Food dyes are in the news right now and are causing quite a stir. About two weeks ago, the FDA brought together an expert panel of doctors, scientists, and consumer specialists in Washington to discuss the potential dangers of food dyes. This panel was to determine if there was enough evidence to require food makers to put warning labels on their products, advising consumers that food dyes cause hyperactivity in children. Interestingly, the research was inconclusive in determining whether or not food dyes were causing or perpetuating hyperactivity in children, therefore, they warning label did not pass. But they did say that eliminating food dyes have shown positive results in children with hyperactivity. The FDA concluded that there needs to be more research done to find this causal association.Read More»
In honor of being asked to give a Sports Nutrition presentation to the Oak Park High School Track team in Southern Cali, I felt it was incredibly important to discuss a part of Nutrition that many times goes unnoticed. EXERCISE NUTRITION! Properly fueling your body before, during, and after exercise can make a HUGE difference in your energy levels, performance, endurance, and strength. But one of the most important aspects to all of us that exercise our bodies often, is SEEING the results we are looking for. If you don’t take care of your body – fueling and replenishing it properly, you may as well consider that work-out useless. I know that sounds harsh but it’s true. Sometimes we take our bodies for granted. We expect them to give us what we want in kickboxing, let us go deeper in the yoga stretch, or run that mile faster than the last one. We find we can push our bodies most of the time but what are we doing to give back? Are we giving our body the fuel it needs to sustain the energy needed and then recover? This is when nutrient timing becomes incredibly vital.Read More»
Let’s face it – we are an overstressed society. Too many commitments, too many things to do, too many obligations, and too much work. While many of us have mastered the art of multi-tasking (and take pride in doing so), we have spread ourselves much too thin and because of this, our health is starting to plummet and our weight is skyrocketing.
Stress is not easy to control, let alone get rid of. It’s in our blueprint and our hectic lifestyles perpetuate the problem. But what is it really doing to our bodies??? You may be the type of person that exercises frequently (at high intensities for that matter), eats healthy, and does all the right things to maintain a healthy status quo. The only problem is that your weight is not budging. You can’t seem to drop the excess lbs, especially in your abdomen. This is the moment to re-evaluate your lifestyle and figure out if stress the confounding factor.Read More»
I‘m sure you have either tried a 5-hour energy or have seen those ridiculously silly commercials on TV. Regardless, I get asked often about what is in these little bottles of energy and what it is doing to my body. So let’s discuss….
One question that I get asked quite often is how do I eat healthy without breaking the bank!? First of all, health is not cheap. Un-health is cheap. Case in point – fast food restaurants and the junk food aisles in the grocery store. Right now, Jack in the Box is offering 3 tacos for 99 cents! McDonald’s has an entire meal for $3! And don’t get me started on all the deals offered for cookies, chips, candies, sodas, fruit juices, sugary cereals, and crackers. On the other hand, shopping exclusively at Whole Foods www.wholefoodsmarket.com can really put a hole in your bank account, regardless of the healthy variety they offer. Now don’t get me wrong…..I love shopping the aisles of Whole Foods – it’s such a wonderful experience! But I have learned after many receipts totally over a couple hundred dollars that I only need to buy CERTAIN foods there. Not everything. Remember – they still are a humongous corporation making a pretty penny off their grocery items.Read More»
About 4 years ago, my wonderful mother, Linda, took me to this incredible spa and wellness resort, Miraval (www.miravalresorts.com), outside of Tucson, Arizona. It was a very special experience I shared with her and while I was there, I was introduced to juicing. The menu at the juice bar listed all of these interesting concoctions made with fruits and vegetables. I was never a huge fan of juice and couldn’t imagine drinking vegetables but I figured why not. I can’t really remember the first juice I tried but I instantly felt this “electric surge” go through my body and I was so energized!!!!! I tried everything on the menu and by the time I left, I was glowing. Literally. My skin was clean, fresh, and radiant and most importantly, I had never felt happier, healthier or invigorated in my life. I was hooked! I immediately went home, bought a juicer, and started on this amazing journey of designing my OWN fruit and vegetable concoctions.Read More»
I read this fascinating book in its entirety on the plane from Miami to Los Angeles. It was a quick read and I found it chock full of interesting information about the food industry and how to simplify your health and nutrition in this over-processed, over-regulated world of food. How can we break down the mess we have created into a straightforward and uncomplicated way to feed ourselves? How can we change some of our ingrained eating habits and go back to pure, unadulterated foods?
Journalist, Michael Pollan (http://michaelpollan.com), offers a clear outlook on why we are all beyond confused about what to put into our bodies. Whether it is the advertising agencies, the government, food companies, or our own desire and impetus to eat healthy, we have digressed from the basics. The fundamental and most basic idea he proposes is to “Eat Food”, “Not Too Much”, and “Mostly Plants”. It’s as easy as that.
And my motto is very similar. “Eat Clean. Eat Small. Eat Often. Eat Healthy”. Don’t rely on the quick fix. It ultimately leads to disappointment. Slow and steady always wins the race.
I just watched this amazing documentary called “Killer at Large: A Documentary Exposing Why We’re Losing the War on Fat” directed by Steven Greenstreet. It’s fabulously done and really gets into the reason WHY America’s obesity epidemic is out of control, including an in-depth look at how advertising and the media influence our behavior and more importantly, our children’s behaviors and food decisions. The most shocking part of the documentary was the piece on the 12 year old girl, that with parental consent, had liposuction all over her body because “diet and exercise just wasn’t working anymore”. It’s heartbreaking to see that our young adults feel the need to take such drastic measures. And that parents are approving this type of behavior.
Please rent it. It’s definitely a must-see.
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a safe and healthy holiday season and are ready for 2011! I’m hoping it’s going to be a wonderful year! :) I also want to take the time to thank you for supporting me, and of course, my blog. It’s been an incredibly rewarding and fun experience for me and I look forward to writing a lot more this coming year so please check back often. And also, please feel free to email me with any questions or ideas for blogs.
Here’s to a year filled with happiness and good health!!
The happiest (and sometimes most stressful) time of the year is upon us! As is the numerous invites for holiday parties, work socials, and celebrations dedicated to this lovely month. While we rush around to buy the perfect presents, decorate our homes, and start thinking about our goals and dreams for the new year, we tend to lose ourselves in the process. Namely, we eat. And we eat a lot. Maybe you were “good” all year and are letting loose or you have allowed yourself to indulge this season. Either way, enjoy the food offered but at the same time try not to overdo it and begrudgingly have to add “Lose Weight” to the top of your New Year’s Resolution.
Here are some tips on what hors d’oeuvres and decadent foods to stay away from, ones in which to indulge, and the few to sneak when no one is looking!Read More»
Lately I have been hearing so much about the superfood, kale! Everyone is raving about it! The amazing benefits, the different ways to use it in your meals, and how we can get more of it in our diet. To be honest, I just started eating kale, as I was a bit weary about it before. But then my wonderful friend, Whitney, suggested I throw it in a smoothie and I was hooked.
Part of the cabbage family, kale is a dark green, leafy vegetable with similar disease-fighting characteristics as broccoli and Brussels sprouts. And fights disease, it does! Kale has the highest antioxidant rating based on the ORAC Scale (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) with a value of 1770. This nutritional powerhouse comes in way ahead of spinach, which has an ORAC value of 1260.Read More»
Expensive Pee. That’s what my professors call dietary supplements. And expensive they are. No wonder the supplement/vitamin business makes about 7 billion, yes, BILLION, dollars a year! And it’s only growing. But do dietary supplements really do what they claim on the bottle? How do we know that we are taking what is specified on the label when the formulas are not regulated by the FDA? This is a very controversial topic and one in which people feel very strongly about. You are either a supporter of dietary supplements and will spend the outrageous amounts of money to fuel the habit (or even possible placebo effect) or you don’t take them and disregard the hype. I would like to share what I know - some knowledge that I have learned in school and my personal beliefs on those little pills.Read More»
Now here’s the million dollar question and one I get asked very often…..How can I enjoy my nights out and still manage to look great? I want to go out with my friends on Saturday night but don’t want to feel bloated and horrible the next morning….what do I do and what should I drink?
So here are some tips and tools I use when I go out. I feel that I have managed to find a happy medium between enjoying what I am drinking (I mean honestly…who wants to dilute their wine with a spritzer??????), while cutting down on the unnecessary calories, and still being able to go to yoga the next day. But let me add a disclaimer saying that sometimes the rules get broken and I succumb to the yummy margaritas at my favorite Mexican restaurant. If this happens, just pick yourself up the next day and promise yourself it will only be vodka sodas the next time you go out!!!Read More»
Water…. it’s a precious commodity. And our bodies could not live without it. I am sure you have always read or heard that you should drink 8-8 ounce glasses of water per day. So that’s 64 ounces of water which is a little less than 2 liters. At the same time, that can seem like a very daunting amount of fluid to consume throughout the day. I get it…you don’t always want to be running to the bathroom! This recommendation also includes other drinks and foods that you consume and don’t even realize you are adding to your “water bank”. Oranges, cucumbers, and watermelon have a very high water content so eating an orange can satisfy a small portion of those 2 liters.Read More»
I have a big presentation next week on Vitamin C in my Advanced MicroNutrient class. I figured since I was doing so much research regarding this essential nutrient, I thought I would share some of my information!
Vitamin C is abundant in many fruits and vegetables such as oranges, strawberries, kiwi, guava, red & yellow peppers, broccoli, kale, cantaloupe, brussels sprouts, and grapefruit. There are plenty more fruits and vegetables that contain good amounts of Vitamin C but these are excellent sources. The average adult needs about 75-90 mg/day. And let me tell you…that is a VERY easy amount to consume in a day. A 1/2 cup of red peppers provides you with 142 mg of Vitamin C – that’s more than the Recommended Daily Allowance. But not to worry. If you are consuming whole food products with high levels of Vitamin C, you won’t reach toxic levels in your body due to the water-soluble characteristics of the vitamin. That means you are more or less going to pee out the Vitamin C that you don’t absorb. Your body is an incredible regulator of such nutrients and will get rid of what it doesn’t need or what it has too much of. So if you eat 5 oranges in a day, your body is going to use and absorb the necessary amount of Vitamin C and then excrete the rest.Read More»