Is there a perfect diet? Watch and learn ... (there are a few minor observations that I do not agree with, but not a big deal).
This is an interesting article about gluten. This caught my attention:
One problem: Non-celiac gluten sensitivity may not even exist. We know that some people have gut problems that clear up when they avoid all wheat, but it’s not at all clear that gluten is the deciding factor. In fact, Peter Gibson, the Australian researcher whose early studies were the first to raise the gluten warning flag, has done follow-up studies that now have him of the opinion that it is certain sugars in wheat (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides and monosaccharides, for those taking notes) that are the actual culprits. If he’s correct, there will be few places for those with unpleasant gastrointestinal reactions to hide, since the sugars in question are present in a vast array of food items, including fruits, veggies and dairy. Unless you’re ready to cut out everything from onions and apples to ice cream and beer, it’s hopeless.
If you have attended one of my presentations, you know that I talk about the "Main Street Diet". On my Main Street, I have three CVS pharmacies within one mile of each other. The above picture reflects a contributing factor. CVS and Big Pharma love the Main Street Diet. It's horrific for our health and great for their bottom line.
Makes me think of this cartoon.
This is "must-see TV" for men.
Hard to believe: Many of us are over-tested, over-diagnosed, and ultimately over-treated. In a happy song, James McCormack provides the information about .... choosing wisely.
Ingredients: 1 Banana (warm in microwave for 35-40 seconds), 5 tablespoons plain or vanilla yogurt, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder ... blend for a few seconds and top off with 5 fresh raspberries. Optional: teaspoon of Chia seeds or Flax seeds and for additional sweetness, add two dates.
This simple recipe is delicious and will end your cravings for ice cream!
Thanks to me overfeeding Bailey, over time, he ballooned from 24 pounds to 34 pounds. My friends and neighbors jokingly called him a pig because from behind, he looked like one. And, he tore his ACL. In conjunction with his surgery, I decided to spring into action.
Typically, Bailey got a cup of dog food. To lose weight, he gets 1/2 a cup of dog food and 1/2 of edamame. For snacks, he gets either small amounts of peas or edamame. No dog treats!
In ten weeks, he has lost 18% of his weight. Currently, he weighs slightly less than 28 pounds. My goal is to get him down to 25 pounds.
Thank you John Oliver. Dr. Oz fans: Are you listening?
I'm listening to a report on NPR about the type II diabetes epidemic. Is it possible, in addition to Coke and friends, that Rachel Ray (okay, Paula Deen and friends too) might be contributing to our obesity and diabetes epidemic? Take a look ...
I know this tastes delicious. However, my recommendation:
I'm neither, however, I do enjoy the passion of both groups. But, and this is a big but, if health is the criteria, you can eat pretty much anywhere on the spectrum (vegan to paleo). Based on the study below, only 3% of the population leads a healthy lifestyle.
Bottom line: That means 97% of the population eat a ton of crap (fast food, cakes, candy, ice cream, fried food, pizza, and more). Oh yeah, and don't exercise.
So, if health is the criteria, it really doesn't matter if you are vegan or paleo or anything in-between. If you omit the crap food and move, you will be significantly healthier.
P.S. I'm not going to let the vegans tell me that eggs are bad for me and I'm not going to let the paleo folk tell me to eat more butter, bacon, and saturated fat. I eat eggs, rarely use butter, occasionally eat bacon, and saturated fat is in some of the foods I eat. And, if this is considered a valid "marker", my total cholesterol has gone down 34% since I started living the elusive healthy lifestyle.
So, passionate vegans and paleo folk: When you have the attitude of: "it's my way or the highway", you are doing a disservice to 97% of the population. All you do is confuse them.
Really? To me, that's like saying eat ketchup. I'm not going to eat ketchup because it's full of sugar and I'm going to use butter as a flavor ... as in, I rarely or occasionally use butter.
Sadly, Time's headline will cause great confusion. As many an expert states: concentrating on specific nutrients (fat, sugar, etc.) is a misdirection. Anyway, the Eat Butter headline makes me think of my visit to the Iowa State Fair ... where it had a butter cow. I also included the deep fried Twinkies booth. I found that bizarre.
If you want to continue the chronic disease environment, I recommend eating a ton of butter and lots of deep fried Twinkies.
If you would like to stay out of the Circle of Disease, follow this concept - fat, sugar, salt, and other "bad stuff" will take care of itself.
About 29.1 million Americans—nearly 10% of the U.S. population—now has type 2 diabetes, according to a new report. Of those Americans with the illness, 27.8% of them are undiagnosed, according to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report released Tuesday. The report uses data collected between 2009-2012, as well as national surveys.
When it comes to chronic diseases, I don't usually state statistics. However, this is truly sad because with proper diet and lifestyle, this disease is reversible - up to 90% of people with type 2 diabetes can reverse it!
While the packaging proclaims REDUCED FAT, these seemingly harmless cookies have trans fats in them. Oops, Nabisco forgot to tell us about that. Trans fat (ingredients label will state Partially Hydrogenated Oil) is a known artery clogger killer.
Trans fat is slowly, but surely, being taken out of our food supply. It used to be in all the French fries at fast-food restaurants.
My recommendation: Don't buy 'em.
A little olive oil, salt, and pepper - shake it up in a baggie and place on grill. So that the asparagus don't fall off grill, I place them in a pan with holes. These are delicious.
A straight-forward graph from the Cleveland Clinic.
Here's one tip: Take those "power foods" and put them into a tasty and delicious recipe!