December 30, 2017

Food Allergies

Did your grandparents have food allergies? Mine sure didn’t. A stark comparison to the growing epidemic of food allergies, worsening with every generation.  According to a study released in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies among children increased approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011. Although it can be argued that food allergy and/or food sensitivity testing wasn’t really around back in the day and that there was much less of a focus on these concerns as a whole, there is clearly an increase of documented food allergy cases happening today. So what could be some of the reasons that your grandparents didn’t have food allergies? It’s really quite simple… 1) They ate real seasonal food. Food came from farms and small markets in the early 1900′s, and because food preservatives were not widely used yet, the food was fresh. Because of the lack of processed food, their diets were nutrient dense allowing them to get the nutrition they needed from their food. For babies, breast milk was valued, and it was always in season. 2) They didn’t diet and play restrictive games with their body and metabolism. They ate food when food was available. Our grandparents did not fall victim to fad diets, food […]
November 26, 2017

Gut Health

“All disease begins in the gut.” – Hippocrates. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, spoke these words over 2,000 years ago.  And as the topic of gut health continues to gain notoriety, Hippocrates’ words show that they are not only standing the test of time, but they are now seeing the backing of much scientific evidence.  But what is gut health and why is it so important? Obviously not all disease begins in the gut (genetic conditions, for instance), but for the 35% of American adults who struggle with obesity, and for the millions of adults struggling with symptoms such as brain fog, insomnia, anxiety, fatigue, skin rashes, allergies, food sensitivities, to mood imbalances, frequent illness and other metabolic conditions, these could be signs that the body’s “second brain” – the gastrointestinal (GI) system – needs attention.  The body’s GI system is not just about digestive issues.   Proper gut health can have major effects on your entire body – mood, memory, and immune response.  How is this possible?  Without getting overly scientific, the health of the GI system is determined by the balance of bacteria found in your body’s digestive tract.  When the system is balanced (good bacteria vs. bad bacteria), the […]
July 21, 2017

What you eat, or don’t eat for breakfast, directly impacts your choice of what and how much to eat for lunch. The same holds true for dinner or any other meal. In other words, meals are not mutually exclusive from the stand point of your metabolism. The ability to control hunger, regulate energy and keep cravings at bay is directly determined by your food choices at previous meals. Here is an example: if I wake up in the morning and make scrambled eggs, bacon and blueberries (a favorite breakfast of mine), I find I am more hungry and tend to crave more fatty high calorie foods later. There may be nothing wrong with that choice of breakfast for you. It may actually have the exact opposite impact on you, leading to less chance of cravings and greater hunger suppression. That’s the problem with diets that hand out cookie cutter meal plans and food lists. They will work for some and fail for others. A better approach is to know what works best for you. If I wake up and skip breakfast, or only have a very light breakfast, my hunger, energy and cravings are more in check and my overall […]
July 4, 2017

5 key laws of metabolism you need to understand   ✅ Compensation ✅ Multitasking ✅ Efficiency ✅ Individuality ✅ Psychic Entropy Let’s cover efficiency. This law says that not all food is created equal in terms of its energy currency. The two most important considerations in this discussion are satiety and efficiency. Calorie for calorie each macronutrient provides more or less hunger suppression, and is either efficiently digested and metabolized, or inefficiently metabolized. There is much confusion over this as blogs and gurus often don’t report what the science says. The science is pretty clear. When looking at isolated macronutrients, the most hunger suppressing, least efficiently and calorie sparse fuels are best for weight loss. From that perspective. the hierarchy goes like this: protein > carbs > fat What this means is protein is the least efficiently digested/absorbed/stored, most hunger suppressing and least calorie dense. Fat on the other hand is the worst in these categories. Once you start combining macronutrients you will see that adding fat to protein definitely adds to its hunger suppressing power. In addition, the fiber component of carbs is also hunger suppressing, inefficient and calorie sparse. Based on these principles this law says the bulk […]