55 – Chef AJ and Sharon – Let’s Get This Eating and Nutrition Thing Right!
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Today on Slice Your Age, Dr. Dave has Chef AJ and Sharon McRae as his guests. Chef AJ is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker, nutritionist, and of course… CHEF! Sharon, who you have met before on episode 49 is the founder of Eat Well – Stay Well LLC, a company based in Maryland that coaches people to their best health through nutrition. This is a must listen episode… perhaps one of the most information packed since the inception of the show. There was actually so much info that there will be a “Part 2” coming next week!
CHICAGO’S VEGAN MANIA
Dr. Dave, Sharon, and Chef AJ will all be at the awesome upcoming Chicago Vegan Mania. We hope you can join them!
“Vegan culture and community have grown rapidly in the last few years. Not long ago, most people had never heard the word vegan. Vegans – people who live compassionately by not eating or wearing animals or products that come from animals – were basically invisible. We did much of our shopping in tiny health food co-ops, and our dining in a few carefully selected restaurants.
Now there are dozens of products with the word vegan gracing the fronts of the packaging in most supermarkets, and vegan options abound in dining establishments all over the place. Celebrities describe how their vegan diets give them their sexy bodies or protect them from heart disease, and the small but burgeoning vegan culture is moving from the fringes to middle America.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in Chicago. Famous as the “hog butcher to the world”, Chicago boasts at least 18 exclusively vegan restaurants (and dozens more vegan-friendly ones), several local vegan food companies, and a rapidly growing community of herbivores.
Chicago VeganMania is a celebration of this dynamic new community. We bring together the vegan restaurants and food companies, leaders and entrepreneurs, doctors and chefs, businesses and organizations, singers and dancers, and we put them in one big place to show them all off to the world.” from the Chicago Vegan Mania website: http://chicagoveganmania.com/about.html
OLIVE OIL – RE-THINK THIS
Sharon would like us to reconsider our use of olive oil. She feels it is too high calorie and not enough nutrients to justify it’s use. You can use water or vegetable broth to marinate or cook your foods and vegetables. She is a health coach and with her many clients that is one of the first things she has remove or replace. Just two tablespoons have 240 calories + it is so highly processed. We do need healthy fats in our diets like avocados and nuts, but not olive oil. Please reconsider any use of olive oil in your life right now. Here is more information about the negative effects of olive oil: https://www.pritikin.com/your-health/healthy-living/eating-right/1103-whats-wrong-with-olive-oil.html Also, here is more info about oil from one of Chef AJ’s favorites Dr. Klaper: http://doctorklaper.com/answers/answers10/
PROCESSED FOODS NEED TO GO!
If you can make it in your kitchen yourself you can have it. “In general, anything that comes in a box, can, jar is processed,” says Chef AJ. We need to focus our lives on whole unprocessed foods. Processing takes things out and adds things that we do not need and actually are harmful. Now there are transition foods that are less processed like diced tomatoes in a jar that have 1-3-5 ingredients that you know what they are and how to pronounce them.
OFF THE SHELF CEREAL GO RAW GRANOLA
Sharon recommends the Go Raw brand as a grab and go cereal that has great all natural and very little processing. She feeds it to her family. And Dr. Dave and Yoko love to add fresh organic berries and fruit to their morning granola. Go Raw’s Granola ingredients are: Organic Buckwheat Oats, Organic Flax Seeds, Organic Raisins and Dates. http://www.goraw.com/p/70/live-granola Chef AJ makes her own granola and muesli and encourages you to make your own batches to eat and even has a video showing you the step-by-step: http://www.eatunprocessed.com/dietitian.html#54
GUESTS ON TODAY’S SHOW
Sharon is 52 year old, mom of 3, feeding her family a whole food, plant-based diet. She does yoga daily and her best to minimize my exposure to potentially harmful chemicals in the personal care products and home care product her family uses. In her health practice she uses a holistic approach to health and wellness.
Chef AJ has followed a plant-based diet for over 36 years. She is a chef, culinary instructor, professional speaker, and author. Chef AJ is author of the popular book Unprocessed: How to Achieve Vibrant Health and Your Ideal Weight. The book is half confessional memoir, half delectable recipes. It chronicles her journey from junk-food vegan faced with a diagnosis of pre-cancerous polyps, to learning how to create foods that heal the body.
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