Do Egg Yolks Cause Heart Disease?

I had my annual physical yesterday … …including fasting blood work to make sure things are “in check.” I’m anxious to get my Vitamin D levels tested – if you didn’t get a chance to read if you need to take vitamin D, make sure you check it out! I’m also always interested in my lipid panel.   So far it’s been a clean bill of health, but with my mom having genetically high triglycerides (to the tune of 500 mg/dL+, when they should be under 150 mg/dL), it’s important to make sure all is still on track. Speaking of lipids – a re…
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Do You Create Solutions or Worry About Problems?

Life is about keeping things in perspective. Where is your focus? Where we are in Louisville, it’s pretty gray in the winter … more gray than sun.  And lately I’ve noticed more people complaining about the weather … “It’s SOOOO gray, I just want to crawl back into bed…” “It’s SOOO cold, I can’t leave my house…” "I CAN'T exercise today, I NEED the sun for that…" And so on. But if you choose to live in this area, where it is always pretty gray in the winter, what is complaining abo…
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Is Organic Worth the Cost? The Debate Rages On

The organic vs. conventional debate rages.  We got a lot of comments on our last piece about this hotly debated organic vs. conventional foods topic. Do you buy organic foods?  Leave a comment — let us know! Is organic farming BETTER than conventional – do the foods have more nutrients?  More flavor?  Less pesticides? And, at the end of the day, are they better for us? So we’re back with some more info. Data suggests adults eat around 2 servings of vegetables TOTAL per day. And we’ve had people say to us “I can’t afford organic produc…
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Do You Get Your Nutrition Advice from Your Doctor?

We're nearing the end of the January … Statistically that means 95% of the population has given up on their New Year's Resolutions.  We're trusting that's not you. If you were planning to lose fat in 2010, have you heard people suggesting you should "eat more to lose weight?" Sounds almost too good to be true, doesn't it? Aren't calories important?  As promising as it may seem, it’s impossible to truly defy the laws of physics and take in more calories than your body uses to lose fat. But lo and behold, the husband of a woman we work wit…
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Are You Getting Enough?

Learning that about 2/3 of the American population is overweight shouldn't come as a surprise: Only about 25% of the adult population is involved with structured exercise regularly The average adult eats about 3,300 calories each day, nearly double of what is needed for the "average" person But there’s more to the obesity equation than just those two pieces.  And it’s often forgotten in the quest for weight loss and simply optimal health. It is Sleep.  Getting’ your zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz’s. And data continues to mount suggesting an assoc…
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The Most Evil Fat in the World

Dietary fat has received a ton of attention in the media — and for good reason. On one end of the spectrum, some dietary fats can ultimately kill you.  On the other, they can save your life. Today we're talking about those that can ultimately kill you — artificially created trans fat.    Biochemistry 101: Primer on Fats All fats have the same basic structure; they are a chain of carbon atoms with varying amounts of hydrogen atoms attached to each carbon. This is important to understand the next piece to this article. Let’s delve into some simplified chemi…
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Do You Need a Detox Diet?

Detox plans and Cleansing Diets are all the rage.  From short 3 Day Cleanses and Coffee Enemas to The “Master Cleanse” and everything in between. Celebrities swear by them.  Beyonce once boasted about losing 20 lbs through cleansing.  Oprah has also talked openly about her cleansing plan. Shock jock Howard Stern’s sidekick Robin Quivers was a huge proponent of the “Master Cleanse” which is a combination of 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons organic maple syrup, a pinch of cayenne pepper and one cup of water.  Ads boast you can l…
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Kitchen Stuff We Like

If you're fighting the battle of the bulge, or simply looking to stay on track with your New Year's Resolutions, you need to get at least a little familiar with the kitchen. Let's face it — you can't be permanently successful if you're relying on fast food, bringing in take out, or going out to eat regularly.  And while you can surely cook with the bare minimum, we'll admit it, we like "stuff" – useful kitchen "stuff." Here are some basic kitchen gadgets we love and use regularly.   5 of our favorite kitchen tools.&n…
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You Can’t Lose Fat Eating These

We’re all about balance.  Sure, we have a reputation for living off tofu and grass, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. We follow a 90/10 rule – eat clean 90% of the time and “let the reins out” the other 10% of the time. In numbers that means if we’re eating 5 meals each day, with 7 days in a week, that’s 35 meals total.  With 10% of the meals being “relax” meals, that is about 4 meals each week. Aim for this same goal and you’ll never struggle with your body weight again. But there are 3 foods that will totally sabotage…
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Vitamin D – Sunshine Vitamin is Hot

I get one question more than any other. “What supplements do I need?” It doesn’t matter if it’s a 15 year old young athlete trying to put on some muscle, a working mom who is trying to shed those last 10 lbs, or a 60 year old grandpa who is looking to improve his health … And my answer is always the same – let’s first look at your diet before assessing if you should be taking a supplement(s).  Most are overrated, but there are some that have merit for sure.   And one vitamin that continues to dominate the science and media is vitamin D –the &…
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