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Three Nutrition Lies We Tell Ourselves - Rachel Gurevich, our Infertility Expert at About.com suggested I make a list of lies we tell ourselves about eating -- basically how we stretch the truth about certain beneficial foods to justify our over-indulgences, even when we have the best of intentions. Here are three that I can think of: If a little olive oil is good, a lot is better, so you can eat more. Olive oil is good for your heart because it's rich in monounsaturated fatty acids called oleic acids. When you replace some of your saturated fat intake with monounsaturated fats, you're doing your heart a favor. But here's what makes it tricky. First, you need to reduce some of those saturated fats, not just pour the olive oil on top of your regular saturated fat intake (if it's high). Also, all fats are high in calories, coming in at 9 calories per gram, so consuming a lot of olive oil can add too many calorie...
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Tiny Tastes -- Helping Picky Eaters - Parents can often help picky eaters by offering small tastes of new foods. The key is to offer the foods over and over and over until your kid gets used to it. It takes at least ten tries before most picky eaters will start to like new foods. I already knew this, but knowing something doesn't always make it easier -- I really didn't have any new ideas for helping parents deal with their picky kids. Then a couple of months ago I found out about Tiny Tastes. Tiny Tastes is a tasting game -- kids try teeny tiny bites of foods they don't normally like and they get stickers when they eat the foods. the pack comes with instructions, a chart and stickers. I think Tiny Tastes can help a lot of parents -- and they also have research evidence using the game -- which is something I also like. Each kit sells for 5.99 (about $10.00), plus shipping....
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Obesity - What Was the Tipping Point? - Right now in the US, about one-third of the population is obese. This wasn't the case 30 years ago. Sometime between then and now, we changed the way we eat. So what happened? We know why so many people are obese. Too much food, with lots of calories, over-processed with lots of sugar and unhealthy fats. And lack of physical activity is also takes part of the blame. But why did this happen? What was the tipping point that turned us into a bunch of chubby lemmings ready to plummet off the cliff into an abyss of obesity-related chronic disease? And more important now -- what is the tipping point that will get us back to a healthy weight?Think about a typical day, How many people start the day with sugary cereals, maybe some frozen things that heat up in the toaster? Maybe just grab a cup of coffee or a bottle of Mountain Dew and a ...
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I Love Smoothies - I think fruit and protein smoothies are an awesome way to get good nutrition. There are so many varieties of fruit and protein smoothies that you can have a different smoothie every day and not get tired of them. Make a simple smoothie by putting a banana, some berries, a little yogurt and milk in a blender and blend until it's smooth. Or you can dress up your smoothie with exotic fruits like mango, and add a protein boost with protein powder. If you love your chocolate, you can add cocoa powder or use chocolate flavored protein powder. If you've never tried to make your own smoothie, start with a basic recipe and once you have the idea, you can experiment with any fruits, yogurt, protein powders, antioxidant powders and even peanut butter. Here are some ideas and tips for delicious and healthy smoothies that I've found on About.com: Tips for the Per...
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Mangos All Year Long - I received a box of fresh mangos from the National Mango Board, along with a few notes on how to use mangos all year long. I like mangos, but I usually just eat them as they are or buy mango juice, so I'm looking forward to trying some of the Mango Board's ideas, especially the Mango, Pineapple And Raspberry Yogurt Snack Cup. There's a recipe for Turkey Burger and Mango Pita Melt there as well, and now I'm wondering how mango would taste with a veggie burger. Anyway, take a look at the Mango Board's lengthy list of ...
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Super Seeds - Flax Seeds Flax seeds contain fiber, vitamins, minerals and healthy omega-3 fatty acids, called alpha linolenic acid (ALA). They also have lignans, which are phytochemicals that might help restore hormonal balance. You can buy whole flax seeds, milled flax seeds or just buy the oil (which doesn't have the fiber). The whole flax seeds keep fresh the longest and you can grind a spoonful or two of seeds easily in a coffee grinder. Store flax seeds and flax seed oil in your refrigerator. Chia SeedsChia seeds are put on a lot of superfoods lists because they're high in fiber and, like flax seeds, they contain omega-3 fatty acids. They may help you lose weight or improver your heart health, but we don't know for sure because there isn't enou...
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Ten Things That Aren't in My Shopping Cart (and Shouldn't Be in Yours) - I might be sort of weird because I actually like to go grocery shopping. I usually start out with a list and I may stick to it, or I may veer off of it a little bit if something good is on sale, or if there's any interesting seasonal stuff available. It isn't all nutritional perfection; chocolate or other treats might find their way into my cart. Plus, I like to buy some convenience items, like frozen fruits and vegetables or canned chickpeas and black beans, and jars of artichokes. But, there are some foods I just can't handle. Here are ten things you won't find in my shopping cart: Fake Cheese Yeah I lived in Wisconsin for a good number of years and I'll indulge in the real deal, but no fake squirt-it-from-a-can cheese for me. Not only is it mostly unhealthy, it tastes nasty and looks creepy. Give me a bit of 10-year-aged chedder instead. Pork Rinds I mean, this is animal fat that's been deep-fried. It's deep-fried fat, with lots of sodium and probably some weird...
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Spring Forward or Fall Back: Foods Can Help You Adapt - The change from to Standard to Daylight Savings Time in the spring and back again n the fall can mess up your sleeping pattern. Your body will adjust, but it helps to pay closer attention to your diet. Here's what I do when the time changes. Go easy on the caffeine. A cup of coffee or two in the morning is fine, but consuming too much caffeine later in the day may disrupt your sleep.Don't skip breakfast. Even if you're groggy in the morning, you need to get some fuel in your body before going to work or school.Avoid heavy foods or spicy foods, especially at night. Or any foods you know that may cause heartburn, making it difficult for you to sleep.Don't drink too much alcohol. Over-consumption of your favorite adult beverages may cause a very restless uncomfortable night.Eat cherries. Not only are they rich in vitamins, cherries contain melatonin, a substance also found in the human body that helps regulate sleep. Eating fresh ...
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Eating for January - This is the time when many of us are focusing on cleaning up our diets -- usually to lose weight, but also to feel healthier and more energenic. Good January foods are low in calories but high in nutrients, and if you're in the colder latitudes, you'll probably want some dishes that are nice and warm. It's a great time for soups and stews, with a little whole grain bread on the side (maybe time to bring out that old bread making machine?). But not any old soup will do, be sure to choose soups that are clear broth based and if you're sensitive to sodium, like me, you might want to stay away from most of those canned soups, unless you choose the ones that have reduced the sodium content. It's easy to make your own soup. All you need is some broth, some vegetables and maybe a sprinking of salt, pepper and your favorite seasonings. Put everything in a slow-cooker, maybe add some meat for protein and let the soup simmer until the vegetables are cooked through. Add a salad o...
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Holiday Diet Tips - I know that people don't want to think about healthy eating all the time during the holidays. In fact, it's a time of year that gets a little quiet for us nutritionists, but I've decided to give 7 quick tips -- do one each day for a week. I'm hoping if you do just that one thing, and then the next thing the next day and so on, that you'll have a healthier holiday and your New Years resolutions won't be so daunting. Holiday diet tip #1 is share your dessert. Basically, cutting your dessert in half cuts out half the fat, sugar and calories and hopefully minimizes the health damage it does. Holiday diet tip #2 is to eat something at home before you go shopping. If you're hungry and you have a full day of shopping ahead of you, you might fall prey to the fast foods at the mall food court or on the ride back home. Take the time to eat a healthy meal or snack before you go. Or take something healthful, like some ...
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