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Christie Given A Weighty Collection of Diet Books

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s office reports the big man has been gifted more than 600 books since taking office – many related to diet, exercise and weight loss.

Christie makes no secret about his struggles with weight – and even whipped out a jelly donut during his sit down with David Letterman in 2013 in a bit of self-depreciating humor. Days later he underwent bariatric surgery which has helped him drop some pounds.

Well-meaning authors who sent Christie books include Paleo guru Robb Wolfe, TV host Dr. Mehmet Oz, and South Beach Diet creator Dr. Arthur Agatston.

The great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post says sending the books is an etiquette faux pas, no matter how well intentioned. “There’s a reason why they’re called ‘self-help’ books,” Ms. Post said.

No word if the governor has read any of them.

 

    Read the full story at NJ.com

How Many Ingredients Are in McDonald’s Fries? You Won’t Be Lovin’ The Answer

A new campaign has appeared on McDonald’s marketing menu – supposedly to lure millennials back into the fast food giant’s restaurants amid reports the number of young customers defecting to other casual food chains is growing.

The new pitch tagged “Our Food. Your Questions.” is an apparent bid to beef-up McD’s appeal to a younger, more health conscious generation. The meat of the campaign is a series of viral-ready videos featuring Grant Imahara, a former cast member of the popular “MythBuster” TV show.

In one video (see it below), Imahara explains what exactly goes into McDonald’s fries with the help of a handwritten easel pad – dutifully running through a long list of 19 ingredients.

McDonald’s fry recipe includes seven different oils – none of which are paleo approved by the way – along with some tongue-twisting oddities like dimethylpolysiloxane which Imahara describes as an anti-foaming agent…yummy!

Will McDonald’s new marketing campaign lure young patrons back into its stores? In my opinion, trying to pitch their food quality by detailing every one of the 19 ingredients in McDonald’s potato sticks may come across as too much information for the younger crowd who’s just hungry for a cheap, fast meal.

You can watch the video here:

 

What’s Your Gut Telling You? Here’s How To Find Out

Did you know around 100 trillion bacteria call your body home?

In fact, these microbes and their genes outnumber your body’s cells 10 to 1.

Some are just harmless freeloaders, the majority are there to help, and some might be unwelcome guests.

Microbiologists are now studying how the makeup of the human microbiome may influence everything from obesity to allergies…and if it might be possible to better manage it to prevent disease and improve health.

If you’re curious who your body’s co-inhabitants are, you can participate in crowd-funded science project called the “American Gut.” For a donation, you can self-sample your body’s bacteria and send it off to the project’s lab at the University of Colorado-Boulder to get an analysis of your body’s bacterial community and see how your gut stacks up to others around the world.

 

   Click here for more information on the American Gut project.

Steven Rinella Hunts for the Ultimate Paleo Diet

While most of us go on shopping trips to the local grocery store for our paleo meals, Steven Rinella ventures out to the remote wilds of America to literally hunt for his.

This Brooklyn father of four feeds his family from his freezer stocked with wild game from blue grouse to black bear.

In this story courtesy of Men’s Fitness, Steven talks about America’s vanishing frontiers, the lost art of being a true hunter-gather, and the physical stamina required to survive in the wilderness that would rival any CrossFit workout.

   Read Steven Rinella’s wonderfully written story here.

The Dirty Little Secret About Detox Products: They Don’t Work!

Experts say the detox industry needs to come clean and admit their products – ranging from tea leaves to colonic irrigations – are closer to scams than real antidotes for lifestyle poisons such as fast food and hard partying.

Detoxification products do seem to be good at cleaning up on profits, thanks to celebrity endorsers from Gwyneth Paltrow to Oprah Winfrey now putting their star-power behind some of the best-selling detox brands.

There is no magical rinse and repeat formula for getting your body’s organs squeaky clean according to a recent quote from Edzard Ernst of Exeter University in The Guardian: “The healthy body has kidneys, a liver, skin, even lungs that are detoxifying as we speak. There is no known way – certainly not through detox treatments – to make something that works perfectly well in a healthy body work better,” Ernst says.

Find out more about the detox myth in this story from The Guardian.