Older adults: Build muscle and you’ll live longer | UCLA

  New UCLA research suggests that the more muscle mass older Americans have, the less likely they are to die prematurely. The findings add to the growing evidence that overall body composition — and not the widely used body mass index, or BMI — is a better predictor of all-cause mortality. Source: Older adults: Build […]

Losing Fat, Gaining Brain Power, on the Playground – NYTimes.com

  Most children do not meet the federal health guidelines for exercise, which call for at least an hour of it a day for anyone under the age of 18. Physical inactivity can result in weight gain, especially around the midsection — including visceral fat, a type of tissue deep inside the abdomen that is […]

Mediterranean Diet Healthy on at Least $46,000

When one walks into a grocery store, the least expensive foods are in the middle aisles, come in boxes, and are highly processed. The meats and vegetables are in the outer aisles and more expensive. Grocery stores are designed to get you to shop the middle and ultimately purchase the least healthy foods. If we […]

More Than 100 Million Americans Have Diabetes or Prediabetes: CDC

Maribel and I see many people struggling with pre-diabetes and diabetes. What’s terrible is that often the es a sense of impending doom and they feel unable to do anything about it. Too many are trapped by a processed food addiction that has often created the conditions for their diabetes and which too often leaves […]

Drinking Tonight? 

We often hear that one glass of wine a day can be healthy, but for many, one drink is often not enough and one glass leads to two.  For those working on weight loss, this is a major problem as alcohol comes with empty calories that easily become visceral fat.  If you are trying to lose […]

White, Brown and Potentially Deadly

If we are healthy our blood carries an average of one teaspoon of glucose at all times. One of insulin’s roles is to keep this balance going. In “A Spoonful of Sugar, ” Dr. Michael Eades, discusses the importance of this number and the implications of the kinds of food we eat, especially if we […]

Weekend Retreat

Peace and Joy! Last week you read about our upcoming weekend retreat. We wanted to follow up and encourage you to join us. Here’s what Maribel and I are offering: Ourselves: By the end of the retreat you will know us better and know what we do in order to care for ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally, […]

Cuban Mediterranean

Homemade hummus, topped with ropa vieja (shredded beef), and broccoli slaw–with a side of green plantain strips. Delicious. JOIN US [ecs-list-events]

Do Your Meals Match Your Clothes?

Lunch today consists of leftovers: a turkey burger and a half on a bed of spinach, and green beans with an adventurous dab of Asian hot sauce (not shown in the picture.) The turkey burgers don’t look that great, but they are incredibly delicious. They are made with ground turkey and zucchini squash. I made […]