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So… Is Fat Really The Bad Guy?

file0001759321523For most of my life, from elementary school through high school and all the way to college, I was taught that consuming fats- especially saturated fats were a huge mistake.  Things such as bacon, eggs, butter,  high-fat red meats were a huge no-no if I wanted to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle.  For a while, even things that I thought were healthy- such as almonds- were taken off the safe list due to their high fat content.

It seemed as if everything I liked to eat was turning out to be bad for me.  High in saturated fats or just fats, in general.  It was shown, through scientific study no less, that fat contributed to plaque build up in the arteries, which led to heart disease which led to… well you get the picture.

Fat was bad.  Gotcha.  Now the next step was to replace it with something better.  So we were introduced to trans-fats, and I think everyone remembers how well that turned out.  It certainly wasn’t pretty.  So in order to keep our caloric intake at a healthy level, we increased carbohydrates and proteins.

Which, it turns out, in the 1990s, and the early 2000s, carbohydrates  took a turn as the villain, along with fat.  So that left protein.  I can handle that, I thought to myself- limit the fat, limit the carbohydrates, and make up the deficit with protein.  Sounded easy enough.

Well, except for the dwindling energy levels, and  mood swings.

Then 2013 rolled around, and doctors and scientist began to look at fat in a new light and to take a closer look at all those studies that said that fat and carbohydrates were the villains of the piece.  They conducted meta-studies- which are essentially reviews of other studies.

You know what they found out?

That the idea and advice of cutting saturated fat from our diet were shown to be  “the greatest medical error of our time.”…

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Combining Diet and Exercise Effectively

As you know, I spend a lot of time on this blog focusing on how proper exercise techniques and regular activity can help you transform your life into something completely amazing.  And with good reason- if it wasn’t for the regular exercise that I get through martial arts, having fun, and spending time outdoors, I…

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How To Make Almond Milk

If you’re lactose intolerant or simply don’t enjoy drinking cow’s milk, there are many other milks you can purchase to add to your coffee, cereal, baking and more. In our house we use a lot of almond milk and as much as we enjoy Silk’s Almond Milk, I have found that making it at home is…

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Today – Just Stop!

As I was driving home today from another intense work-out routine, (I think my trainer is trying to kill me..) I was thinking about how we hurry throughout our days. So, today I’m asking you to Just Stop! Today – Just Stop and look at all the beauty that surrounds you. It’s real easy to rush…

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5 Tips for Dealing With Sore Muscles

As the weather gets warmer, it becomes so much easier to exercise.  We jump at the chance to get our bodies back into shape, either through running, playing sports, going on hikes or even taking a dip in the local indoor pool.  However, chances are your muscles are going to get sore with  the increased…

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Dandelion – More Than Just a Weed

The name dandelion originated out of the fact that some believe its leaves resembled the tooth of a lion, but for years the dandelion has done more than just help bees make honey.  While its juices are bitter, many animals consume the plant for various reasons, including its ability to stimulate milk production. For humans,…

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Vegan Banana Bread

Vegan Banana Bread Recipe

I love bananas! I also enjoy banana bread but since becoming a vegan last year, I hadn’t found a vegan banana bread recipe I could enjoy. So, I did the next best thing and searched the online social network that is filled with not only great recipes but DIY, crafts and so much more; Pinterest!…

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Is It Deeper Than Emotional Eating?

Resistance has been defined as “the refusal of something new or different”.  It means, “The act or power of resisting, opposing, or withstanding”. If I were to ask you if you think the reason you have challenges with healthy eating is because you’re resisting the “new and different”, you’d probably vehemently disagree with me.  You…

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Grain Free Crackers with a Real Crunch-From Plantains!

I have discovered through various means, that pretty much all grains, with the exception of rice and corn are at odds with my body.  I eat them, and usually within about a half an hour I’m bloated, feeling lethargic, disoriented, and have a migraine that is literally blinding.  So, not surprisingly, I have tried to…

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