It Takes Two to Tango

A sobering report out of several U.S. Universities shines a spotlight on some less than healthy aspects of the U.S. lifestyle. Researchers found that only 2.7% of adults meet the standard for a healthy lifestyle in four categories: exercise, diet, body fat percentage, and smoking. They defined healthy using widely accepted measures; 150 minutes per…

Carbs, carbs, carbs.

A recent study out of Harvard highlights the importance of eating healthy carbohydrates and limiting less healthy ones. Many people have gotten the message to “eat less carbs” but this is an oversimplification which treats all carbohydrates the same. Carbohydrates can be roughly categorized into three groups: Whole foods: whole grains, vegetables, fruits, beans. Refined  foods::…

What is your healthy weight?

As we saw last week, body weight is not the sole indicator of health. Metabolic health – what is happening inside your body – mental health and physical health are all possible without reaching an “ideal” body weight. In fact, accepting that our bodies should not meet some external ideal may be a missing key…

Weighty Matters

In the clinic, just like medical facilities across the country we use BMI (body mass index) as a rough gage of healthy weight. As a measurement of weight related to height this is useful to get a sense of the amount of weight we carry and how it will impact our health. However, as has…

Snack Attack

Should you snack? Just in time for national nutrition month, the CDC published new findings on the rate of obesity in the U.S.- which topped 30% for the first time ever. One of the possible contributions to our ever increasing weight is snacking. Snacking can be a healthy addition to a daily meal plan, helping to…