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We KNOW how to BURN FAT!!!!

We just got a great new tool here at Stony Creek Internal Medicine & Wellness: a state-of-the-art body composition analyzer! It is going to help us help our patients and wellness clients track their percentages of lean muscle mass, body fat and body water. It even differentiates upper vs. lower body muscle mass. This machine is no bigger than a bathroom scale, yet it super-charges our ability to help our patients formulate individual goals for health. You don’t even need to get undressed, just take off your socks and shoes and socks! Just today I used it to help a patient make a decision about whether to start testosterone. 

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Here are some things it can do:

1) It will help me tell me when some of my older patients lose or gain weight if it’s water loss or muscle they’ve lost. 

2) I can help my athletic patients with their goal of safely putting on more muscle.

3) Our Ideal Protein patients sometimes have a week with no weight loss, but body measurements and now percentage muscle mass will show progress in other and maybe even more important ways. 

Here’s a chart showing healthy body composition by age:

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Once we calculate your baseline, how can you increase lean mass and decrease fat?

There are many ways

Exercise can increase your muscle mass and it also causes the release of adrenaline, that will promote lipolysis (breakdown and metabolism of fat). A low carbohydrate, low fat diet that puts you in even mild ketosis will cause your body to use its stored fat as fuel. But you definitely need to have high quality protein on such a diet so your body doesn’t break down muscle for fuel.  That is how our Ideal Protein program improves body composition.

There aren’t really fat burning foods per se, but certain foods will promote fat burning (a little) and they WON’T HURT:

Caffeine can (transiently) accelerate metabolism. 

Green tea can help increase fat metabolism (a little) due to a compound called EGCG .

Hot peppers (jalapenos, etc.) contain capsinoids that may help metabolize fats (a little). 

Coconut oil has medium chain triglycerides that may enhance fat burning.

So while there may be no miracle fat burning foods that defy the laws of physics, adding the above might help! So:

This weekend hit up a farmer’s market for some local hot peppers.

http://www.localharvest.org/farmers-markets/

Live near my office in Branford CT and want exercise? Go to the Hammonasset Festival this weekend and see the Native American dancers! There’s usually audience participation.

Visit http://www.friendsofhammonasset.org/

Whatever you do, enjoy life this weekend!

Dr. Emily Nolfo

RECIPE WEEK: OH MY CAULIFLOWER!!!

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Ok, PALEO PALS! Its RECIPE TIME!

In Connecticut we’re coming to the end of season for tomatoes and corn, but never fear, this is the best time for the fabulously healthy, cancer-fighting cruciferous vegetable family.  This week, we have five fabulous cauliflower recipes that serve as incredible substitutes for our favorite carb-heavy foods from rice to pizza. But before you start cookin’ up a storm, I want to share with you some valuable information about the health benefits of cruciferious vegetables. This is from my favorite site for information about eating to lower cancer risk:

Cruciferous Vegetables:

The four-petal flowers from these veggies resemble a cross or “crucifer,” hence the name. Broccoli is probably the best known cruciferous vegetable. Like Brussels sprouts, rapini, cabbage (green), cauliflower and turnips (white), it forms a “head.” Others – known as the “headless crucifers” – include dark green leafy vegetables like kale and collard greens.

WHAT’S IN CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES?

Nearly all are excellent or good sources of vitamin C and some are good sources of manganese. Dark greens are high in vitamin K. Glucosinolates are compounds found in all cruciferous vegetables; Glucosinolates form isothiocyanates and indoles. Other nutrients and phytochemicals vary:

Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and rapini are all excellent sources of folate, a B vitamin. Broccoli is a good source of potassium. Broccoli and Brussels sprouts are good sources of dietary fiber and rich in magnesium. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts and rapini contain carotenoids such as beta-carotene. Red cabbage and radishes supply anthocyanins. Other cruciferous vegetables provide different polyphenols, such as hydroxycinnamic acids, kaempferol and quercetin.

http://preventcancer.aicr.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=19792&news_iv_ctrl=2303

Now for our “creative cauliflower culinary creations” from your Health Guru’s at Stony Creek Internal Medicine and Wellness:

 Cauliflower “Rice”

2 Tbsp olive oil   1 medium onion, diced

1 medium head of cauliflower, trimmed and coarsely chopped

¼ tsp salt

In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion to skillet and sauté till soft, about 10 minutes. While it’s cooking, place cauliflower in food processor with “S” blade and pulse until it’s the texture of rice. (Alternative: use a cheese grater to grate into rice-sized pieces.) When onions are ready, add cauliflower to skillet. Cook till soft, about 7 to 10 minutes, then season to taste with salt and serve. Use as a side dish, add to soups, any place you’d use rice.

Cauliflower Rice Variation #1, Curried “Rice”

After onion cooks 3 minutes, add 2 tsps of curry powder and a pinch of coriander. As it’s cooking if the onion mixture becomes too dry, add vegetable broth 1 Tbsp at a time until the onion is finished cooking. Add cauliflower as above. After 5 minutes, add ½ cup frozen peas, cover and cook 5 minutes more, till peas are done.

 Cauliflower Rice Variation #2 Mexican “Rice”

After onion cooks 3 minutes, add 2 tsps of chili powder and a pinch of cumin. As it’s cooking, if it becomes to dry, add a Tbsp of water or vegetable broth. When cauliflower is done, stir in 2 Tbsp or more of salsa or taco sauce and heat through. You can also add ½ cup of beans for protein.

Cauliflower Rice Variations:

Now be creative. Add cooked turkey sausage (seitan or tempeh for vegetarians). Add other sautéed vegetables.

 Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes” 

1 medium head cauliflower

2 cloves garlic, peeled, ends trimmed

Chicken broth, vegetable broth or half and half mixture, salted to taste

Put cauliflower in a pot deep enough for cauliflower to fill no more than half way. Add water/broth to cover. Boil till soft to a fork, around 10 minutes. Drain COMPLETELY in a colander. Return to pot. Use a stick blender to puree thoroughly. Enjoy!

 Cauliflower Pizza Crust Basic Recipe

       (I double the recipe)

    Riced cauliflower (approx. 2 cups)

1 egg

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp basil

½ tsp onion powder

½ tsp garlic powder

1 tsp sea salt

1 cup grated cheese  (or few tablespooons nutritional yeast)

Directions:

1) Microwave cauliflower for 8 minutes

2) Strain the water

(you can wring out the riced cauliflower in a dish towel after it cools)

3) Mix all ingredients together.

4) Preheat a cookie sheet in a 425 degree oven

5) While the cookie sheet is preheating, press the cauliflower mixture onto parchment paper, so it will fit roughly the size of the cookie sheet. When cookie sheet is hot, transfer the parchment paper to the cookie sheet carefully

6) Cook for approx. 15 minutes or until crust is golden.

7) Put toppings on the crust, and bake until toppings are cooked (you can put under broiler briefly)

I would love any feedback, suggestions, add-ons or stories about how these recipes worked out for you! Drop us a line and let us know how we’re doing!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Dr. Nolfo

Coping With Our Cravings

Junk-food

Craving:

Noun 1. an intense desire for some particular thing. desire – the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state.

We all get them!

Maybe you are trying to move toward vegetarianism, but your neighbor’s barbecue smell wafts towards you house and you crave STEAK.

Maybe you are trying to follow the Paleo diet and you just want some potatoes!. My advice is to surrender–on occasion. When it comes to eating, you can do anything occasionally unless you are truly allergic. Think of the craving as a temporary priority! It will feel good to give in.

Enjoy it, savor it, then go back to your long-term goals. It’s important to know you can be flexible. NEVER beat yourself up for giving in. Everyone needs a little pleasure now and then. Another strategy is to figure out just how much you want to give in to your craving. Get a kitchen timer. When you get a craving for something you know will not align with your long-term goals, set the timer for 5 minutes and start it. If you still want to give in after 5 minutes…DO IT! Enjoy fully. Then move on and never think about it again. It was your choice.

Here at Stony Creek Wellness, when one of our patients is on our Ideal Protein diet program and  needs a temporary break, we cycle them through phases so they can go on a cruise, take part of summer off, etc. That’s a longer version of the same principle!

So remember: Be consistent, but do not beat yourself up when you hit a road block or feel the need to enjoy yourself.

Have a beautiful weekend!

Dr. Emily Nolfo

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