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Saturday
Dec192009

An Epidemic With a Cure

Imagine this. You meet someone new every minute of the day, 24 hours per day, for 196 years. That's a lot of people! In fact, it's 103 million people. And that is the number of people projected to be obese in the United States alone, in 2018, 45% of our population!

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Sunday
Dec132009

Fat Won't Get You Fat

Almost fifty years after recommendations were made to avoid fat to stay thin, evidence continues to grow showing the low-fat approach may not be the answer to managing body composition.

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Sunday
Dec132009

Surviving the Holidays

We're in the middle of the holiday season. While the holiday season is about much more than food, the five-week period between Thanksgiving and New Year's is filled with more treats and sweets than people experience at any other part of the year. There is a way to manage your weight while still enjoying holiday foods.

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Sunday
Dec062009

Exercise and Insulin Resistance

Insulin resistance is a growing issue in today's Western-culture populations. More common in overweight and obese individuals, insulin resistance is associated with food choices and physical conditioning. A review paper entitled Evolution, body composition, insulin receptor competition, and insulin resistance, found...

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Thursday
Dec032009

More on Omega-3

If there were two supplements I wouldn't be without, they would be a high-quality multivitamin and omega-3 fish oil. Month after month, research studies are published showing significant benefits of omega-3 fish oil. This month's publication of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has another study showing...

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Sunday
Nov292009

Eating Like a Caveman

Each year, we're introduced to the newest diet that promises to solve all of the issues related to our country's obesity epidemic. Some are popular for a short time and disappear. A select few become more popular with time. One of those is the Paleo Diet...

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Wednesday
Nov252009

It's Not the Turkey That Knocks You Out on Thanksgiving

Written by Tom Nikkola - Director of Nutrition & Weight Management

As far back as I can remember, our family always went to my Godparents house for Thanksgiving. Many of the great-tasting foods were the same from year to year and the day often unfolded much the same. We'd arrive, visit, have appetizers while watching one of the football games, eat dinner, dessert and then like magic; the adult men would fall fast asleep while the women visited in the kitchen. I can still see and hear my Godfather, Bill, snoring on the chair and my Dad sound asleep on the couch. Year after year, someone would say, "It's the turkey. That tryptophan puts you right to sleep."

Is there something special about turkey that really does knock you out, especially on Thanksgiving Day? Why is it that you can have turkey on other days and there's no effect? Is there something special about a baked turkey? Or is it possible the turkey really has nothing to do with the afternoon coma many people are put in following Thanksgiving dinner?

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