1. What kind of training do Doctors of Chiropractic have in nutrition?
Doctors of Chiropractic have at least 8 years of College( I have 10 years). Most of our curriculum is very similar to other types of Physicians. We have at least one year of the following: general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, biology, and physics with most of these taken in our undergraduate programs. In graduate school as stated above our classes are very similar to what other physicians take but we substitute their pharmacology classes with more nutrition and diagnostic related studies. I myself am fascinated with the study of nutrition and therefore have put more emphasis on my post graduate curiculium here. Besides yearly required continuing education in which I try to devote a portion to nutrition, I am constantly reading and researching the latest nutrition news to help benefit my patients.
2.What is your favorite dessert?
Anyone who knows me, knows that I enjoy most good quality desserts but my favorite is cookies. Whenever I go visit a new city I must try every cookie and pick my best of the trip. This drives my poor wife crazy sometimes!
3. What do you normally eat?
Most of my diet consists of organic vegetables. I am in an organic club where we pick up two large bags of fruits and veggies each week. This gives us a great variety of healthy things to eat with new things usually in the bags so we never get bored. It also forces us to eat at home because we get so much produce that we need to finish it up before the next weeks batch comes. Don’t get me wrong, I like to eat out, but as we all know, when you cook at home, you know what’s in it. Plus eating at home is less expensive and getting the whole family to lend a hand gives us quality time together. The remainder of my diet consists of organic fruit( I try to eat fruits lower on the glycemic index), free range or organic poultry and eggs, some grass fed beef(my wife doesnt like red meet though), and non-farm raised, sustainable fish.
Then there are times where I just eat whatever I want(within reason), but I plan for this so I can keep it in moderation and have something to look forward to. You must follow rules of good nutrition in order to stay healthy but life is meant to enjoy sometimes. Still, there are many ways to cook healthy things that will satisfy our cravings too.

4. What are the best oils to cook with.
I personally use coconut oil as it has the good healthy saturated fat that our body needs. These fats are what the body uses for many processes every day and what the body burns most efficiently as a source of energy, and therefore we arent hungry all the time. Coconut oil is one of the best sources of medium-chain fatty acids or MCFAs (or medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs) that is out there. Comparatively speaking, most common vegetable/seed oils are made of long chain fatty acids or LCFAs, (or long-chain triglycerides or LCTs). Because LCTs are large molecules, they are difficult for your body to break down and are nearly always stored as fat. Since MCTs are smaller fat molecules, they are easier for your system to digest and are immediately used for energy just like carbohydrates, but without the problem of a rise in insulin like carbs can cause. Coconut oil also can take the high temperatures of cooking without breaking down into unhealthy substances like olive oil can. Olive oil is great cold and should be kept in the refrigerator, as most oils should. Otherwise it will turn rancid and unhealthy(it oxidizes and can turn into damaging free radicals). So use olive oil on your salads but don’t get it hot. I enjoy the slightly coconut taste of coconut oil but if you dont like this you can use another healthy saturated fat like macadamia nut oil which has a more neutral flavor but can take high heat.
As for corn oil I don’t like it at all. It is full of unhealthy omega 6 oils and besides over 90% of the corn in this country is from genetically modified(GM) crops. Canola oil is also high in omega 6 fatty acids so also not a good choice. These oils are inflammatory to your body. A bad diet with these oils and processed foods will increase overall body inflammation whereas a good diet made up of healthy foods will be antiinflamitory.

5. How can I contact you?
On my web site Thedessertdoctor.com or email me at DrMark@Thedessertdoctor.com

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