Author Archives: Alexandra Black

Why Peas Aren’t Paleo (But You Can Probably Eat Them Anyway)

One of the most confusing “no-no’s” of the paleo diet is beans and legumes. Most of us have grown up learning hat beans are healthy for us because of their fiber and protein content, and many vegetarians and vegans rely … Continue reading

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Fish Oils

Omega 3 fats – also known as “healthy fats” and monounsaturated fats – have gained wide attention for their potential health benefits. Omega-3′s are found in fatty fish like tuna, salmon, trout and herring. You can get about 1 gram … Continue reading

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Missing The Forest For The Trees On High Fructose Corn Syrup

There’s been a lot of hate going around in the media for high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and fructose. Some “nutritionists” may even tell you to cut back on fruit because fructose is so dangerous. But is this all true? … Continue reading

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An Acquittal Of Sorts For Saturated Fat

Growing up I learned that fat was bad. Butter, beef, nuts, avocado – all “fattening” (seriously, we never had guacamole in my house growing up for this very reason). Lean meat lean beef lean lean lean has been drilled into … Continue reading

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Is Protein As Deadly As Smoking?

Obviously not, although some news outlets thought so recently… From TMZ: “High protein diets ‘nearly as bad as smoking’” From LiveScience: “High protein diets raise cancer risk as much as smoking” From the LA Times: ”High protein diets: bad in middle age, good for … Continue reading

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The Great Label Lie – All Natural

In response to our collective interest in eating healthier, food companies have started trying to make healthier products. Well, sort of. They are trying to make products that LOOK and FEEL healthier, though they may not be. Hence the emergence … Continue reading

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Sleep: Influencing More Than Just How Many Cups Of Coffee You Need Tomorrow

As many of you have noticed (and lamented), sleep is a big part of the Transformation Challenge. But sleep doesn’t just impact how hard it is to get out of bed or how much coffee you need to survive the … Continue reading

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Does Microwave Cooking Remove Nutrients From Your Food?

The answer to this question is yes, and no. In one way or another, all forms of cooking remove nutrients from food. For example, boiling carrots and broccoli causes them to lose some of the cancer-fighting compounds like beta carotene … Continue reading

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Eat Like It’s 1899

In 1899, William McKinley was President of the United States, a 50 gallon barrel of maple syrup cost $.89/pound, and the bicycle frame and motor powered vacuum cleaner were patented. But was really interests me about 1899 (and the years following … Continue reading

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Kale And The Thyroid

Kale is, and has been, the new “it” vegetable for a while now. I think it was also the “it” vegetable a few decades ago, then went away and came back. Anyone who wore bell bottoms in the 90′s thinking … Continue reading

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