Fish Oil Benefits — Should YOU Supplement?

The other day I filmed a short video about the benefits of fish oil … Today we’re back with more specifics about omega-3 fats – should you take them?  What are the recommended doses?  How do you know what to look for when buying fish oil?  Here’s the deal: Under the “umbrella” of omega-3 fats, there are actually 3 different fatty acids. EPA, DHA, and ALA (those are all acronyms).  These are all called essential fats, meaning our bodies can’t make them, so we must get them from the diet.  Where do you get them?  EPA and…
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A More Powerful Antioxidant than Fruits and Veggies?

We’ve talked all about the benefits of antioxidants.   And of course you can load up on them by eating plenty of dark colored fruits and veggies.   But there are these “weird” super sources of antioxidants that until recently have been flying under the radar. What are these “weird” sources? Herbs and spices.   Because they’re derived from plants, they share many of the same benefits… …but, because they’re dried, they are a concentrated source of powerful antioxidants. When I say powerful – 1 tsp of cinnam…
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Eat THIS Heart Healthy Food

Picture this.  Kara and I are in Italy a couple years ago for our honeymoon.  For one of our day trips, we were in a small town called Ravello, one of the most beautiful towns we visited that trip.  Since we both love to cook, she found a chef who does private cooking lessons – we were both very excited for our adventure when we woke up. The 3 of us are in Chef Vincenzino’s house, which was nestled in the mountain side overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.  Incredible, to say the least. We had no idea what we’d be preparing that day … when we spoke beforehan…
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What is Your ANDI Score?

No, no — it's not a new pick up line.  Have you heard of “ANDI?”   It’s a fairly new scoring system that Whole Foods stores have adopted to “rank” foods according to those with the highest nutritional value. ANDI is an abbreviation for "Aggregate Nutrient Density Index" Developed by a physician, ANDI is a way of looking at the health properties of various foods – from produce to French fries, walnuts to cola.   It’s recently garnered some attention since Whole Foods Markets brought it to light.   This s…
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3 Favorite Heart Healthy Snacks

On the go doesn’t mean you have to turn to fast food and vending machines. Here are 3 of our favorite snacks – quick, portable, convenient, and fantastic for your heart. Sabra Hummus single serve.  Hummus is incredible for you.  And we were excited to recently find single serve hummus at the store.  It’s hard to find super convenient healthy foods that taste great, so this fits the bill.  Perfect for the office or when you’re waiting to pick up the kiddos in the carpool line.  Bring some baby carrots and there is zero prep needed!  &nbs…
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Another Simple Fat Loss “Trick”

Those who eat more veggies and fruits weigh less. That’s not new. But a study published this month in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics didn’t just suggest eating them … but actually suggested that WHEN you eat them may have an impact on losing belly fat (and, again, the less belly fat, the happier the heart) and health. Remember, it is American Heart Month and we’re covering 1 strategy each day that will improve heart health. Here’s the deal with this study.   They used something they called the Phytochemical Index (PI) – which is the rat…
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3 “Weird” Tricks to Help Shed Belly Fat

We talked in a previous post how too much belly fat increases your risk of heart disease. By this point, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that to shed belly fat we need to eat less overall and exercise more.  We also have to increase the quality of our diets … so not just reducing calories, but reducing the crap calories in our diets and ramping up the nutrient dense foods. But there are also some "weird" little tricks—outside of food and exercise – that will help shed body fat over time.  Trick #1: Chew more.  With the fast, on the go mentality so…
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Lipids, Vitamin D, and Heart Health

When was the last time you went to the MD?   Hopefully recently – not because you were sick, but instead to hopefully prevent you from getting sick. I just had my annual check up a few weeks ago.  And I’ve got some bad news… I mentioned my mom has super high triglycerides – in the 500ish range (they should be less than 150).  Yet she eats well, exercises, doesn’t drink alcohol, supplements with added omega-3 fats, and so on. This is 100% genetic as my grandfather had the same thing.  Lo and behold, I go annually to keep things in check. Well, the…
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