Fish vs flax oil: what’s better?

Good ‘ole omega-3

If you’ve been around for any time at all in this world, you probably know that fish oil is really good for your health. Fish oil provides omega-3 fatty acids, which our body needs.

There are many different ways to get the omega-3 fatty acids. There’s fish oil, like I’ve said, but there’s also flax oil, which many of you have probably seen in stores.

What’s the difference?

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Let me break it down for you…

The basics:

  • Flax oil contains omega-3 ALA
  • Fish oil contains 2 omega-3s: EPA and DHA

You now have everything you need to know…well, sorta.

Going further

ALA is one of two essential fatty acids. Essential means that our body cannot make these fatty acids on our own, so we must get them from the food we eat.

ALA and the other essential acid (LA) are needed so that our bodies can create the other omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. It would seem, then, that flax oil would be better because it contains ALA.

And a little further…

If you thought that, you’re right; however, it’s not exactly right.

The problem is that our bodies are not efficient at synthesizing ALA into DHA and EPA. This has lead many to believe that DHA should be an essential fatty acid.

What does that mean in terms of which oil to take?

It’s best to take fish oil! DHA is extremely beneficial to the brain, including a list of other health benefits.

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You’ll benefit more from taking fish oil than flax oil because of our bodies’ inefficiency in creating DHA and EPA.

Go off and buy your fish oil now, and LET’S GET ENERGIZED!

 

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Overnight Oatmeal

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Breakfast on the go
Last time I discussed the different types of oats, so I thought it’d be fun to put those oats to use.

Have you ever had overnight oatmeal? If not, I’m about to share with you something you’ll wonder how you lived this long without it. Seriously.

Oatmeal is a great power breakfast that will get your day going and keep you full longer. Overnight oatmeal has the same benefits, PLUS you can grab it and go. How awesome is that!?

Here’s a recipe that I adapted from MyHealthyDish

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats (or rolled oats)
  • 1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 tbsp of hemp seeds (chia seeds is better, but that’s what I had)
  • 1/2 tsp of honey
  • cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp of PB2 (optional)
  • fruit for topping (optional)

Directions:

  1. mix oats, almond milk, seeds, honey, PB2 and cinnamon in a bowl (I don’t have mason jars)

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2. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator overnight

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3. Take out in the morning, top with fruit and enjoy 🙂

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You can warm it up if you’d like, but it’s absolutely tasty cold!

 

If you like your oatmeal thicker, use less almond milk. You’ll have to experiment with measures until you’re satisfied with its thickness.

 

Get cookin’ and get energized!

How much sugar are you eating?

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Sugar, sugar everywhere.  It’s in EVERYTHING. Even in the so called “protein bars.”

Added sugar is horrible for your health. I’m grateful that the new food labels will include added sugars- I think it’s a huge improvement. It will be a great step to helping people realize what they’re eating because, let’s face the facts, most people have no clue.

In fact, do you know how much sugar you consume daily?  I’m not going to act like I do because I’ll be honest I don’t. I did, however, make it a point to limit the sugar in the foods I was eating a few years ago. But, that still doesn’t mean I know how much sugar I’m actually digesting.

The sugary truth

The average American eats 22 teaspoons of sugar in one day.

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It’s safe to say that no one would go and eat 22 teaspoons of sugar on their own, so why do we eat that much in our food? Because we don’t know it’s there.

On most food packages, you see how many grams of sugar are in the product, but it’s hard to visualize and understand how much that actually is. So, to help you, here it is…the conversion of sugar from grams to teaspoons:

  • 1 teaspoon of sugar= 4 grams (1)

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So, for example, when you see a protein bar that has 12 grams of sugar, that means you’re eating the equivalent of 3 teaspoons. I’m not sure about you, but that will make me rethink what I’m about to put into my mouth.

Check out the The American Heart Association for great advice to cut out added sugars.

Take a stand for your own health. Try to cut out added sugars. And, in the meantime…

 

Let’s get energized!

 

 

Cutting out processed food

The truth

I know I don’t need to tell you how bad processed foods are for your health.

But, I’m sure there are many of you who have no idea what goes on behind the making of processed food. I didn’t until I did some reading while on vacation.

The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food by Michael Moss blew my mind. Literally. This article goes in-depth about food manufacturers and how they create food to, in essence, get more sales.

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It’s not about providing quality food; It’s about creating the perfect chip (or food product) with the perfect crunch, break point, and taste.

We’ve always known we should eat healthy, but this article will make you rethink everything you’ve known about the food you were putting into your mouth. I’ve stayed away from processed food for awhile now (not 100% but definitely close). After reading this article, I’m even more determined to stay away.

How to act

I understand how difficult it can be with crazy, hectic schedules to stay away from processed food. That’s part of the reason why it’s such a huge problem in the U.S.

Here’s some advice I can give you:

  1. Start eliminating processed food slowly, don’t go cold turkey. This will prevent withdrawal symptoms and will prevent failure.
  2. Eat foods with one ingredient- apple, carrots, eggs, etc. These are the natural foods, what’s best for your body.
  3. Have one meal no matter what that you’ll cook and prepare daily.
  4. Prepare your food in advance. One of my favorite bloggers from My Healthy Dish states, “Fail to plan, plan to fail.” If you have everything prepped, you’ll be less tempted to eat processed foods.
  5. If you do fail, get over it and move on. There’s no sense in dwelling on mistakes. Figure out what the problem was, how to address it, and then forget about it!
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The best diet

The best diet isn’t a diet. It’s eating natural, whole foods. I’m not saying to cut out everything that isn’t natural. It’s perfectly okay to have frozen yogurt (we all have something) or a chewy bar every now and then.

The point is to start living a healthy lifestyle, not “dieting.” Trust me when I say you’ll feel the best you’ve ever felt when you start cutting out processed food. You’ll have more energy, better health, and a happier you.

Now, let’s get energized! 🙂