The raw food movement is a trend that dominates hip menus of many health-conscious restaurants. Books about it line bookshelves heavy with information about other fad diets, such as the Paleo diet and gluten-free diets for health instead of allergen sensitivity. What’s the idea behind it? And, more importantly, does it offer a legitimate opportunity to improve your health?
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It’s been called the “most important meal of the day.” There are numerous studies that support the need for a healthful, satiating breakfast. Not only does it improve metabolism and aid in reaching in maintaining an ideal weight, it has also been linked to improved concentration and better behavior among school age students. The reasons to eat breakfast seem so clear and yet I often hear of individuals skipping it. Why? Here are the excuses I hear and the perfect solutions for them…
Kombucha is a fermented tea beverage that has its roots in ancient China. What once was a folksy 1970s home remedy gained “health food” status in the 1990s and is now available at specialty stores nationwide, via online retailers, at larger supermarkets and even at some convenience stores. This bubbly beverage has drawn a lot of health hype. Is its reputation justified?
Not just a feast for the eyes, the red, orange, yellow…and eventually brown of this brilliant time of year, translates into our produce section. Like the brilliant shades of fall, the color palette of our diet reflects our versatile seasonal bounty and the array of nutrients of it provides.
Whether you’re a landlubber or have had your sea legs all your life, you’ve no doubt heard the recommendation to eat seafood twice a week. In fact, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans specify a goal of 8 or more ounces of seafood per week (less for children)—ideally from a variety of species. Why the… Read more »
Lots of times we focus more on what to eat before we exercise and completely discount the importance of what we consume after a sweat session. Light workouts don’t require anything afterward but a glass or two of water. In fact, too much of a “recovery” meal would likely negate the calories expended during an easy workout. If you’ve had a moderate to intense exercise session, however, what you eat afterward is more important because you’ll need to replace what you’ve lost during your workout—primarily fluid and glycogen (a form of carbohydrate stored in muscles). If you exercise daily (as opposed to two or three times a week), your body needs more help in recovering because it has less rest time between workouts.
It seems like a simple plan in the beginning. An individual desires to lose weight, understands the basic concept of calories in/calories out as the key to weight loss and therefore decides to dramatically cut calories to promote weight loss. It seems like a great plan…until that individual also begins to cut nutrients–a lot of nutrients, depending on the type of low-calorie foods chosen.