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Keeping Your Salad Healthy

Keeping Your Salad Healthy

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I’ve been traveling the last few days with my family, and we’ve been hitting local salad bars whenever we can. Yes, #salads are generally healthier than fried fast food, or burgers, pizza, and many other foods; however, you can still eat too much of a good thing. Here are a few tips and comparisons to help you avoid sabotaging your salad. Take a peek at the following salads from a few chain restaurants: Southwest Chile Lime Ranch Salad with Chicken at Panera Bread has the following nutrition breakdown: 650 Calories, 34g Total Fat, 1270mg Sodium, 54g Total Carbs, 10g Fiber, 24g Protein. Tender Greens, a new salad chain started by famed Danny Meyers has a Happy Vegan salad with the following nutrition breakdown: 980 Calories, 37g Total F
Organizations Committed to Food Advocacy and Changing Food Policy

Organizations Committed to Food Advocacy and Changing Food Policy

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There are many organizations working to help make a better, more interesting food system. The following are committed to helping change our food system for the better. Center for Food Safety ·      What they do: CFS is a consumer and environmental advocacy group whose goal is to protect human health and the environment through the promotion of organic, safe, and sustainable methods of food production. Operating at both the grassroots and federal level, CFS educates the public about organic food and actively battles harmful food legislation, compelling the government to fulfill its obligation to protect consumers. ·      Their mission: “Center for Food Safety (CFS) is a national non-profit public interest and environmental advocacy orga
News You Can Use: Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness; Fat Sleepy; "Well" Visits

News You Can Use: Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness; Fat Sleepy; "Well" Visits

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A Series of Group “Well” Baby Visits Reduces Obesity Overview: According to the study authors, approximately 24 percent of preschool children are overweight or obese. The researchers provided a series of 11 nutrition-focused group visits during the babies’ first 18 months. As a result, 90 percent of these children had lower rates of overweight and obesity at 2 years of age. The program included promoting and teaching “positive dietary behaviors, responsive parenting and feeding practices, and peer support during the first 18 months of life.” Article Citation: Machuca Hildred, Arevalo Sandra, Hackley Barbara, Applebaum Jo, Mishkin Arielle, Heo Moonseong, and Shapiro Alan. Childhood Obesity. April 2016, ahead of print. doi:10.1089/chi.20
The Basics of the Most Searched Diets

The Basics of the Most Searched Diets

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At the end of each year, Google does a round-up of the top online search trends it captures each month. Based on that information, it’s worth taking a look at the diets that are resonating with people and trying to decode the multitude of websites that discuss them. Most sites are hoping to capture an ongoing share of internet and social media traffic, but there are a lot of myths online about health. Here are a few tips on what to look for when reviewing any health site. And keep in mind that I could not reliably verify much of the information about the diets listed below (other than Dr. Phil’s brand-new book). Finally, I’m not convinced that any of them will attain sustained long-term weight loss. Check for the following information:
Get Back on the Diet Track

Get Back on the Diet Track

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Get Back on the #Diet Track The Overall Goal: (Pick your target weight-loss goal) Lose 35 pounds forever!!! Long-Term Rewards: a. Fit into a great-looking bathing suit. b. Reduce my chances of getting one or more of the seven serious diseases related to being overweight. c. Be happier and more self-aware. Increase self-confidence. The Strategy, Specific Details and Micro-Goals: Total #Calories to Cut in a Year to Reach Goal: 35 pounds at 3,500 calories per pound is 122,500 calories Calories To Cut Per Day: 336 Change in Food: Eliminate 250 calories per day (look for Calorie Bargains) Change in Activity: Burn an additional 100 calories per day (e.g., walk for 30 minutes) Below, you should lay out the particulars of how, what, where a...
Only Half Overweight Seriously Trying to Lose

Only Half Overweight Seriously Trying to Lose

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From Gallup Survey…. Highlights: “31% think their weight is 20+ pounds more than it should be Only about half of these are seriously trying to lose weight Chances of being #overweight affected by age, gender, income “In its annual #Health and Healthcare survey, Gallup asks Americans to report their weight, and later, to say what their ideal weight should be. In 2015, the average weight for U.S. adults was 176 pounds, including an average 196 pounds for men and 155 pounds for women. The reported ideal weight is 161 pounds for national adults — 183 pounds for men and 139 pounds for women. Americans weigh an average of 15 pounds more than their perceived ideal weight. For the group reporting their weight as 20 po...
How Much Weight-Loss Before You Notice?

How Much Weight-Loss Before You Notice?

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Psychologists pinpoint change in #weight required to look healthier and more attractive. “Women and men of average height need to gain or lose about three and a half and four kilograms, or about eight and nine pounds, respectively, for anyone to see it in their face,” said Nicholas Rule, associate professor and Canada Research Chair in Social Perception and Cognition at U of T, “but they need to lose about twice as much for anyone to find them more attractive.” Rule and postdoctoral fellow Daniel Re looked at facial adiposity — the perception of weight in the face — because it is an accurate indicator of a person’s body mass index (BMI), which is calculated as a person’s weight in kilogra
Avoid Restaurant Sabotage

Avoid Restaurant Sabotage

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Going out to eat is a double-edged sword, especially if you’re hoping to leave without being uncomfortably full. Often times, before you even have the chance to say no, you spot the server walking towards your table with extra bread and olive oil, or chips and salsa, or refills of your soft drink – and apparently, the #restaurant itself may be more at fault than the customer. While out to dinner with friends last weekend, I had a strange feeling that I was being seduced into #overeating — which was partially true. Our surroundings have a lot to do with the amount we eat and how much we enjoy it, but I never thought lighting, music, color, menus or the server’s charm played such an important role. In fact, “Your enviro
Healthy Fast-Food Breakfast 2015

Healthy Fast-Food Breakfast 2015

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Can you find a healthy fast-food #breakfast? It’s not exactly simple, but there are some choices that are the lesser of several evils. For starters, you’ll need to know your budget … your caloric budget, that is. The number of calories you should be eating for breakfast really depends on your total daily allowance. For men that is roughly 11 calories per pound, and for women it’s about 10 calories per pound (depending on such factors as age, height and activity level). Breakfast should be about 25 percent of your daily calories. That means if your total caloric budget is 1,600 calories, your breakfast should be no more than 400 calories. But we all know that calories aren’t everything. There are also carbs, protein, vitamins, etc. … as
Is that Burger (Or Soda) Worth the Calories?

Is that Burger (Or Soda) Worth the Calories?

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The cost of a calorie could have an impact on #fast food choices. Ever find yourself debating whether or not to purchase an order of fries? What if restaurant menu boards spelled out exactly how much exercise you would have to do to burn the #calories in your favorite foods? It might just change your decision-making habits. Here are some examples:  –      McDonald’s Large French Fries: 510 calories; walk for 131 minutes to burn those calories off–      McDonald’s Hamburger: 240 calories; walk for 62 minutes to burn those calories off–      Glazed Cake Doughnut: 350 calories; walk for 90 minutes to burn those calories off–      Bagel with Butter: 560 calories; walk for 144 minutes to burn those calories off