Low-carb for you? Maybe think again…

Eating fads and plans come and go so quickly, it’s difficult to keep up or know what to do, especially if you have a heart condition as I do.

Watch the carbs…or not depending on which study you believe.

As this article mentions, moderation in all things is likely the best route, but it can be difficult if you enjoy foods not especially good for you. This latest study says a low-carb or a high-carb diet may not be beneficial for you after all. Continue reading “Low-carb for you? Maybe think again…”

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Sugar or sleep, which one do you pick most often?

A recent British study seems to confirm something I’ve always known instinctively from my own behavior — people who don’t get enough sleep eat more sugar than those who do.

I know when I was working I regularly would get only 5-6 hours of sleep a night and so eat sugary treats throughout the day to keep going, even though the sugar energy bursts were not all that long-lasting.

Cutting sugar, as found in treats like this, is extremely tough work, confirms a new study.

Now a new study published in  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that people who get at least seven hours sleep a night may be able to eat less sugar than those who get less sleep.

Some participants in the study were counseled on how to get to bed earlier — things like less screen time, not drinking coffee before bed time and establishing a relaxing going-to-bed ritual. Continue reading “Sugar or sleep, which one do you pick most often?”

Soda tax cuts purchases, health impact harder to discern

Those who blame sugary beverages for America’s obesity problems have often advocated for a tax on such items to cut consumption. Philadelphia enacted such a tax in January and signs are it has definitely cut purchases of sugary soda in the city.

My Super Big Gulp days are over when it comes to diet soda, I given it up for water on the advice of nutritionists...who didn't mention arsenic in water could be a cause of my heart troubles.
Should suhgar-sweetened beverages be taxed?

Indeed, a local Pepsi bottler announced layoffs this week, blaming decreased sales in the 40-50% range on the Philadelphia tax. Some critics say it’s just scare tactics to get the tax rolled back while others tout the amount of money the tax has raised for local schools. Continue reading “Soda tax cuts purchases, health impact harder to discern”

Low-salt, Low-fat recipes for Super Bowl

The Big Game is almost upon us, that day when everyone else is eating fried, greasy, salty, fatty snacks. But if you’re on a  low-salt, low-fat, low-sugar diet as I am, my first suggestion would be you host the party so you can control the menu.

These mini cups are low in fat and salt and sugar-free. Fill them with salt-free treats for Super Bowl munching.
These mini cups are low in fat and salt and sugar-free. Fill them with salt-free treats for Super Bowl munching.

If that’s not possible, bring your own food along. Pack up everything from salt-free potato chips to a main dish like swordfish steak.

I’ve written extensively on low-salt, low-fat, low-sugar items you can create for the game, here’s a quick rundown: Continue reading “Low-salt, Low-fat recipes for Super Bowl”

Eating less doesn’t always mean doing more for yourself

Dieting is not primarily what this site is about. But in the course of eating less fat, salt and sugar, it seems you inevitably will eat less and lose weight. I know I did. Cutting out processed foods and restaurant foods with too much salt, fat and sugar meant I was eating less since there aren’t many substitutes for such offerings.

I loved this sign
I eat a lot of lettuce these days but that doesn’t mean I’m trying to lose weight.

But does eating less help you? In the long run, it can impact your metabolism and actually make it harder to drop pounds when you want to. Former Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels makes that point in a recent posting on her website.

“It is absolutely 100 percent essential to eat enough calories! If you don’t, it will destroy your metabolism. It’s like telling your body that you’re starving. If your body thinks it’s starving, your metabolism will shut down,” she writes. Continue reading “Eating less doesn’t always mean doing more for yourself”

Nick’s Famous Coney Island — a Portland gem

I ordered the Old-fashioned Dog, classic guy that I am, which was a hot dog covered with cole slaw and the Coney sauce, and of course mustard.

My recent trip to Portland, Ore., to visit with my daughter included some great places she picked out for us to eat. Knowing that I grew up in Coney Island, she decided to take me to a Portland classic locale — Nick’s Famous Coney Island Food & Cocktails.

IMG_2867Portland is a funky town, no doubt about that, and Nick’s fits right into its artsy cum blue-collar waterfront vibe. The bar has been on the same street for 85 years, most of those in the same spot and it looks it with its old-style bar and stools on one side and its dark interior. It reminded me of a place that could have been along the Brooklyn waterfront circa 1950.

We were there for the hot dogs and I was not disappointed — nor was my vegetarian daughter who tried their veggie dog offering. Note, of course, that hot dogs are not on my usual low-fat, low-salt diet.

But this was a vacation treat, much as Nathan’s is when I’m in NYC. Plus, oddly enough I was just getting over a bout of food poisoning the week before I visited that caused me to drop nine pounds in seven days, so I thought a food splurge was in order. Continue reading “Nick’s Famous Coney Island — a Portland gem”

More evidence on the difficulty of keeping lost weight off

Losing weight is a challenge many American struggle with. Keeping weight off after losing large amounts is an even more difficult challenge. Our bodies are fighting against maintaining weight loss, it turns out, according to a new study written about recently in the New York Times.

A recent New York Times story looking at Biggest Loser contestants from season 8 had a lot fo bad news for anyone trying to lose weight and keep those pounds off.
A recent New York Times story looking at Biggest Loser contestants from season 8 had a lot of bad news for anyone trying to lose weight and keep those pounds off.

Someone decided to look at Biggest Loser Contestants after they left the show. I used to love that show, but year after year of reading how contestants regained their weight, and more sometimes, finally caused me to stop watching it.  Continue reading “More evidence on the difficulty of keeping lost weight off”