Now that we are in full blown holiday mode and the new year is quickly approaching, overindulgence in unhealthy foods and maybe adult beverages is likely taking hold. We tell ourselves that we’ll “get back on the wagon” in the new year, but why wait? Or at the very least start incorporating some simple healthy habits right now.
From Thanksgiving until the New Year, temptations to eat things we normally would never have in our homes, let alone consume, confront us. It’s almost as if the world were conspiring to undo all we have accomplished by making unhealthy fats, sodium and empty calories as attractive as possible. And many of us will fall prey to the “come on, it's the holidays” argument.
When we think of a child suffering from malnutrition, we usually have the image of a child who has stunted growth or is significantly underweight. We usually don’t think of average weight children as suffering from malnutrition – and even less so if they are overweight or obese. After all, these latter groups are clearly getting enough calories (and perhaps too many given the ongoing childhood obesity epidemic).
Salads are so easy to make!And what a great way to get plenty of nutrient-rich leafy greens, veggies and healthy fats such as avocado and nuts in just one dish.
Minerals are, in many ways, the unheralded and often forgotten heroes of keeping our bodies functioning at their best. While the nutrients, carbohydrates, proteins and fats may be better well known, minerals are equally vital for helping us get and stay healthy.
Recently, something caught my attention at the local health food store. I was taking a stroll through the supplement aisle and noticed an acerola cherry supplement. I was intrigued, because the bottle of the supplement advertised that it was extremely rich in vitamin C.
Now that we are in the thick of fall and winter will be here before we know it, I’m on the hunt for hearty but healthy foods I can add to my shopping list for home cooked meals. I recently came across millet in the same aisle of the grocery store where I get my quinoa and brown rice. I didn’t know much about millet, so I did some research.
As you know, Halloween is just around the corner. I recently blogged about how to make Halloween healthy but fun for your kids and how to moderate their sugar intake without being the sugar police!
We often talk about how people look “just like their mother” or “just like their father.” And it’s true that we may inherit some of our parents’ physical characteristics. But genetics are really a fascinating science and involve so much more than just how we look.
It’s unbelievable, and quite frankly frightening, what some people practice when it comes to nutrition and diet. Take, for example, the story of this 25-year-old Instagram influencer who practices ‘Breatharianism.’
Apparently, Oprah and Kate Middleton love spirulina. Reportedly, Middleton drinks a smoothie twice a day that contains kale, matcha, spinach, romaine, cilantro, blueberries and spirulina. And Oprah is said to have used a spirulina supplement to “level out her blood sugar while losing weight.”
It can be really confusing when it comes to figuring out what and how much nutrients you need to stay healthy. Generally, our bodies require six groups of nutrients to stay healthy: water, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and protein.
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