March 2013 Blog Posts

Fiber

Fiber is plant material that is not digested in the gastrointestinal tract. In the 1970's Dr. Denis Burkitt and his colleagues noticed that common diseases in the west such as cardiovascular diseases, metabolic disorders and intestinal problems were not common in Africa.  The major difference in nutritional habits was the high intake of fiber and low intake of refined carbohydrates.  Dr. Burkitt also noticed the emergence of these diseases in the United States and England started after the 1890's and the introduction of a new milling technique that removed fiber from whole grain flour to produce white flour. We know that there...

Stress Awareness

April is National Stress Awareness Month There are those of us how get stressed and can't eat a thing and then there are those of us who rely heavily on our friends Ben and Jerry.   Regardless of how hard you try there are times in life when you experience stress.  Those moments have a great impact on your diet goals.  When your stressed your body makes a hormone called cortisol, which can slow down your metabolism.  When fighting for you life it comes in handy, when dieting it does not.  Stress affects your blood sugar as well as the foods you...

Healthy Food Choices Increases Motivation

Staying motivated to maintain or lose weight is so hard.  I know I'm not alone when I say as soon as I get close to my goal my weight magically goes right back up.  I'm not sure if it's the feeling of I'm succeeding so I can allow myself those treats, or my body craving the extra calories.  Either way it doesn't matter because the results are the same.  Maybe it's just being tired of always keeping track and watching everything that I eat.  You just want to kick back and relax for awhile.  It's tough marshaling every bite all...

Keeping Your WeightLossBuddy Food Diary

Are you really keeping a food diary?  I don't mean just the meals or only when you get a chance kind of diary.  I mean making it a priority, logging in every bite of food, kind of diary.  If not you're making a mistake.  I can sugar coat it and say you're not doing yourself a favor and that would be true.  It's really worse than that; by not keeping a food diary you're doing yourself a disservice.  I have backing.  Just bring up your search and put in studies that prove keeping a food diary works.  Bam, you'll see...

GMO's

                                        I've heard about GMO's (Genetically Modified Organisms) , they are any organism that has had their genetic material altered.  There are several reasons why someone might think using GMO seeds is a good thing.  You can genetically modify seeds so they would make plants a greater yield, a more nutritious fruit while being more resistant to pests and diseases.  Some plants would be able to be more cold or heat tolerant allowing foods to grow in places that they never were before.  Cows can...

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