Monday, August 14, 2017

Artificial sweetners weight-loss myth.

While we all want to decrease the amount of sugar we consume, recent studies have led some to question the effectiveness of replacing sugar with artificial sweeteners.

In seven randomized controlled trials, the gold standard of scientific studies, people who consumed artificial sweeteners did not lose or gain more weight than controls.Meanwhile, a re-analysis of the 30 longitudinal studies found that people who consumed low-calorie sweeteners on a regular basis were more susceptible to obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular issues such as high blood pressure and stroke over time. The results were published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.”

I specifically wanted to leave sugar out of Grass-fed Jerky Chews so you could enjoy a guilt-free protein that doesn't have negative effects on your health and your waistline.


Saturday, August 5, 2017

Strengthen Your Child's Immune Systems With Dirt

Exposing children to dirt is a great way to strengthen their immune system. Say goodbye to those hand sanitizers!

Jack Gilbert, a scientist at the University of Chicago, argues that over-sterilizing a child’s environment may actually weaken their immune system.

In an over-sterilized setting, Gilbert states that “their immune systems then become hyper-sensitized. You have these little soldier cells in your body called neutrophils, and when they spend too long going around looking for something to do, they become grumpy and pro-inflammatory. And so when they finally see something that's foreign, like a piece of pollen, they become explosively inflammatory. They go crazy. That's what triggers asthma and eczema and often times, food allergies.”

We have to remember to think twice before making our child’s environment as “clean” as possible. We might be removing the things that will actually protect our children when we sterilize their surroundings.

Friday, August 4, 2017

What We Eat Outweighs Our Workouts

While many of us strive for visible abs and a flat stomach, we often assume that we can burn off anything we eat through exercise.
However, “‘abs are made in the kitchen. You can’t out-train a diet,’” Jim White, a certified personal trainer and registered dietitian, told Global News.
Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, a renowned weight loss expert at the University of Ottawa, “suggests that 80 percent of a person’s weight is modifiable by food, while only 20 percent is affected by fitness.”
While exercise is important in achieving optimal fitness, getting rid of fat involves more of our diet than our gym routines.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Maintaining weight-loss with personalized diet approach.

After decades of fads in dieting, tens of millions of Americans still come up empty-handed when it comes to finding success in their weight loss strategies. The latest nutritional research suggest an alternate approach to losing weight.

“Leading researchers finally agree, for instance, that exercise, while critical to good health, is not an especially reliable way to keep off body fat over the long term. And the overly simplistic arithmetic of calories in vs. calories out has given way to the more nuanced understanding that it's the composition of a person's diet--rather than how much of it they can burn off working out--that sustains weight loss.”

Instead of following trends in weight loss, these researchers agree that a personalized approach based on one’s food choices, lifestyle, and exercise is likely the most fruitful one when it comes to losing and maintaining weight.


Friday, May 5, 2017

How much is 20 carbs of food?

20 grams of carbs in two ways

Great visual comparing carbs in different foods. A heaping plate of veggies can have the same amount of carbs as half of a hamburger bun. What? Crazy, right? And just imagine how long it takes you to chew those veggies vs a highly palatable bun you can probably inhale in seconds.

"You can eat a lot of vegetables before reaching 20 grams of net carbs, even if you add some colorful peppers and tomatoes. Roughly 20 ounces – more than half a kilo – of vegetables, full of other nutrients (low-carb vegetables guide).
On the other hand, just one half of a hamburger bun can contain 20 grams of carbs, adding up to the entire day’s ration of carbs on a keto low-carb diet. In that case, regular bread is not really an option. But there are low-carb breads that are much lower in carbs."
Just something to get you thinking about as you probably join friends for happy hour in honor of Cinco de Mayo. 😃

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Exactly How Sugar Makes Us Fat?


"People have been told their entire lives that processed food is food. It turns out it's not. Processed food is how we got into this mess."
Instead, stick to whole foods, good starches, lean protein, good fats, and cut out sugar and processed foods.

In Dr. Lustig's words, "It's called real food".


Monday, April 24, 2017

Ground Beef Recipe

An improvised simple dish that is very low cost and satisfying.
  1. Saute about 3-4 lbs of ground beef (I used 80/20) in avocado oil or any other oil of your choice
  2. Add spices: salt, black pepper, onion, garlic, celery, mustard seed, ginger, cinnamon
  3. Add about 1 tbs of balsamic vinegar, some strained tomatoes/tomato paste, petite cut tomatoes. Let it simmer for a few minutes.
  4. Add broccoli & cauliflower or just one of them.
  5. Add about 1 cup of bone broth (I only had turkey bone broth, but any broth will do).
  6. Let is simmer on low for about 20 minutes.
You can add other veggies like mushrooms, zucchini and even cabbage.