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The Last Reason You’ll Ever Need to Think Twice About a Dinner Roll

You’ve probably noticed a lot of sensationalism around avoiding “carbohydrates” or “low-carb” diets in the past few years.  Maybe to the extent that you’ve moved on from paying attention and are enjoying a bagel and cream cheese while you read this.  To be fair, the gross generalization of an entire macronutrient group is not much different than the gross generalization of an entire ethnic group or population.  Both are products of flawed or biased logic and often are plain wrong.  One main reason behind the increased attention to carbohydrates has to do with sugar (sadly one of the most widely consumed carbohydrate sources in the U.S.).  As discussed in Fed Up, over 80% of the food items at your local grocery store have added sugar, making it nearly impossible for the average person to avoid it, consciously or otherwise.  While sugar is still a big part of the problem, a lesser discussed topic, but arguably more important, is the farming practices behind crops that fall into the carbohydrate category (which happens to account for virtually all crops including fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains in case you didn’t know).

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Is it Time to Hire a Coach?

“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” -Napoleon Hill

Everyone has at least one.  It weaves its way in and out of our thoughts during fleeting moments.  It isn’t until our head hits the pillow at the end of a long day that it decides to show up and get comfortable square in the center of our stream of consciousness.  Suddenly all of the to dos that seemed so important throughout the day fall into a void and this one thing is clamoring with such intensity that any hope of calm and quiet rest is hopeless.  Instead of sleeping, you stare at the ceiling as your heart races wondering how it has become so distant, but managed to linger for so long.  By the morning it will sneak out the back door of your mind into your subconscious yet again until the next day or the day following and, perhaps, after enough sleepless nights, it will disappear altogether.

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A Health Coach’s Guide to Holiday Gorging

“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.” -Jim Davis, creator of Garfield

On the eve of a holiday that is centered around the largest meal most of us will consume this year, it’s hard to ignore thoughts of abnormally sized turkeys, every format of potato imaginable, your family’s version of StoveTop™, and a plethora of sauces and spreads for every variety of baked bread imaginable.  In the hierarchy of food centric holidays, Thanksgiving is king.  For many of us, the warmth and joy we associate with the holidays is not solely tied to the dining table, but to long standing family traditions and the opportunity for an extended weekend of R&R.  During periods of time like this that throw us out of our routine, it’s helpful to have a plan.  For that reason, I thought it appropriate to provide a survival guide to keep the kick-off feast to the holiday season from becoming a catalyst for a less welcome annual tradition of derailing your diet.

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Why Fall is the Best Time to Begin Eating In Season

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” –F. Scott Fitzgerald

Break out your favorite North Face.  Fall is officially upon us and if it hasn’t been made apparent by the leaves changing colors, the cool wind and rain blowing in your face should serve as a reminder that summer is officially over.  For all of the grief many of us experience facing the reality that “winter is coming”, fall offers us some of the best culinary experiences of the year and provides us with ample reason to explore the benefits of eating seasonal produce.  If you’re new to this concept, it’s a simple one to grasp and a bandwagon you may want to consider boarding.
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