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Intermittent Fasting & Carb Cycling

Dear Reader,

This is such a well documented practice.  I dare not write much about it.  I will let the experts fill you in on all of the details.
Dr. Pompa and Dr. Jockers are my two favorites.  Be sure to read the article on Dr. Jockers regarding the myths associated with fasting.

What I will tell you is that I have found intermittend fasting (IF) to be probably THE most helpful tool when it comes to managing my weight, hormones and general good health.  As the experts will show you, there are many of ways to utilize this age-old practice.

For me personally, I have found it very simple to do the 16 & 8 IF. This simply means I am fasting for 16 hours (at least 8 of which I am asleep - and you should be as well to maintain good health.)  I don't eat until 11AM and my last bite is no later than 7PM.  When I travel, I use local time.  Messing with the time changes are too difficult to maintain this practice as many times on the east coast it's not unusual for me to be up at 2A…

What's in the Food Bag?

Dear Reader,

When I share my story, a frequent question I get is "So what does your daily menu look like?" Especially, "What is in your food bag?"  "What do you eat on the road?"

Flying around the country/world presents quite a challenge to one's diet. Airplane and airport food. . .ugh.  Thankfully, there are now some decent options. However, if you are a clean foodie junkie (okay, snob) such as myself, those options become slim to none.  Salads are great, but I prefer organic veggies.  And the dressings in the little packages?? Not so much. Most of the time, loaded with sugar, the nasty oils, and many other ingredients one cannot pronounce.  I'll pass, thanks.

Hotel restaurants or restaurants around our hotels will most definitely present you healthier options. However, I don't eat out at home, so why would I on the road?

As you'll see most of these items do not need heating up. I like to make eating on the fly/road to be simple and quick…

Flying Fit

Dear Reader,

I'm excited to share a bit about my fitness routine.  I am frequently asked what I do to stay fit.

I'd like to say right out the gate, it has been documented that "Eighty percent of our body composition is determined by what we eat."  Yes, 80!  It's also been said that "You cannot outrun a bad diet."  I find these to be very true in my own life. However, exercise is still important.

I hope you won't mind if I give you a bit more of my background that I did not include in my profile.  It'll allow for a little more perspective as to how I landed where I have.

Truth be told, I grew up as a chubby (okay - fat) Italian girl.  My weight battle began when I was 9 yrs old. (The age I hit puberty - good grief!)  Over the years,  I've had many bouts of weight loss doing all sorts of different diets.  You recall the term Yo-Yo dieting?  That was my life.

Then there was the "NO FAT" craze that conventional 'wisdom' (and I …

Put WHAT In My Coffee?

Dear Reader,

Bulletproof coffee is not only delicious, it's good for you; providing you use the right ingredients. The first of which is butter. And I mean not just any butter, but grass-fed butter. Why not just any old butter?  Because grass-fed butter contains a high amount of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which may potentially protect against different cancers and also help the body store muscle instead of fat.  Those are good reasons! But wait there's more! The bonus is the taste!  Once you try it, you'll probably never go back to just any old butter. I use only Kerrygold which is a grass-fed, Irish butter. . .Yum-ee! . . .

. . .You're welcome!

The second ingredient in Bulletproof coffee is either coconut oil or MCT oil* (see note)

What's the difference?

MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides which are a form of saturated fatty acid and have some fantastic health benefits such as improving cognitive function and better weight management. More good reasons!

Primal! Paleo! Keto! Oh My!

Dear Reader,

You've most likely heard of at least one or maybe all three.

My first introduction to any of these diets was The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson. To this day I still revert back to the fantastic information I gleaned from this book. The Primal lifestyle is basically a hunter/gatherer diet. Some may call it a "caveman diet".  In short, if you can grow it, pick it, or kill it you can eat it. In other words, eat REAL food. Nothing in a bag or box.  It's as simple as that. Along with this concept, Primal eating advocates a low carbohydrate consumption.  I know, I know, LOW CARBS! This seems to be the mantra of this decade. But for good reason. The research and data are here to state (and, I believe, stay) the reality of how high carbohydrate diets (accompanied by processed foods, of course) are the culprits for much of our diseases today from heart disease to type 2 diabetes to auto-immune diseases.

From here, I began to read about the Paleo lifestyle (aka &…

Functional Nutrition and Natural Health Doctors

Dear Reader,

This post will direct you to a plethora of fabulous information regarding functional medicinal and natural health and wellness. 
Functional Medicine is defined by Wikepedia as: "A form of alternative medicine which proponents say focuses on interactions between the environment and the gastrointestinal, endocrine, and immune systems."

Dr. David Jockers is a doctor of natural medicine and functional nutritionist. Dr. Joshua Axe is a doctor of natural medicine clinical nutritionist. Both are doctors of chiropractic care as well. The education I have gleaned from these two has been immensely helpful throughout my walk in natural health and wellness.

Dr. David Jockers
and
Dr. Joshua Axe
Thanks for reading! Ciao!
~Barbie