Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Nutrition | 0 comments

Want to know how alcohol affects your body weight

Just in time for holiday parties, it’s time for a primer on how those lovely spirits affect your body weight.

Alcohol has had it’s place at the table for a LONG time. It’s an important part of some religions, traditions, cultures, and coping mechanisms. It can be a helpful aid, a deadly disease, and everything in between. My favorite word for alcohol is “social lubricant.” Whenever I think of alcohol as a social lubricant I imagine some guy at a frat house sliding down the hallway of his dorm lubed up in a morph suit. LOL. What? Too graphic?

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Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Nutrition | 0 comments

The truth about preservatives part 2


Last time you learned about benzoates and sulfites, but there is another set of preservatives who may have gotten a bad wrap and this one, I feel, is particularly important. Why? Because it affects my ability to eat bacon! That’s right, I’m talking about nitrates and nitrites, commonly associated with cured and red meats. A fear that’s long been held in the fitness circles is that nitrate and nitrite consumption is associated with cancer production. Guess what? FALSE!

It may surprise you to learn that the greatest source of nitrate and nitrite exposure doesn’t come from your food, but from your body. In fact, the nitrite content in your spit contains far more nitrites than anything you could eat,” says Chris Kresser, health investigator. Here’s another often stunning fact, 85% of the nitrate that humans ingest comes from vegetables.

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Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Nutrition | 0 comments

The truth about food preservatives part. 1

Food preservatives are often criticized as evil and the root of all ill-heath, but is that fact? Before I speak more about the research on preservatives I want to make a few disclaimers: 1) Some of the facts presented by the research I’m quoting do not align with my personal opinion about preservatives. Still, I want to give you the most accurate information available so you can form your own opinion. 2) Whatever the result of the research, try not to conclude, with any finality, that preservatives are bad or okay. All “good” research stimulates more questions. Also, because most “good” research is done with very tight controls, it’s generalizability to the population as a whole takes a bit of a nose dive – depending on where you’re coming from, the state of your health, the uniqueness of your snowflakiness, etc the effect preservatives have on you may be different than the effect on the participants in the study. So with that long-ass disclaimer out of the way, let’s jump into it. Organic-Natural-FoodsThe move away from food with preservatives has opened up a huge line of “natural” or “preservative free” foods, but most of the concern about preservatives is linked a fear of adverse reactions, cancer development, and the effects these preservatives might have on growth and puberty. Who wouldn’t be afraid to eat foods with preservatives if you thought it would increase your chances of cancer or cause an upset tummy? If we don’t know what these stomach pains mean, we might start to associate them with terrible and damning like nutrient malabsorption.
No-PreservativesOne way to truly test whether the adverse effects of the preservatives is real is to get a group of people who claim to have adverse effects and give 1/2 of them preservative-containing foods and the other 1/2 preservative-free foods,  keep the researcher in the dark about which participants get the preservative-containing and -free foods, and then measure the results (i.e. A placebo-controlled and blinded experiment). Well research like this has been done and it found that true food reactions are very rare with only 0.03% to 0.23% of the population experiencing such reactions.

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Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Exercise | 0 comments

The 4-step tight-ass hamstring solution

Fitness programming for clients can be a very, very difficult job. Programming becomes especially challenging the more you learn about what people need compared to what they want.

For instance most folks want, or think they need to do static stretching (imagine holding your leg up in the air stretching the life out of it) to improve their flexibility.

best_hamstring-stretch_3Also, most folks want, or think they need hard, high-intensity cardio to get lean and change their body.

But do “most folks” actually need to do static stretching to improve hamstring mobility or high-intensity cardio to get lean? Maybe not.

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Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Nutrition, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The holiday survival guide

With the holidays around the corner, it’s important to have a plan of action. But first, how about some sobering statistics to go with your side of mashed potatoes?

One study, found 1/2 the annual weightgain an average person experiences occurs during the holiday season. Jiminy christmas batman. Furthermore, those who gain 5lbs or more during the 6 week holiday season are more likely to end up obese or overweight, according to this study. Oh, and how about the success of weight loss attempts during the holiday season? How well do those typically turn out? I think you can guess the answer to that one.

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Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Nutrition | 0 comments

You’d like your eating plan to work for you – to get you the results that you want without lots of complicated steps. The good news is that lean eating does not mean complicated eating…it just means eating smart.

Read on for the NEW rules of lean eating that will make fat loss second nature. And don’t worry, lean eating can still be very delicious. In fact, you’ll find many of your new, lean meals to be better in flavor and more satisfying than your old, fattening eats.

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Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Nutrition | 0 comments

Do you suffer from food addiction?

Sure you’ve heard of drug addicts, but have you heard of food addicts. If you’re reading this article, perhaps something inside of you thought, “This might be written for me,” on account of the inappropriate feelings you have for the food channel. But if that’s what you were thinking, you have food addiction confused with foodphilia. LOL. Seriously though, drug addiction is characterized by things such as withdrawal symptoms – lack of drug use creates nasty physiological effects on the body, increased tolerance – you need more of the drug to get the same high, and things like dopamine deficiency – dopamine release is linked to rewarding feelings and it’s release is diminished in addicts. Well, guess what? These same things are seen in folks who are suspected as having food addiction.

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