Many people associate sugar in foods as being a bad thing.  Not always the case.  There are sugars that come from natural sources, and while these too can be over consumed, generally speaking, they are not necessarily bad. The tough part is that the carbohydrate breakdown on a food label does not distinguish between natural…

These are kefir grains! When you put these “grains”, a live bacteria/yeast mixture in milk, it ferments. This results in a tart drink called kefir, which is loaded with beneficial yeast and bacteria called probiotics. Probiotics are found naturally in the body and are considered the “good bacteria/yeasts”.  Probiotics help maintain a balance of good…

This article is from Dr. Furhman: There is not a definite “yes” or “no” answer to this question.  It depends on multiple factors including the consumer’s stage of life and more. There may be important time periods at which people are more vulnerable to the potential harm of pesticide residues on our food: just prior…

50% of all deaths related to heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes are linked to a poor diet. That is 1000 deaths per day. Exercise and a healthy diet have been proven to be more effective in controlling diabetes than medication. Medical doctors get less than 25 hours of training regarding nutrition in 4…

Diet Drink Facts: ~ Who drinks diet drinks? 11% healthy weight adults do. 19% of overweight people. 22% of obese people. ~ Regarding those that enjoy diet drinks. Those of healthy weight consume MORE food calories than those overweight or obese. ~ A study following 3,700 people found those consuming diet drinks gained more weight…

I recently read an article that I found very interesting that talked about the onset of dementia and its correlation with blood sugar.  According to Dr. Steven Masley, elevated blood sugar levels are now considered the biggest reversible risk for memory loss.  He calls dementia “Type III Diabetes”, or “Diabetes Brain”. His article details the…

For the exception of taking folic acid and vitamin D, multivitamins taken during pregnancy do not boost the health of mothers or babies.  And surprisingly, too much vitamin A can cause harm to the baby. Researchers made these statements in Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin, saying they looked at all evidence.  A balanced diet of fresh…

A neuropsychopharmacologist from London, David Nutt, claims that a synthetic he patented will eliminate hangovers completely.  “Alcosynth” will be dispensed into your cocktail and you will enjoy all the pleasure without damaging your heart or liver.  Alcosynth affects the brain in a similar way to alcohol, Nutt says, but doesn’t cause mouth dryness, nausea, headaches…

Straight from a journal called Appetite, researchers studied how simply eating in “moderation” would impact a person’s ability to control their weight. They did multiple studies, trying to address this from a variety of different angles. When they tallied the results of three studies they concluded that “moderation” had a wide range of interpretations. Most…

Mars Food, the company behind Dolmio and Uncle Ben’s sauces says some products should only be consumed once a week due to high salt, sugar, or fat content.  A major food company acknowledging this is great news!  They also will also begin distinguish between “everyday” and “occasional” food items on their food packaging and website….

This video is a bit lengthy, and not super entertaining, but if it proves to be a tipping point to entering a healthy lifestyle, it will be the best 4 minute investment of your life. You do not wake up automatically prepared to leave on your summer vacation, and you also do not wake up…

A recent global nutrition report says that although the world is fighting obesity, there are hundreds of millions of people that are malnourished at the same time.  Malnutrition simple means bad nutrition, and the typical Western diet is overloaded with sugar, salt, and cholesterol (processed foods) instead of the nutrient packed foods seen in the…

Okay, us “Westerners” need an open mind for this one.  An estimated 10,000 dogs and cats are estimated to be eaten during a 10-day long dog meat festival in Yulin, China. The consumption of dog meat dates back more than 500 years in many parts of the world.   Residents and vendors to the festival say…

The checkout counter at the grocery store offers an excellent reflection of a person’s lifestyle. Next time at the grocery store, look at what is on the checkout belt and then look at the customer.  You will see a pattern. I was recently 2 customers behind a former client as they were finalizing their transaction…

Both coffee and tea are enjoyed by many, often at various hours of the day.  Both drinks have long been known for their medicinal properties, with most benefits coming from the antioxidants found in both coffee beans and tea leaves, but also some benefits come from caffeine as well.  Coffee packs more of a punch…

Olive Oil Lingo… I used to just grab a bottle of oilve oil, but not anymore.  There is actually a lot of things to know before choosing the oil best for your purpose.  Here is some label lingo. Cold-pressed.  The oil is extracted by a machine that presses the olives at low temperature, and this…

Mealtime affects weight loss and health! A few years back, they found that mice that were allowed to eat whenever they wanted were fatter than mice that were given the exact same amount of food, but only had an 8-hour window in which to eat it. More recently, a study found that mice that went…

Red meat (pork, beef, and lamb) have been linked to cancer for many years, but now experts have discovered why.  The body looks at red meat as an invader and triggers a toxic immune response. Red meat has a natural sugar in it and because we do not naturally produce this sugar, our bodies flip…

The only problem eating fixes is hunger.  If you are eating for any other reason, you are adding to your problems, and we can help. Sensible Fitness will be offering bi-weekly small group classes to address eating behaviors.  These one hour sessions will address the many different facets of successfully winning the battle in your…

Agave is a nectar that comes from Agave plants, often grown in Mexico. The sweetener is syrupy, but it is processed in several different ways, unlike maple syrup that is just tapped from the tree. Agave is often given two thumbs up as a healthy sweetener, but that is not necessarily justified. It is probably…

Water or Sports Drinks: What is the best choice for you? Before you flood yourself with fluid, first ask yourself “Why am I drinking?” Sounds likea silly question, but the reason that you are drinking can help you determine what is the best thing to quench your thirst with. If you are simply thirsty, any…

Water. Suck it up! Whether you’re trying to lose weight or are just involved in more outdoor activities this summer, it’s vital to remember to DRINK MORE WATER. Fluid intake is huge for those trying to lose weight. Of course, there are many fluids to hydrate with, but since your body is 60% water, I…

Binge Eating. Winning The Battle. A large percentage of people fighting the battle of weight loss in Cincinnati are binge eaters.  Let me help you with some information on how to identify binge eating and also share some tools to help, so that your weight loss efforts are well directed. I initially would like to…

Question: I eat a low fat diet but still struggle with losing weight. I am tired of eating bark and beansprouts but still not losing weight. Answer: I can understand your frustration. You are making the correct choices with bark and beansprouts, but eating bland foods can make it difficult to stick with a diet….

Maureen asks: Doug, can you tell me what a typical day of eating consists of for a fitness guru like yourself? Doug answers: I strongly believe that eating baboon hearts is the key to weight loss and fitness.  The baboon is the only primate that’s metabolism actually increases with age.  This means that an older…

We have all been guilty of it at one point or another.  Doing a few extra ab exercises to help rid the fat that has accumulated over the midsection. Although your gut feeling (pun intended) may tell you that blasting the abs with exercise will burn the fat and flatten the midsection, reality is that…

Weight loss is not all physical.  It is mental.  Sure there is a large physical component, such as workouts and meal preparation, but it is the mental battle that is usually lost.  My advice today will cover many areas, but the mental battle is where I plan to steer you. This is how I helped…

I seem to hear about them all too often.  Someone performing a “cleanse” on themselves.  These are surprisingly popular, but not with any medically educated professionals that I know. I have gotten many laughs with people talking about cleanses, especially the “Ortho Phos Liver Gallbladder Flush” which says you might have to “hunt” through your…

Misleading Food Labels Food manufacturers seem to mislead people into believing that their products are healthier than they really are.  How does an average person cut through the crap? While our government is supposed to stand up for the people and protect us, at times it seems that they allow us to be misled, and…

Helping Overweight Children As I have seen the physical and psychological damage that obesity causes a person, my heart goes out to the children who have the burden on their shoulders so soon. First, I need to say if a young child is overweight, only the parents should be “approached”, as it is their fault,…

Protein: Soy and Whey Compared There are many sources of protein available, and with people often needing the quick fix of a protein drink or supplement, soy and whey are two the of the most common choices. I would like to mention that there is a lot of  “talk” and research being done in relation…

Binge Eating Question:I think I might be a binge eater and need suggestions that are practical to fight off my urge to eat. Thanks. Answer: First of all it sounds like you are not sure if you are truly a binge eater, so I initially would like to share some warning signs of binge eating,…

Feeding Our Children. A Parent’s Job With childhood obesity running rampant in our country, it would seem that many parents are failing to do what is best for their children. We try to win the popularity contest or try to be a friend vs. being a parent.   Parents have the job of making unpopular decisions…

Pairing proteins to make a power-pack! Protein is the building block of every cell in your body, and if you are not a Person that Enjoys Tasty Animals (PETA, right?), a bit more effort is required to get your nutritional needs for this precious nutrient. Vegetarians can struggle as individual plant sources will not cover…

The Food Attitude. Change it or pack on the pounds! Food. What is it? The dictionary defines it as a material that provides living things with the nutrients they need for energy and growth. In fact, all of the secondary definitions relate to nourishment for the mind and body. It is essential for life, yet…

Soy protein in your diet Question: What is the difference between whey and soy protein and how does it affect your fitness/workout performance? Answer: First, I would like to mention that there is a lot of “talk” and research being done in relation to soy and possible links to cancer. After speaking to Betsy Oriolo,…

Can “healthy” foods make you fat? The glycemic index has been around for decades but you seem to hear about it much more lately, thanks to the multi-million dollar marketing campaign from Nutrisystem. Many other weight loss programs have also jumped on popular bandwagon of using the glycemic index for their latest marketing strategy. Is…

Great Body, Nightmare In The Head Most women would consider it a dream come true if they became so incredibly thin that they were not only looking lean, but also were “rewarded” with a lack of monthly periods.  While missing the monthly inconvenience certainly has benefits, the truth of the matter is that this is…

Fast Wedding Weight Loss When you are in the audience at a wedding, what do you do?  You analyze the shapes and sizes of the wedding party, especially their butts when they up on stage with their backs to the whole church. Don’t deny it, you have done it too!  This scrutiny is intensified if…

Does Thanksgiving And Weight Gain Have To Go Together? I do not believe in depriving anyone of tasty foods or trying to make Thanksgiving dinner a low fat meal, what kind of celebration is that?  Instead, I suggest that you look at Thanksgiving in the same light as this feast’s origin in 1621, a single…

Eating A Low-Fat Diet, Yet No Weight Loss It is fairly common for people to think they are eating healthy, but still struggle with reaching their weight loss goals.  Let me shed some insight on this topic. I would like to initially state that fat is an important part of a diet.  Some people become…

Late Night Eating. Is It Really That Bad? It is common to see generalized statements such as “stop eating after 6 p.m. or it will turn to fat” or “do cardio 3 times per week for 30 minutes and you will lose weight”, etc. And while these blanket statements may have some truth in them,…

Changing Your Behavior Those dedicated to their health hate January.  It is when they have to wait for treadmills and weight equipment because the gyms are packed with people trying to start off the New Year by losing weight.  These New Year resolutionist’s do not know proper gym etiquette and look like lost children trying…

Is Someone Sabotaging Your Weight Loss? If you are trying to lose weight and your spouse randomly brings your favorite junk into the house, you might have a weight-loss saboteur on your hands.  It would be a wonderful world if those who love us would help to lift us up and soar with the eagles,…

Burning Belly Fat: A quick lesson I think everyone on the planet has done a few extra crunches to burn the fat stored in the midsection. But does all the gut-busting exercises get rid of the belly fat? Believe it or not, everybody has the same “6-pack” abdominal musculature; but we each have different amounts…

Diet or Exercise: Which is more important for weight loss? It is an age-old debate and the source of various fitness urban myths, as I often hear “diet is 80% of your success”.  Certainly, you know the correct answer is both exercise and diet, but if you are to choose one, let me tell you…

Summer weight control Summer diets often go off the rails in the back yard, next to the grill and close to the beer cooler. With the Fourth of July fast approaching, and with the wealth of outdoor parties, celebrations and festivals that the warm weather brings, it’s wise to review some weight loss strategies that…

The Secret to Losing Weight and Getting Fit Ahhh, the magic pill. The secret formula. Everyone looks for a new, previously undiscovered way to lose weight and get fit.  While infomercials, books, and diets revolve around the secrets of the stars, here’s the real secret: you already know everything you need to have a body…

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