Ben Greenfield’s Top Two Recommended Ways To Fast For Longevity

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This is a guest post from WellnessFX practitioner, Ben Greenfield. Greenfield is an ex-bodybuilder, Ironman triathlete, Spartan racer, coach, speaker and author of the New York Times Bestseller “Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health and Life.” Ben blogs and podcasts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com, and resides in Spokane, WA with his wife and twin boys. To learn more about Ben’s practice, education, and specialties, skip to the bottom! 

While they are unlikely to be familiar with popular fasting acronyms such as CR, IF, DTRF, ADF or FMD, centenarians in Blue Zones like Nicoya, Sardinia and Okinawa tend to eat relatively small portions of whole foods, consuming a low to moderate calorie diet by being mindful of their hunger and avoiding calorie-dense, fat- and sugar-laden processed and packaged foods.

Okinawans practice the traditional cultural rule of hara hachi bu, which means eating only until they are about 80% full. Typically, most meals are consumed within an 8- to 12-hour feeding window throughout the day, referred to by researchers as a “compressed feeding window.” This is the same window observed in many of the new, Westernized forms of fasting- or caloric-restriction-based diets, most of which involve at least 12 to 16 hours of not consuming calories during a given 24-hour period.

So why do all these different forms of fasting seem to work so well? You’re about to discover why, along with a quick primer on fasting and the two methods of fasting that I’ve personally found to be most effective for me and my clients. Continue reading

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Ask the Practitioner: How Do Popular Diets Stack Up Nutritionally?

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There are a lot of options and opinions on how to eat – but which one is healthiest and most nutritionally sound? Are there risks? If you peep the latest Instagram fitness influencer, you’ll find many people, products, foods, and philosophies focused on achieving a look at any cost, shifting health and long-term health to the wayside. Unfortunately, all too often there is a disconnect between health and fitness – what makes you fit isn’t always what contributes to a healthy lifestyle.

We asked WellnessFX practitioner, Registered and Licensed Dietician Lori Brizee to give us a break down of the various popular diets and help examine how they stack up nutritionally. Continue reading

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7 Simple Lunch Swaps That Get More Fruits & Veggies Into Your Day

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There is no shortage of scales, apps, and diets that count pounds, calories, and other data translating your lunch eating habits (or any meal time) into numbers.

However, when it comes to holistic, optimal health, the quality of your food matters.

While eating refined, processed foods are known to increase inflammation, diabetes, and insulin resistance, eating nutrient-dense foods help your body stave off disease and function better, from immune system and muscle function, to heart and blood health, and even eye health. Continue reading

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Weight Loss Stalled? You Might Want to Take a Look at This Hormone

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One of the most popular pieces of weight loss advice still passed around in conversation is the simple and  familiar “just eat less, move more.”

Seems easy enough, right? The less you eat, the less you should weigh over time.

Is it as simple as that or is there more? Spoiler alert: It’s not. Continue reading

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4 Basic Facts Everyone Should Know About Cortisol

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Meet the hormone that responds to physical and mental stress, is highest in the morning and typically decreases throughout the day, and increases during times of starvation: Cortisol.

Because healthy cortisol levels are key to living a healthy life, here are four facts you should know about cortisol and how it impacts your body. Continue reading

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Ask the Practitioner: How Your Gut Affects You As an Athlete

The 5 lbs of bacteria that reside in your body, known as your microbiome, are key to living a healthy life. For athletes that want to be on top of their game, the health of your gut can mess with your path to success – researchers continue to make discoveries about its connection to a variety of diseases and conditions, from anxiety and mood to obesity and IBS.

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We asked WellnessFX practitioner and Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner Tyler LaFleur to weigh in on his thoughts when it comes to how athletes should consider caring for their gut health. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.