If you're seeking a natural path to healing, a new book wants to lead the way: "Kitchen Cures: Revolutionize Your Health with Foods that Heal." Authored by television personality and holistic nutritionist Peggy Kotsopoulos, this intriguing book provides natural help for problems ranging from low energy to belly fat to common health conditions, all in the form of food as medicine. Included are tasty recipes (we've included Peggy's own favorite below).
We asked Peggy Kotsopoulos to share her insights with us in an exclusive interview:
Question: A lot of people have gone gluten-free because they hope it will help them lose weight. What's the real truth about the link between gluten and weight gain/loss?
Answer: Cutting out gluten does not necessarily result in a direct link to weight loss. However, some people may lose weight once they do cut out gluten, as an indirect result. If someone has an sensitivity to gluten, ingesting foods with gluten promotes an inflammatory reaction within your body. When your body is internally inflammed, our body may seem 'puffier' than normal and the belly tends to bloat. Eliminating foods we are sensitive to reduces inflammation, water retention and bloated belly, and weight management becomes effortless.
Question: What can people learn from your book when it comes to battling belly fat?
Answer: There are two main causes of belly fat:
- Stress: All types of stress generate a physiological response in our body. At the onset of stress, your brain triggers your adrenal glands, which sit on top of your kidneys, causing them to release the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. Adrenaline speeds up heart rate, increases blood pressure, and boosts energy. Cortisol, which is the primary stress hormone, shifts energy away from the digestive and immune systems to prepare for an “alarmed” state and increases blood sugar levels and the brain’s uptake of glucose. And as you'll see in the next point. increased blood sugar levels results in belly fat.
- Too much sugar and refined carbs (blood sugar imbalances): It’s no secret that sugar causes weight problems and is linked to obesity, illness, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and mental health disorders. Although we need some sugar to function, too much leads to trouble. Foods such as broccoli and chia seeds (which are high in fiber), Cinnamon (which helps to regulate blood sugar levels) and bilberries and romaine lettuce (which are high in chromium, a mineral that helps to metabolize carbs and curb cravings) are amazing when it comes to battling belly fat.
Below is Peggy's favorite recipe. Get her healing cures plus her recipes by clicking here to buy her book now: "Kitchen Cures: Revolutionize Your Health with Foods that Heal."
Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies:
Ingredients: Makes 25 cookies
- 4 large, very ripe bananas
- 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
- 1/2 cup (125 mL) coconut sugar
- 1 cup (250 mL) quinoa (cooked)
- 1 cup (250 mL) uncooked quinoa flakes (or 100% rolled oats)
- 1 cup (250 mL) unsweetened, shredded coconut
- pinch sea salt
- 1/2 cup (125 mL) dark chocolate chips (or raisins)
Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). In a large mixing bowl, mash bananas with a fork and add vanilla and coconut sugar. Add quinoa, quinoa flakes or oats, coconut, and pinch of salt. Mix until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips and/or raisins.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drop batter onto sheet. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.