Nutrition & Diet

 

 

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Metabolic Syndrome: The Silent Killer

Meta­bolic syn­drome is a group of risk fac­tors that increase the prob­a­bil­ity of heart prob­lems, such as stroke or heart dis­ease. It is also known as Syn­drome X, insulin-resistant syn­drome, obe­sity syn­drome, and the silent killer. Know­ing about this par­tic­u­lar group of risk fac­tors can help you pre­vent prob­lems later on in life. Although researchers have […]

 

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Saturated Fats: Good or Bad?

Sat­u­rated fats are found in mul­ti­ple places, includ­ing beef, pork, lamb, poul­try, cheese, milk, and but­ter. For years, peo­ple have been taught that sat­u­rated fats are bad because they can raise cho­les­terol lev­els, and increase the risk of heart prob­lems. Accord­ing to the Amer­i­can Heart Asso­ci­a­tion, sat­u­rated fats should make up less than 7 percent […]

 

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Dropping That Baby Weight

Hav­ing a baby can be a very reward­ing, deeply mov­ing expe­ri­ence. But it can also wreak havoc on your body. Most women put on between 22 and 26 lbs. over the course of a preg­nancy. The body under­goes other changes to facil­i­tate birthing a baby, and that can make it a chore to drop those […]

 

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To Juice or Not To Juice

In the doc­u­men­tary film Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, juic­ing, the act of run­ning fruits and veg­eta­bles through a juic­ing machine and drink­ing up the results, is pre­sented as a god­send for folks strug­gling with weight prob­lems. Through his juice fast and exer­cise, the film’s pro­tag­o­nist loses a whole bunch of weight, and he finds […]

 

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Questions About Caffeine

What is caf­feine? Caf­feine is a naturally-occurring sub­stance com­monly found in some fruits, leaves, and seeds. If those fruits, leaves, or seeds are ingre­di­ents in a prod­uct, that prod­uct likely con­tains caf­feine. What does caf­feine do? Caf­feine is a stim­u­lant, mean­ing it gooses the cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem. Caf­feine can ease fatigue, boost wake­ful­ness, and improve concentration […]

 

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Healthy Game Day Snacking is Totally Possible!!

Game day is com­ing up and you’re fired up to hit the park­ing lot for some seri­ous tail­gat­ing. Or maybe you’re hav­ing your bud­dies over to watch the game and chow down. That usu­ally means pizza, chicken wings, and mass quan­ti­ties of chips and dip. Good eatin’. Unfor­tu­nately, it’s not good for your waist­line or […]

 

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Track What You Eat

You might be sur­prised what you think you’re eat­ing ver­sus what you’re actu­ally eat­ing.  The best thing you can do when try­ing to lose weight, is track every­thing you put in your mouth. I find it tedious and uncom­fort­able.  For exam­ple, I didn’t plan well for today, and as I write this, I have to admit that I […]

 

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The Lives and Times of Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and veg­eta­bles are in sea­son and taste the best at dif­fer­ent times of the year. When decid­ing on meals and snacks, this list can help you get the most for your taste buds. Win­ter Pro­duce: December-February Brus­sels sprouts But­ter­cup squash Chest­nuts Col­lard Greens Kale Leeks Sweet Pota­toes Turnips Clemen­tines Dates Grape­fruit Kiwi Fruit Man­darin Oranges […]

 

 

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The Truth behind Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is creamy, smooth, and has a slightly tangy taste. You can eat it plain, or with fruit. You can use it as a sub­sti­tute in recipes that call for sour cream, milk, but­ter, and even may­on­naise. Greek yogurt also has many ben­e­fits if you are look­ing to eat health­ier too. So what is […]