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Vegetarian & Vegan Diets – What to Know

It seems like way too many people are not sure what exactly are the vegetarian and vegan diets, the difference between them and what people eat when they follow these diets.

Maybe you know someone who is considering these diets and you want to support them better.

In this episode, I provide simple, straightforward information and give you 5 important points to know about these diets that can help you be better informed, so you can decide if it is something you may want to pursue or how to support a loved one who is considering these diets.

Articles:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15702597/

https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-eating/eat-smart/fats/saturated-fats

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-truth-about-fats-bad-and-good

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20071648/

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The 3 Most Common Questions You Are Not Asking

In this episode, I am going to address the top 3 common concerns most of you have but feel uncomfortable saying out loud when it comes to weight loss or working on changing your body composition.

My concern is, that although many of you have a certain nutritional goal, you will end up deciding not to do anything about it, just because you are not aware of the answers to these three concerns.

So I’m here to help. And I hope this episode will eliminate a certain objection you may have when thinking of working towards a nutritional goal.

Articles:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK555906/

https://uconnruddcenter.org/research/food-marketing/

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/superfoods/

https://www.mintel.com/press-centre/super-growth-for-super-foods-new-product-development-shoots-up-202-globally-over-the-past-five-years/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8868247/

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Guest: From slim-built to muscly & healthy

Jordan is a 42-year-old man who decided to transform his body composition and invest in his long-term health. He kindly agreed to share with us his personal experience, valuable insights and some great tips on goals, motivation, discipline, and more.

After my chat with Jordan, I will share some of my thoughts about a topic I extracted from our chat.

Article link:
https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/how-much-protein-do-you-need-every-day-201506188096#

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Sleep, Weight & Health

Why is sleep important? Can sleep deprivation affect our weight?

In this episode, I talk about the importance of sleep and provide 10 things you could do to improve your sleep. Why should you look into that, you may ask? Because sleep is fundamental to human health and well-being and impacts every aspect of our lives. It is crucial for physical health, cognitive function, emotional well-being, productivity, and performance.

I cannot overstate the significance of getting good quality and quantity of sleep.

Research links:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25535358/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4049314/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18564298/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6751071/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3767932/

https://nigms.nih.gov/education/fact-sheets/Pages/circadian-rhythms.aspx.

https://www.ninds.nih.gov/health-information/public-education/brain-basics/brain-basics-understanding-sleep

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm1TxQj9IsQ&t=4s

https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/melatonin-what-you-need-to-know

https://www.proquest.com/openview/799eb1dfdb388d6ed01f8c02abd7af6d/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=30130

https://www.wm.edu/offices/sportsmedicine/_documents/sleep-manual

https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/overview/what-is-diabetes/prediabetes-insulin-resistance.

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/blue-light-has-a-dark-side

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/weekend-catch-up-sleep-wont-fix-the-effects-of-sleep-deprivation-on-your-waistline-2019092417861

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Guest: Overeating & Food Addiction Struggles

In this episode, I am chatting with James who is a man in his late 40s who has been struggling with food addiction for a while now. He openly talks about different hurdles in his life and what brought him to where he’s at today. James shares with us some of his personal thoughts and life events that you may find very relatable.

After my chat with James, I will share some important facts to keep in mind about the subject of food addiction. I will also provide 3 things that can be done to support a person who has a food addiction.

Here are the links to support this episode:
https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2015/10/biology-addiction

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6770567/

https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/t1/tbl1/en/tv.action?pid=1310046501

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S000291652203177X?via%3Dihub

https://www.npr.org/2022/03/31/1090009509/addiction-how-to-break-the-cycle-and-find-balance#:~:text=A%20dopamine%20hit%20brings%20about,%E2%80%93%20food%2C%20water%2C%20shelter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3JLaF_4Tz8

So please have a listen and I’ll see you on the other side.

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Guest: Trauma, Grief and Health – Podcast

Today I am chatting with Sara. Sara and I initially intended to chat about diabetes, yet this episode quickly turned into talking about something else. An intricate pathway which led Sara to where she is today has impacted her health and she openly and beautifully talks about it. This episode is yet another reminder that there may be some events in our lives that could most likely turn into underlying triggers and translate into health challenges later on in life.

Sara, now in her late 50s, expresses quite a few invaluable points that will remind us all of the interesting and complex collaboration between the body and mind.

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Guest: A Fitness Competition at 38 – Podcast

Today my guest is Stacey who joined a fitness competition when she was in her late 30s and as a mother to a very young child. Stacey shares with us parts of her personal experience as a competitor and provides some valuable tips.

Whether you are considering joining such a competition or simply intrigued by this fascinating world, this episode is a treat. As this podcast is about realistic healthy living, even if a fitness competition is not down your alley, I highly recommend listening to it as there are some great insights about the overall thought process, nutrition and mindset.

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What is a Realistic Healthy Lifestyle – Podcast

What does healthy living means to you? What does that concept trigger in your head? A healthy lifestyle can mean different things to everyone. For some, it may be perceived as something unattainable thinking that such a lifestyle is too difficult to maintain. While for some, it is already a part of what they practice regularly.

I personally think that there is some kind of an ideology behind the concept of a healthy lifestyle which makes it sound almost intimidating. So in my practice as a nutrition professional, I always put emphasis on realistic solutions. Let’s admit it, life is already challenging, so why make it more with choices that sound great on paper but may not be practical?

Because a healthy lifestyle is such a wide term, I thought that maybe I should dedicate the very first episode to my take on the basics of realistic healthy living.

I have come up with what I think to be the top 7 components of healthy living. These of course can be broken down into further files and folders but my intent is to keep it simple for now.

The following 7 components can serve as general points that we all could look into and see if a modification is in order.

Whatever you decide to do, please check with your doctor first.

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What to expect from the RHL podcast

Thank you for being here! Have a listen to this short intro so you know exactly what to expect from my podcast. I am excited to share some helpful information that can support and encourage you as you pursue a healthier lifestyle.

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5 pointers before starting a fat-loss program

The formula for weight loss – energy in versus energy out – may be simple but, for most of us, is not easy. What I have learned over the years of working with a wide variety of clients is that the reasons for overeating are many and can be different from one person to another. Some reasons may stem from physiological, emotional, and/or mental struggles, which means that when we want to lose fat, everything should be taken into consideration and not just the mathematical formula.

Dig in for your real reason

Ask yourself why you want to lose weight and be as honest about it as possible. Throughout the years of my practice, I have heard a variety of reasons, some of which are: To be able to receive compliments that will make me feel a certain way; for health reasons; to fit into certain clothing as I used to; to satisfy someone else’s wish about my weight and many other reasons. Please dig deep and find out your personal reason and ensure it is a good reason which will keep you motivated throughout the process.

Prioritize your health

In order to lose weight, you will need to provide your body with less energy than it is used to. That can cause some fightback from your body while it adjusts to the new, lower energy input. Therefore, before starting a weight loss regime, ask yourself whether you are physically healthy. Check with your doctor and get his blessing. You see, when we are not healthy, our magical body does a lot to deal with the illness and uses many resources to improve on that issue. Adding another big task such as weight loss is not always beneficial. Yes, there are certain illnesses that weight loss could help with, but in such cases, the process has to be done in a very specific way.

Put the scale away

In a normal fat loss program, fluctuations in weight and the way we eat are common. One day you can stick to the program religiously and the other you are invited to a party where you indulge and stray from the program. Our body is not built to have the same weight 24/7/365. Some days we retain water, some days we are menstruating and some days we moved a bit more. The number on the scale can drive us crazy and, most importantly, it does not tell us much about the composition of the weight we have lost or gained. So consider putting the scale aside. Good feedback for your weight loss would be the way your clothes fit you as you progress with the program.

Consider working with a professional

Before starting a fat loss program, there may be some questions you want to ask yourself. Some examples are: Which weight loss diet should I go with? What is the best and most suitable for me? Is the diet I am going on sustainable, healthy and safe? Remember that trendy diets are just that – trends. Most of them do not work and if they do, more often than not, they are not sustainable and/or safe. Your new diet should be personalized and fit you based on a large range of factors that are unique to you.

Let them be

So your auntie, co-worker, mother and friend all have something to say about your choice of diet? That is their problem, not yours. Do your research for the best and safest solution for you, put your head down and do what you need to do to get to your goal without allowing anyone to discourage or confuse you. As we are exposed to so much information about nutrition, so much of it can be unsafe, and mostly – not considering you. Many diets are general and may or may not work for you and be safe for you. You are unique and so is your fat loss path. If you can, work with a professional and stick to your plan.