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Oh, how the pendulum swings . . .

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pendulum_sMaybe it’s basic human nature, or maybe it’s just capitalism, I don’t know.  It just seems that extreme viewpoints get more traction in our society than common sense does…

If you read the blog post I wrote a few weeks ago about the media demonizing certain foods then you know what I’m talking about.

If you lived through the 1990’s you definitely know about the swinging pendulum of public opinion on fat.  A few short-sighted and mis-guided studies dating back to the 1960’s were highlighted in the 90′s and accepted as gospel-truth that saturated fat was the KILLER of our modern society.  And that people needed to avoid it all together as “bad fat.”

RE-THINKING FAT
Well, this week NPR (National Public Radio) aired a story that will hopefully make people rethink Read more

The Winter Olympics, Nutrition, and Media Hype. . .

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Now that it’s all said and done, regardless of your political beliefs, you can pretty much say the Olympic games in Sochi were a big success!  Despite three months of media reports telling us how dangerous the games “may” be for Americans, and how “our leaders” are uncomfortable with Russia’s security, and watching the media turn over every stone possible looking for bad things that could go wrong at the games… they went off, for the most part, without a hitch.

I realize it’s the media’s job to report all possible stories but surely you noticed as well as I how the “dangerous” and “negative” stories were far more prominent on the front pages than were Read more

How to make New Year’s Resolutions really work. . .

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Whether you’re a New Year’s resolution kind of person or not, this is the time of year when people begin thinking about all the changes they want to make and work for in the coming new year (2014).  And very often the motivation behind those changes comes from logic, or from intellect…  “I know eating more vegetables is good for me so I’m going to eat more in the new year…”

In fact, Athlon’s blog is notorious for giving tons of good, logical, relevant information about what new behaviors people should focus on and why.  However, logic will often STOP a person from achieving the change they desire…

Below is a short video from a mentor of mine that gives a very simple but powerful method to making deep, fast – permanent -  changes in Read more

How to get your nutrition on the right track. . . ing system

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San Luis Obispo Personal TranersI often hear from clients, friends, and just about anyone else I talk to, that changing their physique is too hard and too complicated.  There are so many opinions out there… some people say to do one thing and then another group of people say to do the exact opposite.  “It’s just too confusing…”

And yes, it can be overwhelming and confusing if you let it.  But it doesn’t have to be…

When your making any lifestyle/habit change to accomplish a specific goal, the biggest key for success is tracking your progress.  Few people really take this point to heart.  But it’s a lot easier Read more

Watch the sugar intake. . .

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TooMuchFoodIt’s the holidays! (and the food-fest that comes with them)

I, for one, do a pretty good job of “counting my blessings” each year with a little indulgence into the delightful treats that only seem to come around at family get-togethers during the holidays.  You know, “grandma’s cakes and cookies,” “aunt’s apple pie,”  mom’s “Texas Sheet Cake,” etc.

But there’s an important distinction to be understood about indulging on special occasions and indulging on more than special occasions, like daily or weekly…

We‘ve all heard the term “sugar addict” thrown around.  And Read more

Stop Taking Vitamins ? ? ?

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Multi-1-3-1413Did you read the recent New York Times opinion piece by Dr. Paul Offit?

It’s titled “Don’t Take Your Vitamins.”

In it. he argues that you can get more than adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals from your diet alone. Plus, he makes the case that taking vitamins (like vitamin C and vitamin E) can be harmful. And he cites a few studies that support this idea.

So … with so much conflicting advice, what should you do?!

Do you keep taking your vitamins and supplements? Or can they really make things worse, as Dr. Offit suggests?

Let’s start by looking at his assumption Read more

A better way to squat ?

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By now everyone knows that “Squats” is probably the best exercise in world for your body…

Every fitness magazine or health journal worth it’s salt touts the importance of squats in a fitness program.  And rightly so, squats create healthy, flexible movement in almost all of your major Read more

Sun’s Out, Guns Out. . .

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summer fun

Summer Soltice has come and gone, the sun is out, the heat is coming and it’s time to enjoy summer!  YES!!

And if you’re like most folks (myself included), it’s also time to lose that last little bit of fat because you’re going to be spending some time at the lake, or on the beach wearing considerably less clothing…  Or maybe you want to look good for an upcoming pool party, or just feel great spending time outdoors.

Whatever your reason for wanting to get fit in the shortest time possible, the good news is there’s a diet “hack” you might want to try.  It could help you get fit fast, just in time to enjoy the rest of the sunny season.  And the best news?  It’s beginning to get a lot of scientific support…

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