New Facts on Added Sugars on Nutrition Labels

Every product has a nutrition facts label that gives you insights into what the product contains, so you can make informed choices when you buy groceries. These labels were instituted several decades ago and until recently there’s not been much change in the facts that have to be on a label.

According to a statement on the FDA website, this is changing. They’ve taken queries and comments from the public into account, as well as the latest nutrition research.

The most significant change is that you can now see how much sugar has been added to a product.  Recent nutrition research has revealed the significant role sugar plays in obesity and related health issues.

“Two-thirds of the US population is either overweight or obese. Obesity is one of the major drivers of preventable diseases and health care costs. In the US, current estimates for these costs range from $147 to $210 billion per year. Obesity is a multifactorial disease: genetics, lifestyle choices, metabolism, and diet. Although the calories from fat in people’s diets have gone down, obesity rates keep climbing. Evidence suggests that diets high in added sugar promote the development of obesity.” Source: The Dose Makes the Poison: Sugar and Obesity in the United States.

While this is a step in the right direction, there is still a need for caution. The definition of added sugars excludes fruit or vegetable juice concentrated from 100 percent fruit juice (e.g. frozen 100 percent fruit juice concentrate) as well as some sugars found in fruit and vegetable juices, jellies, jams, preserves, and fruit spreads.  And although they are still “added sugars,” pure honey and maple syrup have different labeling requirements from other added sugars. 

The best way to limit your intake of added sugars is to avoid anything with sugar in it.
Your Nutrition Response Testing Practitioners can help you discover the perfect, clinically designed diet that’s exactly right for your body’s needs. And once you have that diet, Nutrition Coaching can help you stay on the right path and achieve your health goals.

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3 Tips to Make Whole Fresh Food Easy and Delicious

The best diet is one designed for your body and based on whole, fresh food. Our bodies are not designed to eat highly refined, fast food. Just look around you and you’ll see the evidence that the Standard American Diet is not doing us any good at all.

If you’ve ever wondered why there are so many different diets, it’s because they don’t work for everyone.  Some people do well on Keto, but others don’t.  Or they do well for a time and achieve some of their goals, only to find that it’s no longer working for them.

According to the US National Institute of Health, the intake of fast foods has increased five-fold in the last three decades and 30 percent of children and 50 percent of college students eat fast food daily. This has resulted in an alarming increase in the obesity rate, along with related health issues.

The main reasons people give for eating fast food are convenience, costs, flavor, and taste. Here are five tips to keep your taste buds happy:

  1. A simple meal prep plan can fill your refrigerator with all the ingredients you need to put a nutritious bowl together in just minutes.  Cut and prepare an array of vegetables and roast them in the oven.  Cook a large quantity of either sprouted brown rice, or quinoa, cut up some fruit, and have some toppings on hand.  Put them in containers and pop them in the fridge. It takes a few minutes to put a bowl together and enjoy a delicious and nutritious meal.
  2. By using a variety of local fresh produce, you can satisfy the most demanding of palates. These seasonal, organically grown fruits and veggies are just bursting with flavor. One of the most common complaints about not eating fast food is a craving for the sweet taste. There are ways around this too. And you don’t have to give up all your treats – you can use organically grown stevia and vanilla to sweeten your tea or even in your baking. It’s possible to make healthy ice cream, using the right ingredients.
  3. One of the best recommendations is to “eat the rainbow.”  Look for bright colored foods and eat a variety at each meal.  Beetroots, carrots, tomatoes, and blueberries can give you a wonderful rainbow plate.  Just add some nutritious greens and you’ll be set.

There has been a flood of interest in the concept of personalized diets recently. Scientists have conducted studies on why a personalized diet is a good idea and how every person’s body is different and needs different nutrition.

Some of these studies are based on your DNA and others use blood tests, but there is a simple, non-invasive method of discovering what nutrients your body needs.  It’s called Nutrition Response Testing® and it was developed by Dr. Freddie Ulan.

Once you find a practitioner who has been trained in Nutrition Response Testing, they will evaluate your body and put you on a clinically designed, personal nutrition program so that you are addressing the exact nutritional needs of your body.

The next step is to change to a healthy, nutritious diet of whole fresh food.  Find a local market where you can buy the best possible quality produce, work out a meal prep plan, and start feeding your body the good stuff.

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5 Tips for Healthy Aging

September is Healthy Aging Month in the US.  America has a large population of Boomers who are aging, so the idea of aging gracefully with all your physical attributes intact definitely has appeal.

The World Health Organization defines Healthy Aging as “the process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables wellbeing in older age.” Functional ability is about having the capabilities that enable all people to be and do what they have reason to value.

“Far too many of our seniors are suffering from “unhealthy aging”, living longer but depending on the crutches of pharmaceutical drugs to control out-of-control blood sugar, cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and far too many are overweight,” said Dr. Freddie Ulan D.C. CCN. “Put these together and you have a disaster in the making – cardio-vascular incidents and immune suppression making one easy prey for disease-causing microbes that can only survive in a weakened body. But unhealthy aging is not inevitable. And it is reversible.”

Wellbeing implies more than just physical health, it’s mental and spiritual too.  If you’d like to embrace healthy aging, these tips will get you on the right path:

  1. Good nutrition. This is a given. Your body needs nutrients to replace cells as it grows older. You are not going to age well if you are not eating well. That means whole, fresh foods. Avoid sugars and refined carbohydrates. Fast food and comfort food are your enemy in the quest for healthy aging.
  2. Find the right nutrients your body needs. There is no one-size-fits-all diet. Each body is individual and has its own nutrition needs. The best way to discover what your body needs is with Nutrition Response Testing®. This is a system developed by Dr. Freddie Ulan, D.C. CCN. It tests your body’s autonomic nervous system and organs to find the root cause of a condition, so you can get the exact nutrients your body needs to correct and repair that imbalance. Find a practitioner near you. 

       “The secret to healthy aging, even in your 60’s or older, is simply this:  eliminate highly processed foods, especially the grains and sugars, and change to a diet of fresh, whole foods, grown without pesticides,” says Dr. Ulan. Try this type of diet for three to six weeks:  Eliminate the bread and the sugary desserts, candies, cakes, and cookies. Include good fats and proteins as the major part of your dietary intake.  For a simple way to approach this type of eating, that will leave you fully satisfied and eliminate cravings, check out the Westin Price Foundation’s free guidelines for healthier eating.

3. Get up off the couch. Your body needs exercise to stay healthy and functional. No matter what condition your body is in now, there is an exercise program you can do to improve your fitness level. There are programs for seniors that can be done seated in a chair. For less than $25 you can buy an upper and lower body cycle that you can use at home while sitting in your chair. It increases muscle strength, improves cardiovascular health, and increases brain activity.

Tai Chi is a slow, gentle exercise routine that most people can manage. If you have access to a pool, water exercises are great for those who struggle with exercise. Go for a walk each day if you’re able. Not only will it increase your strength, it will also burn calories and get you out into the fresh air. One of the easiest, most enjoyable, and most effective exercise routines is dancing.  Put your favorite music on and dance away.

4. Expand your mind. There are endless choices of good material to listen to while exercising. Or set aside an hour a day for your mental gymnastics. Find a podcast about your favorite topic. Watch interesting documentaries online. Learn a new language. Listen to TED Talks on subjects that interest you. Read a book on philosophy or self-help. Do some brain-training every day. Learn a new skill.

5. Reach Out to Others. Stay active and connected. Volunteer at a hospital, a non-profit with a mission you support, your church, or your local community center. Volunteering has been linked to improved quality of life, stronger social networks, increased levels of physical activity, and lower mortality rates.

“Volunteering is good for the soul,” says Healthy Aging Magazine. “Giving to others can have a positive impact on your own well-being from relieving stress, depression, and loneliness. No matter what age you are now, you can start a healthy aging plan.  The rewards are less pain and more pleasure; less disease and greater health, and the ability to really enjoy your senior years.


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