Tag Archives: Dietary Recommendations

Healthy Nibbles: 26 March 2012 Edition

2 Apr

From our eyes to yours … here’s what was up in health and nutrition news for the week of March 26th, 2012.

Pic courtesty of J. Mulik

Who says eating healthy is too expensive? At a mere $0.25 per casserole, the Florida non-profit group “Feeding Children Everywhere” is making it unbelievably affordable. Talk about getting some serious bang for your buck. [Vancouver Sun]

Even the success of shedding weight may not be enough to overcome the stigma of having been overweight or obese. In young children, maintaining a healthy self-esteem post-weight loss may be just as big a challenge as losing the weight in the first place. [Healthland TIME]

Since when did ‘convenient’ become a dirty word? Since it started compromising the long-term health of children, says Mark Tremblay, the guidelines committee chairperson for the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. According to Tremblay, daily exercise should never take a back seat to more sedentary activities, regardless of however more convenient for busy parents. Ever. [Vancouver Sun]

According to a recent study published in the Public Health Nutrition journal, the risk of developing depression appears greater for frequent fast food patrons compared to those who eat fast food only occasionally. Seems like the McDonalds “Happy Meal” may in fact be somewhat of a misnomer. [Science Daily]

Finding it hard to tune out the voices of cakes and cookies calling your name? Here are a few tips to help you curb those cravings for sweets. [Vancouver Sun]

Even at the best of times, healthy eating can be a challenge for many. While on vacation, it can be nearly impossible. Here are a few tips to help you keep up your healthy eating regimen while you’re winding down. [Vancouver Sun]

Healthy Nibbles: ListMania Edition

26 Mar

From our eyes to yours … here’s what was up in health and nutrition news for the week of March 19th, 2012.

Whether it be ‘how to’ tips or ‘best and worst’ rankings, people just can’t seem to get enough of lists. So, in keeping with this spirit, here’s a collection of health- and nutrition-related lists that made news headlines this past week. Enjoy!

Healthy Living Lists

Pic Courtesy of J. Mulik

Just how much control does your mood have over your appetite? If you’re anything like me and answered “too much,” here’s a breakdown of handy tips to help overcome emotional eating. [Healthland TIME]

When it comes to exercising, getting started is often the biggest hurdle for many people. For those who’ve successfully made it over this initial hump, the next challenge will likely be maintaining momentum. For that extra push, here are a few fitness tips to help overcome that dreaded performance plateau. [Health Zone]

Childhood obesity is a growing concern for parents and public health officials alike. To help address the issue, here are a few parenting tips to help little ones lose unwanted pounds. [The Atlantic]

Though the items might change from time to time, this list seems to be on permanent rotation in any health forum. It’s an oldie but a goodie – a breakdown of the best foods to help boost your diet and fight fat. [Vancouver Sun]

Okay, as far as lists go, this one is pretty short. But what this food-related recommended reading list lacks in size, it makes up for in substance. Who wouldn’t want to get their hands on a bit more perspective, right? [The Atlantic]

Healthy Nibbles: 12 March 2012 Edition

19 Mar

From our eyes to yours … here’s what was up in health and nutrition news for the week of March 12th, 2012:

Pic Courtesy of J.Mulik

Can’t get over the taste(lessness) of healthy foods? If you think ‘unprocessed’ is synonymous with ‘unpalatable’, perhaps your taste buds need reprogramming. [The Atlantic]

Managing the plethora of nutrition information currently available can be a challenge for anyone. To help navigate between fact and fiction, here are a few popular nutrition myths, debunked. [Vancouver Sun]

The Guiding Stars® nutrition rating system isn’t the only method around aiming to simplify dietary information. Joint research out of Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital suggests that both visual (colour) and spatial (eye level) cues can go a long way towards helping consumers make health-conscious choices. [The Atlantic]

As if the decision to have a baby isn’t weighty enough, moms-to-be may want to consider adding ‘overcoming obesity’ to their pre-pregnancy To Do lists. [Healthland TIME]

Who says people these days don’t read signs? With just the right kind of wording, signs can have a huge impact on behavior. Just ask the growing number of New Yorkers who have not only read the ‘Burn Calories, Not Electricity’ signs, but have opted to take the stairs instead of the elevator, as a result. [The Atlantic]

In spite of their recent rise in popularity, active video game consoles, such as Wii-Fit™, may not be doing much to enhance the actual fitness of children. [National Post]

Instead of eating less, how about just not eating more? According to researchers from Duke University, although this strategy won’t do much to solve the current obesity problem, over time, it may keep the epidemic from growing any bigger (no pun intended). And as far as nutrition advice is concerned, for many people, this kind of approach is much easier to digest than calorie restriction. [Healthland TIME]

Healthy Nibbles: 20 February 2012 Edition

27 Feb

From our eyes to yours … here’s what’s up in health and nutrition news for the week of February 20th, 2012:

Even the smallest choices can eventually add up to big differences on the scale. It therefore helps to be mindful of how to make the right choices, everyday, to ensure the scale is tipping in the right direction. [Globe & Mail]

Gluten-free diets have taken the diet spotlight as of late, but how much do you really know about them? Before jumping onto the gluten-free bandwagon, be sure to carefully consider all available information. After all, there’s still a lot that the experts themselves are unsure of. [Healthland TIME]

Forget Wheaties™. Believe it or not, the new breakfast of champions may in fact include a modest portion of cake, cookies, or ice cream. [NY Times]

Are the current formulas used to predict weight loss setting people up for disappointment? Forgetting to take into account that metabolic rate can change during weight loss could make the difference between missing and meeting target goals. [Guardian UK]

When it comes to regulating the types of foods available to school-aged children, just how strict is too strict. Not surprisingly, the answer depends on who you’re asking. [NY Times]

The saga continues: when it comes to weight gain, is it the quality or quantity of calories that matters? [Science Daily]

 

Healthy Nibbles: 13 February 2012 Edition

21 Feb

From our eyes to yours … here’s what’s up in health and nutrition news for the week of February 13th, 2012:

The US First Lady, Michelle Obama, getting involved in her "Let's Move" anti-obesity campaign.

Welcome back post-Family Day! Hope everyone was able to get up, get out, and enjoy some extra time with loved ones. Fresh off the heels of this holiday weekend, here are some pics of one of the most prominent North American family figureheads, Michelle Obama, modeling various states of UNrest as part of her “Let’s Move” anti-obesity initiative. [The Guardian UK]

Supersizing hasn’t done much to help consumers cut back on already oversized restaurant portions. Instead, how about just asking them if they’d like less? [Healthland TIME]

Immigrating to the United States? The culture shock may include more than just having to learn a second language or navigate novel customs. Planting new roots may also involve increasing the risk of obesity in subseqent generations. [Science Daily]

Contrary to popular belief, trouble isn’t the only thing that teens get into when left to their own devices. When given the right tools and support, they may just surprise parents by developing an improved body image and healthy eating habits. [Healthland TIME]

You know it’s time to reconsider your snack choice when your snack itself is cutting calories. [Reuters]

That being said, when it comes to snacking on chocolate, if you consider a high content of cacao, add a few other healthy ingredients, and minimize as much superfluous sugar as possible, and you may just rediscover the FUN in this proposed functional food. [Healthland TIME]

Healthy Eating Made Easy: Just Follow the ‘Stars’

19 Sep

UofG’s own Prof. Alison Duncan, showed off her telegenic side during a feature interview on Canada AM today.

Adding to the many hats she already wears (HHNS Associate Professor, HNRU Associate Director of Research, organizational guru, super nice person overall), Alison is also a member of the scientific advisory panel for Canada’s new ‘Guiding Stars’ program – a comprehensive and easy-to-use nutritional rating system for the overall quality of food products.

To learn more about the ‘Guiding Stars’ program and how it may help you better navigate your way around supermarket shelves, click on the image below to jump to footage of Alison’s interview. (Note: be sure you’re on the video log for today, September 19th. If you’re pressed for time and don’t feel up to watching the entire show, skip the time cursor to the 10:15 mark to catch her).

Awesome job, Alison!! 🙂

Healthy Nibbles: 05 September 2011 Edition

11 Sep

It’s (already) September, which means the start of a whole new school year. Here’s hoping that the new 2011/2012 HHNS cohort is off to a healthy start!

From our eyes to yours … here’s what’s up in health and nutrition news for the week of September 5th, 2011:

Funny thing about school, no matter how on top of things you are at the beginning of the semester, assignment deadlines have a way of inevitably creeping up REALLY fast (talk to me when you’re working on your HHNS*6320 Lit Review). Regardless of whatever stress this semester might throw your way, don’t be fooled by the myth that stimulant medications, such as Ritalin, can improve academic performance. In healthy persons, it could in fact end up doing more harm than good. [Health Zone]. Instead, …

… when crunch time hits and your already maxed out attention span can use some help, rather than reaching for Ritalin, how about upping your intake of some common brain boosting foods? To ensure that your brain cells are receiving a sufficient amount of the various fuel sources it needs to function at its best, registered dietitian Leslie Beck offers some healthy food suggestions. Alternatively, you could just put off procrastinating (get it?? :)). [Globe & Mail]

The efficacy of the Weight Watchers diet program is now backed not only by Jennifer Hudson’s celebrity endorsement, but also by results from a recent randomized clinical trial. Specifically, compared to attending monthly weight loss meetings with a physician, Weight Watchers participants lost twice as much weight, and lowered both their cholesterol and fasting insulin levels after one year of being on the program. Could it be … a believable celebrity endorsement? [TIME Healthland]

To help encourage more adventurous eating in tots, researchers from Lougborough University suggest that eating together as a family is more effective than pressuring (nagging) little ones to eat their brussel sprouts (or as my nephew calls them, mini brains). According to UofG’s own Prof. Jess Haines, Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, eating together is in fact just one way that parents can promote healthy eating behaviours in children. Just make sure that as an adult role model, you’re setting a good example by eating your own brains … I mean brussel sprouts. [Science Daily]

In nutrition circles, sun exposure is synonymous with vitamin D (hence its moniker, the sunshine vitamin). But when it comes to dietary sources, the availability of vitamin D is rather limited. Thanks to a new commercial processing technology, however, food scientists have found a way to pack the abundance of UVB synthesized vitamin D into a tiny little mushroom. Combining safe sun practices AND adequate nutrient intake by tanning the food instead of the consumer – brilliant! [Science Daily]