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The Health Lie You're Telling Yourself

Posted by on Dec 14, 2013 in Health & Fitness | 0 comments

The numbers just don’t add up. Four in 10 people with at least one risk factor for type 2 diabetes–including obesity or high blood pressure–think they have no risk at all, finds a new survey by the American Diabetes Association. Even worse: 80 percent say they’re in good or excellent health. Hiding our weaknesses sometimes comes naturally. “We as human beings try to protect ourselves,” says diabetes educator Virginia Peragallo-Dittko, R.N., who was involved in the research. “We say, ‘I don’t have it that bad. I’m not that overweight.’ ” But in this case, denial can stand in the way of …read...

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5 Food Labels Decoded

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Health & Fitness | 0 comments

You’ve heard all about sketchy ingredients lurking in your food: artificial dyes, preservatives, or high fructose corn syrup. Some are even linked to cancer and obesity. That may be why we’re willing to pay 33 percent more for items labeled “free of” one of these bad news ingredients, according to a new study from Cornell University. The research is timely. Last month, the Food and Drug Administration proposed to eliminate heart-harming trans fats from our food. And certainly, most nutrition experts advise buying foods that are labeled trans fat-free. But what are other food labels should you pay attention …read...

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The Costs for Eating Healthy | Women’s Health Magazine

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in Health & Fitness | 0 comments

There are lots of explanations for the obesity epidemic: Genetics. Lack of sleep. The ubiquity of junk food. Now, new research in the British Medical Journal sheds light on another common, but previously unproven, theory: Eating healthy is expensive. According to the analysis of 27 studies, it costs $1.50 more per day to follow a healthy diet, compared to consuming lots of processed foods. While $1.50 might not sound like a lot, this translates to an extra $550 a year for one person to adhere to a healthy-eating plan like the Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes fruits, vegetables, fish, and nuts. Your pocketbook may be hit especially hard if you opt for lean meats instead of fattier cuts: Meats/protein exhibited the largest price difference between healthy and unhealthy picks—$0.29 per serving—of any supermarket category.  Read...

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8 Ways to Keep Your Sanity During the Holidays … – Psych Central

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in Your Life Now | 0 comments

The holiday season can be a very happy and joyous time for gathering with family and friends, but it can also be a very stressful time for many people. Some individuals may have feelings of been overwhelmed, depressed and even loneliness. According to New York psychologist Jay Seitz 25 percent of people experience some kind of holiday anxiety or Depression. That is, one in four people sipping eggnog feel like that stale, bland, unpopular fruitcake that was re-gifted five times before it was fed to the neighbor’s cat on Christmas Eve. Yes, the holidays do bring a magic and excitement to the month of December, but the stress, loneliness, and blues pre-packaged with the festivities can be enough to drag a quarter of us across the tenuous line from sanity to insanity. Here are eight tips intended to keep...

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7 Superfood Cocktails: Drinks With a Twist

Posted by on Nov 30, 2013 in Health & Fitness, Your Life Now | 0 comments

There is an Irish drinking toast, Sláinte, which translates literally as “health,” and can be slightly modified to mean “good health.” Promoting good health while drinking alcohol may seem counterproductive, but there are ways to sneak some health benefits into cocktails. Take superfoods for example. In general, superfoods are versatile, containing vitamins, minerals, proteins, or fiber. There are superfoods for every season, and the term has become a huge marketing hit for people wanting to create a healthier lifestyle. They’ve even infiltrated the previously mentioned cocktail realm. In New York, bars offer superfood alcoholic drinks and Westin Hotels & Resorts developed superfood mojitos in 2010. The accessibility of superfoods makes superfood cocktails readily available for even the novice bartender. Since there is always an in-season option, finding the ingredients for these cocktails should be a breeze. The seven recipes here...

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