For the past year or so I have been consuming a shake each day. I use soymilk, frozen bananas and five tablespoons of various ground nuts and seeds. Recently I started adding pea protein powder to them. These shakes must be around 850 calories or more but they never really fill me up. It definitely decreases my hunger but never makes me as full as I would expect from consuming that many calories especially compared to consuming them non-blended.
This is going to be one of many articles that I will be posting in the coming months where I talk about the negative health effects of milk. I am currently working on a book where I will discuss the role that growth factors, specifically IGF-1, found in milk have on disease development. I have about fourteen chapters written and hope to publish it in a few years.
While I advocate a vegan diet one still must be wise in making sure they are meeting all of their nutritional needsClick To TweetFrom personal experience most can attest to being cranky or out of it after a night of short sleep. Some people, myself included, feel the same way if they sleep too long. Research has confirmed a U shape type of association between sleep length and disease risk. Both short and long sleep increase the risk of various diseases including: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension and obesity. You can read about the association between sleep length and disease risk in my previous blog. This blog will focus solely on the association between sleep length and all-cause mortality and will expand upon the previous blog I have written on the relationship between sleep and disease risk.
I have come across many people over the years that believed eating before bed leads to weight gain. The general idea is that our body slows down when we sleep and would store calories eaten at night instead of using them as energy. Is there any truth to this assumption? Yes and no. Our bodies do indeed slow down during sleep, but not as much as you would think. The real reason for possible weigh gain has to do with the Thermic Effect of Food. I will talk about the Thermic Effect of Food and weight gain and whether or not eating before bed causes negative metabolic changes in insulin sensitivity, cholesterol levels and high glucose levels in this blog. I will start by talking about Resting Metabolic Rate and sleep.
Most people I know regularly consume coffee. I never liked coffee because it would make my IBS worse, but I did take low dose caffeine pills in the past. Recently, I suffered serious effects of caffeine withdrawal. For about four months straight, I consumed about 100-250 mg of caffeine per day. That is about 1-2.5 cups of coffee, and less than one strong Starbucks coffee. When I suddenly stopped taking the caffeine pills I noticed a few adverse effects.