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Health & Diet

Every day we are inundated with health and diet messages from the internet, magazines, co-workers, and friends. Many of these claims cannot replace the benefit of a healthy diet, exercise, and a good nights sleep.

Dirt to Dinner will discuss how a diet, or health claim will benefit you – or not.

 

Posts Related to Health and Diet

The TB12 Diet: One Size Does Not Fit All

Tom Brady has defied the odds of aging and is still playing professional football at age 40. The recent release of his book, How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance is a New York Times #1 bestseller. And while most of the book’s discussion is a commonsensical approach to physical and mental well-being, some of its dietary restrictions made us raise our eyebrows and ask… why is he eliminating specific, whole food groups from his diet?

Nix The Toxins!

We are told to live in fear of toxic substances and their effects on our health. But what makes something toxic? And how does our body process toxicants? It’s time to explore the different types of toxic exposures in our daily lives and whether or not we need to worry about them…

Digging in: Clean Eating

What does it mean to eat clean? We have been reading a lot about this approach to ‘healthy eating’ but it seems somewhat misleading. It’s time to get our hands dirty and dig into the “clean eating” movement.

The Ketogenic Diet: Fueling the Body with Fat

Should we be burning our fat for fuel? The Ketogenic Diet embraces healthy fats and asks you to kick carbs, sugar, and even some protein to the curb. It’s proven to be successful in very overweight patients, but what does the research say about long term potential, especially if you are not obese. Is this just another fad diet? Read on to find out…

Agave: Too Good to be True

Agave nectar is a popular sweetener that many people use in order to replace sugar. We did some digging into this sweet nectar to find out exactly how it is processed and if it is in fact better for you than ordinary table sugar. What do you think we found out?

Got Milk?

Milk is a perfect and easy vehicle for many important nutrients. It is high in calcium, protein, essential fatty acids, and vitamins A, E, D, B2 and B12! But, recent concerns pertaining to the lactose and/or saturated fat content has made milk somewhat of a controversial food group. We’ve done some digging and there is certainly a lot to consider. Before you toss the carton, you might want to consider the health benefits…

The Fasting Program That May Prevent Age Related Diseases

New research has indicated that controlled fasting performed roughly twice a year may help keep your healthy cells healthy and enable your body to replace damaged cells. Is this another gimmick or new information that we should actually listen to? Before the media runs wild with this research, let’s find the facts…

Seasons Change…Your Produce Should Too!

As the seasons change, our produce options change as well. This happens to be optimal for your body. But, do you know what produce to buy and when? How to select fruit that is ripe and veggies that are fresh?

Do we need a Sugar Tax?

Sugar, and its overconsumption, is fueling the obesity epidemic in the United States as well as the countries adopting a Western Diet. In an attempt to create healthier humans, government agencies on the local and global level have proposed a sugar tax. But, would a tax really benefit the health of Americans or is it simply a disguise to collect additional revenue?

Let’s go to the MED!

What would it be like to “eat like a Mediterranean?” Recently, this approach to food has been touted as one of the most beneficial “diets” on the market. Can it help hopeful healthy-eaters enjoy a better relationship with their food?

Fat: Our New Friend!

Now is the time to start planning your New Year’s resolutions. If you are thinking about cutting down on fat, you might want to give this a quick read first!
Fat is not the four letter word it once was. Here is why…

The Power of Plants

As the demand increases for new “meatless options”, we asked ourselves— should we be making a switch or simply incorporating more plant-based products into our diet?

Are You Inflamed?

Chronic inflammation has been labeled as one of the leading causes of long-term health issues. In order to protect ourselves against chronic inflammation we need to better understand how it is caused, how it negatively affects our health, and how to best avoid it.

Skin: Your Body’s Largest Organ

Skin is your body’s largest organ. Like the rest of your body, it needs the proper protection and nutrients to stay healthy.

The Red Wine Diet

A glass of red wine is the equivalent to an hour in the gym? That cannot be real—can it?

The 5:2 Diet

While you may need to jump start your system with an extreme diet, long term weight loss is really only successful if you develop and maintain healthy eating habits.

Debunking the Gluten Myth

Gluten is a protein found in wheat. Before you write off the label as ‘bad for you’—you might want to see what you’re sacrificing…

Understanding the Paleo Diet

While keeping Paleo can help you maintain a diet free of both additives and preservatives, eliminating entire food groups probably isn’t the way to go.

The Truth about Cleansing

There are no known long term health benefits to cleansing. And if we’re being honest, juice cleansing doesn’t taste or feel that great… So, do you really need to starve yourself with green juice to detoxify your body?

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