Diet

Reblog: Is Processed Fructose a Poison?

What is a poison? Well, interestingly, there are different theories as to what makes something a poison. But most of them go something like this: "A dangerous chemical, natural or unnatural, enters the blood through the skin, gut or lungs and travels to the liver, the primary organ of detoxification." The liver attempts to “detoxify” the chemical creating metabolites — sometimes the metabolites are less toxic and sometimes they’re not — in order to excrete the chemical and any remnants of it out of the body. So for us to believe that fructose is a poison, it needs to follow, in ...
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Setting Realistic Health Goals for 2015

Setting Realistic Health Goals for 2015
The New Year is around the corner. As we sit back and take the time out to reflect the year gone by, it is time also to plan for the year to come, a time to clean the slate and start fresh. How many times have we all started a new year with a resolution like one of these? "I'm going to exercise every day, no matter what." "I will never eat anything sweet (including that inviting piece of chocolate lying right now in the refrigerator beckoning you) again for the entire day!"  You are all excited and the first three days go by just fine. As the 4th day dawns, you get shaky and jittery and sta...
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Holiday Survival Guide without Gaining Weight

Holiday Survival Guide without Gaining Weight
You have been sweating it out all these days and trying to get your body in shape. Just as you're finally getting the hang of it all, the holidays come up. Tempting foods abound everywhere right from office to the super market and everyone seems to be tempting you with the food you love. Looks like the world is ganging up against all your efforts to lose or manage weight. Sounds familiar? And you are left wondering how to survive the holidays without gaining weight!! It’s estimated that we gain as much as 10 pounds during the holidays. Here are a few simple tips to prevent that: (more&h...
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Managing your Diabetes

Managing your Diabetes
World Diabetes Day is on November 14, 2014 and the focus is on healthy living and diabetes. It highlights healthy eating and its importance both in the prevention of type 2 diabetes and the effective management of diabetes to avoid complications. Diabetes mellitus, or simply diabetes, is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas is no longer able to make insulin, or when the body cannot make good use of the insulin it produces. There are 382 million people living with Diabetes. By 2035, 592 million people or one person in ten will have the disease. People with diabetes have an increase...
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Diet for a Cyclist

Diet for a Cyclist
Last week, a close relation of mine called me from India seeking help. A well built cyclist, he was a Type II diabetic. He was attempting to take his long ride in Mumbai on the west coast of India and was targeting 50 miles or 80 kms. He was seeking help for the diet he could have before and during the ride. Cyclists normally carry energy bars and drinks with sugar which help them gain the energy expended but this case was different. Since he was taking oral medication to control blood glucose levels, he was at a risk of developing hypoglycaemia during the ride. Plus the weather in Mumbai was ...
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Lifestyle changes and health

Lifestyle changes and health
Lifestyle changes over the last two decades have led to the emergence of a slew of health related issues. I migrated from Mumbai, India to United States over 2 decades ago. I have been a practicing RD for several years. Lately in the past couple of years, I have been witnessing a lot of younger South Asians coming for nutritional counselling with metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes and hyperlipidemia. "What is the root cause?" is one question that I have always posed to myself. And the answer I have found is “lifestyle change”. Let me share with you my thoughts and a comparison of the changes o...
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The weightloss battle

The weightloss battle
In today’s world, with massive portion sizes served everywhere around us, it is very easy to gain weight. The pounds creep up very fast and losing weight can be a challenge when we are surrounded by unhealthy options all the time. The microwave generation we live in today, everyone wants to get quick fix results and that is true with losing weight as well. But there is strong evidence that if you lose 1-2 lbs/week steadily, you will have more success keeping off the lost weight. I say this from my personal experience helping hundreds of clients successfully lose weight and keep it off. The g...
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