Gluten Free Products:  Life Changing for Many

As a consumer, I bet you are increasingly seeing shelves in stores of all kinds getting more and more populated with products the prominently display “gluten-free” on the label. It seems as if gluten is the new “bad boy” in many of the foods we eat and supplements we take. With gluten intolerance being a health hot button, it is important to have a thorough understanding of what gluten is and how it impacts health. Gluten is a family of proteins in wheat, barley, and rye. These gluten proteins are found in the mature seed of these cereal grasses, which is commonly referred to as the grain. … [Read more...]

Weight Management Still the Heavyweight Health Problem

Health professionals have long debated the best approach to maintain an ideal weight. And it is safe to say that most agree you need to find the right balance of calories and activity to stay at a healthy weight. Maintaining a healthy weight will not only help you look great all year long, it will also go a long way to offset the risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure and other diet-related conditions. The number of calories you need to maintain a weight that is right for you depends on several factors. Before we get into those factors, it is important to note that … [Read more...]

All-New: Dietary Choices Clearly the Path to Healthy Aging

The more health researchers discover about aging-nutrition, the more it becomes glaringly apparent that dietary choices are vital to delaying the beginning of aging and diseases associated with aging. Not only is nutrition our “fountain of youth”, the opposite can also be said – what we eat can speed up the aging process. So, if you are still searching for that next great diet or pill, stop now and start eating a good diet, because facts are facts: food will either speed aging or slow it. In fact, many health professionals claim that age related disease and deterioration of the body that … [Read more...]

Is 50 the New 30? Make Age Your Ally!

Does getting older mean that it is only a matter of time before you start to experience certain age-related difficulties? It doesn't have to be that way. In fact, as the cliché goes; "with age comes wisdom". I remember when I was growing up, my parents made every effort to feed me nutritious foods and make me aware of eating healthy. However, with youthful exuberance comes youthful ignorance. I had a tendency to have my parents' very sound advice go in one ear and out the other. I pretended to listen, but often what I was being told by them fell on deaf ears. So how did I come around? Well, … [Read more...]

Let’s Reverse the Ugly Obesity Trend

As I prepare for my next endurance event, the Carlsbad Marathon, I think about how it all started – my insatiable appetite to be fit and healthy. For all of those that have ever experienced running a marathon or participating in a triathlon, the “high” you get from successfully completing these events is undeniable. I can’t get enough of it. Why do I do what I do? I think about my youth and what has shaped me over the years. When I was in grade school, I always struggled with weight. I wasn’t obese, but I spent much of this time 20-30 pounds overweight. I’m not sure what my thought process … [Read more...]