National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

EVERYBODY KNOWS SOMEBODY. It’s estimated that we see 3,000 advertisements each day, often messages that result in women and men hating their bodies.

This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Twenty million women and 10 million men suffer from a diagnosed eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating or another non-specified eating problem, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. If left untreated, they can lead to other serious health problems affecting the heart or digestive organs.

Americans afflicted with eating disorders outnumber those with Alzheimer’s disease almost six to one, but National Institutes of Health funding for Alzheimer’s averages way over the amount that is spent to research eating disorders.

98% of American women are not as thin as fashion models. The average American woman is 5’4″ and weighs 165 pounds. The average miss America winner is 5’7″ and weighs 121 pounds. Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.

33% of adolescent males use unhealthy weight control behaviors. Up to 43% of men are dissatisfied with their bodies. The muscularity of an ideal male in the media has increased from  the 1970’s to the 1990’s presenting a largely unattainable muscular body type. Males are less likely to get help because they are embarrassed.


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Dirty Dozen vs. Clean 15

Think about this produce list the next time you go shopping! The top 3 worst fruits and vegetables with the most pesticides are apples, celery, and strawberries. The top 3 cleanest fruits and vegetables are onions, corn and pineapples! Were you aware of this?


Eating Right When Money Is Tight!

When you’re on a budget and you’re looking for healthy foods, here are some suggestions that won’t hurt your wallet!

  • Produce: variety of in-season selections
  • Bakery: whole grain bread loaf
  • Canned Food: canned (or dry) beans
  • Grain: brown rice or quinoa
  • Cereal: whole rolled oats
  • Dairy: large container low-fat Greek yogurt
  • Proteins: a dozen eggs
  • Freezer: frozen veggies of choice
  • Bulk Bins: various nuts

You can enjoy the taste of eating right … even when money’s tight!


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Choose to Feed Disease or Fight It!


Every time you put something into your body think of where your food is coming from. You can either be fighting off disease or feeding it to become worse! NUTRITION is everything. Our moods, emotions, health, thinking, etc. all stem from the nutrients and food we put into our bodies! Remember to eat clean whenever you can! Make it a lifestyle change and you will feel so much better!!!


GMO Labeling – Agree or Disagree?


I have been against the United States NOT labeling GMO foods for a long time now. It’s not fair to us to not know what is going into our bodies! Whether or not to require labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods is a key issue in the ongoing debate over the risks and benefits of food crops produced using biotechnology. The most common GE crops in the United States are soybean, corn, cotton, and canola. Because many processed food products contain soybean or corn ingredients (e.g., high fructose corn syrup or soy protein), it’s estimated that 60 to 70 percent of processed foods in grocery stores include at least one GE ingredient! Were you aware of this? How do you feel about the labeling issue in the US? How many people are GMO foods affecting?


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If Your Food Goes Bad, It’s Usually A Good Thing!

Remember this the next time you get upset about food going bad! If your food goes bad, it usually means this food is good for you and it is a good thing! This means there’s little or no chemicals, pesticides, etc. to harm your body! You should be worried if food doesn’t go bad.. just think of all the ingredients they put in there to increase shelf-life that could be harming you!

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Juicing Your Diet

It can be a challenge to get the recommended five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Juicing is a great way to get vitamins, minerals and antioxidants you might not eat.  Juicers cost between $50 and $300. Some will allow you to throw in the food whole, while others require you to peel and core. Dietitians say the beauty of juicing is you can incorporate fruits and veggies you may not normally eat, like spinach. The juice will stay safe in the refrigerator for about a week, but it’s best if it is used within the first few days to get the most nutrients. Adding fiber to it can be helpful as well, like Chia seeds, to help keep you full since most of the fiber is taken out during the juicing process.

Do you juice? What do you use in your juicer? Do you feel this helps you get the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet?


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Eat Too Much At Your Super Bowl Party?

By some estimates, the Super Bowl is one of the biggest feasting events in the United States (second only to Thanksgiving dinner) and accounts for $55 million in food and beverage purchases.

Here are some statistics for you:

  • Almost 15,000 tons of chips and 4,000 tons of popcorn are consumed
  • Twice the average daily amount of snack foods are consumed, about 30.4 million pounds
  • Some 12 million pounds of avocado are sold in preparation for the game so Americans may gorge themselves on an estimated 8 million pounds of guacamole
  • Sales of flavored snack crackers increase 68 percent
  • Sales of frozen breaded mushrooms increase 36 percent prior to the Super Bowl
  • Sales of processed cheese loaves increase 30 percent the week before the Super Bowl
  • Sales of frozen shrimp increase 29 percent
  • There is $237.2 million spent on soft drinks at grocery stores during Super Bowl week
  • There is an additional $11.8 million spent in sales of beer
  • Frozen pizza is the top Super Bowl seller at grocery stores

Did you eat too much on Super Bowl Sunday? What are some of your ideas of eating less?


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National Heart Health Month

February is National Heart Health Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Over one quarter of deaths are from heart disease. You have a greater risk of heart disease if you are a man over age 45 or a woman over age 55. CDC provides tips for preventing heart disease.

  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Use salt in moderation
  • Monitor your weight to make sure you’re at a “healthy” weight
  • Exercise at least 30 minutes 3 times a week
  • Don’t smoke. If you smoke, consider quitting
  • Consume alcohol in moderation
  • Have your blood pressure checked on a regular basis


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