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Recent headlines have made the news cycle stating that coconut oil isn’t healthy, and never has been healthy. You most likely heard this story, and perhaps you scratched your head a little and feel more confused than ever. I wanted to weigh-in and give my take. This story was a reaction to an American Heart Association statement alerting Americans to the “dangers of saturated fat”, while stating that we should replace the calories we obtain from saturated fat with poly-unsaturated fats that predominately come from vegetable oils like corn oil, soybean oil, and canola oil. This is interesting, because these oils in excess have been shown to increase inflammation, and inflammation is a primary factor that contributes to heart disease. What the American Heart Association doesn’t mention is the strong [...]
Do you love your breakfast? Do you have a short list of “go-to” breakfast foods? Maybe you need a bit of inspiration to start eating breakfast again? Getting some protein at each meal can help with blood sugar management, metabolism and weight loss. This is because protein helps you feel fuller longer, providing more satiety, calorie for calorie, as compared to carbohydrates. So I'm going to show you how to get the protein, as well as some veggies and healthy fats for your soon-to-be favorite new “go-to” breakfast foods. Breakfast Food #1: Eggs Yes, eggs are the “quintessential” breakfast food. And for good reason! No, I'm not talking about processed egg whites in a carton. I mean actual whole “eggs”. Egg whites are mostly protein while the yolks are the [...]
A few weeks ago, I discussed the importance of maintaining healthy cortisol levels (the primary stress hormone) to discourage the storage of belly fat. But it turns out there is another important hormone that also influences how much fat is stored, and to an extent, where it is stored. That hormone is insulin. Insulin: A key player in fat storage You may have heard before that insulin encourages fat storage. While many hormone imbalances can contribute to an increased girth, elevated insulin levels prove to be a primary contributor. In fact, one of the diagnostic criteria for metabolic syndrome (which is associated with elevated insulin levels) is a waist circumference of 40 inches or more in men, and 35 inches or more in women. Metabolic syndrome is a collection of symptoms [...]