Heat Up with Thermogenic Foods

Heat up” from the inside out with  with Thermogenic Foods and spices

. A hot bowl of chili is a common winter food. But do you know why?

Lean protein and cayenne pepper as well as salsa, chilis and mustard are thermogenic foods.

Thermogenic foods & spices – if you have even heard of them – have gotten most of their “press” by being known as fat fighting foods during dieting.

Foods that can be listed in the  thermogenic category love to get rid of the stored fat. After eating food; energy is required to process it. This increase in metabolic rate is referred to as the ‘Thermic effect’ (TE) of food or ‘Diet induced thermogenesis’ (DIT).   Here’s where the diet thing comes in. Some scientists suggest that planning meals based on this concept may help you to control your weight.

But we are talking northern winter here in the Adirondacks…. burning fat is a great thing for most of us that are not outside as much as other seasons. All together it is a great package. Being inside more our metabolism gets more sluggish from decreased activity so the increased metabolism/burning calories/heating us up a bit is a terrific deal!

What are some more T foods?  Some of the foods are ones you might guess.  Cayenne pepper, hot peppers, chili powder,  ginger and mustard.  Green tea, parsley, apple cider vinegar, celery, cabbage and brussel sprouts are some that you might not guess.  Even more are salmon, berries, chili powder and lemon squeezed into a glass of water. For all you farm to fork people, you gotta love this, one of the best examples of a thermogenic food is lean protein!  Chili with grass fed beef – wow!

As a rule, these foods stimulate metabolism, improve glucose levels and remove water weight.

Oxford Polytechnic Institute proved that cayenne pepper stimulates the metabolism by approximately 20%.

It not only stimulates the body’s metabolic rate, but also cleans fat out of the arteries. British investigators added ordinary mustard to a meal, causing the average metabolism in 12 subjects to shoot up 25%! Green tea – either iced or hot is said to inhibit the action of amylase, a primary digestive enzyme of carbohydrates, and therefore moves food more quickly through the digestive system, raising the metabolism quicker, and burning more calories.

Apple cider vinegar has always been  suggested as a tonic – but if you are not liable to do that on a regular basis then at least make your own salad dressing. [ Use organic non-pasteurized  vinegar and you will get more positive benefits than just increased metabolism.  This live vinegar is actually a probiotic as well. When condiments were made by fermentation methods – they were truly healthy symbiotic foods that actually had a purpose for being eaten with a meal – more more of my blog posts under the cultured category!]

Not all fat burning foods have to be hot. Vegetables (preferably raw) also increase your metabolism.  It is suggested that red or green cabbage should be shredded, raw or steamed but …actually ….the best benefit from cabbage is when you naturally ferment it. The vitamin C content will get very high.  It was this natural sauerkraut that kept people from getting scurvy on long ocean voyages.  The probiotics are great for your immune system. (there I go about probiotics again….)

And don’t forget garlic, great for cold and flu prevention too.  Even grapefruit and oatmeal are on the “list”. Eating porridge with a grapefruit in the morning may be more beneficial for us in winter than we think.

Here’s more thermogenic foods with added benefits : cinnamon, cloves, turmeric and bay leaves actually have drug-Iike properties that help us handle the sugar in sweets. So French toast or cookies with cinnamon may balance that insulin level. Salmon, parsley, tuna and tumeric are even more.  I guess with all this said, an addition of Indian style foods more often would be a “hot” thing to do during the winter time.

And Coconut oil is SO on the list.  It is a great winter time addition to your diet. Not only does it increase metabolism but has wonderful nutritional value as well as giving a boost to your immune system.  Coconut oil is so good that it deserves its own article.  I have a friend that swears his wife is in a much better mood when she adds coconut oil to her diet in winter!  Ever tried homemade French fries in coconut oil ? A treat not to be missed! My kids just love these and won’t let my husband buy frozen french fries ever again!

Tumeric is a “hot” topic in the nutrition field right now too!  I make two styles of potato rosti and add tumeric to the potato “base”. It gives the potato a very nice color.  So now not only is it great to eat but to put on your skin and to eat for your skin  “As an antioxidant, it helps fight off free radicals, which add signs to skin aging.” explains Rachel Nazarian, M.D., at Schweiger Dermatology Group. “Studies have also shown that ingestion of turmeric helps protect against the aging effects of sun-damage UV radiation and the formation of wrinkles and dark spots.”  Tumeric is the “mild but very yellow” part in curries and probably the yellow in a really yellow mustard.

So throw in lots of thermogenic spices during the winter months, burn a little fat while your sitting in front of the fire and “heat up” from the inside out!

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10 Reasons Why We “Get it Right” on Thanksgiving – free lessons for a wise Christmas and beyond

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What are 10 Things we generally “GET RIGHT” at Thanksgiving time!!

#1 We intend to remember to be Thankful for all we have!

#1 repeat – We intend to remember to be Thankful for all we have!

#2 We use the turkey drippings to make a healthy “bone broth” gravy

#3 We use the leftover turkey carcass to make bone broth soup

#4 We take advantage of the healthy cranberry. Wise cranberry sauce includes gogi berries too.

#5 We remember that the CONDIMENT TRAY used to be an important part of a meal – but most of us dont know how to prepare it so that we get the REAL benefits from it.

#6 The traditional gelatin dish !  If you still have this as part of your “traditional” dinner, this also has an extremely healthy part of your dinner – or any meal or snack. I use to go to a friends house when I was little and she always had a gelatin “salad” at Thanksgiving.

#7 We make use of healthy root vegetables.

#8 We use alot of colorful foods for this meal. A variety of colors means a variety of nutrients.

#9 A great Thanksgiving table will use cultured dairy. An awesome meal will have cultured beverages too.

#10 Even desserts have a healthy component : we use pumpkin and apples and even lots of spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger.  Nuts are used alot but most of us were never taught how to prepare these in a healthy way.

Its not often that we get our Family together to share a meal! Why not make your next holiday meal together extra special and nutritious !

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See you on the inside !  Chef Cathy, Adirondack Wellness Chef

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The Importance of the use of Broths to destress your body ecosystem

Sadly, broth seems gone from the American tradition even as science validates what grandmother knew – rich homemade bone broths can regenerate a weakened system, keep a healthy one strong and even help with keeping bone loss at bay.

Stock contains minerals in a form the body can absorb easily—not just calcium but also magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulfur and trace minerals. It contains the broken down material from cartilage and tendons–stuff like chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, now sold as expensive supplements for arthritis and joint pain. Broth and soup made with fish heads and carcasses provide iodine and thyroid-strengthening substances.

The Old World Kitchen specializes in appetizing Soups and Entrees made with nourishing and easy to digest Bone Broths – delivering rich food value for those that choose carry-in meals regularly or on occasion.

Chef Cathy produces real stock created from hormone-free NYS farm-raised produce as it is available. Beef, chicken and fish creations alternate according to seasonal supplies of fresh and natural ingredients.

If you haven’t the time or resources to make enough broth in your own kitchen, and if you have the need or desire to get the nutrition and taste benefits of rich bone broth in your meals – call Cathy for the help you need! Store some in the freezer for emergency health support or take it for supper to ‘grandmother’s’ house.

A simple broth soup may start a meal well.

Add vegetables, grain and/or legumes,

It becomes a sustaining main course

SOUP & SOURDOUGH take-away is available from the online store at http://www.OldWorldKitchen.net.

Choose from a menu of simple broth for a convalescent to a hearty, easy supper stew for the family

ALL made with traditional bone broth stock base

& a sprouted grain, sourdough, or gluten-free bisquit

SOUP & SOURDOUGH SUPPERS are perfect for:

* the nutritional requirements of housebound seniors
* busy and dedicated caregivers of elderly relatives
* tempting aroma & authentic taste for the sensitive palate
* tasty, nutrient-dense suppers for picky eaters
* satisfying, low-calorie comfort for those with special dietary needs
* quick pick me up or early suppers to sustain after-work activities
* comforting, easy to digest late suppers after a long day
* recovery support from illness or for weakened or stressed systems, as well as to maintain healthy systems
Broth-based soup does more than please the taste buds as convalescent care has proven.

When stock is cooled, it congeals due to the presence of gelatin. The use of gelatin as a therapeutic agent goes back to the ancient Chinese. As supplements and medicines occupy center-stage in health research today, so two hundred years ago gelatin held a position in the forefront of food therapy.

Although gelatin is not a complete protein, containing only the amino acids arginine and glycine in large amounts, its protein is immediately ready for use in tissue building making it particularly nourishing for children,  the convalescent and the elderly. Gelatin, heritage from the French and probably the first functional food, is easily digested and tolerated well by all systems. Gelatin is a hydrophilic colloid, which means that it attracts and holds liquids so crucial in diets of those on medications that cause dehydration. It helps digestion in everyone by naturally attracting digestive juices for assimilation of food.

Gelatin has been researched and used continuously for the three centuries that diet was a major form of therapy for all illness. Babies had fewer digestive problems when gelatin was added to their milk. It was found useful in patient convalescence from a long list of diseases including peptic ulcers, tuberculosis, diabetes, muscle diseases, infectious diseases, jaundice and cancer and early cookbooks dedicated whole chapters to its proper preparation.

Only stock made from bones and dairy products provides calcium in a form that the body can easily assimilate. Do your research on calcium supplements – we have been “putting sand in our gears” according to David Wolfe, a respected nutritionist and good foods advocate.

Broth is important because gelatin in properly made bone broth helps the body use protein in an efficient way – a rare protein-sparing nutriment when meat is a luxury item. For the malnourished, those with a limited food budget, caregivers and senior homes, this is an important dietary consideration because quality protein is as essential as it is costly.

An important source of minerals disappeared from the American diet when homemade stocks were pushed out by easier and cheaper imitations. This has provided enormous opportunities for long-term profit for all industrialized food processors.

The protein in food has receptors on the tongue called glutamates that the human body has recognized as the meat taste since Paleo times. In the 1950’s General Foods and other food conglomerates discovered that hydrolyzed proteins could mimic this meat taste naturally pursued for eons by humans as a nutrient-dense food source. Because these fake molecules artificially satisfied the tongue, soup became popular as a powdered base from a package or can – which are likely to contain the disrupting chemical we all know as MSG.

The food industry has worked for decades to conceal from the public that MSG causes a wide range of reaction, from temporary headaches to permanent brain damage. As early as 1957, scientists found mice blind and obese when MSG was administered; in 1969, MSG-induced lesions were found in the hypothalamus region of the brain. Decades of studies all point to MSG as toxic to the nervous system.

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Lynn Cameron  is a guest writer for OldWorldKitchen.net, thanks for the article Lynn