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Wall Street Journal: Better Food Labeling

When it comes to grocery shopping many people just dread it and only do so because it's necessary to pick up groceries at the store to feed their families. Additionally, for many, perhaps nutrition is not all that important or it's misunderstood. After all, who wants to know that a food that they love contains 15 grams of saturated fat or that there are 230 calories in a serving or what the heck does 4 grams of protein mean to them? You get the picture, reading a food label can simply be confusing and a pain to read correctly.
Now it seems that the FDA (US Food & Drug Administration) is attempting to change labels in grocery stores for better comprehension and just a better more useful tool for consumers to follow before purchasing a food item. In letting consumers know which foods are more nutritious for them, a learning curve becomes established for smarter food shopping. 
Some of the proposed revisions to the current food label would include a new redesign of calorie i…

WSJ: A Cholesterol Conundrum

Most recently, I read an article in the WSJ about Cholesterol. It is a well-known fact that high-fat foods contribute largely to having our cholesterol levels ascend to levels beyond what they should. Ultimately, in the increase of cholesterol to our arteries, the end-result is having clogged arteries that make our blood flow more sluggish to deliver essential nutrients to our essential organs.

But, exercise and eating a healthy diet aren't the only factors to consider upon lowering our cholesterol levels -- it's stress too. To learn more, read the article here.

Doctor's TIPS for STRESS

Think positive thoughts!ExerciseEat healthy foodsPractice relaxationMake room for yourself!Attempt to create a stress-free (or close to stress-free) home and work environment

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 EvetteO'Connor, MS, RD. "It literally means to 'break your fast,' the 8 or 10 hours yourbody has gone without food. When you don't eat breakfast, your body has to callupon other nutritional stores in order to function. It's just like your car. You can'tdrive without gas, and your body won't function properly without replenishing itsfuel."

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