Why do we eat? We all know why we should be eating: to supply our bodies with plenty of energy to get through the day; to get nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals which help us to stay healthy and free of disease; and t... Read more
With roughly 45 million Americans dieting each year, healthy eating is a hot topic—not only at New Year's, but through all seasons. But at what point does eating nutritious foods become an unhealthy obsession?
When most peop... Read more
Everyone loves a party. There’s something about getting together with your friends that really helps you shed the stress of always trying to balance work and family. But with so many people trying to live healthier these days, finding tasty, di... Read more
Setting a goal (such as losing weight) and implementing steps to reach it (like portion control) are two very different things. When it comes to eating healthier—or eating less for that matter—it isn't always as simple as "just e... Read more
Highlights on food and America from the past 50 years:
1950’s – USDA creates four basic food groups: milk, meat, fruits and vegetables, and breads and cereals.
1954 – Swanson unveils the first TV dinners. Shoveling... Read more
A balance of carbohydrates, protein, and heart healthy fats is what your body needs. Fruit won't provide protein or fat. Protein malnutrition...really bad stuff, you don't want it. Google protein-energy malnutrition.... Read more
There are certain foods that I really miss, but choose not to eat on a regular basis, like most of the McDonald's menu. So glad I made my own sausage muffins; used whole grain, pepperjack, turkey, and added spinach. So good and half the calories!... Read more
This is a 310 calorie breakfast. It is balanced with 1 serving each of Protein, Vegetable, Fruit, Grain, and Dairy. It has 8gm fiber, 39 gm carbs, 8gm fat, 21 gm protein. It also has only 118 of chlolesterol, leaving 182 for the rest of the day... Read more
Last Thursday I watched First Lady Michelle Obama, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Surgeon General Regina Benjamin unveil the new food icon, MyPlate. I love the new icon that replaces the often times confusing MyPyramid image as a visual cue a... Read more
The French playwright Molière said "Il faut manger pour vivre et non pas vivre pour manger." ("We must eat to live and not live to eat.") That quotation comes from his play "L'Avare" ("The Miser") and provides a fitting comparison. Watching weight i... Read more
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