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Don’t Make These Mistakes When Choosing Sushi…

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Angela: Is sushi healthy or not? Hmmm… there is quite a lot to consider. For me there’s the Japanese food I would eat for a quick and semi-healthy lunch on the run and then there’s the Japanese dinner when I relax with friends and don’t stress too much about what is being ordered. What I take into consideration for the semi-healthy lunch on the run:

  • Sushi rice is made with sugar and rice vinegar (on average 2 tbsp of sugar and 2 tbsp of rice vinegar per 2 cups of rice). Typical sushi hand rolls are 60 – 75% rice and the equivalent carb content of two slices of bread.
  • The type of rice used in sushi is short grain rice which spikes blood sugar levels.
  • The protein amounts in sushi are very small – I recommend a palm size of protein with every meal. You would have to eat a lot of sushi to get that covered and then there’s all that rice you would eat along with it.
  • As it’s low in protein and fat it’s low in satiety and you will be craving more sugar after lunch.
  • I would avoid processed protein like crab sticks, anything fried as it would most likely have been fried in vegetable oil and anything with teriyaki sauce (full of sugar). I generally opt for things like fresh salmon, tuna or kingfish.
  • Avoid Teriyaki sauce and Japanese mayo they are very high in sugar
  • Seaweed salads – I have them depending on the establishment. Most places don’t make them on the premises and will be commercially made and will more than likely have added MSG.
  • Avoid Tempura – they will be fried in vegetable oil. What you need to know when selecting cooking oils.
  • Edamame (soybeans) – I will eat soybeans in their whole form from time to time but I do avoid all refined soy products (tofu, soy oil, soy milk). 90% of soy products are genetically modified in the US. There is a big debate on whether soy is a healthy food, there are lots of studies supporting both sides of the argument. My number 1 concern is that they contain natural plant oestrogens that mimic estrogen in our bodies and may cause hormonal imbalances. I would avoid if you are trying for a baby, pregnant or have any endocrine issues.
  • It’s very salty – the sushi rice is made with salt and soy sauce is very high in salt. If you are on a low salt diet one to avoid.
  • Soy sauce contains wheat – If you are wheat intolerant like me you can have Tamari which is a wheat free version of soy sauce.

When eating sushi I follow these rules:

  1. I take my own bottle of Tamari… I know – a little sad! I do it if it’s a planned dinner date… no one ever cares or blinks an eye lid
  2. Stick to sashimi
  3. Ask for my rolls to be rolled without rice (depends on the establishment)
  4. If having rice, I go for brown
  5. If white rice rolls are the only option I take some of the rice off
  6. Protein sources: I go for things like raw salmon and tuna
  7. I go somewhere that I know they have a high turnover so I know it’s fresh
  8. Have a seaweed salad if you think it’s MSG free. Seaweed is a good source of vitamins and mineral, protein and fibre

Conclusion:

If you are not careful sushi can be a very high carb lunch without any protein or vegetables leaving you hungry and craving more sugar after lunch.

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Are gut bugs effecting your weight loss plan? Microflora studies linked to obesity

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By Tania Flack

Guy: This a great post by Tania as we focus on The Month Of The Gut. If you are wondering what the relationship is to the gut, weight loss and overall health then this is a must read. I’ll be having the gut test Tania talks about in this post… In the mean time, enjoy! Over to Tania…

month of the gutTania: If you have been struggling with your weight loss plan, most of your attention will be on the food you eat and increasing your exercise – which is great, but there are some people who despite their best efforts are still unable to lose weight. Does this sound familiar and why is this the case? A growing amount of research has identified the link between an imbalance of bacteria in the digestive system regarding weight gain, metabolic syndrome and obesity. More