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 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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HIIT Workout V.3 – 30:30 5 Rounds

For this high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout I've put together five escalating rounds of 30 seconds work with 30 seconds of lighter/rest. Like my HIIT workouts V.1 and V.2 it's exactly 7 minutes and 30 seconds total including warmup/cool down. V.3 is, like V.1 and V.2, made to be looped over and over or you can put all versions in the same playlist and workout to them as they play back to back. Because each HIIT workout is 7:30 doing two of them will get you a 15-minute workout. ...

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13 Wholes Punched Into a Popular Elimination Diet

13 Wholes Punched Into Popular Elimination Diet

by David Greenwalt Diets that tell you to completely exclude certain foods or food groups rarely have any scientific basis. An exception to this could be elimination diets, which can help people with food allergies or intolerances figure out which foods they have reactions to. More likely, however, medically unsupervised exclusionary diets are an attempt by their authors to get you to purchase their latest diet book and/or "official" supplements "approved" by them. Be sure and take the ...

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How Much Food Variety is Best for Starting Weight Loss?

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Variety is the spice of life. It means we should try many different kinds of experiences, because trying different things keeps life interesting. Does this cliche hold true for food during the starting phase of weight loss? We live in an obesogenic (obesity promoting) environment that produces passive overeating and physical inactivity. The environmental conditions are complex but one piece of the puzzle researchers are looking at is dietary variety. The variety of high-calorie, low-nutrient ...

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