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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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Saturday
Feb232013

The Power of Paradigm Shifting

On a recent commute, I was listening to the late Steven Covey explain his thoughts on the power of paradigms. In his well known book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, he explains how our paradigms, the ways we see the world, can shape our experiences of success and happiness. It got me thinking about how our paradigms likewise influence our healthy journeys--for better and worse. The paradigms we hold about wellness can hold tremendous sway over our ability to manage our weight and to achieve optimal health.

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Thursday
Jun092011

My Food Pyramid, MyPlate...My Weight Problem

After almost two decades of guiding (or attempting to guide) Americans’ choices of food, the Food Guide Pyramid icon has now been replaced — with MyPlate. Will the new face of a “healthy” diet be a step toward solving the obesity epidemic — or is it still missing the mark?

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Sunday
Jul112010

Dietary Guidelines 2010: Macronutrient Ratios

Last week, I talked about the new report which will be used to create the 2010 Dietary Guidelines later this year. The most referenced part of the dietary guidelines is the food pyramid. Although the pyramid has gone through several facelifts over the past thirty years, the major recommendations have remained virtually the same...

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