Is Meat Bad For You?

A few weeks ago a study was picked up by the press concluding that processed meat causes cancer. I am a vegetarian, and I can tell you that in moderation, processed meat is fine, even with all of its nitrates and preservatives.

 

The headline from CNN was “World Health Organization links processed meats to cancer- and vegetarians get smug on twitter”.

 

A friend of mine and I were just discussing this subject. This friend owns a very successful restaurant here in Pittsburgh that serves specialty meats and cured meats and seafood. He serves some of the finest cured meats in the country. Continue reading Is Meat Bad For You?

Losing 3500 Calories Does Not Equal 1 Pound

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Just like one calorie does not equal another calorie, losing 3,500 calories does not equal to losing a pound.

A calorie of broccoli is not the same as a calorie of potato chips. The calorie of broccoli is more nutritious; it has more vitamins and minerals and nutrients than the calorie of potato chips.

You can survive longer on broccoli than you can on potato chips. Continue reading Losing 3500 Calories Does Not Equal 1 Pound

“We’re All Fat Again”

These are the recent headlines from contestants on the popular weight loss show “Biggest Looser”.

Millions of viewers tune in each week to monitor the progress between contestants to see who lost the most amount of weight. Millions of people have become inspired by the contestants overcoming insurmountable obstacles to loose weight, and feel and look better. Continue reading “We’re All Fat Again”

Is Diet Better Than Regular?

Recently big soda manufacturers pledged to cut the calories in their sugar laden soft drinks. While this may seem like a good idea, their motivations may not be completely altruistic.

Consumers have been growing larger and larger as our society’s obesity epidemic has been reaching epidemic proportions. Many consumers are now demanding lower calorie alternatives to their favorite foods and  beverages.

But watch out, diet is not all that it is cracked up to be. Continue reading Is Diet Better Than Regular?

Mediterranean Diet/ Lifestyle Is Still The Best

The Mediterranean Diet/ Lifestyle has been touted as a healthy way to eat and live. I have always liked the philosophy of the Mediterranean lifestyle. It makes more sense to me than the other diets out there.

You can’t really even call it a diet. It is more of a way of eating, and it can be extended to include lifestyle choices. The Mediterranean Diet consists of eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, seeds and nuts, fish, and is rich in olive oil.

It is called the Mediterranean diet because this is how many people who live in the Mediterranean region eat. Ever since it was learned that people in that region tend to live longer and are healthier, scientists have been studying the area trying to ascertain why that is.

Scientists have come to learn that the increased lifespan is due to their lifestyle. This includes eating a heart healthy diet that avoids processed foods and reduces meat and diary consumption. It also includes being active. The people in this region tend to walk a lot and are in general more active than most of us in western societies.

What I like about the diet/ lifestyle is that is not anything set in stone. It gives you a lot of lee-way to make this lifestyle your own. You can make it suit your specific needs. It is a good guide for how to eat, but you don’t have to stick with it 100% of the time. If you eat in this style, then you can eat the junk foods that you want to. But you just have to keep it minimized to once or twice a week. The Mediterranean diet is a good guide for how to eat.

To me, it just makes sense.

Here is a link to an article that appeared on CNN about the Mediterranean Diet:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/03/health/mediterranean-diet-longevity/index.html

Here is a link to another article that I wrote on the Mediterranean Diet/ Lifestyle.

Here is another link to another article that I wrote on the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet/ Lifestyle.

 

Are Plant Based Diets Superior?

fruit and vegesThe evidence is mounting and is quite compelling. More and more studies are pointing towards plant based diets as a better way to get all of your vitamins, minerals and nutrients.

T.Colin Campbell is a professor emeritus in nutritional biochemistry from Cornell University. He has performed studies and has written books that prove that most cancers and preventable diseases are caused by animal foods and diary. Continue reading Are Plant Based Diets Superior?

Intelligent Grocery Shopping

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The grocery store is a temple of marketing. As soon as you walk into a grocery store, you are bombarded by the most innovative marketing techniques that are trying to sell you anything and everything in the store.

From the placement of the products to the music selection, everything in a grocery store is carefully picked to make you, the consumer, more likely to buy certain products, and to buy more than you meant to.

How can you avoid the pitfalls of impulse buying? How can you avoid becoming susceptible to buying products you weren’t planning on? How can you avoid the unhealthy, processed foods and leave the store with healthy, good tasting foods? Continue reading Intelligent Grocery Shopping

The Diet And Exercise Industry: Don’t Believe Everything That You Read: If It Sounds Too Good To Be True Then It Is, part 3

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If it sounds too good to be true, then it is. This theory is once again proven true when concerning the diet and exercise industry.

Recently Dr. Oz was scolded by Senator Claire McCaskill, chairwoman of the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance. Dr. Oz was scolded for assertions that he made on his show concerning weight loss products that have little to no scientific evidence backing up their effectiveness. Continue reading The Diet And Exercise Industry: Don’t Believe Everything That You Read: If It Sounds Too Good To Be True Then It Is, part 3

Diet or Exercise? Which Is More Important For Weight Loss?

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This debate has been raging for decades. Ever since there have been diet, weight loss, and exercise businesses, the debate has been going on. What is more effective for weight loss, eating right or exercising?

Eating right and exercising are both important for different reasons. Both are important for maintaining health. Both are also important for losing weight, and maintaining a healthy weight. Continue reading Diet or Exercise? Which Is More Important For Weight Loss?

If It Sounds Too Good To Be True, Then It Is, part 2

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There are charlatans, con-artists, and snake oil salesmen in every industry. In every profession there are practitioners who are trustworthy and reliable, and practitioners who would take advantage of you any chance they get.

Anywhere there is a possibility to make money, there will be those who are trying to take advantage of the system to make money. Continue reading If It Sounds Too Good To Be True, Then It Is, part 2