The world’s most popular diet in 2013, the Paleo craze hasn’t lost any steam. It has acquired quite the cult following from certain fitness groups, but don’t be fooled. The Paleo Diet was not created by CrossFit.
So why is it so popular? And should you jump on the bandwagon?
Well that depends 100% on what your health goals are. Part of the reason for so much confusion around nutrition is the assumption that there is one perfect diet out there. When in fact many of the diets have huge health benefits when pair with their perfect partner. Screw soul mates, I’m looking for my soul food.
Scientist and "Paleo Mom" Sarah Ballentyne, Ph.D. defines Paleo as:
“A nutrient-dense whole foods diet based on eating a variety of quality meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. It improves health by providing balanced and complete nutrition while avoiding most processed and refined foods and empty calories.”
It is often referred to as the “hunter/gatherer” di...
Blood Sugar. You’ve probably heard this term more than a handful of times. Whether it was used by a doctor to describe diabetes medications, or by your roommate to explain why they fly off the handle whenever you “let your dishes soak” (by the way, your roommate is right. Nobody needs to soak their dishes for 5 days. We all need to live here, so clean up your dishes – Karen!)
Blood sugar comes up in almost all nutrition discussions simply because it has a massive effect on so many parts of our bodies. Our hormones, insulin, weight loss, and cortisol levels. It even has links to some types of cancers.
Blood sugar is the measure of the amount of sugar in your blood. You need the right balance of sugar in your blood to fuel your brain and muscles. The goal is to be level – not too low, not too high.
The thing is, it can fluctuate. A lot.
When you eat food with sugars or starches ("carbs"), then your digestive system absorbs sugar into your blood. When carbs are ingested a...
When we think of "vitamins," we know they're super-important for health.
But vitamin D is special.
It's difficult to get enough vitamin D; vitamin D is, therefore, a very common deficiency. Especially if you live far away from the equator (or all the way in the polar vortex like me)!
So, let's talk about how much of this critical fat-soluble vitamin we need, and how you can get enough. The three ways to vitamin D are exposure to the sun, consuming vitamin D containing food, and through supplements.
WHY IS VITAMIN D IMPORTANT, AND HOW MUCH DO YOU NEED?
Vitamin D helps us absorb calcium from our food and acts like a hormone to help us build strong bones. Vitamin D can also help with immune function, cellular growth, and help to prevent mood imbalances such as depression and seasonal affective disorder.
Not getting enough vitamin D can lead to bone diseases like osteomalacia. Inadequate vitamin D can also increase your risk of heart disease, autoimmune diseases, certain cancers, and even deat...
Stressed? Tired? Craving sugar? Can’t sleep? (*did you run out of hands to raise?*)
All of these can be related to the constant stress we feel in our lives. We know that stress can kick our health and wellness right in the crotch. And, since your adrenal glands produce stress hormones, adrenal fatigue (or “HPA Axis Dysregulation,”) is a popular theme lately.
Heck, I've mentioned in previous posts that this is something that I have been working on for years!
Your adrenal glands look like walnuts that live on top of both of your kidneys. These important glands produce many hormones, including stress hormones.
But what happens when they become “overworked?”
You’ve heard of “adrenaline junkies,” right?
Adrenaline and cortisol are the stress hormones that give you the commonly known adrenaline rush; when you're totally alert and living in the moment. This feeling is known as your body's "fight or flight" response.
Some people (perhaps you?) just love that intense feeling.