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Optimal Health Series: Nutrition

This is a tough one for most. Our love-hate relationship with food can make achieving any health related goal very difficult. In the first two videos of this Optimal Health series I outline what I have found to be the most important things to consider when tackling nutrition. Mindset The contradictions within the realm of nutrition are endless, which is part of what makes this the most difficult part of building a healthier lifestyle. So before we talk specifics, let’s start with the best way to approach the subject. This involves mostly just changing your mindset. Every single thing that we do in life begins with intention so I would recommend spending a decent amount of time developing that intention. This should include your purpose for wanting to make changes, what obstacles you might face, and the specific (and realistic) goals you hope to achieve. There are no wrong answers, but the...

Refined foods and the overfed state

I was blessed with a speedy metabolism and ability to eat large quantities of just about anything with no consequences; or so I thought. I assumed that because I didn't gain weight it didn't matter what or how much I ate. As I've learned more about nutrition and implemented healthy eating plans, I have been able to change the way I feel and perform. When I look back on my childhood and most of my adult life, I can  recount underlying issues that were definitely related to the foods that I ate. I suffered from ADD and had an incredibly difficult time focusing (I made horrible grades). There were also digestive issues I thought I had to live with and a poor functioning immune system. I now know that avoiding refined foods and overfeeding = I feel better, think better, have more energy and an overall stronger/healthier body. When centenarians (people...

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What’s the deal with gluten?

With gluten free products springing up everywhere, many are left wondering what all of the fuss is about. They are asking; what is gluten and why is it so bad? Gluten is a name given to a group of proteins found mostly in wheat, rye and barley. Because these grains are used to make breads, pastas, flours, and to thicken most sauces/soups, they're encountered in almost everything the typical American eats. The reason that grains have been demonized lately is due to the popularity of diets such as the paleo and ketogenic diets. There's also the anti-inflammatory diet which uses the motto that 'grains inflame'.  Additionally, there has been a recent surge in people being diagnosed with gluten sensitivities (causes low grade digestive issues and inflammation). I'm not referring to Celiac disease which is a major health issue. The gluten sensitivity that is gaining attention causes people to suffer from digestive...

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What the hell can I eat?

With hundreds of diets to choose from and thousands of specialists and celebrities to listen to, figuring out what to eat can be crazy difficult. The ever changing research telling us what's good or bad is overwhelming. Eating whole grains is good for you but gluten is horrible (gluten is in grains)! If you find yourself questioning the bombardment of information, but at the same time want good relevant information, then keep reading. The first thing to understand is that there's not one perfect diet that works for everyone. This is because there are variations in metabolic and hormone responses between different people and the foods they eat. As just one example of this, consider eating something as simple as a banana. For some people there is a very slow and steady rise and fall of blood sugar levels after eating the banana. For others, there may be a sharp peak...

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