Here’s my response to yesterday’s ‘5 C Fitness Foods’ article…

February 24th, 2009
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We got a ton of ‘thank you’ emails responding to the e-newsletter I
sent out yesterday – and as I anticipated we also got a few
screamers and shouters – asking me “Why are you recommending canola
oil – it’s a toxic chemical!!”

(for those of you who missed it – I’ve added it to the bottom of
this email) It’s actually the next blog post now…

Well, let’s put this to rest right now:

1 – I should have prefaced my recommendation of canola oil with my
very typical “always choose organic, non-gmo brands.” I usually
attach this to any food suggestion – but I left it off yesterday, in
haste… my mistake.

2 – Some of you are correct – most canola oil is of a genetically
engineered variety – that is NOT what I suggest to add to your
daily nutrition. As I mentioned in # 1 above – go for
expeller-pressed, non-gmo brands, such as Spectrum brand.

3 – I did not say to replace the best source of healthy fats -
which I always tell you is Extra-Virgin, Organic Olive Oil. My
suggestion is to simply add it to your diet as a ‘less-flavored’
option when cooking certain dishes.

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– Dr’ Weil – yes, THE Dr. Weil – shares the same sentiments as I
do when it comes to canola oil…

Here is a statement right from the lips of the master of natural
health himself, Dr. Andrew Weil:

“I use canola oil in moderation, when I want a neutral-tasting oil,
but I always look for organic, expeller-pressed brands. The
lower-cost products sold in supermarkets have often been extracted
with chemical solvents or high-speed presses that generate heat.
Both methods alter the oil’s fatty acid chemistry in undesirable
ways. Furthermore, canola oil producers use a lot of pesticides on
their crops, and I suspect that residues find their way into the
finished product, so be sure to check labels.”

Did you see that – let me highlight it so we don’t miss it:

**I use canola oil in moderation, when I want a neutral-tasting
oil, but I always look for organic, expeller-pressed brands…**

That’s it for today…

Stay tuned for the next ‘Fitness Foods’ article.

Your trainer for life – your trainer forever,

Joey Atlas

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Fitness Food List: 5 “C” Foods for a Fit, Strong, Lean & Healthy Body

February 24th, 2009

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Fitness Food List: 5 “C” Foods for a Fit, Strong, Lean & Healthy Body

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1) Canola Oil

Cut down on butter, lard and other saturated fats with healthy vegetable oils that offer beneficial mono-unsaturated & poly-unsaturated fats. This is great for your skin and even better for your heart. (but do keep in mind we still need some small amounts of saturated fats for optimal health and function). Safflower oil is also a good choice in this regard. These are also good oils to cook with as they have a higher tolerance for heat as compared to olive oil (which is an amazing choice for salads, etc…)

Keep in mind – no matter which fat/oil you choose – its still 120 calories per tablespoon.

2) Cantaloupe

The light orange color is a dead give away that this delicious fruit is a good source of beta-carotene. It’s also a great source of vitamin C. I like my cantaloupe a little sweeter – so after I cut the whole melon into cubes – I sprinkle some stevia powder on it – and shake the sealed container for a nice little kick of natural, no-cal sweetness.

3) Carrots

Just half a cup give you 150% of your daily Vitamin A. What else is there to say? go organic when you you can – its worth it.

4) Cauliflower

A nice source of Vitamin C – and most likely a source of anti-cancer compounds. You can take this low carb veggie – cook it, then mash it – then sprinkle with sea salt, some black pepper – and a touch of olive oil or butter – and you’ll think you’re eating gourmet mashed potatoes – without all the heavy carbs. Yeah Baby!!

5) Chicken Breast

Start with free-range, cage free, organic – boneless, skinless breasts (if you can)…

Then dice it up…
Place in bowl…
Add 1 table spoon of canola oil (or olive oil)
Some sea salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika.

Mix it up with a fork – and then pan sear it in a heated pan until cooked.

I hope you enjoyed this list of Fitness Foods. Print it out and add it to your shopping list.

And stay tuned for more of these coming your way.

Your trainer for life – your trainer forever,

Joey Atlas

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