Let’s settle this once and for all. These days, the saying “everything in moderation” has become a battle cry for healthy eaters everywhere—but when it comes to sugar and salt, many of us just can’t help ourselves. Even though both play several essential roles in our health (the brain needs sugar for energy, and muscles need salt to contract, for example), they can also cause a wide variety of health problems when consumed in excess, says Niket Sonpal, D.O., assistant professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York. So which of these vices have a greater impact on […]
It’s that time of year when extra calories lurk around every corner — frosted cookies at the office, eggnog at your neighbor’s, jelly doughnuts for Hanukkah or chocolates in your stocking. All these extras add up, and if you’re like most Americans, you’ll put on a pound or two by New Year’s Day. So what’s the harm in a little holiday weight gain, especially if it’s just a pound? According to researchers at the National Institutes of Health, most Americans never lose the weight they gain during the winter holidays. The pounds add up year after year, making holiday weight […]
Five energy-boosting foods to fight fatigue, from chia seeds to milk. We’ve all heard our moms, babysitters, and nutritionists tell us “we are what we eat.” We don’t actually turn into the bagel with cream cheese we ate for breakfast, but the nutritional content of the bagel will determine the composition of the cells in our body. This is why our bodies are only as healthy and balanced as the food we feed them. Forexample, when we feel fatigue, the body is lacking energy from nutrients it needs to adequately function. In the United States, women are more prone to […]
It seems like simple, obvious advice: Eat your vegetables, get some exercise, and — of course — take your vitamins. Or not. Decades of research has failed to find any substantial evidence that vitamins and supplements do any significant good. In fact, recent studies skew in the opposite direction, having found that certain vitamins may be bad for you. Several have been linked with an increase in certain cancers, for example, while others have been tied to a rise in the risk of kidney stones. And a large new study out Wednesday suggests that despite this growing knowledge, Americans’ pill-popping […]
If your diet gave you high cholesterol, it can lower it, too. It’s easy to eat your way to an alarmingly high cholesterol level. The reverse is true, too — changing what you eat can lower your cholesterol and improve the armada of fats floating through your bloodstream. Doing this requires a two-pronged strategy: Add foods that lower LDL, the harmful cholesterol-carrying particle that contributes to artery-clogging atherosclerosis. At the same time, cut back on foods that boost LDL. Without that step, you are engaging in a holding action instead of a steady — and tasty — victory. In with […]
Forgot what you’re looking for? Bad with names? Writing down a lot of lists but then misplacing them? Like most people, you’re experiencing some memory loss—and growing older doesn’t help matters. Luckily, researchers all over the world are scouring the earth looking for ingredients that might organically improve human recall. Scan the menu of ingredients below and, if you make the right diet changes, you too could develop a champion’s memory. Salmon There’s a reason that fish is called brain food, says Lauri Wright, PhD, RD, LD, and assistant professor of nutrition at the University of South Florida and a […]
If you think diet soda is a cure for weight gain, think again. A new study suggests that it not only doesn’t protect against obesity, it might actually be driving you to eat more junk food. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign looked at the dietary habits of more than 22,000 U.S. adults, and discovered that the more diet beverages you consume, the more of your daily calories come from foods high in salt, sugar, fat and cholesterol. And it’s not because you don’t know any better: oddly, the more educated you are, the more likely you are […]
Despite conventional wisdom, losing weight and a rumbling stomach don’t need to be synonymous. Fill your shopping cart with these satisfying fruits and veggies to nosh your way to a leaner, healthier you! “All I’ve seen you eat today is rabbit food. Aren’t you hungry?” my cousin asked me on our most recent family vacation. Before responding to her, I stopped and thought about what I had nibbled on: an apple, berries, carrot sticks, a salad, and some things like whole grains and proteins, too. But I saw where she was coming from. Unless you’re a person who primarily eats […]
Trust your body’s instincts Not long ago, my husband and three of our kids went charging up Mount Katahdin—think of it as New England’s mini Mount Everest. I’d spent months hiking with friends to make sure I was in shape and, at the start, hustled to keep pace with our teenagers as we hauled ourselves up the steep boulders. But within a couple of hours I was straggling; they leapt past me like giddy mountain goats while I carefully picked my way up the rocks. Was I disappointed? Actually, no. I felt smart. My 40-something body was telling me how […]
To combat body fat and live a longer, healthier life, you have to eat fat—the right kind that is. It’s actually quite simple, and new research out of Harvard is piling on the reasons why you should reacquaint yourself with fatty foods: Replacing five percent of your caloric intake from so-called bad fats (like trans and saturated fat found in red meat and lard) with unsaturated fat from plant-based foods (like olive oil) can reduce your risk of death by 27 percent. Twenty-seven percent! How to Replace Bad Fat With Good Fat The health benefits of certain types of fats […]
Somewhere along the line, many of us develop poor eating habits: emotional eating, stress eating, mindless eating. Over time, these habits end up causing issues like moodiness, stomach aches, and excess weight. Also, many people end up taking over-the-counter meds to treat the body’s reaction to mindless overeating. These medications may have long-term consequences on your digestive system, especially when used frequently. I don’t advocate any of these types of “solutions”; they have negative side effects and can confuse and muddy our ability to understand what’s really going on in our bodies. Most importantly, most of these issues can be […]
From an energy science point of view the IC bladder pain syndrome( interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, IBS, GERD, and fibromyalgia) is a Vata and Pitta provoked disease, that is, too much hot and mobile qualities in the urinary tract – an imbalance created by the foods consumed. So the obvious first step is to reduce those foods that are Pitta and Vata provoking. When first getting started to get some relief from the burning sensation you can begin with just a Pitta pacifying nutritional format as at icdiet.com but as you progress using a format that is appropriate for you […]
Diet advice is a lot like fashion. Trends come—wedge sneakers, drop-crotch pants, those skirts that are short in the front and long in the back—and a year or two later they seem hopelessly out of date. But the truly stylish always look smart; you’ll never see a photo of Pharrell Williams wearing crocs or Victoria Beckham in a meat dress. Here at Eat This, Not That! we see the same thing with the lean and fit: Those who stay slim don’t follow diets or nutrition trends. They follow common sense eating strategies that keep them looking fit for life. Giving up […]
Eating seasonally isn’t just better for the planet and your health—it’s better for your wallet, too. Here’s what to avoid in the summer, plus, tasty alternatives you should absolutely indulge in. CITRUS Sure, you’ll find the odd Valencia orange at the store, but most citrus needs cold weather to mature and get that sweet, juicy flavor you expect. California grapefruits ripen in summer, but they tend to have thicker rinds and are pulpier than their winter-ripening cousins from Florida and Texas. SWEET POTATOES Sweet potatoes are harvested in the fall, and you might find local ones up until spring, but […]
Blemishes and scabs increase the antioxidants in some fruits.When people see a tomato that’s sprouting five miniature tomatoes from its stem, or a carrot that looks like the foot of Sasquatch, it seems like a Little Shop of Horrors situation. But NPR says at least some scientific evidence suggests that weird-looking fruits and vegetables will not hurt you, but that they could actually deliver greater nutritional value than the prettier stuff.   Here’s what some of the more recent findings discovered: One study showed that an apple covered in scab has more healthy, antioxidant phenolic compounds, called phenylpropanoids, than a […]
The reality is you have more control over your lifespan than you may think. Genetics only play a small role in how long you live. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average life expectancy is 78.8 years. If you want to live to the average, or surpass it, you should start making changes in your life now. The secrets to living longer go far beyond the obvious acts of eating healthy and reducing stress. Simple things such as improving your oral hygiene, making new friends and getting enough sleep all play a role in how long you […]
Meet the dietary pattern, a style of eating with a proven record of success. Diets are out; dietary patterns are in – at least, that’s what the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans seems to say. That’s big news for those of us who like to incorporate the report’s nutrition advice into our personal eating habits when it comes out every five years. This time, the government suggests we abandon diets that glorify or shun single foods and nutrients (think butter, eggs, fat and fiber – past years’ targets) and shift our attention to overall eating patterns, or the sum total […]
The start of a new year, new semester, prom season, summer season, or a relative’s wedding. All of these occasions can be a reason for people to start losing weight. Some choose juice cleanses or swapping their carb-heavy meals with super-healthy salads while others go straight to the gym for an intense cardio session. You’ve probably also heard the old wives’ tale of calories in vs. calories out as the equation for weight loss, and are also probably aware it’s not that simple. Unfortunately, there are still people that convince themselves exercise alone will help them shed off that unwanted […]
The microwave is a highly convenient tool, and in many American homes, it is the cooking appliance relied upon the most. Unfortunately, your microwave can also be extremely dangerous for you and your family if not used properly. Read on to learn how you can can continue to use your microwave to cook your meals and still maintain a healthy lifestyle for your family.   HARD BOILED EGGS Don’t let Pinterest fool you: If you try to hard boil eggs in your microwave you’re likely to either end up with a big mess or burned fingers! The rapid heat from the microwaves creates […]
The weather is warmer, the birds are chirping, and the flowers are blossoming. But for you? That means your eyes are itchy, your nose is runny, and your head feels like it’s under more pressure than a batter at the bottom of the ninth, bases loaded, tie game, and a full count. For many, the first signs of Spring come with the riveting joy of being able to break out your shorts and sundresses—and finally being able to shed that winter weight. But for others, it’s the blazing signal you’re about to go to war against your allergies: nasal decongestant […]