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Monday
Nov192018

5 Common Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore

As a dietitian and coach, I’ve learned that at the start of a program, most people have no idea how good they are designed to feel. They have come to mistakenly accept commonsymptoms as normal. When asked how they are currently doing, they often shrug and somewhat disenchantedly report feeling “fine.” 

When was the last time you took full stock in how you’re physically feeling from day to day? If it’s been awhile, think of what words you would use. Are you well-rested, refreshed, and high energy? Or are you fatigued, bloated, and over caffeinated? 

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Tuesday
Oct162018

How To Spot A Bad Supplement


“I don’t trust supplements; they aren’t regulated. I’m going to just get what I need from food.” 

I’ve heard these statements from countless people who are first embarking on a health and fitness journey. Based on the general reputation of the supplement industry, I can appreciate the initial sentiment. Although, the ideas of optimal nutrient sufficiency from our current diet and the perceived lack of regulation are both myths.1-4 Our diet is not as nutrient dense as it once was (most of us do not consume nearly as much produce as we should), and the FDA (and the FTC, for that matter) does in fact have a role in regulating the industry and its claims. 

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Wednesday
Aug222018

Everything You Need to Know about Insulin and Fat Storage

When you hear the word insulin, what comes to mind? For most, it’s a neighbor, cousin or friend that is among the estimated 9.4% of Americans who have diabetes (9 out of 10 of which are Type 2, which is often more lifestyle driven).1,2 While, yes, the prevalence of diabetes is no doubt on the rise, not a single person is immune to the massive impact that insulin and blood sugar regulation have on body composition, longevity and overall health outcomes. Imbalances in blood sugar regulation are important to consider not only for efficient fat loss, but also due to the undeniable associations with cardiovascular disease risk, blood vessel damage, breast cancer, cognitive decline, increased levels of androgens (characteristically “male” hormones) in women and increased levels of estrogen in men, and overall risk of death.3-6

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Friday
Jul132018

3 reasons you’re at a weight loss plateau

In any fitness and fat loss journey, there are both joys and growing pains along the way. None, however, are more frustrating than following a plan and not seeing results. When there’s a mismatch between the level of effort put in and the lack of desired outcome - whether that be a change in pant size, an improved lift or run time, or a pesky symptom that won’t shake - it can make anyone wonder: Is it worth it?

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Friday
Jun152018

The Hormone Both Men and Woman Should Be Concerned About  

When it comes to fat loss, most people think that all results ultimately boil down to a simple calorie balance equation. Burn more than you take in, and there should be a linear path to success. Of course, calories matter, but there are several other factors that can impact your results and how your body burns calories in the first place. Underlying physiology often dictates the response to your nutrition and exercise (it goes both ways), with one key factor of this underlying physiology being hormone health.

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Friday
May112018

5 Practical Ways To Balance Hormones 

What do you think of when you hear the word “hormonal?” Sadly, most people immediately associate the adjective with “emotional,” and often relate it to a woman’s menstrual cycle or perimenopausal years. But from a physiological (and therefore accurate) perspective, “hormonal” pertains to the many different types of messenger compounds the body produces that stimulate action at another site in the body. These can include everything from estrogen, testosterone and progesterone (often referred to as “sex hormones”); to cortisol, one of the main stress hormones; to thyroid hormones (critical for calorie burn); to insulin, a hormone critical to regulating blood sugar and more.

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Friday
May112018

3-Ingredient Hormone-Balancing Recipe With Bacon

As a dietitian, nothing makes me prouder than turning a skeptic into a Brussels sprouts lover. 

As a vegetable in the Brassica family, this nutritional powerhouse is one of my all-time favorites for its metabolic benefits.

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