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Texting Reminders to Eat Healthy

Texting Reminders to Eat Healthy

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I think we all have good intentions when it comes to eating healthy and exercising more. The problem is that when we’re in that moment, trying to make the “right” decision, many of us drop the ball. But what if there were ways to have someone tap you on the shoulder or give you a quick glance or nudge to remind you to stay on course­almost as if your current self were telling your future self what to do in the moment. Impossible you say? I think we all have good intentions when it comes to eating healthy and exercising more. The problem is that when we’re in that moment, trying to make the “right” decision, many of us drop the ball. But what if there were ways to have someone tap you on the shoulder or give you a quick glan
Food-Tech Innovations, Websites & Apps

Food-Tech Innovations, Websites & Apps

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There are some many great things occurring in #food-tech innovation – here are a few stand outs: Pepperplate (www.pepperplate.com) Overview: At first glance, I wasn’t too sure what Pepperplate does. As it turned out, Pepperplate.com is a meal-planning site that gives you great flexibility. Type in your own favorite recipe or the URL of one you find online, and Pepperplate puts it into a calendar for you. The thing that impressed me the most was the ability to import a recipe from another site simply by pasting in the URL. From Pepperplate: “Pepperplate is a seamless digital cooking platform, which now syncs across almost any type of computer, smartphone and tablet. … Manage your recipes, create menus, shop with ease and cook like
Calorie Bargains: Food and Activity Apps, Video Lectures and New Websites

Calorie Bargains: Food and Activity Apps, Video Lectures and New Websites

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Moves (Phone App) Overview: Have you always wanted a Fitbit or some other wearable fitness device?  Well, the smartphone app Moves is fantastic, and it’s a free download. As long as you have your phone with you (which most people do these days), it will track all your walking and will convert it into steps, calories or miles. It will also track your cycling and other activities. The app also knows when you are walking, as opposed to cycling. Notes: What a wonderful design ­ SO simple to use! I’ve tested and tried many #apps over the years, and I love this one. It’s no wonder that it was just purchased by Facebook. I’m not sure how that affects the company or the app, but it seems to be working the same way it always did. Skip the other
Get TV Out!

Get TV Out!

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Get The #TV Out of Your Child’s Bedroom! It makes sense ­ having a TV in the bedroom leads to sedentary behavior, and, therefore, to weight gain. A recent study conducted by researchers from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth “found that adolescents with a TV in their bedroom gained about 1 extra pound a year, compared to those without one, even after accounting for hours of TV watched each day and socioeconomic factors.” According to the researchers, about half of all adolescents have a television in their room.  “The research used data for 6,522 children and adolescents aged 10-14 years from all 50 states. The adolescents were recruited by telephone and asked about their TV habits, their height and weight, as well as other r
Guide to Interesting Internet and E-mail Resources

Guide to Interesting Internet and E-mail Resources

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#Diet Detective’s Guide to Interesting Internet and E-mail Resources SmartBrief for Nutritionists ( https://www.smartbrief.com/nutritionists/index.jsp) What a great resource – you get a daily e-mail that alerts you to the latest food trends, research, recipes and more. The editors don’t create the content. Instead they act as your personal assistant, handpicking useful dietary news and insights from thousands of sources. Farmers Market Search ( http://search.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/) The USDA has a fantastic search engine with more than 4,000 farmers markets. The site allows you to search anywhere in the country to find the farmers markets in your area. It also lets you search by specifics, such as products (e.g.,...
Even More Calorie Bargains

Even More Calorie Bargains

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Miss Meringue #Sugar Free Vanilla Meringue Cookies 13 cookies: 35 calories, 0g fat, 9g carbs, 3g fiber, 4g protein A lot of people had been bugging me to include these as a calorie bargain, but I was hesitant because I hadn’t tasted them, and, frankly, they didn’t seem very appetizing — cookies made from egg whites? I finally broke down when I saw a variety made with Splenda, which meant that, in addition to very little fat, they also had no sugar. Worth a try, right? I was surprised. The first one tasted okay, but after a few more of both the vanilla and chocolate versions, I was hooked. And with so few calories (only 35 calories for 13 vanilla cookies and 40 calories for the chocolate), they were a guilt-free indulgence.