How Sweet It Is!…..Or Not?

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Artificial sweeteners packetsThere has been a lot of controversy about artificial sweeteners and health. While most studies have found them to be safe, anecdotal evidence from individuals indicates they may cause headaches or other minor side effects in some. There has also been much debate as to whether diet beverages actually help weight loss and maintenance or whether they hinder it. One theory suggest that the intense sweetness of diet beverages may entice the taste buds and cause people to seek out and consume more calories from sweet foods and beverages. This is merely conjecture, however, because there is currently no solid scientific evidence to confirm this. Again, this may be the case for some and not others. READ MORE

Have a Nutritious, Delicious Thanksgiving!

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Turkey with veggie signThanksgiving is here again, kicking off the holiday season. And ‘tis the beginning of many festive events, most with food being front and center. This can cause a certain amount of trepidation about overeating and weight gain, putting at least a small damper on spirits. After all, about half of all weight gained annually occurs during the winter holidays. READ MORE

I Can’t Believe I Ate the Whole Thing!

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Woman with heartburnHeartburn, or the more technical term gastro-esophageal reflux (GERD), is essentially caused by food and stomach acid reversing direction and traveling uphill via the esophagus. This is supposed to be prevented by the esophageal sphincter muscle. However, there are certain conditions in which this muscle fails to do its job: 1) increased pressure in the stomach from being overfull that overwhelms the muscle, and 2) consuming certain foods or beverages that can decrease the esophageal sphincter pressure. READ MORE

Berry, Berry Good For You!

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strawberries at grocery storeA new study, published in the journal Circulation, found that women who ate the most strawberries and blueberries reduced their risk of heart attack by 32%. More than 93,000 women, aged 25 to 42, were followed for 18 years. The researchers believe that anthocyanins, antioxidants found in plants that protect and repair cells from damage, are responsible for this health benefit. Significant benefits were seen in women who ate just over three servings (1/2 cup = 1 serving) of berries weekly. READ MORE

The Wellness Continuum: Where Are You?

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Wellness toolsWebster defines wellness as “the quality or state of being in good health, especially as an actively sought goal, such as lifestyles that promote wellness.” I like to think of wellness as a continuum. It’s not a matter of either/or, but of degrees. Are you sick, almost sick or healthy and feeling great? Visualize a continuum that spans from 0 to 10, with 0 being very ill, 10 being “total wellness” (extreme health) and 1 thru 9 as degrees of wellness. Your state of wellness, or health, is how close to 0 or 10 that you rate. READ MORE

September is Fruit and Veggies-More Matters Month!

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fresh produceEach September fruits and veggies are celebrated. And why not! They are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients. What are phytonutrients? Well actually they are pigments that give produce all its pretty colors! But this sweet produce, with all its phytonutrients, is more than just a pretty face! It can provide protection against chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and many types of cancer, as well as other health maladies. Also, fruits and veggies are low in sodium, with no cholesterol and have little to no fat. And with all the fiber and water in produce, it helps weight control by filling you up on very few calories. READ MORE