My neighbor told me that she’s seen pomegranates in the grocery store, but didn’t buy one because she didn’t know how to get the seeds out. That’s a bummer, since these babies are considered a superfood with some serious health benefits. I figured if she was unsure what to do with them, then many others were too. So, I thought I would do a little Pomegranate 101 on what they were and how to eat them.
“I’ve got to get the food ready for Thanksgiving/Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa.”
“I’ve got to get up early for Black Friday.”
“I’ve been out all night for Black Friday.”
“I just ate.” (Statement repeated multiple times a day)
“I want to spend time with my brother/sister/kids/family.”
“I’m snowed in.” (For all you Northerners)
We here at TruPrevention can think of a host of reasons people should live a healthy lifestyle. So, we have complied a long list of benefits. However, we don’t want to overwhelm everyone with an ongoing list…so we’re going to send it out in a series. Oh, and just to show you that it is not some random list, we have put links to each reason, so you can read up on the “why” and “how” this is fits into the big picture of Health. To start, here is a list of 20 physical (and a couple mental) reasons to live a healthy lifestyle. Enjoy!!!
As I was perusing the latest and greatest health research, I came upon this article on athlete endorsements. The Oct 2013 Yale study, published in the journal Pediatrics, showed that some athletes endorse energy dense, nutrient depleted foods and how that could influence our children’s food choices. The stats were a bit shocking.
Once an individual decides to lose weight he/she often faces the dilemma of determining what type of diet plan to follow to assist with the weight loss. If one turns to the Internet to research different diets plans the list that comes up will be pages long and likely include plans such as the grapefruit diet, chicken soup diet, chocolate diet, cabbage soup diet, flat belly diet, cheater’s diet, and yes…even the baby food diet. With all of the diet plans out there, one cannot help but be skeptical and confused as to what is the right plan for him/her. Hopefully this blog will help clear up some of the confusion regarding diets.
Most individuals who have tried to lose weight have probably heard about the energy balance equation in some form or fashion. The basic idea behind this equation is that our body weight depends upon the balance between the calories we consume through the foods/beverages we eat and drink and the calories we expend through physical activity and normal daily functioning (breathing, heart beating, etc.). Following this equation, if an individual wants to lose weight they need to tip the balance so that more calories are expended than consumed.
Everytime I hear the words, “As long as it is in moderation”, I cringe. I think when I decided it was just a crappy word was when I saw Corn Association sponsored commercial, touting that high fructose corn syrup in “moderation” was fine to incorporate into a diet. Seriously!?! At that moment I struck the word from my mental dictionary, forever banning it from rolling off my tongue. But, for the sake of this post I’ll use it in effort to create lots of discussion and maybe start a movement to ban the word from the dictionary (okay, that might be a little over the top…but you get my point).
As a parent and a dietitian one area that greatly concerns me is the amount of sugar-sweetened beverages that our culture, and children in particular, are consuming. I think most parents recognize that sodas contain a lot of sugar and are beverages that kids should only be consuming on special occasions. However, I think many parents are misguided into believing that juice drinks are a necessary and healthy part of a child’s diet.