Nine Famous Nutrition Findings That May Be Myths

Nine Famous Nutrition Findings That May Be Myths

I really like science and research.  Without it, my industry would not be where it is today.  However, the science field is not perfect and has it’s flaws.

It was recently reported that a famed Cornell researcher Brian Wansink and his Food and Brand Lab published hundreds of studies that have not been able to stand up to scientific scrutiny.  In other words, the data was flawed.  Based on this discovery, two decades worth of study findings on the psychology and marketing of food and eating may be invalid.

Because his work was so famous, I felt it was important to share this information with you. There’s a very good chance one or many of his findings have ben passed on to you by a trustworthy source.

Here are nine of the  famous – and now suspect- findings:

  • Keeping junk foods out of sight causes us to eat less of them.
  • Using smaller plates leads people to eat less.
  • People will eat almost all of the food that they serve themselves.
  • The nutritional gatekeeper at home influences nearly 75% of the food eaten by the rest of the family.
  • Half of the snack foods bought in bulk are eaten within a week of purchase.
  • Men eat more in the company of women.
  • Trayless cafeterias lead diners to choose less salad and more dessert.
  • Hungry grocery shoppers buy more calories, not more food.
  • Nutrition report cards may improve school lunch selection.

While some of the findings above may prove to be true for some or even many people, the scientific data that was used is now considered unreliable.  For the most up-to-date list of questioned studies you can check out the Retraction Database at

I believe it’s a good idea to pay attention to current research when it comes to health and fitness. I also believe it’s important to discover what works for you personally.  In the end it’s all about being healthy and whole.  Just because something is “science” based doesn’t mean it’s right for you or you need to jump on board.

I encourage you to be open to new research. I also recommend that you seek wise counsel, listen to good doctors, listen to your body, and pay close attention to your gut instincts.  🙂

Here’s to a happy and healthy week!

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Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day!

I recently read some facts about every day life in a communist country that is in the news quite a bit these days.  It was surreal for me to even fathom this type of a life because I was born in the United States and I have enjoyed the freedoms of a Republic my entire life.  I recognize that the freedoms I enjoy were not free.  Brave heroes sacrificed their lives for not just their own families, but people they did not even know personally.  To me, that is complete and total love for your country and fellow man.

I do not believe that anyone purposely takes for granted what our veterans that have lost their lives protecting us have sacrificed.  However,  I do believe it’s important that we remind one another and teach the next generation what Memorial Day is all about.  And, that we remember and honor the brave soldiers that literally gave their all.

We live next to a town that has a parade and a big party over Memorial Day weekend.  The name of the event is “Felton Remembers”.  That pretty much says it all.  We remember and we are grateful.

If you haven’t already done so,  I encourage you to take a moment to pause and remember.  Have a wonderful Memorial Day and a fantastic week!

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Five Reasons To Eat Slowly And Enjoy Your Food

Five Reasons To Eat Slowly And Enjoy Your Food

I’ll be the first to admit that I can eat way too fast at times and I have to remind myself to slow down and enjoy my meal.  When you are busy and eating to fuel your body, meal time can turn into a chore or a forgotten moment in time.  In today’s fast paced lifestyle where sit down meals are becoming more rare, inhaling our food can be easy.  However, current research suggests that eating at a slower pace can give the body a better chance to feel satisfied and enjoy the food which leads to less mindless overeating.

Slow eating can also help control blood sugar and have a positive impact on one’s overall health. If you are like me , and have to remind yourself to eat a little slower from time to time,  here are five reasons to give you some incentive.

1. Your body needs time to tell you that you’re full.

It takes approximately 20 minutes for your body to signal that you’re full, so people who eat at a faster pace can overeat before they even know it’s happening.  When you eat slower you give your body a chance to let you know that you’ve eaten the right amount of food.   This works as a great motivator for most people because none of us like feeling “stuffed”.  It’s uncomfortable!

2. Eating fast can cause indigestion.

When we start to eat, our body goes through a multi-step digestive process.  If you eat too quickly, your body isn’t ready for the incoming food which can lead to indigestion.  Ugh!

3. Slow eaters are less likely to develop metabolic syndrome.

People who eat fast are more likely to have the conditions, known as metabolic syndrome, that can lead to future cardiovascular disease. Those conditions include increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol.  While eating slower alone doesn’t make you bullet proof, it can certainly help contribute to better health.

4. Eating slower can positively affect your weight.

By slowing down when we eat, we become more aware of when we’re full, and are more likely to stop eating when our bodies have had enough.  This helps limit overeating and consuming more energy than your body may need.

5. take a break to enjoy your food.

Eating should be an opportunity for all of us to take a moment and enjoy the food in front of us and the company around us.  I always eat great food, but sometimes I eat it so fast that I don’t really appreciate all of the great flavors and textures.  If we treated most of our meal times like fine dining experiences, I believe we would be more likely to savor every bite even when you’re eating something as simple as a bowl of soup or a sandwich.

Slowing down to eat a meal helps us to become more present and to take a break from the busyness of the day which can lower stress and improve your overall sense of well being.  There is a reason why sitting down for a long meal is one of the top ways that we relax and connect with one another.

Please remember that everyone eats too fast and even overeats from time to time.  Don’t ever beat yourself up or feel guilty about anything food related, ever.   Guilt can stress you out which is NEVER  helpful.  Taking care of your health is a long term effort and it’s all about balance.  None of us are perfect.  🙂

Here’s to a happy, healthy, and mindful week!

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