Category Archives: calories and beverages

Liquid Candy: Sports Drinks, Juice and Smoothies Deconstructed

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Don’t fool yourself into believing your daily detoxing juice or pre-workout smoothie is anything more than liquid candy with a few extra vitamins. Most of these beverages are packed with tons of calories and sugar minus the all important fiber. As a healthy adult, the only thing you should drink is water, seltzer, unsweetened tea, coffee and the occasional glass of wine. An argument can be made for full-fat milk and/or maybe unsweetened milk alternatives like almond, coconut, and hemp milk – but in moderation. Everything else is chock full of empty calories and sugar or it’s straight up unhealthy. Sadly we have migrated away from eating whole foods in their natural state. We are the fast food nation.  Are we just too lazy to chew or is it something else because eating whole foods is the healthiest way to pack in nutrients and sate your appetite? Take a moment to deconstruct the beverages in your life so you can make better-informed decisions regarding your health. Continue reading

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3 Food Like Substances You Need To Avoid

Personal Trainer NYCThese two seemingly unrelated observations are fundamentally linked:

1- It is estimated that at least two thirds of all deaths in the U.S. are related to bad diets.

2- Our grocery stores and agricultural system have been hijacked by big business.

Food companies have figured out how to get us to eat more than we need. They’ve employed marketing, lobbying and creative chemistry in their never ending quest to cut costs and increase profits. Much of our food has been chemically altered in order to increase our appetite and cravings. The globalization of agribusinesses promotes many opportunities for fraud, adulteration and outright poisoning of our food (horse-meat, E-coli in beef and melamine in baby formula are just a few examples).  All those tin-foiled hat wearing conspiracy theorists might be on to something when they say, “government food agencies are being controlled by the profits of lobbyists not science”.  The Sugar Association successfully urged the USDA to promote the phrase: “All foods have a place in a balanced diet.” Really?  Twinkes, Diet Coke and Chunky Monkey are part of a balanced diet?! A similar platitude was offered by the National Soft Drink Association: “As refreshing sources of needed liquids and energy, soft drinks represent a positive addition to a well-balanced diet.”  Scientists, doctors and most educated people vigorously disagree.  There is no need for food-like substances in the human diet unless your goal is compromised health. Continue reading