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
Changes/Suggestions:"I would substitute the flax seed peanut butter for almond butter. Almonds are a healthier, more beautifying nut with lots of minerals, and don't have the potential risk of aflatoxin mold, which accumulates in peanuts and definitely in peanut butter, organic or not. Next, the 'jelly.' Cooking and processing fruit makes it really acidic, and I think all fruit preserves are a bad idea for beauty, especially on a regular basis. Though they may have 'no added sugar' and are 'low in calories,' these cooked fruit spreads are not adding anything to increase our beauty or health, and Tracy also gets enough fruit sugar from the fresh fruit she is eating earlier. Instead of whole grain bread, she should switch to sprouted, and preferably gluten-free bread, which digests better. Sprouted breads, such as the Ezekial brand, can be found at Trader Joe's. An avocado, lettuce and tomato sandwich is a better sandwich combination, from a digestive standpoint.
Instead of the sandwich every day, at least a few times a week she should have a large green salad topped with carrots and other veggies, and use the hummus as a thick salad dressing, or as a side dish with one piece of the aforementioned bread. The almond butter could come later in the afternoon with some celery sticks as an afternoon snack instead.
Dark chocolate plain without almonds digests better with all food groups, and she is getting enough nuts already in her diet with the almond butter. Tracy, please make sure you eat the chocolate in moderation -- one to two ounces a day is enough! Remember dark chocolate, while containing flavonoid antioxidants, still contains added sugar, which causes inflammatory responses in our body and may contribute to wrinkles. Try some of my raw cacao recipes, like my Happy Cow Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate, which contain raw cacao for antioxidants, and stevia and other natural sweetener alternatives."
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