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Mar. 15, 2012 Issue  
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A Note from Greg

With spring on our doorsteps, (or maybe in full bloom depending on where you are reading this), I’m moved to add a new consideration to your spring-cleaning rituals.

Even if you haven’t cleaned a thing in years, (in which case I’m hoping you have a housekeeper), doesn’t spring awaken the desire in you to clean out, revitalize, or make some changes? If yes, then here’s a thought-- Step out of the ordinary!
Take a good hard look at the results you have in your life. Are they what you want? If not then take a look at your day-to-day habits, the things you “normally” do for your body, your business, and your relationships. If the things you always do aren’t giving you satisfying results then it’s time to create a “new normal.”

My new normal — and this is something I had to learn the importance of by doing — is getting out and meeting more people vs. staying home behind the computer.

Two weeks ago I participated in an eWomenNetwork event in southern NJ, hosted by their fearless leader and dynamo, Marilyn Kleinberg. Sandra Yancy, the founder of eWomen spoke as did Lisa Nichols. (Lisa is known for her appearance on The Secret but she is way more than that.) I got inspiration and practical ideas for my business. I’ll be attending their annual meeting in July. It’s one of the hottest conferences for women — and a few emales — in business all year.

Last night I ventured in to New York City to meet some of the wonderful women members of Savor The Success, founded and spearheaded by Angela Jia Kim. This is a serious business group and Angela’s motto is “Give, give, get.” It is evident in everything I participate in. They have an thriving online community both free and paid.

What needs new normalizing in your life? Share over on FB. And as always let me know if I can support you with making the change.

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 Featured Article

Are All Vegetable Oils Created Equal? More Fodder for the Debate

Preface: If you haven’t heard from me that healthy fats are critical to our health, and that low fat diets do not make for healthy people, then you must be new here, welcome. This debate is not on whether fat is important, rather whether the conventional wisdom around vegetable oils being healthy is sound.

After searching 5 of the most conservative and 5 of the most liberal health/nutrition sites for consensus on what oils are healthy I am exactly where I started — on the side of rebellious.

On the first side — let’s call it the traditional/conventional people — Harvard, Mayo, Stanford, American Medical Association, and Am. Diabetes Association — we have an across the board stand that all vegetable oils are healthy because they are polyunsaturated.

On the other side — let’s call them the alternative voices — Dr. Mercola, Jonny Bowden, Weston Price, Gary Taubes, Dr. Mark Hyman, and one more, Sally Fallon, the opposite is purported; that polyunsaturated or not, the high Omega-6 content of these oils, and the processing puts them squarely in corner of not so healthy.

Quick review of saturates and Omegas. All fats and oils, whether animal or vegetable are a combination of saturated fatty acids, monounsaturated fatty acids, and polyunsaturated linoleic acid and linolenic acid. Generally speaking “animal fats are 40% - 60% saturated fat" according to Sally Fallon. “Vegetable oils from northern climates, she continues, contain a preponderance of polyunsaturated fatty acids but vegetable oils from the tropics — like coconut oil — are highly saturated.”

Saturated fats are highly stable due to science-class-like formulas we don’t have room for, but it’s a carbon/hydrogen bonding thing. The same reasons sats are stable is what makes polyunsaturates unstable. They have unpaired electrons and this makes them highly reactive. They tend to become rancid easily and oxidized when subjected to heat or oxygen — hence more free radicals roaming like a gang of trouble-makers in search of something to destroy. Sadly it’s our health they find their way to.

Reasons #1 and #2 to question their healthy food designation.

On to the Omegas.

The two most common polyunsaturated fats found in our diets are double unsaturated linoleic acid, aka Omega-6, and triple unsaturated linolenic acid, aka Omega-3. The body cannot make these fats so they are referred to as essential — as in, you must eat them to get them on board.

The ideal ratio of 6s to 3s is 1:1 or more liberally 1:4. Know what the average American diet ratio is? 25:1. Let me help you with the math, this is 25 times the healthiest possible intake of Omega-6s!

Backing up one second, Omega 6-s are not evil. They do contribute to healthy levels of LDL cholesterol (important if you ascribe to keeping that low) and like all fats improve insulin sensitivity in balance with Omega-3s.
At 25 times the body’s preferred intake, and knowing they are unstable, reactive and free radical machines, why wouldn’t we work to rebalance our ratios?

Well, if you follow the CW’s prescription to use vegetable oils for all of your cooking and salad needs, you can’t easily bring that ratio into balance. They are found not only in refined and processed vegetable oils such as soybean, corn, canola, sunflower, and safflower oils but in most baked goods, snacks, frozen foods, fast food and quick serve restaurant foods. Especially in light of the move away from trans-fats in food production we are more swamped with vegetable oils than ever.

What happens to the body when we ingest too much Omega 6 and not enough 3? In a word, inflammation happens, and it has been linked to pain, heart attacks, Alzheimer’s, cancers, stroke—need I go on?

I must. The imbalance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may also contribute to obesity, depression, dyslexia, hyperactivity and even a tendency toward violence. Bringing the fats into proper proportion may actually relieve those conditions, according to Joseph Hibbeln, M.D., a psychiatrist at the National Institutes of Health, and perhaps the world's leading authority on the relationship between fat consumption and mental health.

A question that bugged me surrounding these commercially produced oils is, once they are heated, bleached, and denatured so they are shelf stable, is there any nutrition left?

Turns out, not a lot. According to Udo Erasmus, anti-oxidants and fat-soluble vitamins, powerful scavengers of free radicals, are destroyed by the heat. (Oil-bearing seeds are heated to 230?F) Other inherent goodies like phytosterols, lecithin, and chlorophyll are also destroyed.

Again we arrive at the vexing question, “what do we eat?”

The line-up includes these; extra virgin and regular olive oil, (always buy these in dark glass bottles, not clear). Coconut oil, organic butter, ghee, and unrefined flax oil also make the list. For the rest, purchase expeller pressed or cold pressed and keep the oils in the fridge: sesame oil, macadamia nut and walnut oils, sunflower and avocado oil. Again these should be bought in dark not clear glass.

You may have noticed that canola oil is not on this list of healthy oils. This Franken-food deserves its own article and I’m tackling it right now so keep an eye out.

As always you are encouraged to make your own decision on whether these highly recommended foods stay or go in your pantry. If I come to your house for a VIP day, be prepared to say goodbye to these disruptive foods in order to welcome your long term health.

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 March Happenings

Radio interviews were the theme these past two weeks. On Sunday I shared a Blog Talk hour with The Wellness Coaches Marilyn Jess and Tatiana Ebend.

Monday I was the first half hour of a show called Wriggling In The Middle, The Source for the Sandwich Generation. Don’t you love that name? The co-host, DeLores and I met at an event for speakers in January. She’s worldclass and such beautiful person.

Today I joined Cassandra Herbert on The Zest and Harmony Show at 9am eastern. We will meet at The Women’s Expo Forum in MD this weekend.

Phew, that’s a lot of talking! But wait there’s more. My interview on The Beauty Revolution airs next week and you can still sign up and listen in.

One last thing, if you are in the College Park or Baltimore area this weekend and want to come out and play at a great event I’ve got tickets. Just email me and I’ll put your name on the list. You can see all of what’s going to go on here.

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About Gregory Anne: Gregory Anne Cox is a certified life coach and midlife women's health and wellness expert.

Her work focuses on helping women stay or get fit, healthy, sassy and sane so they can live their best second half. If your body suddenly has a mind of its own or you must make some lifestyle changes for your health, Gregory Anne can help! Check out the products and services she offers -- which includes one on one and group coaching -- there are offerings in all price categories -- lots of free stuff too!

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