Is Your Diet Making you Fat?

Is Your Diet Making you FAT? In my career, spanning over 20 years in the health and fitness industry, there is one thing I know for sure, dieting never works, at least long term.  In fact, long term, people who diet usually end up slowing their metabolism down and end up gaining weight and getting fat FATTER !   YIKES! First, what do I mean by dieting? When I reference “dieting”, I am referring to any food plan that is restrictive in one or all of the following area: 1. Calories.  The energy we get from food. 2. Micro-nutrients.  This could be vitamins, minerals or combination of both 3. Macro-nutrients.  This includes fat, protein, and/or carbs. These diets include, but are not limited to low calorie diets, low carb diets, low fat diets, low protein diets, low salt diets, liquid diets, cleanses, fasts, juice diets, vegan diets, and low REAL food diets. Can you lose weight on any of the above diets?  Yes, of course you will…short term. Will you also feel hungry and deprived?  YES! Will also you become cranky and crave sweet or salty foods?  YES!  Will you be able to maintain this diet for a lifetime?  Most likely, NO!   You might be able to last for awhile or a restrictive diet, but eventually you will crack and eat the foods you are craving. In fact, you have about  a 1-2% chance or maintaing a restrictive diet for over 2 years.  The only people I know that can maintain a calorie restrictive, nutrient deficient diet for any extended period of time are those that usually develop an eating disorder…and well,...

A Raw Carrot a Day Keeps the Toxins Away

A Raw Carrot a Day Keeps the Toxins Away… We have all heard the saying,  “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”…right?  Well, today I want you to create a new mantra, a new saying that you will include in your daily eating plan.  Are you ready? “A raw CARROT a day will keep the toxins away.”  Yes…a raw carrot, one medium-size-full-length carrot (not those weird, baby carrots) a day can help decrease endotoxins*, serotonin and estrogen levels, and increase gut health.  I bet you never knew eating this amazing root vegetable could help you in so many ways. Why is the raw carrot so special? A lot of people ask, “What qualities does the carrot have that other fruits and vegetables do not?” I always answer with, “The carrot has super powers…” Funny, huh?  Okay, the truth is that the carrot, a below ground and root vegetable, contains many powerful fungicides and bacteriostats.  For the carrot to protect itself from bacteria in the soil it produces its own fungicides and bacteriostats.  These fungicides and bacteriostats act as a natural antiseptic and antibiotic in the bowel.  The long carrot fibers attach themselves to *endotoxins, bacteria and estrogens (that have been detoxed by the liver) and remove them through the colon in your stool. According to Dr. Ray Peat: Endotoxin formed in the bowel can block respiration and cause hormone imbalances contributing to instability of the nerves, so it is helpful to optimize bowel flora, for example with a carrot salad; a dressing of vinegar, coconut oil and olive oil, carried into the intestine by the carrot fiber, suppresses...

Is the Health and Fitness Industry moving in the right direction?

Is the Health and Fitness Industry moving in the right direction? As usual I have found myself questioning the direction of the health and fitness industry and the messages they are dishing out. First it was the TV show the Biggest Loser ticking me off, and now it’s almost every health and fitness magazine on the market. Seriously, what the hell are they doing?! Sorry, but I really cannot stand how some things in the health and fitness industry are being taken over by the advertising market and big business. On many levels, I feel like the health and fitness industry has become no better than the pharmaceutical industry. In fact, I have decided they now have some love affair with each other — or at least in cahoots. You see, at the end of the day, everything comes down to money — everything! Health and fitness is a multi-billion dollar industry — an industry that has no signs of slowing down. An industry, like many in America, is developing some very bad habits. Let me explain: The other day, I was cruising through the drug store. No, I was not buying drugs. I was purchasing my normal goods — toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc. — when I came across the store’s magazine rack. Now, I am not a big magazine reader, but I sometimes like to check out what some of the national health and fitness magazines are saying about what is healthy and how to stay fit. Honestly, I see very little value in any of these magazines. However, I like to know what the average Joe or...