Not All Calories Are Equal

By Joel Wasmann, blogger of By the Handful

Isn’t it just calories in/calories out? Nope!

We have had a complicated, if not downright obsessive relationship with the word calorie for a long time, but not all calories are equal. It seems to be the focus of many diet programs and even the primary concern for increasing one’s health and losing weight as calories are reduced. There is no doubt that a calorie (really just an arbitrary measurement of energy) does affect our metabolism and therefore our body’s ability to maintain, lose or gain weight. If you dramatically reduce or increase your caloric intake for any length of time given the same level of activity, your weight will likely reflect this dietary change. Unfortunately, it is all too common to find people, especially those trying to lose weight, eating foods with less calories and also much less nutrition. This is not a path to long term health.

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FAVES for Vibrant Health

Acronyms can be super-easy ways to remember healthy habits. Here are our FAVES for vibrant health!

Focus on Healthy Fats: Research has repeatedly demonstrated that fat is necessary for our health, particularly omega 3 fatty acids. Omega –3′s are an essential fatty acid, meaning our body cannot produce them on its own. These inflammation-fighting fats must be obtained from our diet. Two crucial ones, EPA and DHA, are primarily found in certain fish and pasture-raised beef. ALA, another omega–3 fatty acid that can be converted to EPA and DHA in the body, is found in plant sources such as nuts and seeds. The benefits of omega–3s are well documented in the scientific literature. Unfortunately, the Standard American Diet contains entirely too many Omega–6 fats from vegetable oils and processed foods. We want to have a 1:1 balance of omega–3’s to omega–6’s. Eating 2 decks of card-sized servings of fatty fish like salmon, lake trout,...

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