New Year – Got Resolutions?

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Happy New Year! I'm not a big fan of resolutions but I am a big fan of goals. As I discussed this issue recently with a client she phrased it perfectly when she said the end of year, beginning of the new is a chronological marker of an ending and a beginning. While there is objectively no difference between December 31st and March 15th as one of 365 days in a year I'm very much okay with going with the flow and using the end of year and beginning of the next as a "marker" to reflect a bit ...

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Thanksgiving the Leanness Lifestyle Way

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by David Greenwalt Thanksgiving History In 1621, after a hard and devastating first year in the New World the Pilgrim’s fall harvest was very successful and plentiful. There was corn, fruits, vegetables, along with fish which was packed in salt, and meat that was smoke cured over fires. They found they had enough food to put away for the winter. The Pilgrims had beaten the odds. They built homes in the wilderness, they raised enough crops to keep them alive during the long coming ...

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The Low-FODMAP Diet – Helpful or Hurtful?

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by David Greenwalt The low-FODMAP diet:  an unusual name for a complicated diet. People seem to be talking more and more about it. But what is it? Would it help you? And what in the world is a FODMAP, anyway? This article will explain, in simple terms, what the low-FODMAP diet is, and who it may – and may not – be helpful for. What is a FODMAP? The term FODMAP is an acronym for Fermentable Oligo-, Di- and Mono-saccharides, And Polyols. (All clear now, right?) Basically, these are a ...

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What Are Nightshades? Good or Bad?

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by David Greenwalt What are nightshades? Despite their rather mysterious-sounding name, “nightshades” are simply a family of plants. Their scientific name is Solanaceae. The family includes over 2,000 species, ranging from vines and herbs to shrubs and trees. Most nightshades are inedible, but a few are commonly eaten: potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, chili peppers, and eggplant. Less common foods from the nightshade family are ground cherries, tomatilloes, and red goji ...

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The Truth About Negative Calorie Foods

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By David Greenwalt If you've ever searched for weight loss miracles you've undoubtedly found a website or fifty touting the miracle of the negative-calorie-food diet. The most common "negative-calorie" food touted is celery. A stalk of celery is about six calories. The miracle pitch is that the calories it takes to chew it and digest it are about nine calories. Hence, the six-calorie celery ends up being a negative-calorie food because nine (the calories purported to digest it) is greater ...

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