As I mentioned in a previous blog pos t, I've been reading Gary Taubes's new book Good Calories, Bad Calories: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Diet, Weight Control, and Disease. It's a dense read (with about 2,000 references, and no, I didn't check them all), but I've finally finished it, and I recommend it to anyone who really wants to understand where we've come in the past century, and why. Taubes spent five years researching and writing the book, and the manuscript may have been completed a year or more ago. The production process takes time. At one point he referred to the "current" president of Rockefeller University, and when I checked, I found she'd left in 2004. This suggests that he wasn't able to include some of the recent research supporting low-carb diets, even though avoiding carbohydrates -- especially highly processed carbohydrates -- is one of the primary messages of the book. Taubes feels that these ...
As we discussed recently, the DASH Eating Plan was designed to help reduce elevated blood pressure by eating a low fat diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, and dairy. This is an excellent eating plan, high in important nutrients calcium, potassium, magnesium, protein (especially from fish, poultry, and nuts) and fiber (from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains), and it's low in sodium.
Perhaps you'd like to give the DASH diet a go, but aren't quite sure just how to incorporate the guidelines into your own daily menus. To help you get started, here is a one day sample menu plan.
Note: two versions of this plan are detailed below, one for a 1,600-calorie diet, and one for a 2,000-calorie diet - please choose the menu closest to your energy requirements.
Remember, we don't always eat the same foods, therefore some days you may meet the requirements set out by the DASH plan, while at others times you may not. This is fine, as long as the average over several days is clos...
It's so basic; we can easily forget to think about
calories. Diabetics are taught to "count
those carbs" and many of us have gotten carb counting down very
proficiently. What about calories? How do they figure into the life of people
As the number of obese and overweight people in America
continues to climb and we are bombarded with daily advertisements for weight
loss programs, drugs, and even surgeries, one has to wonder: is this really
such a complicated issue? Actually it's
quite simple. Generally, Americans eat too much and exercise too little, thus
the calories going in are outweighing (pun intended) the calories going out. Too much energy is being absorbed by our
bodies and then stored as fat.
I've hit a plateau with my weight. I'm happily 5-7 pounds lighter than I was
year ago. However, I really would like
to achieve my goal weight before getting pregnant with our second child. I'm only about 15 poun...
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