The Edge

Photography by Terri Pouliot

 

The Edge.

It can be a tricky place, at times.

In an effort to ‘have the edge’ over other humans, whether those ‘others’ are the competition, peers, co-workers or humankind;  often leads to a slippery slope.  That slippery slope can lead us to another type of edge. Hanging out on the edge can often spell d-a-n-g-e-r.

I was thinking about this week’s headlines regarding Coconut Oil. Nothing creates more confusion than conflicting reports in the world of health and nutrition.  The question is;  Why were we putting the stuff in our coffee, our oatmeal, cooking with it and eating it right out of the jar to begin with?

We have heard from well meaning pushers of Coconut Oil that it is antimicrobial and contains lauric acid.  We were told it was an aid for Alzheimer’s patients and those suffering from epilepsy.  The white stuff contains these amazing things called Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT’s) and that they can aid in fat burning and weight loss.  We’ve heard these MCT’s also can provide energy.  We were sold the idea that our brains loved this stuff and so does our skin and hair.

There it is.  That edge.  Why did we rush to the store and buy tons of this stuff to begin with?  To have that edge.  To run faster.  Be leaner.  Have shinier hair and more beautiful skin.  To focus better at work.  To perform better at the gym.  To have ‘that edge’.  Which very often drives us to do some pretty crazy things without batting an eye.

I’m picking on Coconut Oil only because it has been the latest ‘darling’ of the health and wellness world.  There are shelves and shelves of supplements, diet aids, contraptions, and nonsense that we fork over our hard earned money to help us find that ‘edge’.  In a world that capitalizes on our imperfections;  we need to find a better ‘edge’.  We need to take a more radical stand and stop falling for ‘hype’ at the expense of our health.

There is a plethora of product pushing aimed at our weaknesses.  It hits us right where it hurts.  Where we feel vulnerable.  Social media, magazines, newspapers, and TV, all take part in this pushing us to the edge to gain an edge.  We fall prey to TV personalities telling us we need to go out and buy this or that.  Misinformed friends, relatives and yes, sadly, people in the health and fitness industry, provide information without research. All too often, this advice teeters on the edge of being harmful.

We must become better informed prior to falling for the latest fad.  Ask questions.  Dig deep.  You know that saying, just because it’s in print, doesn’t make it true?  Pay attention to who, what, when, why and where.

I admit, I have a jar ( a big one!) of Coconut Oil in the pantry.  I tried it in my coffee and almost threw up.  I tried cooking with it and smoked up my entire kitchen.  I blopped a spoonful in my Oatmeal (another experience with feeling ill) and I’ve rubbed the stuff on my feet (that worked!).

We need to stop being so gullible and believing that these things will provide that Edge we’re looking for.  Better yet, why do we think we need to have that Edge to begin with?

Authenticity, passion, and believing in the power of wholesome food will get you there faster than Coconut Oil or whatever the next fad will be. Sleeping 7 to 8 hours per night, keeping hydrated with fresh, filtered water, eating food that elevates mood and energy, taking brisk walks; these will give you that Edge you’re looking for.

Thoughtful Insights for Living,

Terri

 

 

Winter Superstars

The Gifts of Winter
The Gifts of Winter

 

The abundance of summer’s fresh seasonal produce is all but a memory, but not to worry; winter has its share of seasonal superstars, worthy of celebration.

Here are a few of the ‘Gifts’ of Winter:

Pomegranate

Pomegranates

  • Rich in antioxidants ( 3 times that of tea!)
  • Helps keep ‘free radicals’ from oxidizing ‘bad’ LDL Cholesterol
  • Abundant source for vitamins A,C, and E, as well as, folic acid
  • Contains antiviral, as well as, anti-tumor properties

Dark Leafy Greens

Dark Leafy Greens (Kale, Chard, Collard. Mustard Greens, Escarole)

  • Rich in Vitamins A, C, E, and K
  • A good source of Beta-carotene
  • Promotes healthy eyes, skin and hair
  • Helps prevent Arthritis

Citrus Fruits

Citrus Fruit (Grapefruit, Lemons, Limes, Oranges)

  • Excellent source of Vitamin C
  • Contains Flavonoids which boost ‘good’ HDL Cholesterol
  • Lowers ‘bad’ LDL Cholesterol
  • Lowers Tricglycerides

Assorted Potatoes

Potatoes

  • Good source of Vitamin C, B-6, and folate
  • Contains fiber (the average diet does not contain enough fiber)
  • Purple potatoes are a rich source of anthocyanins, which aid with inflammation
  • Rich in carbohydrates which provide energy

Winter Squash

Winter Squash (Butternut, Acorn, Spaghetti)

  • Low calorie
  • High in Vitamins A, C, and B-6
  • Great source of potassium
  • Excellent source of folate and Vitamin K

Assorted Raw Unsalted Nuts

Nuts (Pistachios, Chestnuts, Walnuts)

  • Excellent source of healthy fats (unsaturated fatty acids)
  • Provide a good source of minerals
  • Great source of satiating Fiber
  • Delicious source of protein
Enjoy the Gifts of the Season
Enjoy the Gifts of the Season