A calorie is a calorie is a calorie, right?

Sugar calories cause fat storage and spike hunger. Calories from fat and protein promote fat burning.

Quality proteins: Grass-fed animal products, organic eggs, chicken, small wild fish, nuts and seeds.
Good fats: Avocado, extra-virgin olive oil, coconut butter and omega-3 fats from fish.
Good carbs: Brightly colored vegetables, fruit like wild berries, apples, kiwis

But in functional medicine, we do not believe your genetics dictate your future health. We believe food is medicine and information for your cells.


Consider this: Today, about 35 percent of Americans are obese. Yet by 2050, that number will exceed 50 percent.

What accounts for this drastic change? It’s not our genes, which evolve at a snail’s over very long periods of time. It’s that we went from eating about 10 pounds of sugar, per person, per year in 1800 to eating 152 pounds of sugar (plus 146 pounds of flour) per person, per year today.