Ask Cheryl: Quinoa, Cleanses, & Fiber

Another roundup of your burning nutrition questions from our weekly Facebook chats, courtesy of American Pistachios! Each week I host a live Q&A session on Tuesdays at 8pm EST, following Monday night’s newest The Biggest Loser episode. Make sure to join in for a chance to win prizes, this week’s winners won Lodge Cast Iron cookware!


Question: I finally found a exercise video that nudged my weight loss to start again. I am also drinking a weight loss drink once a day. Do you think weight loss drinks are OK for short term?

Answer: I think that SOME shakes are ok once in awhile, but they need to have really clean ingredients – no artificial sweeteners or sugar


Question: I always though quinoa was a protein, then read somewhere that it is more carbohydrate. Which is right?

Answer: Quinoa is a whole grain that has both protein and complex carbs. It a really great source of plant protein and very versatile to use


Question: Hi, wondering if any supplements are recommended to assist with weight loss. Not diet pills, just good things to have enough of in order to facilitate losing

Answer: my answer would be no. I believe that supplements are supplemental and you should be able to find the nutrients you need in whole foods. That said, many women could benefit from a Calcium supplements, a multiple vitamin is ok to cover any deficits and I am also a big fan of high quality Omega 3 supplements, especially for those who don’t enjoy eating omega 3-rich fish


Question: What are your thoughts on doing a cleanse to jump start weight loss and curb cravings?

Answer: Not a fan of cleanses – if you eat a good amount of fresh produce and whole grains you will have plenty of fiber in your diet which will help keep things moving through!


Question: How much fiber should i have daily?

Answer: You should aim for a range of 25 to 35 grams per day


Question: What do you think about low carb diets? Is it the way to go to lose weight?

Answer: Very low carb diets will not provide long term success as they are not sustainable. We use a modified low carb eating plan The Biggest Loser and it’s much easier to stick with!


Question: I love rice. What one is healthier brown rice or wild rice?

Answer: They are both great choices because they’re whole grain. Personally I favor wild rice – I grew up in Minnesota and we had that a lot growing up. Just be sure that you’re portion sizes aren’t too large. Many people tend to go overboard with rice!


Question: What are your top lean choices for protein?

Answer: I love egg whites, edamame, lean dairy, lean beef, pork, bison as well as the white meat of poutry and of course fish!


Ask Cheryl: Curbing Craving, Roasting Veggies, & The Dreaded “Brussels Sprouts Smell”

Wow! It seems like yesterday we were gearing up for our weekly Twitter chats but now we are we are about to enter Week 5 of The Biggest Loser. Last week’s chat was another one for the records and I am always so glad to answer your nutrition questions. Keep joining in for chances to win weekly prizes, not to mention the prize of better health!

Here’s a recap of this week’s questions:


Question: I keep seeing that coconut oil is supposed to be much better for you than even olive oil. Is this factual?

Answer: Not in my opinion. I think coconut oil is a nice option for occasional use but I favor grapeseed and olive oil


Question: What are the best foods to help beat the “I’m hungry” feeling all the time?

Answer: The important thing is to not snack on carbs alone – they will satisfy your hunger for a limited time and you’ll be hunger again. Be sure to have a balance of carb lean protein and good fat.


Question: I’m trying to curb my sweet tooth, what tips do you have for me?

Answer: If you really have a bad prob with sugar you may need to go cold turkey for awhile and eliminate it – it’s very addictive for some people. Try to enjoy the sweetness of a bowl of fresh berries : )


Question: What are some creative roasted vegetables recipes?

Answer: I love Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, fennel, root vegetables. All you need is a hot oven, a little oil and your favorite seasonings. Be sure they are cut uniformly so they will cook uniformly : )


Question: Is there a way to cook brussels sprouts without getting the smell in the house? I absolutely love brussels sprouts but my husband hates the smell makes when I cook them

Answer: Unfortunately that comes with the territory of cruciferous veggies. If I have a lingering cooking smell in the house, I boil water and add cinnamon and sweet spices to infuse the air. You might also want to close the kitchen door if you can to contain the smells in the kitchen area : )


Question: How many times do you recommend eating eggs for breakfast? I’ve seen in health news that they’ve increased the recommendations for how often it is okay to eat them during the week.

Answer: If you don’t have issues with your cholesterol, it’s ok to have an egg every day. I am blessed with wonderful chickens and I very often start my day with two delicious poached eggs L: )


Question: It always seems like I do a good job for like the first week of eating better and exercising…any tips on how to keep pushing through and not get so discouraged when something throws you off course?

Answer: Excellent question ! first of all, write your exercise down on your calendar just like a conference call or business meeting and stick to it!! Also plan ahead and you may find you need to prepare all of your meals and snacks for the day the night before.


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Ask Cheryl: Water Woes, Frozen Food Nutrients, & Kid Friendly Pistachio Recipes

Wow, another great Facebook chat in the books! You guys are amazing and I’m so glad that so many of you showed up for our weekly nutrition chat, my fingers were typing up a storm the entire time! Remember, I’ll be answering your pressing nutrition and weight loss questions every Tuesday night at 8pm EST following on my Facebook page. Each week every participant is entered into a drawing for a prize valuing up to $500! Make sure not to miss out this week, you could win a Ary Vacmaster. Thanks to American Pistachio’s for sponsoring this weekly chat!


Let’s get into the recap of what we talked about last week:



Question: I am not a water drinker. Are there other healthy options? I am getting tired of drinking ice tea!

Answer: Not really except milk! Try to remind yourself of the health benefits of water and it may taste better! Helps hydrate our skin, helps us feel full, helps maintain body temperature, helps carry nutrients throughout our body


Question: What type of oil is best to use for salad dressings?

Answer: I favor grapeseed and olive oil : )


Question: When I make freezer meals for busy week nights is my family getting the same nutrition/vitamins as if I cooked it right then?

Answer: Yes as long as you freeze it right away – you have minimal nutrient loss – and be sure not to overcook it when you reheat!


Question: My question is processed foods. Is everything I buy if not fresh considered processed. In other woods..a bag, a can, frozen. Except veggies..thanks so much.

Answer: Some of those things are minimally processed; you really want to avoid things that have lots of preservatives and/or things that have been milled to remove most of the nutrients like white flour!


Question: My husband refuses to eat veggies, except for lettuce and corn. What can I do to make sure he gets the right nutrients that comes from vegetables?

Answer: You may have to sneak them in without telling him – if the dishes are well seasoned he may not notice. My book Flavor First is loaded with recipes like this. It’s on sale on my website good luck!


Question: is it true the heavier you are the quicker you lose weight?

Answer: Kinda sorta – on the show we find that some of the largest people lose a lot of weight in the beginning – but it’s really subjective. sometimes it’s because they were eating so much processed salty food before the show that they lose a ton of water weight


Question: What are some recipes with pistachios that kids will enjoy?

Answer: I have some great easy recipe in my new book – a salad with smoked turkey and chopped pistachios; a delicious quinoa dish with pistachios and a yummy balsamic dressing, I could go on and on ….

Make sure to check out my latest book, A Small Guide to Losing Big, for more answers to your pressing nutrition and weight loss questions!


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