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.Read more
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?Read more
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?
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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!Read more
Despite the seasonal mood swings we’re seeing here in the Northeast, spring is fast approaching. With it, farmer’s markets will begin popping up again and stoking our cravings for fruits and vegetables. Since a plethora of freshness will soon be available, you may be wondering about conventional versus organic options. What does organic mean? Is it worth the extra cost? Here, we will break down what organic actually refers to, and which organic fruits and vegetables may be worth the extra cost.Read more
Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? As a result, while we strive to keep you up-to-date on the latest and greatest in nutrition and health year-round, we’re putting an extra emphasis on it this time of year.
Right now, an interesting topic is buzzing around Capitol Hill with regard to the labeling of non-dairy plant products as milk, cheese, or yogurt. By definition, “milk” comes from the mammary glands of mammals. Since plants (1) aren’t mammals and (2) don’t have mammary glands, technically they can’t produce milk.
If passed, this new legislation will require the FDA to enforce labeling laws for milk, cheese, and yogurt. As proposed, the legislation states that “mislabeling” non-dairy products is misleading to consumers. With so many different types of “milk” out there, it’s no wonder people might be confused on the nutrition properties of each type. Here, we will lay out some facts about the different varieties of milk so you can make the most educated decision at the supermarket with your biomarkers and goals in mind.Read more