Here's something gyms and fitness gurus would maybe prefer you didn't hear: Tackle your eating first, control things like optimal sleep and stress control, and then develop an exercise program. Focus on one thing at a time.
Hopefully, you never need experience what I went through to appreciate optimal brain health. Whether you want to fight dementia or just keep your mind sharp as you age, these 10 simple, science-based, powerful strategies can optimize brain health.
Nobody's arguing being overweight or obese doesn't have detrimental repercussions. But this study shows we often neglect the potentially fatal consequences of being normal weight but carrying a little extra midsection fat.
Unless you're a vegetarian or vegan for spiritual reasons, I personally don't advocate getting all your protein from plant-based sources. When you do, you have to eat either a lot of carbohydrates or fat to get the protein you need.
If you're ready to get off the white-stuff bandwagon, there are some definite ways not to do it that can potentially stymie your efforts. I often see people make these seven mistakes when they give up sugar.
You've probably encountered some variation of my recent dietary debacle at a super-popular Los Angeles bistro. I ordered an innocuous-sounding chicken dish and didn't quiz my server closely enough (I was a little distracted catching up with my friend).
Rather than reducing diets to points, carbs, calories, or whatever, let's acknowledge food is more complex and that multiple criteria -- including nutrient density, fructose, fiber, and glycemic load -- determine its overall impact.
At the same time you know, just like I know, that cola ultimately becomes an empty-calorie, health-robbing beverage. Nothing good comes from it. And no amount of PR or the latest campaign spin will change that. But nice try, Coke.
Really, put a dozen nutritionists in a room and we're apt to agree about very little. We'd probably bicker about whether certain foods become "free." I can practically guarantee, though, everyone will be on board with one "free" food: non-starchy veggies.