Integrative Health Blog

Are Calories Important?

Posted by on Tue, Jun 09, 2015

 

Calories in, calories out. A calorie is a calorie is a calorie....

As long as you expend the same amount of calories that you take in then you can be healthy, not gain weight and feel good, right?

This has been taught - and still is being taught - by health professionals around the country and the world.

But is it sound advice?

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Tags: carbohydrates, healthy fats, holistic nutrition

My Big Fat Experiment: Fat Makes You Fat, Right?

Posted by on Wed, May 27, 2015

Is it really possible to grow a 6 pack of abs and still eat butter? I had to find out.  

November 2013: I sat in my NYC hotel room looking into the mirror. I felt swollen in my jeans as my muffin-top was puffing out of them. It was actually difficult to zip them but I squeezed in anyway. It was time to start getting ready for a formal, black tie event. I was not feeling pretty. In my head I thought, "So I guess this is 45"...argh.
Early February, while hosting doctor day at the Raw Living Expo, in Los Angeles, I met a handful of physicians that looked amazing in their 50's and 60's. Re-inspired, I returned home with a new commitment to hit the gym for 3 full hours every single day. I was faithful to this for 3 months. Guess what? I got bigger, not better. I started to get some joint and back injuries too, due to my lack of recovery and over-exercising. I had to start seeing a chiropractor and I was now taking anti-inflammatory supplements such as MSM and bromelian. So that was lousy. I was no better off than before this experiment and had wasted a lot of time.
Plan #2: Abandon plan #1 and start incorporating healthy fats, including raw grass fed butter and ghee. Start Intermittent Fasting regularly and cut back on my exercise. I was skeptical of this plan, but kept going. My only regret is not taking photos of my puffy belly in the hotel room that night, because the results are difficult to believe.

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Tags: carbohydrates, healthy fats, holistic nutrition

Holistic Nutrition: Summer Fruits Dessert Recipe

Posted by on Wed, Aug 21, 2013

Anita Capizzi RN, CH

Anita's Healthy Tips

Summer is here!  Have you taken advantage of the season’s goodness with regards to fruits and vegetables??

Our bodies thrive on the micro nutrients (vitamins and minerals) found in the summer’s harvest.

All fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants that help us to fight off free radical damage to our cells which can lead to premature aging and a host of other diseases.

Red tomatoes, yellow peppers, purple grapes, blueberries, yellow peaches, green cucumbers and squashes..... the list is endless and eating this “rainbow” of color is the best way to help your body deal with free radicals!

Need some help getting those foods in? Try my recipe below for an easy summer dessert that pairs fruit with good fats, nuts and whole grains!

Summer Fruit Crisp Recipe

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Tags: healthy fats, holistic nutrition, integrative health, integrative nutrition