Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Reducing acid reflux, packaged foods, workout, and food log

Good morning!

5:45 am cardio call! Bring it on. Before the gym I am going to drink my hot lemon water and I am going to have a few bites of my chia fruit bowl to get my metabolism going. After the gym I am going to do yoga and a bicep workout. Then, MEAL PREP!! Here is my food log for the day
I did not log my food in my app today. I am still hoping to get some pictures of my food for you guys too! Would that be helpful to anyone!? Any opinions?! 
My servings of quinoa are 1/4-1/3c and my brown rice pasta is only about 1/4 c cooked. I like to have these grains with meals because it makes me feel less deprived since I cannot have dairy or gluten. Also i am getting a little bored with smoothies so I am making chia flax bowls for breakfast. What's this you ask!? Deliciousness... That's what it is! I just take some chia seeds, flaxseeds( about 2 T of each), 1/4-1/2 c unsweetened coconut or soy milk, 1/2 a banana, and 1/4-1/2 c frozen mixed berries. Stir and put in the fridge overnight
One of the causes of acid reflux is an excess amount of acidity in the stomach. Solutions according to this article :5 Natural Remedies are 1-3 T of apple cider vinegar a day. I have personally tried this and it does help, but it tastes so gross! It may seem counter intuitive to drink something acidic to make you have less acid in your stomach but things like apple cider vinegar and lemon water are alkaline-forming which means your body doesn't need to produce as much acid to digest it. So, lemon water and apple cider vinegar help neutralize the acid in your stomach. I think I will stick to the hot lemon water before breakfast and throughout the day when I need it. Other solutions are ginger, aloe Vera, and enzyme rich foods such as pineapples, papaya, and other fruits and vegetables. 

Here is an article that helps you understand why processed foods are not good for you!
By Donna Gates, Body Ecology

We've been led to believe that processed foods seem like the answer to today’s busy lives. New fads and fancy advertisements make promises that keep us coming back for more. The sad reality is that processed products are everywhere we look, making them increasingly harder to avoid. 

Processed foods are also more convenient - that's what it really comes down to in an ever increasing time poor society. It's so much easier to bake a cake by opening up a box, pouring out a dry mix, and adding an egg and some oil than starting from scratch. But what is the price we really pay for this seemingly great convenience?

1. Processed Foods Are Addictive and Can Cause You To Overeat

Whole foods are made up of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, fiber and water. When foods are processed the components of these foods are modified (for example, fiber, water and nutrients are removed) and in other cases, components are concentrated. In each case, processing changes the way they are digested and assimilated in your body.

Eating highly processed or highly concentrated foods can artificially stimulate dopamine (the pleasure neurotransmitter), which plays a role in addiction. In this way, you are eating foods that lack nutrients and fiber, but create a pleasurable feeling. A food addiction starts because you feel good when you are eating these foods and they make you think they taste better. You crave that pleasurable feeling again and again and voilĂ …this is what starts a food addiction.

2. Processed Foods Are Linked to Obesity

Additives in processed foods, like high fructose corn syrup, sugar and MSG have been linked to weight gain and obesity. 

Dr. Mercola recently reported about a new study that showed childhood obesity could be reduced by 18 percent, simply by cutting out fast food advertisements during children’s programming. The Australian government is clearly more concerned about their children’s health as television advertisements to children were banned several years ago.

3. Processed Foods Often Contain Ingredients That Do Not Follow The Principle of Food Combining

This can lead to low energy, poor digestion, illness, acidic blood and weight gain. An example would be a frozen meat and cheese pizza. Cheese (a dairy product), meat (an animal protein) and pizza crust (a grain product) make a terrible food combination that can wreak havoc on your digestive health.

4. Processed Foods Contribute to An Imbalanced Inner Ecosystem

This can lead to digestive problems, cravings, illness and disease. Beneficial microflora cannot survive in your digestive tract when you are poisoning them. Like us they thrive on foods that are made by nature not by man.

5. A Diet High in Processed Foods Can Lead to Depression, Memory Issues and Mood Swings

Ingredients in processed foods are often the lowest cost and sub-par, nutritionally. For example, the fats and oils used in processed foods are refined, which means they are stripped of the essential fatty acids necessary for healthy blood sugar levels, moods and memory. Your heart, hormones and brain suffer when you choose to eat these fats and oils. Instead choose organic, unrefined or “virgin” fats and oils.

6. Processed Foods Often Go Hand In Hand With “Eating on the run” or Multitasking

Most people will choose convenience if they are on the run and in today’s busy lives, who of us isn’t? Unfortunately, multitasking while eating causes people to lose touch with their natural appetite, often leading to weight gain. Additionally, multitasking sends the wrong signals to your digestive system, which needs to be in a restful mode to digest properly.

7. Nutrition Labels on Processed Foods Are Often Misleading and Have Harmful Health Effects

Many labels say “sugar free,” but contain other sweeteners like agave, which is like high fructose corn syrup. 

Additionally, product labeling may hide ingredients like GM (genetically modified) foods and harmful additives like MSG. (These are hidden behind words on the label like “natural flavorings” or “approved spices”).

8. Diets High in Processed Meats (like hot dogs and deli meats) Have Been Linked to Various Forms of Cancer

One of the reasons for this link to cancer is thought to be because of the preservatives used in processed meats. Clare Hughes, Australian Cancer Council nutrition program manager, says a number of studies have linked processed meat to cancer and the problem is multi-fold. "Processed meats are high in salt and fat. In addition, chemicals such as nitrites are added to many processed meats to maintain their colour and to prevent contamination. Nitrites can be converted in the stomach to carcinogenic nitrosamines."

9. Eating Too Many Processed Foods Can Lead to Infertility and Malnutrition

Processed foods, like cereal, are stripped of important vitamins and nutrients that your body truly needs. You could be eating a large amount of calories and still be malnourished if your diet is high in processed foods. Animal studies have shown that over three generations, a deficient diet causes reproduction to cease. Today, infertility is on the rise, affecting 7.3 million people in America.

10. Processed Foods are Made For Long Shelf-life, Not Long Human Life! 

Chemicals, additives and preservatives are added to processed foods so that they will last for a long time without going rancid or affecting the taste of the food. Food manufacturers spend time, money and research on beautiful packaging and strategies to lengthen shelf-life, with little attention on how the foods will lengthen your life or create lasting health.


  1. I would love pictures of meals! I tried chia seeds two weeks ago and I am in love! Also, I don't eat packaged meals, or VERY seldom consume them, and I have to say that I feel amazing when I eat natural, whole foods.

    Oh, and I stopped chewing gum a week and a half ago! With this change I no longer have cravings for some foods (chocolate, sweet stuff). I feel a ton better! I know you said you struggle with bad breath, and I can't think of anything to remedy that problem. I've heard of the Colgate wisps, so maybe it is something to check out. I also sometimes drink Teavana's cocoa mint tea. It leaves me with a subtle minty feeling. A final item that I have been drinking for years is green tea matcha. Have you heard of it? Well, it is the full green tea leave ground down to a powder. You get SO many health benefits, and one is fresher breath! I know i have experienced clearer skin, better concentration, and a major decrease in cravings. Here is a link!


    Have a lovely day, Tori! :)

  2. Great! I will post some meal pics tomorrow! Chia seeds are heaven! I like that they absorb liquid and they help me feel fuller. Congrats on not eating processed foods. It can be hard in the society we live in currently. Another congrats on not chewing gum! I did not have any gum today either (huge success for me!) Thank you for recognizing my question about bad breath. I stopped putting so much garlic on my foods so I am hoping that helps a little. I also drink mint tea, but I cannot always heat up water for my tea if I am at work or seeing clients. Great suggestion though! To answer your question about matcha green tea... I purchased some around this time last year and tried it out. I thought it was okay, but I wonder if I did not make it right. When I would try to drink it there was a chalky taste. Do you know how much you are actually supposed to use? I think I may have been using too much because I really love tea and thought it was weird I didn't really like it.

  3. I usually put 1t per 8oz of water.


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