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  • Want your kids to eat right? Then walk the talk

    Blog - Nutrition-wise
    2 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
  • How Your Gut Microbiota Affects Intestinal Integrity

    Nutrition News
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The human gut contains more than 100 trillion bacteria, which help the body digest food, produce vitamins protect against disease-provoking bacteria in food, and stimulate the immune system.
  • Lifetime of fitness: Fountain of youth for bone, joint health?

    Nutrition Research News -- ScienceDaily
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Being physically active may significantly improve musculoskeletal and overall health, and minimize or delay the effects of aging. "An increasing amount of evidence demonstrates that we can modulate age-related decline in the musculoskeletal system," said the lead study author.. "A lot of the deterioration we see with aging can be attributed to a more sedentary lifestyle instead of aging itself."
  • 12 ways to add beans and lentils to your diet - All Articles
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    17 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
  • Tomato-rich diet lowers prostate cancer risks

    Nutrition / Diet News From Medical News Today
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Lycopene, an antioxidant abundant in tomatoes, could reduce cancer risks for men who consume over 10 portions a week, according to a new study.
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  • Junk food makes rats lose appetite for balanced diet

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    A diet of junk food not only makes rats fat, but also reduces their appetite for novel foods, a preference that normally drives them to seek a balanced diet, reports a study. "The interesting thing about this finding is that if the same thing happens in humans, eating junk food may change our responses to signals associated with food rewards," says an author. "It's like you've just had ice cream for lunch, yet you still go and eat more when you hear the ice cream van come by."
  • Lifetime of fitness: Fountain of youth for bone, joint health?

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Being physically active may significantly improve musculoskeletal and overall health, and minimize or delay the effects of aging. "An increasing amount of evidence demonstrates that we can modulate age-related decline in the musculoskeletal system," said the lead study author.. "A lot of the deterioration we see with aging can be attributed to a more sedentary lifestyle instead of aging itself."
  • Fighting prostate cancer with tomato-rich diet

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    Men who eat over 10 portions a week of tomatoes have an 18 percent lower risk of developing prostate cancer, new research suggests. With 35,000 new cases every year in the UK, and around 10,000 deaths, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide. Rates are higher in developed countries, which some experts believe is linked to a Westernised diet and lifestyle.
  • Soda tax for adolescents, exercise for children best strategies for reducing obesity

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    Childhood obesity in the United States remains high. A tax on sugar-sweetened beverages such as sodas, energy drinks, sweet teas, and sports drinks would reduce obesity in adolescents more than other policies, such as exercise or an advertising ban, and would also generate significant revenue for additional obesity prevention activities, say researchers.
  • Does food advertising make us eat more?

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:20 am
    On a daily basis we are surrounded with images of appetizing and often unhealthy food on TV adverts, billboards, in magazines and everywhere we go. With obesity on the rise, a new article raises questions about constant exposure to food cues and its effect on eating habits. Does it encourage over-indulgence? Are overweight people more vulnerable? The research examines our cognitive processes, our motivators to eat, and the practical implications for the management of dysfunctional eating behaviors.
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    NYT > Fitness & Nutrition

  • Sam Kass, the Obamas’ Foodmaster General

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Mr. Kass, the first family’s personal chef, has one of the highest public profiles of anyone in the East Wing and a window into the zealously guarded space and tastes of the Obama White House.
  • Poison Pen: In Plastics and Cans, a Threat to Women

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    BPA worries scientists for a number of reasons, but evidence is gathering for one concern in particular: infertility.
  • Well: Ask Well: The Problem with Bunions

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Non-surgical treatments can reduce the pain or discomfort from a bunion and keep it from worsening.
  • Well: Just Add Farro

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
    Wheat berries like farro, spelt and kamut are usually associated with cold weather. But they can be used for summer dishes, too. Farro is softer and good for stuffing vegetables. Spelt works well in salads.
  • Well: Forming Attachments Near and Far

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:16 pm
    An unforeseen benefit of living with cancer is the intimacy it creates with individuals we barely know.
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    Diet & Nutrition News Headlines - Yahoo News UK

  • McDonald's says 12 Russian branches temporarily closed

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:36 am
    McDonald's said on Friday that a total of 12 of its branches in Russia had been temporarily closed over the state food safety regulator's allegations of sanitary violations.
  • U.S. startups get OK for smartphone-based heart tracking

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:26 pm
    By Christina Farr SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - For a growing U.S. Food and Drug Administration for mobile applications that monitor patients from home, a step forward for a nascent digital health industry that has pressed for more clarity from the agency on regulations. AliveCor said it received the FDA's approval to detect serious heart conditions in electrocardiogram (ECG) readings taken from a mobile device. "Atrial fibrillation is very hard to identify," said Euan Thomson, AliveCor's chief executive.
  • Pollution, smoking, roads, obesity kill 4.7m Chinese a year

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Air pollution, smoking, obesity and accidents, especially on the road, kill at least 4.7 million Chinese a year and cost the country tens of billions of dollars, researchers said on Friday.
  • World Food Programme boosts operations to Ebola-hit W.Africa

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    The World Food Programme is planning to boost its emergency aid in the west of Africa, saying the region faces a "tsunami" of need caused by the Ebola outbreak.
  • Moscow courts back closure of three McDonald's branches

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian courts on Wednesday backed the temporary closure of three McDonald's restaurants in Moscow for breaches of sanitary rules, amid a standoff with the West over Ukraine, while the state food safety watchdog suspended work at a fourth. The three restaurants - on Moscow's Manezh square, under the walls of the Kremlin, at Pushkin Square and on Prospect Mira - have been closed since last week on the orders of the watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor. The court rulings confirmed that decision. ...
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    Nutrition Research Center

  • Top 4 Foods to Completely Avoid

    3 Aug 2014 | 10:33 pm
    by Vic Shayne, PhD Nutrition Research Center Director author, The Super Foods Diet What has been referred to as the “modern” diet is truly health-defying. It’s making people sick every day and leading to major diseases such as heart disease, cancer, kidney failure, liver illnesses, skin eruptions, headaches and more. Certainly there are a lot of nonfoods that people should avoid, but these are the top four: 1. Non-organic foods. If you are not eating organic or biodynamic food, then you are not only receiving a sickening dose of pesticides, but you are also ingesting chemicals that mix…
  • Cancer awareness: natural solutions

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Can cancer be healed naturally? I have seen this happen, but it’s not a simple thing. Here is a good place to start, by watching this video:
  • What to do about dropping blood sugar blues

    15 May 2014 | 10:10 pm
    by Vic Shayne, PhD When I was younger I suffered from chronic dropping blood sugar for years without knowing that was my problem. My head would spin, I’d get that black-out feeling when standing up too quickly, and I felt a bit clammy and a bit queasy. I still get this way once in a while if I make a mistake in my diet. That brings us to the obvious question: What causes the uneasy symptoms associated with dropping blood sugar? And what can we do to avoid these symptoms? How the body handles sugar There are two main categories of sugar in the diet: one is inherent in real, whole foods, and…
  • Mindfulness from meditation associated with lower stress hormone

    4 May 2014 | 10:58 pm
    Focusing on the present rather than letting the mind drift may help to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, suggests new research from the Shamatha Project at the University of California, Davis. The ability to focus mental resources on immediate experience is an aspect of mindfulness, which can be improved by meditation training. “This is the first study to show a direct relation between resting cortisol and scores on any type of mindfulness scale,” said Tonya Jacobs, a postdoctoral researcher at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain and first author of a paper…
  • Stress can make you sick; Relaxation can heal you

    28 Apr 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Mind-body medicine is not a new idea. It’s been kicked around for several decades in the West. And it’s been a practiced modality for thousands of years in the East. But what happens when East meets West? We get a better picture, with a scientifically plausible explanation, of what’s going on with the mind that impacts the body. The ultimate goal, then, becomes to reverse the effects of stress and to alter the pattern of thinking that leads to stress in the first place. We’ve known for a while now that stress can cause ulcers, headaches, stomach upset and hives. But modern medicine…
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  • Win a spot on the September Up & Running 5k or 10k course

    25 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    Following on from the Robert Plant post, who would you invite round for tea? Yep, it’s nosy question time again! We’ve just opened up registration for the final Up & Running courses for 2014, thus I’m making my last attempt to lure you into our international running club. The 5K Beginners Course starts on Monday 8 September and the 10K Course starts on Thursday 11 September, each going for eight weeks. Here’s what you get… an eight week training plan to get you race ready, designed to gradually increase your strength and fitness while avoiding…
  • Come over for your tea, Robert Plant

    13 Aug 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Do you think Robert Plant ever Googles himself? I bet he doesn’t because he’s Robert Plant. He’s quietly aware that he’s magnificent and has no need to click through to the 25,675th page of search results to find some random loon banging on, ROBERT PLANT IS MAGNIFICENT. But I’m going to do it anyway. Last night I was re-watching his set from Glastonbury 2014 (there’s still three days left to catch it on BBC iPlayer) and kept thinking that he’s ace in so many ways. So I made a list. He was in Led Zeppelin, one of the greatest bands of all time,…
  • Everyday Life: July 2014

    5 Aug 2014 | 12:40 pm
    We went down to Dunfermline to visit the in-laws and I spent the whole weekend sneezing and crying. Good ol’ Fife pollen. We got the royal tour of the allotment… It’s unrecognisable from the weedy wasteland we inherited back in 2011. It’s now crammed with tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, blueberries, leeks, onions, carrots, pumpkins, broad beans, peas, rhubarb, courgettes and even wee apple trees. David and Mary have put so much hard work into it. Meanwhile back in Inverness there’s only one plant in our little rental back yard, but…
  • Pool party

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    This crumbling beauty is Tarlair Swimming Pool in Macduff, Aberdeenshire. It was built in the 1930s in Art Deco style and is one of only three surviving outdoor seaside pools in Scotland. The pool’s outer wall was designed to be fractionally below high-tide level, so the waves could roll in over the edge, refilling it with clean sea water twice a day. In its heyday it was the place to be, but it closed in 1996 after the impact of indoor heated pools and cheap overseas holidays took hold. The pool then fell into decay. At once point there was a proposal to turn it into a lobster…
  • Life: you’re doing it all wrong

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:16 am
    Chalky hands + battling ropes = happiness Do you ever have those grumpy, paranoid weeks where you feel like you’re the most incompetent person on the planet? That you have nothing of interest to offer and you’ll soon be living in a cardboard box? I’m sure studies have found this phenomenon is 73% more common amongst the self-employed, as there’s no one around to tell you to please be quiet and go make a round of tea for the team. Thank goodness for exercise to restore perspective. I switched my weekly personal training session to 6.30AM as part of Operation Morning…
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    Nourishing Thoughts

  • Labor Day Weekend - Healthy Picnic Switch Ups

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    Labor day means a nice three day weekend for families and an outdoor picnic or barbecue! Fun. I love barbecues but is only hot dogs and hamburgers? you can be a little creative and try some slightly different meals that still taste great and add some flare to the usual fanfare. Have you tried barbecue chicken breast. Now before you say it is dry, make sure you marinade in one of your favorite marinades overnight. Just give the chicken a little salt and garlic powder and put it in a zip lock bag overnight. You and the kids may be surprised how juicy it can be! Have you tried some the new…
  • Cost of raising a child just went up! according to new USDA data

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    You may have wondered this question: How much does it cost to raise a child. Whether you are contemplating raising a child or you already are there, it is always interesting to read about this. I am always talking about nutrition and healthy habits and children but I thought this would be something most families might be interested in knowing and helping parents plan. Food is among the top three expenses in raising children. As children get older there is an increase in food expenditures. This is to be expected. They eat more! The challenge for parents is to find affordable healthy foods that…
  • CDC shows kids are eating more fruits and vegetables-but are they the right kind?

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    A new study just released by the CDC* show that children are still not getting enough fruits and vegetables but are moving in the right direction. More children aged 2–5 years ate fruit than teenagers aged 12–19 years. Less of a differences in ages of children who ate vegetable. Slightly more children aged 2–5 years ate dark green and starchy vegetables (potatoes) compared to teenagers. More teenagers than children aged 2–5 years ate other vegetables (red and orange vegetables and other vegetables category) These results show that a high percentage of kids do eat at…
  • Childhood Obesity Remains Number One Conern For Parents

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:43 am
    University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital has done this adult survey for the last 7 years. This survey was conducted with parents and non-parents. For the last seven years, parents have listed childhood obesity as their number ONE concern.Childhood obesity remains the leading health concern for children in their communities and for kids across the country. The key to obesity is prevention. But that is too late for millions of children who are already obese. But that does not mean it is too late. The goal is the same: teach children to eat healthy and become more active. With…
  • Nourish Interactive Gives Parents and Educators Thier Own Healthy Avatars

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:05 pm
    We know that adults like to have a little fun too when they are brushing up on healthy habits and nutrition for their family. We have created avatars for our adult section that are seen when you comment on pages. Which by the way, we encourage. Please feel free to comment on any page to share feedback or new ideas about how you are using the information. If you have a gravatar account (another website that people use to create universal avatars) we will show that avatar. But if you don't have a gravatar, please pick one of our cute produce friends to represent you as you comment on blogs,…
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    Nutrition Business Journal

  • Expo East 2014 natural living top picks

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
      Take your organic life to new heights with a recycled, vegetable ink-based crafting kit, efficient natural detergent and more. Gaze on for our top Expo East 2014 picks in natural living.
  • Expo East 2014 supplement and personal care product top picks

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
      Natural personal care products for men will take the stage with season, with collagen boosts for hair and beard balm in the spotlight. Be sure to also check out the newest in Dead Sea mineral supplements and probiotics.   
  • Expo East 2014 food and beverage top picks

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
      From effervescent chai tea beverages to apricot vanilla super cereals, this year's Expo East food line up will leave you munching on new ideas and flavors.    read more
  • Welcome to Expo East 2014

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
        Prepare to meet in Baltimore. The annual Natural Products Expo East greets autumn with great business inspiration, education, special events and new products among the excitement of the show floor. Natural Foods Merchandiser offers you this guide to prepare a plan to make the most of your time on the floor and off. When: Wednesday, Sept. 17, through Saturday, Sept. 20 Where: Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21201 read more
  • Naturex's Svetol receives Korean approval for weight loss claim

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    Naturex Svetol is the first green coffee bean extract to garner this type of approval from Korean authorities. read more
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    Nourish Me

  • 19th of August

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Days are lengthening and the soil is warming, slowly but surely. Rows of radishes will go in in a couple of weeks and before you know it the entire garden will be going orf. Seems to be starting a little earlier each year. Sally-Anne and I talked about this early spring-ing over the counter a couple of weeks ago, me picking her brains about beekeeping, she picking mine about letting one's hair go grey. A perfect exchange. We'll be getting a hive soon enough thanks to that illuminating conversation. Bookshops are great places for information gathering. Long may they live.   Winter,…
  • limitations

    11 Aug 2014 | 7:02 pm
    The challenge of specific dietary requirements makes a truly creative cook happy. Vegans for dinner? I'm your woman. Gluten-free, dairy-free, low-sugar baking? Come on over - there's a cake cooling on the sill and the kettle's just boiled. Feeling blue, like the world's come to an end? Chicken soup will help, but I'll come up with something equally healing if you can't/won't do poultry. Limitations and constraint. Those are my things. But Oscar's beautiful girlfriend's requirements - the result of a crohn's diagnosis -  listed on his phone…
  • 5th of august

    4 Aug 2014 | 11:28 pm
    A breathlessness has settled in my lungs of late, something I can explain but won't, nothing bad, just complicated. Yes, complicated. Deep sighs punctuated our walk today, out on familiar streets, picking off heads of lavender along the council strip, trying to mindfully take in the long, slow breaths my shoulders seem to need.     Ran into Phoebe while buying bread earlier. Talked of our respective Leonine birthdays, of sun salutations, about this city/country divide thing. Unprompted, she reminded me - a gift of a teacher, is she - that slowing down the breath will slow down more…
  • salade fatiguée

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:20 pm
    There is a necessary something about the salads of winter that makes them equally (yet differently) important as those of summer, as though mind and body crave freshness when the sky is grey and the crows are gathering, some greenery to balance all that comfort and warmth. The vegetables available in the cool months are more substantial, the leaves requiring finer shredding and more careful selection with an eye to tenderness than their fragile warmer weather counterparts. I like the salads of my winters very much; a box grater becomes the best of kitchen tools.   Viana La Place includes a…
  • felt like spring

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Felt like spring all weekend up my way, all sun-and-blue-sky days, despite Thursday's snow. According to this, of course, it is spring. Which explains a few things, but also makes me realise that I've been shut up inside against the cold for too long. While successfully navigating my first proper shoulder stand last Wednesday night I actually felt Jupiter slip into Leo, just as I'd been told I would. Strangely comforting to feel something, long held, shift inside. Suddenly, it feels as though there's a lot to do, but that's Pre-Spring for you. I'm just about…
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  • Go Red: Women Heart Disease

    Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, killing approximately 400.000 women per year, which represents one in every four female deaths. Heart disease is sometimes thought of as a “man’s disease” but it is important to know that about the same number of women and men die each year of cardiovascular disease. Risk factors such as smoking, obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes are spreading among women across the country. Complicating matters, women with heart disease often have different symptoms than men, such as back or jaw pain instead of the…
  • What’s New? My Konjac Sponge

    Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a revolutionary 100% eco-friendly product to our customers: My Konjac Sponge. My Konjac Sponge offers unique sponges which are soft, gentle, safe and yet can provide a very deep skin cleaning without damaging skin. Made with superior quality, My Konjac Sponge products are made to the very highest of standards, using the purest volcanic rock filtered water, and 100% food grade konjac fiber, a pure vegetable fiber taken from the root of the Amorphophallus Konjac plant. The company selects only the best quality ingredients and every product contains no…
  • Mahima for Life: Heal With Ayurvedic Medicine

    Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
      Mahima for Life is a specialized line of natural herbs and formulas that combines ancient medicine with modern techniques to bring about the perfect union of old and new healing methods. Their mission is to provide healing products and resources for a greater humanity. Their products are based on the ancient healing of Ayurvedic medicine, native to India, and the long standing traditional Chinese methodology of using natural medicine. At Mahima for Life, they have integrated the philosophies of both ancient medicines with modern day manufacturing techniques to present products that…
  • Summertime & The Living’s Easy When You Have These Singles on Hand

    Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Sometimes summer fun isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The hot and humid temps and afternoon downpours bring nasty insect bites, painful bumps and bruises as kids of all ages play outdoors, and troublesome indigestion from seaside picnics and spicy backyard barbecues. Make the most of the season by keeping some popular single homeopathic medicines in your medicine cabinet to help relieve conditions associated with these common summer activities. Start with Apis mellifica and Ledum palustre. Apis relieves itchy eyes, swollen eyelids, and swollen, itchy, burning skin or lips caused by insect…
  • What’s New? Pur Gum

    Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Lucky Vitamin is proud to present a top-quality brand of natural, great-tasting chewing gum to our customers: Pur Gum. Pur Gum offers a unique selection of aspartame-free gum products. The company has developed this exclusive great-tasting chewing gum using only the highest quality ingredients available. Pur Gum has become the number one selling aspartame-free gum worldwide since the initial launch in 2010. The company’s philosophy is to make simple substitutions by eliminating chemical sweeteners thus providing consumers with optimal health, and confidence in chewing gum. Pur…
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    Vitamin News -- ScienceDaily

  • New guidance on antithrombotic use in AF patients with ACS having PCI

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    New guidance on antithrombotic use in AF patients with ACS having PCI has been published today. "The document published today provides very focused, clear and comprehensive recommendations that are based on the very latest evidence on how best to manage this complex group of patients," one expert said.
  • Fortifying condiments, seasonings for use in countries with widespread micronutrient deficiencies

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    Researchers are working to fortify condiments and seasonings for use in countries with widespread micronutrient deficiencies. Micronutrient deficiencies affect the health and cognitive development of at least one-third of the world's population, representing 7.3 percent of all global disease. The World Bank has called micronutrient fortification the most cost-effective of all health interventions.
  • When it comes to raising vitamin D levels, anesthesiologists advise: Don't be wimpy!

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    Enough observational studies: It's time for doctors to recommend steps to raise their patients' vitamin D levels. That's the message in a provocative editorial by anesthesiologists. There's already enough evidence to justify increasing vitamin D levels to improve health, according to the opinion piece.
  • Study identifies protein that helps prevent active tuberculosis in infected patients

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    A UCLA-led study has identified a protein that appears to play a key role in protecting people infected with the tuberculosis bacteria from developing the active form of the disease. The findings could help doctors identify people who are at the greatest risk for developing disease as well as target new treatment strategies. The study also demonstrates a unique role for Vitamin D -- the protein can only kill the bacteria when there are adequate levels of this vitamin present.
  • Future Phones to Use Blood, Speech to Monitor HIV, Stress, Nutrition

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:59 am
    A new program aims to deploy three phone devices that can have an immediate impact on personal healthcare: a Stress-Phone for long term stress management, a Nutri-Phone for nutritional awareness and a Hema-Phone for monitoring viral loading in HIV positive patients.
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    ScienceDaily: Dietary Supplements

  • Fortifying condiments, seasonings for use in countries with widespread micronutrient deficiencies

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    Researchers are working to fortify condiments and seasonings for use in countries with widespread micronutrient deficiencies. Micronutrient deficiencies affect the health and cognitive development of at least one-third of the world's population, representing 7.3 percent of all global disease. The World Bank has called micronutrient fortification the most cost-effective of all health interventions.
  • Being overweight causes hazardous inflammations

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:48 am
    A possible molecular explanation for why overweight is harmful has been discovered by researchers. They suggest that overeating increases the immune response. This increased immune response causes the body to generate excessive inflammation, which may lead to a number of chronic diseases. This new knowledge may provide new drugs for heart attack, stroke, cancer and chronic intestinal inflammation.
  • The marmoset animal model recapitulates disease symptoms of MERS infection in humans

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    A new article reports the first animal model that recapitulates the severe and sometimes lethal respiratory symptoms seen in human patients and suggests that the common marmoset will play an important role in the development effective countermeasures against Middle East respiratory syndrome corona virus.
  • Insulin offers new hope for treatment of acute pancreatitis

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
    Insulin can protect the cells of the pancreas from acute pancreatitis -- a disease for which there is currently no treatment -- researchers report. Acute pancreatitis involves the pancreas digesting itself resulting in severe abdominal pain, vomiting and systemic inflammation.
  • When it comes to raising vitamin D levels, anesthesiologists advise: Don't be wimpy!

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    Enough observational studies: It's time for doctors to recommend steps to raise their patients' vitamin D levels. That's the message in a provocative editorial by anesthesiologists. There's already enough evidence to justify increasing vitamin D levels to improve health, according to the opinion piece.
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    Healthy Food & Healthy Living

  • Study shows diet drinks may build desire yet diminish enjoyment of sweet food

    Dr. Ayala
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:36 am
    To find out how non-caloric sweeteners affect our food thoughts and food choices, new research served Solo cups with either Sprite, Sprite Zero, or unsweetened Kroger lemon-lime sparkling water to students, and conducted three different neat experiments.
  • Do certain foods cause belly fat?

    Dr. Ayala
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:41 am
    Does the food we eat affect our body composition? Let’s start with the obvious: caloric surplus makes you gain weight – too many calories in and too few out and fat accumulates; reverse the equation and weight is shed. But...
  • Two small changes that can improve your health

    Dr. Ayala
    6 Aug 2014 | 6:08 am
    Habits – good and bad ones -- tend to cluster. An ideal plan for better health would involve just one or two guidelines that could cause a chain reaction of positive behavior changes. Study reveals the best instructions for change that last.
  • Coffee and Diabetes

    Dr. Ayala
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’m always on the lookout for studies on coffee, because I love coffee, and like many other coffee aficionados, fear that someday this adored pleasure will be found a guilty one.
  • Is alcohol in moderation really good for your heart?

    Dr. Ayala
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:27 am
    I’m awfully fond of the advice to drink wine in moderation. It introduces us the non-intuitive understanding that many things in nature have an inverted U relationship: a little bit is good, adding some more doesn’t improve outcome, but high levels of the same healthy substance make it toxic, and not healthy at all. But now, a new study questions this advice.
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    Food Renegade

  • Simple Thai Basil – Coconut Chicken

    Shannon Stonger
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Want to enjoy a simple Thai Basil Coconut chicken dish without a needing to buy a lot of strange ingredients? This recipe is an easy, simple dish made with every day pantry items. [[This is a summary only. Keep reading by clicking on the Title above.]]
  • Fight Back Friday August 22nd

    Kristen Michaelis
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Welcome to another Fight Back Friday! Today we are bringing together another collection of recipes, tips, anecdotes, and testimonies from members of the Real Food Revolution. Who are they? Why, they're the Food Renegades. You know who you are -- lovers of SOLE (Sustainable, Organic, Local, and Ethical) food, traditional food, primal food, REAL food, the list goes on. I believe that by joining together, our influence can grow, and we can change the way America (and the industrialized world) eats! So, let's have some fun. [[This is a summary only. Keep reading by clicking on the Title above.]]
  • Fight Back Friday August 15th

    Kristen Michaelis
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Welcome to another Fight Back Friday! Today we are bringing together another collection of recipes, tips, anecdotes, and testimonies from members of the Real Food Revolution. Who are they? Why, they're the Food Renegades. You know who you are -- lovers of SOLE (Sustainable, Organic, Local, and Ethical) food, traditional food, primal food, REAL food, the list goes on. I believe that by joining together, our influence can grow, and we can change the way America (and the industrialized world) eats! So, let's have some fun. [[This is a summary only. Keep reading by clicking on the Title above.]]
  • Mango Guacamole

    Katie Peters
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Whoever thought to cut open an avocado and a smash it into a dip was a genius. It's creamy, cool, and tastes so good once it hits the lips! However, I will do you one better...I added fruit to it, creating a flavor component that is out of this world. [[This is a summary only. Keep reading by clicking on the Title above.]]
  • Fight Back Friday August 8th

    Kristen Michaelis
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Welcome to another Fight Back Friday! Today we are bringing together another collection of recipes, tips, anecdotes, and testimonies from members of the Real Food Revolution. Who are they? Why, they're the Food Renegades. You know who you are -- lovers of SOLE (Sustainable, Organic, Local, and Ethical) food, traditional food, primal food, REAL food, the list goes on. I believe that by joining together, our influence can grow, and we can change the way America (and the industrialized world) eats! So, let's have some fun. [[This is a summary only. Keep reading by clicking on the Title above.]]
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  • The Binge Eating Diaries: We CAN Just Do It!

    Jacki Monaco
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I did something crazy. Me, myself, and I took Nike’s famous words of wisdom – and we just did it… I Wasn’t Feeling Up For My Regular Gym Routine I was on my way to the gym after work the other day – and I just couldn’t bear the thought of going through with all of the tedious steps: finding a parking spot, walking in, awkwardly changing in a bathroom stall (undressing in the openness of the locker room is still not an easy task for me), and getting my entire routine started. I was exhausted, mentally, physically, emotionally – you name it. (It’s been a rough couple of…
  • Before and After: Finding peace when you’re somewhere in between

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Weight Loss Before-and-After Photos We’ve all seen them. They pop up everywhere and they all show some kind of weight-loss “transformation” that seems nothing short of miraculous. The “after” photos show a seemingly happy, healthy person. Put side by side with a “before” photo, it implies that the subject had been neither of those things in the past. Read This Related Article: Spotting Weight Loss Fraud  While these photos serve as markers of progress and inspiration for many—for someone with body image and eating difficulties, these common comparisons can become a bit of…
  • What Everybody Ought to Know About Staying Fit On Vacation

    Lori Wright
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Be Active To Help Stay Fit On Vacation During a recent long-weekend trip to Maine, I began to question “How can I remain fit and healthy while on vacation?” The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the fitness guru who provides the fitness industry’s recommended levels of duration and intensity for exercise, tells us that we want to be: Cardiovascular Exercise Rhythmic exercise, using large muscle groups to increase heart rate), three to five times per week, for 20 to 60 minutes, with moderate to vigorous activity. Strength Training Using an outside force to induce muscular…
  • Meghan Trainor’s #1 Hit “All About That Bass” – Body Positivity or Misogyny?

    Laura Brooks
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    A Body Image Breakthrough? Meghan Trainor on The Today Show Meghan Trainor sings she’s ‘bringing booty back’ in her new hit song “All About That Bass.”  Some say it’s a fun, catchy tune that boldly promotes body acceptance – or body celebration – even if you aren’t a “size two.”  Other say that it reinforces a superficial and misogynistic view of women. The positive message of this controversial song may be in doubt - but with over 18 million views on YouTube (and climbing) and roughly half a million in sales in less…
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  • 10 Simple, Healthy School Lunch Ideas (and a giveaway for $450 lunch gear!)

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:23 pm
    In a week, my kiddo will enter school for the first time.  We’ve homeschooled for the last several years, but recently he expressed interest in attending a small, intimate private school part-time which means, for the first time ever, I’ll be packing school lunch. Long gone are the days of slow, lingering family lunches, and here come the early mornings, the rush and the hastily packed lunches. And me, wondering just what I’ll serve my kiddo for lunch.  I want it to be delicious, satisfying and deeply nourishing. So, I’ve partnered with Mighty Nest who tucked away…
  • A Recipe for Socca, a simple, gluten-free chickpea flatbread

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:34 pm
    In summertime, I crave simple, nourishing foods.  Fresh, and vibrant and blessedly easy to prepare.  And while in wintertime, I favor hardy stews and roasts, in summer I want for something decidedly lighter. Lately, I’ve leaned heavily on socca, a thin flatbread traditionally served in the south of France (it goes by the name farinata in Italy).  Like the best of foods, socca is wonderfully simple to prepare and contains only a handful of uncomplicated, nourishing ingredients: chickpea flour, olive oil, salt and water. Its light, but nutty flavor, pairs well with the robust flavors…
  • A Visit to Polyface: Food, Freedom, Sustainability and Celebration

    15 Aug 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Polyface Farms, run by the legendary farmers Joel Salatin, sits nestled against a deep green backdrop of rolling Virginia Hills, just outside of the quiet, charming town of Staunton, Virginia. It’s here that the work of the very vocal farmer, and that of his family, has led to a rumbling of revolution, and hope for sustainable agriculture and small farms. I visit Polyface each year, in September, in support of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, a nonprofit organization devoted to protecting the rights of small farms from government overreach.  You might recognize their work on…
  • How to Make Sprouted Hummus with Garlic and Chiles

    11 Aug 2014 | 6:06 pm
    I love a good hummus, particularly sprouted hummus, but many of the versions I’ve tried are, well, painfully gritty and dull in flavor.  For me, hummus should be something luxuriant, with a smooth texture and a rich flavor pronounced by the earthiness of chickpeas, the fruitiness of olive oil and with a sparkle of fresh lemon. But, again, most hummus that I find either in restaurants (Jerusalem in Denver, you’re the blessed exception) or in the refrigerated cases at my local health food store offer a texture that is at once both pasty and gritty, with a dull, watery flavor that…
  • I’ve Fallen for Tigernuts (and a recipe for Nigerian-style Tigernut Milk)

    1 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Small, wrinkled amber colored tubers that grow just beneath the soil’s surface, tiger nuts number among the first foods cultivate by early humans, and they remain a traditional food and source of nourishment in West Africa and Spain, today.  I first stumbled across the tigernut when Our True Roots offered to send me a packet. I soaked and nibbled a few, and loved their soft sweetness and their nut-like flavor which reminded me of freshly roasted chestnuts.  And as ideas circled in my head about just what I’d do with them (a puree, perhaps?  an addition to no-knead sourdough…
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  • Tired of Kale? Get Out Of Your Greens Rut With These

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    ( Kale deserves its share of the spotlight, but there are plenty of other super greens that are ready and waiting to break you out of a boring greens routine. Check out my top picks for great kale substitutes below! read more
  • No Cook Chia Seed Pink Pudding Recipe

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    By now all you of should have tried flaxseeds. What about chia seeds? You can certainly eat them raw, but you can actually make a raw no-cook dessert from chia seeds. Similar to flaxseeds, chia seeds are rich in protein and omega 3. In fact, chia seeds have higher levels of fiber and calcium.  Only two tablespoon of chia seeds can provide 7 grams of fiber. That's equivalent to eating two bundles of broccoli! In addition, scientists also found that chia seeds can aid manage blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes, making these tiny seeds instant super foods! read more
  • Top 7 Tips For Healthy Eating On A Budget

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    ( Healthy eating can put a major drain on the wallet if you're not careful. It is the best investment you'll ever make, but that doesn't mean you can't try and keep it manageable. Check out our top 7 tips for healthy eating on a budget.  read more
  • Baked Kale Chips: Two Recipes

    13 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    We've written about kale many times! I don't think I need to mention why it's THE superfood. I mostly saute it with garlic, like how I usually cook other green leafy vegetables. I've also baked kale chips many times before; sometimes at a higher temperature at 350F and sometimes at a lower temperature at 250F. After many tries, I found th best results with a happy medium and wrote these two recipes (below). Seasoned with sea salt and fresh lime juice, one recipe is suitable for everyone. The other recipe is for those who crave for spiciness. read more
  • Weeknight Shortcuts For Healthy Dinners

    11 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    ( Weeknights can be packed and often a well balanced dinner falls to the wayside, or flavour and fun get left out of the equation. These 4 weeknight shortcuts will help you pack in the nutrients and variety you crave, even on a schedule. read more
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  • Trail notes from Kilimanjaro Machame Route – Day 6 - 7

    Kathleen Lisson
    2 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Trail notes from Kilimanjaro Machame Route – Day 6 -7by Kathleen LissonI climbed Mt.Kilimanjaro with Serengeti Pride Safari in July 2014. Here are some tips from my hiking experience.After a nap and meal, we set off from Barafu to hike past Millenium to Mweka camp for our last night. The hike took us back into the land of plants and thicker air. I didn't know how I was going to hike for four more hours when I first returned from the summit, but a nap and meal made everything feel possible.I luckily had no knee pain.We traded email addresses over dinner and enjoyed sharing our plans for the…
  • Trail notes from Kilimanjaro Machame Route – Day 6

    Kathleen Lisson
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Trail notes from Kilimanjaro Machame Route – Day 6by Kathleen LissonI climbed Mt.Kilimanjaro with Serengeti Pride Safari in July 2014. Here are some tips from my hiking experience.Summit night: Barafu to UhuruI woke up before midnight and it took a full half hour to put on my hiking gear and get ready before breakfast. Do not let yourself be rushed! No one had much of an appetite but I appreciated the hot food. We started off very slowly walking through camp. The sight of headlamps snaking their way up the mountain let me know that it was our summit night and made me feel like a…
  • Trail notes from Kilimanjaro Machame Route – Day 5

    Kathleen Lisson
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Trail notes from Kilimanjaro Machame Route – Day 5 by Kathleen LissonI climbed Mt.Kilimanjaro with Serengeti Pride Safari in July 2014. Here are some tips from my hiking experience.Karanga to BarafuMy temper got short and I had easily hurt feelings. Luckily, I had my husband to listen to my troubles and I realized it was a combination of altitude and being far away from home with new people around. The trail was hot and dusty. I took my time and made the final ascent quite slowly to not overwhelm myself. The mountaintop seems close from here! We slept and had dinner and…
  • Trail notes from Kilimanjaro Machame Route – Day 4

    Kathleen Lisson
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Trail notes from Kilimanjaro Machame Route – Day 4by Kathleen LissonI climbed Mt.Kilimanjaro with Serengeti Pride Safari in July 2014. Here are some tips from my hiking experience. Barranco to Karanga  By the time we got to Barranco camp, my nose was sunburnt and my nails were dirty. I wore pantyliners and changed them daily and took a baby wipe with me to the restroom. I used the water we were given in the morning and evening to wash my face. I even put my feet in the bowl a few times! I used baby wipes to wash my body. I started to feel sensitivity where my sports bra…
  • Trail notes from Kilimanjaro Machame Route – Day 3

    Kathleen Lisson
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Trail notes from Kilimanjaro Machame Route – Day 3by Kathleen LissonI climbed Mt.Kilimanjaro with Serengeti Pride Safari in July 2014. Here are some tips from my hiking experience. Shira Camp to Lava Tower and Barranco CampIt was a windy night at Shira camp. I saw the glaciers glowing in the moonlight I tried a new technique for handling peeing at night – I stayed awake for an hour in my tent, then went to the bathroom and was able to sleep through the rest of the night. Due to the decrease in temperature, I wore an extra layer to bed. I wore a Buff over my ears. I found peeing to be…
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  • Friday Food News

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:27 am
    STARBUCKS, MCDONALD’S HEAD INTO FALL WITH PUMPKIN FLAVORS Via Bloomberg Restaurant chains will start offering their pumpkin-flavored fall menu items next week, including pumpkin lattes at Starbucks and McDonald’s. Food, beverage and even dog food makers are also beefing up their pumpkin offerings amid growing demand. U.S. sales of pumpkin-flavored food and drink grew 14% last year, fueling an 11% rise in pumpkin prices.  The popular fall drink at Starbucks is the latest gripe of Food Babe.  Don’t really agree with all her concerns — but I think it’s comical…
  • Friday Food News

    16 Aug 2014 | 5:37 am
    You can count on food being in the news every day.  Sometimes confusing, always amusing.  Here’s a look at what I’ve been reading this week. POUR ON THE SALT? via Wall Street Journal, NBC News, HealthDay The news about salt took a dramatic turn this week when a new study suggested that cutting back on sodium too much can actually be harmful. This global research (called PURE for Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology studies) published in the New England Journal of Medicine tracked more than 100,000 people from 18 countries over an average of three years. Those who consumed…
  • Friday Food News

    8 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
    Hello Friday. TGIF.  Another end of the week, another seven days full of food news.  Here’s what I’ve been reading.  How about you? NEW FDA RULES FOR GLUTEN-FREE via FDA, USA Today,  LA Times New federal rules defining the use of the term “gluten free” on packaged foods took effect on August 5.  The FDA regulations  are intended to help the 3 million Americans — a little less than 1% of the population — who have celiac disease. “This standard ‘gluten-free’ definition will eliminate uncertainty about how food producers label their products…
  • Eat Like A Portuguese

    4 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    I recently returned from vacation in Portugal.  It was a wonderful trip visiting with family in Cascais, a beautiful sea-side town outside of Lisbon. We spent a lot of time on the beach, shopping, touring castles, and eating.  Oh, the food was good!  And the Portuguese are quite proud of their food.  They truly enjoy eating, too.  No dieting here, as illustrated by this bag I spotted in a boutique in Lisbon.  Most people also appeared to be at a healthy weight.  They’re on to something, I think. Portugal is known for its pastries, and the most popular of all is Pasteis de Nata.
  • Friday Food News

    1 Aug 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Once again, I’m back with my weekly recap of the major food stories of the week — or at least what I’ve been reading. DEBATING THE MERITS OF PROCESSED FOODS American Society for Nutrition issued a scientific statement on processed foods that was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  The paper, “Processed Foods: Contributions to Nutrition,” has stirred up quite the debate.  I’m a firm believer that “processed” isn’t necessarily bad, and I think it helps to provide guidance on how to evaluate prepackaged, prepared…
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  • 5 Back to School Routines That Make Life Easier

    Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:25 pm
    The time has come. As of yesterday, both of my kids are in school full time. While many different emotions are running through me as my youngest starts kindergarten, one of them is definitely excitement.  I’m looking forward to one drop off and more time to get the important stuff done. Although work will take up a good portion of my time, I plan to incorporate these 5 routines to help things run as smoothly as possible. 1. Strategic Meal Planning: I already map a month’s worth of dinners for my family but each week I need to double check those meals.  Whether it’s planned…
  • Why I Will Never Lie to My Children About Food

    Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    This is a post from 2012 (with a  change in title).  I’m taking some time off before the new school year starts.  So I may be slow to accept comments and get back to you over the next week or so. “Just tell him we aren’t selling ice cream today,” the nice lady at my son’s preschool said to me, watching him meltdown when I said we weren’t buying the ice cream they sell. He didn’t understand that we buy it on Fridays, not Mondays. That’s not the first time someone has told me to lie to my child about food. When my daughter was my son’s…
  • Fortified Foods: The Good, The Bad and The Useless

    Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:21 am
    You’re at the grocery store and you have the choice to buy regular orange juice or the kind with added calcium and vitamin D. Should you do it? How about that milk with DHA for your toddler? In today’s world, it seems every food item has some nutrient added to it to make us healthier. But does it really work? The truth is fortified foods can be helpful, depending on the circumstances, but there are also some “watch outs.” So let’s get to the nitty gritty of the world of fortified foods, and whether or not they are for you and your family. The Dawn of…
  • Monthly Meal Plan (August)

    Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:07 am
    I cannot believe it’s August and summer is almost over.  My kids start school a week earlier this year — August 25. Help! Actually, we are taking our vacation this month so no meals scheduled for one out of the four weeks.  Don’t forget to check Org Junkie for more meal planning inspiration! What’s Cooking? Monday: Chicken and Sweet Potato Enchiladas with black beans and toppings (fish tacos, slow cooker chicken meat) Tuesday: Baked Ziti with Homemade Sauce and salad/fruit (veggie lasagna, homemade pizza) Wednesday: Kids’ Choice Thursday: Salmon Topped with…
  • 5 Easy Ways to Expand Your Family’s Meal Base

    Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:25 pm
    This is Kitchen Revamp, an ongoing series about simplifying cooking in my house It’s been a busy day and it’s time to think about dinner.  You can either try that new recipe that will take twice the time with questionable results or stick by an old standby that you know works.  Odds are, if you’re like me, you’ll choose the old standby most times.  And the “family dinner rut” continues. Just to recap my kitchen revamp posts, I started by questioning my reliance on recipes as a strategy, comparing their usefulness to diets.  Instead, I looked to the meals I…
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  • 10 Cool Health Benefits of Cucumbers

    Diana Herrington
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    Cucumbers are very cool and healthy. Discover how this perfect summer veggie keeps your body hydrated, strong and happy. Enjoy some of my favorite cucumber recipes. Some People Say Cucumbers Will Do Almost Everything! Have you ever heard of those wives’ tale cucumber cleaning tips? I tried a few of them to find out if […]
  • Sparkling Cucumber Lemon Water

    Diana Herrington
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:53 pm
    This is a wonderful refreshing summer drink for hot days. Ingredients: Half an English cucumber, thinly sliced 1/2 lemon or lime, thinly sliced 2 – 3 cups water 1 liter sparkling water, chilled Directions: 1. Place cucumber and lemon or lime slices in a pitcher, and add just enough water to cover them. 2. Refrigerate […]
  • Cucumber Beauty Treatments

    Diana Herrington
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Cucumbers are for more than simply eating. They make great beauty treatments for your skin. Make a great summer facial for toning the skin with puréed cucumbers in the blender. Fresh Cucumber Juice is good for nourishing the skin. Good for Healthy Hair and Nails Too! Cucumber also contains silica, which is known to make hair and […]
  • Do I Really Need 8 Glasses of Water a Day?

    Diana Herrington
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    We have all heard we that ‘we are supposed to drink 8 glasses of water a day’ but there is no scientific research to back this up and some health professionals think this requirement is “nonsense.” No one is arguing that our bodies don’t need to be properly hydrated.  We are in fact 75 percent […]
  • Tips For Drinking Water for Maximum Health Benefits

    Diana Herrington
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    We all know our bodies need ENOUGH water but HOW we drink our water can also have a big effect on our health. Proper drinking of water can help with good digestion and also acid/alkaline balance. Either of these can make the difference between you enjoying good health and suffering! 1.  First thing in the […]
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  • Best Superfoods at AstroNutrition

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    Fall is almost here, and with the changing of the seasons comes the inevitable sniffles of colder weather. Using the best superfoods to supplement your diet can keep your immune system at optimal levels. A healthy immune system requires a range of nutrients, and there’s no better way to ensure proper nutrition than using the best superfoods available.  read more
  • Product Focus: Yellow Bullet AMP by Hard Rock Supplements

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    Imagine the dead of winter, the grey lull of overcast skies blanket the horizon, and you haven’t worked out in a week. Your motivation is at an all-time low. You can feel the successful routine you’d established during summer slipping away, and the return of your winter belly isn’t far off. read more
  • Acai Berry Super Food - A Nutritional Wonder

    7 Aug 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Acai berries are everywhere these days, but is the hype unfounded? Nutritional trends come and go, and not all of them are as healthy as they seem. read more
  • L-Tryptophan: For Depression, Anxiety, Sleep Disorders & More

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:23 pm
    L-Tryptophan, or simply tryptophan, is an amino acid found in many different protein-rich foods. Like most amino acids, tryptophan is used by your body to build new proteins. But tryptophan has many other uses. Most notably, tryptophan is converted in the brain into the neurotransmitter serotonin, an important chemical that influences mood and overall wellbeing.  read more
  • Product Focus: Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals HydroxyElite

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Some weight loss supplements are designed for casual dieters, those people looking to drop a few extra pounds without going hardcore. HydroxyElite by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals is not one of those products. If you’re looking for a fatburner that encourages extreme fat loss, then Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals HydroxyElite is a weight loss supplement that deserves your attention.  read more
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  • Fear of Not Having Enough

    Dr Bill Dean
    24 Aug 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Scarcity mentality(a frame of reference, a state of the mind having nothing to do with reality) The origin of the word scarcity for me is scare + ity implies a state of fear Scare comes from the root skirra meaning to frighten But fear of what? The answer: Not having enough(of anything) We live currently in one of the most abundant civilizations on the planet yet we live nutritonally in scarcity This observation is predicated on obsession with overeating and buying what we don't need in terms of food and material goods We force food because we fear we won't have enough, perhaps from our…
  • Neural Health and Nutrition

    Dr Bill Dean
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Most matter field science has looked at the nervous system as a fixed physiologic and anatomic structure. But that concept is being challenged with a new concept called neuroplasticity. Now researchers are witnessing people who have had strokes and paralysis who are able to recover some function and in one reported case complete recovery. Now another concept is beginning to emerge to challenge another medical sacred cow. That genetic expression is a fixed, unchanging and unyielding blueprint. In a journal article in September 2005, Dr Dean Ornish reported that patients with prostate cancer…
  • An Understanding of Optimal Health: An Energy Science Perspective

    Dr Bill Dean
    9 Aug 2014 | 4:31 pm
    There have been books recently written about the concept of optimal health  Weil in his title says you can get optimal health in just 8 weeks which I find frankly deceitful  In the 90's Chopra in his initial offerings talked about Perfect Health but in reality was talking about the same thing   But unfortunately as health consumers in the 21st century optimal health occurs for very few on the planet, clearly less than 1% of the present population Optimal Health From an Energy Science Viewpoint You see, if a person is overweight and loses the weight, he or she is said to be…
  • Bile and Motor Oil: Conservative Management of Small Gallbladder Stones

    Dr Bill Dean
    3 Aug 2014 | 5:38 pm
    The gallbladder is a storage container for bile that is produced by the liver  The formed bile fluid reaches the gallbladder through a series of liver ducts or channels and then stored until needed for digestion,specifically of fats in the duodenum  If substances in the bile fluid reach saturation levels in the bile fluid, then these substances can fall out of the bile solution and collect as debris in the gallbladder  If this debris becomes large enough in volume it can coalesce into small stones usually <5mm  At times the debris and small stones can become much larger…
  • 15 Methods to Enhance Digestive Fire

    Dr Bill Dean
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Digestive fire is a collective term for all the enzyme and bacterial systems in the gut from the stomach to the rectum  When we have a good digestive fire we can burn through past mistakes and current ones that we make when we eat foods that aren't balancing for us or poor food combinations   Over the years of doing these mistakes without rectifying for them, the accumulated imbalance in the GI tract begins to make us sick  Hence preserving or making the digestive fire healthy is of prime importance  Here are some tips as to how you can make your fire robust and best…
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  • Looking Back, Michigan Circular Strength Training Certification 2014

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    Two weeks ago, I attended the first annual Circular Strength Training (CST) certification in Wixom, Michigan. I had an amazing experience. I made some new friends. I learned some valuable information and lessons. Plus, I successfully completed my re-certification…barely. My first CST certification experience was in Scott Sonnon’s hometown of Bellingham, Washington about two and …Continue reading »Related Posts:Workout Wednesday: High Intensity Clubbell Trial by Fire…Circular Strength Training Rock StarMichigan Circular Strength Training CertificationClubbell…
  • Ido Portal’s 30/7 Hanging Challenge

    8 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    Hey tribe!  For the next 30 days we are going to be monkeying around.  Well OK not totally…I hope you join me in trying Ido Portal’s newest challenge.  For the next 30 days the goal is to spend 7 minutes per day hanging, hence the 30/7 Hanging Challenge.  Mind you it is not 7 straight minutes, …Continue reading »Related Posts:Ido Portal’s 30/30 Squat ChallengeThe Viral Video with Ido Portal on MovementIdo Portal Interviewed by Steve AtlasIdo Portal, My Movement MentorShrimp Squat Your Way to a Pistol Squata.A post from: health and fitness
  • My Recovery Stack and Approach for the CST Certification

    5 Aug 2014 | 6:08 pm
    This time next week I will be shaking out my aching forearms after having just completed the Trial-by-Fire portion of the Circular Strength Training (CST) certification. With less than a week to go until the Michigan cert, I am feeling anxious which makes me feel under prepared. I wish I was trained up to the …Continue reading »Related Posts:Do You Use Gear for Performance Recovery?20 Tips to Lower StressGrow More Muscle With Fish Oil!TacFit 26 and Starting the Journey to InstructorTacFit Kettlebell Spetsnaz Is For YOUa.A post from: health and fitness
  • Daniel Pink on Drive and Motivation

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    Each day we are faced with incentives, rewards, or basically motivators. These motivators may be internal or external. You may be applying them on yourself, your kids (your spouse??), and/or your staff. You also likely have someone trying to motivate you from the same list above with the addition of your boss. Well if you …Continue reading »Related Posts:What Chipotle Taught Me About Behavioral EconomicsKaizen for Health and How a Business Idea Helps Us Live…3 Tips to Win at Self Negotiation20 Tips to Lower StressImprove Your Marriage with the 7-Minute Marriage Solutiona.A…
  • Michigan Circular Strength Training Certification

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    Full disclosure…I have fitness ADD.  I just have a hard time sticking to one program and a set of goals at time.  Like right now, it is less than a month until I head to Wixom, Michigan to attend the Circular Strength Training Certification (I am a CST Instructor and you have to re-cert every …Continue reading »Related Posts:Clubbell Certification Prep MaterialsCircular Strength Training Rock StarLooking Back, Michigan Circular Strength Training…Workout Wednesday: High Intensity Clubbell Trial by Fire…Circular Strength Training Certification in Two Monthsa.A…
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  • PB & B Balls {Recipe ReDux}

    steph wheler langdon
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:52 am
    We're already more than half way through August and for some people that means the start of packing lunches again. For others, lunches are packed all year round and you might just need a change or something fun and exciting.This month's Recipe ReDux theme is:Bars & Bites for Brown BagsWhether you pack your lunch in a bento box, a brown bag or a retro cartoon character lunch box, don’t forget the bars and bites. Small squares or round bites can pack nutrition into a sweet or savory taste. Show us your favorite way to jazz up any type of lunch box. Since I work from home most days, I…
  • Simply Enjoying the Weekend

    steph wheler langdon
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Continuing with the theme of mindfulness, minimalism, and moderation, I wanted to share a few things I do to simplify my life. This simplification helps me enjoy each moment more and be able to spend more time doing the things I want to be doing. I am a list maker, and I hope that with a continued focus on these goals I will be able to reduce the size of my 'to do list' and spend more time on my passions. My own challenge is to not spend all my time ticking items off my list, but to get back to living each moment :)If minimalism is something you're interested in, there are lots of blogs about…
  • Mmmy Journey Begins (and continues...)

    steph wheler langdon
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:23 pm
    I wanted to take some time today for reflection. As my business has grown, I've had time to think about the areas I am most passionate about and thus, where I want to take things in the future. This is both exciting and overwhelming and one of the many 'joys' of being an entrepreneur! As you will see in future posts, I am trying to declutter or minimize things in my life to reduce stress and create more time to pursue my passions.I know many people in their 20s or 30s (or 40s, 50s, etc.) who aren't sure what they want to do with their life. I sometimes feel this way, although, I think it's…
  • Smart Summer Snacking

    steph wheler langdon
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:12 pm
    As we start August today and celebrate a summer long weekend, I thought I'd put down a few snacking tips. In my experience, people eat differently on weekends compared to during the work week (and that could mean they eat more OR less healthy). The summer can add another challenge as people may head away from home on road trips or to a cabin/cottage or campsite. Each location can have an impact on what and when you're eating and drinking. It's also common for people to have a reduced appetite when the weather gets warmer and of course, even more important that you remember to hydrate…
  • Grilled Fruit Chia Pudding {Recipe ReDux}

    steph wheler langdon
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:13 pm
    I hope you're been enjoying a great July so far and all the flavours of the season. This month's ReDux theme is A Spirited ReDux:From plain Jane vanilla extract to fancy-pants elderflower liqueur, we like to keep a little liquor in the kitchen. Show us how you like to cook, bake or mix-it-up with spirits, extracts and other alcohols. A splash of vodka makes summer sauces shine – and liqueurs brighten desserts: What’s your healthy recipe with spirit? I was inspired to combine grilled fruit and chia pudding since I enjoy fruit and chia with yogurt on a regular basis. Grilling allows…
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    The Healthy Home Economist

  • Homeopathic Treatment for Cavities

    Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:08 am
    By Joette Calabrese, Classical Homeopath, HMC, CCH, RSHom Editor’s Note:  Prevention and cure of cavities is based on diet as discovered, researched, and documented by Dr. Weston A. Price, DDS. In certain instances, homeopathic treatment can provide valuable assistance to the healing journey but cannot be viewed as a substitute for a nourishing, Traditional Diet. The quality of the teeth represents the status of the bone structure of the body. Therefore it’s important that the teeth be sound. If they are, the bones will be sound, too. Sometimes, parents are concerned when their…
  • Traditional Remedies for Modern Families

    Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:37 am
    Some of the most frequent email and social media questions I receive pertain to parents seeking nontoxic, holistically minded alternatives for everyday health challenges both for themselves and their children. The common theme of these reader requests convinced me quite some time ago that the topic of my next book must absolutely be about natural, home remedies. Today is such an exciting day because I am finally able to announce that this book, Traditional Remedies for Modern Families, is now complete! In a nutshell …. Traditional Remedies for Modern Families is a 120+ page compendium…
  • Tart Cherry Juice for What Ails You

    Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Could tart cherry juice be a helpful nutritional remedy to resolve some of your health challenges, improve your level of fitness and even help you sleep better? Read on to see how it helped my friend of many years, Della Powell, mother of 4 and a Tactical Athlete and Crossfit Kettleball Certified Instructor. Della’s Story:  Last fall I decided to transition from exercising for general fitness into training as a professional athlete. Kettlebell is a Russian sport that requires a feat of strength as well as endurance. Actually, after seeing the training schedule, it took me three months…
  • Ramen Noodles Lovers Beware

    Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:53 am
    Like many other poor college students, ramen noodles were a primary line item in my bare bones food budget. Gross at it sounds to me now, I typically ate them 3-4 times per week.   I loved every. single. bite.   No kidding. At 10 cents per meal, the price was definitely right. The high amount of synthetically derived monosodium glutamate (MSG) in ramen noodles tasted sooo good, tantalizing my tastebuds and fooling my body into thinking it was getting nourishment when it was getting nothing but empty calories, chemicals and additives. Now, a new study involving over 10,000 people warns of…
  • Heliotherapy: Benefits of the Sun Far and Beyond Vitamin D

    Carla Hernandez, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    By Carla Hernandez, NTP Most are well aware that sunlight exposure is a means to increasing vitamin D levels, yet at the same time we are told to avoid sun exposure especially at midday as it has been implicated in skin cancer, skin damage and premature aging. The truth is that sensible, non-burning sun exposure preferably at midday with no sunscreen applied is critical to health and not just because it can dramatically boost Vitamin D levels into optimal range.   There are many other benefits the sun provides our skin and body that are not commonly known by most people.  These natural…
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    Food Confidence

  • {recipe redux} Raw Wild Blueberry Snack Balls

    Danielle Omar
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    I spent a few days in Bar Harbor Maine last week to learn about wild blueberries. The trip was sponsored by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America. It was a great time! I caught up with some fun RD colleagues, saw some beautiful parts of Maine, and of course learned a ton about wild blueberries. I had never been to Maine before and I can’t wait to go back. This was the view outside my door at the Bar Harbor Inn. Gorgeous right? And the blueberry barrens were just as amazing…..fields and fields of wild blueberries as far as the eye can see. This is one of my favorite…
  • Bloody Mary, Skinny Juices Style

    Danielle Omar
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    I was asked by Williams-Sonoma to share my personal spin on the iconic Bloody Mary using freshly juiced tomatoes. Since my book has been out I’ve been answering a lot of questions about juicing, so I thought I would also share a few tips on juicing and juicers. The very first thing I want to clear up (and what I get the most questions about) is the difference between juicing and blending. I explain this in my book, but let me break it down for you here, too. Simply put, juicing requires the use of a juicer. A juicer, unlike a blender, works by extracting the liquid part of fruit or…
  • Chia and Oatmeal Breakfast Bowl with Cherries

    Danielle Omar
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    Disclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Quaker Oats and National Dairy Council. I am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. For this post I’m entering a recipe redux challenge sponsored by the National Dairy Council and Quaker Oats to combine the nutritional and culinary power of oats and dairy. As big fans of no-bake snacks and muesli (especially my Cereal Swag) we eat a ton of raw oatmeal in my house. And on most days, Norah can’t get enough Greek yogurt into her belly. That being said, I…
  • {healthy cocktail} Citrus, Mint & Kiwi Bubbly

    Danielle Omar
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:20 am
    I spent a few days last week in California, courtesy of Sunkist, to visit a citrus grove and learn about using citrus to lower salt content when cooking. Whenever I visit California I wonder why I don’t live there. It’s so gorgeous. One of the highlights of my trip was meeting and learning from Matthew Biancaniello of Eat Your Drink. Matthew is an amazing cocktail chef. I call him a chef because he was so much more than a bartender. He crafts unique and delicious healthy cocktails using farm-fresh organic foods, wild aromatics (he forages for wild plants in his spare time) and…
  • {recipe} Green Salad With Warm Cranberry Dressing

    Danielle Omar
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed a warm salad dressing. Probably because the warm dressing recipes I come across usually involve bacon. That’s why I was intrigued by this warm dressing that replaces the bacon with something more nutritious, more delicious and more beautiful….dried cranberries! If you like cranberries you will love this dressing. It’s the perfect blend of tart cranberry flavor balanced with just the right amount of sweetness. Yes, dried cranberries do contain some added sugar. You actually have to sweeten cranberries to enjoy them. In fact, fresh…
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    Corinne Dobbas MS, RD

  • 25 Things I Do To Love My Body (And How You Can Too)

    11 Aug 2014 | 3:24 pm
    In kindergarten, our class bully would sit behind me and pull out my hair tie – daily – just like clockwork. Leaving my French braid, side ponytail, or occasional half-up, half-down look to become unraveled. Throughout grade school, I was teased. I was somewhat chunky and just did my own thing. The teasing never bothered me, odd enough. In middle school and early high school, my “care-free, I-like-me attitude,” attracted friends. And as always, I was happy with who I was and what I looked like. It wasn’t until later in high school and a bit into college that I become more…
  • One Secret Every Woman Trying to Lose Weight Should Know

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
        Jamming food in your mouth, in the car, scrambling to get to your appointment on time.  Feeling panicked.   Finally getting home, STARVING  (went too long without eating) – devouring chips, Cheez-Its, peanut butter, grapes – or whatever the heck is around. Aftermath = feeling pretty gross.   Pushing your body to workout because you despise your “big, stubby thighs.” Not because you love your body and want to feel vibrant, energetic, and strong. Feeling like you want to flip that switch.   Realizing some of the things and people in your…
  • Why I Stopped Comparing Myself to Others

    26 Jun 2014 | 10:08 pm
    This post is a guest post by Dr. Danielle Dowling & originally appeared here   Many of us are slaves to comparison. I’m not as thin as So-and-so I don’t earn as much as she does I’m not as funny or as intelligent I’m not as tall or as pretty The list goes on. And on. I totally get it. I do it too – but (thankfully) not as often as I once did. I live in West Hollywood, California: Hollywoodland. Land of the beautiful, thin, and young. Each and every day I am surrounded by stunningly gorgeous people. I’m an entrepreneur with an online presence in a self-help industry that…
  • A Tool to Save Your Relationship

    18 Jun 2014 | 2:11 am
    Earlier this year, my partner and I were going through a hard time. Growing pains and pretty big ones. It was about all the normal (but hard) couple stuff – finances, finding enough time together, communicating our feelings. And  of course, we each had our own issues to workout – ranging from defensiveness to helping around the house to affection.   Bottom line: I had anxiety – bad.   I’d be at my desk and the dark thoughts would seep in. My mind would race, spinning with insecurity, beliefs I made up, and worries about things that hadn’t even…
  • 5 Surprising Questions for Body Love

    29 May 2014 | 12:18 am
    This piece was originally a guest post I wrote for The Body Book     Women come to me to transform their relationship with their body and ultimately, themselves.   They’re tired of not feeling good enough, exhausted from trying to figure out how to eat “right,” and they’re ready to end the body bashing.   Sound familiar?   Here’s the thing, feeling good in your skin isn’t about being a size 2, it’s about nourishing your soul from the inside out and appreciating who you are (exactly as you are) in this moment right now.   Inner change always creates…
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    Laurel On Health Food

  • Going Back for Seconds

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    I’m THRILLED to announce the release of my first published book and to share it with you today. Going Back for Seconds: Crave-Worthy Plant-Based Recipes Without All the Restrictions is an e-book cookbook with about 80 recipes and a color photograph for every single one. The book also shares my history growing up on harsh food rules, why I dropped […]Going Back for Seconds is a post from: Laurel On Health Food
  • Aloe and Mango Mojitos

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Happy late Summer from sunny Florida! I’ll be back with regular updates for you now that I’m setting after a crazy, thrilling, whirlwind summer. I spent much of the past few months traveling to Jamaica, Vermont, London, Brussels, Bruges, Paris, and Zurich. I’m back feeling energized and with an incredible new passion for traveling the world. I […]Aloe and Mango Mojitos is a post from: Laurel On Health Food
  • Citrus Ginger Iced Tea

    9 Jul 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Happy summer friends! I’m sorry it’s been so long since I wrote. I’ve been busy making finishing touches on my plant-based cookbook which will be out as an ebook to purchase within the next few weeks! It’s very exciting. I’ve also relocated back to Florida so I can be closer to family and have more […]Citrus Ginger Iced Tea is a post from: Laurel On Health Food
  • Mango Fried Rice

    12 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    It must be mango season because everywhere I look mangoes are on sale in stores. It’s a welcome time of year for me because this buttery tropical fruit is so versatile and fun to use in recipes. Mangoes are delicious in smoothies, I cut them up and add to breakfast granola, and I also love […]Mango Fried Rice is a post from: Laurel On Health Food
  • MESTRENGTH Review and Giveaway

    8 Mar 2014 | 5:23 pm
    As you probably know by now, I love to work out. Fitness is definitely a big part of my life. I teach barre fitness classes part-time and you can find me in some type of workout or dance class about 6 days a week. I love the strength, mental clarity, energy, and stress relief I […]MESTRENGTH Review and Giveaway is a post from: Laurel On Health Food
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    Health Kismet Blog

  • What Bob Wiley Can Teach You About Losing Weight

    Jonathan Bechtel
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    One of my favorite movies is What About Bob. It's about a neurotic patient who clings to his doctor until he goes insane. It's great....I suggest you watch it if you haven't seen it already. But as I grow older Bob Wiley has become less of a comedic icon and more of a role model for how to deal with obstacles. Can we channel the wisdom of Bob Wiley to help us lose weight and get the body of our dreams? Yes, we can.What Bob Wiley Can Teach You About Losing Weight is a post from: Health Kismet Blog
  • The DIY Guide to Detox

    Jonathan Bechtel
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Life comes at you fast. So do the chemicals needed in order to make it happen. Toxin exposure is all around us as our sensory systems are routinely crop dusted by dioxins, phthalates, surfectants, herbicides, and just cleanliness in general. Your body does naturally cleanse itself, but it can also get overloaded from time to time. So how can you tell whether or not you need to rid yourself of impurities......and how do you do it?The DIY Guide to Detox is a post from: Health Kismet Blog
  • What Non-Western Societies Tell Us About Ourselves

    Jonathan Bechtel
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    The world is standardizing itself on a pretty large scale. McLife definitely travels in the fast lane and its rapid approach towards WARP SPEED leaves me frequently wondering if I'll ever have a chance to go back. So while most of the world is piling itself into a gigantic immersion blender, what can we learn from the pockets of humanity that have eluded integration? The results might surprise you. What Non-Western Societies Tell Us About Ourselves is a post from: Health Kismet Blog
  • Introducing Our Newest Product: The Purple Dragon. Save 40%.

    Jonathan Bechtel
    2 Aug 2014 | 5:04 am
    I'm pleased to announce our third product: The Purple Dragon. Like our other products it combines a variety of different fruit and vegetable powders that can be mixed into a drink. Unlike our other two products it's ingredients are comprised entirely of purple produce, which allows the Purple Dragon to have unique health benefits that are complimentary to what you get with Incredible Greens & Incredible Berries. And there's a special discount that'll allow you to save 40% over the weekend.Introducing Our Newest Product: The Purple Dragon. Save 40%. is a post from: Health Kismet Blog
  • To Veg or Not to Veg? 4 Hidden Gaps in the Herbivore Diet

    Jonathan Bechtel
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:33 am
    Being a vegetarian is great. I was one for four years and experienced good health benefits while I did it. Most of the perceived drawbacks of being vegetarian are usually not true. Vegetarians have strong bones, get enough protein, and actually have the benefit of getting less heme iron than the population at large. But can it possibly be true that being vegetarian.....awesome as it may be.....might eventually lead you to miss out on a few ingredients that you really need for optimum health? Yes. To Veg or Not to Veg? 4 Hidden Gaps in the Herbivore Diet is a post from: Health Kismet Blog
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    Melanie's Corner

  • LZX New Product: Live 54321+10® for Kids Spanish Handouts

    LZX Team
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    Learning ZoneXpress is pleased to announce our latest new product: Live 54321+10® for Kids Spanish Handouts Live 54321+10® for Kids Spanish Handouts Countdown to good health with six daily tasks that can help promote a healthy lifestyle. The Live 54321+10® for Kids Spanish Handouts identify and explain the significance of the numbers in the countdown for school-age children, including: • 5 servings of fruits and vegetables • 4 glasses of water • 3 good laughs • 2 hours or less screen • 1 hour of physical activity • +10 (or more) hours of sleep The backside of the handouts…
  • Teens, Technology and Social Media: Free Webinar Sept 10

    LZX Team
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    Teens, Technology and Social Media: Impacts on Healthy Relationship Development Significant numbers of teens and young adults use social media as their main source of communicating with friends both those they have met in person and online. Today’s technology allows adolescents instant but distant access to each other yet at what price? We wonder – “How will social media affect young people’s ability to build healthy, ongoing relationships? How will the new technologies affect their social skills? What can we do to help teens and young adults navigate this new terrain safely while…
  • LZX New Product: Kitchen Safety Poster Set

    LZX Team
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    Learning ZoneXpress is pleased to announce our latest new product: Kitchen Safety Poster Set… Kitchen Safety Poster Set Promote safe practices in the kitchen with the Kitchen Safety Poster Set. This set of four posters includes tips to avoid falling, electrical shocks, burns, and cuts, as well as basic food safety advice to prevent food borne illness. Set of four, 11” x 17” Laminated © 2014 Learning ZoneXpress Item # 425000 UPC: 846742005404 Price: $19.95
  • School breakfast mini-grants now available

    LZX Team
    16 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Info from the Comprehensive Health Education Network… New! AASA’s Children’s Programs department has alternative school breakfast funding available for school districts. Apply for an alternative school breakfast mini-grant from AASA! Download the application (opens Word): Deadline 9/26 For more information, contact Kelly Beckwith at<> or 703-875-0758.
  • LZX New Product: MyPlate for Breastfeeding Moms Spanish Poster

    LZX Team
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    Learning ZoneXpress is pleased to announce our latest new product: MyPlate for Breastfeeding Moms Spanish Poster MyPlate for Breastfeeding Moms Spanish Poster Women have special nutritional needs during breastfeeding. The MyPlate for Breastfeeding Moms Spanish Poster is dietary guide based on USDA MyPlate recommendations to help women who are breastfeeding eat a balanced diet that supports the baby’s needs and helps mom return to her pre-pregnancy weight. The plan shows different amounts of food needed from each food group based on whether the mother is breastfeeding only or breastfeeding…
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    Ashworth College Community : Blog List - Nutrition-Fitness-Exercise Group

  • The Miracle Prescription

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Stressed? Feeling down? The best prescription may be…  Having anxiety? Depression weighing you down? The best prescription may be…  Want to lose weight and decrease body fat? Wish to live a better quality of life? The best prescription may be..   Looking to reduce your risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity? Reverse Type 2 diabetes, lower blood pressure and cholesterol. The best prescription may be…  Need a boost to improve your stamina and sex life. The best prescription may be…  EXERCISE!!! Who needs drugs when you have the…
  • Plus Size Fitness

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    There was a time when Plus Size women felt uncomfortable going to the gym because of all the people that would judge them. Plus Size women are no longer hiding under sweatshirts and sweat pants. As a plus sized woman, I find I tailor my work out to my size. For example: instead of running, I speed walk to protect my knees. When I do sit ups, I do them on a yoga ball instead of the ground for proper back support. What are your tips for Plus Size workouts?       
  • Are squats more popular now?

    14 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    I remember growing up, a "big butt" was not something we strived for. I often heard women say they needed to lose weight because their butt was getting big. Now in 2014 I see a growing trend of women that would like larger backsides. When I go to the gym, you see less women on the treadmill and more doing squats to get a toned more defined booty. What are your thoughts? Do squats truly help?   
  • No-Bread Sandwiches

    12 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    According to, no-bread sandwiches are pretty common. Would you try any of these?  Asparagus Caprese Salad Sandwich Portobello Mushroom Sandwich Stack With Bacon, Chicken and Guacamole Pan-Fried Tofu With Ham and Cucumber Cheesy Sweet Potato Stacks Deli-Style Roast Beef Cucumber Sandwich
  • Spring Cleaning: The Cabinet Raid

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Out with the old and in with the new!  There is something to be said about spring cleaning and clearing out the clutter. Often times, our homes become a dumping ground for all the things collected over time.  The same can be said for our bodies. Over the years, we may have become less active or let life’s responsibilities get in the way of our health and the pounds may have packed on.     Before you start your home spring cleaning, do you have a plan?  I am sure you do! So  why not implement the same with your body and life.  Take time to…
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    Jae Berman Nutrition

  • Man vs Diet- Which Plan is Right for YOU?

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Many of you know I am busy at Stanford researching low fat to low carb diets and everyone always asks me… “So? What is the verdict?” Well I gotta say the jury is still out…I myself cannot wait to see the results. What I am very certain of is “the right diet” for you is not just what makes you get to a specific “ideal” weight. There is a lot to the story…what does your blood say? How is your energy? How is your mood? Are you happy eating the foods you are eating? Is it sustainable for you? How do you feel in your clothes? How do you…
  • Easy Dinners for Midweek Craziness

    13 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
    Bon Appetit wrote this great piece last week on meal ideas for the mid week slump - thought I would share for you all to enjoy. Happy Wednesday! Wowza – week is already flying by, things are a little more crazy than I expected, thought I had a little more food prepped in the fridge, man I am tired…what the heck are we going to eat for dinner? Sound familiar? When life gets crazy and we get hangry, it is very difficult to motivate to cook something. That is when the convenience, processed, less-than-ideal foods come into play. Take a look at the article for some ideas to…
  • Smoothie Right – Gain Muscle, Gain Weight, Lose Weight – Be Smart

    6 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    Ahh smoothies…so many of us think they are the healthiest choice. Smoothies can be the perfect addition to your meal plan or they can truly be your saboteur. Be smart! It is very important that you know why you are adding what you are adding and there is a purpose to it. Otherwise, the calories and sugar can get totally out of control and you arebasically drinking dessert and empty calories. See below a list of categories of different things you can add to your smoothie. Based on your goals, palate, creativity and level of motivation, make your smoothies work for you. This could be a…
  • It’s Friday…Make a Plan for Next Week

    1 Aug 2014 | 6:24 am
    Thank goodness it is Friday – yay! Hope you all have fun weekends ahead. Do me a favor though…take a moment today to look at your schedule for next week to figure out how food is going to fit can you create a successful plan for yourself? You all know by now what a fan I am of batch cooking – spend 1-2 hours over the weekend getting food ready for the week ahead. You do not have to cook though, you can simply grocery shop for the week, or get food prepped for the week…Whatever works for you. Because here is the thing...if you do not have a plan, you are…
  • Give yourself a break!

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    All true stories… A client told me he was mad at himself for pressing snooze at 4.30am (4.30am!!!) and got to the pool at 6.30am instead of his usual 6.00am. A client was frustrated with herself for having two glasses of champagne instead of one at her 20th wedding anniversary dinner.  Another client is planning the most fantastic trip abroad, but is so worried about gaining weight on holiday that she doesn’t want to go.  A bride to be is worried that the food is going to be too good at her wedding and she may gain weight over her wedding weekend.  This all breaks my heart. Truly…
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    Healthy Crush

  • Crush Your Comfort Zone + Do Something Impossible

    jenny sansouci
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Hey, courageous warrior friends! At the beginning of 2014, I made a commitment to get out of my comfort zone way more this year. I’m no stranger to taking chances or doing things differently, but this year I’ve done so many things I was previously scared to do. Pushing your comfort zone makes life SO MUCH MORE INTERESTING! And exhilarating, and awesome. It has turned my reality into a magical place that I want to experience fully every day. A couple of things I’ve done so far in 2014 (ALL of them pushed my personal comfort zone a lot): -Did A 30-Day Fitness Challenge
 -Went to A Naked…
  • My Go-To Detox Plan

    jenny sansouci
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    Hey guys!  I’m out in San Francisco right now (how amazing is SF? Sidewalk Juice!? Rainbow Food Coop!?) and I’m heading to Burning Man tomorrow with my courageous roommate Ali. I won’t have internet access for A WEEK (panic attack! no instagram! no more comfort zone!) so before I go, I wanted to share what I’m working on with you, so I can feel at least mildly productive before living in the desert for a week. The Healthy Crush Detox Guide Enter your email to be the first to know when it’s ready!   I live a pretty clean lifestyle across the board, but the…
  • 10 Resources For Living Your Best Life Ever

    jenny sansouci
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Happy Friday, my dear friends! Today I’m sharing a bunch of resources with you that have all changed my life for the better. When it comes to living your best life, there is really no reason to settle!!! For realsy reals. I spend most of my time scouring the world of health, wellness and personal development so I can find the coolest and best resources to share with you guys. I remember when I first read the 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. When I read the quote below, it changed the way I looked at my life — immediately. “The question you should be asking isn’t,…
  • How To Deal With Other People’s Energy

    jenny sansouci
    10 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    “Everybody that’s existing got a mind of their own, we’re all kings and queens with a throne of our own.” Matisyahu + Akon, “One Day” My dad once said to me, “Jen,” (he’s one of the only people who calls me Jen ), “You have to remember that everyone is the main character in their own novel. Everyone’s the star of their own story, the rest of the people in their lives are just supporting characters.” The truth is, like my dad said — everyone is coming from their own unique perspective based on their history, their…
  • My Hormone Test Results And What I’m Doing About it

    jenny sansouci
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Hey, you crazy nutfaces!!! Recently I got some hormone tests done just for kicks, and I decided to share the results with you – and the recommendations I got from 2 health professionals about what I should do. The reason I’m sharing this is because I think it’s interesting, I stay up all night reading about this stuff on other people’s blogs because it fascinates me. So I figure, why not pay it forward? This kind of thing is why I started a blog. Blood AND saliva tests – I did both. I got a test that I could do at home, that Nicole recommended I get. Why did I…
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    Eat Out, Eat Well

  • Is Frozen Yogurt Healthy?

    Penny Klatell, PhD, RN
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:46 am
    via TCBY Is frozen yogurt actually healthy or are you being hoodwinked by “yogurt” in the name? What’s In Frozen Yogurt? Milk and milk by-products are the main ingredients in frozen yogurt. Frozen yogurt companies have their own recipes, but most common frozen yogurts contain yogurt cultures, sweetener, corn syrup, milk solids, gelatin, flavoring, and coloring. Sugar makes up 15-17% of frozen yogurt and adds flavor, body, and thickness. If you’re thinking healthy bacteria and frozen yogurt, you need to check the brand. Frozen yogurt isn’t regulated by the Food and Drug…
  • Dirty Water Dogs: a Tasty Treat (for some)

    Penny Klatell, PhD, RN
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:49 pm
    “Dirty-water dogs!” You love ‘em (chances are you grew up in NYC), you can’t stand the thought of them, or you haven’t tried them – yet. Want one? Look for blue and yellow striped Sabrett umbrellas (sometimes green and white, per regulation, in NYC parks).There seem to be a lot of foodtrucks with blue and yellow Sabrett umbrellas, but you can still find plenty of pushcart vendors hawking frankfurters – even if some of them are now cooked on grills rather than plucked out of pots of warm (“dirty”) water. The Dirty-Water Dog “Dirty-water dogs” are hot frankfurters plucked…
  • An Easy Way To Avoid Second Helpings

    Penny Klatell, PhD, RN
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Do you skimp on putting food onto your plate thinking that it will keep your calorie count down? What happens?  You eat the skimpy portion – decide you’re still hungry – and then go back, maybe two or three times, for more. And if you keep the serving dishes on the table right in front of you, it’s way too easy to keep refilling your plate – or just stick your fork out and eat from the platter. Get Those Serving Dishes Off The Table If you want to make it a little easier for yourself to save on calories, one thing you can do is to get those serving dishes off of the table.  When…
  • Boardwalk, Amusement Park, and Stadium: What Do You Eat?

    Penny Klatell, PhD, RN
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:54 am
    Coney Island Boardwalk, Brooklyn, NY Cotton candy or funnel cake? Corn dog or fried clams?  The food of summer.  What do you usually eat beachside or after the roller coaster? Oh, the choices!  Oh the calories! How can you possibly not chow down on thousands of calories when there are food vendors about every 20 feet hawking dogs, ice cream, and fried everything? Are You Ready For Peanuts, Popcorn, and Cotton Candy? Sports stadiums, amusement parks, street fairs.  What do you usually do at these places – other than watch games and have a blast on the rides? EAT, of course! The food- the…
  • What Are Good Road Trip Snacks?

    Penny Klatell, PhD, RN
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Eating While You Drive Can Be Tricky Have you ever tried to eat a sandwich with lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, and pickles? It’s hard enough to do when you can eat over a plate on a stable table – trying to eat it in a car means ending up holding two pieces of bread with a lap full of pickles and tomatoes. Road trip food should meet certain “save your clothes and car” requirements: It won’t fall apart, isn’t sticky or slimy, isn’t juicy/watery, and won’t break into a million little pieces when you try to eat it It fits into a cooler (remember ice packs) or doesn’t need to be…
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    Motive Nutrition

  • Easy Chia Pudding Breakfast Bowl

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Posted in In the kitchenNutritionReal foodVideoI don’t know about you, but whenever Labour day  rolls around I think to myself: “I guess it’s time to put those white pants away. Who made this rule anyway?” or  ” Summer’s ending. It’s time to get back to my usual routine.” Because as much as we all love summer, most of us are now aching to reclaim […]The post Easy Chia Pudding Breakfast Bowl appeared first on Motive Nutrition.
  • Video: Cauliflower Burrito Bowl

    15 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    Posted in UncategorizedI recently returned from a wonderful sunny vacation down south. I’m feeling completely reenergized. Although, I really wish I could have brought some of the hot, sunny weather back home with me (how can it possibly be this cold and grey in August?!).  Instead, I’m sharing something with you that comes pretty close. During my […]The post Video: Cauliflower Burrito Bowl appeared first on Motive Nutrition.
  • Video: Mediterranean Chickpea Salad Bowl

    1 Aug 2014 | 4:35 am
    Posted in In the kitchenReal foodVideoSalad is usually thought of as the light and refreshing meal you turn to when you’re trying to keep on track. But why can’t it also be the hearty and satisfying meal you long for at the end of a hard day? Take the salad prepared in today’s Balanced Bowls episode: it’s hearty, filling, FULL of flavour […]The post Video: Mediterranean Chickpea Salad Bowl appeared first on Motive Nutrition.
  • Six Tips for Healthy Skin + My Summer Glow Smoothie

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Posted in In the kitchenNutrition NewsReal foodUncategorizedWe live in a world that revolves around treating + medicating + beautifying from the outside-in. It’s all about cover-upping, retouching, injecting, filling, lifting, perfecting, fixing…not exactly confidence boosting. As I get older and inch towards wedding day (a little over one year to go!) I’ve become more and more interested in beauty nutrition, but […]The post Six Tips for Healthy Skin + My Summer Glow Smoothie appeared first on Motive Nutrition.
  • Chicken And Root Vegetable Bowl

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Posted in In the kitchenReal foodVideoThere’s no reason for healthy eating to be complicated. And there’s no reason for healthy eating to be bland, boring or well, blah. Healthy eating should mean real food, eaten in balance and bursting with flavour. Which is why I am bubbling with excitement today to share with you the first episode of the #BalancedBowls series, […]The post Chicken And Root Vegetable Bowl appeared first on Motive Nutrition.
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    Liz Pearson

  • Quesadillas With Black Beans, Corn & Cilantro

    Liz Pearson
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    Beans are nutritional all-stars and disease-fighting superstars. Eat them at least four times a week. Regular bean eaters weigh less and have less belly fat, along with lower blood cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar. They live longer too! This recipe is a fast, easy and totally delicious way to get more beans into your eating plan! It was inspired by Mairlyn Smith (the co-author and recipe creator for my last two books).  I hope you love it as much as I do! Enjoy! Serves 6 Ingredients: 2 tsp (10 mL) extra virgin olive oil 1 red onion, diced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 can (19 oz/540…
  • If You Want Real Love…

    Liz Pearson
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:39 pm
    For the first five years of his life, a gorilla by the name of Kwibi was raised by a man, Damian Aspinall, in an animal park in England.  He was then released to live wild in a jungle in Africa.  Five years after his release, Damian went to find and visit him there.  Their incredible reunion was captured on video. If you’ve haven’t seen the video, watch it now (it’s only four minutes long).  It’s one of the most powerful and genuine displays of love I’ve had the honour to witness.  It demonstrates what’s possible between an animal and a human – a kind of love…
  • The Truth About Detox Diets and Juice Cleanses

    Liz Pearson
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    Remove toxins from your body. Boost your immune system. Lose weight. Look better. Feel better. Have more energy. Will a juice cleanse – basically a diet in which you consume primarily the juice extracted from fresh fruits and vegetables for a set number of days – do all this for you and more? It certainly sounds enticing, but do these diets work? Top Five Reasons I Say… Don’t Do It I’m not a fan of juice cleanses. Here are my top five reasons why: 1. Current research support for following such a plan is almost non-existent. Carefully controlled studies are greatly…
  • Win… Broccoli, Love and Dark Chocolate!

    Liz Pearson
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Goodreads is giving away 10 copies of my new book!  Just enter here if you want a chance to win!  Good luck!  
  • Elephants You Ignore, Only Get Bigger

    Liz Pearson
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:17 pm
    If you want a great life, think about this: Right now what significant problem, more than any other, do you not want to look at or deal with? Are you unhappy in your marriage or relationships, financially insecure, working at an unfulfilling job, neglecting your health, or struggling with your kids or parents? Generally, the answer you give is your elephant in the room. In my experience everyone has an elephant of one kind or another and sometimes many. I’ve certainly had my share and it’s natural to want to ignore them. We hate that they’re there. We keep busy with other parts of our…
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    Smart School Lunch

  • Great talk – Jarrett Krosoczka: Why lunch ladies are heroes

    LZX Team
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:36 am
    This is worth the time!!  
  • Support for K-12 Field Trips

    LZX Team
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:48 pm
    From our friends at GrantStation… Support for K-12 Field Trips Target Field Trip Grants The Target Field Trip Grants program provides funds for K-12 field trips in order to give students throughout the country the opportunity to explore more of the world outside the classroom. Grants of up to $700 each will be awarded to educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, and classified staff who are employed by accredited K-12 public, private, or charter schools. (Parents, volunteers, after-school programs, pre-K groups, and childcare centers are not eligible to apply.) Types of funded…
  • Youth Soccer Programs Supported

    LZX Team
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:32 pm
    From our friends from GrantStation… Youth Soccer Programs Supported United States Soccer Foundation The mission of the United States Soccer Foundation is to enhance, assist, and grow the sport of soccer in the U.S. with a special emphasis on underserved communities. The Foundation’s Annual Grants program supports both soccer programs and field building initiatives in underserved areas nationwide. Eligible applicants include community organizations, schools, municipalities, and other groups that offer soccer opportunities to youth. Program Grants are awarded to purchase uniforms,…
  • Support for K-12 School and Community Projects

    LZX Team
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:29 pm
    From our friends from GrantStation… Support for K-12 School and Community Projects Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant Program The Toolbox for Education Grant Program, offered by Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, provides grants of $2,000 to $5,000 to public K-12 schools as well as school parent-teacher groups associated with public schools throughout the U.S. that develop projects to encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit. Preference is given to funding requests that have a permanent impact such as facility enhancement (both indoor and…
  • Grants Promote Tennis Programs for Children and People with Disabilities

    LZX Team
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:28 am
    From our friends at GrantStation… Grants Promote Tennis Programs for Children and People with Disabilities USTA Serves The mission of USTA Serves, the National Charitable Foundation of the United States Tennis Association, is to promote programs that enhance the lives of at-risk children and individuals with disabilities through the integration of tennis and education. Grants are provided to tennis programs for underserved youth, ages 5-18, that include an educational component. Support is also available for tennis programs for people with disabilities (all ages) with a life skills…
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    Authority Nutrition

  • 15 “Health Foods” That Are Really Junk Foods in Disguise

    Kris Gunnars
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Unhealthy foods are the main reason the world is fatter and sicker than ever before. Surprisingly, some of these foods are considered healthy by many people. Here are 15 “health foods” that are really junk foods in disguise. 1. Processed “Low-Fat” and “Fat-Free” Foods The “war” on saturated fat is the biggest mistake in the […] The post 15 “Health Foods” That Are Really Junk Foods in Disguise appeared first on... [ This is only a summary. Click the link above to read the full article. ]
  • Why Junk Food Makes You Fat, NOT Fat or Carbs

    Kris Gunnars
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The true causes of obesity are complicated and diverse. There is no single thing that causes it… various factors contribute, both internal (our biology) and external (our environment). Not only that, but the combination of contributing factors may vary greatly between individuals. What causes obesity in one person may have no effect on another. Modern […] The post Why Junk Food Makes You Fat, NOT Fat or Carbs appeared first on [ This is only a summary. Click the link above to read the full article. ]
  • Fat Ain’t Bad… So Why on Earth Would You Eat Lean Meat?

    Kris Gunnars
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Meat is often considered unhealthy because it is high in saturated fat. For this reason, meat (especially fatty meat) has been demonized. But new studies have shown that saturated fat is harmless… and meat has been making a comeback as a health food. That being said, there are some potential concerns with the fatty acid […] The post Fat Ain’t Bad… So Why on Earth Would You Eat Lean Meat? appeared first on [ This is only a summary. Click the link above to read the full article. ]
  • 11 Proven Health Benefits of Garlic (No. 1 is My Favorite)

    Kris Gunnars
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” Those are famous words from the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, often called the father of Western medicine. He actually used to prescribe garlic to treat a variety of medical conditions. Well… modern science has recently confirmed many of these beneficial health effects. Here are 11 […] The post 11 Proven Health Benefits of Garlic (No. 1 is My Favorite) appeared first on [ This is only a summary. Click the link above to read the full article. ]
  • 18 Delicious Low-Carb Breakfast Recipes

    Kris Gunnars
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:27 am
    Many healthy eaters struggle with breakfast. Some are busy in the morning, others simply don’t feel hungry at the start of the day. Many people also feel so satiated on a low-carb diet that the need for a morning meal vanishes. If this applies to you, then perhaps you should just skip breakfast and wait […] The post 18 Delicious Low-Carb Breakfast Recipes appeared first on [ This is only a summary. Click the link above to read the full article. ]
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    Kelly Toups, RD, LDN

  • Evidence that Nutrition Assistance Programs Can Help Improve the Food Environment

    Kelly Toups
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:44 pm
    What good are food stamps doing to nourish the hungry if participants spend it all on junk food? This is a common critique of nutrition assistance programs, and for a good reason. That being said, many hunger advocates counter that today’s hungry often live in communities where fresh, healthy foods aren’t available, and that tightening the nutrition criteria for these assistance programs will leave participants with nowhere to turn. After all, a little bit of junk food is better than no food at all. However, a recent study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior demonstrates…
  • Root: Vegan Food for Carnivorous Palates

    Kelly Toups
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:33 pm
    It’s refreshing to come across a menu that doesn’t use cheese as a crutch for vegetarian meals. At Root, a vegan restaurant, that’s not even an option. Tostada: Crispy corn tortillas topped with chili-spiced sweet potatoes, black bean and corn salsa, avocado, and (tofu based) crema, served with greens If you have visions of rubbery “veggie meats” and endless tofu dishes, think again. In fact, you won’t even find tofu on the lunch or dinner menu (except cleverly blended into the house made aiolis). Clean eaters can still find superfood darlings, such as kale, quinoa, and beet…
  • Published

    Kelly Toups
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    I am proud to announce that I accomplished one of my major bucket list goals today: getting published in print! My food/travel story about Austin, TX is in today’s issue of the Boston Globe (page G 23). You can also read it online here. I first got connected with the Globe after taking Sheryl Julian’s food writing class in the Boston University Gastronomy program (which I highly recommend for any aspiring food writers). While the subject matter of the article couldn’t be much further from health or sustainability, I am pleased to be a published food writer and photographer.
  • Cheesy Chickpea Kale Salad with Nectarines and Corn

    Kelly Toups
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    Ashley and I spend our workdays reading about atrazine contamination and pesticide poisonings, so when I found out that she had never seen Erin Brockovich, I knew we needed a movie night. And what goes better with a girl-power, kick-corporate-butt movie than a beautiful, healthy, plant-based dinner? Because Ashley recently acquired a sourdough starter (from 1890!!!), she brought homemade whole-wheat sourdough bread and homemade sourdough crackers. Yum! A hearty summer salad was a natural pairing. This picture on Pinterest was my jumping off point, but I threw in cheesy chickpeas to up the…
  • Yes, Keep Eating Fruit

    Kelly Toups
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    Fruit is bad because it has so much sugar, right? Aren’t bananas fattening? Shouldn’t you cut back on fruit if you’re trying to lose weight? I get questions like this all the time. No seriously, I do. While it’s upsetting to think of how the media and food faddists have led well-meaning dieters astray, it’s actually pretty liberating when friends and clients realize just how easy good nutrition is. More fruits and veggies, less junk food. It’s that simple! Think about it logically. America doesn’t have an obesity problem from eating too much fruit. It’s our ever-increasing…
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    The Life Extension Blog

  • Chocolate Improves Circulation

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
    Maylin Rodriguez Paez RNIt’s too bad we’ve been led to believe that chocolate is simply “unhealthy.”Through the years, people have learned to associate it with junk food, candy, and desserts almost exclusively.Instead, we should really think of it first and foremost as a health food.Why? Well, aside from these reasons, a recent study found that chocolate can actually enhance circulation in certain people. Pretty interesting, right? Dark Chocolate Increases Maximal Walking Distance by 11% In a small study, scientists recruited 20 patients who suffer from peripheral arterial disease.1…
  • Can Sunlight Lower Blood Pressure?

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:16 am
    Maylin Rodriguez Paez RNSunlight has gotten a bad rap, unfortunately. In the West we seem to have adopted two extremes: "sun worshippers" and people who avoid sunlight at all costs.Regardless of what side you’re on, the truth is this: A little bit of sunshine is a good thing.A recent study's results certainly seem to support this assertion. Scottish researchers administered UV light to a group of volunteers and what they found was pretty amazing. UV light decreased blood pressure levels significantly. 20 Minutes of UV Light Reduced Blood Pressure Several Points Researchers wanted to…
  • The Power of Calcium

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    Of all of the minerals required by your body, its need for calcium is the greatest.Interestingly, calcium is the fifth most abundant mineral in the human body and in the earth’s crust.Calcium, an electrolyte, is best known for its role in bone health, but it’s also necessary for circulation, nerve transmission, hormonal secretion and muscle function.For these processes, only a small amount of calcium is needed, and it's obtained from your body's largest reservoir: bone. You Really Do Need Calcium for Your Bones Calcium is a major component of bones and teeth. A deficiency can result in…
  • A New Whey to Lower Blood Sugar

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    Maylin Rodriguez-Paez RNResearch shows a high intake of dairy is associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. Is whey protein the reason?1Whey protein is the watery portion of milk that separates from cheese curdles. It contains a variety of beneficial nutrients including minerals and immune-boosting compounds.A new study shows whey protein may lower blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics.2 Whey Protein Decreased Blood Sugar Levels by 28%A total of 15 diabetics were recruited for the study. They were randomly assigned to a placebo or a treatment group. The treatment group received 50…
  • Are You Addicted to Sunlight?

    14 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    Maylin Rodriguez-Paez RNDo you ever feel like you need to get sun? There may actually be a physiological reason behind that.To dig deeper, scientists recently conducted an experiment to determine if UV light caused addiction in a group of mice.The results, published in the journal Cell, may shed some light on why many people continue to sunbathe despite all the health warnings. UV Light Increased Endorphin Production by 30–50%For six weeks, scientists exposed a group of shaved mice to UV light, equivalent to 20–30 minutes of mid-day Florida sun on a fair-skinned human. After a week, the…
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    Put Less in Your Pie Hole

  • Overload, Overeat, Overweight

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
    We all think we are excellent at judging. Whether it's the next door neighbour's lawn, Angelina Jolie's dress, our spouse's taste in clothes, or the fact that our best friend watches Glee. The fact of the matter is, we may be great at judging those things, but we're pretty pathetic at judging how much food we need.There's all this hubbub about how grown-ups eat almost everything on their. There are many theories as to why this may be. And yes, there's a slew of research that says larger portions means eating more calories, which leads to weight gain, yada yada yada (1, 2, 3)…
  • Food Adventures of Costa Rica

    14 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    "Globesity": the term used to describe the predominance of obesity throughout the world. No longer only a #FirstWorldProblem, but something far reaching to all corners of the globe. Here are my experiences from a recent adventure through Costa Rica as both a foodie and dietitian.Selfie in San Jose, Costa RicaBut first, let me take a selfie... And give some background stats: In Costa Rica, 60% of women aged 24-45 are overweight or obese, compared to only 2% in 1982. Women 45-64 have an incidence of obesity 128 times greater than in 1982. Overall, 62% of women and 60% of men are overweight or…
  • Revelations of a Food Diary

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Pie Hole devotees will have noticed that we've been on a hiatus of sorts the last few weeks. The good news is, we're back. Pie Hole rarely does personal pieces, but today a partially personal piece has a particularly powerful appeal...Recently I started a new job as a nutrition professor at a community college. I've tremendously enjoyed my first semester of students and the opportunity to impart some of my nutrition knowledge and, more importantly, passion. Don't think I've frightened anyone off yet... But there's always next semester!So, you think your diet is healthy? You think you're…
  • A Few Things You Didn't Know About Sleep

    25 Jun 2014 | 9:21 pm
    Although you might not think so, sleep is integral to overall health. Drowsily yawning, dozing, snoozing and nanna-napping are indications that you might be a bit sleep deprived. When my niece and nephew are visiting and get put to bed at 8pm, all they want to do is stay up... My response? Ok, you guys stay up and I'll go to bed. Gone are the days of wanting to fight sleep. Well, for some of us anyway.Adults are recommended to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Children require even more, you know, because they're growing and stuff. Poor sleep is associated with several health complications…
  • Stress: Not So Tasty

    11 Jun 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Here's a topic that, rather than being wholly about nutrition, is more a big picture problem: Stress. It seems rather fitting we discuss this for two reasons: First reason, because there's some cool new research, and second is because stress is something almost everyone struggles with at some point. We've all heard or read about stress being bad for our health, which is pretty true. But let's get stuck into it before you start feeling like a cow in a steakhouse.Stress can manifest itself in many ways, from stomach upset to diarrhea to headaches to sleep problems to irritability... and sadly,…
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    Health & Happiness Blog

  • Distance Running Won't Get You the Body You Want

    16 Aug 2014 | 2:05 pm
    by Andrew Kobylarz Google + Running. The answer to all of our fitness and health goals. When you want to lose weight? Run. When you want to get in shape? Run. When you want to get healthy? Run. Because running helps you to lose weight, look thin, and the body that you want. Not only that, it helps yout to get healthy too! It's no wonder why the treadmills have such a long wait time at the gym and the weight section is completely emtpy. But getting the body you want and being healthy doesn't mean running for 45 minutes a day or even participating in marathons. In fact, the Journal of American…
  • You Should Eat Sugar

    11 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    by Andrew Kobylarz Google + Yes, you read that right. Wait, really? Considering all the bad publicity sugar gets in the media, like being responsible for obesity and type II diabetes, you'd think that you should run the other way if it came anywhere near your plate. There are even studies that point to sugar being responsible for cardiovascular disease. It makes sense that diets like Atkins, Paleo, and anything low carb have become so popular. Sugar in these diets? Absolutely not. Keep it to a mininum or not at all. And though we can definitely can't argue that high sugar intake in your diet…
  • Does Counting Calories Really Work?

    4 Aug 2014 | 5:52 am
    by Andrew Kobylarz Google + It's summer time. Which means pool parties, barbecues, and hitting the beach. Time to make sure you're looking fresh in that bathing suit, if you haven't been already. Now whether you're trying to shed a couple of pounds off the scale, lose a few inches off your waist, or getting in the habit of living a healthier lifestyle, you have to take a closer look at your diet and exercise routines. So what do you do? Simple. Just eat less and exercise more. The less you eat, the more energy you burn, the better you're going to look. Right? Well, not really. A study…
  • Can't Focus? Try These 3 Tips

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:33 pm
    by Andrew Kobylarz Google + In a world as connected as the one that we live in today, it’s hard to stay focused, on anything really.  Everything we need today is at the tip of our fingers, at our desk, and on our phones. Focus is a commodity that is scarce, especially when everything and everyone is constantly clamoring for your attention. Think about it. Email. Calendar. Coffee. Maybe tea, whichever you prefer. A little Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Sound like your morning routine? Or you’re sitting at your desk after you just came back from your lunch break. Maybe you…
  • SunDaily Cycling and Tri Kit 2014

    1 May 2014 | 11:22 am
    Kit Presale NOW OPEN We are excited to announce our cycling and tri kit for the 2014 season co-sponsored with Transition Rack, a premiere cycling shop in Ann Arbor, MI.  The presale is open until May 9th after which we will have a VERY limited supply. Please order during the presale period in order to get exactly what you want.  -->ORDER FORM<--- Sizing Chart - Note: Sizing runs small so order a little bigger. We are working with Italian apparel maker Castelli to bring you these top quality kits for men and women. Accessories are also available.  Aero Race…
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    Fresh Menu Planner

  • Grilled Corn and Coconut Chowder

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Man do I love corn!  I remember growing up eating so much of the stuff on weekends for Sunday dinners.  My dad would go out and buy 10 cobs at a time, and we would just go through it like crazy.  I wanted to try something different with this recipe today, and now one of my favorite things to do with corn is grill it! This grilled corn and coconut chowder is sweet, salty, and perfect to showcase the corn I picked up from the Cherry Pit in the Calgary Farmers Market. Sharla and the Cherry Pit have been around since 1995, where she started in Canmore with two tables, selling local B.C.
  • Grilled Bison with Saskatoon Berry Vinaigrette

    9 Aug 2014 | 3:22 pm
    It’s round two of a delicious recipe from ingredients I purchased at the Calgary Farmers Market.  I was especially excited for this grilled bison salad with a Saskatoon berry vinaigrette, because it combines two of my favorite flavors. I’m going to start with the Saskatoon Berry Farm.  This place is so amazing.  It’s located  just in between Calgary and Okotoks, and Heather and I almost got married here!  Of course they have a spot at the market and I just couldn’t resist creating a delicious salad dressing with their awesome Saskatoon berries.  It is the title of their…
  • How to Grill Asparagus Like a Pro

    5 Aug 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Have you ever had overcooked boiled asparagus before? I feel for you, I truly do. I hope my mother in law won’t be upset with me, but one of the first meals I remember I had at Heather’s parent’s place involved such a thing.  This was early on in the relationship so I didn’t want to hurt her feelings so say anything that may upset her.  I never did say anything at first, but of course now things have changed.  We have a lot more fun with it now! The first time I brought it up though I remember that instead of insulting her, I simply asked if I could do the cooking.  I think…
  • Featured Food Blogger – Shades of Cinnamon

    2 Aug 2014 | 11:01 am
    I am really loving all the different names of these food bloggers websites.  It’s really amazing how many different type of food blogs there are out there as well!  This post will be all about Ev, who owns the food blog Shades of Cinnamon.  Her blog is devoted to her love of food, travel, and of course photography.  Ev also has a knack for the camera as I have drooled over some of her food pictures. Ev lives in Durban, a beautiful city in South Africa, and is married with three children.  She has a variety of different recipes on her blog, and they get pinned on Pinterest  a lot!
  • Apricot and Vanilla Matcha Smoothie

    1 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    This is big news for Fresh Menu Planner.  I’m really excited to announce that I will be working with the vendors and marketing team at the Calgary Farmers Market to create healthy recipes that people can create when they buy items from the market.  This seemed like a natural partnership and I am so excited to be teaming up with them. I got a great tour from Vanessa, who is one of the marketing geniuses behind the market.  I shook a lot of hands and got to check out a lot of products. I was told my Vanessa that one of the vendors, Blush Lane, had these amazing apricots. Blush lane…
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    The Healthy Eating Guide

  • Five Things I Learned From Taking Three Months Off Work

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:11 pm
    My oh my, a lot has happened since I last posted. As many of you know, after losing my job back in June I decided to take a little sabbatical from work, including this site. You may be wondering what the heck I’ve been doing for three months. I did absolutely nothing, and it was everything that I thought it could be. -Peter Gibbons, Office Space Nope, definitely not that (although I did find time to watch this classic movie—you should too if you haven’t seen it). Truth is, I did a lot. Julie and I traveled quite a bit. I spent lots of time with friends and family. I put together TONS…
  • Change

    17 Jun 2014 | 12:31 pm
    When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. -Alexander Graham Bell Today I want to let you in on what’s happening in my life … with this site … and where I’m going in the future. After reading what I have to say I hope you’ll want to come along for the ride. You Have to Die a Few Times Before You Really Live … Life is funny. One minute you’re coasting along comfortably. The next you’re thrown a curveball. Then another one. Then you…
  • 5 Simple & Healthy 20-minute Recipes for People Who Don’t Have Time to Cook

    10 Jun 2014 | 6:42 am
    In a world where so few of us are obliged to cook at all anymore, to choose to do so is to lodge a protest against specialization—against the total rationalization of life. Against the infiltration of commercial interests into every last cranny of our lives. To cook for the pleasure of it, to devote a portion of our leisure to it, is to declare our independence from the corporations seeking to organize our every waking moment into yet another occasion for consumption. It is to reject the debilitating notion that, at least while we’re at home, production is work best done by someone else,…
  • The Golden Ticket to Getting the Body You Want

    3 Jun 2014 | 7:47 am
    Think about something you excel at–one skill you’re better at than most of your friends. Maybe it’s playing a sport or a musical instrument. Or maybe you’re great with numbers or are a talented writer. Is this skill something you were born with? For a very rare few, perhaps. But for most of us, the way we become great at something is by practicing. However, not all practice is created equal. A common belief is that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to make you an expert in any given subject area. This myth has recently been debunked though. What we now know is the…
  • Genetics Vs. Lifestyle Factors: Which Is More Important?

    27 May 2014 | 9:16 am
    Your life expectancy is largely determined by the combined effects of genetic and lifestyle factors. The question is, which plays a bigger role? Time to put my scientist hat on and end this debate. Don’t worry–it’s not gonna take long … because there’s some solid clinical evidence that gives us a clear answer. Lifestyle Factors vs. Genetics: What the Science Says A series of research studies conducted between 1987 and 1997 found that genetics only account for approximately 20 to 30 percent of an individual’s chance of surviving to age 85 (Finch and Tanzi…
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  • Clearing Your Mind With Sage Tea Leads To Improved Memory

    Aqiyl Aniys
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:50 pm
    When I started drinking sage tea and I realized it helped to calm my mind. I am always working on several things at the same time and sometimes my mind... The post Clearing Your Mind With Sage Tea Leads To Improved Memory appeared first on Natural Life Energy | Health Activist | Benefits Of A Plant Based Diet. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Naturally Protect Against The Ebola Virus

    Aqiyl Aniys
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:33 pm
    There is currently no vaccine and no specific treatment available to combat the Ebola virus, though several experimental vaccines are being developed... The post Naturally Protect Against The Ebola Virus appeared first on Natural Life Energy | Health Activist | Benefits Of A Plant Based Diet. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Is Ebola Virus? I Don’t Mean To Scare You With This Post

    Aqiyl Aniys
    3 Aug 2014 | 6:46 am
    What is Ebola Virus? There are some things we don't feel like dealing with because they remind us how fragile we are and the Ebola virus is one of those... The post What Is Ebola Virus? I Don’t Mean To Scare You With This Post appeared first on Natural Life Energy | Health Activist | Benefits Of A Plant Based Diet. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Liver Damage Symptoms

    Aqiyl Aniys
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    It is important to remember that any of these liver damage symptoms by themselves are not necessarily signs of liver damage... The post Liver Damage Symptoms appeared first on Natural Life Energy | Health Activist | Benefits Of A Plant Based Diet. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Does Your Liver Do?

    Aqiyl Aniys
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    It is very important to understand"What does your liver do?" and "liver damage symptoms". We often take our bodies for granted and think they will... The post What Does Your Liver Do? appeared first on Natural Life Energy | Health Activist | Benefits Of A Plant Based Diet. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Popular Diets: Breaking Down Each One

    Jamie Logie
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    Answer: Slinkies Hoola Hoop Pet Rock Kim Kardashian Question: name some things that are a meaningless fad.. Ok Maybe the hoola hoop provides some aerobic benefits and the slinky was good until it became a tangled mess. Today we’re looking at fad/popular diets. Some have some merit and some, also like Kim Kardashian, should never... Read More
  • Stevia: Is It The Best Sweetener Choice?

    Jamie Logie
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Warning: This blog contains Breaking Bad spoilers…. It actually does because if you watched the show and are familiar with the relationship between Walter White and Lydia you know how important a role stevia played in THAT situation…. Ok I haven’t actually spoiled a CRUCIAL SCENE but  stevia is being used as a new choice... Read More
  • Detoxing & Cleansing: An Interview With Detox Expert Dr. Sara Celik

    Jamie Logie
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:33 am
    We live in a toxic environment, there is no mistaking that fact anymore.. How do we combat the excessive pollution and toxins that come from simply living our day to day lives? Getting rid of things that are toxic means more than just turning off an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, it means... Read More
  • Top 5 Reasons You Need More Fiber

    Jamie Logie
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:03 pm
    Keep yourself regular! How’s that for an awkward intro? Regularity aside the importance of fiber goes further than just keeping things…ahem..moving smoothly. Here’s the benefits of fiber that you might not be aware of but should look to include in your diet. What Is Fiber? Once considered “roughage” fiber is the part of food that... Read More
  • The 7 Best Nutrition Books You Need To Be Reading

    Jamie Logie
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:42 am
    The more information you can arm yourself with the greater your insights become and when it comes to nutrition, the smarter and more informed decisions you can make. When it comes to your health there is a lot of conflicting information out there in regards to what approaches are best? Is there a certain diet... Read More
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  • Video Post – 5 Tools Everyone Should Own

    Science For Fitness
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    In today’s video post, I talk about 5 tools everyone should own to assist in daily maintenance and recovery of their bodies – specifically their muscles, which can get very tight from non-deal lifestyle factors, sports, or training. Be sure to go to Science for Fitness’ YouTube channel and subscribe if you haven’t already.
  • Tooth-Organ Relationships

    Science For Fitness
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    Several months ago my mother started feeling out of it and began to develop lower back pain around her sacroiliac (SI) joint. She’s always fairly active, tap dancing and going to the gym, but she had no choice other than to take it easy. After a month or so I visited her and examined her movement patterns. The pain was particularly bad when she got up from sitting down. I noticed she was bending her torso very far over to get up. This was her body’s way of mechanically compensating for weak hip flexors. I had been working with her on getting her legs stronger, but with the onset…
  • Science For Fitness Newsletter

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    7 Aug 2014 | 12:36 pm
    A number of my readers requested that I create an email mailing list so they can more easily keep tabs on when new content is posted. Everyone is busy these days and checking websites constantly doesn’t help things much. In addition, there is no guarantee you will see an Science for Fitness post on your Facebook pages feed. Therefore, I have launched an email newsletter for Science For Fitness! It won’t be a weekly mailing (so you won’t be inundated with emails), but it will be regular enough for you to keep up to date with things. The newsletter format will also enable me…
  • Fructose Content in Popular Beverages

    Science For Fitness
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    From Wikipedia Last year I posted a review of a conference abstract looking at the sugar (carbohydrate) content of soft drinks. You can view the original post here. The abstract was a summary of work in progress with only preliminary findings. As such, there was no way to know how the full study would turn out. Recently, the authors completed and published the full study so now we can see how they compare. The study centers around the sugar Fructose which is somewhat controversial. I discussed Fructose in detail previously, but the essence of the controversy is that Fructose is metabolized…
  • Video Post – How to Make Almond Milk

    Science For Fitness
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    In today’s video post, I team up with Nieves, owner of Sexy Batch Baking Company to show you how to make your own Almond Milk. It’s quick, simple and healthy. Be sure to go to Science for Fitness’ YouTube channel and subscribe if you haven’t already.
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  • Can Stress Make You Gain Weight?

    14 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The 21st century is an environment of ever-increasing complexity. With that comes a multitude of new ways how we can become stressed, and being constantly stressed is not something you would want. If you don’t know why, then read further. Let’s talk about stress first. Stress and its perception are highly dependent on the individual and his personality. Two completely different people. who differ in how neurotic they are, will react completely different to the same environmental stressors. Part I. Stress Stress It can be "good" or "bad". It’s commonly divided as such, but the division…
  • The Current Known Coffee Effects on Health: An Evidence-Based Review

    9 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Do you drink coffee? Think you're addicted to it and are afraid of the possible consequences? Let's take a look what the latest scientific findings have to say about the effects of coffee on our health. Note The main points are summarized at the end, as always. We all are familiar with coffee, most of us love it because it makes us more productive, it enables us to think more clearly, has a nice taste, we can work longer... the reasons are numerous. However, a lot of people dislike coffee because of old superstitions of possible negative effects which coffee supposedly has. This article will…
  • What Are The Health Benefits of Green Tea?

    4 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Who doesn't love a good cup of green tea on a rainy day or in the winter time? Those of you who are regular green tea drinkers are probably familiar with some of its health benefits. If you’re not, check out this walkthrough of the beneficial effects of green tea. A small note As always, I've provided a short, condensed summary at the end of the article, if you want to skip the majority of my efforts and information. I suggest reading the article in chunks. A short introduction Green tea is made from the leaves of a plant called Camellia sinensis. The origins of its use date a few thousand…
  • Capsaicin for Weight Loss: Can Chili Peppers Really Help?

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    You may have heard about chili peppers being recommended as a weight loss supplement, it’s supposed to be helpful because it revs up your metabolism and makes you eat less at the same time. So let's see whether there's any scientific merit to these claims.  Everybody knows chili peppers for their interesting taste, the pungent flavour they add to food, and occasionally, extreme heat. All of these can be attributed to specific chemicals called capsaicinoids. The most known capsaicinoids are called capsaicin and dihydrocapsaicin, and these are the compounds which also give it its…
  • Four Most Common Cholesterol Myths Debunked

    26 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    You will learn four interesting facts about cholesterol that have two things in common. First, they have been around for ages and don't want to go away. Second, none of them are true. You're in for a treat. Article guide Myth 1: High levels of cholesterol will cause heart attack Myth 2: LDL cholesterol is "bad" cholesterol Myth 3: Eating a low cholesterol diet will reduce your blood cholesterol Myth 4: A diet high in sugar increases your risk of atherosclerosis Before I started this article I was unsure what would be the best way of debunking the common perception of cholesterol. A myth…
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  • Late Summer Tomato Soup

    24 Aug 2014 | 5:39 pm
      I wish I could take soul credit for this brilliant soup but the credit goes to  Deborah Madison, chef and author of Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.   This is one of those recipes that is ridiculously easy to throw together while still having a wonderfully acidic, yet balanced, flavor.   I used some gorgeous heirloom tomatoes that came from a local co-op (I cleaned them out), but any juice, ripe, and fragrant tomatoes will work.  I don’t suggest roma or plum tomatoes, ironically, because they are a bit too “dry.” Prep time is a breeze; just be sure to chop…
  • 10 simple and practical ways to be frugal

    17 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    10 Simple and Practical ways to be Frugal These days it takes more money than ever to get by even on a shoestring budget so I’ve put together 10 simple but practical and effective ways to be more frugal and stretch your dollar a little further. 1. Do… Related articles across the web The Frugal Cook Eco-Friendly Gardening Techniques – Frugal Gardening – The Shoestring Gardener The post 10 simple and practical ways to be frugal appeared first on soul~beet.
  • Minimalism

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:42 am
      This post is a little different than my others because it doesn’t include food or chemical-free tips and tricks.  Instead, I wanted to open a dialogue on minimalism as a way of life. Conceptually, minimalism may seem like learning how to live with next to nothing.  At first, I couldn’t wrap my mind around how or the movement to live in tiny houses (usually built on trailer beds), with only 10-15 items of clothing, 3 spoons and a couple forks (or sporks, for the extreme). Before I go any further, I suppose I should mention what being a minimalist really means. Joshua Becker…
  • Berry Crumble for One

    2 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
      About a week and a half ago I made the move back to Colorado from Korea.  Two humans and two dogs, flying in cabin, for 10+ hours was actually pretty entertaining, in a good way.  Unfortunately, my husband had to return to Korea to finish up work before our next move.  So even though my time here in my home state is only temporary (next stop, Baltimore/DC) I plan to take full advantage of the markets and basically exploit the bounty of Colorado summer. I certainly had a unique and memorable experience living in East Asia but, I have to say, being back in the States in time for…
  • Sunscreen: Chemical vs. Mineral

    28 Apr 2014 | 10:10 pm
      If you live anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere, you are probably beginning to feel the anticipation of summer sunshine as we make our way through the flora and fauna of springtime.  Longer days, warmer temperatures, ladybugs, and budding flowers all signify the vernal equinox of nature’s renewal. With the warm, serotonin-inducing promise of summer sunbeams comes the need for sun protection.  Modern societies worldwide seem to have an unhealthy or unbalanced relationship with the sun; we either get way too much or not nearly enough.  There is a reason nature designed our bodies to…
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