Jerry Agar Show Q&A from March 24th Show

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Each week, I get questions from The Jerry Agar Show on NewsTalk1010. As we endeavour to get them all answered on the show, we often run out of time!

I’ll answer them here for everyone to benefit from the answers.

Question: If you are at a business function and you want to order an alcoholic drink, to not be rude, what can you order?

Answer: Stick to clear spirits like vodka are low carb. Mix vodka with soda or order a martini, with or without the vermouth. Red wine is another option – 5oz wine and 1.5oz pure spirit like vodka, gin, whisky and scotch are all about 100 cal.

Question: I love gravy but realize it’s not good for you. Is there anyway to have a healthy version? 

Answer: Have just a little and make sure it’s homemade.

Question: Hey Jerry, ask Lianne about this recipe. 4 small sweet potatoes, 4 tablespoons pure maple syrup, half a cup of cocoa powder and one cup of nut butter (peanut butter or almond or cashew). These are THE best brownies I’ve tried. No sugar and no flour… no gluten!

Answer: Sounds like a keeper!

Question: Does coffee with milk add weight? How many Coffees in a day is too much?

Answer: Coffee has minimal calories. My concern with coffee is that it gives you a high then you crash. The crash can lead to grabbing unhealthy snacks and foods that give you a fast energy boost.

Some drawbacks to coffee and caffeine:

Caffeine in coffee increases catecholamines, your stress hormones. The stress response elicits cortisol and increases insulin. Insulin increases inflammation, and this makes you feel lousy.

The acidity of coffee is associated with digestive discomfort, indigestion, heart burn, GERD and dysbiosis (imbalances in your gut flora).

While your morning latte gives you warm and fuzzy feelings it’s giving you a boost that food could be and with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and more. 

Caffeine can disrupt sleep and promote anxiety and depression.

It’s been shown that there’s elevated urinary excretion of important minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium have been noted in coffee drinkers.

So there’s a lot more going on than calories in your coffee cup!

Question: I’m 41 female. Eating 1200 calories and exercising 4 to five times a week. It’s been almost 60 days and I have only lost 6 pounds! What am I doing wrong?

Answer: You’re not eating enough. I think that your body has gone into starvation mode and it’s holding onto fat stores for dear life. That amount of calories seems extremely low and in my opinion, won’t help you lose or keep off the weight. Go up by at least 400 calories a day (from fruits, vegetables and protein is best) and see how that goes.

Question: Oh man… Are you saying that basmati rice will increase the sugar level???

Any white rice will has a high glycemic index or fast carbohydrate release. White basmati rice is slower than Uncle Bens, for example and any brown rice is slower still.

Question: I love/prefer eating unhealthy food, but also feel guilty after. Anyway to get rid of the guilt?

Answer: Change your mindset. What is it that this sugary food is giving you? Are you looking for comfort, for it to lift you. You know it’s not good, so make a better choice. Empower yourself to eat something that will nourish your body, not your emotions. It all comes down to choice. Say to yourself as you go for the apple instead  of the brownie, I’m choosing to eat this apple – I choose to nourish myself with healthy food.