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Sunday
Jan312016

10 “Forbidden” Foods You Should Be Eating

Food fallacies are never-ending, but I’m here today to share with you some surprisingly great news! Not all foods that get a bum rap deserve their bad reputation.

Take a peek at each of these 10 foods, but also be sure to read up on what exactly makes them healthy and what varieties to look for when purchasing.

Yet, it’s not quite as easy as loading up on butter and bacon every day now (sorry). If your nutrition intake is veggie-heavy (think nearly half your plate at each meal), lower in grain-based carbs, and rich in quality proteins, then these foods can be beneficial for both variety and flavor. Enjoy!

 

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Tuesday
Nov032015

The Dirty 7 | 7 Ingredients You Don't Want in Your Food

Although our diets should be rich in whole, natural foods as much as possible, sometimes processed foods have a time and a place in our day-to-day lives.

Even with these types of products, however, a little discernment can make the best of this selection. If you do consume processed foods, there are some unique ingredients you should watch out for!

At Life Time, we’ve identified the following ingredients as the dirty seven. These seven food additives should be on your radar when choosing processed foods. Read on to learn our top seven as well as why and how you should avoid them!

 

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Thursday
Apr092015

4 Misleading Food Industry Claims 

They say real, whole foods don’t need to be labeled healthy.

On the other side of the spectrum, of course, are the splashy health claims of processed food products.

We’ve all seen them in grocery stores and media advertisements. As positive and conspicuous as these messages appear on package labels, the fact is they promise health benefits that clearly defy the ingredients listed in small print.

The claims themselves run a wide gamut, but let me highlight a few of the most common and offer the proverbial “more to the story” behind each. 

 

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Thursday
Mar262015

The Healthy Way to Detox - Part 1

Spring can feel like the perfect time to start fresh with health goals.

In fact, it's a common time to read about detox regimens that kickstart those efforts.

Not every detoxification regimen, however, is safe or effective. It’s important to not only understand the benefits of detoxification but the ways an individual detox plan can support (or hinder) your body’s own detoxification efforts.

In this three part article series, we'll examine these issues and offer a guide that can help you make the best choices for your detoxification goals.

 

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Sunday
Feb082015

How to Assess those “Best & Worst Diets” Ratings 

Every year media sources offer their assessments of popular diet philosophies, but what should we ultimately take from these rankings? 

If you’re like most Americans after the holidays, diets are on your mind - and media conglomerates know that. It's prime time to grab readers' attention with claims of which “diets” can make this year's health picture different (or better?) than the last. 

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Sunday
Sep212014

What Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You about Diabetes

In a few years, it may appear completely normal to have diabetes.

You read that correctly – it’s likely you won’t be normal (in the sense of average) unless you’re being treated for diabetes (or pre-diabetes). The scariest part? Your kids may be in the highest risk category for this new “normal.”

Diabetes is a disease state in which the body cannot regulate blood glucose concentrations by normal physiologic processes.

There are two main types of the disease – type 1 being the less common variety characterized by the inability to produce a key hormone to regulate blood sugar (insulin), and the more common type 2 characterized by abnormal blood sugars due to insulin resistance (and eventual loss of the ability to produce enough insulin). Type 3 diabetes is a more recent term proposed to describe altered glucose metabolism in the brain, which seems closely related to the development and progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

 

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Saturday
Aug092014

5 Facts Behind the Low Fat Fallacy

All of you reading today likely qualify as part of the “low-fat” generation. For decades, we’ve seen everything from restaurant offerings to cereal labels tout their “low fat” content as a selling point and personal reassurance that our “choice” would be a healthy one. Far from a mere marketing premise, however, the low fat message was, in fact, a larger shift in our culture’s mindset that would remake our food environment and even influence our health industry for nearly two full generations. The low fat experiment was originally set in motion with the USDA’s landmark Dietary Goals for the United States” issued by the McGovern commission in the late 1970s. In very recent years, however, the tide has been turning as more studies suggest that traditional dietary fats don’t pose the danger we’ve thought! Understandably, we might be skeptical about such a fundamental message being turned on its ear. Where did that original low-fat recommendation come from anyway – and why should we follow a far different call now? Just as we can observe the trajectory of new research findings, we can also return to the original study with a critical eye for where its assertions may have misdirected our culture’s low-fat fixation. Let me share my understanding of that initial research and offer 5 illuminating facts that can put the low-fat fallacy into proper nutritional perspective.

 

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