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What exactly are carbohydrates…?

What exactly are carbohydrates…?

Nancy, I hear so much talk about carbohydrates—and I’m not even sure that they are. My doctor said I should eat a low carbohydrate diet to help with a medical issue. I don’t know what to eat. Thanks for answering this embarrassingly basic question…

Answer: While your question “What are carbs?” may seem very basic, you are not the only person who is confused. Case in point, a client who said he had stopped eating carbs – but then reported he ate oatmeal for breakfast and whole wheat bread with his lunch. Both of those foods are “carbs.” He was actually trying to say he had given up eating refined white flour and sugar.  Continue Reading

Fruit Juice for Athletes: Yes or No?

Fruit Juice for Athletes: Yes or No?

Many athletes and sports-active people shy away from fruit juice, believing it has “too much sugar.” Can 100% fruit juice fit into a sports diet? For certain!

True, almost all of the calories in juice come from sugar, but that sugar

1) fuels the muscles and replaces depleted glycogen stores.

2) is accompanied by a multitude of health-protective vitamins (such as C), minerals (such as potassium) and bioactive compounds. Continue Reading

Just what do you mean when you say you are “eating clean”?

Just what do you mean when you say you are “eating clean”?

“I’ve started eating clean,” my client reported with pride. While I understood what he meant, I decided to play devil’s advocate.

“What were you eating before… filthy food from the floor?”

“Do you actually think food in wrappers is dirty?”

“Are you concerned that processed food is filled with dirt?”

Clearly, the phrase “eating clean” is a bit too trendy for me. It implies that commercially prepared foods are unfit for human consumption. Not quite true. Some commercially prepared and  processed foods are indeed healthier than others; for example, munching on baked corn chips is preferable to  eating fried cheese puffs. But processed/canned kidney beans and tuna fish, Wheaties from a box, frozen broccoli, ZING Bars in wrappers, and numerous other foods that come pre-wrapped add to our ability to consume a wide variety of highly nourishing and wholesome foods. Continue Reading

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