Researchers Speculate Food Could Be as Addictive as Cocaine

This week there was an interesting article entitled “Fatty Foods as addictive as Cocaine in Growing Body of Science” in Bloomburg Businessweek.  The article sites research from several studies that have found that foods high in fat, sugar and high fructose corn syrup seem to have addictive properties, and they can elicit a response in the brain that is similar to the response people get from ...
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Halloween Candy Buy Back

It’s the day after Halloween, and many kids (and adults) are now coming down from their sugar high from last night.  While enjoying some candy on Halloween is not going to make or break a healthy eating plan for children or adults, the problem is that there are now piles of candy laying around the house which can be very tempting.  If you find that the sweet treats are calling your name and mo...
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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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New Research: Omega 3′s May Protect Against Osteoathritis

In September, I wrote a post on using an anti-inflammatory diet to improve health and reduce joint pain and stiffness associated with arthritis.  Incorporating omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish, flaxseed, walnuts, etc.) has been known to be a key component of an anti-inflammatory diet for some time, and has been recommended for joint health. Yesterday, there was an interesting article in Scie...
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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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Eating Well on a Budget

People often tell me that it costs too much to eat healthy and that budget constraints are a barrier to making healthier meals.  While some higher quality ingredients do cost more, there are many healthy foods that are budget friendly.  It can be quite possible to eat very healthy meals and save money.  The following are a few cost saving tips for healthy eating: Make more home-cooked meals...
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Keep Snacks Interesting with New Snack Ideas

Snacks can be an important part of a healthy meal plan.  They prevent people from getting overly hungry which can help to prevent overeating or making poor food choices at meals.  However, it is important to PLAN for healthy snacks that are portion controlled.  So many of the snacks that are readily available (chips, cookies, pretzels) don’t provide any nutritional value and often add up in c...
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Refreshing Summer Slaw Recipe

Looking for a new summer recipe to help get those vegetables into your diet?  Try this refreshing slaw mix recipe that takes less than 5 minutes and doesn’t require any cooking.  Not only does it taste great, but it’s light on calories and loaded with vitamins and minerals.  In fact, 1 cup has less than 70 calories and has 120% of the daily value for Vitamin C and 35% for Vitamin A. Try ...
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