Ballantyne Magazine

Winter 2018

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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smoothies. I mix pineapple juice, spinach, kale and banana. I also add turmeric and ginger for their anti- inflammatory properties. Have fun with your palate. Emily Breeze Watson (EBW) I do not follow a strict diet and allow myself to eat a range of different foods. After a workout, I love smoothies and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! I love cut-up fruits and veggies with dip, too. One way to incorporate healthier foods into your diet is to find a new way to prepare them. Take a food like kale, which people may not like right out of the bag, and play around with roasting it or grilling it. And, expose your kids to all different kinds of food. We don't make anything special for our 3-year - old son. He generally eats what we eat. We love to shop at farmers markets, and I also shop at Earth Fare and pick organic options when possible. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE LATEST DIETS — WHOLE30, KETOGENIC, INTERMITTENT FASTING, ETC.? DO THEY WORK? SC: Diets can be effective in the short term. They create a calorie deficit so most people will lose weight if they take in fewer calories than they burn. But most diets are not sustainable for the long term. When evaluating a diet, you need to ask three questions: Is it safe? (Does it create nutrient deficiencies? Can following it possibly cause harm or disease?) Is it effective? (Is it proven in scientific literature and not just based on a salesperson's or your neighbor's opinion.) Is it sustainable for the rest of your life? (If not, you can expect to gain all the weight back when you stop following the diet.) EH: I categorize most of the diets I come across in the realm of fad diets. The ketogenic diet is basically the repackaging of the Atkins diet. Restrictive diets often cut out an entire food group, but is that sustainable? Deprivation leads to yo-yo dieting. The only benefit of Whole30 may be that it makes us aware of eating real foods with real ingredients and less processed foods. HOW ABOUT SUPPLEMENTS? ARE THEY NECESSARY? SC: Only if a medical doctor prescribes them in response to a deficiency. We live with an abundance of food, so if we choose a varied diet of healthy "TOMORROW IS ALWAYS A NEW DAY. WHAT A GIFT!" — EMILY HIRSCH Courtesy of Emily Breeze Watson After a workout, Emily Breeze Watson likes to consume a smoothie and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Considered a superfood, kale can be grilled, roasted or used in salads. BALLANTYNE WINTER 2018 - 2019 40 Feature

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