THE MACRONUTRIENTS: CARBOHYDRATES Carbohydrates are an endlessly debated topic in nutritional science. On one side, there are low-carb proponents who claim carbohydrates are the root cause for a variety of modern health problems—from obesity to diabetes to heart disease. On the other side, there are those who think that carbohydrates serve essential functions for
About EMurrayErin is a graduate student working toward a Masters of Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion, as well as completing the Didactic Program in Dietetics to become a Registered Dietitian. She’s also a Precision Nutrition Certified Nutrition Coach and Certified Sports Nutritionist.
THE MACRONUTRIENTS: PROTEIN For decades, protein has been the macronutrient of choice for fitness pros, bodybuilders, and gym rats. Many of us have consumed, or at least heard about, protein shakes, whey isolate, BCAAs, and other supplements. And as of late, much of the current nutrition debates center around low protein versus high
FIBER: FEEDING THE ECOSYSTEM FOR THRIVING HEALTH We hear regularly that fiber is good for us. We know we’re supposed to eat fruits and vegetables, and at our yearly physicals, we’re encouraged to eat more of it by our doctor. Fiber is one of those words that feels familiar, and truthfully, rather boring. But
THREE SYSTEMATIC CHANGES TO MAKE IN 2020 Many of us go into the New Year with high hopes and big dreams. “I’m going to lose weight.” “I’m going to make more money.” “I’m going to manage my stress.” “I’m not going to miss a workout.” “I’m going to write more.” Motivation is strong
SHOPPING THOUGHTFULLY: THE STORY OF OUR FOOD AND SOIL The food industry of 2019 is bridging the curious interface of demand for ethical food; confusion over what exactly is ethical, healthy, and sustainable; and the birth of large consumer populations who are willing to pay for it. As consumers grow more discerning in
THE TRUTH ABOUT DIET TRENDS Even when it didn’t seem possible, the world of dieting has grown more contentious. Social media feeds are riddled with quips about the latest articles, “must-see” Netflix documentaries, new books to buy that promise weight loss, supplements that claim to burn fat fast, and even arguments between friends
SPARK A CHAIN REACTION OF CHANGE Productive, happy, and healthy human beings tend to make decisions based on two things: they identify the choice as part of their self-image and they have an internal locus of control. Identity-Based Habits Identity-based decision-making and inertia tend to influence the daily life of a human being.
THE NATURE OF ADAPTING: THE LINK BETWEEN YOUR MUSCLES AND YOUR MIND Part of the nature of being a human being is the subconscious desire--emotionally, mentally, physically, and metabolically--to stay the same. What do I mean by that? Your cells have no desire to do extra work. To change. To grow. They’d like
HEART HEALTH: A SNAPSHOT OF THE BODY In the United States, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One in every four deaths is attributed to heart disease, and every forty seconds, someone in America has a heart attack (I). These statistics are both jarring and disheartening--but,
EMBRACE PROCESSES, NOT RESULTS Goals are Exciting and Processes Are Not Have you ever thought about achieving a goal and embarked on the process of working towards it, but after a little while the work overwhelmed you and you quit the project altogether? Perhaps you once aimed to make some health changes, and