Are Organic veggies better? Hint: You betcha!

A recent study (here) in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) examined a prospective cohort of 28,192 pregnant women (all first time pregnancies) for their relative risk of pre-eclampsia (PE), which is a condition characterized by high blood pressure & (non-essentially) high levels of protein in the urine.  PE is associated with a number of maternal […]

Guess what? Low carb diet is good for Diabetes

Hi everyone, I’m working on an aging & longevity post and I found this article on low-carb diets finally being recommended for type 2 diabetes. At first I was excited that FINALLY the diabetes associations of Canada & the US were finally acknowledging what many of us have known for years, that a low-carb diet […]

Are we meant to Feast & Famine? aka Intermittent Fasting

I was asked to do a quick blurb on Intermittent Fasting (IF) for a popular health & fitness site.  As always, I want to release it to my followers first to keep you in the loop!  Given that we are nearing the end of Ramadan, a discussion on fasting  seems timely as well. Probably the most […]

Negative Automatic Thoughts

Whether you’re aware of them or not, we all have automatic thoughts that we think in response to an EVENT (any occurrence, interaction, etc… that requires interpretation by our brains).  These are aptly labelled automatic thoughts (AT).  They can be both positive or negative, but it’s often the negative ones (NAT) that we are unaware […]

Is fat the root of all evil? NO. aka Ketogenic Diet

I was asked to briefly discuss my thoughts on the Ketogenic diet (KD).  I wrote a blog post in 2013 on whether or not low carb diets were the devil that they are often made out to be.  You can read that post here to get yourself warmed up before we dive in to this […]

My Take on Smoothies…

My Take on Smoothies I wanted to share with you one of the greatest secrets that you can start using today to significantly improve your health, longevity & performance! Raw food, juicing & shakes have gone mainstream over the last 10 years or so.  You can’t check the health book section without seeing another juicing […]

How to Heal your Gut & WHY!!!

The one thing that has been missing from discussions and education about healthy lifestyles is the how critical it is to heal your gut & make sure it stays that way! There is more and more research suggesting that a “leaky gut” could be the underlying cause of many diseases that face modern humans and […]

REDEFINING WHY PART 2

Back in part 1 of my 2 part series on REDEFINING WHY, I attempted to define how I was able to be lean & athletic and remain that way through incredible stresses up to about 10 years ago and more importantly why this seems more difficult currently (at 41 years).  In part 2, I’m hoping […]

Inflammation & Diet

1)      What is Inflammation Inflammation is a response to harmful stimuli including pathogens, damaged cells or irritants.  It is a protective attempt by the organism to remove injurious stimuli and to initiate the healing process.  Don’t confuse it with infection; caused by pathogens, Inflammation is rather the body’s response to the pathogen itself.  Inflammation is […]

Fruits and Vegetables

Fruit and Vegetable Intake It’s long be touted that we need to consume adequate fruits and vegetables.  Many studies have shown that there are valid mechanism by which adequate fruit and vegetable intake supports longer health span and life span (Joseph J et al., 2009).  Conversely, it has been shown that inadequate intake is associated […]