Archive for January, 2010

Coffee Break

Coffee.  I do not know about you, but I like it a latte.  Okay, I love the stuff – not to the point of having my own bean grinder or my own French press – but I love it just the same.  I, like so many others, probably have loved the deliciously addictive beverage a little too much.  The carefully calculated formula I started off with of 3:1 water to coffee gradually gave way to a 50-50 split.  Occasionally, I’d have a 3:1 coffee to water day.  I knew I needed to back off whenever I could hear my heart beating in my ears and whenever my heart was thumping out of my chest.  Realizing I needed a better gauge, I decided to do some research. › Continue reading

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Friday, January 22nd, 2010 Nutrition No Comments

Going Deeper with Body Fat

Body fat.  It almost singlehandedly fuels the fitness industry.  Outside of feeling better and getting stronger and/or bigger, it is the single biggest motivator for people.  We either want to lose it, or we want to avoid getting it.  Outside of the basic biological functions of energy storage, hormone production (leptin, resistin, and cytokine TNF), and body insulation, body fat is Public Enemy #1.  Most people simply hate the sight of it when they look in the mirror.  › Continue reading

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Friday, January 15th, 2010 Random, Weight Loss 1 Comment

Fast Food: Unhealthier Than We Realize?

Yummy.

I found myself very hungry the other day.  Unlike the rare breed of person who dreams about chowing on vegetables, fruit, rice cakes, and tofu, I found myself hankering for a big, greasy burger… with bacon strips… and mayonnaise.  Thanks to an online article I found, I ended up having sushi instead.  No, I wasn’t reading about the health benefits of sushi.  I was actually reading about how truly horrible fast food can be for each of us.  It really goes beyond the calories and bad fat.  It’s more than just high fructose corn syrup and diuretics. › Continue reading

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Friday, January 8th, 2010 Fitness & Wellness, Nutrition No Comments