Have you heard the admonition to “eat to 80% full” and wait until the signal reaches the brain to feel full?
No doubt you’ll find that little weight loss tidbit sprinkled throughout various fitness magazine articles with such headlines as “Top Ten Tips for Staying Slim”, or “Five Ways to Eat Less”. (Side note: We want to be FIT, not slim. We want to eat MORE, not less. I digress.) That advice, however, is simply missing the bigger picture altogether. Frankly, it just doesn’t make sense.
Why would our bodies be designed so that when we actually felt full, we were really full 20% ago? So we over eat most of the time by 20%? Seems odd. Why not just feel full when we are full? That makes much more sense.
In fact, that’s the way it’s supposed to be. That is . . . if one very simple but very important thing is considered. Continue reading →
Driving down a 50-mile an hour highway near my house the other morning, I glanced into the car next to me and saw a man eating his breakfast. Full-on bowl with a spoon . . . Oatmeal? Cereal? Yes, My first thought was “Wow. Totally dangerous”, but then the next thought came. Now I’m a little weird, so my mind went straight to a mental video animation of his insides – you know, a Discovery Channel version that takes you on a journey down the esophagus and into the stomach, but it’s well-lit and beautifully colored so you don’t get grossed out? Yeah, that one.
Anyway, I understand. He was running late, and although horribly dangerous, he was striving for efficiency and didn’t want to get out the door without the “most important meal of the day”. Anyone could see the risk he was taking with eating at the wheel but what’s less obvious is the risk he was taking with his insides. His Meals on Wheels was setting him up for indigestion, gas, bloating, and mal-nutrition. And if by some strange twist he stumbled upon this post, he would think twice not only about eating while driving, but eating while doing anything else. And here’s why. Continue reading →
To juice or not to juice – is that the question? Maybe. Let’s assume you’d like to give it a try. The better question then, is how can you juice to get the most benefit?
Juicing and smoothies are all the rage. Even though they aren’t exactly the same – juicing removes the pulp while smoothies pulverize it – doing either one without a little thought first might actually do more harm than good.
Regardless of whether you’re juicing or making a smoothie, here are five common mistakes you should avoid.
Mistake #1. Not coupling juice with protein.
If you drink juice by itself, even if it’s all from vegetables, it’s classified as an isolated carbohydrate. What’s wrong with an isolated carb? Plenty. In the case of juicing, the fiber has been removed – the mushy pulp that you clean out of the contraption – which is not how nature intended you to eat your veggies. It’s that very pulp that slows down how fast the sugar (glucose) enters your blood stream. Having a little protein with your green drink can slow down the digestion.
If you opt for the smoothie version, that’s better, but remember that the blender is doing most of the work that your digestive system is designed to do, starting in your mouth. Chewing releases digestive enzymes and primes the stomach and digestive tract for its up-coming meal. Dare we say that a smoothie is a “processed” food? Well, I guess it technically is. Continue reading →
My definition of a productive kitchen is a kitchen that is equipped to produce food that contributes to a fully healthy body.
How many veggie choices are in your fridge right this very minute? Well? How many would you be able to come up with? Seven? At least five? No? You should be ashamed.
If you do have veggies in your fridge, are most of them prepped (washed, and/or chopped?) or are they in the plastic bags from the produce isle at the grocery store? What’s that? Plastic bag you say? Again, ashamed.
If I were to ask you how many meals in the last 48 hours have had at least what looks like a serving of vegetables, how many would that be? And would they represent more than three colors? You can grade yourself here.
One of the ways I make sure my kitchen is “productive” is to use it to produce a decent amount of healthy food that’s prepared ahead of time and therefore ready-to-go, for no-excuses, quick-and-easy meals . . . and I have seven tips (most of which I’ve used myself) that will help make your productive kitchen a reality. Continue reading →
One of the best tools you can have in your health arsenal is blood sugar and insulin awareness!
I’m encouraging you to live like a diabetic for a week. What? You’re not diabetic! Why the heck would you want to do that?
Because it can give you tremendous insight into how your body responds to different foods, as well as heighten your awareness to exactly how your body responds with insulin. Very cool.
Your body’s response to insulin can change over time, and oftentimes should. It’s not only “fun” to test different food and meals (and yes, I need to get out more!), it is a very effective tool for taking your awareness and knowledge to a new level and making the changes you need to reach your health goals.
Before I take you down the path of how to test your own blood sugar, I feel compelled to point out that my goal here is to give you an effective, harmless tool that can be a catalyst in increasing your awareness, and empowering you to take responsibility for your own health and wellness. With this mindset, let’s get started. Continue reading →