Women Diets: Healthy Lunchbox Makeovers
Think what's in your brown bag would pass muster with a professional nutritionist? You might be surprised to learn how poor your diet really is
The "Victim": Devran M. -- Email Marketing SpecialistThe meal: Brown rice pasta with stir-fried tofu, mushrooms, kale in a little bit of olive oil and some low-sodium soy sauce and an orange.
Kimberly Snyder's assessment: "This lunch isn't horrible, especially if Devran is cooking it herself. It has a macrobiotic theme to it, minus the fruit since fruit is considered an occasional rather than a main staple of the macrobiotic diet.
Tofu is OK occasionally, but I don't recommend in on a daily basis. Soy in our country is now a mass produced crop that is not only one of the most heavily sprayed with pesticides, but it is also highly genetically engineered. Genetically modified foods can increase food sensitivities, which may be why soy has become one of the top allergenic foods in America. Soy is also a trypsin inhibitor, meaning it keeps us from assimilating protein correctly, and at the same time it contains isoflavones, which have been known to depress thyroid function. It also contains phytoestrogens that mimic hormones in our body and can lead to complications. So while we may consume limited amounts of soy from time to time, it should not be a large mainstay of the diet. In 'The Beauty Detox Solution' I also explain which soy options are best. For example, tempeh, which is a fermented soy product, is actually a better option than tofu."
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