Even doctors and other health experts are often confused about fat, clinging to myths and misconceptions that prevent them from understanding the latest science on losing weight and achieving optimal health. You are, of course, familiar with many of these myths: Fat makes you fat, fat contributes to heart disease, fat leads to obesity, and so forth. But, simply put, these and other fat myths are big fat lies. Thankfully, the importance of fat is finally starting to catch on.
There has been much talk about the health benefits of MCT oils lately. MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides. They are a type of fatty acid that is derived from coconut oil. Consider MCT oil as a super fuel for your cells because it boosts fat burning and increases mental clarity. It can also help you lose weight because it is quickly burned and metabolized.
The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans have finally been released. There are good and bad news. The new guidelines, for the first time, attempt to focus on foods and dietary patterns. Previous editions focused primarily on food groups and nutrients. However, people do not eat food groups and nutrients in isolation but rather in combination, and the totality of one’s diet forms an overall eating pattern. Still much of the recommendations fall short of expectations, and I would say that all in all the guidelines are another win for the meat-, soda- and junk food industries.
Your social connections are more important than you might imagine, considering that you literally can become like the people you surround yourself with. For example, as studies have shown, you are more likely to become overweight if your friends are overweight than if your parents are heavyset. In other words, some genetic threads may be less important than your social threads.
While kids are focused on planning their costumes and candy collecting routes, many parents are worried about sugar content and how to manage their youngsters’ appetite for sweets. I have written about ways to handle candy in the past, but today I am targeting food dyes. From cereal to yogurt, food dyes are infused in countless items in our food supply. In the candy category, it’s usually off the charts.
There is abundant evidence that our mental state also influences all aspects of our physical wellbeing. Besides, the point of being healthy is to enjoy life more. As I have written repeatedly before: Healthy people have more fun. If fun isn’t happening, then true health probably isn’t either. In other words, for good health, happiness matters.
Everybody gets stressed and knows the feeling intimately at times, but very few people think about what stress actually is. Stress is a thought. That’s it. No more, no less. If that’s true, then we have complete control over stress, because it’s not something that happens to us but something that happens in us.