Ballantyne Magazine

Winter 2018

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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A FEW NUTRITION DEFINITIONS Lifexcel owner Sherri Clarke, a dietitian and personal trainer in Ballantyne, provided the following information on popular diet and nutrition terms. Ketogenic Diet Different versions of the ketogenic diet exist, but all are low in carbohydrate intake. This is combined with a moderate intake of protein and a high intake of fat daily, as much as 80 percent of overall calorie intake. How it works: The body uses carbohydrates as its primary energy source, and when there are not enough carbohydrates eaten, it forces the body into ketosis. Ketosis is when your body uses ketones for energy. Ketones are produced from stored fat. As stored fat is depleted, weight decreases. Whole30 T he Whole30 program promotes eliminating sugar, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, grains and dairy from your diet for 30 days. The founders are not medical doctors or dietitians. Their meal plan consists of eating three meals daily focusing on modest amounts of protein, vegetables, fruits and healthy fats such as seeds and olives. Whole30 also promotes fats high in saturated fats such as coconut oil and butter. Snacks are not permitted unless they are eaten either before or after a workout. Once the 30 days are complete, eliminated foods can be slowly added back into the diet depending how the body responds to the reintroduction. Intermittent Fasting There are many variations of intermittent fasting. Some people fast for 16 hours and allow themselves to eat during an eight-hour window, seven days a week. Others may fast for 24 hours a few times a month. Such fasting can be effective for weight loss, but is it sustainable? Perhaps, depending on what cycle the participant is following. Followers of this diet often find the fasting difficult for several reasons: What if I am really hungry? What if I need to eat during my fasting period because of a business lunch or holiday dinner? (Participants of this diet are expected to abstain in all situations.) Superfoods According to the American Heart Association website, foods considered superfoods include salmon, turkey, nuts, legumes, seeds, berries, soy, pumpkin, kale and nonfat yogurt. Superfoods are good for your heart and overall health when incorporated into a diet that's balanced in lean protein, whole grains, vegetables and low-fat dairy products. "TAKE OWNERSHIP OF YOUR HEALTH, NO MATTER WHAT YOUR AGE. IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO CHANGE YOUR DIET AND INCREASE YOUR EXERCISE." — BRE LEACH Courtesy of Emily Breeze Watson Emily Breeze Watson exercises with her 3-year-old son. BALLANTYNE WINTER 2018 - 2019 42 Feature

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