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Nutrition and wellness is tasteful

  • Exercise

    Exercise is a benefit to every part of the body--mind included.

    Exercise makes you look better, lose weight, and lowers your risk of many chronic diseases, and slows down aging.

  • Healthy children, healthy life

    "You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces--just good food from fresh ingredients."
    --Julia Child

    "If we're not willing to settle for 'junk living,' we shouldn't settle for junk food."
    --Sally Edwards

  • Food is medicine

    "Let medicine be thy food, and food be thy medicine."

    "Don't eat anything your great grandmother wouldn't recognize as food."
    --Michael Pollen

Friday, December 19, 2014

How to Eat Healthy: 5 Easy Tips

Isn't this the dreaded thing to think about -- especially at holiday time -- eating healthy. But, it doesn't have to be that way. What's the point of avoiding the Christmas Party or Happy Hour if you are obsessed with losing control of what you eat? Of course what ends up happening many times is quite the opposite. It means going to the Christmas Party or Happy Hour and...well...throwing caution to the wind. Sound familiar?

The following are 5 new tips to keep in mind for ways to eat healthier. A few other topics that are helpful in approaching a healthier way of eating are covered in the article, like:

  • The easy thing to do while shopping that prevents you from buying junk food.
  • How to not fall for the tricks and traps of restaurants.
  • The 2 secrets to not snacking too much at the office.
  • How to stay disciplined at events and holiday gatherings — without making the host feel bad.
  • How superheroes can help you make better food choices.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

7 Foods To Make You Happy

Now that the holidays are in full swing, it seems that tempers are shorter, crowds are bigger than ever and people are just too busy to take the time to enjoy the moment.

In showing gratitude -- even for the smallest things like waking up in the morning pain free and having your own coffee, a nice shower and even a meal before you go out the door is something special.

Something else that is special? Making the most of foods that make us happy. Nothing can be more meaningful during the holiday season than boosting your immunity with delicious foods that not only make us happy, but they can also inspire us to be more grateful for the things we have. Below are the 7 Happiness Foods....

  • Chile peppers
  • Spinach
  • Poultry
  • Wild Salmon
  • Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Chocolate

Monday, December 15, 2014

Food Matters: You are what you eat

It is true that what we eat affects not only our health, but our planet. In the following well-written overview about how much food really does matter, several good points are made such as:
  • Be conscious of what you are eating. 
  • Make changes -- good ones -- to your diet.
  • Support your local farmers.
  • Spread the word and speak out.
  • Consider a job/career related to environmental public health.
Imagine if we as a people join together more frequently in speaking out for better food options and supporting the 5 points made above? Childhood obesity and all the ramifications that come from preventable chronic diseases related to food/lifestyle changes could be minimized and even virtually wiped out. Now that would really matter, wouldn't you say?

Check out the article here to learn more about various topics surrounding sustainable choices, local food and simply creating a healthier environment in our schools, etc....

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

If SLOW is good for food, Why not MEDICINE?

In this interesting perspective from a teacher of medical students and residents, a comparison is made with regard to why the idea of slow food is not applied to medicine. The Slow Food mantra consists of caring (by promoting holistic alternatives to the industrial system), cultivating (teaching the importance of growing and preparing food responsibly) and finally, connecting (prioritizing wholesome living).

Now, apply those principles of Slow Food to Medicine and some correlations can be made. In both instances of Slow Food and Slow Medicine there is no doubt a response to the industrialization of medicine and more often than not, unnecessary medical care which generally makes costs exorbitantly high. Additionally, the healthcare system can be quite cumbersome for patients as well as doctors.

As a great example of how Slow Medicine would be most helpful, it is best exemplified by family doctor and author Dennis McCullough. "He argues that in caring for the elderly, we doctors need to slow down and think twice about treatments we might reflexively offer younger folks, like medication for blood pressure, which can cause older patients to faint."

To learn more about other great examples of how Slow Medicine would benefit both patients and doctors, read the article....

Friday, December 5, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

How eating healthy & unhealthy affects your body

I heard a remark not long ago from someone who wanted to know how foods that are unhealthy for you really affect your body. The question asked was something along the line of: "how quickly does that Big Mac metabolize in your body and why does it taste so good when you eat it"? I found that to be such an interesting question. For starters maybe a Big Mac may taste good to so many because food scientists work on making processed foods to be delicious for so many -- additionally, the price seems to be right.

But, eating healthfully boosts your energy -- both mental and physical, and it also helps you sleep better, be in a better mood and decrease risk of disease. Doesn't everyone want to feel good and be healthy? Many people may not know how to get there in terms of being healthy, but in reading the following article, it's a really good place to start.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Infographic: What the World Eats

The following graphic visual representation of how the world eats is brought to you by National Geographic. This representation shows data and information on different places of the world and what foods are typically eaten more frequently than others. This visual is also important to show various patterns and trends that can be improved upon.

By merely clicking on the particular country or region, you can see what the typical calories per person is as well as how consumption patterns have changed over the past 50 years!

Infographic: What the World Eats