Do Your Research

Ok so you’ve decided to make a change in your life.  You want to lose weight, become healthier, or just learn some new things.  But, you wonder where to start.  In today’s day and age, we are bombarded by information.  We can find things on the internet, in the newspaper, or from our next door neighbor.  We can read blogs, research articles, news stories, take classes, or just read our facebook feed. With all this information at our fingertips, it can be difficult to determine fact from fiction.

So how do you determine what’s true and what’s not?  For the best results do your research.  Read up on a topic from several sources.  Pick from the most reliable sources in that field.  On the internet, anyone can all themselves a professional.  Make sure you are reading information from a reliable source. 

For starters, read articles from websites with endings such as .org, .edu, and .info.  Only read blogs and webpages from trusted professionals with reliable and science based credentials including and not limited to MD, CSCS, ACSM personal trainer, and RDs.  You wouldn’t get advice about nutrition from a computer professional, would you?

Better yet, contact a professional in your area.  We are always happy to provide information and guidance.  We can even work with you one on one and give you individual advice.

Check these great resources for science based information:

Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics: http://www.Eatright.org

American Heart Association: http://www.heart.org

American Diabetes Association: http://www.diabetes.org

American College of Sports Medicine: http://www.ACSM.org

National Strength & Conditioning Association: http://www.NSCA.com

 Everyday: Eat, Move, and Improve!

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Foods: Good Vs. Bad?

There are no good or bad food.  Did you see that?  Let me say it again.  There are no good or bad foods.

There has been to much emphasis on categorizing foods as either good or bad.  A food cannot be good or bad.  It is only food.  Foods cannot act on their own accord and do good or bad acts.  A pear is a pear.  Ice cream is ice cream.  That’s it.

A colleague of mine, Nancy Clarke, once said “A food is only bad if it’s spoiled, toxic, or makes you get sick”.  I totally agree.  Any food can fit into a healthy and life sustaining diet if it is eaten at the right time and occasion.  The key word for a healthy diet is MODERATION.  Eating foods in the correct amount will help promote well being and longevity.  I like to live by the “always, sometimes, and special rule”.

Always foods: These foods should be eaten each and every day and at all meals.  These include vegetables, fruits (eat a rainbow), whole grains, water, lean meats, and low fat dairy products.

Sometimes foods; These foods may be high in calories, but have some great nutrients.  Aim to have 2-3 of these foods each day.  This list includes seeds, nuts, oils, red meat, fish, fruit juices, and starchy vegetables.

Special foods:  These foods should be consumed on special occasions and limited most of the time.  Go ahead have a slice of BIRTHDAY cake on your BIRTHDAY.  It’s your special day after all.  These foods include sweets, soft drinks, chips, desserts, fried foods, etc.

Overall, try to use your best judgement when choosing your foods.  A healthy diet is one that is in balance, moderation, and varied.  So, try to eat the foods that make you feel healthy, strong, and good!