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!!!

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Who’s in Control, You Or The Food?

Enjoy the holiday season this year without worrying about your weight…

  • Write down what you eat — this may help you eat less! 
  • Think water, not sugary, high calorie drinks
  • Use small serving spoons to help you not fill your plate up as much!
  • Bring something healthy to a party or make healthier versions of foods if you are having a party at your house!
  • Exercise, exercise, exercise! Start the day out right and have more energy throughout the day

Remember portion control! You can have your favorite foods, but just make sure you don’t over eat them.

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For more information: http://news.fredericksburg.com/inmoderation/2012/12/07/dont-be-a-glutton-at-holiday-parties/

Will Cartoon Stickers Make Children Eat more Fruits & Veggies?

The company My Fruity Faces is making edible stickers, to put on pieces of fruit to get children’s attention. Cornell University researchers recently reported that kids are more likely to eat apples with Elmo stickers on them than without.

The stickers are made in Washington state by a company that makes cake decorations. They dissolve in the mouth, have no calories and are made from cellulose, sugar and baking soda. They have a strawberry-peachy flavor that doesn’t affect the taste of the fruit or vegetable.

What are your thoughts/opinions on this?

For more information: http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-company-makes-stickers-to-entice-kids-to-eat-fruit-and-vegetables-20120928,0,6804349.story By Mary MacVean

When you pack your lunch, know the nutrition you are getting

An article by Molly Kimball who is a registered dietitian in New Orleans:

Protein: Molly recommends a portion of lean meat, fish, or poultry the size of the palm of the person who will be eating the lunch. “Palm-sized” is often about four ounces of lean meat, fish, or poultry for women, six or more ounces for men, and two or three ounces for kids. Every ounce of meat provides about seven grams of protein, so if you’re incorporating non-meat protein options such as beans, veggie burgers, cottage cheese or Greek yogurt as your protein source, check the protein content on the nutrition facts label. A veggie burger with 15 grams of protein, for example, provides the protein equivalent of two ounces of meat. A carton of Greek yogurt with 20 grams of protein is roughly equal to three ounces of meat.

Fruits and vegetables: Incorporate at least one type of antioxidant-rich vegetables and fruits with each lunch.

Healthy fats: For meals and snacks, aim to include some type of fat: nuts, seeds, nut butters, avocado, guacamole, hummus or olive oil. Just be sure to keep an eye on portion size

Calcium rich foods: This is especially important for kids and teens, since they’re in their peak years of bone-building.

Whole grains: You may opt for whole grains in the form of sandwich breads, whole wheat pasta, brown rice or sweet potatoes, or you also can get your whole grains with snack-type foods like certain crackers, chips and even cookies.

  • Triscuits. With three grams of fiber per serving, whole wheat, oil, and salt are the only three ingredients in Original Triscuits.
  • Baked Tostitos Scoops. They’re surprisingly whole grain (whole corn is the first ingredient), with two grams of fiber per serving.
  • Glenny’s Soy Crisps. These baked crisps have a taste and texture similar to mini rice cakes, but they’re higher in protein and fiber.
  • Kashi Honey Almond Flax Granola Bar. With more of Kashi’s rolled whole grain blend and roasted almonds than any other ingredient, these 140-calorie bars have seven grams of protein (the equivalent of one egg), four grams of fiber and five grams of sugar.
  • Plain Greek Yogurt – 0 percent or 2 percent fat (e.g. Chobani, Fage, & Oikos). Protein-rich with zero added sugar, they’re also a good source of probiotics, calcium and potassium.

 

For more information: http://www.nola.com/health/index.ssf/2012/09/pack_a_nutritious_lunch_with_t.html

Friendly Bacteria in the diet

A lovely article written by Jill Weisenberger:

Trillions of microorganisms inhabit your intestines. There are 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells in your whole body! Fiber-rich plant foods give bacteria a fighting chance. Fiber feeds the healthy, hungry microbes, so that’s one of many reasons you should have lots of high-fiber plant foods, including grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables, on your plate. Eating wisely is likely your best strategy for boosting the beneficial bugs. Fermented foods provide healthy bacteria. Eating fermented foods that contain live cultures can add healthy microbes to your intestines. The most common fermented food in the U.S. is yogurt. But read labels carefully when adding fermented foods to your diet because not all contain live cultures.

How to boost friendly bacteria

Eat more whole, fiber-rich plant foods, such as whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.
Include fermented foods, such as live cultured yogurt, pickles and sauerkraut in your diet.
Consider taking a probiotic supplement, beverage or food.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120913/LIFESTYLE05/209130316#ixzz26pOwX8lb