Mark your calendar for Saturday, January 13th, 2018 at 10 am for Starkel Nutrition’s participation in the MLK Weekend 5K Run at Magnuson Park in Seattle. Committing to and training for an event like this is a great way to motivate yourself and increase your activity level. Yes, you can walk, walk/jog, jog or run—feel free to invite your friends and family (even your kids!) to join as well.
The American Heart Association released a report last month that is causing quite a stir in both the health media and the professional healthcare community. The report warns against the consumption of saturated fats, including coconut oil which until now has been almost universally praised for its health benefits. The report claims that intake of any type of saturated fat increases the risk for cardiovascular disease and suggests using polyunsaturated vegetable oils, such as olive, soy or corn oil, instead (1).
It’s officially summer in the Pacific Northwest and we’ve got burgers on the brain! Burgers have a bit of a reputation for being an unhealthy food, but the healthfulness of your burger really comes down to the quality of your meat. Organic, hormone-free and antibiotic-free are all important criteria but choosing grass-fed rather than conventional grain-fed beef is where you’ll find the ultimate nutritional (and environmental) advantage.
As the seasons change we naturally start favoring certain foods that contrast the conditions outside and keep us feeling good and energized. In the heat of summer, that means a lot of lighter, easy to digest and hydrating foods to keep us cool—sweet fruits, colorful salads and the occasional frozen treat!
Migraine headaches are characterized by pounding, throbbing, often one-sided head pain that may last from a few hours to 3 days. If you have them, you don’t need them explained to you! Migraines can be so debilitating, leading to missed work, school and play days. Is there a way to prevent them or stop them in their tracks?
So often lately, published studies about nutrition contradict each other, which can make it rather challenging, even frustrating, to cut through all the research and be able to confidently answer the question: What should I be eating?
Some of the most popular diets right now directly contradict each other (vegan vs. paleo, for example) as do many new and old scientific studies.
A study from the University of Minnesota found that teens who ate a high quality diet were less likely to become obese as adults. It specifically tracked 15 year-olds at age 20 and again at age 25. They found the relationship of a quality food diet to optimal weight to be independent of how much they ate, and whether or not they exercised or smoked cigarettes.
It seems Western medicine might finally be catching on to the long-held belief of public health practitioners, dietitians, nutritionists, and holistic doctors alike: let food be your medicine.