Trivia Questions Answered with Jennifer Mckinney

Challenge Trivia Questions Answered 

  1. What’s the one “healthy” food you would tell your clients to stop eating? (A food which is sold as or known to be healthy but doesn’t live up to its reputation or has negative side effects).

Agave is a highly overrated sweetener. It has been all the rage as a healthy alternative to sugar, but it is no better than high fructose corn syrup.

  1. How many times is it ok/suggested to eat meat a week – what foods would you suggest for your clients to add to their meals instead of meat?

I don’t eat meat at all, but I do not forbid anyone from adding it to their diets. We are all on our own journey. I would suggest cut red meat consumption down to once or twice a week; the same goes with chicken, turkey, or fish. However, I would tell my clients to avoid processed meats entirely (bacon, salami, sausages) as well as foods that have been smoked, cured, with added preservatives. These meats have a significant connection to cancer. 

My kids and husband eat meat occasionally, but have dramatically reduced the amount. I initially used plant based meat alternatives such as Gardein or Beyond Meat products to encourage the process. Alternatives to meat have improved so much within the past decade. Germany has a good amount of vegan meat alternatives, I enjoy their sausages and beef crumbles on occasion. My family is depending less on those nowadays, as after a while the craving for animal products just disappears. If I want chicken wings then I make cauliflower wings. If I want a burger then I will have a veggie burger and there are some wonderful ones out there in Munich restaurants.  I make a faux tuna out of mashed chickpeas. I sauté mushrooms often if I want a meaty texture to add to meals. There is even a way to make bacon out of liquid smoke and rice paper, but I have yet to prepare it.

  1. I read cilantro is a no-no on the fertility diet. Can you debunk some of the food myths in regards to fertility?

I am not a doctor, but have never heard of cilantro/coriander having a negative impact on fertility or pregnancy.  In fact, I have seen it in fertility recipes. It is an amazing herb! If you are concerned please discuss it with your doctor, but I would say it is fine in moderation.

  1. What are the benefits to a raw diet and how much of my diet should be raw?

I could write all day on this response, but simply a raw food diet is natural. If it’s not from the Earth, then it’s not food. This lifestyle change eliminates processed sugars and salt, gluten, moldy grains, synthetic additives, colorings, and flavorings. The nutrition is maintained and not altered by high heat. I use a dehydrator to create chips, pizza crusts, wraps, bars, fruit leathers, crackers, etc.  A dehydrator uses low temperatures (I do not go over 118 degrees) for a period of time to fan food dry. Germany has a great climate for dehydrating as it takes longer in more humid areas.  

I am not fully raw, especially in the cold winter months. There are all kinds of proponents out there for living the 100% raw food lifestyle; but many eat 80/20 in the warmer months and 75/25 in the colder months. I eat around 50 percent in the winter and probably around 60 in the summer.  I’m a work in progress like all of you. I move and travel often as well so sometimes a raw diet is not a reality due to limited selection or food safety due to how they fertilize or handle their produce. I have not had any issues in Germany and I find the local markets have some of the freshest tasting foods available.

  1. Jennifer, could you make the perfect mock meal plan for a day? How her perfect breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner would look like…

We are all different and have reactions to certain foods that we may not even realize. In order for me to make the “perfect” meal plan I would have to know more about the individual and most likely have them try an elimination diet. We need to determine what the root cause to whatever issue they are having difficulty with, be it weight loss, rash, insomnia, chronic pain, etc.

Remember in the first week I told you that I battle a few autoimmune issues and am insulin resistant. I had to eliminate animal products, most gluten, and some nightshades to feel normal again. A lot of foods cause stomach pain, inflammation, and chronic pain. I really don’t want to tell you what to eat; instead I want you to pay attention to your current diet. If you have time write a food journal and note how you feel after eating that meal. Do you feel tired, itchy, or have a headache? Your body will try to tell you if you slow down and listen.

In general, I would try to AVOID:

Sugar, especially white sugar and fructose, but all sweeteners should be avoided or minimally used.

All acid forming grains, especially glutinous like wheat (white and whole grain flours), oats, barley, rye, spelt.

Cooked fats

Red meat and poultry, dairy

Fruits and dry fruits except low glycemic such as berries and granny smith apples.

Vinegar, except Apple Cider Vinegar

Salt

Alcohol and caffeine (especially if you have inflammation)

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