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"Let Food Be Thy Medicine"

June 2018

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.  



Whole30: Healthy or Hokum?  I'm not a fan of the Whole30 diet. Here's why. ( 

6 Worst Myths You've Ever Heard About Weight Loss:  This article is spot on! If you're looking to lose weight and subscribing to a low calorie, Gluten free, low carb and reduced fat diet, you're going about it all wrong. (

Collagen, a Wrinkle-Cream Staple, Catches On in Foods:   Food containing collagen is all the rage, but there is little evidence of any health benefit. Manufacturers' claims don't have to be verified so buyer beware. Also, collagen comes from the tissue and bones of animals much of which contain heavy metals. If you're consuming collagen, make sure you verify the quality and purity of the product. A build up of heavy metals in the body over time can lead to health issues. (

Apples, Oranges, and Eggs:  Are eggs healthy? It depends. If you're eating them instead of scones, bagels, muffins or bacon, than yes.  However, if you're eating them in place of steel cut oats topped with berries, nuts and seeds, than no.   (Dr. David Katz) 

Why Black Beans Should Be a Pantry Staple:  Improve regularity, moods, cravings, weight and overall health by replacing some animal protein with 1/2 - 1 cup of beans daily. ( 

Avoiding Meat and Dairy is 'Single Biggest Way' to Reduce Your Impact on Earth:  No need to go vegan, but to improve your health and the health of the planet, cut way back on dairy and meat. It's shocking the negative impact livestock has on our natural resources. (The Guardian)

You Can't Outrun a Bad Diet:  The benefits of exercise are NUMEROUS and we should all incorporate it into our day on a regular basis. However, when it comes to losing weight, you'll be far more successful dropping unwanted pounds if you pay more attention to your diet than the miles you log. Try abiding by these 4 pillars of health for a month and see how much your waist shrinks.   (

An Overlooked Skill in Aging: How to Have Fun:   A wonderful reminder that it's so important to continue to play and have fun whatever your age. ( 

Diabetes is on the Rise in India: Is Fast Food to Blame?  India goes the way of the US ... as Americans continue to overindulge in processed foods, their waistlines continue to expand and their health continues to deteriorate. Ditto in India where the consumption of fast food, refined grains and sugary beverages is on the rise. Consequently, so is type II diabetes. (

Antibiotics in Meat Could Be Damaging Our Guts:  Emerging research continues to show that the antibiotics used in animal and fish feed, dairy cows included, may lead to antibiotic resistance in humans as well as a change in our gut bacteria. This change most likely increases our risk for weight gain/obesity, allergies, food sensitivities, acne, cognitive decline, Alzheimer's and quite possibly Parkinson's Disease. We also know that the health of our microbiome (or lack there of) is associated with ADHD, depression, anxiety and chronic inflammation, which contributes to heart disease, type II diabetes and some cancers. Needless to say, keeping our gut healthy is essential. To limit your exposure to antibiotics, buy organic animal products and wild seafood and love your plant proteins. (NY Times)

Keeping Your Arteries Young:  Here are 7 simple steps to follow to ward off heart disease and arterial stiffness. (Tufts Nutrition Newsletter) 

Blurred Vision, Burning Eyes: This Is a Lasik Success?  Considering Lasik surgery? Read this first. I didn't realize the risk of side effects was so high. Make sure you discuss these risks with your doctor before undergoing the procedure. (NY Times)

The Ascension of Cauliflower:  Love your cauliflower! It's healthy and versatile.  My favorite way to eat it is roasted however cauliflower rice and cauliflower pizza crust make an appearance at our table frequently. (NY Times)

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: