Are You Emotional Eating or Hungry?

We must feed our bodies in order to sustain life. Food is an absolute necessity. A part of our pre-programmed survival mechanism, there is actually a hunger hormone, ghrelin, that stimulates our urge to eat. When the urge to eat is associated with a need to sustain life, that’s a good thing.

For some of us, an urge to eat is linked to emotions and not signals from our bodies. Maybe you’ve never thought about this before? Why are you eating?

Are you eating because you are hungry and need to sustain life or because you are emotional?

Emotional Eating vs. Hungry

Here’s…Read More »

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Is Fruit Good or Bad for Your Health?

Do you know anyone that is constantly eating fruit and they can’t figure out why they can’t lose weight? Maybe you’re one of these people?

Many people think that any food that is “natural” is good for you. It is a myth that just because something exists in nature, it is good for you. For example, poison ivy is “natural” and it’s definitely not good for you.

Of course fruit isn’t poison in the same way that poison ivy is poisonous, but, too much fruit – especially in the wrong form – can cause big blood sugar spikes followed by big…Read More »

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Egg Health: Are They Good or Bad for You?

Egg lovers rejoice! You don’t need to eliminate eggs from your diet.

You’ve probably heard that eggs – in particular egg yolk – are high in cholesterol. If you are a long-time, low-fat, dieter then you might be aware that egg yolk contains all of the fat in an egg where as egg whites are pure protein.

I suspect that many of you have been avoiding eggs because you’ve been concerned getting heart disease and cutting calories by cutting fat. But there’s no need to eliminate eggs from your diet. Let’s clear up the confusion once and for all—so you…Read More »

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Blistered Shishito Peppers

Spice things up tonight. Shishito peppers, the Japanese cousin to Spain’s famed Padrón peppers, can pack in a punch, whether you’re looking for a snack or side dish. This recipe, Blistered Shishito Peppers, is quick and easy to make–and naturally irresistible. Warning: once you eat one, you may not be able to stop.

Ingredients

  • 4-5 cups of Shishito peppers (Gale’s special note–do not inadvertently use Serrano peppers as a substitute unless you like it really hot!)
  • 3 tablespoons of any of the following choices: (3 tablespoons olive oil or 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of sesame oil or 3…Read More »
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    Is Yogurt Good or Bad?

    Yogurt is definitely one of America’s most confusing, go-to “healthy” foods. In an effort to meet America’s demand for variety and flavor – and most often the demand for low-fat and low-calories foods – companies are working overtime to add more choices. More recently Greek style yogurt has become very popular, but Americans want to keep the calorie counts down.

    In another column I’ll tell you why aiming for low-calorie options is sabotaging your attempts to lose weight. Until then, you’ll have to trust me that aiming for very low-calorie counts is not your goal.

    Which yogurt choices help us…Read More »

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    Ask Gale: What Is a High-Fat Diet?

    In general, a high-fat diet is defined by the Medical Dictionary as a diet that contains over 30 percent of the calories as fat. More and more evidence is indicating that a diet high in fat and low in carbohydrates contributes to good health and weight loss.

    Is Fat-Burning Machine a high-fat diet?

    Our Fat-Burning Machine students that follow the program and track what they eat find that daily fat intake ranges from 40- to 55-percent of total calories. By the Medical Dictionary definition, the Fat-Burning Machine diet is a high-fat diet.

    How is the Fat-Burning Machine Program Different Than…Read More »

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    What Causes Food Cravings?

    Put your food cravings to an end.

    Many of us have commented that we have an intense, urgent or abnormal desire for a particular food. A study in The Journal of Nutrition found that 97 percent of women and 67 percent of men reported episodes of food cravings. Scientists have looked at what foods people desire and tried to unravel why it is we crave particular foods. Is the desire driven by actual physical needs – I’m low on iron so I crave a steak? Or, is a particular food lust all in our head?

    Rewards, the Brain and…Read More »

    The Top 5 Most Addictive Fat-Storing Foods

    Have you ever felt that certain foods have control over you? You crave these foods.

    University of Michigan designed two studies to examine which foods were deemed most addictive. The first study involved 120 undergraduate students. Participants in this group had a mean age of 19 and varied in age from 18 to 23. Students used a self-reporting tool that examined addictive-like eating behaviors through a series of questions and the foods associated with those behaviors.

    For example, one question was, “Over time, I have found that I need to eat more and more of certain foods to get the…Read More »

    Low-Carb Alcohol Choices: Fact or Fiction

    Let’s cut to the chase, alcohol plays a big role in your weight.

    People that want to follow a low-carb diet are often told to drink red wine or spirits (vodka, whiskey, rum, bourbon or tequila) and soda water instead of beer. They are told to drink wine and spirits because beer has so many carbs. Let’s look at this party question a little closer.

    Low-Carb Alcohol Choices

    A good place to start is to take a look at the nutrient profile of beer. A single bottle of craft brew, Odell’s 90 Shilling, contains 160 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0…Read More »

    How to Beat Heat Illness

    As temperatures rise and you get involved in outdoor activity, your body takes action to keep cool – you sweat. As sweat evaporates off of your skin, it is this mechanism that creates a cooling effect. This cooling effect helps keep your body, and all the internal organs, within a fairly narrow temperature range.

    Sometimes, when the temperature and humidity gets high or when you spend a lot of time in the heat, the body’s cooling mechanisms can’t keep up. In the best case you feel hot and look for a place to escape from the heat. The worst case…Read More »