Month: March 2017

You’ve been there. Standing in the grocery store making a major philosophical, ethical, and economic decision- holding a bag of organic carrots in one hand and a bag of non-organic in the other. You may remain there for a minute or more, weighing the pros and cons of your choices and, once you’ve made the steely resolve to live a longer, healthier, happier (but a little bit poorer) life, you put the non-organic carrots back on the shelf and the organic carrots in your shopping cart. You feel a sense of satisfaction, and maybe a little pride, making the decision to spend the extra twoRead More →

Ever been.. ahem.. “plugged up” and taken a supplement like Metamucil or bran to help get things moving again? Ever binged on an excessive amount of your favorite fruits in the summer and “paid for it” later?  I think we’ve all been there once or twice.  FIBER is an important part of our diets, and we always hear that we need to get more of it, but what is it really and why is it so beneficial? Turns out there’s a much more substantial side to dietary fiber than just helping us, uh, “go”. Fiber is a component of plants that the human body cannot digest inRead More →

  Now that you’ve discovered the basics of macronutrients and how they relate to your caloric intake, let’s talk about some different aspects to look at regarding our food nutrition labels.  The food industry is sneaky. While it has to disclose most information about its food products, it doesn’t have to educate you on how to decipher its labeling. Remember, the more educated you are about your foods the less the food industry can persuade you with savvy marketing ploys. So being conscious of what you’re digging into will allow you to make more informed decisions of what (and how much) you’re consuming. Here’s aRead More →

Macros, Macros, Macros! That’s a word you might hear if you frequent a gym filled with serious goal-getters in the health and fitness industry.  But what the heck even ARE they? How is one little word getting so much attention when it comes to getting fit, losing weight, or reaching your health goals?  Why are people raving about how macros help you lose weight while simultaneously shoving cookie dough-flavored Poptarts into their mouths? I am going to tell you what I wish I’d known years ago. 1: What does “macros” even mean?  “Macros” stand for “macronutrients”, which are simply ‘substances required in large amounts by livingRead More →