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"Let Food Be Thy Medicine"

June 2019

Jean Varney
Jeannie Varney
 Nutrition Consultant


Welcome to the Eat Right Be Fit Live Well monthly link roundup.
Each week I read many interesting articles relating to nutrition, fitness and wellness. Here are some of my favorites from the past month. While every article may not be relevant to your personal circumstance, I hope at least one will spark your interest and provide you with a healthy tip you can incorporate into your daily routine.  



Eat to Beat Illness with Dr. Rupy Aujla:   "What we choose to put on our plate is one of the most important health interventions we can make. Food not only affects our likelihood of disease, but it can lengthen our lives, change our mood, and even affect the expression of our DNA." If you want to learn how to reduce your risk of disease and live not only healthier but longer, find time to listen to this podcast. 
(Apple Podcasts)

Citrus Farmers Facing Deadly Bacteria Turn to Antibiotics, Alarming Health Officials:   Concerned about antibiotic resistance? Me too. If so, avoid oranges and grapefruits and their juices. Consider sweetening your oatmeal, plain organic yogurt, salads and whole grains with seasonal berries and stone fruit instead. (NY Times) 

Lectins: The New Gluten?  Dr. Gundry's advice to avoid lectins found in legumes and whole grains is wrong and self-serving. PLEASE do not buy into his message and definitely avoid his high-priced supplements. Research continues to show eating beans, lentils, peas, soy, and whole grains daily is essential to maintaining good health. (The Berkeley Wellness Newsletter)

265 Beach & Sport Sunscreens Meet EWG's Criteria:  Here's a list of sunscreens that not only meet the new, stricter guidelines but also avoid using harmful chemicals. (EWG)

Diet and Dementia: What Foods Increase or Decrease Alzheimer's Risk?  Concerned about Alzheimer's? Read this article to see which foods to include in your diet and which to avoid to decrease your risk. (Blue Zone)

Blue Zones Life: Four Always, Four to Avoid:  The healthiest, longest-lived people in the world eat these 4 foods daily. How closely does your diet resemble theirs? (Blue Zones)

Processed Foods Are A Much Bigger Health Problem Than We Thought:  The news about ultra-processed foods keeps getting worse. Not only do they increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and death from all causes, they may also disturb the gut microbiome in your body leading to systemic inflammation. (The Vox)

The Benefits of Colorful Produce:   Fresh produce is in season - from berries to beets; grapes to greens. Is one better than the other? Nope! Each offer a different nutritional profile all of which we need to fight cancer, heart disease and aging.  Consume the color of the rainbow daily to ensure you're getting all the vitamins/antioxidants and minerals you need. (Berkeley Wellness)

Huge Global Studies Find Low-Carb or Keto Diets Could Lead to Shorter Lifespan:  If you're following a Keto or Paleo diet to lose weight, please reconsider. It may help you lose weight more quickly, but it will also shorten your life. Low carb, high animal fat/protein eating patterns are NOT good for you. (Blue Zones)

Chicken No Better Than Beef For Your Cholesterol?  This latest research isn't license to eat more red meat (pork, beef and lamb) but to instead eat more plant-based protein. (Health Day News)

Why We Should Cut Down on Salt Independently of Blood Pressure:   Individuals with normal blood pressure still need to mind their salt intake. Excess salt consumption suppresses arterial function even in people with low to normal blood pressure. (Nutrition Facts)

It's Not Just Salt, Sugar, Fat: St:udy Finds Ultra-Processed Foods Drive Weight Gain:  "Everything in moderation?" Not when it comes to ultra-processed foods. Replace your bagel, cream cheese and turkey bacon with steel cut oats, nuts and berries for weight loss and longevity. (The Salt, NPR)

Dietary Supplements Linked with Severe Health Events in Children, Young Adults:   Beware! Consumption of dietary supplements sold for weight loss, muscle building, and energy was linked to nearly three times as many severe medical outcomes in young people compared to vitamins.
(Harvard School of Public Health)

About Jean Varney 
Jean Varney is the founder and president of Eat Right, Be Fit, Live Well LLC, a health and nutrition consulting firm committed to empowering men and women to improve their health through sustainable changes to their diet and lifestyle.  Based in the Washington DC metropolitan area, Jean coaches clients nationwide by phone and in person.  She focuses on helping individuals make smart choices about the foods they eat in order to maintain high energy levels, avoid unwanted weight gain and decrease their risk of heart disease, cancer, type II diabetes and other chronic illnesses.  Jean received her training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City.  To learn more about her practice, please visit her website at: