Fight Fatigue With These Four Recipes

By Catherine Ward May 18, 2017

How much coffee do you think you drink in a week? How about in a day? If the thought of calculating your weekly coffee bill inspires feelings of fear and anxiety, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many Americans struggle to keep their energy levels up throughout the day, and convince themselves they need caffeine to fight the dreaded “two o’clock slump."

If you're looking to kick caffeine to the curb (or just looking to keep it to one cup a day), here are some fantastic foods that help fight fatigue.

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How This Inspiring Mother Daughter Duo Keep Each Other Healthy

By Ross Yellin, Esq. May 10, 2017

She started caring for you even before you were born. Eating the right foods, avoiding the bad ones. Monitoring every step of her pregnancy to ensure you were a happy, healthy baby. And that didn't stop once you were born. As is often the case, her life likely became a whole lot more about yours. So now that it's her big day, Mother's Day, how do you say thank you to mom?

Stevie Lyn Smith is an InsideTracker athlete and Registered Dietitian who jumped at the chance to give more than flowers. Stevie is always worrying about her mother’s health, thanks to a bit of sub-par family health history, and she decided that giving InsideTracker to the woman who gave her life was a good way to show how much she cares about her.  

I had the pleasure of chatting with Stevie to discuss all things InsideTracker and triathlon training – she shares both with her mom, Lisa Beaser – and most importantly, how they laugh their way through it all.

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In Defense of Vitamin D: The Facts You Need to Know

By Gil Blander, PhD & Catherine Ward May 05, 2017

A recent New York Times Article began by stating: “There was no reason for the patients to receive vitamin D blood tests.” No reason other than perhaps their interest in taking their health into their own hands and becoming the best version of themselves possible. Or, maybe they were feeling tired and hit a plateau in their training with no idea why. Some, even, were just concerned about aging, and feeling healthy for as long as possible.

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This Is What Running the Boston Marathon Did To My Health

By Jonathan Levitt Apr 27, 2017

The Boston Marathon. The most storied marathon there is, and it just so happens to be in my backyard. I grew up watching it, and had ran it once before. But this time was different. I trained for a specific goal. A lofty goal of sub 3:00. A goal I thought was well within reach.

I was feeling great about my fitness. My strategy was honed. I was on the right track. So what happened?

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Food Allergies & Sensitivities: All the Science You Need to Know

By Gil Blander, PhD & Catherine Ward Apr 19, 2017

It seems like everyone is talking about what they can and can’t eat these days: supermarket aisles are lined with products claiming to be gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, and everything in between. Suffice to say, food allergies, food sensitivities, and food intolerance are a hot topic in nutrition and health right now. There have been new diet trends and entire patterns of eating designed around the idea that people may be “sensitive” to certain foods, and that this sensitivity can cause negative reactions like inflammation and fatigue. From dietitians and physicians to news anchors and journalists, there are a lot of people talking about the subject; but is there solid science to back it up?

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Have Trouble Sleeping? Increasing Vitamin D Can Help.

By Catherine Ward Apr 13, 2017

After a cold and snowy winter, at least here in Boston, spring has finally sprung! For many, that means the sun is shining and it’s time to do some spring cleaning. And our favorite type of cleaning starts in the kitchen with the cabinets. It’s the perfect time of year to focus on cleaning up your diet, and is peak season for soaking up some sunshine and vitamin D!

But did you know that the “sunshine vitamin” plays a big role in your night, too? If your vitamin D levels are on the lower end, it could actually be affecting your sleep. Worry not, though! Below, we’ll go over the evidence behind the effect vitamin D has on sleep and give you some suggestions for your best night of rest yet.

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Running the Road to Recovery: From an Eating Disorder to a Healthy Body [VIDEO]

By Erin Sharoni Apr 07, 2017

Over the past few weeks, our blog has been chock full of food tips and biomarker-friendly recipes for National Nutrition Month. This week, I thought it was important to shift our focus to a nutrition-related topic that probably doesn't get the attention it should, especially in the world of endurance sports: eating disorders – specifically, the challenges to performance they present, and of course, recovery from them.

In this video interview, I'm joined by the amazing Sarah Canney. She's a marathoner, coach, mom, InsideTracker power user, and advocate for eating disorder recovery. Sarah opened up about her own nine-year-long struggle with anorexia and bulimia, how it affected her performance and quality of life, and how she used InsideTracker to get a better handle on what her body was really trying to tell her. She now eats healthy fats like avocados, and consumes 2-3 times the amount of calories than while she was struggling with bulimia – yet she weighs less, performs better, and is happy and healthy. 

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The Five Best Recipes for Improving Glucose & Cholesterol

By Catherine Ward Mar 30, 2017

March is National Nutrition Month and it marks the start of spring. This has everyone thinking about health, and making plans to revamp lifestyle and diet for the new season. As I started focusing on my personal lifestyle goals, I figured it would be a great time for a baseline blood test to start the season right. A few weeks ago I got my blood drawn, hoping to get a peek inside my body to see exactly what I was working with going into the warmer months.

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting anything spectacular from my blood test results. I knew my diet had slipped over the winter, which was full of cozy nights watching Netflix with some of my favorite comfort foods and wine. However, Iwas still a bit shocked when I saw exactly how far certain markers had strayed from optimal, or even normal levels – specifically, my blood glucose and cholesterol markers!

In hindsight, this makes complete sense. Traditional comfort foods are generally high in fat and sugar, and we tend to indulge a little more over the winter. When your body is given more glucose (sugar) than it needs, that excess glucose stimulates and feeds into fat synthesis, which affects your cholesterol levels. Seeing as how most of us likely indulged in simple carbs a bit too often over the colder months, blood glucose and cholesterol are probably what you need to take a look at, as the winter months give way to warmer weather.  

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Should You Include More Nuts In Your Diet?

By Ashley Reaver, RD Mar 23, 2017

Keeping our focus on nutrition this month, we decided to take a look at some of our most popular recommendations. One that stuck out? Increasing your intake of nuts – it’s right up there with oatmeal. Based on the nutrition questionnaire each of our customers must complete, nuts may be your ticket to improvements in many biomarkers.

As you may know, we link each of our recommendations to the scientific literature that supports it. But, we’ve gone one step farther… we can now see how our recommendations are actually affecting InsideTracker users! Here, we compare the typical intakes of nuts for our users with their biomarker levels. The results speak for themselves – it’s time to go nuts!

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Quick Tips for Finding Your Existing Blood Test Data

By Gil Blander, PhD Mar 19, 2017

 

 
Here's a common question we hear from people when they're trying to decide which InsideTracker plan to select: "I know I already have blood test results from my doctor and I want to use them, but how do I access them?" Navigating the world of medical records can seem a daunting task at first, but it is actually quite simple.

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