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Battle Of The Bulge: Diet Versus Exercise

exercise healthy eating Jan 02, 2017

Flip through the channels late at night and you’re bound to come across paid-programming. You may see commercials for super sharp knives, fine jewelry, or some invincible maintenance spray. However, you will most certainly see advertisements for droves of weight loss programs. Some highlight fancy exercise equipment, while others suggest your body and 30 minutes is all you need, but the message is all the same, “Do this program. Lose your body fat.”

Let’s be honest, is 30 more minutes of exercise a week all you really need to have the body of your dreams? Picture the average American. According to the CDC, the average American male is overweight and heading toward obesity. Now, let’s put him on a deserted island. He’s got an endless supply of water with a limited amount of food. If we leave him on this island for one month, what do you think he’ll look like when we rescue him? He’ll probably be a bit dirty, smelly, and have a scraggly...

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Is There Really an Obesity Crisis?

Fat shaming, self-love, obesity crisis, body confidence. Go online, and you will come across viral articles from any one of these polarizing camps: online commenters criticizing someone’s body image, groups of women and men who pride themselves on loving their curves, adamant health nuts pushing their exercise and detox programs, and everything in between. So how do we separate what is fact from fiction? First, we will look at the facts.

 Obesity is Rising in the U.S.

One out of every three adults is obese in the United States. The number is now around 1 out of every six for adolescents. Obesity is not to be confused with being overweight. Being “overweight” is often harder to define with weight calculators like body mass index (BMI) unable to take into account you body composition percentage (i.e. the percent of fat versus muscle and bone).  A BMI between 25-29.9 is considered overweight by the CDC. Many athletes, with their higher density of muscle, may...

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Holiday Survival Guide Series: An Overview

healthy eating Nov 17, 2016

This article marks the first article in our "Holiday Survival Guide Series." We're digging deep into the trenches to uncover what is so stressful about the holiday season, and how to overcome it. 

Here's a list of FIVE habits that can kill your holiday bliss: 

1. Big Meals and Binge Eating
Yes, that crispy apple pie tastes as succulent as it looks.... so does the ham, the mashed potatoes, the baked chicken, the cranberry sauce, the mac & cheese, the dinner rolls, and the sparkling cider. We know you've spent hours churning up a feast in the kitchen and rightfully deserve to splurge, but from a digestive perspective, unless you're an Olympic swimmer, your body isn't trained to eat 4,000 calories in one sitting. 

The stress your digestive system undertakes may take days to clean out. If you're anything like me, you'll stretch your leftovers weeks after a hearty Thanksgiving meal. Leftovers aren't inherently horrible unless your body isn't used to digesting heavy...

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Life: A Stress Test

stress Oct 17, 2016

Maybe you do yoga. Maybe it’s blasting your favorite jam at a stoplight. Whatever it is, I bet there’s at least one thing you do to de-stress. We don't need to learn how to be stressed. It is a process that is innate to human nature. Maybe you remember a little something from high school biology called the fight or flight response.

When your body is confronted with a stressful situation, you’ve essentially got two options, buckle-up and fight it out, or hop on the next greyhound out of there. Our brain sends out of flurry of chemical signals that physically change our bodies. Unfortunately, these chemical signals were designed for brief stressful encounters, such as being hunted down by saber-tooth tigers in the grass savannah. However, if your long-time boss sends the same chills down your spine as an apex predator, your body is going to have a hard time coping with stress.

 

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The Garden of Eating: Local Produce

fat loss healthy eating Sep 22, 2016

An apple is an apple. Whatever the season, an apple will always be an apple. However, an apple in the fall is crispier than an apple in the spring. Nature produces apples in autumn. The soil's nutrients, the temperature, and the rainfall come together to create the sweetest version of an apple.  

We consume fruits out of season year long. We slice melons when melons aren't supposed to be sliced. We zest oranges when oranges aren't supposed to be zested. We eat produce from parts of the world we've never seen, and is that always a good thing?  

For centuries, landscapes limited humans to the crops it could provide. After advances in fertilizers, genetic modifications, cold packing and freezing, we can ship "fresh" produce from Sao Paolo, Brazil to grocery stores in York, Maine. 

If you've traveled abroad, you know several rounds of vaccinations may be necessary to get in and out of the country without a sniffle. What about your food? How many steps does your foreign...

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The Glazed Donut

There it is, sitting where the light hits it perfectly. It’s glistening gooey glaze slides down onto the plate. The succulent circumference of doughy goodness there to tempt you days into your new diet. What the heck, man?!? This isn’t fair! Your lunch is composed of a half cup of broccoli, baked chicken thighs, and mashed sweet potatoes. All of which you have forgotten about due to the glazed doughnut. 

Humans are visual creatures. The eyes allow us to process our environment and tell our brains what’s good or what’s bad. Unfortunately, “good" and “bad” may be overshadowed by the fact that sugar has the ability to hijack our dopamine responses to make us believe it is good because it “feels” good. So we find ourselves at an impasse: feel good now or feel good later? 

If you’ve just started a new diet plan or lifestyle change, you may find that the first few week are dreadful. It might seem like there are...

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