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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

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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: 05 March 2012 Edition

12 Mar

From our eyes to yours … here’s what was up in health and nutrition news for the week of March 5th, 2012:

Pic courtesy of J. Mulik

Following a recent regualtory mandate that warning labels be put on foods containing certain levels of cancer-promoting ingredients, Coca-Cola® and Pepsi® have announced impending changes to the recipe for their iconic caramel colouring. How about just getting rid of the caramel colour all together, because let’s face it, who drinks Coke for its colour? [Healthland TIME]

Contrary to popular belief, Disney may NOT actually be the “happiest place on earth” for all children. Not if you’re an overweight child, anyways. [Vancouver Sun]

When it comes to food labeling, do you know what natural means? Because food experts and regulatory officials don’t always agree. [The Atlantic]

Recent research suggests that both fatness and fitness matter when it comes to promoting a healthy heart. [NY Times]

According to researchers at the University of Laval, healthy isn’t necessarily synonymous with skinny. In fact, they believe that people of every size have the potential to be healthy – provided they focus more on behaviours rather than on scale numbers.  [Vancouver Sun]

Wondering why you just can’t keep from over indulging? Here are some of the most common reasons people tend to overeat, and what you can do to try and minimize that second (… or third) helping. [The Atlantic]

If you’re still on the hunt for a magic weight loss pill, stop. According to a recent study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, it just doesn’t exist. [Science Daily]

How would you describe the feeling of fat on your tongue? Your answer may be related to your personal preference for fatty foods, and ultimately, your likelihood of obesity. [Science Daily]

Moving from field to plate is no easy task. To better appreciate what you put into your mouth, here’s a journalist’s account of what it’s like on the frontline picking peaches. [The Atlantic]

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 Nibbles: Mike Evans Edition

30 Jan

 

The first month of 2012 is nearly finished. Hopefully you’ve had some time to wind down from the holidays and are now in full gear for the year ahead. Like you, I have set my goals for 2012 and am feeling refreshed and rejuvenated to start working towards accomplishing them. A constant item on my new year’s resolution list: “get healthy.”

To maintain momentum while getting healthy, it always helps to remember the big picture benefits behind eating mindfully and exercising regularly. To do this, check out Dr. Mike Evans’ visual lecture on, what according to him, is “The Single Best Thing You Can Do for Your Health.”

Even if the information he provides isn’t new to you, hopefully his unique way of presenting it will help make the take home message all the more salient. Enjoy!

Cheers to The Atlantic for the video.

Healthy Nibbles: 26 September 2011 Edition

3 Oct

From our eyes to yours … here’s what’s up in health and nutrition news for the week of September 26th, 2011:

I used to think that I was relatively immune to some of the more common illnesses such as seasonal colds (naively walking around outside during bitter winters with long, wet hair). But alas, I’ve since realized that regrettably I am so NOT 😦 Although last week I had good intentions to blog about sketchy supplement labeling, the relationship between weight and food impulses, how exercise may help in the fight against smoking, and the 40th anniversary of cancer research, due to a wicked head cold I opted to hide out in bed instead. Just in case you too fell victim to Mother Nature’s chilly disposition as of late, or were just plain old curious, click on each of the respective links above to catch up on these healthful nibbles.

In the nutrition world there are a handful of questions that continually pop up yet remain relatively unresolved. For example, which are better – whole foods or concentrated supplements, and what exactly does ‘natural’ mean? Equally uncertain are the health benefits of organic versus conventionally grown produce … until now that is. Spanish researchers have tackled this enduring question in a recent study examining the polyphenol content of organic and non-organic tomato juice. With an infinite amount of other foods that could be up for similar examination, I’m thinking that these researchers will be clocking some seriously LONG working hours in the near future! [Science Daily]

For athletes, choosing the right diet cannot only make the difference for short and long term health, but also for performance. With a plethora of different diet fads currently available, choosing which one can actually optimize performance can be a challenge in its own right. To help shed some light on this issue, registered dietitian Jennifer Sygo breaks down which fad diets for athletes are worthy of a gold medal, and which are best left to watch from the sidelines. [National Post]

Besides just semantics, what’s the difference between ‘fatness’ and ‘fitness’? According to researchers from Duke University, a ton (no pun intended). In their recent animal study, they found that engaging mice in regular exercise routines (fitness) helped mitigate the negative effects of obesity on the progression of arthritis-related inflammation irrespective of any weight loss (fatness). These findings suggest that tipping the scale towards skinny may not be the only reason to get your sweat on. Exercising just for the sake of exercising? Sounds so simple and yet why is it sometimes still SO hard. [Science Daily]