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Stress is needed in small doses for productivity, but too much can throw your hormones out of whack. Photo by Elisa Ventur

Why cortisol can mess with you and how to stop it

Cortisol is like the evil stepsister of collagen, which I write about in my other post. More is not better and can sabotage our well-being. So let’s see how cortisol affects us, and what you can do to keep it at bay.

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Read more about the article Saboteur Series VII: Can you drink alcohol and still lose weight?
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Saboteur Series VII: Can you drink alcohol and still lose weight?

How booze can be blocking your fitness goals

By now you must know that I am not afraid to take on touchy subjects. I feel that with an audience of mostly working professionals, we gotta talk about alcohol. And the timing is just right.  Alcohol is a significant thread in the fabric of socialization. We will soon be back to the days of raising a glass, of wining and dining clients, and of team happy hours.

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Read more about the article Saboteur Series VI: Skewed Portion sizes
In Italy, not only are the pasta servings much smaller, but they don't come drowning in heavy sauce. The Italians say, "Troppe salse vivande false.", meaning "Too much sauce means false food." - Photo by Gabriella Clare Marino

Saboteur Series VI: Skewed Portion sizes

We are going to talk about portion sizes. I categorized this as a saboteur because I have seen many cases, including with me, of eating nothing but healthy whole food and gaining weight. It is SO frustrating.

The only explanation lies in CICO, Calories in = Calories out (read my cardio post for more explanation and breakdown of CICO). Portion sizes matter in this equation. And thanks to Supersize menus, we have a skewed view of what they should be. So I will use this article to understand the problem, and then offer a guide to retrain your brain – which is what I had to do after being brainwashed by the skewed portion size saboteur.

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Saboteur Series part IV: The Sedentary Athlete

Have you experienced starting an intense workout program, diligently sweating and working your butt off every day, and then gotten on the scale and seeing the number stay the same, or even go up? The Sedentary Athlete and Compensatory Eating saboteurs may be to blame. They go together like a couch and potato chips !

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Read more about the article Sabotage series part III – Put down that protein bar and listen up!
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Sabotage series part III – Put down that protein bar and listen up!

The nutrition industry has definitely evolved. You can find protein bars in all different flavors – cinnamon bun, chocolate chip cookie dough, red velvet cake, chocolate brownie.  There are even protein COOKIES and protein BROWNIES and there is even high protein ice cream you can buy.  Go to any GNC and you will even see protein chips, popcorn, and the entire assortment of any flavor of protein bar. Plus, you can have protein powders in cool flavors like vanilla ice cream and strawberry cheesecake. What is not to love? A LOT.

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Read more about the article Saboteur Series Part II – How to stop stress eating once and for all
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Saboteur Series Part II – How to stop stress eating once and for all

It’s not what you are eating, it’s what’s eating you! UPDATED WITH MORE JOURNAL OPTIONS.

I don’t have a Ph.D. in psychology, but I do have a Ph.D. in stress eating. And I know enough to know, a demanding and crazy job is certainly a contributing factor to ignite that reach for comfort food. So hear me out.

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Read more about the article Saboteur Series Part I: Condiment Caloriebombs
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Saboteur Series Part I: Condiment Caloriebombs

This and the next few articles will consider saboteurs that are sneaking into your eating and exercise habits. Like an actual person who is a saboteur, these habitual diet saboteurs often conceal their identities as something positive, when in fact there are anything but. This first article in the saboteur series will focus on Saboteur#1 – Caloriebombs in healthy food.

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