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We are at the height of grilling season, and for many of you that might mean throwing a nice steak on the grill. But for years we have been told to cut back on beef. The general dietary consensus has been that beef raises your cholesterol, and clogs your arteries. So can beef be part of a healthy diet? Well the issue is a little more complex than “yes” or “no”, so let’s look at some of the finer points. If we go back in time, and look at the Paleolithic diet of our ancestors, we see that animal foods were an important part of the diet. According to analyses by Loren Cordain of Colorado State University, one of the leading experts in Paleolithic nutrition, contemporary hunter-gatherers derive 40 – […]
Ah, cheese. Most people like it, but many might think that they shouldn’t eat it. Why? Because it is high in fat, especially the saturated kind, and high in calories. Well, yes cheese is high in fat, and most of it is saturated fat. But saturated fat isn’t nearly as bad for you as you might have been led to believe. The good news is that saturated fat has finally been vindicated after many years of being a nutritional demon. More on that to come. But there may be other reasons to avoid cheese, or at least cut back. Let’s break it down. The primary reason to avoid cheese would be if you have either lactose intolerance or a food allergy/sensitivity to dairy. Lactose intolerance is when the digestive system does not produce […]
Eating out is is much more prevalent in our daily lives today than it was twenty years ago. With fast-paced lifestyles, and overbooked calendars, it is only natural to turn to restaurant eating more. After all, we can make that meeting into a business lunch or a social get-together. And let’s face it, dining options have improved and the variety is amazing! To keep on a healthy track though, it is important to treat eating out like any other meal you might eat. Here are some tips to help you stick to your health goals, while eating out. Don’t go to dinner with the enemy – when the waiter brings the breadbasket, send it away. If you have a dinner partner who insists on keeping the breadbasket, put it on […]