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Written by on 9/9/2014 8:00:00 AM
In a recent issue of Good Housekeeping magazine Special Report: America's Food Crisis, Katie Couric, the global news anchor at Yahoo, was profiled for a documentary she co-produced, Fed Up, which chronicles the childhood obesity crisis in the U.S. This is a message that not everyone wants to hear: "The food we are eating may be undermining our health – and stealing years from our lives." Today, Sept. 9, Fed Up is available on blu-ray and DVD.
She challenges everyone, especially the moms in the house to start the Fed Up Challenge. The American Heart Association say women can have 6 teaspoons (24 grams) of added sugar a day and men can have 9 teaspoons (36 grams). If you drink a beverage, look at the label; many have 32 grams of sugar. That's 8 teaspoons right there. continue reading ...
Written by on 9/4/2014 8:00:00 AM
Friday night football and Saturday college ball games are in full swing. If you are a football fanatic and like to tailgate, think about adding some healthy choices to this year's tailgate parties. Here are some creative ideas that still look fun and colorful and may even work as a dessert!
- Hummus with crisp snap peas, cucumbers, red pepper strips
- Turkey-broccoli-pepper meatball served in a cupcake wrapper, or patty for the grill
- Watermelon water or watermelon slushies
Written by on 9/2/2014 8:00:00 AM
Most women on a weight management plan will hold off snacking during the day, but then the muscle of self-control seems to be the weakest at night. According to the study author Heather McKee, PhD, being vulnerable at night is not uncommon because of fatigue.
Here's a tip: Throughout the week, identify a day to have a small treat earlier in the day – something you will savor. Changing your routine may give your willpower a rest, making it easier to say "NO" later on during the day.
Source: Annals of Behavioral Medicine
Written by on 8/28/2014 8:00:00 AM
If you are beginning supervised weight loss, then you have probably tried (and maybe tried again) a variety of diets. Health.com editors list the five hurdles that stall most women:
- OD'ing on protein – Beware of some high-protein drinks and shakes coated in sugar and hidden fat. The CDC says women need approximately 46 gms of protein per day.
- Skimping on veggies – Make it a part of every meal. The goal is 2 1⁄2 cups.
- Drinks a big glass of juice for breakfast – Juice will make your insulin levels go up and you'll feel hungrier at lunch with the urge to overeat.
- Getting discouraged after a few week of weight loss – The initial weeks you shed more pounds per week, but then level off. Too many women give up.
- Short on sleep – Appetite is influenced by sleep. If you skimp on a good night's sleep, your willpower may not hold you back from those food triggers.
The editors at Health.com also identified the five exercise mistakes women tend to make: continue reading ...
Written by on 8/26/2014 8:00:00 AM
Many more cancers may be linked to obesity. Medical researchers in the UK found a higher body mass index (BMI) increases the risk of developing these cancers. Uterine cancer had the strongest association to being overweight or obese.
- Uterus – 62% increased risk
- Cervix – 10% increased risk
- Ovarian – 9% increased risk
- Gallbladder – 31% increased risk
- Kidney – 25% increased risk
- Liver – 19% increased risk
- Colon – 10% increased risk continue reading ...
Written by on 8/21/2014 8:00:00 AM
It's back to school for many families. Looking for healthier back-to-school recipes? This month's issues of Health Magazine has online recipes to help you make some homemade breakfast items for those rushed mornings.
Try the Low-Fat Strawberry-Cinnamon Muffins with 3 grams of protein and 94 mg of calcium; the fat-free yogurt and low-fat milk cuts back on fats. Don't forget to cut up an apple for breakfast. It's packed with vitamin C and fills you up. More apple recipes >>
Written by on 8/19/2014 8:00:00 AM
(USA Weekend, Aug. 17) – An article in the Sunday paper supplement asked restaurateurs, chefs and food writers what Americans will be eating in five years. Their answer may surprise you. Some in the business of making and selling food have found ways to make nutrient dense food delicious, appealing and profitable.
Locally, Indianapolis and surrounding cities have new farm-to-table restaurants and active farmer's markets. The trend, the author says, is to use more fresh fruits and vegetables daily.
We're already seeing national chains like Subway and Panera get on the fresh bandwagon by removing artificial ingredients. Yet processed foods dominate the market, including the advertising dollars.
So in five years, expect a country of extremes – from meat and potatoes to vegan. But now the lines are being blurred and Americans are thinking about foods that are good for them. This underlying trend is good news – healthier choices, healthier lives.
Recipe: Apple-Spinach Chicken
This recipe is low in saturated fat. Local apple cider is often available at local Indianapolis and Hamilton County farmer's markets. This recipe calls for Granny Smith apples, but other tart varieties work too. continue reading ...
Written by on 8/5/2014 12:00:00 PM
Good Morning America reports a new trend in workout clothes: anti-sweat and anti-stink. The "activewear" market is exploding compared to other clothing categories. High-tech textiles with anti-microbial and wicking benefits are everywhere, but they also come with a price. Do they really make your workout better?
If you are more comfortable in these clothes, the overall experience will be better and that motivation can be helpful, say weight management experts.
Tips to banish the sweat
No one wants dripping sweat to get in the way of a good healthy walk or run. Here are three tips to reduce the sweat:
- Pick fabrics designed to pull sweat away from your skin.
- Choose wicking fabrics. Wicking means the fabrics are breathable, synthetic textiles. Look for the these words on the label: COOLMAX® and SUPPLEX®. continue reading ...
Written by on 7/31/2014 10:13:00 AM
Sitting for two hours wipes out the benefit of 20 minutes of aerobic exercise. This report came from the NHANES survey looking at 2,223 participants and their daily sitting and fitness levels and how that impacts cardiorespiratory fitness.
Sedentary actions include TV watching, driving, sitting and reading, among others. Other studies have previously reported the connection between a sedentary lifestyle and a critical heart disease event. All of the adults in the study had no known heart disease.
The UT Southwestern researchers also found, "when we sit for prolonged periods of times, any movement is good movement." At lunch take a short walk and use a pedometer to track steps. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Request a walking meeting with a colleague. They may appreciate the invitation too.
Written by on 7/29/2014 8:00:00 AM
Currently, more than 50% of men and women report no leisure time physical activity. Researchers says the lack of physical activity is more predictive of becoming obese than caloric intake. Stanford University scientists looked at the NHANES data in terms of exercise and daily calorie intake during a 20-year period. They also tracked abdominal obesity measuring waist circumference. Overall, more women experienced a growing waist line than men in this study. Of all groups, 70% of Mexican-American and Black-American women reported they do not engage in leisure physical activities compared to than any other sex or ethnic group. White men reported the highest levels of physical activity overall of all groups.
Source: NHANES data; Ladabaum et al. The American Journal of Medicine, 2014