If you’ve ever gotten your car stuck in the snow or the mud, you know how maddening it can be to try to find that tiny bit of traction you need to get going again. Despite knowing you’re only digging a deeper hole, you press the gas pedal to the floor, expecting to move forward. The wheels just spin. Being hopeful and having a strong desire to be free don’t fix your problem. Clearly, a tow chain would change everything.
Did you know that researchers are keenly interested in how stress influences eating behaviors and leads to obesity? In fact, a substantial amount of scientific research has been committed to unraveling this complex question. What does it say, and how can it help you stay healthy?
If you or your clients are concerned about lowering your blood cholesterol levels, you probably need to know more about plant sterols, also known as phytosterols. Plant sterols occur naturally in a host of foods—primarily soybean oil, nuts, seeds, legumes and some fruits and vegetables. Because plant sterols are chemically similar to cholesterol, the human body tends to absorb them and pass cholesterol out of the body as waste. The net result is that consuming foods rich in plant sterols can reduce the body’s blood cholesterol levels.
As an ACE-certified group fitness and personal training professional, I found “Food and Nutrition R/Evolution” (Warm-Up, November–December 2011) fascinating. I have recently earned my MS degree in nutrition, and I am currently working as a dietetic intern in Chicago as I prepare to become an RD. I am an avid reader of your journal, especially the nutrition-related portions. I want to share a few thoughts regarding questions posed in the editorial.
How many times have you found yourself driving home from work with no idea what to make for dinner, so you head to the nearest fast-food joint? Take heart: here are some simple but effective tips that will have you whipping up healthy fare at home in the time it would take to have a pizza delivered to your door. Diane Lofshult, a freelance writer and editor based in Encinitas, California, shares some suggestions from nutrition experts.
We can be certain that men and women have always needed to eat. We can also assume that they shared advice about what to eat from the time they first learned to communicate. And they have never stopped.
In the United States, nutrition communication traces its origins to early 19th century preachers who prescribed dietary remedies to cure the physical—and in some cases moral—ills of the day. Sylvester Graham, a Presbyterian minister, believed that a high-fiber, vegetarian diet would cure alcoholism, cholera, premature aging and sexual urges (Deutsch 1967).
If your gut is in a rut, chances are your health is out of sorts too.
The gut, also known as the gastrointestinal (or GI) tract, hosts trillions of bacteria that can have profound effects on digestive health and overall wellness, which is why it’s a good idea to consume prebiotics and probiotics—dietary dynamos that work in concert to populate the gut with “microflora” that keep mind and body healthy.
Question: I know there is quite a bit of estrogen and are found in soy products, have been shown to stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells in laboratory experiments. However, when it comes to human controversy surrounding soy products and whether they can be part of a healthy diet. But it’s hard for me to believe that studies, the findings are very different, edamame and tofu are considered equal to soy burgers and soy protein bars. Am I right about that?
Have you ever been drawn to a particular color? Is there one you call your favorite? One you strongly dislike? Colors are physical manifestations of energy vibrations that resonate with the frequencies and wavelengths of our individual chakras. The foods we gravitate toward and dislike can provide messages about what aspects of our lives seek nourishment and healing. Since chakras are energy centers where our physical being and soul unite, our needs may be on a physical, mental, emotional or spiritual level.