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What are the health benefits of shiitake mushrooms?

What are the health benefits of shiitake mushrooms?

Shiitake, maitake, and reishi mushrooms are widely referred to as "medicinal mushrooms" due to their long history of medical use, particularly in oriental medicine traditions. It's important to distinguish, however, between extracts and medi...

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Pre Packing Food

We have ALL had issues with over snacking or over eating! Some days are harder than others to control what I'm putting in my mouth. Other days I mindlessly graze over random snacks without being aware of what I'm actually eating.

But here is my secret to controlling and watching what I eat!<...

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Why Eat Healthy

Stop right there... leave the ice cream .. put the spoon down and back away slowly... We all need to reorganize our pantry and drawer in our fridge.. We need to add a variety of color Vegetables.. You may have to add slowly and make some camouflage with other ones they like but it may be a challenge...

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Eating Out

Q: What makes us eat more when we eat out?

A: Bigger servings. Restaurants typically serve us more calories than we can burn, and people are eating out more often. A recent Cochrane review examined 72 studies and concluded that if you serve people larger portions, they e...

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Q: Does our self-control also get worn down?

A: Yes. In one study, everyone was told to skip a meal before an experiment. Two groups were told to wait in a room with freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, chocolate candies and radishes before being asked to solve a puzzle.

One of th...

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What's New and Beneficial About Black Beans

What's New and Beneficial About Black Beans

Recent research has shown that black beans provide special support for digestive tract health, and particularly our colon. The indigestible fraction (IF) in black beans has recently been shown to be larger than the IF in either lentils or chickp...

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Q: Do we buy more food in some areas of the store?

A: People pay more attention to food at the end of the aisles. When the industry discovered that, end-of-aisle real estate became more valuable.

It started in the '80s when supermarkets had an explosion in fees that companies pay to...

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My Healthy Diet

The secret to my success is that I do NOT use any kind of fad diet. No. None. I am not on Slim Fast or Weight Watchers or Atkins or Nutrisystem or Paleo or South Beach or Plexus or any other silly fake fad diets. Those do NOT work in the long run and any weight that does get lost comes right back af...

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Nutrition Guidelines: Getting Started

Nutrition Guidelines: Getting Started

With so many diets and quick weight-loss promises on the market today, it's hard to remember what a healthy diet really looks like. Start here with the basics of good nutrition.


Diet pills, fad diets, foods to boycott, foods to eat exclusively....

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Sprouting Lentils and Other Beans

I like to sprout lentils and mung beans. I put the lentils and mung beans in separate containers with water and let then soak overnight, then I dump out the water and rinse the beans and put the back in their containers and let them start sprouting, I see them starting to sprout within a day or so,...

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