In a city like ours, with so many amazing restaurants and our very own “cultish” cuisine, it can be hard to eat healthy. Jenn Rogers, Manager of Reyn Studios, shares a few tips on how to eat clean, even in New Orleans.
Jenn on clean eating…
“I believe in clean eating. There can’t be more truth to the saying ‘You are what you eat.’ If you are going to ask your body and mind to perform for you day in and day out at peak performance, why not fuel it with the best? Many people feel overwhelmed by the cost of organics or natural food, health and beauty selections. Though I do support Whole Foods stores, I am excited to finally see our local grocery chain, Rouses Foods, offering more of a selection. They also proudly feature and support many local farms and businesses throughout the store. They even have an aeroponic herb garden on the roof. It’s pretty impressive what they are up to these days.”
On Weight Loss…
“Everyone thinks to lose weight or eat healthily, you have to abstain. When you eat a diet of whole foods, you’re promoting a metabolism increase. The food you put in your body is fuel. We suggest smaller meals more often. When it’s time for a snack, look for something higher in protein and lower in sugar. Kind Bars have a great “Nuts and Spices” line that only has from 4 to 6 grams of sugar per bar. With the protein boost from sources such as almonds or flax seed, you can’t beat this snack!”
“Rehydrating and refueling after a good night’s sleep is essential. Give your brain and body the energy it needs to be at its best during the day. This organic, non-fat yogurt is a great source of probiotics, protein, and fiber to get you going. Stock up on a couple flavors to give yourself variety throughout the week. Need more energy? Add a low fat organic or natural source of grain like granola or oats on top. When choosing yogurt, read the ingredients. If there are any artificial flavors or sweeteners listed, put it back. These ingredients do the exact opposite of what a good yogurt does. Chemically based additives kill the good things in your stomach flora, leading to indigestion, bloating, and autoimmune disease.”
“There are a million different oils and sweeteners out there. All the choices can be overwhelming. Do your research. Each oil has a specific temperature or smoke point. Did you know that heating olive oil past its smoke point damages the good fat in the oil? We suggest using the right oil for each purpose. Olive oil is great for salads, dipping, or a low-temperature sauté. Cooking food at a high temp? Coconut oil is your go to. One more rule of thumb is to use extra virgin or unrefined oils. The label ensures that the oil is pure and has not been processed, stripping it again of the good fat and nutrients our bodies can use.”
ON ROUSES’ ORGANIC SECTION…
“Rouses downtown has a great organic/natural section. It’s located in the middle of the store between the Bulk Foods and the Salad Bar. You can find Organic and Natural versions of just about any food you eat. They even have Organic and Natural hygiene and beauty products. Also they tend to be $2-$3 less than Whole Foods for the exact same product.”
On Rouses’ Salad Bar…
“Rouses has implemented their new and improved salad bars. It used to take a trip to Whole Foods to get a grab-and-go healthy lunch along with your other groceries. But not anymore! They have expanded the options and the space. They have more non-animal sources of protein and healthy dressings. Remember… just because you’re eating a salad doesn’t mean you can’t rack up the calories. Stick to these guidelines when making your salad: dried fruit, nuts, and seeds are good for you in moderation. Too much of these can add a ton of sugar and fat. Dressing on the side! Choose an oil-based dressing and be aware of portions. Add your dressing on section by section.. this also keeps the uneaten portion of your salad crisp if you want to save it for later. How much protein do you need? Have you already eaten a source of animal protein today? Will you eat some more for dinner? Take this time to break from protein or find a non-animal source to draw from like chick peas or quinoa. Remember there is too much of a good thing.”
If you find all of this interesting but are feeling a bit overwhelmed, Jenn offers Nutrition Consultations. Inquire by contacting her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will teach you all you need to know and monitor your progress to help you obtain maximum health.
725 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
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