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The Healthy Half Hour Podcast

 If you're not familiar with Podcasts they're free audio (or some can be video) programs that are available on virtually any subject you can think of. They were originally only available on iTunes but can now be found on many outlets like Tunein, Stitcher, Google Music, etc.

Our show is the Healthy Half Hour Podcast and we wanted to keep it to about 30 minutes so as to make it easier to listen to on a commute or at home, etc. We have listened to other Podcasts and we think they can often go on too long and lose peoples attention, so 30 minutes seems to work.

There are many Podcasts on Health and Fitness out there and our goal is not to just add more noise to an already noisy genre, it is to deliver an informative, easy to understand podcast where we will share our experience and views on the ever-changing world of health, diet, weight loss and fitness. We want to cut out a lot of the jargon which often just confuses people more and also distinguish between what's marketing and hype and get down to what works and what doesn't for health, fitness, diet and fat loss.

2018-01-19 14:13:15
 

My New Years Resolution

For years I had a goal of running a marathon someday and a the end of 1997 the opportunity arose because Ryder Truck Rental, the company I was working for at the time were offering charity spots for the 1998 London Marathon in the UK (the London marathon is sold out every year with over 30,000 runners competing and they always put aside a few thousand charity place, that at the time were in excess of $3000 per spot) so I jumped at this chance!

So I made it my 1998 New Year resolution to get fit and run a 26.2 mile marathon race in April same year, the only issue now was to get from being able to comfortably run half a mile and now adding 25.7 to that to be able to get to my goal. So remembering these were pre-internet days so I had to come up with a plan to get me there, I decided to run 5 days a week and just increase my distance periodically, what could go wrong! The other issue was that I was a little overweight at the time, but of course, I thought running would solve that problem, right?

So off I went, new runners on my feet and a New years resolution motivating me all the way. We were living in the UK at the time so remember the winters are not as harsh as Winnipeg so running outdoors is not really an issue year round. The training was going ok and I had convinced myself that If I could get to 18 miles I could muddle through the last 8 on the day, so the mould was set. I was checking in with my coworkers and one was already running high mileage and one was on my level, but we all decided we'd run together on the day.

2017-12-29 15:39:42
 

Bet you can't eat just one!

It’s no mistake that food companies sell to us the consumer products that we can’t resist. Food products that are engineered to be hyper-palatable with just the right amounts of sugar, salt, fat, and mouth feel to keep us coming back for more, to the point that it is almost an addiction for some.

Teams of food scientists at the laboratories of the large food manufacturers spend millions of dollars inventing, developing and testing ingredient combinations that will keep the consumer a) coming back for more and b) consuming way more than we need to, and combining this with marketing slogans like “I bet you can't eat just one” and they have us literally eating out of their hands

Food addiction is such a huge part of the obesity crisis that a scale was developed to measure foods hyper palatability, The Yale Food Addiction Scale (YFAS) is a 25-point questionnaire that was developed at Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity and it asks the participant about criteria with foods and their addictive qualities, this all done on an individual basis with the participants own perception being used, but from a sample group the scores were correlated these were the top 10 most addictive foods

2017-04-06 13:27:10
 

The diet industries dirty little secret

The diet industry is a multi-billion dollar business that from the outside appears to want help people to lose weight and improve health, but in reality, that’s the last thing they want. If people successfully lose weight and keep it off they don't become repeat customers and the companies lose money, so in reality, they just need people to fail and keep coming back.  These companies prey on people’s desperation with promises of quick-fix weight loss products that will effortlessly let you achieve a leaner body, so you too hand over your hard earned cash for products that they know do not help long term and they play on the fact that people have busy life’s, what with having a full-time job, kids sports activities, a home, Facebook, Netflix, and the season finale of The Bachelorette to juggle, when is their time to prep food, cook, and exercise?

Why won’t they work?

The weight loss shakes, body wraps, celebrity diets, funky abdominal machines are all supposed to shed the pounds that poor diet and lifestyle choices put there in the first place, so by somehow using these products for a few months they will miraculously fix all the issues that lead people to become overweight in the first place! Drinking shakes and eating like a bird may have some short term effects, but long term not so much! They tout the science behind the diet products and how they’re specially formulated to have all the necessary macro and micronutrients that we need, but humans have been synergistically evolving along with the plants and animals for thousands of years and our digestive systems have become finely tuned in and work optimally with whole unprocessed foods.

2017-03-25 12:56:16