Superbowl Recipe Ideas that are Heart Healthy?

80 million.  That’s the amount of pounds of avocados estimated to be eaten on Superbowl Sunday.  Enough to fill a football field, 11.8 feet deep.  30 million.  That’s approximately the number of pounds of five popular snack foods (potato chips, tortilla chips, pretzels, popcorn, and nuts) Americans will eat on Superbowl Sunday. 2.5 million.  That’s how many nuts will be eaten on Super Bowl Sunday. 1,200. That’s the approximate amount of calories people will eat on Superbowl Sunday in snacks alone.  Not counting the meals (or d…
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Does Barbecuing Cause Cancer?

It’s GRILLING Season! But there’s some controversy about grilling — is it TRULY healthy? Is there truth to the thought that barbecuing and grilling can be unhealthy? Well, yes and no. We grill regularly — most days of the week from spring – fall. Not just for the flavor, but it’s a healthy way to cook from a fat and calorie perspective too.  You don’t have to add oil, butter, or other ingredients like you do if cooking indoors. And there’s little to no cleanup, which might be one of the best reasons of all! But there has been some talk and con…
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Coconut Oil — A Healthy Saturated Fat?

We’ve recently been BOMBARDED with questions about coconut oil … it is HOT and getting a ton of attention.  So, being that it’s my birthday, it was time to take a day off of blogging … and repost an earlier one that will hopefully answer many of the questions that we’re getting. ___________________________________ Last week we spent some time in California. A little work in the Santa Cruz area and then ALL play in Sonoma.  Some wine tastings, olive oil tastings, beautiful weather and great for a little R & R. While we were in Santa Cruz, I was givin…
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WHERE You Eat Can Cause Weight Gain!

It’s not just what we eat that matters. It’s not just how much we eat that matters. But even WHERE we eat matters!  A recent report came out showing that around 43% of total calories are from eating out!  That’s nearly half of all our calories being eaten outside of the home. Sad.  Scary.  And it’s a quick fire way to gain some serious weight! We first wrote about the report that came out last year showing restaurant food labels are "wrong" in the sense that the calorie values aren’t quite correct … the labels don’t me…
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12 Fruits and Veggies With the MOST Pesticides!

Last year we published a blog about The Environmental Working Groups "Dirty Dozen" list … well, they’re at it again with an update … with the 12 fruits and veggies you SHOULD make sure to buy organic, as these 12 are highest in pesticides. We’ve talked about organic vs. conventional foods in previous blog posts.  Basically the "Dirty Dozen" list are the 12 foods that have been found to be highest in pesticides when a random sample is taken from a the grocery store shelves.  In other words, since these are highest in pesticides, itR…
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Study Links ADHD in Kids to Pesticides

You may have seen the recent report or media attention regarding the decision the FDA was making regarding several specific food dyes in foods.  After sorting through the research they came to the conclusion that the food dyes weren’t linked to various behavioral issues and didn’t need to be banned (NOTE: they are in several other countries around the world). So if it’s not food dyes, is it pesticides that should be banned?  Are pesticides an issue?  Check out this study from the Journal, Pediatrics. In a nutshell the study measured pesticide content in t…
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Is Stress the Cause of Your Weight Gain?

There are a lot of pieces to the fat loss puzzle … of course food and training, but sleep, hormones and even stress all ‘weigh in’ as well.    But stress is that often overlooked piece that can ultimately make or break your success. Let’s figure out how to put a stop to this! You see, there’s this powerful hormone in our body called cortisol – it’s known as “the stress hormone.” It’s a chemical our bodies release when we’re coping with different stressors. It creates a fight-or-flight response, which can ultim…
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Do You Eat this “Magical” Fruit…

I spent the last several days in Turkey, doing a handful of lectures to a group of pharmacists and doing a little media work over there as well.  In fact here I am on Sky Turk TV with one of their health anchors.  Apparently she’s a favorite of Dr. Oz as well, who is Turkish, so asked me to say hi to him when I come back to the States since he is on her show as well every time he comes back to Turkey. So anyhow, me and the anchor were talking about some smart nutrition decisions people can make to help them lose weight faster. And she asked about some particular foods — wondering specifi…
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Does Your Omega 3 Burn a Hole in Styrofoam?

**CONSUMER ALERT** Nearly 100,000 deaths per year are attributed to omega 3 insufficiency!  Omega 3 fats come from fish and fish oil.  ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DEATHS can be prevented from simply eating more fish and taking a quality fish oil product. But here’s the question — with 100’s of products on the market — what does "quality" mean? And that’s where a Styrofoam cup comes in.  That’s not a typo — we’re going to reveal today and insider secret — how a Styrofoam cup can determine the quality of your omega…
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