Juicing: Nutritional Fad or Future?

For a long time I have been hearing about how great juicing is. Juicing is supposed to be a good way to get all of your vitamins, minerals and nutrients from fruits and vegetables in an easy to drink and convenient form. I have heard about what amazing health benefits can be derived from juicing.

Juicing pulverizes the fruit and vegetables so that when you drink it, the fruit and vegetables are already partially processed and your body doesn’t have to waste precious energy on processing the food. The vitamins and minerals in the fruits and vegetables are supposed to be very bio-available and easy for the body to digest and process. So with juicing, ideally you get to take advantage of all of the vitamins and minerals and nutrients that the fruits and vegetables have to offer.

I just didn’t want to spend $500 on a juicer. So when a friend of mine told me about the green monster, I was intrigued.

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Is Diet Really Helping With Your Diet?

Recently big soda manufacturers pledged to cut the calories in their sugar laden soft drinks. While this may seem like a good idea, their motivations may not be completely altruistic.

Consumers have been growing larger and larger as our society’s obesity epidemic has been reaching epidemic proportions. Many consumers are now demanding lower calorie alternatives to their favorite foods and  beverages.

But watch out, diet is not all that it is cracked up to be.

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The Secret to A High Energy, Feel Good Day!

I have read about it and discussed it numerous times. I highly recommend it. “It” is eating breakfast.

I have long been a proponent of eating breakfast. When discussing the topic with patients I always mention a study that concluded that those skip breakfast are 80% more likely to become obese than those who do eat breakfast.

From what I have read from studies, and what I have observed anecdotally, breakfast sets the stage for how we feel throughout the day. Eating breakfast can affect concentration, focus, energy levels, food cravings, and more throughout the day. Eating breakfast can set us up for having a lethargic, hum drum day or having a high energy, feel good day.

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Vitamins & Nutritional Supplements

As anyone who reads my articles can attest, I am a big fan of vitamins and supplements.

I believe that when they are taken as designed, as a supplement to a healthy lifestyle, they have a positive effect on our health.

People get in trouble when they take vitamins and supplements as a replacement for a healthy lifestyle. I have heard the mindset of “I don’t have to exercise or watch what I eat since I take vitamins.” This couldn’t be farther from the truth.

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A Healthy Relationship with Exercise

It seems that I spend most of my time in my practice trying to either convince patients to exercise, or to convince them to back off from exercise.

Most people don’t exercise enough. Many people come into my office with a health issue that’s been coming on for years, they haven’t done anything to manage it or help it out, and they want me to fix it in one treatment.

On the other end of the spectrum I get people in my office who exercise too much. Their bodies are in a state of chronic overuse which makes them much more injury prone. When a muscle is overused, it is tight, irritated and inflamed. A muscle in this state is primed for injury. When a muscle is in this state, it doesn’t take much to injure it.

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Disproving the Most Popular Rule of Weight Loss

Just like one calorie does not equal another calorie, losing 3,500 calories does not equal to losing a pound.

A calorie of broccoli is not the same as a calorie of potato chips. The calorie of broccoli is more nutritious; it has more vitamins and minerals and nutrients than the calorie of potato chips.

You can survive longer on broccoli than you can on potato chips.

It used to be thought that in order to lose a pound of fat, all you had to do was to cut out 3,500 calories from your diet. Conventional wisdom was that if you cut back 500 calories per day for 1 week you would lose a pound.

Turns out that is an extreme simplification of weight loss.

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Faux Nutrition & Fitness Fads

It is easy to scare people with the unknown. Even if you have training in exercise or nutrition they can be confusing, intimidating, and create a sense of the unknown.

To complicate matters, there are many charlatans and snake oil salesmen who create misinformation to sell people their usually worthless, products.

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