I recently discovered Manatobia brand Hemp Hearts on a Costco shopping trip. I noticed that they were next to the chia seeds so I wondered if they were cousins. I did pause when I read the back of the package touting it’s polyunsaturated omega 6 and omega 3 content. I purchased them anyway based on the nutrition facts and researched once I got home.
I spend a lot of time reading food labels. I read them in order to make informed choices. I do not seek to achieve some imagined level of dietary perfection. I use the information on food labels as just that, information, rather than as a flat directive of good versus bad. While foods without labels are ideal, such as meat, eggs and fresh vegetables, I do consume processed foods. When it comes to processed foods, I begin with asking myself the question “Does this appear to be something I might eat”.
This post dissects the basics of the American nutrition labels with emphasis on carbohydrates. Hopefully, the examples provided will help.
I have previously written on the Value of Practice. It is helpful to create tools to assist with the habits and behaviors you are building. I have come up with two fill-in-the-blank sentences to use in my journal on the mornings when I may be less engaged or feeling fatigued. These questions prompt me to get with the program (smile). Continue reading
I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to and reading information from Ben Bikman, PhD, a scientist and professor at Brigham Young University with a primary focus on better understanding chronic modern-day diseases, with special emphasis on the origins and consequences of obesity and diabetes. His research covers a lot of information on brown and white fat, as well as my favorite hormone insulin. Continue reading
I think of my goals as threads. A thread being a strand of fiber that represents something that I want to achieve. Threads in a loose pile or tightly woven and organized on a spool have limited utility. This is also true of my goals. Continue reading
With the correct perspective, I use quantitative measures to reinforce choices that I have made, develop future modifications, and create personal conundrums when my progress does not match my linear expectations (smile). Scale weight, macro tracking in Cronometer, blood glucose checks, occasional blood ketones measurement, periodic lab tests, and body measurements a la “how my pants fit” are the parameters that I track to gain insight into my important journey to better health and wellness.
The Ketogeek Fahad Ahmad recently interviewed chemical engineer turned health expert Ivor Cummins. Ivor has a way of making complex topics very accessible and this interview is worth the time investment.
Practical advice on if and when to measure ketones found at the Tuit Nutrion blog: Ketogenesis, Measuring Ketones, and Burning Fat vs Being in Ketosis. Enjoy!
I am back from attending the ASCEND workshop in Boston hosted by Elizabeth Benton at Primal Potential. This workshop was an opportunity to meet the podcaster who is playing a big role in my mindset transformation. Many thought provoking topics were covered and I took away a number of ideas to reflect on and strategies to implement going forward. One of the things that Elizabeth does that I love is put forth ideas and strategies in the form of questions. One question that really struck me was “what do I want to be true for myself?”.