To what extent should we be using food to maintain our health and heal our body? According to nutritionist and Kripalu Healthy Living faculty member John Bagnulo, PhD, MPH, “Food—not supplements—should be where you get 98 percent of your nutrients.” Like John, Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RD, LDN, an integrative clinical nutritionist who teaches at […]
Spring is a natural time to clear away toxins so the body can reboot after a long, sluggish winter. “A detox diet is a way to clean house inside and out,” says Kripalu presenter Mark Hyman, MD, author of The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet, a plan that eliminates sugar, processed foods, grains, dairy, […]
Nature’s Weight-Savvy Nutrient: Annie Kay’s Commentary I often tell people working to manage their blood sugar and weight that fiber is nature’s secret weight-management nutrient. A comfort food like this Black Bean-Vegetable Hash can actually help you manage your weight. Black beans have a fiber-plus-protein makeup that helps them move though our digestive tract at […]
Red lentils are a rich source of both high-quality protein and high-quality carbohydrates. The protein in red lentils is almost complete; if you add a grain to one of your meals the same day, your body will have all the essential amino acids it needs to make new proteins. The carbohydrates found in lentils trickle […]
Avocados—Not All Fat Is Bad It’s hard to imagine a combination of Kripalu recipes that offers more benefits for the cardiovascular system than this guacamole and the refried beans below. Both avocados and beans are incredible at lowering blood lipids (cholesterol), blood pressure, and blood sugar. Avocados are high in monounsaturated fats and plant sterols, […]
Mom was right: It really is the most important meal of the day.
For 20 years, researchers at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health followed 5,000 men and women, looking specifically at their breakfast habits: what they ate and when. The results, presented recently at the annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association, found that people who ate breakfast every day were significantly less likely to become obese or develop type 2 diabetes than those who ate breakfast three times a week or less. These findings are significant, if not particularly surprising. Haven’t our mothers been telling us to eat our breakfast for years?
“This study affirms everything nutritionists have been talking about,” says John Bagnulo, PhD, MPH, who teaches nutrition in Kripalu’s Healthy Living programs. “When people eat breakfast, and in particular foods that give them less of what I like to call a ‘blood sugar tsunami,’ they make much better food choices throughout the day.” This includes avoiding foods containing sugar, not overdoing it on caffeine, and practicing portion control. “It’s all related to blood sugar,” says John. “If someone misses breakfast, their blood sugar levels come way down. They’re starving by 10:30 or 11:00, and because they haven’t eaten all morning, they crave foods that have a higher glycemic index,” like muffins, breads, candy, or pasta. Then they crash again by 1:00 pm—and look for yet another sugary pick-me-up. Sound familiar?