I don’t eat grains. It has been the key to my maintaining the weight I lost from my bariatric surgery in 2003. Eating grain-free and high protein also has been vital in maximizing my results from body contouring plastic surgery in 2013. Eating grain-free is not some crash diet fad that I made up. Many people around the worldwide champion the Primal (or Paleo) way of eating, which challenges many well-accepted elements of the standard American diet.
Primal eating essentially follows the evolutionary model of meats, fish, greens, nuts, vegetables and limited fruits. It claims that carbohydrates in grain form, especially the highly-processed varieties found in most restaurant and prepared items, are simply not a good energy source for human health. In particular, it asserts that refined carbohydrates are a primary factor in contributing to obesity, type 2 diabetes, anxiety and depression, lack of energy, inflammation, metabolic syndrome or "Syndrome X" and heart disease. All...
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve really started thinking of food as medicine – and I hope you have, too! Increasingly, when I think about the issues related to both menopause and aging, I look to my diet to see what needs to be tweaked. Having a hot flash? In my case, I’ve found that not drinking beer or vodka seems to cause those pesky annoyances to go away. And then there are other foods that researchers are encouraging us to add to our diets to support our health.
Take blueberries and strawberries, for instance. Researchers have found that eating three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries weekly may help women lower their heart risk by as much as 33 percent.
More than 93,600 women between the ages of 25 and 42 who were part of the Nurses’ Health Study II participated in this study. Researchers from Harvard School of Public School in Massachusetts and the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom followed this group for a period of 18 years,...
Fat is bad, right? I'm not talking about the fats we eat
here. I mean the fat on your body. The less fat, the healthier you are.
Everyone knows that.
But maybe everyone is wrong.
New research in the laboratory of C. Ronald Kahn at the Joslin Diabetes
Center suggests that some fat, namely subcutaneous fat, may actually be healthy
and may protect people from getting metabolic diseases like diabetes .
There are two basic classes of fat in the body: brown fat
and white fat. Brown fat seems to serve as a heat source, and this is an
important function in many animals. For example, newborn lambs have brown fat
around their kidneys, and when they're born in subzero weather, this fat is
burned to produce heat and keep them from freezing to death.
I used to breed my sheep, and if I found a dead recently
born lamb, I could look at the kidneys to see if they contained brown fat. If
they did, the lamb had probably been stillborn. If the brown fat was gone,
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