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Gluten Free – A Fad Diet?


What is a fad Diet?

What is a fad diet? I only asked because a few commentators have suggested that gluten-free is the latest in a long line of fad diets – similar to the low carb Atkins Diet craze of a few years back, or the hunter-gatherer diet – an eating regime supposedly enjoyed by our ancestors of 2.5 million years ago.

These types of diet – normally endorsed by a celebrity or two – spring into being from nowhere, gets ample media attention, and then disappear within the space of 12-18 months.

For the 1 in 100 people in the UK who suffer from coeliac disease – a severe intolerance to gluten – eating an appropriate diet is essential for preserving their health. For the uninitiated, coeliacs can suffer from stomach cramps, severe bloating, diarrhoea, headaches and other debilitating symptoms from eating foods that contain gluten.

But what about everyone else? The list of well-known figures opting not to eat gluten is lengthening by the week. Lady Gaga, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rachel Weisz, Jennifer Aniston, and Victoria Beckham all avoid gluten. So far, so fad.

However, it is not just trend-hungry celebs that are going gluten-free.

The list of elite athletes who have ditched gluten is also growing. These include Novak Djokovich, Andy Murray and the US pro cycling team. All of them claim that the change in their diet has boosted their performance. In the case of Mr Djokovich, he clinched his first Wimbledon title a few weeks after ditching gluten.

In the US, medical experts are giving weight to the idea that removing gluten from your diet can benefit a much wider group than just coeliacs.

This from Doctor and author Michelle Pick, writing in the Huffington Post two weeks ago:

“It may seem like a fad, but I’ve been taking [non-celiac] patients off of gluten for years, and I honestly can’t think of anything in my practice that makes as dramatic a difference in health and wellness as following a gluten-free diet.”

Challenging Conventional Wisdom: Gary Taubes


Gary Taubes on “Why We Get Fat”

Yes, Yes, Yes.  Eating the crap foods creates cravings for more crap food — and you are living in a vicious cycle.  That’s why I think eating a Paleo like diet is key. Cut out most carbs and eat whole, clean food —  not processed – you are good to go. Look into the science more and see what you think —

Taubes challenges the conventional wisdom that says if we just eat less and exercise more we will lose weight. He contends that carbohydrates – sweets, breads and fruit – and not fatty foods are to blame for our nation’s rising obesity rate.

We’re not fat because we’re gluttons with no willpower who sit around watching too much TV, he says. Instead, we become couch potatoes because we are getting fat by eating too much pasta and rice, and too many cookies. That diet brings on a vicious cycle of craving more of the same carbohydrates that sap our energy and pack on the pounds.

“It’s the most important issue in medicine today,” argues Taubes, a fellow at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. Being fat increases our risk of heart disease and diabetes, he says, as well as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Diets that require a steep drop in caloric consumption only allow us to drop pounds temporarily but are not a cure for obesity, he says.

…DeVane and Taubes agree that exercise alone is not the answer because people dramatically underestimate how much exercise is required to burn off pounds. And, Taubes says, exercise will just make you hungrier.

Gary Taubes on Dr Oz or shall I Say in Oz?


via The Dose of Intervention and the Land of Dr. Oz | Gary Taubes | Gary Taubes.

Gary wrote Why We Get Fat and Good Calories, Bad Calories and makes a whole lotta sense! Going on Dr Oz’s show is big for this type of thinking and approach to nutrition so although it may have been more parts entertainment — it will stir a few people out there to seek out more information on eating the healthy way..

Today marks my appearance on the Dr. Oz Show, which was, let’s just say, an interesting experience and leave it at that. It was the show, though, that (finally) prompted me to address an issue I’ve wanted to address for quite some time.

The Dr. Oz Show is one part health advice and discussion and quite a few parts entertainment, as Oz’s producers kept telling me in the days before we taped the episode. To make for what they consider good television they played me up as the second coming of Atkins – a persona that my wife likes to refer to as “meat boy” — while Oz got to play the role of the harvest king, extolling the healing virtues of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. This made it more difficult than I would have liked to get across the important messages from my books, but television is television and I certainly knew what they had in store for me.

My message and the message of Why We Get Fat was not that we should all be eating nothing but animal products – and certainly not the unappetizing meat and eggs that Oz’s crew prepared as props — but that carbohydrate-rich foods are inherently fattening, some more so than others, and that those of us predisposed to put on fat do so because of the carbs in the diet. That’s why I called the book Why We Get Fat rather than some variation on The Miracle 24-Hour (or 14-Day or Three Week or Three month) Diet Cure, which is more the norm for lay books in the nutrition genre.


How the food industry should act on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines


How the food industry should act on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines.

Reduce sodium intake, eat real portion sizes are some of the take-aways from this article.

Sodium reduction, providing smaller portion sizes, and better portion labeling are key areas for food industry action in light of the upcoming Dietary Guidelines for Americans, according to the advisory committee chair.

At the American Dietetic Association’s Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Boston last week, chair of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) Linda Van Horn, and chair of its Carbohydrates and Protein Subcommittee Joanne Slavin outlined some of the main findings of the DGAC and how research has shifted nutrition evidence since the 2005 guidelines were issued. spoke with Van Horn about which aspects of the guidelines were likely to have the most impact on the food industry.

“First of all, sodium,” she said. “The food industry has been running rampant on sodium for a long time, but now is the time for them to reduce sodium – and not sacrifice taste. I believe American ingenuity can do it.”

Paleo should simply be called: Healthy Eating


My friend Sara told me yesterday that I may want to stop referring to my ‘new’ eating approach as Paleo and just start talking about it like it is — healthy eating. Using the term ‘Paleo’ may turn some people off because they may correlate it to another one of those diet programs.  She is right — so to be clear — Paleo eating is not a DIET.  It is nothing more than being conscience about what you are eating and not putting junk into your system. True Clean eating in my opinion. Yes, you leave behind the gluten, wheat, and refined sugar but after a few days, you don’t even miss it – honestly! I love me some junk food –cookies, brownies, ice cream, french bread, bread, bread bread — but once you realize what that stuff is doing to your body and then take it a step further, and feel the difference once you have removed it from your diet  – you start to realize – this is how I should eat. Plain and simple — no weighing food, no %’s to figure out — you just think about what you are eating — is this processed in some way?? If the answer is yes — don’t eat it.

Now, I fully believe in enjoying life and not going to extremes — so once I get to where I want to be, I will be, on occasion, letting myself indulge.  There is a healthy balance you can and should strike and we are all different so making adjustments to your eating to suit you takes time. Will you ever be able to eat 4 slices of pizza 2x a week  — no, nor should you quite frankly.  Now a few times these past days I have craved ice cream or something sweet — so I have a cup of coffee with splenda. See — even I modify it  — do what you gotta do, but the idea is to improve nutritionally overall.

Eating Paleo


Im going to try the recipe below this evening. I am looking for ways to eat more ‘paleo’.  The Paleo Diet is a way of eating in the modern age that best mimics diets of our hunter-gatherer ancestors – combination of lean meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Quite a few folks I know have done a ’30 day Paleo Challenge’ and have transformed their mind and body because of it. What do you think?

Paleo Ground Rules:
All of the lean meats you can eat.
All of the fruits and non-starchy vegetables you can eat.
No cereals or grains (wheat, oats, corn, etc.)
No legumes (peanuts, beans)
No dairy products.
No processed food.

10-Minute Pizza Soup.

10-Minute Pizza Soup
Makes two generous servings.
olive oil
2-3 Italian sausage links
half bag frozen chopped broccoli
3 cups broth (I like to use half beef, half chicken.)
14.5 oz. can chopped tomatoes (I like Muir Glen fire-roasted.)
2-3 teaspoons Penzeys Pizza Seasoning
1. Cut the sausage into coins, moons, or dice. I like to make moons, then halve them. They look like little slices of pizza!
2. Heat some olive oil in a saute pan and brown the sausage.
3. Add the canned tomatoes and the pizza seasoning. Stir to combine.
4. Pour in the broth, then add the broccoli. It can be frozen or defrosted; doesn’t matter.
5. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes.
6. Ladle into deep bowls, then drizzle with a teaspoon of high-quality olive oil and a sprinkle of black pepper.

My Recipes: Bob’s Green Drink


My Recipes: Bob’s Green Drink | Bob Harper from The Biggest Loser.

Hey everyone here is a recipe for my HEALTHY green drink, which can be used as a meal replacement! It is a BIG drink and could be considered 2 servings. Women who are watching their calories can cut the supplements in half, which drops the total calories down to 289.

MY Green Drink (398 calories)

Add all ingredients (listed below) to a blender and blend until combined.

Supplements (218 calories)

o 1 TBSP Ground Flax Seed (40 calories)

o 1 ½ TBSP Hemp Seed (80 calories)

o 1 TBSP Dulse Flakes (8 calories)

o 2 tsp Maca Powder (40 calories)

o 2 TBSP Pea Protein (50 calories)

Fruits & Veggies (180 calories)


o 1 Cup Fresh Kale (30 calories)

o 1 Cup Frozen Spinach (30 calories)

o 1/2 Cup Blueberries (35 calories)

o ½ Small Banana (40 calories)

o 1/2 Cup Frozen Pineapple (45 calories)

o 20 oz. H20

Day 1 – Forced Rest


Dear Diary,

Today was day 1 of my forced rest period. It may not seem like a big deal but knowing that I missed my boot camp was a mental challenge for me. It was great to sleep in an extra hour or 2. My body is still feeling fatigue so while I know I am doing the right thing – I still need to believe it physically.

Here are some reminders about fitness and nutrition goals:

1. Establish a realistic goal: Think about what you want to achieve and why. Set a positive-minded, health-and-fitness-oriented goal that you know you can accomplish. Be specific and realistic.

2. Find a support system: Surround yourself with people who can help you achieve your weight-loss goal, whether that’s a formal support group, a class, one-on-one counseling or your friends and family.

3. Think positively: Resist destructive thinking and put your energy toward proactive steps that will take you to your goal. Stop thinking of yourself as fat, and start focusing on how fit you can become.

4. Use nutrition as an ally: Emphasize good nutrition and educate yourself about how nutrition enables your body to control cravings and regulate its weight through healthy metabolism. Remember that you need good nutrition in order to exercise effectively.

5. Find time for fitness: Keep in mind that fitness isn’t just about burning calories: It’s a fundamental component of a synergetic, effective weight-loss strategy and an active, healthy lifestyle.

6. Watch for positive change: But don’t get hung up on the scale. The first changes may be seen and felt elsewhere!

7. Get help when you need it: If you aren’t making progress, or if you’re feeling bogged down and confused, get some expert help!

via Life Time Fitness – Feel good inside.

Notable News


Phys Ed: A Workout for Your Bloodstream – Well Blog –

Another great reason to add exercise into your daily routine. This study says that it has metabolic effects and that being fit helps your body run more efficiently. Who can argue with that?

But a new study that gauged the metabolic effects of exercise may significantly advance our understanding of what’s going on inside a body in motion. During the experiment, scientists actually saw how much being fit changes your ability to incinerate fat, moderate blood sugar and otherwise function well. They also uncovered proof, at once inspiring and cautionary, of just how complicated and pervasive exercise’s consequences are.

Boston launches Soda-Free Summer Challenge.

Soda is bad period. Parents should try to limit the soda consumption of their families. It is not a common drink in our house since I gave it up over a year ago. There is no health benefit to it whatsoever!

Soda from a marketing perspective: “It’s bubbly, sweet and drinking it makes your life like a non-stop party!” The reality of excessive soda consumption: sugar-heavy sodas have been linked to America’s growing rates of obesity, diabetes, tooth decay, heart disease and depression.

Hello! My name is Steffy and I used to be a Diet Cokaholic


Early Consumption Of Soda Indicator Of Unhealthy Diet.

I drank soda. I more than drank soda – I lived and breathed soda all throughout my teens and twenties. It was only a year or so ago that i gave it up for good.  I also didn’t drink milk very much. My family was never a milk family – we just don’t have a taste for it. My kids now don’t have a taste for it either. They eat a lot of other things though that give them what they need. Not being a milk family would have generally been ok when I was growing up if  we ate other things to compensate for the calcium deficit. We didn’t. I ate a ton of crap. I was a chubby kid who had low self esteem and I ate crap and drank diet coke. There was a time in my late teens/early twenties, that I would go through a full 6 pack of diet coke a day. Hello I am a diet cokaholic and my name is Stephanie.

Now that I am “on the wagon”, I do think about what all that Diet Coke has really done to my general health long term. What exactly does phenylalanine do to your system when you consume mass quantities of it?  I don’t have a taste for it anymore but it sure will be “interesting” to see what the long term effects are going to be….

The ten-year study showed that girls who drank soda at age five had diets that were less likely to meet nutritional standards for the duration of the study, which ended at age 15. Girls who did not drink soda at age five did not meet certain nutritional requirements, but their diets were healthier.

The difference between the two groups in nutrient intake is “not just because of what they are consuming, but because of what they are not consuming,” said Laura Fiorito, postdoctoral fellow in Penn State's Center for Child Obesity Research.

Milk intake differed greatly between the two groups — soda drinkers drank far less milk than non-soda drinkers — and milk has all of the nutrients that differed between the groups except fiber. At age five, non-soda drinkers consumed 10 to 11 ounces of milk daily, while soda drinkers had less than seven ounces.

“Adequate nutrient intake is important for optimal health and growth,” the researchers reported in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

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