Nutrition & Supplements

Gambling with Soy?

Unless you’ve been living in a cave (because you’ve taken the Paleo lifestyle literally) for the past 20 years, you’ve probably heard the latest on soy. It’s a “health” food that helps to protect women’s heart, bones, breast, plus reduces night sweats and hot flashes. Don’t believe the hype. Most of the research surrounding the benefits of soy for midlife women still warrants more investigation, as this research is in question now. What we know for sure is that all of the health benefits have been greatly exaggerated by the soy industry. So if it’s not good for us, just how deleterious is it? Here are a few key problems with soy:

  • Disrupts thyroid function. Soy contains goitrogens which impairs and depresses thyroid function, which makes it almost impossible to lose body fat.
  • Modern soy is overly processed. Most modern soy foods are highly processed. Typically, the more processed a food, the more it’s void of vital nutrients. Processed soy also contains “antinutrients”, like phytates, which block the absorption of minerals, particularly magnesium, iron, zinc and calcium.
  • It’s genetically engineered. Soy is one of the United States’ biggest cash crops. Why? Because large companies figured out how to genetically modify it to be resistant to poisonous herbicides. Farmers plant a ton of it and spray it down. Then it gets processed into animal feed or for human consumption. It is estimated that 90% of today’s soy crops are genetically modified.
  • Disrupts hormonal balance. The soy plant contains what’s known as phytoestrogens – which mimics estrogen, fooling our cells. For women, depending on how much you eat, soy can affect ovulation, cause weight gain and irritate the digestive tract. Although, phytoestrogens are being touted as beneficial for midlife women (by reducing night sweats, hot flashes), the evidence is not clear on whether soy is a positive or negative for women.

Now that you’ve heard some of the most well documented health concerns surrounding soy, it’s time for you to decided whether you can chance incorporating soy into your diet (or do more research for yourself). If you insist on soy, these are my top soy tips. On the occasion (please not daily), choose small amounts of organic, fermented soy (e.g. tempeh or miso). In addition, ask your OBGYN/functional medicine practitioner to order a full female hormone and thyroid panel (annually) for you.

Stay Smart, Strong and Sexy – XXX- Amber

Hormonal Harmony

What does status have to do with your fat loss journey?

Ever wonder why so many people feel compelled to argue with you, contradict ideas and be generally disagreeable? Because “STATUS” is one of the major needs of the human brain.

People do not like feeling out of the know and often subconsciously resist information others present. This is a telltale sign of insecurity since it is their perception not yours that creates the in-congruency in their mind. People would prefer to be at the same level or above others. This is why chat boards are often filled with negative and contradictory comments (and why people act the way they do on FB :-)).

The need for status can be so powerful in some that they will literally find something wrong in almost anything you present. Ever meet anyone like that? You write an incredibly moving passage and they will point out all the misspelled words. Formulate a well thought out argument and rather than agree they will find the one flaw in it, eat healthy and they will make sure to reprimand you for not having fun, take up exercise and they will tell you why your chosen form of exercise is not as good as their own. And on and on it goes.

Why do we bring this up? Because the process of body change is an individual endeavor and often takes a thick skin. Understanding why the people in your life act this way can provide new insight. We realize it is frustrating, but many of these people are simply being human and not all of us are equally secure. Realize that status seeking is a game they can’t help but play and rather than buy into it, continue finding your own solution. Try to let go of the subconscious need for status in yourself and don’t take it as personal when others do it. Focus on the honest pursuit of what works for you instead.

I would love to hear from you on this topic. Please send me your comments and stories.
In good health, XXX-Amber