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May 2019

Jean Varney
Jeannie Varney
 Nutrition Consultant
 HC, AADP
703.505.0505

 

  
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.  
 

Best,
 
Jeannie




 

May
The Science of Preventing (and Reversing) Dementia:   Want to reduce your risk of cognitive decline, including Alzheimer's? If so, listen to this podcast to learn which lifestyle change most benefits your brain and whether a Mediterranean or a Keto diet is best for preventing dementia. (The Doctor's Farmacy)  

Calorie Restriction May Promote Cognitive Function:  Concerned about losing your mind? Then keep your fasting blood sugar levels in the normal range (at least <100 but preferably <90). Losing weight through calorie reduction can help maintain healthy glucose levels. (Tufts nutrition letter)

Foods Linked to Better Brainpower:    Eating these 5 foods frequently can lower your risk of cognitive decline as well as cardiovascular disease, cancer and Type II diabetes!  How many on the list do you enjoy daily? Shoot for all 5.  (Harvard Health) 

Can Obesity Shrink Your Brain?  Yikes, one more reason to keep the waistline under control. New findings link obesity to less gray matter in the brain which may be the reason that obesity is also linked to an increased risk of dementia. (Consumer Health Day)

Why Superfoods Are Superfluous at Best  "The most robust dietary measure of total chronic disease risk is the quality of your overall dietary pattern, not a couple of individual foods." In my opinion, most veggies, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and seafood are superfoods. Instead of focusing on specific foods, eat a variety from each food group daily.  (The Medium)

Skipping Breakfast Could Be a Bad Move for Your Heart:  Admittedly, l'm a breakfast eater so I love studies like this. In fact, I eat most of my calories by 2PM each day. Doing so fuels my brain and body when they need it most (during the day) and allows my body to burn instead of store the calories I enjoy each day. Now it looks like eating breakfast may protect my heart as well. Bring on the oatmeal/beans/nuts and berries! Yes, I eat beans in my oatmeal! (Consumer Health Day) 

Eat Your Beans but Skip Reading Dr. Steven Gundry's The Longevity Paradox - Flaws and Fruits:  Are the erroneous concerns on the internet about lectins keeping you from enjoying beans? I hope not. Beans, lentils, peas and soy are some of the healthiest foods you can eat. Consume at least 1.5 cups a week for optimal health and longevity! More is better but introduce them slowly into your diet!  (The Medium)

The Disturbing Links Between Too Much Weight and Several Types of Cancer:  "Being obese or simply overweight - long implicated in heart disease and diabetes - has been associated in recent years with an increased risk of getting at least 13 types of cancer, including stomach, pancreatic, colorectal and liver malignancies, as well as postmenopausal breast cancer."  Hence why keeping your weight in the normal range continues to be the single most important thing you can do for your health.  (The Washington Post)



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: www.EatRightBeFitLiveWell.com.