It’s the holidays. And I’m not trying to be Scrooge by discussing not so jolly topics such as obesity and diabetes, but the truth is we have to be mindful and proactive about these issues.
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).
I hear young couples who plan to have families say this all the time: We have to have more than one kid. I want my kids to have a sibling so that they always have someone around to play with.
Some of the most dangerous occupations in America include construction laborer, firefighter, electrician, mining machine operator and athlete. And this all makes sense if you consider the risk of injuries associated with these occupations.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. And for many, the big sitdown family meal is not exactly what they are looking forward to due to issues such as odd family dynamics and tensions between certain family members.
Type 2 Diabetes (TD2) is a prevalent and often devastating disease. I am all too familiar with the toll TD2 can take on one’s health. (You can read about how diabetes has affected my family, here).
Not long ago, when the topic of fasting would come up most people would think of fasting for religious purposes or think of incredible people throughout history like Gandhi, whose longest fast lasted 21 days!
For the most part, the following tragic story is really about bad timing and bad luck. Recently, a 76-year-old woman bled to death after a rooster pecked at her leg and punctured a varicose vein.
Like many of you, I’m constantly writing, answering emails or doing research on my computer. This means lots of sitting, but fortunately we can be proactive by making sure we stand and move throughout the day as we work. We can also be proactive by eating healthily and resisting the office cupcakes and pizza.
Water is probably the most important of the six essential nutrients our bodies need to remain healthy. (The other five nutrients are protein, fat, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins). We need water to digest our food, absorb the other nutrients from the food we eat and get rid of waste so that we can increase our chances of maintaining a healthy weight.
If you’re used to eating meat, dairy and other animal foods, you may find that following a vegan diet, which is plant-based and avoids all animal foods, can be very challenging. Despite the increasing presence of vegan restaurants with meat alternatives like the Impossible Burger and vegan bloggers giving us plenty of #veganinspiration, giving up meat and cheese can be challenging.
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