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Dishing It Up for September 2019

Toronto Holistic Nutritionist Laurie McPhail Dishing It UpDishing It Up serves up a selection of stories, studies & so on from the world of wellness & nutrition each month.


In this month’s issue of Dishing It Up…

The truth about eating eggs
MenoPro:  A Mobile App for Women Bothered by Menopause Symptoms
Taking Up Running After 50?  It’s Never Too Late to Shine
Why Water is Crucial to Burning Fat in the Body
The Best Meal-Planning Hack is Selfishness

Here’s a taste of each from the sampler platter…

Sampler Platter

The truth about eating eggs
In my Rest & Digest Menu, I alluded to the ongoing debate about whether or not eggs are healthy.  This BBC article does a thorough and balanced job of presenting the evidence.  It concludes that “while researchers are a long way from understanding why eggs affect us differently, the vast majority of recent research suggests they pose no risk to our health, and are much more likely to provide health benefits….Even so, having eggs for breakfast every day probably isn’t the healthiest option, either”.  They recommend a varied diet…”rather than put all our eggs in one basket.”
Read more…

MenoPro:  A Mobile App for Women Bothered by Menopause Symptoms
Speaking of eggs (or in this case, lack thereof…ha ha), I came across this free mobile app from The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).  MenoPro already has thousands of users and has been very helpful to women “in helping them make informed choices about managing menopause symptoms.  MenoPro contains no advertising and was developed without any industry or pharmaceutical company support.”  It features the ability to calculate your 10-year risk of heart disease and stroke and has links to online tools that assess your risk of breast cancer and osteoporosis and fracture.
Read more…  [UPDATE June 26, 2021 – this app appears to no longer be available].

Taking Up Running After 50?  It’s Never Too Late to Shine
This title is from an article in The New York Times but the link is to the study it discusses.  The first part of the study’s conclusion was not surprising:  the “athletes within our sample taking up intense endurance running after the age of 50 years had lower body fat and higher leg lean mass than non-athletes by the age of 70 years”.  But the last part of the conclusion certainly was:  “the values for body composition and athletic performance of the late starters were very similar to those of people whom had trained all of their adult lives”.  So you see, it’s never too late to start…or to shine!
Read more…

Why Water is Crucial to Burning Fat in the Body
“Water plays a direct role in our body’s ability to burn fat. ‘The process of lipolysis (breaking down fat) requires water—the first step in breaking down fat is called hydrolysis, which essentially adds water to fat to break it down.’ Without the presence of water it’d be physically impossible for our bodies to break down fat, so keep on drinking your H20.”
Read more…

The Best Meal-Planning Hack is Selfishness
As you know, I believe that cooking your own food is the single most impactful step you can take to improve your overall health and energy.  Meal planning increases the probability of making your own food consistently but it does take effort.  So you might as well ensure that you are happy with the end result!  “Prioritizing recipes you’re legitimately excited about is more than a neat meal prep hack; it also happens to be the single best way to learn how to cook. Early successes make you want to stick with it and try new things, which can only help you improve.”
Read more…

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