The Paleo Diet, Is It Your Best Choice for the New Year?

  • January 13, 2015
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The Paleo Diet, Is It Your Best Choice in 2015?

Every January millions of us step on the bathroom scale and reality hits. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed the holidays and eating everything that we have resisted all year. For most of us, we go from feast to famine and we dust off our gym membership and head back to the “exercise torture chamber.” The worst part is that we have the post- holiday blues, and where in the world did our energy go? We think, maybe it’s time to try that Paleo Diet we’ve been hearing about.

So What Really Is the Paleo Diet?

The Paleo Diet, or Paleolithic Diet, is based on how it is believed our cavemen ancestors ate. The emphasis is on meat and fish that is not saturated with growth-stimulating antibiotics and hormones and fresh fruit and vegetables. The diet excludes dairy products, processed sugars, grains, trans fats and industrialized Omega-6 fats. Herein lies the objections of many dieticians and nutritionists. They claim that any diet that excludes certain food groups is not balanced. They also claim that there is no scientific proof that the Paleo Diet leads to a longer and healthier life.

Jennifer Andrus, a New York City nutritionist, says of the Paleo diet:

“It eliminates dairy, legumes and some other foods that can be a healthy part of one’s diet…I think processed food deserves the criticism, but probably not because we haven’t evolved; more likely because we eat too much of it and most of it is nutritionally void.”

The Paleo Diet and Recent Research

Most processed foods and packaged foods contain trans fats. Trans fats are man-made oils that cause inflammation. Scientific research has unearthed the fact that inflammation is behind many of our serious health problems such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, ADD/ADHD, strokes, migraines, thyroid issues, the list goes on and on. The Paleo Diet is a diet that avoids foods that cause inflammation. When we change our diet to a diet that is anti-inflammatory, such as the Paleo Diet, we can see immediate and dramatic health improvements. Another benefit of an anti-inflammatory diet is that people tend to lose weight.

Mark Sisson, a leading expert on anti-inflammatory diets and the Paleo Diet, says:

“Certainly use plants, vegetables as the main basis of the Paleo eating strategy. And then great sources of protein: so meat, fish, fowl, eggs, and so on, and then healthy fats.”

So, what does he mean by “healthy fats?” Aren’t all fats, especially saturated fats, bad for you? No. That is another thing that extensive recent research is unveiling.

Here is a list of the healthy fats that are encouraged by the Paleo Diet and thousands of doctors who have stayed current with the recent dietary research:

Avocadoes

Nuts and seeds

Olive oil

Fish oil

Coconut oil

Saturated fat in beef and pork

Dr. Eric Westman, of the Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic, is one of those doctors who has changed his opinion due to the research results. He now says:

“In fact, saturated fat, the fat that we’ve been taught not to eat, raises your good cholesterol best of all the foods you can eat.”

So should you feel comfortable about using the Paleo Diet this year? Yes, but remember that balance in a diet is all important. Chris Kresser, author of the book, Your Personal Paleo Code, says:

“Some people like to abide by the 80/20 rule; if 80% of your diet is perfect, there’s wiggle room for the rest.”

New Study Shows Heart Disease Linked To Carbs Not Fat

  • December 3, 2014
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New Study Shows Heart Disease Linked To Carbs Not Fat

New study shows that heart disease is linked to carbohydrates and not fat. The new study shows that increasing saturated fat 2x does not increase saturated fat in the blood. The study found the opposite, the intake of carbs were connected to fatty acid linked to heart disease and type-2 diabetes. The results could lead to a tidal shift in dietary advice where fats were a much bigger enemy than carbs. The study followed 16 middle-aged, obese adults for 21 weeks.

“The unintended consequence of telling everyone to restrict fat was that people ate an even greater amount of carbohydrates,” said Jeff Volek, senior author on the new study and a professor of human sciences at The Ohio State University. “This is a fact. It’s not a stretch to make the connection between overconsumption of carbs and the obesity and diabetes epidemic.”

Before going completely crazy adding saturated fats to your diet keep in mind that the study was funded by a grant from the Dairy Research Institute, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the Egg Nutrition Center, and the Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Foundation. The researchers reported that the funders had no role in the study design or decision to publish the research.

If anything this study gives you something to think about especially since the current wisdom of low fat diets have done nothing to decrease the rise of obesity in the United States.

Which Fast Food Has the Most Calories?

  • January 14, 2010
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With the majority of Americans making New Years resolutions to lose at least a little weight I decided to put together a list of the worst fast food available. I have reviewed the most popular fast food companies and listed what food items have the most calories so that you avoid sabotaging you 2010 weight loss resolution. The following are worst of the worst…

Arby’s
Roast Beef & Havarti Panini
847 Calories 34 g Fat

Baskin-Robbins
Calories in Nutty Smore’s Blast Large
1180 Calories 40 g Fat

Blimpies
Ham Salami Provolone
590 Calories 28 g Fat

Boston Market
Ham & Turkey Club Cheese
890 Calories 43 g Fat

Burger King
Double Whopper With Cheese
1020 Calories 65 g Fat

Dairy Queen
Chicken Strip Basket Fries Toast
1000 Calories 50 g Fat

Dominos
Domino’s AmericanLegends
2480–4400 Calories 128–248 g Fat

GodFather’s Pizza
Jumbo Super Taco Pizza
6360 Calories 312 g Fat

KFC
Chunky Chicken Pot Pie
770 Calories 42 g Fat
Papa John’s
Specialty Pizza The Meats Pan Crust
2400 Calories 152 g Fat

McDonald’s
Angus Burger with Bacon and Cheddar
740 Calories 45 g Fat

Papa Murphy’s
Family Size Stuffed Pizzas 5 –Meat
5920 Calories 256 g

Pizza Hut
14″ Large Stuffed Crust Meat Lover’s
3840 Calories 128 g Fat

Subway
Meatball Sub
501 Calories 25 g Fat

Taco Bell
Taco Salad & Salsa with Shell
850 Calories 52 g Fat

Wendys
Chili & Cheese Potato
620 Calories 24 g Fat

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