Why You Should Stop Building Your Diet on Buzzwords NOW

Although Celiac disease affects a minority of people, many of us have gluten intolerances which may magluten-freenifest simply as brain fog, low energy levels, weight gain or an autoimmune disease such as thyroiditis, arthritis or dermatitis such as eczema and psoriasis. Today, nearly 30 percent of Americans are avoiding gluten, according to a NPD research group survey cited in the Wall Street Journal. It’s obvious gluten-free is a growing craze, but the same Wall Street Journal article is now questioning: Is it healthy?

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14 Reasons You Should Eat More Fat

One of the biggest challenges in giving nutritional advice is dealing with our current fat-phobic mindset. There are a host of myths that are perpetuated in the nutritional world, such as:

  • Eating fat makes you fat
  • Eating fat raises your cholesterol
  • High cholesterol causes heart disease
  • Saturated fat is unhealthy
  • Saturated fat clogs your arteries

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WHY YOU SHOULDN’T COUNT CALORIES TO LOSE FAT

257_2868844How many times in your life have you heard or read a version of the following?

To lose weight you need to “EAT LESS AND EXERCISE MORE”

To lose weight you need to “CREATE A CALORIE DEFICIT”

To lose weight ‘CALORIES OUT MUST EXCEED CALORIES IN”

To lose a pound of fat you need to “CREATE A 3500 CALORIE DEFICIT BY EATING LESS AND EXERCISING MORE”

To lose weight “YOU NEED TO FOLLOW THE LAWS OF THERMODYNAMICS”

To lose weight “EAT WHAT YOU WANT, JUST BURN OFF THE CALORIES WITH MORE EXERCISE”

To lose weight “YOU NEED TO EAT LESS FAT BECAUSE IT’S HIGH IN CALORIES”

Following this advice usually leads to frustration, fatigue, failure and, hold your calorie-counter,….. WEIGHT-GAIN!  Continue reading

NOT so HEALTHY HEALTH tips:

 1) EAT LESS, EXERCISE MORE, TO LOSE WEIGHT

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WHY NOT: This advice implies that if you are overweight it’s simply because you eat too much and don’t exercise enough. Most people will not effectively burn fat following this advice. We need to eat LESS processed-food and eat MORE healthy-food. We need to exercise MORE efficiently but NOT excessively.

INSTEAD: Eat more nutrient-dense food and avoid processed foods. Focus on high-quality proteins, fats and low-glycemic carbohydrates to balance blood sugar and promote fat burning. Eat Paleo. In addition, promote fat-burning metabolism with short-duration, high-intensity exercise.

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Testosterone Therapy for Men

Optimizing testosterone levels impacts multiple aspects of men’s health. With Testosterone (T) deficiencies men can experience weight gain, low energy, low libido, depression, loss of motivation, decrease in muscle mass and decrease in stamina. Optimal T levels enhance cardiovascular health, improve brain function, and lead to better body composition. Continue reading

Aging Forces: Chronic Stress

imagesWe are all familiar with the “fight or flight” response to a stressor. This well-known stress response is activated automatically by our body to help us through any stressful situation. When we are exposed to a physical or emotional stress, our sympathetic nervous system is turned on and stimulates our adrenal glands to pump out epinephrine, norepinephrine and cortisol. These hormones released from the adrenal gland help us acutely to survive the stressor at hand. The stress hormones help focus our attention, heighten our senses, increase our heart rate, increase our blood pressure, and rapidly mobilize energy for fuel. The stress response arms us for action.

The activation of the stress response gives us what our body needs to utilize immediately, whether we choose to “fight” or “run like hell”. Our chances of surviving any stressor are contingent on the activation of this acute stress response. After the stressful event, our body is able to recalibrate stress hormone levels and allow us to return to our baseline. The stress response works extremely rapidly to activate our nervous system, immune system, cardiovascular system and metabolism. After the stressor, when we relax, our body is able to activate the relaxation response and take us off “high-alert ” status. Continue reading