• Are Fiber One Bars Good for Me & My Diet?

    by Sari Greaves Year Published: 2014

    Many Americans simply don’t get enough fiber in their diet. With the prevalence of cheap, fast food and limited time for full-on meal planning, people often find it easier to just grab something form their local food chain or buy heavily processed, prepackaged meals. The problem with this is that many such processed food items are sorely lacking in key nutrients.

    Adding fiber to your diet is a great way to promote the health of the digestive system. The question is, how can you add more fiber to your diet?

    In response to an increased awareness of the importance of increasing dietary fiber, people have turned to a number of prepackaged and processed food products that contain concentrations of fiber. One of these ready-made sources of fiber would be the variety of fiber-enriched cereal bars such as the now-famous Fiber One Bars. However, are fiber bars really good for you?

     

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  • Just Eat Real Food, How I lost 125 lbs thru diet

    by Instantloss Year Published: 2017

    My diet is simple. Just eat real food. There is no long, restrictive list of what you can or can’t eat. Find what works for your family and run with it! 

    For us, we restrict dairy, refined sugar, and gluten because we have autoimmune issues. Our issues don’t respond well to those food groups so we avoid them. Dairy, refined sugar, and gluten are also extremely inflammatory and most dietitians will recommend at least limiting your grain, sugar, and dairy consumption, if you’re trying to lose weight.

    Changing the way that I viewed food was key to my success. I started to view food as fuel. The way my body looks and functions is a reflection of the fuel I’m giving it.

     

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  • Why you shouldn't exercise to lose weight

    by Julia Belluz and Javier Zarracina Year Published: 2017

    "I'm going to make you work hard," a blonde and perfectly muscled fitness instructor screamed at me in a recent spinning class, "so you can have that second drink at happy hour!"

    At the end of the 45-minute workout, my body was dripping with sweat. I felt like I had worked really, really hard. And according to my bike, I had burned more than 700 calories. Surely I had earned an extra margarita.

    The spinning instructor was echoing a message we've been getting for years: As long as you get on that bike or treadmill, you can keep indulging — and still lose weight. It's been reinforced by fitness gurus, celebrities, food and beverage companies like PepsiCo and Coca-Cola, and even public-health officials, doctors, and the first lady of the United States. Countless gym memberships, fitness tracking devices, sports drinks, and workout videos have been sold on this promise.

    There's just one problem: This message is not only wrong, it's leading us astray in our fight against obesity.

     

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  • Most of us misunderstand metabolism. Here are 9 facts to clear that up.

    by Julia Belluz Year Published: 2016

    We talk about metabolism like it's something we can manipulate by gulping a pill, downing some green tea, or running faster. You've seen the articles headlined "Boost your metabolism" or "Try this high-metabolism diet to lose weight."

    But this obscures many truths about this essential, yet still somewhat mysterious, biological process.

    Here are nine facts to help you understand metabolism, and how to think about it in the context of weight gain and weight loss.

     

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  • The science is in: exercise won't help you lose much weight

    by Julia Belluz and Christophe Haubursin Year Published: 2018

    We’ve been conditioned to think of exercise as a key ingredient — perhaps the most important ingredient — of any weight loss effort.

    You know the drill: Join the gym on January 1 if you want to reach your New Year’s weight loss goal.

    But in truth, the evidence has been accumulating for years that exercise, while great for health, isn’t actually all that important for weight loss.

    To learn more about why, I read through more than 60 studies (including high-quality, systematic reviews of all the best-available research) on exercise and weight loss for a recent installment of Show Me the Evidence. Here’s a quick summary of what I learned.

     

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  • 15 Simple Hacks For Eating Less Sugar

    by My Fitness Pal Year Published: 2017

    All it takes is one Google search to confirm that too much sugar is bad for you. We hear it all the time that we need to eat less sugar. But with the current state of the food label it can be very confusing and hard to identify how much sugar we are actually eating.

    Obesity rates are on the rise and sugar sweetened beverages have undoubtedly taken the heat, but that’s only the short story. Leading researchers are finding that added sugars such as high fructose corn syrup might be the causing the liver to work overtime leading to a myriad of issues from metabolic syndrome to fatty liver disease.

     

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  • 5 Pitfalls That Lead To Overeating And What To Do About Them

    by My Fitness Pal Year Published: 2017

    Everyone knows what it feels like after you overindulge. You might be sluggish, bloated, queasy or a combination of all three. It’s normal to occasionally overdo it, but if you’re experiencing these classic overeating side effects on a regular basis, it may be time to understand why.

    Here are five common pitfalls that lead to overeating, plus tips on how to curb the habit:

     

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  • The 7 Biggest Weight-Loss Mistakes, According to Dietitians

    by My Fitness Pal Year Published: 2017

    Dietitians have seen it all when it comes to weight loss. From crazy fad diets to bulletproof coffee — while appealing, what sounds too good to be true usually is.

    We are all susceptible to the lure of the quick fix or thinking there’s one magic bullet to achieve ultimate weight-loss success. But this mindset often leads to mistakes that eventually get in the way of the long-term goals we’re trying to achieve.

     

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  • 1 Mealtime Mistake That's Making You Gain Weight

    by My Fitness Pal Year Published: 2017

    The next time you sit down to eat, take a good long look at your plate before you dig in. The food you’re eating and the way you prepared it might be totally healthy, but there could be another, almost invisible factor causing you to eat more than you originally intended to. And if you’re interested in losing or maintaining your weight, letting this little mistake slip under the radar could be getting in the way of your goals.

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  • What a Healthy Summer BBQ Plate Looks Like

    by Danielle Omar Year Published: 6/17

    What a Healthy Summer BBQ Plate Looks Like [Infographic]

    Navigating summer barbecues may seem like a daunting task when you’re trying not to undo all the healthy eating you’ve been doing all winter long. Yes, you can still be swimsuit-ready and enjoy poolside parties without going overboard on calories. Below you’ll find examples of what a healthy, but satisfying, summer cookout plate looks like at four different calorie counts.

    First, some quick tips: Make sure at least half your plate is filled with fruits and veggies

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  • What a Nutritious Breakfast Looks Like at 300, 400 & 500 Calories

    by Elle Penner Year Published: 2017

    What a Nutritious Breakfast Looks Like at 300, 400 & 500 Calories 

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  • Eat Beans for Better Belly Health

    by Amy Machnak Year Published: 2017

    Eat Beans for Better Belly Health

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  • 5 Ways to Eat More Veggies for People Who Hate Vegetables

    by Kristina LaRue Year Published: April 2017

    5 Ways to Eat More Veggies for People Who Hate Vegetables

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  • The Truth about sugar alcohols

    by Jenna Birch Year Published: 2015

    The Truth About Sugar Alcohols

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  • 15 Simple Hacks for eating less sugar

    by KRISTINA LARUE, RD, CSSD, LDN Year Published: 2015

    15 Simple Hacks for Eating Less Sugar

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  • A Beginner's Guide to Fat

    by TRINH LE, MPH, RD Year Published: 2016

    A Beginner’s Guide to Fat

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  • The Surprising Benefits of Cutting Back on Sugar

    by Greatist Year Published: 2016
     

    The Surprising Benefits of Cutting Back on Sugar

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  • A Beginners Guide to Meal Planning

    by Elle Penner, MPH, RD Year Published: 2017

    A Beginners Guide to Meal Planning

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  • 5 Smarter Snacking Strategies for Weight Loss

    by Paige Smith Year Published: 2017

    5 Smarter Snacking Strategies for Weight Loss

     

    Snacking is sometimes a bad word in the weight-loss community, but that’s only if you’re munching on sugary, carb-heavy foods throughout the day (we’re looking at you, mini muffins). Smart snacking, on the other hand, can help you control your cravings, fill up on important nutrients and maintain your energy levels. Try these five strategies to help you crush your cravings.

     

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  • Why Dried Beans Are Better Than Canned

    by Jennifer Pantin Year Published: 2017

    Why Dried Beans Are Better Than Canned

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  • 7 Signs you're getting healthier even if you're not losing weight.

    by Macaela Mackenzie Year Published: 2017

    7 Signs You’re Getting Healthier Even if You’re Not Losing Weight

     

    It’s no secret that there are myriad ways to measure your overall health: strength, aerobic fitness, cholesterol levels, mood and, of course, the seductive shrinking of that number on the scale. But what happens when you’re not dropping pounds — or worse, you’re actually gaining a few — despite sticking to your diet and exercise commitments?

    This isn’t a sign that you should throw in the towel. The number on the scale is simply one factor of your health, and weight-loss plateaus are incredibly common.

    If you feel like you’ve hit a frustrating leveling-off period after making some dietary changes, it might be time to amp up your fitness routine to restart that slimdown. Add speed drills to your morning run or tack cardio onto your weight-training routine.

    In the meantime, to keep you going strong to the other edge of that plateau, pay extra attention to these seven signs that you’re getting healthier even if you’re not losing weight:

     

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  • What 1,200 Calories Looks Like

    by My Fitness Pal, Danielle Omar Year Published: 2017

    What 1,200 Calories Looks Like [Infographic]

     

    OK, first things first: 1,200 calories per day is not a lot. If your goal is weight loss, it’s close to the minimum the National Institutes of Health recommends for women, and it is literally the lowest count recommended for men. Dipping too far below this range isn’t safe or healthy, and MyFitnessPal follows suit when you’re setting your weight-loss program. So if this is your target, the idea of eating 1,200 calories per day can seem pretty daunting.

    The good news is it doesn’t mean you have to survive on rice cakes and boiled chicken, either — you really can eat a variety of satiating and nutrient-rich foods. Here’s a sample menu that illustrates how delicious and satisfying 1,200 calories can be. (Scroll to the bottom for how to make lunch and dinner.)

     

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  • 6 Appetite-Control Strategies that helped me stop overeating

    by My Fitness Pal Year Published: 2017

    6 Appetite-Control Strategies that Helped Me Stop Overeating

    It can be hard not to overeat. You eat a healthy meal at home, think you’re doing well, then you head out (to almost any destination) and are surrounded by junk food. You get hungry, and pretty soon you’re at the local burger joint, diet forgotten.

    Or maybe you stick to the “right” foods, but they’re just so good that you can’t have just one portion. We’ve all been there. That used to be me.

    The following six strategies have changed the game for me — now I’m healthier, enjoy my meals more and my appetite is low enough that, if anything, I have to make an effort to eat more.

     

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  • What Sugar Cravings Might Really Mean

    by MY Fitness Pal Year Published: 2017
     

    What Your Sugar Cravings Might Really Mean

     

    For many people, the battle with sugar can be particularly ferocious. It can arise during an afternoon slump at work, first thing in the morning, after every meal, in the middle of a workout — or, worst, in the middle of the night. In a sugar-laden world, it becomes too easy to reach for a quick fix.

    Cravings tend to crop up when there’s a sense of depletion. However, if you can pinpoint what you lack, it’s easier to make healthier choices instead of going for something sugar-coated.

    Here are a few possibilities for what may be driving those sweet cravings:

     

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  • Day trip ideas in Upstate NY: 19 fun places to visit

    by New York Upstate.com Year Published:

    A day trip in Upstate New York can lead to all kinds of adventures. Take a selfie with statues of women's rights legends Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. Chase waterfalls from Niagara to the gorges of Ithaca to Ausable Chasm in the Adirondacks. Get wet at water parks in Canandaigua or Old Forge and catch sunsets on Million Dollar Beach in Lake George or atop Mount Defiance at Fort Ticonderoga. Check out these ideas when planning your next day trip in Upstate New York.

     

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  • 42 Tasty and Healthy Office Snacks You'll Love

    by SnackNation Year Published:

    We all know how hard it can be to eat healthy at work. The constant supply of sugary, trans fat loaded treats sitting on the breakroom table requires too much will power to avoid.

    So we reached out to 42 health experts (i.e. nutritionists, dietitians, fitness coaches, doctors, and healthy lifestyle bloggers) and asked them one question:

    What are your favorite healthy snacks to keep at the office (or wherever you work) and why?

    We wanted to know plain and simple the healthy filling snacks they recommend to us sedentary folks. You see, the easiest way to stay healthy at work is to have healthy options readily available. That way we reach for the good stuff when we’re “hangry” in the afternoon.

    Here’s a quick summary of the top 5 healthy office snacks (as voted on by 42 experts!):

    1. Fruit (15 votes)
    2. Nuts (12 votes)
    3. Nut Butter, Veggies (tied at 7 votes)
    4. Protein Bar (6 votes)
    5. Yogurt (5 votes)

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  • Terror of Red Dye 40

    by Home Makers Journal Year Published: 2015

    “It shouldn’t have to be like this.” This thought ran through my mind constantly every night at my two year olds bedtime for almost six weeks. Back in November he had been his normal, sweet, good natured self. A little boy that loved to snuggle, went to sleep on his own with zero fuss, and had the sweetest personality. Then it was like someone flipped a switch. He had issues focusing on things when I asked him to do something, he ran around like a wild man, he was violent, and at bedtime he was a total nightmare. What use to be a thirty minute sweet, quiet routine suddenly had become a three or more hour ordeal. I dreaded bed time. It would start out pretty much the same as always, but within five minutes it would spiral out of control. He was fighting me trying to brush his teeth, jumping on the bed, crawling over the edge of his toddler bed, slapping me in the face, punching me in the eye, and telling me that what he was doing was funny.

     

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  • Powerhouse plants: the 10 healthiest foods to eat everyday

    by Rachel O'Regan @ I Quit Sugar Year Published: 2016

    The U.S. Government’s Centre for Disease Control has conducted a major study that ranks the “healthiest foods” based on their nutrient content, and how efficiently the body absorbs and uses those nutrients.

    Can you guess which ones came up on top? No prizes for answering greens. Salad staples dominated the list, taking up every single spot in the top 10.

    But that’s so boring, we hear you groan. Not so fast. Each of the greens come with their own unique health benefits, as well as a delicious taste.

     

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  • 6 Sneaky-Sugar Marketing Tricks

    by Emily Main Year Published: 2014

    For decades, Big Tobacco advertised its health-damaging products using crafty and, often, deceptive marketing, all while promoting the message that consumers had a choice about whether they could smoke or not. 

    Now, the food industry is doing much the same thing, spending billions advertising high-sugar foods that are made to appear much healthier than they really are, according to a new report called "Sugar-Coating Science: How the Food Industry Misleads Consumers on Sugar," published by the nonprofit Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). 

     

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  • Common food additives to avoid that you probably ate today

    by Melissa Valliant Year Published: 2013

    Most of us know food additives have something to do with those mysterious words on your potato chips’ ingredient list that you can’t pronounce. But what are they really?

    Well, food additives can range from welcomed vitamins and minerals to the infamous MSG and high-fructose corn syrup. In general, they’re substances regulated by the Food and Drug Administration that are added to food in order to improve flavor, appearance or shelf life.

     

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  • 6 reasons why we focus on fructose (but still eat fruit)

    by Sarah Wilson @ I Quit Sugar Year Published: 2017

    Want to quit sugar but feeling confused about what it actually means? You’re not alone!

    Unfortunately, we see a few people get caught on either side of the extreme sugar-quitting spectrum. At one end, some people think that quitting sugar means, well, simply quitting the “white stuff” labelled sugar on the supermarket shelf… and on the other side, some people are so serious about quitting sugar that they even forgo fruit!

     

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  • 8 Organic Products With More Sugar Than You Think!

    by 100 Days of Real Food Year Published: 2014

    You asked for more surprising products with “More Sugar Than You Think” …so here they are! Below is a list of 8 organic items that would add up fast, sugar-wise. To see why I have an issue with so much sugar and to also find out the difference between naturally occurring, added, and artificial sweeteners (big difference!) be sure to check out my first post in this series.

    But just to quickly recap, here is the recommended daily allowance of sugar, and also at the bottom of this post I’ve shared a chart that shows you how I calculated the number of teaspoons in the products below.

     

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  • Study reveals cheese is as addictive as drugs

    by Jean Harris Year Published: 2015

    For years you've been telling your friends, family, co-workers and anyone who will listen that you're addicted to cheese. It's a part of every meal or snack, and you think about it constantly.  A new study suggests food addiction is a real thing. 

    >>Is cheese really crack? Digging into the viral study.

    The study, published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, examines why certain foods are more addictive than others. Researchers identified addictive foods from about 500 people who completed the Yale Food Addiction Scale, designed to measure if someone has a food addiction. 

     

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  • The Best Protein Bars That are Actually Good for You

    by Deliciously Organic Year Published: 2016

    Protein bars are all the rage, but unfortunately most of them contain unhealthy ingredients and are very high in sugars.

    Here are some of the ingredients you’ll find in the most popular bars on the market today:
    Grains – Oats, corn, rice and wheat that haven’t been properly prepared contain phytic acid, which is an enzyme inhibitor. The phytic acid robs minerals like iron, magnesium and zinc that your body needs in order to digest properly. This adds stress to the body and isn’t ideal when you’re trying to stay healthy.

     

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  • Magnesium ADHD and Calm Minds

    by ADHD-Health Year Published:

    Magnesium calms the nervous system and helps to transmit messages through it. No wonder then that numerous studies have connected magnesium with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

    Children with ADHD have lower magnesium levels than the average child. Getting magnesium supplements eases the hyperactive behavior and increases focus and attention. People with attention deficit have differences in their metabolism and therefore require supplements to help alleviate this magnesium deficit.

     

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  • 9 ways to add vegetables to your meals

    by Pat Salzer Year Published: 2016

    Vegetables suffer from a bad reputation. “Ugh,” you might think. “They taste terrible and they’re too hard to cook.”

    It’s no surprise that despite the health benefits of veggies, few people eat enough of them.

    Most adults should eat at least two to three cups of vegetables daily. But barely one in 10 adults actually meets this guideline.

     

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  • 30 Best Anti-Inflammatory foods

    by Eat This Not That Year Published: 2017

    Inflammation works a little like sports fans at their team's championship game. One minute they're cheering along in the stands, but once the final buzzer goes off to signify their victory, they're flooding the court in an unstoppable wave—then setting cars ablaze while rioting in the streets.

     

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  • You're not sick; you're thirsty. Don't treat thirst with medication.

    by Dr. F. Batmanghelidj Year Published:

    Our life, our planet. Over 70% of the earth's surface is water. However, most of it—98%--is salt water. Only 2% of the earth's H20 is fresh water that we can drink, and of this, almost all is trapped in frozen glaciers.

    You are not just what you eat; you are what you drink.

    This is why water is so important to your health.

     

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  • Is junk food really cheaper?

    by NY Times Year Published: 2011

    THE “fact” that junk food is cheaper than real food has become a reflexive part of how we explain why so many Americans are overweight, particularly those with lower incomes. I frequently read confident statements like, “when a bag of chips is cheaper than a head of broccoli ...” or “it’s more affordable to feed a family of four at McDonald’s than to cook a healthy meal for them at home.”

     

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  • When is the best time of day to work out?

    by American Heart Association Year Published: 2017

    Morning, midday or midnight — when’s the best time to work out?

    Well, that depends on when’s the best time for you.

    “The best time of the day is when you will do it most consistently, because the benefits of physical activity are tightly linked to the amount you do on a consistent basis,” said Russell Pate, Ph.D., professor of exercise science in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

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