Category Archives: Nutrition

9 Post-Workout Meals for 80 Day Obsession

What is the best post-workout meal? Simple! One that is designed to restore and rebuild muscle! Of course, if you’re not prepared to geek out about the nutrition science behind that, 80 Day Obsession has you covered. Use the Starter Guide on page 4 to determine which calorie-level meal plan is right for you, then check out the post-workout meals we’ve created below. These post-workout meal ideas aren’t just for people doing 80 Day Obsession. They offer targeted nutrition to refuel after any workout and fit into all meal plans that use the Beachbody Portion-Control Containers. Post-Workout Meals […]

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Shakeology: Meal Replacement or Protein Shake?

The biggest problem with Shakeology (that’s right, there’s actually a problem with Shakeology!) is that it’s really hard to classify. It’s not a meal replacement — nor is it just a protein shake. So what is Shakeology? By placing it in a category, you’re limiting how dynamic this shake is. So let’s break it down. Note: This article is intended for the U.K. audience. Click here for the U.S. version. Is Shakeology a Meal Replacement? By itself, Shakeology does not replace a meal. That being said, it can be part of a balanced meal when consumed along […]

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The Effect of Animal Protein on the Kidneys

Between 1990 and 2010, some of our leading causes of death and disability remained the same. Heart disease was the leading cause of loss of life and health then and remains the leading cause today. Some things got better, like HIV/AIDS, but others got worse, like chronic kidney disease. We saw a doubling in the tens of thousands of deaths and the hundreds of thousands of patients whose kidneys failed completely, requiring kidney transplants or lifelong dialysis. About one in eight of us now has chronic kidney […]

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How Healthy is the Mediterranean Diet?

The heart of a traditional Mediterranean diet is mainly vegetarian—much lower in meat and dairy than a standard Western diet—and uses fruit for dessert! So, it’s no surprise that those eating that way had very low heart disease rates compared to those eating standard Western diets. My video Mediterranean Diet & Atherosclerosis gives the lowdown on the link between the fats we eat and the health of our arteries. A landmark study has been cited to suggest that all types of fat—whether animal or vegetable—are associated with the appearance […]

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Moderation Kills

What if we don’t want just low risk for a heart attack, but no risk? One great stumbling block has been that government and national health organizations appear to have taken the patronizing view that the public can’t handle the truth and would rather the science be watered down. However, as Dr. Esselstyn wrote in the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, in regard to cholesterol lowering, moderation kills. “Even if all Americans kept their total cholesterol below 200 mg/dL, as recommended by the American Heart Association, millions […]

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Plant-Based Is Not the Same as Vegetarianism

Referring to heart disease, Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD asks, “Why is there reticence to provide the public with guidelines that will spare them this disease or its progression?” in an article published in The American Journal of Cardiology. “The National Research Council position was that a dietary fat recommendation lower than 30% would be too frustrating for those attempting to achieve a significant reduction. Although it is uncertain to what extent people will adopt the advice, it is nevertheless scientifically and ethically imperative to inform the […]

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Best Food for the Common Cold

It is well known that deficiencies in certain vitamins and minerals can lead to significant impairment of immune function and an increased susceptibility to infection that can be reversed by supplementation in deficient individuals. “However, it is unclear to what extent supplementation may aid in maintaining an optimal balance within the immune system in adequately nourished individuals.” As I discuss in my video, Kiwifruit for the Common Cold, researchers in New Zealand tried supplementing with whole kiwifruit. In a petri dish, gold kiwifruit puree appeared to boost […]

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How Too Much Cholesterol Can Contribute to Alzheimer’s Disease

Millions suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and the available and foreseeable treatments are disappointing at best. Given the absence of disease-modifying treatments, there has been growing interest in effective strategies for the prevention of the disease in the first place. Even if we were able to just delay the onset by as little as 1 year, we could potentially prevent more than 9 million cases over the next 40 years. Once cognitive functions are lost in Alzheimer’s disease patients, they may be lost forever. Consequently, prevention, rather than […]

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Who’s Right in the Salt Debate?

For decades, a sometimes furious battle has raged among scientists over the extent to which elevated salt consumption contributes to death, with one camp calling it a “public health hazard that requires vigorous attack” and another claiming the risks of dietary salt excess are exaggerated, even to the point of calling sodium reduction “the largest delusion in the history of preventive medicine.” The other side calls this denialism ethically irresponsible, especially when millions of lives are at stake every year. To describe two sides of the debate […]

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How to Treat Ulcerative Colitis with Diet

The rotten egg gas, hydrogen sulfide, is one of the main malodorous compounds in human flatus (in other words, one of the main reasons farts can smell so bad) but the larger concern is that it may be responsible for relapses of inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis. In my video Preventing Ulcerative Colitis with Diet, I talk about the role animal protein may play in the development of these diseases, thought to be because of effectively putrefying animal protein gas. (For more on that, see […]

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