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Archive for October, 2011

Myth: Purchasing Certified Organic foods is the best, healthiest, or most ethical option

TRUTH:  First of all – people used to associate the term ‘organic’ with small, environmentally conscious farmers.  Now, organic brands are popping up everywhere – including in companies like General Mills and Kraft.  Obviously, they’re not interested in sustainable agriculture so much as they are making a profit.  They’re the major players in the mutli-billion […]

Marathon Training Tips

Week Before High carbohydrate. Maintain at least a 55% carbohydrate diet for the first 4 days of the week, then increase it to 70% carbohydrate in the three days prior to race day. Lean protein. Aim to get .5-.6g/lb of protein from lean meats, fish, and vegetable protein.  Examples of lean meat include chicken breast […]

Recipe: Blueberry Lemon Breakfast Bars

It’s often just about this time of year when I start missing all the summer berries, so I like to dig into my frozen stash and use a few to reminisce about the summer’s treats.  Think of this recipe as a dessert pancake, though I usually cut them into bars and snack.  If you want, […]

Recipe: Savory Stuffed Acorn Squash

I’m just starting to take advantage of all the winter squashes that are in season.  The other night, I needed an easy recipe to use up some of my onions and squash, so this was what I concocted.  I decided to go in a savory direction with the stuffing but you could have easily used […]

Myth: Smoothies are a good, low cal, on-the-go snack.

TRUTH: Not entirely a myth but let’s discuss. I’m going to start with the bad and finish with the good. Why I don’t promote smoothies: In general, drinking your calories is not the healthiest option.  Drinks are often sweetened with sugar (or artificial sweeteners).  If not high in sugar, they often contain excess fat (i.e. milkshakes, lattes, etc) or […]

The Lowdown on Low Carbs

Low carbohydrate diets are less popular than 5 years ago, but there are many dieters who continue to ask about them.   Here’s a brief overview of low carb diets and their effect: Why low carb? Carbs (sugars) are our main source of energy; in their absence (as with low carb diets), our bodies use up […]

Myth: Soy is bad and should be avoided

TRUTH:  This myth emerged following a variety of studies that indicate that soy is high in estrogens, it increases the need of some vitamins (i.e. Vitamin D), and that it interferes with protein digestion and thyroid function, and speeds the aging of brain cells.  Am I calling these studies a farce?! No.  I am not.  […]

Recipe: Baked Eggplant and Spiced Turkey

This ­recipe is a light take on a classic Greek dish.  Traditionally made with fried eggplant, potatoes, and spiced meat in a cream sauce, my version doesn’t sacrifice flavor but has significantly fewer calories.  I created it haphazardly, with the ingredients I happen to have in my kitchen at the time.  Personally, I think it […]

Recipe: Raw Kale Salad

If you’ve never tried it, Dinosaur Kale (aka Tuscan Kale) is a great kale to start eating.  Though I’m a big fan, I didn’t know the name until recently – actually, I didn’t even know it was a type of kale because it’s often mislabeled as cabbage (which, technically, it is).  You can find it at […]

Figuring Out Fats

“Good” Fats: Choose these. Unsaturated fats. Unsaturated fats include polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats.  These fats are considered better quality (and better for us) because they help raise our HDL cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol) and help lower our LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol).  TIP: unsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature! Foods: Monounsaturated: olive oil, peanut […]