I am a big fan of variation in diet and eating. I think this is more in synch with nature and humans have obviously adapted quite well to the cycles of feast and famine. Unfortunately we modern humans have attempted to outsmart nature and created a situation where we are now overfed but undernourished with all food types abundant year-round.
There is little that is natural about the way we eat, let alone what we eat, and a huge part of that is how often and how long we feed ourselves each day. According to a survey conducted by the Salk Institute, the average American has a 15-hour eating window per day!
It is no wonder fasting (not eating) is making such traction these days.
There is a lot of power in fasting - not only healing power - but also power over food, power over hunger, power over time conrestraints. I love to try a longer fast every so often, but many years ago I would have never considered it.
It seemed to crazy to me to "starve yourself" for a day or two.
There is much been thrown around on the internet these days about how you should eat for thyroid health. This post is not so much about the food as about how NOT to prepare foods namely cooking with Teflon and newer nonstick pans.
I have a confession to make in this blog post. Ready? Here it goes - I love what I do. I really do.
How many people can say that they truly love their work? How many people are doing the work that they know they are destined to do?
Now, you probably don’t think this is an earth shattering confession, but here’s the thing: I used to be deeply concerned about my future and finding work that I loved.
I have been a expert contributor at www.fitlandiafitness.com since early 2016. Together, Fitlandia CEO Christa King and I recorded many webinars and presentations which are available to FitlandiaFitness members. Earlier this year we did a Nutritional Ketosis podcast which you can listen to here. Christa has also posted this article for my readers here. Enjoy.
Personally, I have never been one for New Years resolutions especially those that fall into the weight loss, dieting, and getting into "shape" categories. There really is nothing magical about that particular day in the middle of winter.
I have also launched a few missions to divert this attention from weight to something more important - to no avail. You can read my previous insights here, here, here and here.
I have just returned from SE Florida where I spent Spring break with my family. It was so good to soak up the sun and the warmth and jump in the Atlantic ocean where the water temp was 71 degrees!!!
Typical during spring we saw temperatures jump up and down from day to day with thunder storms passing through dumping buckets of rain followed by sun minutes later. This didn't stop me and the family from swimming as much as possible and allowing our pasty white NW glow to turn pink in the soothing rays of the sun.
I'm telling you all this not to make you envious but to get to the point about sun exposure, vitamin D and skin cancers.
Health related New Year resolutions, like weight loss, often fizzle out by this time of year. Was there something wrong with the goal? Or was it the plan? Or maybe you "don't have the willpower"!
Change is rarely a linear process, life meanders, things come up, circumstances change, you constantly need to adjust your course.
Your body continuously processes environmental and dietary toxins, chemicals, and waste products.
Do you really need to “Do a Detox”?
Yes it is true that the day-to-day functioning of the liver, kidneys, spleen, digestive tract and the entire circulatory and lymphatic system is to assist in detoxifying the body. While your body does an amazing job at this our environment and dietary choices often saddle us with more than we can easily handle. Can you help clean your system out?
You bet you can.
Here it comes - the time of the year that should be about celebration, joy and togetherness. But instead stress and sugar bombard us from every angle feeding the addictive beast within, and resulting in depression, anxiety and feelings of inadequacy.
The holiday season feeds the New Year Resolution industry
There was a study released in the middle of last month showing that the chemicals in our surroundings may lead to up to 20% of all causes of cancer!!!
No this is not another report from the Dept of DUH! (DOD) this report was compiled by 174 scientist from around the world and published in the journal Carcinogenesis. Logic tells us that many chemicals can have a vast array of effects on our health but this study was not really just about that
People are becoming more aware of what is being passed off as food these days and are questioning the use of MSG, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated fats etc.etc.etc.
But maltodextrin is found everywhere from your supplements to your beer, your junk food to your spice mixes and so much more, yet still flying under many people’s radar.
Almost 20 years ago I became aware of this now ubiquitous additive now in our foods when working as a personal trainer.
It was way back in 1998 that I had my first of many episodic attacks that would randomly occur over the years that followed. I remember it well, the headache from hell that started a few hours after dinner and increased throughout the night into my first ever “migraine”. The blinding throbbing pain resisted several doses of ibuprofen over night and when I woke early the next morning the intensity had me spinning and heaving. Evacuation from both ends provided much relief and later that day it was as if nothing had happened at all! Weird?!
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Am J Clin Nutr. 2012;95:1323-1334) reported that people who drank 2 glasses of red wine per day (dry red wine, not sugary dessert wines) had higher levels of beneficial bacteria in their gut and lower levels of pathogenic bad bacteria in their gut.
What we can learn from models of change and stages of grieving when setting weight loss goals.
I love the movies that feature the uprising of the suppressed who manage to elevate and maintain their new heights. Typically I will support any resistance – but not Insulin resistance!
We have known for a while now that consumption of sugar and insulin resistance is definitely associated with obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol.
Dr. Jerome Craig, DC