You probably already know my take on the ‘calorie’ (I’m more about the source of calories versus the actual value). Did you know that most food labels are incredibly inaccurate? Here’s a study showing inaccuracies within an actual ingredient/food.
Big headline for the week: Lack of Exercise as Deadly as Smoking, Study Finds.
What’s your take on Bill Gates new funding for GM (Genetic Modification)? More here.
Now this is cool–especially if you’re a paleo-enthusiast! Heck, even if I were a vegetarian I’d still love one of these.
Mr. Sisson has made the list again. Enjoyed his post: Is Wheat Addictive?
I was featured in the Daily Meal for the 15 Best Snack Foods for Diabetics. P.S., I do not agree with all the recommendations–sorry!
I’m experimenting with a bunch of new recipes and ingredients for my book and having so much fun utilizing my food science skills. I wanted to create the ultimate beauty-elixir from a mineral enhanced broth with collagen as being the main emphasis. Link and video soon to follow!
Although alcohol does not contain any fat itself, it is filled with calories. There’s a reason why a beer belly is named as such, and this is it. Alcohol is a source of “empty calories” because it has no nutritional value, but it sure has the calories. And calories from alcohol tend to be stored directly in the gut, causing increased body fat in the last place we’d ever want it!
One beer every night adds 1,036 additional calories per week, or 15 pounds to your stomach per year. While at the time it might just seem like one casual beer, its effects really add up.
In addition to the high caloric intake, there are several other negative affects of drinking alcohol on the body. Here are just a few:
According to recent medical studies, alcohol consumption causes the body to cease the maintaining of healthy blood glucose levels. Over time, excessive alcohol consumption can decrease insulin’s effectiveness, resulting in high and often, unhealthy, blood sugar levels.
A further study revealed at the American College of Gastroenterology showed that just one drink per day for women, or two for men, could lead to small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, which causes bloating, gas, abdominal pain, constipation, and diarrhea.
Scientists have found that this bacterial overgrowth influences metabolism and weight. How? The different types of bacteria found within our intestines function together to affect how many calories we extract from our food and whether we make or burn fat—two key factors in establishing a healthy weight. So, drinking alcohol can throw off the body’s natural balance and ability to metabolize food properly.
If those aren’t enough reasons to make you think twice about having a casual drink, don’t forget the calorie content. One glass of wine, whether red or white, packs in around 120 calories; and with about four glasses of wine per bottle, that brings a bottle’s calorie total to around 480 calories, nearly as many as in a Big Mac!
Mark Sisson from Marks Daily Apple did a great job breaking down the question: Is alcohol good for you? The response can be found here.
Yours in Health,
Tracing back as early as 1550 BC in Egypt, diabetes was once described as a very rare disease. Nowadays, this disease is more like an epidemic as it is the seventh leading cause of death listed on U.S. death certificates. And it only gets worse. The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts the rate to double between 2005 and 2030.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin (Type 1) or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces (Type 2). Type 2 is by far the most common and develops gradually due to lifestyle factors. Since insulin is needed to regulate blood sugar levels, elevated blood sugar is common among diabetics. Over time, diabetes can damage the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, and nerves. According to the WHO, 50% of diabetics die from cardiovascular disease, 10-20% die of kidney failure, and 2% even become blind.
What can we do?
The fact that diabetes has only recently become an epidemic brings up an interesting question: what are we doing differently than our ancestors who enjoyed such a low rate of diabetes? The answer probably lies heavily within the way we eat. One study compared the effects of the Paleolithic diet to the generally recommended diabetes diet. The Paleolithic diet consists of grass-fed meat, free-range fowl or wild-caught fish, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and generous portions of healthy fats (fats are not the enemy!), including nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil and coconut oil. Grains, legumes, dairy products, sugar, vegetable oils and processed foods are absent from this diet. Basically, it’s what our ancestors ate millions of years ago before the dawn of agriculture. Over a 3-month period, the Paleolithic diet came out on top with improved glycemic control and several cardiovascular risk factors compared to the diabetic diet in patients with type 2 diabetes.
A while back I wrote on the subject of Intermittent Fasting (IF) and benefits to your health. Both IF and paleo-type diets are studied for their positive effects on blood sugar.
In The Primal Blueprint, Mark Sisson attests to the benefits of the Paleolithic diet. He points out that we are “genetically identical (in virtually all aspects relevant to human health) to our hunter-gatherer ancestors” and that we should look to their diets as a guideline on what we are designed to eat. Click here to access my article on how our genes and certain foods can actually trigger genetically-prone diseases.
Perhaps this is the first step towards not only preventing the diabetes epidemic, but also towards lowering the rates of other so-called epidemics such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and even cancer. Just some food for thought!
Interested in learning more about the Paleo Diet? Of course you could purchase a popular book, like Mark Sisson Primal Blueprint, or Google ‘primal diet’ to learn more about the basic fundamentals of what’s involved. The fun of learning about the primal lifestyle can be found in popular primal diet blogs.
- Mark Sisson Blog ‘Mark’s Daily Apple’
- My Quirky Life on Tumblr
- Jen’s Gone Paleo
- Girl Gone Primal
- Everyday Paleo
- Living Primal
- Vegetarian Paleo Diet
FYI: The information suggested above does not mean I recommend the Paleo Diet. This is for informative purposes only.
Yours in Health,
Stella Metsovas B.S., CCN