Taking control of your health and well-being is a necessary and personal journey. From teens and parents fighting obesity in America, to aging baby boomers refusing to go quietly into the dark night—everyone can stay fit, healthy, and active for many years to come! This book lays out a sensible and holistic road map that makes health and fitness an ingrained part of your lifestyle, and an easy-to-achieve goal for both men and women at any age.
For more than three decades, Dr. Maffetone has been treating and advising patients, coaching athletes, lecturing worldwide, and writing books about the importance of self-health care. Topics covered in his latest book include how to make healthy dietary choices, obtain the best nutrition from real food, avoid illness and disease, and learn to listen to your body. Also learn the dangers of common dietary supplements, fat-burning exercise for weight loss, reducing stress, controlling inflammation, having a healthy and fulfilling sex life, and much more. Maffetone expertly guides the reader step by step through each topic and provides simple health surveys to help you better understand how the body works and what to safely do if a problem or symptom arises during your fitness or dietary regimen.
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About the Author
educator, clinician, and author in the field of nutrition,
exercise and sports medicine, stress management, and biofeedback.
He was named “Coach of the Year” by Triathlete Magazine and honored by Inside Triathlon magazine as one of the top twenty most influential people in endurance sports worldwide. He is the author of more than a dozen books on sports, fitness, and health.
Table of Contents
Section I Choose Your Food Wisely
Chapter 1 Eating the Right Foods Will Improve Your Health and Give You More Energy 14
Chapter 2 Carbohydrate Intolerance and the Two-Week Test: Learning How to Move Past Low Energy, Fatigue, and Weight Gain 28
Chapter 3 Carbohydrate Foods: The Good, the Bad, and the Really Harmful 47
Chapter 4 Ignore the Big Fat Lie: Why Having the Right Balance of Fats in Your Diet Will Significantly Improve Your Health 67
Chapter 5 Chronic Inflammation: What You Can Safely Do to Eliminate It 84
Chapter 6 The Power of Protein: Are You Eating Enough? 92
Chapter 7 Eat Your Vegetables and Fruits: Understanding the Importance of Phytonutrients and Truly Going "Organic" 112
Chapter 8 Water: The Body s Most Important Nutrient 141
Chapter 9 Dietary Supplements: What You Don't Know Will Hurt You 152
Chapter 10 The Sun and Vitamin D: Why You Need Both to Stay Healthy 174
Chapter 11 Make Life a Moveable Feast with Healthy Eating, Snacking, and Cooking 184
Chapter 12 The Healthiest Diet: Follow Your Own Nutritional Intuition 199
Section II Physical Health and Fitness
Chapter 13 Understanding the Foundation of Fitness: Your Aerobic and Anaerobic Systems 212
Chapter 14 Heart Rate Training: Applying the Basic Principles of Aerobic Fitness 241
Chapter 15 The Hidden Dangers of Stretching 262
Chapter 16 The Feet Are Your Body's Foundation 274
Chapter 17 Footwear Made Simple: Finding the Right Pair of Shoes Is a Key Step to Better Health 302
Chapter 18 Every Runner Is Different: The Intimate Relationship Between Footwear and Gait, and What You Can Do to Improve Both 320
Section III Self-care
Chapter 19 Stress and Hormones: How They Affect Your Overall Health and Fitness 342
Chapter 20 Getting to Know Your Brain: Diet, Physical Activity, and Lifestyle All Play Important Roles 360
Chapter 21 Your Muscles: Keeping Them in Balance to Prevent Aches, Pains, and Even Serious Injuries 381
Chapter 22 The Gut: Your Gastrointestinal Tract Is the Gateway to Good Health 406
Chapter 23 Stopping Cancer Through Prevention and a Healthy Lifestyle 427
Chapter 24 Healthy Heart: Cardiovascular Disease Is Preventable 448
Chapter 25 Healthy Sex: For as Long as You Want 468
Chapter 26 Finding a Health Care Practitioner 485
Chapter 27 How to Age Gracefully: It's Much Easier Than You Think 496
Appendix A Healthy Meal Ideas 509
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