Childhood Obesity and Gut Bacteria

Childhood obesity has been an emotionally charged, near panic-inducing topic in the US and beyond for decades. New programs are repeatedly thrown at the issue in the hopes of “stemming the tide” of childhood obesity. Public policy on the issue has committed tens of billions of taxpayer dollars. In the media, in schools and even… Continue reading Childhood Obesity and Gut Bacteria

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Brown and White Fat Communicate Differently In The Body

Many people might not realize that they have different types of body fat. Most of it is white fat that sits on your stomach, hips and thighs, for example. White fat is an energy storage that our body can use when food is scarce. White fat also produces and receives signals from a variety of… Continue reading Brown and White Fat Communicate Differently In The Body

Expensive Energy Gels Vs. The Humble Potato For Endurance Athletes

Are you an endurance athlete? Cyclist, runner swimmer or maybe even a triathlete? Do you swear by your expensive, “scientifically designed” carbohydrate energy gel to give you a performance boost? Turns out, your fancy energy gel might be no better than the humble potato when it comes to fueling your performance. There are, however, other… Continue reading Expensive Energy Gels Vs. The Humble Potato For Endurance Athletes

A Workout To Embrace Challenges!

Needed a good workout today and these toys were a big help. More on that in a bit. Challenging week in the intellectual, emotional and spiritual areas of my life. My fitness in those three pillars has been put to the test this entire year. This week, it feels like I’ve regained some of my… Continue reading A Workout To Embrace Challenges!

New Research Says Red, Processed Meat Poses No Health Threat

TRIGGER ALERT! Just a warning to all my readers who are plant-based dieters, vegans, vegetarians and avoiders of red meat. If you’re trying to save the world or those of us who live in it by promoting plant-based eating or you just like crusading against meat for whatever reason, this article may not be for… Continue reading New Research Says Red, Processed Meat Poses No Health Threat

Coffee, Ritual and Wisdom

Sometimes, deep thoughts, philosophy and real-life wisdom come from the most mundane, everyday sources. For example, my morning coffee taught me something today. I realized that I’ve been drinking my morning brew from the same cup for over 15 years. Every morning that I’ve been home for morning coffee, it’s been in this mug. Two… Continue reading Coffee, Ritual and Wisdom

Podcast: Know Stuff – The Gastrocnemius

This episode is a fresh edition of “Know Stuff,” the series that brings you the stuff you need to know about health, fitness, nutrition and performance topics in a way that you might actually enjoy! In this episode, we’re talking about the gastrocnemius. This muscle is often overlooked until it becomes a pain! Find out… Continue reading Podcast: Know Stuff – The Gastrocnemius

Podcast: Should You Hire A Youth Fitness Coach For Your Child?

Today, I’m going to share my thoughts on whether parents should hire a youth fitness coach for their kids. Of course, since I am a Youth Fitness Professional, you might imagine that I’m biased toward a “yes” answer. You might be surprised! While I do believe that every kid would benefit from working with a… Continue reading Podcast: Should You Hire A Youth Fitness Coach For Your Child?

Training Too Much Can Fatigue Your Brain

If you work out too much, you’d expect your body to be fatigued. You’d expect to feel tired, run down and maybe like a garbage truck had its’ way with your muscles. But according to a new study published in the journal Current Biology, your brain can take a beating, too. Working with triathletes, who… Continue reading Training Too Much Can Fatigue Your Brain

Diet Report Card: Excessive Low-Quality Carbs, Too Much Saturated Fat

An 18-year study looking at the diets of 43,996 Americans has resulted in a “report card” with some disappointing results: Americans eat way too many garbage carbohydrates and are still plowing in the saturated fat. For more years than I’d care to count, America has been getting a steady “diet” of nutritional advice and guidance… Continue reading Diet Report Card: Excessive Low-Quality Carbs, Too Much Saturated Fat