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Food for Thought: GenoPalate October Newsletter

Just Discovered


These recently published nutrigenomics studies reveal interesting information about how our genes affect the way we process food. Read on to learn more about the newest discoveries in nutrition.


Did you know that November is National Diabetes Awareness Month? While many people may automatically think of going on a low-carb diet, there is actually not always a need to drastically reduce carbohydrates when it comes to managing blood sugars. Balancing meals and snacks is one way to manage blood sugars, but now some interesting new research actually shows that mindfulness may also improve glycemic control in people with type 2 diabetes. 


Practicing mindful movement was strongly associated with improved glycemic control. This suggests that mind-body practices may be a beneficial complement to type 2 diabetes management. While it has been known that more rigorous exercise aids in glycemic control, now it appears meditation, breathwork, and gentle yoga postures can also be effective. The research found that yoga was particularly beneficial in lowering blood sugar. You can read more about the study here



Fast Fact: 


Did you know that the edible parts of the pomegranate that are referred to as pomegranate seeds are actually sacs that contain the seeds? This fruit is packed with antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C. 



You’ve Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers! 


Q: I often find myself getting “hangry,” especially in the afternoon. How can I prevent that?


A: Many of us have experienced that feeling of being overly hungry to the point where we become irritable. Ideally, we would catch our hunger cues before it gets to that point. 

Balancing your blood sugar can help with more sustained energy and prevent that extreme hunger. One way to balance blood sugars is to avoid missing meals. This means making your midday meal more of a priority rather than missing it. 


Now, if you find yourself crashing even after eating meals, then it is important to take a look at the content of the meals. Balancing carbohydrates with protein, fat, and fiber is a helpful way to slow the absorption of sugars. So, make sure your meals aren’t just made up of carbohydrates but also include protein, fat, and fiber! 



Trends for Foodies


Discover the hottest trends in the food industry that affect the way we look at—and eat—food!


Do you find yourself stuck in the rut of purchasing the same items at the grocery store week after week? Or are you someone who is always looking for new food to try? While having a few go-to staples can be helpful when meal planning, there are also some great reasons to break free from your weekly routine! 


A study found that there is significantly more diversity in the gut microbiome of people who eat more than 30 different types of plant foods each week. While 30 different plant foods may be a bit of a leap for some, try starting with 1 new food and go from there! Read about more fun foods to try here




Fast Fact: 


Did you know that pumpkins have more fiber than kale, more potassium than bananas, and are around 90% water?



What’s Cooking?


Each month, we will be highlighting a few seasonal recipes. Happy cooking!


If you’re looking for a comforting and nutritious soup, try this Ginger Chicken Soup from Ambitious Kitchen. 


Nutrition:

Servings: 6 servings

Serving size: 1

Calories: 337

Fat: 14.6g

Carbohydrates: 28.7g

Fiber: 2.7g

Protein: 24.6g


This Cauliflower Turmeric Fried Rice would be perfect for a quick side for your weeknight dinner! 


Nutrition:

Servings: servings: 3

Serving size: 1

Calories: 178

Fat: 6g

Carbohydrates: 23g

Fiber: 7g

Protein: 11g


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