The “Year of Healthy Giving” just keeps on, well… giving! As part of Bobbi’s gift of health to everyone on her staff we had a surprise visit from another familiar face from the blog, Dr. Alison Levitt . You may remember her posts about healthy eatingand, of course, Flackers (the good-for-you addictive snack).
The “Doctor in the Kitchen”, as she’s also known, spoke to everyone at the Bobbi Brown SoHo office about her “Recipe for Health” including striking statistics and common myths behind what we eat. She also shared with us better alternatives to unhealthy choices (and even brought along some yummy bite-sized treats).
Dr. Levitt’s talk was so impressive—and down-to-earth—we wanted you to have her tips too.
Myth: Milk Makes Bones
Fact: Milk Breaks Bones
Dr. Levitt explained that high protein in milk actually leaches calcium from bones, sited from a 12-year Harvard study published in the American Journal of Health.
Solution? If you must do dairy opt for organic, even when it comes to yogurt, which is super healthy because of the probiotics. Some great options for non-dairy sources of calcium are black sesame seeds, tofu, beans, collard greens, kale and molasses.
Myth: Meat is an Excellent Source of Protein
Fact: Meat is Also an Excellent Source of Some Bad Stuff Too
Meat can be full of some pretty icky stuff like hormones, saturated bad fats and antibiotics which all add up to inflammation (AKA aging!). Dr. Levitt suggested, “One less hamburger a day may keep the doctor away” and lower your risk for heart disease and cancer.
Solution? Dr. Levitt suggested these healthy alternatives for excellent sources of protein: cold water fish like wild salmon, dolphin safe tuna and sardines, as well as hummus, walnuts, quinoa, lentils, sunflower seeds and broccoli.
Three Healthy Tips:
1) Good fats moisturize your body from the inside out. Diets that are high in Omega-3 and Omega-9 (like extra virgin Olive oil) are rich in good, healthy nourishing fats (not protein) and can lower inflammation in the body. Diets higher in Omega 6 fatty acids—like dairy, meat, vegetable oils and processed foods—do the opposite and actually increase inflammation in the body (there’s that whole aging thing again).
2) Fiber keeps you full and helps sustains good energy levels. Dr. Levitt believes you should strive to consume 30-40 grams of fiber a day. Foods rich in fiber include: fruit, berries, beans, flax seeds, watermelon and green leafy vegetables. (And soak your beans! It rids them of hemicellulose and it’ll help you be a “socially acceptable vegetarian”, eh-hem).
3) When in doubt, wrap it up. Dr. Levitt suggested easy ways to make a sandwich without bread. Just wrap a lean meat with some veggies and hummus in a piece of romaine lettuce. Or wrap-up a salad topped with flax seeds in a sushi wrap.
Our favorite bit of advice from the Doc?
“Do your best. If you have to press ‘reset’ it’s ok. Tomorrow is a new day. Practice makes perfect. And if all else fails… eat a piece of dark chocolate, a glass of red wine and have a good laugh.”
Now, those are pretty powerful words we can get behind.