Janera Soerel spoke with Jared Koch for The 24th Letter before the discussion he led last weekend at the Urban Zen Wellness event in Sag Harbor.
JS: Let’s dive immediately into your book, “Clean Plates” for Manhattan. You talk about biochemical individuality. What does that mean? And how does someone start behaving like a bio-individual?
JK: In simple terms what that means is that there is more than one right way to eat. What foods, and quantities of those foods, are best for me are likely different than what is best for you. There is no perfect diet. While there are certainly several diagnostic tests that can help you discover what foods do and don’t work well for your body, none of them yet are fully conclusive — they act as a tool. The best way to start is by paying more attention to what you’re eating and how it makes you feel. Continue reading
Fire up the grill: The 4th of July is right around the corner! We often celebrate this midsummer holiday with BBQs, a great way to enjoy the summer weather and relax with friends and family. However, many of us don’t stop to consider the quality of the burgers and hot dogs we throw on the grill. Improving the quality of the same foods you’re used to eating can have profoundly positive effects on your health, without sacrificing pleasure — in fact, it usually leads to better tasting food! Here’s how: Continue reading
Bestselling author Mark Hyman, M.D. has a new book out today called The Blood Sugar Solution. I plan to read it asap and recommend you do the same. The book explores a condition that Dr. Hyman calls “diabesity“:
“Diabesity is the continuum of metabolic disturbances from mild blood sugar and insulin imbalances to pre-diabetes to full blown type 2 diabetes. It occurs in about 40% of people of normal weight – these are the skinny fat people who look thin but are metabolically fat and have all the same risk factors for disease and death as those who are overweight. And it occurs in 80% of overweight people.”
He also notes this staggering statistic: One in three children born today will have diabetes unless we do something differently. Continue reading
This month nutritionist and Clean Plates founder Jared Koch is offering weekly tips to help you meet your health goals in 2012. See tips from week 1, week 2, week 3 and week 4 — and read this week’s tips below.
- Eat more veggies. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Vegetables are the most nutrient-dense, low-calorie food available. Make an effort this week to include some kind of veggie at every meal. Try leafy greens like kale and swiss chard and brightly colored veggies like carrots, sweet potatoes and beets. Continue reading
This month nutritionist and Clean Plates founder Jared Koch is offering weekly tips to help you meet your health goals in 2012. See tips from week 1, week 2 and week 3 and read this week’s tips below.
1. Skip Meat One Day a Week
Part of becoming healthier is learning what works best for your body, and that means experimenting to some extent with different ways of eating. Some people thrive on a vegan or vegetarian diet, while others need animal proteins. Starting this week, make it a habit to try going meat-free one day a week for a couple months, and write down how you feel. What’s your mood like? Your energy level? Do you feel heavy in your body, or light? Learn about the Meatless Monday campaign, and find healthy vegetarian restaurants in NYC and LA with our Restaurant Finder.
2. Go Nuts
Experiment with having a handful of unsalted, organic nuts as a snack throughout the day. Continue reading
This month nutritionist and Clean Plates founder Jared Koch is offering weekly tips to help you meet your health goals in 2012. See tips from week 1 and week 2, and read this week’s tips below.
1. Eat More Veggies. So often, we think eating healthier means restricting ourselves in some way. What if you flipped that idea around, and focused this week on adding something, instead of taking something away? Vegetables are the most nutrient-dense, low-calorie food available. Try eating more of them at every meal and see how you feel.
2. Eat Better Meat. If you’re a carnivore, this week, try making a conscious effort to choose meat that’s antibiotic- and hormone-free, and that comes from animals that were grass-fed. Here’s one reason why: Continue reading
This month nutritionist and Clean Plates founder Jared Koch is offering weekly tips to help you meet your health goals in 2012. See last week’s tips, and read this week’s tips below.
This week, give these healthier habits a try:
1. Try green juice. Drinking juice made from green veggies is a great way to replenish your body with a large dose of nutrients. Sound gross? It’s not, we promise — many juice bars sweeten their green juices with fruit, and you can do the same at home. Healthy Crush offers up a good recipe for a simple green smoothie. Try having a green juice as a snack or to replace one meal. Continue reading
Happy new year! This month I’ll be offering weekly tips to help you meet your health goals in 2012. When it comes to embracing new habits, keep in mind that real change takes time. The important thing this month is to build a good foundation for a year of healthier living. That means taking small steps and being open to trying new things as you break old patterns and discover what works best for your body.
Most of all, make sure you have some kind of support system in place to help you maintain your commitment to health. None of us can do it alone. Find a friend (or two) who will hold you accountable to the goals you set for yourself and, most importantly, cheer you on.
This week, give these healthier habits a try: Continue reading
Making a true commitment to healthy living is one of the most challenging yet rewarding things that any of us can do for ourselves.
The arrival of a new year is a time when many of us reflect on the past and set goals and intentions for the year ahead. Often, our goals are related to improving our health and reducing stress: go to the gym more, eat more vegetables, try yoga. Personally, I’m committed to reinvigorating my meditation practice, even as my work schedule gets busier.
Most of us need support to help us achieve our health-related goals. With this in mind, starting Monday, I’ll be sharing weekly tips here on the Clean Plates blog throughout the month of January to help you get the new year off to a healthy start. Continue reading
I’m a big believer in gratitude, and try to express it on a daily basis. Today, I want to share with you some of the things I’m most grateful for on this Thanksgiving holiday. Continue reading