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Good Food for Life

Maggie Davis’  book, Good Food for Life: Planning, Preparing and Sharing, has been published and is available on Amazon and in bookstores. Click on the photo to see more.

Click here to listen to Mindy Todd (WCAI – The Point) interview Maggie about Good Food for Life

“Do you want to have more energy? Want to be around to see your children and grandchildren get married and raise their families? Read this book… and then live it.”

Matthew Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of The Rhythm of Life

 

 

Slimmer by Summer

 

ID-10046277Due to the success of our Thinner by Thanksgiving course, by popular demand we are offering a winter/spring program designed to help you to manage your weight during the winter months and beyond. Not a diet, the bi-weekly sessions will give you positive and permanent strategies for smart eating that will last you a lifetime. Groups are small so call now to reserve your space for this intensive program.

Course Objectives:

  • Develop your personal health, fitness & weight goals that are habit based
  • Examine factors that have led to weight gain, or losing and regaining in the past
  • Learn to identify internal and external triggers that affect your eating
  • Learn about the process and challenges of change
  • Take care of yourself emotionally without focusing on food
  • Incorporate your current medical and health issues into your overall eating plan
  • Develop skill in planning and producing meals and snacks as well as selecting recipes
  • Develop effective eating strategies that lead you to a reasonable and healthy weight this summer and for the rest of your life

6 sessions – starting in February

Fee: $195 ( $175 for established Live Nutrition clients )

 

Count Vegetables instead of Calories?

If your New Year’s resolution was to lose weight you’ve probably been counting calories… Rather than count calories, counting vegetable servings may be much easier and more effective for managing your weight…

vegetablesA review article published in the January 22, 2015 issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics analyzed the results of 15 studies that examined the effect on body weight of starting  a vegetarian or vegan diet. The diets were plant-based and ran the gamut from strict vegan to vegetarian diets that included eggs and dairy products. The researchers found that when the individuals in these studies were put on a vegetarian or vegan diet they lost about 7.5 pounds whether or not they were exercising or counting calories. Individuals who were heavier at the start of the studies lost the the most weight.

It’s important to note that the study focused on “plant based” diets because it is possible to eat a vegan or vegetarian diet that includes lots of refined foods, sweets and snack foods. We know that the high fiber and fluid content of foods like vegetables and fruits can help satisfy one’s appetite but the study authors added that “some evidence suggests that low-fat, plant based diets can increase postprandial energy expenditure” meaning that you may burn more calories after a meal that contains plant based foods.

Statins vs. Eating Right and Exercising

Researchers at the University of Liverpool set out to compare the effect of statins (primary preventive medication to target individuals at risk) and diet and exercise  changes (to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels in the population at large) on the reduction of the rate of death from coronary heart disease (CHD) in the UK from 2000 to 2007. They also compared effect of these two strategies on various socioeconomic groups and differing results depending on gender. Their results were published in the BMJ Open Journal in January 2015. http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/5/1/e006070.full.pdf+html

The mortality rate for CHD was reduced by 34% between 2000 and 2007 but 180,000 people (or 1 in 3 of all deaths) still die each year of cardiovascular disease. The researchers estimated that of the seven million people taking statins in the UK, only about 750 fatal heart attacks and strokes were prevented, while the lifestyle changes suchFork and Hearts as decreased salt and trans fat intake as well as increased exercise levels prevented 4600 lives a year. They caution that statins may be necessary to treat high risk individuals but point out that lifestyle changes are more cost effective and more effective in general in decreasing CHD deaths. As one author (Martin O’Flaherty) states “…population wide measures might offer substantially bigger health gains, relieve pressure on an already stressed health system and reduce health inequalities. Measures like controlling tobacco, increasing physical activity, improving the contents of processed food products, restricting marketing of junk food, taxation of sugary drinks, and subsidies to make healthier foods more affordable required now renewed attention not just from academics, but crucially from people and policy makers.

These results do not mean that individuals should stop taking statins that have been prescribed to them. But we do urge all those taking statins to also make the necessary lifestyle changes in addition to taking their medication.

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