Are You the Food Police in Your Family?

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How to Stop Nagging and Still Get Your Family to Eat Right

Remember what the road to hell is paved with? Yep, good intentions. So even though your intentions are good when you “encourage” family members and friends to eat more healthfully, if you overstep and start to seem like the self-appointed Food Police, there could be a very damaging backlash. For instance…

  • The people you’re trying to help may assert their independence by obstinately doing the opposite of what you’re pushing for.
  • Your criticism may wound a loved one’s self-esteem.
  • Relationships can be damaged or destroyed if other people decide to tune you out or avoid you altogether to escape your proselytizing.

Food Police are all too common. “In my practice, I routinely counsel couples and families in which one person has unwittingly offended another in an effort to help that person eat better,” said Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, CDN, owner of BTD Nutrition Consultants in New York City and Long Island, New York, and author of Read It Before You Eat It.

Here’s what to do—and what not to do—to help those you cherish clean up their eating habits… Read the rest of this entry »

How to Know if You Are Getting Enough Omega-3s

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Ask for This Test!

The positive research just keeps on coming. First, scientists told us that omega-3 fatty acids help guard against heart disease. Then research showed that these healthful fats also may help prevent other serious conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease, depression, rheumatoid arthritis, macular degeneration and polyps that can lead to colon cancer.

What we’re not being told: A little-known report from the US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has estimated that about 70% of Americans are deficient in omega-3s.

So how do you know whether you’re getting enough of them? Read the rest of this entry »

Trick Your Taste Buds Into Craving Veggies


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Which would you rather have for breakfast? A spinach and kale blended beverage? Or a “Love at First Sight” Breakfast Smoothie?

For lunch, how about an arugula salad? Or would you prefer tender baby arugula leaves tossed in a honey Dijon dressing?

Time for dinner. Would you like just Brussels sprouts as your side dish or Grandma’s sweet, slow-roasted Brussels sprouts?

Of course, the foods I’m offering you are the same each time.

But how a food is described—whether the description is written on a menu, said out loud or simply thought in your head—can play a large role in whether you want to eat it, according to new research.

In other words, if you want to eat the healthiest diet, foods don’t just have to lookappetizing to your eyes—they also have to sound appetizing to your brain!

And with a little creativity, you can use this naming trick to fool yourself into wanting to eat more healthful foods, such as veggies… Read the rest of this entry »

Tasty Breakfast on the Go

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Mornings can be hectic! Here, tasty and nutritious breakfasts that you can make in advance and easily take with you when you’re on the run… Read the rest of this entry »

Light & Healthy Lunches

For a midday meal that’s packed with taste and nutrition but naturally low in calories, try these lighter versions of traditional lunchtime favorites.
Recipe: Cut a whole-grain bagel in half and scoop out the inside. Inside each half, spread 1 Tbsp. of low-fat cream cheese, add 1 oz. of smoked salmon, and top with chopped tomato and onions.
Benefits: Fiber for good digestion from the bagel, heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids from the salmon, and cancer-fighting phytonutrients from the tomato and onion.

Calories saved: About 150, compared with a whole bagel and regular cream cheese.


Recipe: Mix ¼ cup each of walnuts, small multigrain pretzels, broken whole-grain crackers and dried banana chips.

Benefits: Energizing protein plus omega-3s from the nuts, magnesium to regulate heartbeat from grains, and potassium for blood pressure control from the banana.

Calories saved: At least 100, compared with trail mix with raisins and chocolate chips. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Butter Better?

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For many years, butter was replaced by margarine on the menus of health-conscious consumers. But like many dietary taboos, that’s beginning to change. A little butter is better than the fake stuff, says Daily Health News contributing medical editor Andrew L. Rubman, ND. Butter is a natural food that supports good health, while margarine is a processed product chemically fashioned from refined polyunsaturated oils. Don’t take this as Read the rest of this entry »

Dietary Supplements Update



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  • Black cohost or red clover do not work better than a placebo in treating hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms.  (published in Menopause by University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • Ginkgo bilobadoes not help prevent or delay severe memory loss or Alzheimer’s, according to a study published in November in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Conducted in five medical centers, the study looked at more than 1,500 people, 75 and older, for six years. The herb, taken twice a day in standardized doses, did not reduce the rate of dementia or slow the development of Alzheimer’s, whether subjects began the trial with normal or impaired memory. This study adds to the substantial body of evidence that ginkgo extract does not prevent mental decline.  (Journal of the American Medical Association).

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