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Articles Tagged: nutritional counseling

Ben’s 4th of July Survival Guide, Pt. 1

Summer has hit us, which means warm weather, lots of time at the beach and fun barbecues—particularly the ones we have on the 4th of July. Unfortunately, for most of us, barbeques tend to mean a lot of unhealthy food and lots of alcohol—definitely not a recipe for health! While we believe it’s perfectly reasonable to let loose occasionally, if you get a little bit creative you can actually have a very healthy holiday without sacrificing the taste or enjoyment that comes with the traditional gut-buster-fest.

Try substituting these healthy alternatives for common barbecue items:

Instead of eating Doritos, Ruffles or other fat and sodium-laden chips with high-fat bean or cheese dips, try Trader Joe’s Organic White Corn Tortilla Chips with hummus in one of the wide variety of flavors available. Continue Reading Ben’s 4th of July Survival Guide, Pt. 1 »

Essentials of Nutrition Series: Fats

In continuing our discussion of the three macronutrients contained in food (protein, carbohydrates and fat), let’s discuss the third and final macronutrient, fat. Dietary fat, like carbohydrates, is often misunderstood because people associate it with body fat and weight gain, but the truth is that in moderation (10-30% of our daily intake), fat is an essential part of our diet and is even required to live! Body fat is the physical result of our bodies storing excess calories for future energy needs, regardless of where those calories come from. Thus, one can just as easily gain body fat from the overconsumption of carbs, protein or fat, if the total calories consumed is higher than the daily expenditure.

In nature, fats come in three varieties: monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated fats. Continue Reading Essentials of Nutrition Series: Fats »

Essentials of Nutrition Series: Carbohydrates

In continuing our discussion of the three macronutrients contained in food (protein, carbohydrates and fat), we’ll now move on to carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are the preferred form of macronutrients for conversion to glucose and glycogen, the two forms of sugar that our bodies use for immediate energy and stored energy, respectively. Since all carbohydrates are made up of one or more units of sugar, it makes sense that they would be the most efficient macronutrient to be used for this purpose.

Carbohydrates are probably the most-misunderstood macronutrient out of the three, in part because they have been unfairly demonized by “low carb” fad diets such as the Atkins, Zone and Go Lower diets. Proponents of these diets tend to ignore the benefits of carbohydrates and instead focus on the fact that eliminating carbohydrates from ones diet will often cause rapid weight loss. Continue Reading Essentials of Nutrition Series: Carbohydrates »

Essentials of Nutrition Series: Protein

In this day and age, you can pretty much throw a rock in any direction and hit a person who’s following some sort of fad diet—whether it’s a low-carbohydrate variation like the Atkins Diet, a low-fat variation like the Scarsdale Medical Diet, a low calorie variation like the CRON-diet or anything in between. Many of these diets are marketed as being “scientifically-formulated,” however it’s important to understand the fundamentals of nutrition before undertaking any of these potentially-dangerous dieting styles. Failing to educate yourself properly can lead you down the path of energy-loss, lackluster results and consequently evaporating motivation. Continue Reading Essentials of Nutrition Series: Protein »

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I am excited to bring you Ballinger Athletic Performance, where I’ll be posting regular articles on everything from fitness and nutrition tips and videos, to news about upcoming events, to tasty recipes and everything in between! If you want to have each new article emailed to you when it’s published, be sure to sign up for subscription by email here.

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