I just heard you groan. You’re thinking,¬†But you just told me that dieting does not necessarily help me lose (or gain) weight. Yes, yes I did.¬†Dieting does not help maintain healthy body weight. In fact, more and more research suggests that dieting actually harms your basal metabolic state, making you prone to regaining even more weight than you’ve lost and having a hard time losing it (again). (Please excuse the advertising at the end of the article linked. It’s the research surrounding¬†Biggest Loser that fascinates me most. Here is also a great article by IDEA.)

 

So, the bad news is that yo-yo dieting can slow down your metabolism and a slow metabolism means that you are prone to working harder for fewer results. And then there are genes, which do account for a certain (if small) percentage toward whether or not we are naturally inclined toward thin or not-so-thin. But here is where the good news comes in!

 

Epigenetics. It’s a word most of us have never heard of before. Translated as “control above genetics,” this is the study of how environment plays a role in “turning on” and “turning off” our genes. Food is one of the main environmental factors we have in our lives and it perhaps plays one of the biggest roles in how our genes function (exercise being another main player).

 

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It seems that Hippocrates was right when he said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Scientists have discovered that bioactive compounds like phytonutrients and antioxidants play a huge role in turning on genes that help us lose and maintain a healthy weight. Healthy lifestyle and diet choices can change the expression of at least 500 genes! This is great news for those of us who struggle with things like sugar addiction because it means that a wide, varying diet full of colorful fruits and vegetables nurtures your entire body right down to genetic expression. It means that you can start remaking yourself one bite (and one activity) at a time–and in 7-10 years, you’ll literally be a whole new person!

 

In my next post on this series, I’ll be sharing the small steps that I have been taking to help reduce my sugar cravings. I knew going in to this that it wasn’t going to be something that happened overnight, but I’m happy to say that I’m slowly seeing results. Looking forward to sharing more soon!

 

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Read the Whole Series here:

Part 1

Part 2

Matcha Tea

Wow! I can hardly believe that it’s almost Spring! Time flies when you’re having fun, and I’m definitely doing that. Watching my little one grow up brings surprises and smiles each new day. I am constantly amazed at how fresh everything seems to her each morning, and encourage everyone to stop and consider their life situation from that fresh perspective babies bring into our lives. I don’t know about you, but I’m constantly in awe of it.

I hope these articles and recipes bring some freshness into your life today. I’m not certain where you live but I know that here things are putting on blooms and leaves. Spring, it seems, is definitely on the way.

Articles

How Much Does Costco Save You?

No More Magic Erasers or Scrubbing Frustrations

2-ingredient DIY Deodorant

When Sugar Isn’t Sweetness

Must-have Resources for Going Gluten-free

Beginner Guide to 8 Yoga Styles

Science and the Pilates Method

12 Ways to Wake Up Caffeine Free

8 Reasons Tomatoes Can Keep You Young

How Much Protein is Too Much?

Is Tabata All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

How Intense is Too Intense?

Walking (the Latest Research; with weighted vest)

4 Strength Training Mistakes

Strength Training Workout (Beginner)

Supercharge Pushups

5 Fat-burning Yoga Poses

6 Alkaline Foods to Eat Daily for Vibrant Health

Recipes

Manchego Olive Freeform Bread

Bone Marrow Butter

Toasted Coconut Almond Butter

Nobu Matsuhisa Recipes (Japanese; and here are his Hand Rolls)

Homemade Yogurt Recipes

Roasted Garlic and Herb Cream Cheese (Vegan)

GF Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Cherry Chia Power Treats

Chocolate Avocado Truffles (Paleo)

Chocolate-covered Medjool Date Bars

Nutty Lucuma Bars

10 Healthy PB Recipes

3-layer No-bake Apricot Tarts