Category: Diet


Azodia..carbon…What? Just Another Chemical in Our Foods

When you think of the soles of tennis shoes, yoga mats, and pleather (fake leather ;)), you may not think of bread.  But think again.  The tongue twisting chemical, azodiacarbonamide, is used in some breads as a “dough conditioner” to…

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Calorie This, Calorie That…blah blah blah

If you’ve been following the Gain Great Health blog in sequence (as recommended), you will note that I have yet to mention any precise figures of what and how much you should be eating.  Some hold the false misconception that…

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Health: Fate or Free Will?

Do we really have control over our health? The question of whether or not the events of your life are based on fate or free will is age old. And this certainly relates to how and when we leave this…

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We Are What Our Ancestors Ate: Part 2

SCIENCE GEEK ALERT:  As previously mentioned, I am alarming you before I get into the nitty gritty of nutrition! Food can be considered an environmental factor to which our bodies adapt for optimal function.  In fact, the relatively new fields…

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We Are What Our Ancestors Ate: Part 1

This past weekend, I was in the midst of an adamant Paleo-enthusiast who had her 2-minute pitch down pact.  Not to discredit her enthusiasm or anything, but…..The personal trainer by day and sustainable agriculture advocate by night was following the…

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My ‘Beef’ with Beef: Part 2

Adding fire to the flame, conventionally-reared cows are given antibiotics and synthetic hormones.  Cows are highly susceptible to disease and infection not only because they’re confined in feedlots (does this sound familiar; feedlots on a farm-cubicles in an office…), but…

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My ‘Beef’ with Beef: Part 1

Up until now, I haven’t mentioned much about meat.  But, hear me out for my beef with beef.  As a pescatarian, I don’t eat beef (or poultry, other red meat, or other meat products), but surely loved a juicy Burger…

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All the Time, Sometime, Almost Never

After reading a few of my posts, I can see how some may mistakenly consider me a food Nazi.  To argue otherwise, I enjoyed my favorite desserts (yes that’s plural) on my previous trip to NYC and a few bites…

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Twinkie, Anyone?

With my recent talk of sugar and the importance of eating real, I thought I would highlight a recent New York Times article demystifying the Twinkie.  The enlightening interview with Steve Ettlinger, author of the book “Twinkie, Deconstructed,” gives credence…

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All Sugars Are Not (Created) Equal: Part 2

It’s really a matter of what else you are (or aren’t) getting with the sugars you consume and who it’s created by when considering which carbohydrate-containing foods you decide to put into your system.  I interjected the word “created” above,…

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