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Are You Eating the Conscious Diet?

Are You Eating the Conscious Diet?

The other day at a local event, someone tried to educate me about a "conscious diet". She described it as "eating something and then forgetting it... don't keep eating that cake you had yesterday today and in the future." I almost fell over laughing because to me, this is UNconscious eating at its worst.

Day 4 - Handling Your Off Days

Today we had a family event to attend. I didn’t prepare as well as I could have, but I survived without betraying all the work I’ve done so far in the Challenge. Here are some tips you may not have heard about eating out and sticking to any diet or health challenge.

So what did I eat at the restaurant? Steamed fish and lobster, a slice of steak, string beans, seaweed salad and a scallop. Pretty basic, not many seasonings on the food. I was very satisfied at the end of the meal. So now it’s time to get back on the wagon.

Back tomorrow with more!


About Adrienne Hew

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Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.

Health Food in St. Martin

Health Food in St. Martin

Health Food in St. Martin

If you can’t eat just anywhere, then here’s your guide to finding health foods on vacation. In particular, people with severe intolerances like gluten intolerance will need to pack their food.

As you know, I like to pack my own healthy stuff to bring on my trips. Usually, a few cans of mercury-free tuna and/or salmon, some fig or coconut bars, plantain chips fried in heat stable palm oil and sometimes even sea salt if I have no idea what I’ll find on the other side.

Luckily, St. Martin also has some decent options for people who are suffering from allergies of all sorts. The first place you should consider is the Bio-Man in Marigot. It’s near the waterfront, but on the south side away from where the crux of the action is. One nice thing about Bio-Man is that they have food for omnivores and don’t consider stuff healthy just because it’s veggie based. So you can find some decent meats, eggs and even raw butter there as well as full fat plain yogurt.

The two supermarkets you want to check out are the Grand Marché just south of Marigot (and presumably the ones nearer the airport would have a good selection as well) and the US Market in Grand Case, which is a bit more expensive. At the very least, you will find French meats, which are practically organic and pastured by US standards as well as sea salt and organic olive oil and vinegars. I wouldn’t go to anything in Philippsburg for health foods. Those places tend to be dirty and junky and cater to a different crowd altogether.

Throughout the island you will find a bunch of rasta eateries that serve fresh juices and vegetarian fare as well as a restaurant and bookstore called Top Carrot in the Philippsburg area. Top Carrot claims to have homemade ice cream, but we didn’t notice when we went in there.

If you know anything about me, you’ll know that I tend to steer clear of these places because they focus so much on the vegetarian aspect of things that their food is typically littered with all kinds of rancid vegetable oils and synthetic soy/almond/hemp animal replacement ingredients that are major contributors to disease. Ironically, the very thing that helps to abate the negative effects of these types of food (because the body’s cells have an innate preference for them) is ANIMAL FOODS! No wonder so many vegetarians end up with bloated bellies and falling hair!

Nonetheless, you can certainly find any food you want or NEED to eat while vacationing on St. Martin!


About Adrienne Hew

Adrienne-Hew_BlackWhite.jpg

Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.

Thanksgiving and the End to Hospitality

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Let’s face it, hospitality is dead. It seems like you can’t go anywhere these days without somebody complaining about how whatever it is that you were eating or you’re serving in your holiday meal conflicts with their social or moral stance on something.

Back in the day, when somebody went to another person’s house and they didn’t like something on the table, they would just suck it up and eat it or politely say “I’m not that hungry” and be done with it. Instead today we have a plethora of people with all kinds of objections from vegetarian and vegan to dairy haters and raw foodists who say that they refused to eat anything that’s off of the diet. Ironically, most of these people also claim to be fans of the moderation theory, but where’s the moderation in shunning an entire food group because of some personal beef against it?

Interestingly enough, moderation is the defense only when it comes to candy. Recently, actress Natalie Portman while she was pregnant decided that sbeing vegan wasn’t right for her, but that she needed to eat pastries with eggs and dairy in order to sustain on the health of her baby. How ludicrous is that?! Granted, the protein sources would be beneficial to the baby, but the sugar certainly would not be.

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Anyway, back to the holidays. So what happens is now when we have the holidays, such as Thanksgiving or Christmas, we can’t just have our food the way we like it served on the table. We can’t keep the traditions of our families  and our ancestors on the table. No, we have to go out of our way to create tasteless soy-based vegan approved main courses and desserts like Tofurkey and chocolate pudding made from avocados. This is unfortunate.

Equally as backwards is that if someone shows up to such a function with food allergies, a serious health condition no matter which variation that person has (sensitivities, allergies or intolerances) his or her family and friends, the people who supposedly care about them, try to prod that person into eating something that could irreparably harm his or her body. The only exception to this usually is with true allergies that could result in death. Allergies of all types must be heeded at least until the body is repaired, but so few people take them seriously enough to actually be choosy with what they eat. Meanwhile, those who make conscious decisions to be a pain in the ass, get all the respect and attention.

With the age of political correctness, people are losing their cultures. We no longer enjoy one another’s company because we’re all on some righteous mission to save something other than ourselves. It’s sad but it’s true.

Don’t get me wrong. I definitely have the way I like to eat, a way that has been proven since the dawn of time to maintain and/or improve human health. That doesn’t mean, however, that I can’t put it aside for one meal to enjoy the company of friends and family.

So this year during the holidays, try to think of the greater good instead of what makes your ego feel special. If you know deep down that you are special, then there is no need to demonstrate it through being difficult and demanding during the holidays.


About Adrienne Hew

Adrienne-Hew_BlackWhite.jpg

Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.