Our grandmothers would be so proud. We are circling back to eating foods similar to the ones they grew and prepared themselves. Not only are we eating more frequently at home rather than going out; we’re also spending more of our budgets on healthy options, and we’re reading labels and nutrition facts (USDA 2014). In 2010, American adults were consuming 78 fewer calories per day than they were 5 years earlier, mostly attributable to lower intakes of total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol, as well as an increase in fiber (USDA 2014).
It’s not quite in the same vein as that must-try pop-up restaurant in town, but culinary experimentation in space is definitely edgy. Last August, astronauts aboard the International Space Station grew and ate the first vegetable cultivated in space—red romaine lettuce—as part of NASA’s Veg-01 experiment. “Future long-duration space missions will require crew members to grow their own food, so understanding how plants respond to microgravity is an important step toward that goal,” says a report on www.nasa.gov.
Staying up to date on the latest health and fitness news is important for all industry professionals, but the constant stream of new information can make this challenging. That is where IDEA FitFeed comes into play. This inclusive tool collates top news being shared by fitness professionals around the web and posts it in one convenient location. You can find all of the top headlines from leading news sources without having to flip through multiple websites and pages. Catch up on news from the past week here.
Each morning is a clean slate and an opportunity to start fresh. As fitness professionals, we know that making healthy breakfast choices can set the tone for the rest of the day. Because it can be difficult to make drastic changes all at once, consider asking your clients to concentrate on fine tuning their breakfast habits just one or two days a week. In honor of National Breakfast month, IDEA has compiled a list of our favorite articles on breakfast nutrition, the benefits of eating breakfast and some delicious recipes to inspire your morning meal.
Question: I know that it is best to avoid overly processed foods as much as possible. But isn’t the fiber found in fortified foods such as breakfast cereals as good for you as the fiber found in naturally occurring foods? In other words, aren’t all fibers created equal?newsletter_teaser: The fact that many consumers believe that a high-fiber product, regardless of its source, is a healthful option is not surprising. But all fibers are not identical and as a result do not provide the same health benefits.
A number of foods that have been spotlighted recently in the culinary and natural-foods worlds may leave you scratching your head—as in, “I’ve never heard of that before.”
So that you’re not at a loss when you see “asafoetida” on a menu, here is a primer on a few of the more popular ones. See how many of these you’re familiar with, and study up on their reputed health benefits.
Use a three-pronged approach to help frail participants move better, get stronger and improve their balance.
From Italy to India, many countries can teach us a lot about healthy eating—and fortunately, a number of traditional eating habits from various nations can be easily implemented into our diets to give them a nutritional upgrade.
Take a cue from the time-honored dietary strategies of Okinawa, Japan. Matthew Kadey, MS, RD, dietitian, freelance nutrition writer and recipe developer in Waterloo, Ontario, shares how.