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    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.

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    "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, October 17, 2014

High Tech Gadgets Help Moderate Food Intake « CBS Boston

Yes, high tech gadgets are the latest and greatest -- now more than ever. Imagine a fork that literally measures how quickly you eat or how many bites you take? This could be a really good thing for people who have trouble trying to lose weight -- if it only told you what foods were better to eat for your health. Would it tell you to eat a pint of HaagenDaz Ice cream slower or eat your salad slower?

High Tech Gadgets Help Moderate Food Intake « CBS Boston

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Nutritionix: Making nutrition a top priority

What is Nutritionix? 
Nutritionix happens to be the largest open database providing nutritional information to restaurants and grocery stores. This database is a great tool -- especially now -- due to so many dietary changes and needs of people everywhere. With that said, it also is about creating relationships with food manufacturers and restaurants by giving them access to the database where they can easily add accurate nutritional information about their products. 
Originally created back in 2012, this application has grown significantly and is now available on the iOS app store as of last month. (Here is a Food Wisz-dom blog post about Nutritionix from 2012). This app is free to users and contains over 380,000 foods which also includes nutritional information on over 600 restaurants chains.
Go to the Nutritionix blog to learn more about iOS availability, to learn more about the FDA's proposal to update nutrition facts labels on food packaging and what the biggest changes will mean to you. 


New Proposed Nutrition Label

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

10 Terrible Nutrition Myths

It is as natural to just about anyone to talk about what is going on in the news or what the latest trend is, right? This brings to mind that saying, "water-cooler talk" -- as what one hears from others or the media and thinking it is a credible source without checking credible sources. What about myths -- in this case, food or nutrition myths? These can be widely held, but false ideas or beliefs.

In doing my continued research surrounding topics of health & wellness, I came upon this website called The reason I like this website for starters is that it is an independent
resource of supplementation and nutrition in an encyclopedia format with research conducted by reputable sources in the editing world, then reviewed by folks with nutrition degrees and doctoral degrees.

This website -- founded in 2011 -- has a primary goal to provide unbiased information to its readers regarding nutrition and more. To learn more about this website, go here.

To read up on the 10 awful nutrition myths posted by the above-mentioned website, go to the link below. See the re-cap of the 10 myths found below.

The following are 10 awful nutrition myths that have been exploited by the media.

(1)   Bread/carbs are bad for you. 

(2)   Eggs are bad for you. 

(3)   Red Meat causes cancer.

(4)   Saturated fat is bad for you.

(5)   Salt causes high blood pressure and should be avoided.

(6)   Whole grain bread is better than white bread.

(7)   High Fructose Corn Syrup is worse than sugar.

(8)   Too much protein can cause bone and kidney damage.

(9)   Vitamins from food are better than supplemented vitamins.

(10) Eating small meals throughout the day stokes your metabolic fire.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

7 of the World's Healthiest Foods

Aren't there so many lists of foods to eat, foods not to eat, foods that are high in fat or high in fiber?

This list on the 7 World's Healthiest Foods may not encompass every single healthy food -- because let's be honest, there are many of them -- but, at least it gives a good perspective on foods that we may not even think of, right? After all, it's not just Kale or Cauliflower...

How about 8 of the World's Healthiest Spices? This list is easy enough to incorporate into one's eating plan too.

Monday, October 13, 2014

What is the Optimal Diet?

According to what this article says, almost half of Americans are on a diet. many diets are there? For starters, you've got diets that are based on religious background such as a Hindu or Kosher diets. Then, you've got diets that are low-carb, vegetarian, low-fat, crash diets, detox, and diets that are needed for a particular medical reason. So many! But, what if you are one of the "fortunate" people out there that just happen to be born thin -- does that mean you can eat what you want just because you are thin? 

Dean Ornish, MD points out in this article that "an optimal diet is low in unhealthful carbs (both sugar and other refined carbohydrates) and low in fat (especially saturated fats and trans fats) as well as in red meat and processed foods." So what happens to all those people that stick to a diet like the Atkins diet? This diet teaches that by restricting carbohydrates and having more protein and fat is the way to go. But, then what happens if the Atkins dieter decides to eat steak, bacon, cheeseburgers, and then have butter on everything? A promotion of heart disease occurs. In fact, "it has been found that an article from the New England Journal of Medicine examined data from a study showing that high-protein, low-car diets promote coronary artery disease even if they don't increase traditional cardiac risk factors like blood pressure or cholesterol levels. A diet low in fat and ugh in unrefined carbohydrates caused the least amount of coronary artery blockages, whereas an Atkins-type diet caused the most. "

As Dr. Ornish points out in this article, eat for health, not for weight. 

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Avoid the weekend food spiral with hearty meals

Here we go again -- another Friday and a weekend ahead of us. Isn't this what most people look forward to -- a great weekend? Absolutely! But, at times, there seems to be this invariably unhealthy outlook or fear of what we will eat as the weekend approaches. Is this you? I'd say more times than we would even like to admit, we may dread -- yet -- at the same time look forward to going out to Friday night dinner, drinks....Saturday - brunch - mimosas -- delicious dinner on Saturday night and on into Sunday leisure "eat what you like before Monday gets here".

The thing is with a little discipline and forward-thinking, weekends can be just as delicious and nutritious than ever before! So order in on Friday night and get that delicious pizza, but measure your own "inward strength" first by starting out with a glass of water and eating your salad first. You know yourself better than anyone else; hence, you know those trigger-go-to-comfort foods that quench that salty or sweet or both!

It is almost funny to me that I'm known by many of my friends for watching what I eat and being a "healthy" person; hence, don't eat that donut in front of her! But, what I've found is that the more I eat healthy, whole, super foods as an example, I just feel better and want to keep that feeling going.

So go ahead and enjoy that slice or two of pizza (as I do too), but mentally keep track of it and see how you feel if you overindulge and compare that to the way you felt the night before when you had broiled fish or chicken with vegetables. That may be enough to start shaping the way you approach your food intake on the weekends....

Here are a few helpful links to healthy menus for the weekdays and weekends as well as ways to deal with hunger and the use of technology to streamline home cooking.

Healthy Menus and Recipes

Top TEN Ways to deal with hunger

Using Tech to Streamline Cooking

Thursday, October 9, 2014

In need of a precise handheld allergen detector anyone?

If there wasn't enough to worry about with what foods we eat, then what about all the hidden ingredients found in foods whose origins aren't identified properly? Normally, the articles posted to this blog target the importance of knowing where your food comes from, how it gets literally from the farm to the fork and also bringing it all home with home-cooked meals that are better for our health (& taste).

There are other concerns on the horizon with regard to our food -- namely, food allergens. How is it that many food allergens were not heard about or talked about as much as now? How is it that the number of people who have a food allergy is getting larger, but there is no clear answer as to why. One can learn more about the facts and statistics of food allergies by going here.

 With all that said about food allergies, then why don't handheld allergen detectors exist for the "everyday joe" who is likely to suffer from a mysterious food allergy? This blog post segues into an interesting article written by Bonnie Powell, director of communications for Bon Appetit Management Company who has some thought-provoking things to say about the need for such a detector. As Ms. Powell clearly points out in the article, "That’s why few people with severe food allergies dare to eat out, and that’s why manufacturers of packaged foods are playing it safe on all their labels, with voluntary statements like “May be processed in a facility that also handles nuts/wheat/shellfish” etc. And that’s why food service providers facing the enormous responsibility of feeding everyone who has to be able to eat with them regularly — like students and corporate employees — are struggling to train kitchen staff and enact strict guidelines for ingredient labeling and communication."

To learn more, go to the article here.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Eating Smart When Dining Out

In a follow up to the very last past blog post to this blog which targets home cooked meals as being well-founded -- for both your wallet and your health -- this blog posts addresses the following article on Eating Smart When Dining Out.

Practically anyone who eats out at a restaurant feels the sense of satisfaction that the meal which they are about to eat will be a treat of indulgence. For one, the meal is seen as a "treat" simply because labor and effort were not involved in the preparation of it. To the individual who just ordered that meal, that is half the battle -- no preparation, no stress, no worries.

The thing is though, restaurants know that people lead busy lives and that time is a luxury -- a luxury that most people don't want to "squander" on in the kitchen. But, with that said, there is a price to be paid. That price? Not really knowing where that restaurant food came from -- did the food come from a CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation) or were the ingredients used to "spice up" that side dish even organic or real, were they synthetic or plastic or artificial -- who knows?

Today there is so much interest in knowing where our food comes from and for good reason. Have you seen or heard of our current diabetes epidemic? our obesity epidemic? our cardiovascular problems? or tremendous stress levels? All of these are the "building blocks" for major chronic diseases -- diseases that can be prevented if only food choices were chosen more carefully, wouldn't you say?