Fat has always been a tricky topic of discussion. For example, if you take a trip down America’s dietary guideline history, you will see that for a certain period of time, consuming fat was not recommended.
Most Americans are concerned with developing high blood pressure, also called hypertension. And there are legitimate reasons for concern, especially because reportedly 75 million (one in three) American adults have this condition. Hypertension increases our risk of developing heart disease and stroke - two of the leading causes of deaths among Americans.
According to a recent Newsweek report, a teenage boy went blind after eating a diet of only fries, chips, white bread, sausages and ham. These foods comprised his entire diet since elementary school. He was described as a “fussy eater” and had no visible signs of malnourishment! In fact, he looked well.
For some it may be back-to-school time, but summer is not quite over yet! This means picnics and barbecues are still in full swing, and this Labor Day weekend it’s likely you’ve got a picnic or party to attend.
Model Chrissy Teigen was allegedly able to lose her belly fat after the birth of her first daughter by relying on her “go-to health foods,” which included eggs, avocados, green juices, tuna salad, seaweed, omega-3 rich sashimi and nuts.
Perhaps one of the greatest lessons I have learned during my three decades in healthcare is that good nutrition is the foundation for a healthy life. The body needs a balance of six essential nutrients, (carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals, fats and water), to function at its best. And it’s best to aim to get as much of these six nutrients as possible from fresh vegetables, fruits and grains.
Fasting is pretty popular these days, with celebrities like Terry Crews and Jennifer Lopez reportedly hopping on the fasting bandwagon to maintain their incredible figures. (We recently discussed three types of fasting and how they may be beneficial to your health if practiced with the advice and guidance of a competent healthcare professional).
As we age, we tend to get more frail in the sense that we lose muscle mass, our bones become more brittle and we may find it harder to recover from the common cold or not bounce back as quickly after an injury.
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.
It is probably fair to conclude that the food industry is not really a health-promoting business. It is perhaps better described as a money-making business! Take, for example, recent research conducted in Australia which suggested that on average junk foods in Austrailian supermarkets are discounted twice as often as healthy foods.
A vegan diet is a plant-based diet, completely void of animal foods like meat, seafood, eggs and dairy. Vegans eat a lot of fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains. Eating vegan eliminates many processed foods in the American diet, like donuts and baked goods, which may contain butter, milk and eggs. Furthermore, going vegan requires that you avoid foods containing animal-derived ingredients or additives, like gelatin, which is found in many candy products, Jell-O, marshmallows and other ‘not-so-good-for-you’ foods.
Lemon balm is in the mint plant family, along with basil, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme and more. Said to be native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean, lemon balm has a medicinal history that dates back more than 2,000 years.
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