Soy foods and soy protein myths explained

soybeanWhen I used to work at the juice bar in Hollywood, girls (for the most part) would come into the store asking about being vegetarian or vegan. I remember one story in particular confessed by a naive customer . She had recently "gone vegan" and she began replacing almost all her dairy and meat items with soy products. She was gaining weight, was moody and lathergic. Why? Wasn't she supposed to go vegan, drop meat, and all the sudden drop the weight along with it?

There are a few common misconceptions about soy that I hope to clear up.

How much soy is too much? Is it dangerous for babies or kids to consume? Are there benefits to consuming soy?

Firstly, a "safe" amount of soy to consume is debatable. Each person is unique in the way we digest foods and what we are sensitive to.

Foods that contain whole soy can be a good source of protein for vegetarians and vegans because they provide all the amino acids — a type of nutrient — that people need to stay healthy. (People who eat meat get all their essential amino acids from animal products.) Soy is sometimes added to foods like breads, cereals, and meat products, and used as a meat substitute in vegetarian products such as soy burgers and soy hot dogs.

Here are some common soy products/foods:

edamame Edamame: soy beans that have been boiled in water.

Soy Milk: a beverage made from soybeans, mixed with water. can be a good alternative to dairy. (not for children and definitely not as a formula or breast milk replacement)

Tofu: the white, soft processed soy milk coagulated with a chemical- (such as calcium sulfate) similar process to cheese. Should probably avoid this, almost all is genetically modified.

Tempeh: the natural fermented version of soy. Considered the healthiest of all soy varieties.

Miso: traditional Japanese seasoning produced by fermenting rice, barley and/or soybeans, with salt and the fungus kōjikin. Also safe and considered to have health benefits.

Soy Sauce: the soy contained in this salty mix is actually comparatively low.

Soy Lecithin: a great emulsifier (promotes solidity) for many different products. Research is showing many positive health benefits including lowering cholesterol, improving brain functioning and memory and aiding in the breaking down of fats to be used as energy. Check before using to make sure you are not allergic, allergies can cause many complications and side effects.

Soy protein: unless you know differently, most soy protein is produced in a large commercial factory and is typically in an aluminum container which isn't safe. MSG is often added as well.

Health Information

The FDA has authorized use of health claims about the role of soy protein in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) on labeling of foods containing soy protein. This final rule is based on the FDA's conclusion that foods containing soy protein included in a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of CHD by lowering blood cholesterol levels. Recent clinical trials have shown that consumption of soy protein compared to other proteins such as those from milk or meat, can lower total and LDL-cholesterol levels.

The real health benefits of soy might lie in its nutritional content and the fact that people often use soy foods as a replacement for less-healthy foods. Soy foods are a great source of protein and contain other important nutrients, such as fiber, B vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids. Foods containing soy protein are also a healthy alternative to meats and other animal products that contain cholesterol and saturated fat.

But soy's greatest advantage may lie in it being a rich source of isoflavones - plant hormones that have been linked to several health benefits. For example, researchers believe a soy-based diet could account for Asia's low rate of heart disease. The leading cause of death in the United States, one of the risk factors for coronary heart disease is high levels of LDL or "bad" cholesterol. In recent clinical trials, men and women with high LDL levels were able to reduce them by consuming soy over an extended period. In October, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) announced that certain foods containing soy will be able to claim that they may help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. (To qualify, the food must contain at least 6.25 grams of soy per serving, one-quarter of the daily recommended serving of 25 grams). And that's not all. It is possible that isoflavones may help prevent bone loss, therefore lowering the risk of osteoporosis.

Isoflavones have been credited with reducing the rates of certain types of cancer. For example, there is some evidence that eating soy may reduce your risk of developing breast cancer. And isoflavones were the primary ingredients in a "smart bomb" - a drug that University of Minnesota scientists believe holds the potential to cure childhood leukemia. Finally, a study by the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii indicates that consumption of soy products may help reduce the risk of uterine cancer.

Soy milk, soy burgers, and soy snacks are available in many supermarkets and specialty stores. When selecting soy foods, be sure to check food labels to be sure that the food is a good source of soy protein and is low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and added sugar.

If you're interested in eating more soy, introduce it into your diet gradually. And remember that the key to good health is to eat a wide variety of nutritious foods without focusing too much on any one food.

Possible Negative Side Effects?

More to the point, the real problem is not whether soy is inherently bad (after all, people have been consuming plants with hormones for centuries) but that no one is sure how much soy it is safe to consume. While Asians have been consuming soy for centuries, there have been conflicting claims about how much soy they consume. Nonetheless, since soy is turning up in everything from cereal to ice cream, we may be consuming far higher amounts than is normally found in the Asian diet, without any real idea of the consequences. A related issue is that modern preparation methods for soy products may increase the health risks. For example, some companies use chemical hydrolization instead of traditional fermentation methods to make soy sauce. It's something to think about.

Time to get science-y: Apart from the question as to whether soy even has demonstrable health benefits, there are long-standing concerns that soy may have negative effects on thyroid function and hormonal health. Soy falls into a category of foods known as goitrogens -- vegetables, grains and foods that promote formation of goiter -- an enlarged thyroid. Some goitrogens also have a definite antithyroid effect, and appear to be able to slow thyroid function, and in some cases, trigger thyroid disease. A huge danger is soy infant formula, this should never be given to your child in such a vulnerable age. Infants that consume soy have up to 20,000 times the amount of estrogen circulating in their blood stream.

Most importantly, soy is rated as the second most allergenic food to humans, with the first being peanuts. So before you go soy crazy, check it out with your doc to be sure you aren't allergic.

Soy-lovely Research

In January 2006 an American Heart Association review (in the journal "Circulation") of a decade-long study of soy protein benefits casts doubt on the FDA allowed "Heart Healthy" claim for soy protein. The panel also found that soy isoflavones do not reduce post menopause "hot flashes" in women, nor do isoflavones help prevent cancers of the breast, uterus, or prostate. Thus, soy isoflavones in the form of supplements is not recommended. Among the conclusions, the authors state, "In contrast, soy products such as tofu, soy butter, soy nuts, or some soy burgers should be beneficial to cardiovascular and overall health because of their high content of polyunsaturated fats, fibre, vitamins, and minerals and low content of saturated fat. Using these and other soy foods to replace foods high in animal protein that contain saturated fat and cholesterol may confer benefits to cardiovascular health." -- Sacks et al. 113 (7): 1034

The common amounts of phytoestrogens in soy beans are not to be compared to concentrated estrogen. One study followed over 3000 Japanese men between 1965 and 1999, and that showed a positive correlation between brain atrophy and consumption of tofu.

A study on elderly Indonesian men and women found that tempeh consumption was independently related to better memory.

Lastly, soy contains trypsin inhibitors, which means the proteins in soy are not as absorbent by the body. They block the enzyme trypsin, which is secreted by the pancreas and breaks down protein in the small intestine. Basically what this means is that your body will not be able to properly break down proteins unless you take extra enzymes separately.

Long story short: it's still too sketchy to claim soy is the soy-tastic and start replacing everything with soy. My advice? Eat as many different foods and meat/dairy alternatives as possible. Don't just stick to one kind. It's fine to have a soy yogurt for breakfast with fresh fruit, but then skip the soy burger for lunch and go for a big green salad. There are plenty of milk alternatives, and I rarely use soy unless that's the only thing available. Almond milk is super easy to make and is almost as common as soy milk now. There is also rice milk, coconut milk, hazelnut milk and hemp milk. Try different options and always switch it up! Don't ever use soy milk as a baby formula and avoid giving it to small kids, especially boys, when they are still growing. Finally, don't be soy-crazy! Soy isn't the devil and won't kill you. Just eat it with moderation in mind and keep yourself educated with the latest research.

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THE BIRTH STORY

Preparing for your first, second or fifth birth all comes with their own unknowns. You can never exactly predict how the process is going to go. With all three births I worked with a doula and prepared for a natural delivery. So when I was told I would have to have an emergency C-section with my first delivery, I was in complete shock. I was 26 when I had Kai, and I was the first of my group of friends out here in LA to have a baby and was a bit out of touch with my mom at the time, so I was very much traveling this journey solo. I hired a doula, but didn’t touch on the possibility of having an emergency C-section because I planned on having a vaginal birth.

 

Did you know that you CAN have a birth plan for a C-Section?

I didn’t with my first and I wish I did. Many hospitals have certain protocols they need to follow, but medicine has come a long way and you have more of a say. Even if you don’t plan to have a C-Section, prepare for one in case, especially regarding your pain management. Almost 1.3 million women deliver babies via C-section each year, making it the most common surgery performed in the US and more than half of patients who have a C-section are prescribed an opioid. I’m partnering with Pacira BioSciences to encourage women to raise their expectations for what should be expected after surgery. It’s so, so important to have a say in your own pain management and know that there are non-opioid options available. You have the power to take control of your birth.

On August 23, 2010 at around 11pm, my water broke. I went to the hospital with Adi and my doula and close family members were there. I was in labor all night and all the next day. Kai’s heart rate didn’t respond to labor well and would drop every time I had a contraction. It was concluded that the cord was wrapped around his neck and the decision was made to move to an emergency C-section.

I had taken pitocin to help speed up the labor and then an epidural, but then was given another drug to reverse the pitocin, so I could go into surgery. At 4pm on August 24th, Kai was here! He was a beautiful, healthy baby and I’m so grateful there were no complications with the delivery.

As upset as I was to hear I had to have a C-section after 17 hours of sitting in the hospital in labor, I was so beyond happy and in love with this little human. The recovery was unlike any other and so much more challenging than I expected, but I healed and had the most beautiful birth experience with my second, Leo Beo, which I’ll save for another time.

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After giving birth, remember to enjoy your newest little addition and recognize how powerful you are. Giving birth, no matter how, is the most superwoman thing you can do. You are an incredible mama.

 

EXPAREL is indicated for single-dose infiltration in adults to produce postsurgical local analgesia and as an interscalene brachial plexus nerve block to produce postsurgical regional analgesia. Safety and efficacy have not been established in other nerve blocks.

 

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How This Mama Sneaks in Workouts with 3 Kiddos

For as long as I’ve been active I’ve found creative and fun ways to do so all day long. Any other busy mamas out there know that our time is sacred and here’s the secret - you don’t have to do a long-form workout every day to stay healthy or fit.  


Since becoming a mama, I’ve never been too strict about my workouts as long as I move my body throughout the day, and make it exciting and new is what inspires and motivates me. This and prioritizing clean eating, getting in my daily dose of superfoods, and connecting to my intuition in everything I do gives me all I need to be the best mother, wife, entrepreneur and creator I can be.


There are MANY days I don’t do a “real” organized workout and I want to share how I sneak in my workouts at home while balancing my schedule with three littles and multiple businesses. 


Here are my 5 ways to sneak in workouts as a mama of three!

Take off ALL the pressure.

Your sanity and happiness, moment to moment, is way more vital than checking everything off your to-do list and working out for an hour every day. Start simple, one step at a time. Follow the good feelings from one into the other. Show up to the world the way you want to and the way you need it. I choose to show up with love - so my kids see it and hold on to it. 


Prioritize getting in at least 2-3 minutes of high-intensity movement a day. It all adds up!

This could look like jump squats while brushing your teeth. Leg lifts while folding laundry. Lunges, tricep dips, planks and push-ups while watching TV. Pick something that will feel good to you and commit to a short burst. I’ll do push-ups while my kids build legos or maybe calf raises or squats while I wash or dry dishes. A few leg lifts while I watch a TV show with Adi or doing 2-3 min of yoga/handstands during the workday when I’m feeling stagnant. It all counts and IT ALL ADDS UP.


Drink LOTS and lots of water.

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Go on an evening hike or walk and take the whole family!

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Intuitive movement and meditation

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If I don’t keep moving I feel lethargic which isn’t a good look for me. I get grumpy, unmotivated and snappy. I need to flow and move all day long to support my life as a person, business owner, wife and mama. 


How you do one thing is how you do everything, right? So bring this self-loving, positive, energetic, strong self to your day today and every day! Then when you go to do the longer form “real” workout you’ll notice how much better you feel!! 


What are some of your favorite ways to move your body? Share with me in the comments below!

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Take time for balance and reflection. Set aside time to yourself without any distractions and reflect on gratitude in your life but also what might be out of balance and how you can make those lifestyle shifts. You can use the following prompts as guide or if you’re more visual, you can draw a pic of scales and write out or draw the things that feel in balance or out of balance. 


Journal Prompts: 

  1. In the last few months, have changes have happened that you want to keep in your life?
  1. What is currently present in your life that wish was more in alignment or flowed more abundantly?
  1. What have you been working on that has not yet manifested in your life? How can you make a change whether in your mindset or your work to have it show up for you?
  1. What are you ready to call into your life and begin the work on?

Find seasonal nourishment. During this transitional astrological period in which the energy of the seasons shift, it’s especially important to listen to your body and give yourself love, care, and nourishment. There are tons of seasonal vegetables available right now from an abundance of pumpkins and delicious root vegetables. Try out new recipes and honor this period with a full mind-body reset.


Take a walk in nature. Spend time outside and reflect on how the trees are shift, the air is turning crisper and days are cooler. Connect to the movement of Earth and really feel your feet on the ground and find clarity.

Infuse the spirit of the season in your home. Make a delicious Philosophie pumpkin spice latte using our seasonal Fall Vibes blend or these pumpkin muffins and let the autumns spice light up your home. Join me for an intuitive yoga practice on Sunday honoring the shift from summer to fall.

 

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