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Diet

  • Nutrients Can Help Regulate Blood Sugar

    by Paula Gallagher | November 14, 2016

    healthy-foodBlood sugar imbalances can signify a disorder in carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism, and can lead to hypoglycemia and/or diabetes. Chronic blood sugar problems greatly increase the risk of adrenal exhaustion, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and loss of nerve function. Diet and lifestyle factors play a significant role in regulating blood sugar levels. Since nutrients can help regulate blood sugar, incorporating key nutritional supplements and making positive dietary and lifestyle modifications can make a dramatic health difference. It is essential that diabetic individuals consult with their physician and carefully monitor their blood sugar levels because insulin requirements or drug levels may need to be adjusted when changing or adding elements in your diet.

    Here are five nutrients that can help balance blood sugar levels. Read more

  • How to Build a Healthy Pantry on a Budget

    by Paula Gallagher | October 24, 2016

    pantryHaving a well-stocked, healthy pantry can make the difference between making a quick and simple minestrone dinner or ordering a pizza. By the time it takes for the pizza to get to your door, you and your family could be sitting down to a warm, nutritious and hearty bowl of soup.

    Here are some tips for building a budget-friendly pantry full of superfoods.

    Beans and other legumes: Dried lentils cook up in less than 30 minutes and provide a great base for stews, soups, salads and curries. Canned beans are a quick protein to add to pastas and grains, as well as to blend into dips. Or, cook a large batch of dried beans and store in 2 cup portions in the freezer for up to 2 months.

    Whole grains: Adding fiber and B vitamins, whole grains can be a filling side to fish, chicken or tofu. Quick-cooking varieties include oats, quinoa, millet and amaranth. Longer-cooking grains such as brown rice can be cooked and frozen for up to 2 months – just defrost and add to your recipe for a quick weeknight meal. Read more

  • Back-to-School Shopping? Power Up With the Healthy Basics

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | August 31, 2016

    back-to-school-foodWhether you’re stocking up on school supplies or hosting a Labor Day party, make sure to add brightly-hued, plant-based foods to your family’s back-to-school shopping list.

    A diet packed with vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes provides our bodies with a steady supply of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals. This makes it easy to power through almost anything, whether it’s running a company, directing a car pool, or helping your child study for his or her next algebra test.

    Not sure where to start? Try one or all of these seasonal staples: Read more

  • New Sugar Limit Recommendations For Children

    by Paula Gallagher | August 30, 2016

    soda-drinkingThe American Heart Association (AHA) is suggesting that children consume no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day. That is only 25 grams.

    According to the AHA, children are now getting way more than the suggested sugar limit of 25 grams and it is adversely affecting their health. A diet high in added sugars is strongly associated with weight gain, obesity, insulin resistance, abnormal cholesterol and fatty liver disease in children.

    What is added sugar? Added sugar is anything added to a food that it wouldn't normally contain. Table sugar, fructose, maple syrup or honey used as an ingredient in processing, preparing foods or beverages, eaten separately, or added to a meal at the dining table are all considered added sugar. Common foods that have added sugar are soft drinks, candy and baked goods.

    One can of soda alone contains on average 35 grams of sugar!!!!

    If you want to learn more about sugar and its effects on the body, watch the documentary Fed Up and read these five things you may not have known about sugar, but you should: Read more

  • The Documentary FED UP

    by Paula Gallagher | August 24, 2016

    documentary fed-upI ran across the documentary Fed Up while perusing Netflix one weekend. It is a film that investigates the food industry's influence on U.S. dietary guidelines and the resulting impact on the health of Americans.

    According the to documentary, many diseases can be attributed to the amount of sugar we consume on a daily basis. The amount has increased dramatically in less than 40 years and so have heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Sugar is added to everything – ketchup, pasta sauce, salad dressing, breakfast cereals, juice and energy drinks, baked goods, yogurt, and even baby formula. And more.

    The addiction to sugar starts young. Addiction? Yes, addiction. One  study showed that of 43 cocaine-addicted rats given the choice between cocaine and sugar water over 15 days, 40 of them opted for sugar!

    Another problem is that, unlike fat, protein, salt or any other nutrient, there is no recommended daily allowance for sugar. Look at a nutrition label. See what's missing? Read more

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