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  • 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

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Cancer-fighting spices to flavor up your weekend B-B-Q

The beauty of cooking or B-B-Q'g is that it is as creative as you want it to be. Try these spices out in your B-B-Q sauce or latest cooking creation....

Cancer-fighting spices offer flavorful ways to eat healthy

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

"Diet Shakes Unhealthy for Children"

There is great debate on whether a "smoothie" can replace (or should replace) a regular meal. For starters, several things should be considered such as what's contained in the smoothie to begin with -- like  sugar and extra fat. But, in supplying kids -- whose bodies haven't even fully matured -- is drastic. 

It has been found that the human brain doesn't even fully develop until age 25. So, how will a smoothie that can easily be altered to a sweeter state (kids typically like sweets and more than likely wouldn't even have a smoothie if it wasn't sweet) without the benefits of nature's own nutritious ingredients possibly add up? 

Nutrition experts agree that having parents "indulge" their kids with such food products can actually be causing serious harm to their kids' mental and physical health. Additionally, with our media touting the wonders of being thin and beautiful at any cost is already infiltrating the minds of kids who shouldn't even be considering swapping out a smoothie for a real meal. 

How does this even affect our current childhood obesity dilemma? And, how does this physiologically and psychologically affect kids in knowing that they can't eat real food in fear of having to diet for the rest of their lives. In a statement from Robyn Toomath, founder of the Fight the Obesity Epidemic and diabetes specialist and clinical director of internal medicine at Auckland Hospital, she states that the marketing of Isagenix Products is "incredibly sad and incredibly dangerous". 

Another thing to think about is how this whole obesity epidemic even started. Much to blame for this epidemic is the misconception of what real food vs. processed foods currently exists. We are meant to eat real food, not just the nutrients. What are your thoughts on the matter?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Staying Connected Is Crucial to Staying Healthy

In a world that is now flourishing with an abundance of personal trackers and apps that people can use to measure their own health, personal empowerment has become more possible than ever before.

But, it is important to note that personal empowerment is a process that becomes more meaningful once workable goals are put into place. Further, it is in working toward a goal and noting the progress along the way with observation, knowledge and the self-confidence to initiate self-motivation with positive behavioral change that true progress can be made. 

There is no doubt that making attempts to "stay healthy" can be challenging for even those of us who are motivated to staying healthy. We have so many "hiccups" along the way with the availability of fast food, too much stress with work/family/projects and more that some serious thought needs to take place in our lives if we want to be successful and happy. 

Here is where "connectivity" can lead us to further success in the area of our health and wellbeing. It is a matter of people taking responsibility into their own hands and questioning ways to improving their health. We now have opportunity to learn more about staying healthy through the web, our smart phones and tracking our daily habits. 

The purpose of connected medicine and where it is meant to lead us is in precisely educating, empowering and illuminating patients, physicians and other health care providers to adhere to healthier regimens. 

The following article found in the Wall Street Journal -- "Staying Connected Is Crucial to Staying Healthy" -- discusses how our health care system is becoming more and more decentralized. Through this process, patients can follow their own health more effectively through inquiry, making personal assessments, and simply put, have the empowerment to follow their own health progress. 

Joseph Kvedar, vice president of Connected Health in a Boston-based nonprofit health system, Partners Healthcare shares information found in this article with regard to the growth of apps and personal tracker use....

Thursday, June 25, 2015

6 Tips for Clean Eating on a Budget

This is invaluable information for just about anyone, right? It's helpful to know that you can still eat healthy and delicious foods and not lose your mind while losing your budget!

Here are the 6 tips....

1) Emphasize in-season produce

2) Know when to skip organic...

3) Don't be afraid of store brands

4) Take advantage of frozen convenience

5) Buy in bulk

6) Save some for later.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Smart Ways to Invest in Your Health

While it may seem that investing in your health takes time that you just don't have, think again. Imagine yourself working and doing what you love and feeling good to boot! There is nothing in the world that beats that. For those people who work and just don't like what they do, imagine how much worse work would for them if they didn't take care of themselves. There is no doubt that statistically and logically, exercise is simply good for your body and overall health. 

There will always be those people that will also say that Chocolate covered peanut M&M's just taste so much better than grapes or watermelon or an apple. Perhaps in simply realizing that you will feel so much better after having fresh fruit instead eating a bunch of M&M's might be enough for change. But, that may not be enough for someone to want to "upgrade" their habit to a newer and healthier one. Simply in knowing that with time and in eating foods that don't add to your overall health and wellness, could be incentive enough to want to eat more wisely. 

In the article, "Smart Ways to Invest In Your Health", another great point is made with regard to exercise. Exercise is free and can become habit forming once you find something that you like. The same goes with food. It's about training and re-learning things to make them better and ultimately make "you" better too. Just some food for thought....

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

9 Nutrients You Aren't Getting Enough Of....

We've all heard that having a "rainbow" of fruits and vegetables is good for us; and, we've also heard that eating a variety of portion-sized foods are good for us; yet, there are still some foods that are  overlooked. There is no doubt that in feeling your best, you've got to nourish yourself with nutritious foods. Haven't you ever felt like you were craving something to eat, but you just didn't know what it was? Maybe there is something missing in your diet....

Here are 9 nutrients to get to know more intimately:

(1) Vitamin A
  • This fat-soluble vitamin is crucial for proper cell growth and function.
  • It is needed to keep and maintain normal vision as well as building & maintaining healthy skin, hair and nails. 
  • Also helps with maintaining healthy gums, bones, and teeth.
  • It can be found in foods like liver, eggs, butter, a variety of dark green, yellow and orange vegetables and fruits like mango and cantaloupe. 
(2) Vitamin D
  • We already know that Vitamin D helps us keep our healthy bones strong, but it also regulates and balances calcium and phosphorus. If you don't get enough Vitamin D, health issues could come up like IBS (Irritable Bowel Movement), heart disease and yes, Type 2 diabetes.
  • Vitamin D is great for building and maintaining our teeth and our bones. In fact, Vitamin D is absolutely needed for proper absorption of calcium.
  • It can be found in foods like oily fish (salmon), egg yolks, cod liver oil and fortified cereal.
(3)  Vitamin E
  • The reason we need this vitamin is to help the body form red blood cells. It also helps with the protection and preservation of fatty acids. Since the body can't make fatty acids on its own, we need to be sure to get it from good sources like omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. 
  • Essential fatty acids help in so many ways from regulating our blood pressure to maintaining proper liver function.
  • We can get Vitamin E in foods that contain plant oils (sunflower/safflower), nuts and avocados. Also, eggs, poultry and seafood are good sources. But, don't forget the portion-sized amounts.
(4)  Folate
  • Folate (B-9) is extremely important for the growth and development of DNA as well as for amino acid metabolism. Amino acids are essential to us because of what they do. To name just a couple of things, amino acids play a role in not only transporting and storing nutrients we need, but they also assist in making up cells, muscles and tissues.
  • Foods that contain the Folate we need can be obtained from green leafy vegetables, legumes like lentils and beans, poultry and citrus fruit.
(5)  Vitamin C
  • There is no doubt that everyone wants healthy skin and this vitamin helps you get there. Vitamin C also works in the body by strengthening the walls in our blood vessels and certainly works in optimizing our immunity.
  • Foods containing Vitamin C include citrus fruits, watermelon and cantaloupe. Some vegetables include sweet potatoes, cabbage, onions, Brussels spouts, broccoli, cauliflower and more... 
(6)  Calcium
  • This important mineral does so much to keep our bones and teeth strong and healthy. Additionally, Calcium works to improve muscle and nerve function, assists in blood clotting and enhances enzyme capabilities.
  • Foods containing calcium include milk, cheese, oysters, tofu and canned salmon.
(7) Magnesium
  • This key mineral works in optimizing the enzymes the body needs for fuel/energy. Magnesium also assists with bone growth, controlling areas of inflammation, stabilization of blood sugar and it works with maintaining nervous system balance.
  • This mineral is an important part of a balanced diet and can be found in foods like green leafy vegetables, nuts, beans, fortified whole-grain cereals, scallops and oysters.
(8)  Potassium
  • Potassium is an electrolyte that assists the body through regulation of the bodies' fluid balance. It largely works to ensure proper metabolism and assists with the process of nerve impulse transmission and proper muscle contraction.
  • Foods that we need that contain this mineral include bananas, dried fruits, legumes, colorful yellow vegetables (squash, yellow bell peppers), white mushrooms, avocados, salmon and yogurt.
(9)  Fiber
  • Lastly, we have fiber. Fiber assists us by lowering blood sugar, maintaining cholesterol levels, and works in favor of minimizing the chance of getting colon cancer. 
  • Foods containing fiber include beans -- like white or black beans, whole-grain cereals, avocados, brown rice, pears, artichokes, oatmeal, apples, almonds and barley.
So, if you are doing what you can to eat right, but you still feel like you are "missing something" from your diet -- listen to your body -- then, review the list of 9 nutrients that you may have overlooked. You could very well satisfy that "craving" for the right kind of food to eat.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Food Politics: The Lancet Series on Obesity Policy

There is a substantial amount of information with regard to obesity policy...

Here is the link to those articles....

The Lancet Series on Obesity Policy

The Lancet is the world's leading general medical journal that also happens to be independent. The focus of what is contained in the journal varies from international news to every aspect of human health. In short, it is a reputable source that also focuses on sound, intelligent information that physicians need to further their clinical knowledge as well as giving them pertinent information with regard to the latest research and best practices. 

Friday, June 5, 2015

WSJ: Let Fat Back Into Your Life

The benefits of adding yogurt to your diet are numerous. In finding so many benefits from digestive health to osteoporosis prevention to reducing the risk of high blood pressure, yogurt fans are in luck!

In this thought-provoking article found in the Wall Street Journal, yogurt is becoming more synonymous with full-fat versions as opposed to just non-fat or low-fat versions. It has been found that the full-fat yogurt is creamier and actually more satisfying as well and to add to that -- a healthier, delicious substitute for ice-cream! What could be better!

According to this article, there has been some research with findings of lower obesity risk due to the consumption of dairy fat. Incredible. The thing to watch out for in choosing the right yogurt for you is not just in the calorie-counting, but in how much satiety potential it has. In fact, "you might consume more calories eating full-fat dairy products, but if it's saving you from eating a 300-calorie candy bar a few hours later, you're still ahead -- it's about how it fits into the overall picture of one's diet". This quote comes from Katherine Zeratsky, a registered dietician nutritionist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Additionally, find more information on 10 tips for buying and eating yogurt here.