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Why Macros Matter if You Want to Lose Weight and Feel Your Best

Food is so often surrounding by anxiety, duty, guilt or pleasure.  But when you strip away the clever packaging, tasty engineering and the stigma about which food is “right” or “wrong,” food is just made of protein, fats and carbs.

It is a little strange to acknowledge this since food is the source of so many emotionally-charged opinions.  From the American Heart Association to your next door neighbor, we are constantly being inundated with information about the latest research on restaurants, fad diets, ethical food sources, organic, non-GMO, cholesterol and the environmental impact all of these choices have.  A good understanding of nutrition comes from a foundation of knowing the basic biochemistry of what makes up our food at the molecular level.

There are three macronutrients, called “macro” because they are the main, big ones.  These are proteins, fats and carbohydrates and together they are the building blocks for the...

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12 Things You Can Track Besides Your Weight to Prove You’re Getting Healthier

(and one you shouldn’t bother with)

Let’s try to get away from this phrase “weight loss.”  Weight loss could mean you have lost body fat, yes, but it could also mean that you're retaining less water due to less physical or emotional stress.  Weight loss could mean that you don’t have much food in your stomach from yesterday or that you took a big dump this morning. Weight loss could mean that you have been on the Keto diet for 4 days and your kidneys are flushing water or it could mean that you’ve had a stomach flu for a week and are as weak as a kitten.

These are all reasons why we never want to rely on the scale alone to measure our success on getting healthier.  The scale is like that bully in elementary school. It taunts us and teases us, but the more we show an emotional response to those taunts, the more power it has.  Soon you will dread going near the scale. You will do everything in your power to avoid having an...

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Not Just for Athletes: The Importance of Electrolytes

Electrolytes. 

What are they and why do we need them?

Electrolytes, a term commonly thrown around in regard to sugary sports drinks, are essential minerals in your body including sodium, magnesium, potassium, chloride and others.  So called because when dissolved in water (in your body) they conduct electrical current. Not only are these needed for regulating fluid retention, blood pressure and blood acidity, but also for muscle contractility and sending nerve impulses to and from the brain.  Electrolytes are lost through your sweat and urine and can be replenished through food or by supplementation.

 

 

Sodium

-Regulates total amount of water in the body  -Maintains function of the muscular and nervous systems

Potassium

-Regulates heartbeat

-Maintains function of the muscular and nervous systems

-Extremely high or low levels of Potassium can cause irregular heart beating

Magnesium

-Maintains function of the muscular and nervous systems

-Proper...

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Eat Your Meat: Raw or Cooked?

The ever-evolving world of nutritional awareness has created a new debate that will be the topic of our discussion today.  Within the keto-carnivore and paleo communities, nobody questions whether meat is essential for human health, but new questions are emerging regarding the optimal way to consume our most precious resource.  The debate hinges on whether to cook our meat or to go full caveman and consume it raw. 

It seems very attractive to mimic the nature that surrounds us, wolves and bear certainly don’t cook their meat, even the brilliant dolphins and octopi of the oceans consume their prey raw.  Are we humans any different?  Is our biology and physiology so far removed from animal nature that we need to cook our meat?  And just because we have the intelligence required to make a fire, does that mean we should throw our food into it?

This topic contains many variables: nutrients in red meat including vitamins and amino acids, the...

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