobin. First, we grow yeast via fermentation. Then, we isolate the soy leghemoglobin (containing heme) from the yeast, and add it to the Impossible Burger, where it combines with other micronutrients to create delicious, meaty flavor. “.

This presents a dilemma for some, while excited to see a new option on the Vegan/Vegetarian front many are not willing to step into the GMO world. But the bottom line is there are simply healthier choices regardless of the GMO factor.

I encourage you to remember that Vegan and vegetarian options are not necessarily healthier for you. The wisest choice, when choosing these options is to choose nutrient dense, whole food, plant, based foods closest to their natural form, i.e. less processed.

If it isn’t that healthy in the meat eating world it isn’t transformed into a healthy meal by making it meat free. Moderation and label reading are important no matter how you eat. A vegan “milkshake” is still a milkshake. There is nothing wrong with the occasional treat, but be honest with yourself and remember to eat those foods in moderation and admit that it isn’t the healthiest choice. Think of an apple, apple sauce, and an apple pie; the more processed it the less nutritional value and the more likely it is to have added ingredients like sugar, sodium, and preservatives.

There are many wise choices out there and study after study confirms that eating more whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, and nuts is beneficial to our health. Whether you are a meat lover or meat avoider remember to choose wisely, read labels, and be informed.

Lisa is and Independent Shaklee Distributor and received her Health Coach Certification from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, founded by world-renowned physician and author, Dr. William Sears. The Institute is a leader in science-based health and wellness education that focuses on the four pillars of health; Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition (L.E.A.N.). A certification by the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute is obtained only after completing the extensive course work and meeting all requirements. Once certified, a Health Coach possesses the knowledge, tools and resources to make a positive difference in the health of others.   To learn more visit http://yieldingaction.com

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