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How Do High-Fiber Foods Affect Your Health?

Posted on April 4, 2011 by 4 Comments

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high fiberYou may have heard that high-fiber foods are an excellent choice for those trying to lose weight – and they are – but they’re good for you for a number of other reasons as well.

One health benefit of eating high-fiber foods is that they encourage a healthy gastrointestinal (GI) tract because much of the fiber passes through the large and small intestines intact. This so-called “roughage” is good for all sorts of health issues from colon cancer to diverticulitis to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

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Dietary Fat: The Good and the Bad

Posted on March 24, 2011 by 3 Comments

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olive oilAt one time, the weight loss world focused on cutting fat and all fat was considered “bad” fat. In time we learned that fat itself isn’t bad, but too much of it can be. So what’s the real scoop on dietary fat and weight loss?

First, it’s important to know that not all fat is created equal. Maybe you’ve heard of “good” fat and “bad” fat, and there really are such things. Understanding the difference can help you make sure the fat you do eat is the “right kind” of fat and in the right amounts.

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7 Easy Ways to Eat Better

Posted on March 8, 2011 by 6 Comments

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SaladOne thing my patients and I talk about a lot is the concept of eating right. And it really isn’t surprising, considering all the conflicting information out there on the topic.

In general, I advise them to follow the current USDA dietary guidelines as far as what to eat. They were recently updated, so if you haven’t looked at them for awhile, it’s a good place to start.

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What to Look For on Food Labels

Posted on February 28, 2011 by 6 Comments

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food labelIf you find yourself confused when looking over a food label to determine if something is a “good choice” or not, you aren’t alone.

By law, food labels list the number of calories per serving, the number of servings per package, the amount of macronutrients in the item (fat, protein, and carbohydrates) along with the amount of any significant vitamins or minerals, and a list of ingredients.

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What To Do When New Year’s Resolutions Fail

Posted on February 7, 2011 by 2 Comments

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Year after year, “lose weight” tops the list of most popular New Year’s resolutions. And it’s no wonder, considering three quarters of American adults is either overweight or clinically obese.

But according to U.S. News & World Report, nearly 80 percent of those who make this resolution to lose weight will end up abandoning their plan to slim down by February.

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Are You Eating as Healthy as You Think?

Posted on January 27, 2011 by 16 Comments

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healthy eatingA recent study by Consumer Reports National Research Center asked people if they had a healthy diet—and produced some interesting results.

Perhaps the most striking was that of the 1,234 people surveyed, a full 90 percent said they felt they ate a healthy diet. However, when questioned about what exactly their dietary habits were (if they ate breakfast and, if so, what they ate, how many fruits and vegetables they ate a day, etc), it turned out that most were, in fact, not eating a very healthy or balanced diet.

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