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Which yogurt should you buy?

Not Light yogurts because most “light” yogurts are loaded with artificial sweeteners and/or high fructose corn syrup. Not “fat free” because fat isn’t bad.  Fat is a critical nutrient to your brain, hormone health and your fat loss efforts. Most fat-free yogurts are LOADED with sugar so that they taste good.

I recommend Organic Plain Greek Yogurt. Greek yogurt has double the protein of regular yogurt, and when you eat the plain variety you avoid all the extra, unnecessary, artificial ingredients along with the added sugar. Organic is important to buy so you avoid the hormones and antibiotics. Try Greek Yogurt for lunch or dessert. I know Yogurt is not on the Paleo Diet but it lends itself more towards the Mediterranean Diet followers.
Example recipe of items to mix in:
1.5 cups organic plain Greek yogurt
1 scoop UltraMeal protein powder (Metagenics) – (Chocolate or Strawberry is really good)
Berries – can be frozen blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, etc
1 tablespoon crunchy almond butter
1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
1 ounce of walnuts or pecans
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Eat to feel great – Paleo Diet

I’m still recommending the eat like a cave man Paleo Diet to lose weight, build muscle and feel healthy. The “Paleolithic”, or Paleo diet consists only of meat, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and mushrooms. I have way too many clients that are getting great workouts, but  few that  follow a  healthy diet. I offer individual diet recommendations to all of my patients, and most of the time the program is the Mediterranean Diet or Paleo Diet, or a combo of the two.

I really want my clients to feel healthy. I see so many people with all kinds of  problems, especially inflammation, arthritis, over- weight issues, aches and pains, and all of these problems can be helped with diet and supplements. After 3-4 weeks on the diet, I see clients able to drop excess weight and achieve better body fat percentages.

The key to the Paleo diet is to avoid all refined sugars, grains, dairy products, beans, legumes and anything processed. Though difficult, sticking to a Paleo diet fits the human genetic makeup better than most modern diets because it represents the foods that our ancestors ate and thrived on. The Paleo diet has other benefits, including helping to clear up acne.

The Paleo Diet might not entirely clear up acne in every single person who has acne, but it will almost always have an important positive effect on blood sugar and weight.
Call me for a session so we can individualise a program for you.
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How can I lower my triglycerides?

 
 
I get asked this question on a daily basis. I start with talking about the diet, especially the carb’s (sugars). I suggest limiting added sugar in the diet to no more than 100 -150 calories a day. That’s about 6 teaspoons of sugar a day for women and 9 teaspoons for men. To put this in perspective, the average 12-ounce can of regular soda has between 8 and 10 teaspoons of sugar. A breakfast cereal with 16 grams of sugar per serving has about 4 teaspoons. Currently most people’s daily consumption of added sugars averages about 360 calories a day, or 16% of total daily calories. About three decades ago it was only around 6%.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sugar consumption is directly related to HDL and triglyceride levels. The more sugar you eat, the lower your HDL (good cholesterol) and higher your triglycerides will be.
 
Compared to people who eat the least sugar, people who eat the most sugar are about three times more likely to have low HDL levels.
 
 
 
 
Start with the goal of no more than 100 to 150 calories a day of added sugar. Read food labels because they don’t distinguish between added sugars and those that occur naturally in foods like fruits, vegetables, and dairy products. Don’t be misled. When a label has the word ‘syrup’ or ‘evaporated cane juice’ or words that end in ‘ose’ like sucrose, fructose, and dextrose, these are added sugars.  
 
Beverages are the No. 1 source of added sugar in the diet, especially soft drinks, fruit drinks and sports drinks.
 
 
 
I recommend the Paleo diet or the Mediterranean Diet – these diets are based on fruits, vegetables, seeds & nuts, good-fats, dairy, and meats. They are low in added sugars. I also recommend clients take omega 3 fish oils. and use UltraMeal medical food shakes. Both of these are from Metagenics. 
 
Order EPA-DHA 720 & UltraMeal @ www.DrJeffreyTucker.com 
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