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Jan 17
2011

5 Low Fat Dessert Recipes ~ Don't say bye-bye to desserts when keeping your weight~

Posted by Cathy in weight loss 2011 , Weight , salad , recipes , Nutrition , low fat

Cathy

Do you like desserts but afraid to eat them? Do you try to lose your weight? Do you want to keep your weight and have these delicious desserts as well? This is the recipes for all of you who loves desserts and want to keep their weight.

1. Angel Lush (160 Calories per serving)

Jan 11
2011

Get your beautiful skin by eating 2011

Posted by Cathy in vitamin , skin , Nutrition , January dieting , eating , dieting , dermatology , beauty , 

Cathy

A balanced diet is an essential prescription for healthy and vibrant skin. The good news is that the foods that happen to be good for your skin are also good for your overall health. Many people find that the appearance of aging skin --- wrinkles, thickening, discoloration, and decreased elasticity --- is one of their biggest beauty concerns. While genetics largely determines when your skin starts to show these signs of aging, and the extent to which it shows them, environment damage to your skin, as well as damage you cause yourself through lifestyle choices, can greatly accelerate this process.

Skin damage occurs as a result of oxidation, a chemical process in which unstable molecules called free radicals steal electrons from healthy cells. The most damaging oxidative stressors that we expose ourselves to are smoking and sunlight.

Skin and Nutrition

Jan 03
2011

Top 10 foods to help you lose weight

Posted by jfrancis in weight loss , Nutrition , health , Diet

jfrancis

Have you ever had that problem where you’re trying to do your body right by eating better and less but for some reason no matter how much you eat you still feel hungry? Well here is a list of the top ten foods that you can eat that is not only healthy for you but will also make you feel fuller with fewer calories per gram. In addition, some of these foods will make you feel less hungry all together by altering some of your intestinal hormone levels.                                                    

 

Salads

Jul 15
2010

Good Foods & Bad Foods

Posted by mikef27 in unhealthy foods , Obesity , Nutrition , healthy foods , good foods , foods , 

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                                                        Foods...What to eat and Not to eat

 

        We as humans must eat to survive. We eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and even snacks throughout our 24 hour days 365 days a year. With all the food choices out there it can be hard to decipher what foods to eat and what foods to steer away from. Foods such as chicken, steak and fish are all items high in protein and have many benefits on the body, but although they are packed with a great amount of protein we must be careful how we cook these foods because frying and cooking them with fatty oils and high carb and sugar loaded marinades can make these edibles go from healthy to as unhealthy as a McDonalds cheeseburger in a flash. The Best way to cook foods such as these are on the grill, throwing some pepper and salt with non fattening dressings that you can find in the health food isle of your local grocery store will make sure you are serving yourself a meal that will benefit you in many different ways. Foods we should be sure to stay away from are things such as the obviously bad for you fast food chains. Places such as Burger King, Wendy's, Sonic and McDonalds all serve high fat, calorie, carb, sugar and trans fat items loaded with sodium and saturated fats as well. The quarter pounder with cheese hamburger from McDonalds contains 510 calories, 26 grams of fat, 1190 grams of sodium, 40 carbohydrates, and 9 grams of sugar. Foods like that are what add to the problem of obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol in the U.S and around the world. Making the right food conscious decisions and smart moves about what to eat and not to eat is key in maintaining healthy nutrition. Also don't forget that once and a while it is OK to indulge yourself in fatty foods just make sure you don't over do it.

Jun 30
2010

"Halo Effect" Surrounding Baby Food

Posted by jross713 in Nutrition , health , children , baby food

jross713

Surrounding baby food is a so-called 'halo effect'. What does this mean? It means that people assume that baby and toddler food is held to a higher standard of nutrition. In reality, it's not.

According to a study done by Charlene Elliott at University of Calgary in Canada, more than 20% of calories come from sugar in an excessive amount of baby foods. The expanding market of baby and toddler foods available call for an intervention, as desserts, biscuits, cookies, and more have become available.

Much of the problem lies in the packaging. "Premium organic" foods are not healthy just because they are organic. Even without unhealthy chemicals and preservatives, organic foods can have high sugar and fat contents. It is important that parents pay attention to the nutritional content of the food, and not just its origin.

Jun 24
2010

The Untold Secrets of Cabbage

Posted by rpfaus in Nutrition , Nutrition

rpfaus

To this day, Cabbage is an underrated and unappreciated vegetable. For ages, children have been cringing at the thought of cabbage for dinner, and even so, adults tend to ignore the vegetable too. Cabbage has proved itself to be a hardy and easy vegetable to grow that is affordable and almost completely universally available.  In most other countries, cabbage remains as  a beloved common vegetable. For Americans, cabbage consumption can merely be based off good ol’ coleslaw. But this mayonnaise infested side dish full of hydrogenated oils and fats, simply ruins the reason for eating such a healthful food in the first place.

Throughout history, cabbage was popular with the ancient Greeks and Romans. An early Roman ointment was found to be a mixture of lard and the burnt ashes of cabbage, which was highly effective in disinfecting wounds. Similarly, the Asian diet has been rich in cabbage. As proof, it is a fact that men living in China and Japan experience a much lower rate of prostate cancer in relation to Americans. Accordingly, recent data has been uncovered regarding breast cancer rates among women.

Jun 24
2010

The Untold Secrets of Cabbage

Posted by rpfaus in Nutrition , Nutrition

rpfaus

To this day, Cabbage is an underrated and unappreciated vegetable. For ages, children have been cringing at the thought of cabbage for dinner, and even so, adults tend to ignore the vegetable too. Cabbage has proved itself to be a hardy and easy vegetable to grow that is affordable and almost completely universally available.  In most other countries, cabbage remains as  a beloved common vegetable. For Americans, cabbage consumption can merely be based off good ol’ coleslaw. But this mayonnaise infested side dish full of hydrogenated oils and fats, simply ruins the reason for eating such a healthful food in the first place.

Throughout history, cabbage was popular with the ancient Greeks and Romans. An early Roman ointment was found to be a mixture of lard and the burnt ashes of cabbage, which was highly effective in disinfecting wounds. Similarly, the Asian diet has been rich in cabbage. As proof, it is a fact that men living in China and Japan experience a much lower rate of prostate cancer in relation to Americans. Accordingly, recent data has been uncovered regarding breast cancer rates among women.

Jun 18
2010

Do You Know What’s in Your Food?

Posted by Courtney6190 in vitamins , unsaturated , trans fats , Sugar , sodium , secret , saturated , Protein , 

Courtney6190

You shouldn’t believe everything you read, especially when it comes to the labels on your food. Companies are able to mislead consumers by advertising healthier foods when in actuality their products contain completely different amounts of vitamins, carbohydrates, sugar, protein, fat- both saturated and unsaturated, sodium, cholesterol and various other ingredients.

 

Apr 29
2010

Sugar-free is not necessarily penalty-free!

Posted by RandomThght9 in Nutrition , Diet

RandomThght9

Over the course of the past few years, products satisfying the ‘sugar-free/low-carb/low-fat’ craze have packed the shelves of supermarkets nationwide. The supply of these products serves as a response to the parallel demand of individuals seeking more healthy alternatives. Despite the increase in health awareness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States as well. But, are artificial sweeteners really the answer?
           Unfortunately, obesity plays a critical role in the development of kidney disease and thus should be addressed accordingly. Logically it would seem as though a ‘sugar-free’ product would be more kidney-friendly than one filled with regular sugar. Counter intuitively, studies have shown that artificial sweeteners may be more damaging in actuality due to their indirect correlation with obesity and direct correlation with decline in kidney function. Sugar substitutes, such as aspartame and sucrolose, are designed to be means for individuals to satisfy their sugar cravings without suffering the consequences of weight gain. But, research has shown that an individual’s body does not digest a sugar-free item in the same method as a typical food item. Typically, one’s digestives system gauges the calorie intake of an individual based on the item’s sweetness. Since sugar-free items obviously lack sugar, the digestive system deems the product as low in calories. Consequently, the body responds with ‘hunger’ signals because the low viscosity/sugar-free item did not fulfill the body’s energy requirements. Inevitably, this leads one to overeat and may eventually cause the individual to develop obesity. Furthermore, artificial sweeteners are chemically manufactured in laboratories, and therefore are not regulated by one’s digestive system in a natural fashion which may directly lead to health issues such as loss in kidney function. So although it is already recommended to avoid consumption of large quantities of sugar for better overall health, it would also be advisable to avoid excess quantities of sugar substitutes. Sugar-free is not necessarily penalty-free! 

 

 

Apr 29
2010

Myth: Sugar in fruit is healthier than the sugar in candy.

Posted by kasia619 in Nutrition , exercise , Diet

kasia619

            After spending the last 7 years exercising 5-6 days a week, I consider myself a ‘regular’ at the gym. Personally, my exercise regimen consists of attending a group spin class 3 days a week, circuit training 2 days, and possibly running 4-5 miles on my 6th day.  It’s safe to say that I am, by no means, a novice in regards to diet and fitness. At least, that is what I thought until I spoke with my uncle who has a degree in nutrition and exercise science.

 

            I adhere to a fairly strict diet, consisting primarily of grilled chicken, seafood, egg whites, vegetables, almond butter, and protein shakes, with the occasional splurge on a cruller, skittles, or peanut butter. Overall, my daily diet is 90% ‘healthy eating’ and 10% ‘unhealthy snacking’. The 10% serves as a form of leeway so I can consistently maintain a realistic diet, while retaining my mental sanity. But, the other day I diverted from my regular diet and I ate an apple to satisfy my sweet tooth. Granted, it is not a serious diversion but because I do not typically consume fruit, I decided to look up its nutritional value on the internet. I noticed that the medium-sized apple I had consisted of a whopping 19 grams of sugar! I was in complete shock because I managed to consume 19 grams of sugar within one sitting. Normally I save a fraction of that amount for the ‘unhealthy snacking’ portion of my diet. I refused to believe that the apple served as my allotted ‘unhealthy snacking’ of the day, so I turned to the internet and my personal trainers expertise for some relief.