April 12, 2017
In this guest blog post, the founder and CEO of VEEP (the Visual Eating and Exercise Program), Joel Greene, discusses a non-time-intensive way to get lean and live longer: rebalancing the kinds of bacteria in your gut. VEEP is now available at all YMCA of Metro Chicago membership centers, either as a standalone program or a free addition to our Y MaxTraining System® and Advanced Y MaxTraining System® options. Throughout the month of April, the Y is also hosting a series of free VEEP webinars (see the bottom of this post). To view this week's webinar, click here. Here's Joel Greene:
In the last few years, new science has revealed a rather amazing discovery: the leanest and longest-lived people in the world all have very similar species of bacteria in their gut. On the flip side, overweight and obese individuals also seem to have very similar gut bacteria profiles, also known as enterotypes.
This new discovery introduces a powerful new possibility: if you change the bacteria in our gut to match the enterotypes found in lean and long-lived people, you can exert powerful control over your bodies in a non-time intensive way.
In fact, that’s exactly what we’ve been doing in the VEEP System since 2009, before the general nutrition and medical community realized the power of recolonizing the gut bacteria. It’s an essential life skill that we teach as part of the program.
Here are just a few of the recent discoveries we now know to be true about the symbiotic relationship between the communities of bacteria in our gut and our overall health.
Learning to balance the bacteria communities in the gut in favor of the “good” bacteria species is the foundational cornerstone to optimizing your body.
Want to learn more about VEEP? Register for the following FREE webinars throughout the month of April.
VEEP Webinar #1 - The Time and Energy Problem
Wednesday, April 5
We recorded this webinar for you right here. How to overcome the most common barrier between you and a leaner, healthier body: finding the time and energy to exercise and eat smart.
VEEP Webinar #2 - Optimal Gut, Optimal Life
Wednesday, April 12
Did you know that the kinds of bacteria in your stomach can make a huge impact on your long-term health? We'll teach you how to use widely available foods to "recolonize" your gut with healthier bacteria. Click Here to register. You can attend the webinar from your computer via the link, or dial in on your phone to listen to the audio (213.929.4232, access code 244.565.746).
VEEP Webinar #3 - Finding Your Natural Daily Rhythm
Wednesday, April 19
How to understand your body's unique 24-hour cycle, and harness it for more energy and better health. Click Here to register. You can attend the webinar from your computer via the link above, or dial in on your phone to listen to the audio (415.655.0060, access code 656.161.356).
VEEP Webinar #4 - Listening to Food Signals
Wednesday, April 26
Instead of tracking units of energy like calories, we'll teach you how to read the signals of the food you eat and plan your meals accordingly. Click Here to register. You can attend the webinar from your computer via the link above, or dial in on your phone to listen to the audio (631.992.3221, access code 149.818.280).
Interested in learning more about VEEP? Contact your local Y for more details. It’s available at all 20 of the YMCA of Metro Chicago’s membership locations.