Archive | August, 2011


25 Aug

A diet book, coming out later this year, written for young girls:

ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I understand that it’s a made-up story & the author may have had good intentions, but wouldn’t teaching young ladies the value of a lifestyle, rather than a diet, be a better message. I guess I will check out the book when it’s available on the market. Until then, I’m just judging a book by it’s cover!


Success in health? A personal story.

25 Aug

There have been hints for years regarding the potential dangers of Proton Pump Inhibitors used to treat GERD (aka PPIs – Prilosec, Nexium, etc.) GERD is characterized by having acid reflux 2 or more times a week. This year the FDA admitted the dangers of PPIs, including that PPIs are often over-prescribed and easily available with over-the-counter availability. Myself, I was buying the over-the-counter Prilosc, splitting it and taking a half dose a day. I’m not stupid…I saw that the box said “Do not take for more than 14 days”. I ignored the warning because it did the trick…

…but are the recently publicized risks worth the pay-off.

The risks are far beyond the risk of fractures as publicized by the FDA. Heck, they don’t even tell you why the risk of fracture increases with PPI use. Maybe it’s just coincidence that PPI users are clumsy? OK, not really. The reason is that they prevent absorption of the mineral calcium as well as other essential nutrients. The effects of mal-absorption increase far beyond bone health; your digestive track and immune system is at risk as well, opening up the door for a whole host of diseases from IBS to cancer. I’m not saying PPIs cause these illnesses, but their role could have a correlation. We need healthy bacteria in our digestive tracks and acids in our stomachs. To read more about the risk, check out one of many experts writing on this topic via the web:

Back to me – I’ve been on these drugs for somewhere north of 15 years. Yes, I said 15 YEARS! It’s not like I have a terrible diet either. In that time, I’ve been through IBS, Pancreatitis and a gallbladder so badly atrophied that it totally worthless. I don’t know if the PPIs had any roles in those conditions, but I do know that some of the recently reported dangers are worth quitting PPIs and suffering a little reflux. I mean, a correlation with cancer? No-brainer!

2 weeks ago I quit PPIs cold turkey. When a person quits PPIs, there can be a rebound effect that can cause bad reflux. I’m not going to lie, I suffered, although not as badly as I thought. I’d like to thank Baking Soda and Tums for getting me through. And today I had the day I’ve been waiting for over the past several years – NO REFLUX! No more being bound to a pill every morning before I eat. No more huge regrets if I forgot a pill or ate a particularly reflux-inducing meal. I feel so free.

I want people to know that you can take control of your health. Sometimes a little risk taking leads to a huge and rewarding success.

What change do you want to make with your health today?

White rice vs. Brown rice – the answer may surprise you!

22 Aug

This is an interesting read on white and brown rice. I encourage you to read the full article…it’s not that long. However, I will summarize the key points:

1) Brown rice has a slight advantage on nutritional value, HOWEVER the differences in nutritional value are extremely minor.
2) Both types of rice need to be prepared correctly so as not to destroy the binding properties that enable the body to absorb the nutrients in rice.
3) Eat the type of rice that YOU prefer!

ANYONE who runs should read this article!

18 Aug

Or at least watch the 2 minute video included with the article.

Even thought its a small sample size study, the conclusions are the same as many other studies surrounding barefoot running. ACE Fitness conducted a comprehensive study on the use of traditional running shoes vs. Vibram Five-Fingers vs. full barefoot running. Please read with an open mind. I’m not sponsored by Vibrams (I wish I was!), but I can honestly say the transition to minimalist running has improved my running form, speed and helped me better manage old running injuries.

Another case of "scrutinize what you read on the web"…

16 Aug

I read an article today for endurance athletes (however, this could also apply to weight loss) – The article’s title questioned “Are you eating enough?” and went on to recommend online resources to determine individual daily calorie requirements. Also recommended was a heart rate monitor to track calories burned during exercise. That’s all fine and dandy, BUT I have 2 problems with their advice:

1) Websites use formulas based on age, weight and body fat (if you are privy to your body fat %) to determine RMR (resting metabolism rate – that is what you body needs to survive at rest). There’s also a couple formulas for the thermic effect one’s body goes through to digest, heat/cool, etc. and activity level (sedentary job vs. highly active lifestyle). These formulas are great as a guesstimate, but when calories in and out are of utmost importance, a guesstimate isn’t good enough. A scientific RMR test is best (these can be done at a local university or in Columbus, OH. at Baseline Fitness). As an example, my RMR would be underestimated by these websites by several hundred calories a day!

2) Like the RMR formula, a heart rate monitor is limiting unless the individual has a VO2 Max or Submax test to determine their Anaerobic threshold. HRM’s are great training tools for anyone, but when it comes to endurance training or weight loss training, having an accurate log of calories burned and average and max heart rate is very important. In weight loss, most people tend to overestimate calories burned. With endurance training, total daily calorie burn can be underestimated. Both situations hinder goals.

If you can afford $150 or so, it’s worth investing in the RMR, body fat and VO2 max/submax tests to give you the exact info you need to reach your goal, be it weight loss or taking in enough fuel for endurance activities.

3 squares or several small meals?

16 Aug

The answer is…

…it depends on what works for you. For instance, I tend to eat smaller meals every 3 hours. I just can’t eat a lot in one sitting. Buffets don’t lose money on me! Maybe you are the type who doesn’t have time for frequent meals and is satisfied by larger meals. Here’s an informative video (courtesy of Competitor Magazine, that settles the debate between eating frequently vs. infrequently:

Cross train by lifting weights

16 Aug

Loved this article in The NY Times – it’s a synopsis of the longer article, which is linked to the last paragraph. I have believed in and practiced this kind of training for years. It keeps the body guessing what the next workout will be.