Thursday, Apr 25, 2019

Exploring the concept of 'couture nutrition'

We are delighted to introduce you to Alina Z, renowned health coach and chef. Our CEO visited her to talk about nutrition and what we can do to improve our eating habits. You can watch the full video of the interview on our Youtube channel:

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“My concept of eating is couture nutrition,”

Alina told us.

Couture nutrition means that meal plans have to be tailor-made. Many of Alina’s clients are CEOs and business professionals, and she creates for them nutrition plans that fit their specific needs and lifestyles. If you have a busy lifestyle, and you need cooling food to balance you, she knows what to recommend.

There is one food that fits all:

Although there is no perfect diet that fits all, we should all incorporate one thing into our diets: greens. Greens are essential because they contain vitamins, minerals, and chlorophyll, which purifies the blood from the inside. Greens give us energy and help us to feel better. Try to have greens with every single meal: add them to smoothies or as a side to your preferred protein.

For emotional eaters:

“People don’t eat just when they are hungry. They may eat because they are bored, stressed, tired,”

Alina explained.

If you experience brain fog in the morning or during the day, and you notice that you eat a lot of dairy and gluten, take those away because they may affect clarity of thought, in some people.

If you have anxiety, you should consume magnesium. One of Alina’s favorite sources of magnesium is hemp seeds. You can put them in the blender, mix them with water, and make your own milk for cereal (hemp milk). Greens also contain magnesium, which reduces anxiety. Supplements like Ashwagandha can also help to lower stress and anxiety.

In her book, “Single and Hungry,” Alina explains that many people eat because they feel lonely. Emotional eating does not come because we truly want that particular food—often, we are simply looking for peace of mind or love.

About gut health:

The first thing to consider when it comes to gut health is gluten, which is a big gut disturber. In the United States, the negative effect of gluten does not depend on gluten itself—it is due to the pesticides that producers use. Many people are also dairy intolerant and they don’t know it. If you have a runny nose and experience brain fog, dairy may be the cause. Try to stay away from it and see how you feel.

When you are stressed and anxious, your gut gets tight. If this occurs, you cannot give your stomach something hard to digest like a steak, for example. You have to nurture your body with soothing and pacifying foods. You can eat a steak in another moment when your body is able to process it and you have the right digestive support.

When it comes to carbohydrates, keep in mind that gut health starts with enzymes in your mouth. You have to make sure you chew carbs well to allow your gut to process them properly.

To improve your gut health, start your morning with a cup of hot water to move all the junk in your body. Then, make a smoothie that includes some greens. Alina’s go-to drink in the morning is algae (spirulina or blue-green algae) mixed with coconut water. This drink gives can give you a full body transfusion, and her clients noticed an increase in energy throughout the day.

For meat eaters:

If you have a business to run you are supposed to perform well and you probably have to endure a certain amount of stress. Keep in mind that your body needs several hours to digest meat, and during this time, it naturally wants to slow down and take time to process the food. If you eat a steak, chances are that you are not going to perform well because your body is focused on digestion.

Alina is not about eating this, and not eating that, but she invited us to think about growth and meat consumption. When you were a baby, you ate purees of fruit and vegetables, and you developed quickly—without meat. Some people digest meat better than others, but meat also makes your body go into ketosis, which is hard on your kidneys—and the risk of high blood pressure increases. If you are a meat eater, Alina recommends that you consume potassium to bring the blood pressure down.

One size fits all diets don’t work.

Alina evaluates the lifestyle and type of person. When it comes to nutrition, opposing theories can be proven right because people are different. You have to find the perfect fit for hot and cold days, busy days, and calmer days. Different days have different energy needs and food is energy. Sometimes you need a lot of energy, and other times you need to feel calmer and grounded.

Alina shared with us her famous chocolate mousse recipe, an excellent healthy dessert for your sugar cravings.

Chocolate mousse:

Cut a fresh avocado in quarters. You can also buy frozen avocado (two avocados worth of pulp).

Put the avocado in the blender.

Add half cup of unsweetened cocoa powder.

Pour cashew milk into the mix.

Add coconut nectar.

Add vanilla extract.

Blend all from 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Nutritional value:

Avocado is high in potassium which lowers blood pressure, and it reduced bloating.

Cocoa powder is rich in iron.

Cashew milk has very little calcium (compared to almond milk), and calcium can stop the absorption of iron.

Coconut nectar contains many minerals, which we are missing from our diet.

This is a super easy and healthy recipe. If you want it sweeter you can add more coconut nectar. If you want it more bitter, add more cacao. Then, put a couple of raspberries on top, and dessert is done.

You can find Alina Z on our wellness platform awarenow. She specializes in nutrition, meal planning, and lifestyle management. You can request your 1:1 with Alina here:

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