Since the 1950s, cholesterol has been demonized for clogging up you arteries, raising blood cholesterol, and being the leading cause of all heart diseases. Because of this, people have been lowering their intake of cholesterol rich foods, and today, cholesterol lowering drugs are a tens of billions of dollar industry. You’ve most likely heard in the past, “Lower your intake of eggs and red meat because they’ll raise your cholesterol!” and you see food labels of “low fat,” “low cholesterol,” “heart healthy” everywhere....more
At a playdate with a group of mothers, I once horrified an impossibly hip, young mom by telling her I refused to eat organic food because it was too expensive and that I felt I wouldn't be buying a better product. The look of shock on her face made me wonder if I had suddenly experienced a Janet Jackson-esque wardrobe malfunction. After glancing down to make sure I wasn't flashing anyone (and to check that Justin Timberlake wasn't lurking behind a bush), I tried to calmly explain my position on organic versus conventionally grown food.
***LENGTHY, WORDY POST WARNING!****"You have focus issues", said The Husband, when I showed him my last blog post. True enough, dude, but give me a minute here - I am just starting to teach myself how to take decent photos....more
As the worry of disease makes the world more health conscious, more and more people are adopting a plant based diet as a means of weight loss and overall health. There are many scientific studies that have been conducted on the subject, and the results are quite promising! The nutritional benefits of a whole foods plant based diet have been studied for their effects on the prevention, treatment and reversal of disease for years now by a number of different scientists and doctors....more
In my meanderings around the Health at Every Size movement, I've learned quite a bit about the intersection of fat and health. The more I've studied, the more clear it's become to me that we're being sold a bill of goods about weight. I've also realized that there's a nifty bit of sociopolitical sleight-of-hand going on.Here's why....more
After I shared the low-down on the 4 "healthiest" things to drink at the bar, a reader (hi, Laura!) posed a fantastic question in response. Though she's already making the relatively low-sugar, low-calorie choices of "liquor + club soda + lime" when she's out, drinking alcohol "feels like the one 'unhealthy' habit left when eating well and exercising. It feels like two steps forward, one step back!"
Dissatisfaction is one of the major issues for workers at the moment. Many jobs, including high rewarding ones, are not fulfilling enough for individuals to stay in their jobs for long. This has resulted in a shortening of an employee’s time in any particular position and a rise in employee turnover....more