Health & Wellness

Spring Clean Your Diet

By Tawnya Manion | March 27, 2013

Photo: Andy Field

Spring has sprung across the northern hemisphere, and with longer days and warmer weather, there’s no time like the present to clean up dirty eating habits. A common practice of cleansing the body consists of a plan that uses cleansing teas, such as dandelion or milk thistle, or fasting for several days to detox the system. Scientifically, fasts are not proven to rid the body of built up toxins, and obsessively restrictive diets can leave the body depleted, weaken the metabolism, and even cause gallbladder stones. Read More

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Eat Less, Exercise More

By Tawnya Manion | February 7, 2013

Photo: chrisphoto

Photo: chrisphoto

Eat less, exercise more. Sounds easy doesn’t it! Then, why do millions of people struggle with losing weight?  Our relation to food is more than just eating to sustain life, we have a deep emotional connection to what we eat. From the moment we come into this world, the act of consuming food is associated with a bond to our mothers. Then, as we grow older the sustenance that comforted us or was given to us as a reward carries into our behaviors as adults. Beneath our relationship with edibles consists an underlying physical or psychological  imbalance that can lead to cravings and over eating. That is why the ability to stop over consuming comes as such a hard task for a lot of people.

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New Year’s Resolutions That You Can Keep

By Tawnya Manion | December 28, 2012

Photo by: Bush41

Photo: Bush41

Health-associated goals, indeed, are sought after among individuals with New Year’s resolutions. For many people, changing their practices, especially from bad to good habits, is a challenge too hard to stick. Averseness, work demands, family commitments, and lack of energy attribute to many of the roadblocks that people experience when achieving their New Year’s resolutions. However, with a little planning this years resolutions can become life-long goals. So, if you’ve made attempts in the past to improve your health but have not succeeded, now’s your chance to make it happen and reap in the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. You can do it!

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Select Seafood!

By Carla F. Williams | October 8, 2012

Photo courtesy dbrekke | Flickr

Photo courtesy dbrekke | Flickr

October is National Seafood Month, the time that we honor eating from the sea. American fish harvesting hit a record 17-year high last year. Despite a larger catch, the wide range of delicious varieties to choose from, and the messages on seafood’s role in supporting our health, we still aren’t making seafood our protein of choice as frequently as we should. A recent report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration revealed that the average American ate the equivalent of about 15 pounds of uncooked fish and shellfish in 2011. That translates to dining on just a little over 4.5 ounces of seafood or one lonely seafood meal per week—half of what the experts at the USDA and the American Heart Association recommend. A true seafood lover, I had to find out why seafood isn’t on our plates more frequently. Read More


The Olympian’s Plate

By Carla F. Williams | August 2, 2012

Photo: jcoterhals

Photo: jcoterhals

My culinary curiosity kicked in the other night as I watched the hyper-competitive swimmers jettison through the water with the grace of dolphin-sharks. How do these uber athletes fuel their bodies to be able to consistently sustain this level of physical output? Might there actually be such a thing as a Breakfast of Champions? I did some digging and just as I suspected, there is no magic meal that can turn us mere mortals into athletic forces to contend with. My peek behind the curtain did turn up some interesting info that makes the Games that much more interesting. Who knows, it might possibly help you improve your own athletic prowess a bit. Read More


Not Just Carrot Sticks: Five Steps to Healthy Snacking

By Emma Laperruque | July 26, 2012

Photo: Emily Barney

Many might think that cutting out snacking is the way to lose weight. In reality, though, three meals a day isn’t the answer to a healthy, balanced diet. If you get too hungry between meals, you’ll end up impulse-ordering that bacon cheese burger you don’t really need or eating that chocolate pudding straight from your fridge in the middle of the night. Putting aside all Doritos and its like-minded, orange-powdered friends, snacking can be a great way to keep your diet in check. Just follow these easy steps:

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How Co-workers Can Affect Your Diet

By Jeannette | April 2, 2012

Photo: ellajphillips

Photo: ellajphillips

By: Allana Mortell

A typical American spends about 15% of his or her lifetime working in an office. How exactly all those hours are spent completely vary by individual but food, diets and consumption certainly come into play at some point or another. In a work environment, food is often used as camaraderie. Whether it’s a new promotion, celebrating a birthday or just enjoying casual cupcake Friday- the amount of food, especially unhealthy, brought into the workplace to be enjoyed amongst co-workers can significantly affect health and diets of all parties involved. Furthermore, a recent study by Survey Sampling International found out just how much co-workers are affecting and even sabotaging workplace diets of their colleagues.

A January 2012 survey of 325 individuals who have dieted or are dieting found that 29% of workers believed their colleagues was consistently damaging their healthy eating regimes. Fifty-three percent said co-workers pressure them to eat foods not on their diet, 40% said colleagues cook and serve them food not on their diet, 35% encountered jokes made about their diet and 31% said co-workers order them restaurant food not on their diet. Read More


Life Feeds on Life: The Consideration of the Jain Diet

By admin | February 15, 2012

Photo: Andre Mellagi

Photo: Andre Mellagi

By: Dylan Rodgers

Cries of impending doom rose from the soil…  These are the cries of the carrots.

                                                                            -Maynard James Keenan

Vegetarianism and veganism are drastically different with plenty of sub-sects of varying intensity. Many vegetarians outwardly concerned with the harm caused in animal slaughter argue that fish may or may not be excluded from their concern (probably the lack of eyelids) and the fact that plants don’t have a face.  With so many schools of thought, where exactly would you draw the line-that is if you find yourself considering such a life changing pursuit?

Consider this: scientifically plants, animals, fungi, bacteria, and viruses are all legitimate forms of life.  One key element to the definition of life is its response to external stimuli; it reacts when poked.  So this suggests that plants and all other life feel in one way or another.  The question arises:  if compassion is the driving force behind your choice, then how deep does this rabbit hole of passivism go?

Jainism, or the Jain Religion, is an order of nonviolent individuals bent on causing the least amount of harm possible, and their motto is not taken lightly.  Jains believe in the equality of souls and that all forms of life contain them. Read More


Clues for Gluten Sensitivities: A New Guide Indicates Who Shouldn’t Eat Gluten

By admin | February 13, 2012

Photo: Meredith_Farmer

Photo: Meredith_Farmer

By: Michele Wolfson

Do you dream about eating luscious treats like cupcakes and cookies, or even main staples like pasta and bread without doubling over from abdominal pains? Its often very frustrating dealing with food allergies related to gluten-intolerances, especially for young children.

Trying to figure out what exactly makes you uncomfortable can be a real challenge. “One way to determine if gluten (or any other food) is causing problems is to do an elimination diet for at least 2 weeks whereby you eliminate all gluten from your diet, which means not even a breadcrumb. After two weeks, reintroduce gluten, and see how you feel,” says Mona Solar, creator of Solar Wellness, an organization that is dedicated to helping improve the lives of those following a gluten-free diet as well as other food sensitivities.

If you are feeling constantly bloated, or experience fatigue and foggy thinking and feel worse after eating wheat and other products that contain gluten, experts say that you should be avoiding them. Read More


Mind Games and Dieting: How to Trick Yourself into Eating Less

By admin | February 6, 2012

Photo: Rakesh Rocky

Photo: Rakesh Rocky

By: Saira Malhotra

We have seen the paintings that create an optical illusion over and over, and each time we are dumbfounded. The mind enjoys playing momentary tricks on us and if we could see its face, we know its smile would be wry. When the mind games are obvious, we are able to call them out, but what about when they aren’t so obvious?

This week, NPR looked at the Delboeuf illusion, understanding how two dots of the same size, appear different when outlined by different-sized circles and the relationship this has with food consumption. Based on this understanding, Professor of Marketing at Georgia Tech, Koert Van Ittersum and Director of the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell, Brian Wansink, conducted a study to understand the impact of illusions and serving size.

When participants were asked to estimate volumes of soup in smaller bowls versus the same volume in larger bowls, their estimates confirmed the Delboeuf illusion. Read More


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