Unrealistic Weight Loss Expectations for Gluten-Free Diets?

Unrealistic Weight Loss Expectations for Gluten-Free Diets?

Many people take up a gluten-free diet with expectations of losing weight but they may find themselves disappointed. As US News reports, "But there's no hard evidence that a gluten-free diet is appropriate for weight loss or is any more effective at whittling waistlines than other diet plans". However, the article goes on to say, "Still, cutting out gluten can lead to weight loss, since the plan forces dieters to shun high-calorie refined carbohydrates. 'Tell anyone to cut down on bread and pasta, and they're likely going to drop calories and lose weight,' Politi [Elisabetta Politi, nutrition director at the Duke Diet and Fitness Center in Durham, N.C] says.

But gluten-free is no weight-loss panacea, either. 'If you're going down the grocery aisle grabbing gluten-free cookies and pasta and bread, you probably won't be as successful.' A gluten-free brownie is still a brownie.

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Drink Your Vegetables! Guide to the Best Vegetable Juice Options

Drink Your Vegetables! Guide to the Best Vegetable Juice Options

Experts recommend that we get 9 servings of fruit and vegetables each day in order to stay healthy and reduce our likelihood of a wide range of diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer. An evaluation of long-term studies conducted in Europe and the US found that those who ate more than 5 servings of fruit and vegetables daily had a 20 percent lower risk of stroke and coronary heart disease than those who ate fewer than 3 servings per day. Although fruit is very healthy (it provides lots of vitamins and fiber), it contains a lot of sugar in the form of fructose. This is why experts say that about three-fifths of those 9 servings of fruit and vegetables should be comprised of vegetables.

But it's not easy for a lot of people to get those all-important servings each day, given our increasingly busy schedules. Luckily, it's relatively simple to get your daily veggies from drinking juice. Just to be crystal clear on this point- it is generally better for you to eat whole vegetables either raw or very lightly cooked as often as possible.

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Top Foods for Longmont Residents Concerned With Healthy Joints

Top Foods for Longmont Residents Concerned With Healthy Joints

Keeping our joints healthy is one of the most important things we can do to remain independent and active as we age. Life is awfully challenging for humanBEings who are immobilized by joint pain.  Captain Obvious says "it can result in reduced physical and social activity as well as a higher risk of psychological and emotional problems. "

When it comes to joint health, exercise is very important, perhaps just as important as what goes in the pie hole - but what you EAT also plays a significant part. Here are some of our Longmont area favorite joint-friendly foods:

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Best Nutritional Supplements for Children

Best Nutritional Supplements for Children

Do you think that children who eat a healthy, balanced diet, that they should not generally require nutritional supplements? If you said yes, you would be correct. However, not only do very few children actually eat a wide enough variety of foods to get the all the nutrients their growing bodies need, but additionally our food sources have become so modified that most food is stripped of it's nutrients.

So we do recommend most children, and toddlers, even infants supplement.  And to help you choose the best nutritional supplements for your children, we discuss the most important ones below.

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White Meat Vs. Red Meat: Are there REALLY Nutritional Differences?

White Meat Vs. Red Meat: Are there REALLY Nutritional Differences?

For years, health experts have advocated that we eat less red meat and substitute white meat whenever possible, thus giving rise to the perception "white meat is healthier." To an extent, this is true. However, when you look inside, you being wonder, just how much nutritional differences between the two actually exist?  The answers might surprise you.

First of all, it's important to understand why each type of meat has the color it does.  First of all, all meat consists of muscle fibers. Red meat is made of muscle fiber that is referred to as "slow twitch," meaning it is used for regular, steady activity like walking. White meat, on the other hand, is made of "fast twitch" muscle, which is used for short, sharp bursts of energy. Because it is used regularly, the muscle from red meat must carry more oxygen, so it has higher levels of myoglobin, which is the red-colored protein that carries oxygen, giving red meat its color.  On the other hand, white meat requires less oxygen, so its myoglobin content is far lower.

The good news on red meat:

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Want to Upgrade Your Running Routine? Try Cross-Country

Want to Upgrade Your Running Routine? Try Cross-Country

For many running enthusiasts, it is essential to keep improving the workout technique and to keep things interesting. One way of doing this is it to try out different surfaces such as the treadmill, the street, and the track. However, new information is coming to light about the best way to upgrade your running routine: running cross-country on a trail. Why is trail running so beneficial for runners?

* Running on trails is better for your body. A trail's surface is much more forgiving on your joints-the stress of impact is significantly mitigated, making the trail a better place to run, physiologically speaking. Many runners suffer from knee pain, shin splints, ITB syndrome, or other injuries caused by running on a hard surface that puts a lot of pressure on the joints. For these people, trail running can be a life-changer. Trail running is also purported to help prevent most forms of tendonitis (unless you suffer from Achilles tendonitis, in which case, running on a harder surface may actually be better for you).

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What is an Elimination Diet and When Does This Approach Make Sense?

What is an Elimination Diet and When Does This Approach Make Sense?

An "elimination diet" is a methodical process for identifying specific types of food and drink that may be causing negative health effects. Although the popular media often uses this term interchangeably with other phrases like "detox" or "cleansing," these are actually very different ideas.

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Fear or Phobia: What's the Difference?

Fear or Phobia: What's the Difference?

It's normal to have fears. Fear is a useful emotion that keeps us from doing things that may be harmful or dangerous. Our species continues to exist today because our earlier ancestors had a healthy fear of certain types of predators, environments and situations. In the modern world, many of those primal fears have become much less relevant. Nevertheless, quite a few of us still have a lingering apprehension of spiders, snakes, darkness, heights or other things that we perceive to be dangerous.

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Understanding MyPlate: the USDA's Latest Nutrition Guide

Understanding MyPlate: the USDA's Latest Nutrition Guide

MyPlate is the name of the latest nutrition guide published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as part of its ongoing efforts to inform the American public about the essentials of a healthy diet. Its symbol depicts a traditional place setting, consisting of a plate and a glass divided into five food groups-fruits, grains, vegetables, protein, and dairy. The MyPlate formulation is the latest in over 110 years of nutrition guides from the USDA and is an attempt to find a way to present basic nutrition advice in a format that is easily understood by most people.

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Milk Still Matters: Tip for Rediscovering a Healthy Habit

Milk Still Matters: Tip for Rediscovering a Healthy Habit

America seems to be increasingly "over" its infatuation with milk. Per capita milk consumption in the United States has fallen almost 30% since 1975, even as consumption of cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products has risen. This trend is so disturbing to the milk industry that they have recently retired their long-standing "Got Milk?" ad campaign. That's right-no more milk mustaches on the faces of celebrities in print ads or commercials, reminding you to always have enough milk on hand to go with your cakes, cookies, and other treats. That image-associating milk with sugary foods-is perceived as negative as more Americans move toward healthier diets that avoid sugary foods.

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Young Children Pay A High Price for Screen Time

Young Children Pay A High Price for Screen Time

Many parents are occasionally thankful for the television-after all, it can serve as a low-cost, short-term babysitter while they cook or do housework. At the same time, however, many parents are concerned about the amount of television that their children watch-and for good reason.

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