Chia Seeds: Are They the New Superfood?

Chia seeds have recently gained popularity, and with that I have had a lot of questions about these seeds.  If you look online, you will that they are touted to be the new super food that will solve many problems such as… Aiding in weight loss because they help control the appetite reduce food cravings block calorie absorption Improving heart health, mental health, and digesti...
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Walk vs Run: Which is Better for Weight Loss?

Today, I read an interesting article about whether walking or running is a more effective way to lose weight.  This article discussed a study that put 120 overweight or obese middle-aged men and women into four test groups: Group 1 walked 11 miles per week (or did equivalent intensity exercise on the elliptical/bicycle) Group 2 ran 11 miles per week (or did equivalent intensity exercise on ...
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Coconut: Is it the New Super Food or is it Hype?

Over the past year, I have seen a significant increase in the consumption of coconut products American’s are eating such as coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut butters, etc.  This is probably no surprise since it’s touted to promote weight loss, help with skin/hair, and improve diabetes, cholesterol and Alzheimer’s Disease.  Even Dr. Oz recommends it, so it must be the new “super food”,...
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A Turkey Sandwich: A Healthy Choice for Lunch, Right?

A sandwich can be a quick and easy thing to make for lunch and is very portable if you looking for things to take to work.  Lunch meats like turkey, ham, chicken and roast beef are some very lean protein options.  However, there can be some downsides to purchasing some of these highly processed meats.  Two concerns in particular are the sodium levels and high and that many processed meats conta...
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9 Tailgate Foods That Won’t Blow Your Diet

Whether you’re going to a tailgate or watching a football game at home, many game-day foods are high in fat and loaded with calories.  However, there are several traditional tailgate foods that can keep you on track with your healthy eating plan.  Recently a writer at Fitbe.com, Mary Squillace, asked me for some of these healthier tailgate ideas, and you can see the article here: 9 Tailgate Fo...
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Anti-inflammatory Diet: A Natural Way to Improve Health and Reduce Joint Pain & Stiffness

Inflammation is part of our body’s natural healing process and is necessary to help us recover from an injury or an illness.  Normally our body turns off the inflammatory response when our wound is healed or we recover from an infection.  However, when our inflammatory response does not get turned off properly, it can lead to a state of chronic inflammation which can be very destructive.  In ...
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An Apple a Day May Keep the Cardiologist Away

It is well known that fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk of heart disease by helping to improve blood pressure and cholesterol.  However, according to a research article in the Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers have taken it a step further to determine exactly which fruits and vegetables are associated with a decreased risk of stroke. The researchers of this st...
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Can All Foods Really Fit Into a Healthy Diet?

I read an interesting article in a recent issue of a Weight Management Newsletter entitled “The myth of moderation: Do all foods really fit?” by Jeff Novick, a registered dietitian.  In this article, Jeff points out that the American Dietetic Association states that “all foods can fit (in a healthy eating style) if consumed in moderation with appropriate portion size and combined with regul...
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Exercise Your Way to a Longer Life

Want to live longer?  Here’s an interesting fact about exercise.  A research study followed over 9,750 men over the course of 5 years.  A maximal exercise test was done in the beginning and at the end of the study to determine fitness levels; the findings show a strong correlation between fitness levels and mortality rates.  Here is what the results showed: Men who were fit at the beginn...
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Soda Linked to Increased Blood Pressure

If you need yet another reason to stop drinking soda, then the results of a new research study may provide just that.  For a long time, we have known that soda consumption has been associated with weight gain and obesity which can lead to high blood pressure.  However, a new study found that regular soda consumption can raise blood pressure independent of weight gain. Researchers have found h...
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