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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

Monday, February 1, 2016

Weight-Loss Worries? Eat Breakfast!!

At the start of the week -- or pretty much any morning -- many people seem to skip out on breakfast. Whether you are in a hurry or just don't have time to cook anything - pre-planning could save you a lot of time.

Even if it's a quick toasted whole wheat bagel with a smear of peanut butter and a banana -- just do it!

After a night without food, your body needs refueling to get through the next day. "Think about the word 'breakfast,'" says Tallahassee, Fla.-based dietitian Evette O'Connor, MS, RD. "It literally means to 'break your fast,' the 8 or 10 hours your body has gone without food. When you don't eat breakfast, your body has to call upon other nutritional stores in order to function. It's just like your car. You can't drive without gas, and your body won't function properly without replenishing its fuel."

To learn more about other breakfast options, read the article here.

Friday, January 22, 2016

The Best Diet for Sleep

As we start speeding into the New Year with resolutions, goals, dreams, ideas and more -- don't forget your sleep. While sleep seems to those "busy bees" out there to be a luxury or simply not all that great to talk about, it really is! Sleep just makes us better at what we do and what we want to accomplish! How can you possibly tackle doing an excellent job at work, taking care of the kids, taking care of errands and more without having the energy and productivity that sleep gives us!

In addition to sleep, there are some suggested foods to help us -- yes, sleep better too!

Below is a little excerpt from an article in the Huffington Post.

"A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that what we eat has a big impact on our quality of sleep. The small study included 26 adults, 13 men and 13 women, with an average age of 35. They each spent five nights in a sleep lab, sleeping an average of seven hours and 35 minutes a night. During the first four days of the experiment, they ate a controlled diet. On the fifth day, they selected their own food. 
Also, consider incorporating high-fiber foods like brown rice, flax, beans, lentils, fruit and leafy greens into your diet. Reducing the amount of meat, cheese and fried food you eat will help you cut the saturated fat and, hopefully, sleep easier".

Monday, January 11, 2016

Guest Blog for the Up Beet Kitchen

I just had a blog post published for the Up Beet Kitchen. Click on this link to read it. This is my second blog post with more to come in the near future....

As I had mentioned in my last post from November, this is a wonderfully amazing online resource that enables folks -- like yourselves -- to learn from online cooking lessons, tried and true recipes and further knowledgeable information from a network of dietitians and nutritionists.

Click here for more information about what the latest and greatest is at the Up Beet Kitchen.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

A Mobile App that SCANS food to determine Nutritional Value!

This application is definitely worth a mention...

With so many health gadgets out there today, really, who doesn't have the capability of counting their calories as well as their exercise? But, finding an application that actually provides nutritional value to your food? That is priceless! As we know -- or should know -- all calories are not created equal and with so much food stuff out there that provides little to no nutrition, we just need to know this kind of thing. 

A French start up company called Diet Sensor has recently launched a Blue-tooth Molecular sensor called SCiO that scans the chemical makeup of food as well as drink! Impressive...

To learn more about this application, read about it here.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Start the New Year with the My Circadian Clock App

Happy New Year and to a Happy New You. As we ring in the New Year with expectations, hopes, desires and goals, one can most certainly expect that leading a healthier lifestyle is at the top of the list. 

In the December issue of "Inside Salk" for the Salk Institute, Salk scientists came up with a plan to present daily food and drink intake data gathered from over 150 willing participants to see how this app worked. In short, the study found that approximately 15 hours or longer of eating time was spent by those participating in this study. The break down of that time was recorded as less than a quarter of the day's calories being consumed before noon and over a third consumed after 6 pm. 

This study, unlike so many others out there, actually studies the effects of when and what foods are  eaten by humans. As the senior author, Satchidananda Panda, associate professor in the Salk Institute's Regulatory Biology Lab stated, "the study is about developing methods and offers some preliminary insight into what and when people eat." To learn more about this app, check out the link here...

Now, sit back, relax and make a plan to "up your food game" with new information....

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Body-Wrecking Effects of Too Little Sleep

So, is everyone in the holiday spirit yet? As we prepare to greet the visiting relatives as well as making sure our additional tasks are completed before Christmas, don't forget to take care of your health.

In making sure that our holidays are as enjoyable as possible, it is important to also keep ourselves as healthy as possible. This means that we should not only be eating right and washing our hands throughout the day to avoid picking up nasty germs, but sleeping enough too. 

Learn about the consequences of not getting enough sleep and how it can affect the body in ways that can lead to colds, digestive issues, mood swings and more. Read about the body-wrecking effects of too little sleep here to find out more. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

WSJ: Weight Watchers' Plan: Don't Call It a 'Diet'

It occurred to me that it has been some time since I've posted to my blog. But, there is a good reason for this aside from the fact that perhaps I've "slacked off" just a little. Apologies.

As I approach completing my Health Coach Certification fairly soon, this article that I've posted a link to below resonated with me so much with regard to our diet. That word 'diet' just gives me the chills. Why can't we simply call it, "eating sensibly" or "eating for health," -- at least, that is what it should be. Imagine if we all ate more sensibly, we more than likely wouldn't be facing the vast amount of chronic diseases that we are seeing today that are -- well, largely -- lifestyle related. 

Weight Watchers' Plan will hopefully be a successful one as they approach diet with a focus from one of deprivation to a healthy view of fitness and motivation. There is no doubt that we all have different genes that make us all different -- some shorter or taller, larger-boned or smaller-boned -- but, we need to start a healthy shift of accepting ourselves as we are and being the best we can be. By taking a more holistic approach to "diet", we shouldn't have to cringe every time we hear that word. 

As the company, Weight Watchers, remakes itself -- with the help of supporter Oprah Winfrey -- this could be a way to really make a difference with the way people view diets in general. After all, eating is one of those pleasures of life that should be enjoyed -- not dreaded. The "Beyond the Scale" plan that Weight Watchers is diligently focusing on delivering to the public does go beyond diet and focuses on personalized fitness and delivers a message to members that their meals should contain more lean protein, lots of fruits & veggies with minimal amounts sugar and saturated fat. 

It all sounds like a healthy and delicious start to a new lifestyle change to me, what do you think? 

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Future of Medicine Is Food

Well, at last! After all this time, maybe our real medicine & real food hero -- the late Hippocrates -- is making a come back -- or at least many of his teaching principles starting with "let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food".

It looks like there has been an increase in medical students who -- when not studying their many life-saving skills in medicine -- are taking to some basic kitchen skills in sautéing, mincing and cooking healthy meals.

Check out the article, "The Future of Medicine Is Food".