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Can My Client’s 3 Screw-ups Help You? by Joan Kent, PhD

Posted by on August 4, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Can My Client’s 3 Screw-ups Help You? by Joan Kent, PhD

Can My Client’s 3 Screw-ups Help You?   by Joan Kent, PhD

Can My Client’s 3 Screw-ups Help You? by Joan Kent, PhD As most of us have discovered, mistakes can be valuable if we learn from them. Here are a few mistakes a recent client made that may help you. Getting Back On Track vs. Cutting Calories What do you do after a ‘lapse’ in eating one day (or night)? The best thing is to go right back to your healthful eating program — but that’s not always what happens. Recently, I worked with a client who would skip eating the next day to make up for the previous day’s binge. No matter how many times I...

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Your Eating Behaviors: Who Do You Blame? by Joan Kent, PhD

Posted by on April 18, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Your Eating Behaviors: Who Do You Blame? by Joan Kent, PhD

Your Eating Behaviors:  Who Do You Blame?    by Joan Kent, PhD

Your Eating Behaviors: Who Do You Blame? By Joan Kent, PhD Does your eating ever go off-track? Do you sometimes eat more than you “should” or foods that you “shouldn’t”? This is the first of 3 posts on eating behaviors. Today’s question is: Who (whom!) do you blame when your eating goes off track? I always blamed my mother. She pushed food on me relentlessly, whether I wanted it or not. When I didn’t want it, she told everyone I was a picky eater. But I wasn’t a picky eater. I was just constantly pushed – even forced – to eat food I didn’t...

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3 Things Your Nutritionist Wishes You’d Stop by Joan Kent, PhD

Posted by on April 10, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on 3 Things Your Nutritionist Wishes You’d Stop by Joan Kent, PhD

3 Things Your Nutritionist Wishes You’d Stop    by Joan Kent, PhD

3 Things Your Nutritionist Wishes You’d Stop By Joan Kent, PhD Even if we disagree on some points, most nutritionists would prefer that their clients stop doing the following things – now. 1. Eating Healthy Foods You Hate Don’t eat foods you hate. Even if they contain antioxidants. Chances are your nutritionist can find a food you’ll like that contains the same healthful nutrients. If you don’t like what you’re eating, you’ll feel deprived – as surely as if you were skimping on quantities and semi-starving yourself throughout the day. Eating...

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Why Exercise Shouldn’t Be Just One Thing by Joan Kent, PhD

Posted by on April 5, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Why Exercise Shouldn’t Be Just One Thing by Joan Kent, PhD

Why Exercise Shouldn’t Be Just One Thing    by Joan Kent, PhD

Why Exercise Shouldn’t Be Just One Thing By Joan Kent, PhD Because I work in different fitness environments, I see different approaches to health and fitness. In one gym, the equipment and the personal trainers focus almost entirely on strength training. Cardio is secondary, and done while watching TV – with that level of intensity, and that level of discipline. Stretching is often skipped. In gyms with classes, cardio may become the focus. Strength training may become secondary, and flexibility may be limited to a few stretches at the end of...

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Refueling: A Small Window Makes a Big Difference by Joan Kent, PhD

Posted by on March 31, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Refueling: A Small Window Makes a Big Difference by Joan Kent, PhD

Refueling:  A Small Window Makes a Big Difference   by Joan Kent, PhD

Refueling: A Small Window Makes a Big Difference By Joan Kent, PhD What we eat before training is very important, but what we eat afterward is even more important. The main value of eating right after training is that we recover well and can train well the next day. ACSM guidelines are clear that, while three days a week of exercise can postpone the inevitable age-related fitness decline, more frequent workouts are necessary for fitness improvement. So refueling is key. If your clients are anything like mine, though, the refueling meal – and...

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Why Is Weight Loss Never “One Thing”? by Joan Kent, PhD

Posted by on March 20, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Why Is Weight Loss Never “One Thing”? by Joan Kent, PhD

Why Is Weight Loss Never “One Thing”?   by Joan Kent, PhD

Why Is Weight Loss Never “One Thing”? By Joan Kent, PhD People often tell me stories about how they lost weight. The stories begin with, “All I did was…” and end with something like: become vegetarian (or vegan); eliminate gluten; “go raw”; or cut out sugar. A couple of these make sense, but others don’t. Let’s look at each one. Becoming Vegetarian or Vegan The two are different, but I’ll cover them together because my observations are the same in both cases. Depending on which animal products someone was eating before changing her/his...

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Are 3 Food Myths Keeping You Stuck? by Joan Kent, PhD

Posted by on March 12, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Are 3 Food Myths Keeping You Stuck? by Joan Kent, PhD

Are 3 Food Myths Keeping You Stuck?    by Joan Kent, PhD

Are 3 Food Myths Keeping You Stuck? By Joan Kent, PhD Many myths about food and nutrition exist, but the 3 below keep coming up among prospective clients over and over. Let’s take a look. 1. Nutrition is only important for weight loss. Yes, weight loss is the main reason people modify their nutrition. And yes, tons of weight-loss information is available online – and much of it contradicts other info you’ll find. But good nutrition can help with many issues. For example: • Do you have trouble recovering quickly after workouts? The right food...

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Your Health & Your Food: Are You Teachable? by Joan Kent, PhD

Posted by on February 28, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Your Health & Your Food: Are You Teachable? by Joan Kent, PhD

Your Health & Your Food:  Are You Teachable?    by Joan Kent, PhD

Your Health & Your Food: Are You Teachable? By Joan Kent, PhD Do you have a persistent health issue that hasn’t responded to your nutrition efforts? More and more people are using nutrition and fitness to help them overcome problems that used to send them to doctors and pharmacies. If you’ve been working on the problem for a while – weight loss, high glucose, headaches – you probably have tried many strategies. But others may exist. Don’t assume you’ve tried everything. Here are 3 tips to help you get the most from your nutrition...

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How Coffee Can Help You Control Pain? by Joan Kent, PhD

Posted by on February 21, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on How Coffee Can Help You Control Pain? by Joan Kent, PhD

How Coffee Can Help You Control Pain?   by Joan Kent, PhD

How Coffee Can Help You Control Pain? By Joan Kent, PhD Obviously, it’s not necessary to know how caffeine works to be able to use it. It can be helpful in boosting pain relief from other pain-relievers or by itself. It’s especially good for muscle pain relief – great news if you work out hard. Scientists speculate that caffeine’s pain-relieving power comes from 3 mechanisms: • It blocks release of adenosine. Adenosine is a brain chemical that carries pain signals to the brain. • It activates adrenalin pathways in the brain. Those pathways...

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Top 3 Reasons Protein Is NOT Overrated? by Joan Kent, PhD

Posted by on February 13, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Top 3 Reasons Protein Is NOT Overrated? by Joan Kent, PhD

Top 3 Reasons Protein Is NOT Overrated?   by Joan Kent, PhD

Top 3 Reasons Protein Is NOT Overrated? By Joan Kent, PhD On a few separate occasions, I’ve heard people from various health occupations declare that protein is “overrated.” It seemed to me those folks were thinking of “body” protein – for muscle building and the like – rather than brain protein. This brief post covers the top 3 reasons to take a different view of protein. 1. Protein provides amino acids. Amino acids are the precursors of several key brain chemicals – dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. Those neurochemicals affect the...

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