Binge eating is legal, of course, and fairly common. It also appears to be a victimless crime. Who cares if you eat 3 quarts of mashed potatoes, or finish off a few pints of ice cream? But what if we view the victim concept more broadly? Health Not many people binge on broccoli or kale. When someone binges, it’s usually on junk that can affect health negatively. In general, binge
Do you get cravings at night? Are they often for alcohol, or for sugar? Do you have trouble getting to sleep without at least one of them? This post covers a simple plan for handling night cravings. Foods change brain chemistry (and more, but let’s stick with brain chemistry for now). Both alcohol and sugar can change brain chem in a big way – and in almost the same way.
Are your mouth and jaw getting the food workout they need? Here’s why we should eat – rather than drink – our food and chew it thoroughly. Chewing Starts the Digestive Process Digestion begins in the mouth. Saliva contains amylase and lipase, enzymes needed for starch and fat digestion. Adequate chewing increases saliva to lubricate food, which eases its passage through the esophagus when we swallow. Chewing signals the GI
My last post covered food intolerances and the changes that occur over time, from the acute reaction to a more chronic one. The immune response to a triggering food involves a release of stress hormones, opioids, such as endorphins (beta-endorphin), and chemical mediators like serotonin. The combination can produce temporary symptom relief through the analgesic action of endorphin and serotonin, plus mood elevation and a feeling of relaxation. In that
About a year ago, I received questions from a man in my email community. They were good ones, so I devoted part of a seminar to them. “I want to know how food can create low mood and low energy. I mostly want a methodical way to fix things. I’m also interested to know if your tastes can change over time so that you’ll like good foods. “As someone who
Some years ago (1997 to be exact), the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition featured an article stating that women’s protein needs had been underestimated up until then. In the same issue, a different article discussed the higher rate of serotonin turnover in women’s brains versus that of men. (Serotonin is made from the amino acid tryptophan. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein.) So women need protein for that
Dr Joan Kent joins me to give us a few ideas on how we can help our participants make better choices for fueling before and after an Indoor Cycling Class. Dr. Kent has published a simple and concise ebook for you and your participants – The Sugar-Free Workout: 7 Healthy Ways To Fuel Before, During and After Your Workouts For Max Results This is NOT the definitive sports nutrition manual.
Looking back, I suppose it’s understandable that it took me 3 appointments to figure out what was going on with my client. First and perhaps foremost, this client, whom we’ll call John, was a cyclist. John came in for his appointment in rather odd clothes, but that’s hardly noteworthy in the California bay area. He wanted to lose weight. John was already thin. Still, his desire to lose weight didn’t
Serotonin is a brain chemical with different functions. • It’s a neurotransmitter that’s targeted and enhanced by several antidepressants. • It’s the precursor of melatonin, the “sleep hormone” and anti-inflammatory. • It affects satiety and modulates general food intake and carbs specifically. • It’s a vasoconstrictor. • At high levels, it can make us lethargic. • It plays a role in energy expenditure and motor activity. Exercise can raise levels
Let me start with a clarification. This post is not about missed business opportunities or client fees. It’s about the disappointment of not getting to serve prospective clients with needs that were tailor-made for my expertise, for one reason or another. Helping people get results is something I’m committed to doing. Not to be able to do so when I know how effectively my guidelines and suggestions could turn things
Okay, it’s not as if another set of tips on surviving the holidays is a pressing need, but hey. The holidays keep showing up every year, and it’s easy to fall into familiar traps. Here are some practical tips for your participants. Obviously, the problem lies less in the 3 holidays themselves and more in the weeks of partying, socializing, and grazing between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. • Workout Survival