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Fructose and “Natural” is Not Always Good For You!

fresh fruits and vegetables, fructose

Natural is Not Always Good For You! A favorite saying of mine is “just because its ‘natural’ doesn’t mean that it’s good for you. Actually tobacco is ‘natural,’ yet Not Good! Arsenic is also natural, and definitely Not Good!” It is obvious that these things are not good for us (yet some people still choose to smoke). What may not … Continue reading

Are Calories Just Calories?

Bad Calories Good Calories

If you have been or are currently a student of our Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist™ program, you have heard me teach that our system is not based on outdated ideas that are a one-size-fits-all cookie cutter approach to nutrition such as “calories in, calories out, 40-30-30 or 60-20-20.” When I hear so called “experts” emphasizing the calories of a meal … Continue reading

Is Chocolate a Sin or a Healthy Food?

healthy chocolate?

“All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!” — Lucy Van Pelt in Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz In any given year Americans consume over 3 billion pounds of chocolate. Why are we all so in love with chocolate? Yes, it tastes great, feels wonderful on the tongue, is sweet, creamy, and is … Continue reading

Vitamin B12: Does it Really Increase Energy & Help You Lose Weight?

Vitamin B12

The simple answer as far as increasing our energy, is yes, due mainly to the fact that more and more Americans are deficient in Vitamin B12. There is not a solid body of evidence supporting the idea B12 helps you lose weight, but it may help if you are deficient in B12, as deficiencies have been shown to cause fatigue … Continue reading

DON’T LOOK LIKE SANTA WHEN THE HOLIDAYS ARE OVER!

santalosingweight

“Albert Einstein, who discovered that a tiny amount of mass is equal to a huge amount of energy, which explains why, as Einstein himself so eloquently put it in a famous 1939 speech to the Physics Department at Princeton, “You have to exercise for a week to work off the thigh fat from a single Snickers.” ~ Dave Barry Yes, … Continue reading

Good Carbs, Bad Carbs…The Twenty Percent Rule!

Good Carbs, Bad Carbs

How do you determine if a carbohydrate is deemed “fit for consumption?” “The 20% Rule” is your answer. Since not all carbohydrates cause blood glucose levels to rise in the same way, it is recommended to avoid eating anything where sugar is greater than 20% of the total carbohydrates. DO NOT look at the percent daily values (% Daily Value) … Continue reading

Treats Don’t Need To Be a Trick!

dracula

Halloween is a favorite time of year for kids and adults alike. Being able to dress up and pretend to be someone we aren’t is great fun. But along with dressing up comes something even scarier than Dracula trying to suck out your blood…candy. Today’s candy is nothing but sugar, fat and artificial colors. All of which cause nothing but … Continue reading