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What's better? A body acting like Jello or a brick wall? Surprising ans
October 29, 2013

This is the everything-you-need-to-know-to-be-as-healthy-as-possible newsletter, brought to you by Kristy Russ, pharmacist and health consultant. I have close to 20 years experience in helping people improve their health.

I help people get healthy, and more importantly, stay that way so they're not miserable and just slowly dying for the last 20 years of their lives, which IS the "norm" today.

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Happy Halloween everyone!

I have to admit that this is my second favorite holiday. I like scary and creepy things (as long as it's not real and crawling on me though ;-) and I kinda like dressing up in costume too. The whole holiday is based on having fun, which is definitely my style and it just all makes me feel like a kid again I guess, and who doesn't like that?

One thing I'm not looking forward to is all the candy that will soon enter the house. As a person who tries to eat as healthy as possible, yet LOVES chocolate, it's a real trial for me, especially the actual night of Halloween when I'm taking the kids around and it's constantly in front of me and I'm otherwise bored.

One trick I learned by accident a couple of years ago is to eat until you're very full before you take the kids out. I filled up snacking on raw carrots believe it or not and I was so full, I couldn't even think about having any of the kids' candy. Problem solved.

What we should all really be scared about is what's inside all that Halloween candy...

It seems that there's still a LOT of people out there who don't know that this stuff is pure poison, so please let me enlighten you.

Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils.

That is the code name for "trans-fats" and it runs rampant in fried foods and packaged goods.

What's so bad about them?

Let me give you an example to illustrate... Fat is a crucial component of many structures in your body, especially cell walls. Trans fat is not as pliable and soft as health fats, like polyunsaturated fats. So when it gets incorporated into your cell walls (which it IS if that's what's available from your diet), it makes it very difficult for your cell wall to perform its function of allowing nutrients & biochemicals to enter and leave. It's like replacing an automatic sliding door with a concrete door that slides across the floor- pretty difficult, if not impossible to open and close, right?

The more trans fats you eat, the more cells are involved and the greater the effect.

The type of cell it is depends what function is reduced: heart muscle cell= decreased contraction, brain/nerve cell= decreased cognition/feeling, etc.

That's why eating trans fats has been closely linked to these conditions: heart disease... high cholesterol... alzheimer's disease... high blood pressure... stroke...

And how about this one? DEATH.

And that's even by consuming just a small amount daily.

What foods most commonly contain trans fats? Here are some of the most common:

  • French Fries - 14.5 grams of trans fat in the average medium sized order of french fries! Eat that every day and you won't be living long. Go with home-baked sweet potato fries instead.
  • Margarine and Vegetable Shortening - Anywhere from 30 - 40% trans thank you! Go with butter instead- trust me. Marketing margarine as a healthier alternative was the biggest health scam around- and most people still believe it!
  • Fast Food - An original chicken dinner at KFC will reward you with 7 grams of trans fat, but it's not just the fried's even in the desserts! You'll find trans fat in almost all heavily processed foods, and there's very few foods more processed than fast food!

    If you need a quick meal on the go that isn't full of trans fats, go with a healthier "quick service" joint that prepares "real" food. I like OPA! or there are many that have salads or stir fry your meat and veggies right in front of you. (Watch the dressings though- see next point...)

  • Salad Dressings - Notorious for containing loads of partially hydrogenated oils and trans fat, steer clear of most store-bought salad dressings. Instead go with a homemade recipe that calls for extra virgin olive oil at the base- quick & easy to make ahead.
  • Donuts and other baked goods - BAD. Trans fat is usually in the batter and dough and then they often fry it on top of it all! This includes cookies, pastries, muffins, brownies, and just about every other baked good you can think of. Instead, go with true "baked" goods you've made yourself. (Only as an occasional treat of course, because they're all high glycemic!)
  • Cereal (even most "healthy" varieties) - For example, Post Selects "Great Grains" contains 2 grams of trans fat per cup. NOT so healthy. Go with old fashioned large flake oatmeal instead.

And there are a bunch of others, but those are some of the biggest culprits.

Again, read your labels and make sure you avoid partially hydrogenated and hydrogenated oils like the plague.

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Within a couple of months, I was so crippled with pain and inflammation in all of my joints that I couldn't even leave my house. I had lost all hope because nothing helped and I had spiralled into depression at the thought that this was what the rest of my life would be like.

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See you next time...

Good Health to You,

Kristy Russ, BScPharm
Pharmacist and Health Consultant

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