Exercise and Genes

We know that exercise is good for our health, improving things like blood pressure and blood sugar control while helping to ┬ámaintain a healthy weight. Research is showing that exercise can also drastically alter genetic expression. First, a little background: Genes turn on/off based on body signals (hormones). When on, they release signals that affect…

What is Processed Food?

It is not: whole food food close to its natural state made from scratch It is: food products industrial food foods with more than five ingredients full of fat, sugar, and salt contributing to the obesity epidemic. But What about: refined grains cereal, white rice, bread vegetable oil agave syrup bacon When using the phrase…

Fat Saves 1 Million Lives

Low fat diets can provide many health benefits, however it very much matters what you replace the fat with. Throughout the 1970s and 80s dietary advice encouraged reducing fat to improve heart health and manage weight. One common dietary mistake is recommending reducing something in the diet without thinking carefully about what to replace it…

Can we Count on Calories?

We use the calorie to know how much energy is in the food we consume. Many of us use it to help manage our weight: want to gain muscle? Better eat more calories than you burn; want to lose some body fat? Do the opposite. This is such a simple and seemingly logical equation for…