Fiber in Your Diet May Help Reduce Disease

Simply by increasing the amount of soluble and insoluble fiber you eat every day, you can lower your risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), diabetes, diverticular disease, constipation (especially when combined with water!) and colon cancer.  How great is that?!  Judith C. Thalheimer, RD, LDN points out that you can reduce levels of LDL cholesterol, the bad type of cholesterol, by 5% by consuming 5 to 10 grams of soluble fiber per day. Fiber can also help lower glucose levels in the blood by slowing the absorption of sugar into the blood.

What Does Your Body Temperature Mean?

How many of us go to our doctor’s appointment, get on the scale, have our temperature taken, blood pressure measured, only to have the nurse state some numbers which have no real meaning to you?  And then you ask the nurse “What does that mean? Is that normal?” And you get the response, “Yep, you’re healthy!”  But what do these numbers really mean?

Change Begins Where Comfort Ends

What is something you have been wanting to try, but just haven’t quite built up the courage?  Many times new situations or new activities can trigger anxiety or uncomfortable feelings that keep us from taking the risk and really going for it!  For example, it can be intimidating to try out a new gym or scary to take an unfamiliar bus route.  When we choose to NOT push ourselves out of our comfort zones, we can sometimes feel immediate relief.  But ultimately, we are feeding our anxiety and fear of being uncomfortable.  So what do we do?

Fun in the Sun

Summer is here!  The air is warm, and the sun is out past dinner time.  So what is one to do with all the extra daylight?  Enjoy it my friends because Fall is just around the corner.  Summer activities don’t have to be costly either.  There are many free or low cost activities that you can partake in.  Still need some suggestions?  Here is a short list of fun activities to do this summer:

Walk More - Sit Less

Couple walking in Park

It isn’t just trendy to be concerned about sitting for too many hours at an inactive job, there is good science to support that it is detrimental to your health. Let’s think about this - we already know that inactivity can lead to risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.  Eventually this can all lead to premature death. What is more concerning is that scientists are finding that these detrimental associations negatively affect our health even when leisure time physical activity is accounted for.

Spice Up Your Life!

woman looking bored next to window

Ever feel like you want to find ways to change up your daily routine, but struggle to find ways to do it?  Or maybe you feel like you’re stuck in a rut, but don’t have time or energy to think of how to do things differently?  Here are a few ideas that (hopefully) take minimal effort to do differently:

Is Your Diet Pop Making You Fat?

You might want to think twice before reaching for that diet soda or any other artificially sweetened food or beverage if you want to stay slim and trim.  Many studies have demonstrated that drinking diet soda can lead to a bigger waistline.  Diet soda drinkers have been shown to have 70% greater increases in waist circumference than non-diet soda drinkers.  Furthermore, people who drink at least 2 diet sodas a day have been shown to have waist circumference increases 500% greater than people who didn't drink any diet soda at all!!

Food of the Month: Quinoa

Why Eat Quinoa:

Quinoa is one super grain! It is packed with B-Vitamins, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium and Vitamin E. Like most other grains, quinoa is high in fiber, which helps to regulate digestion and has been shown to be beneficial for heart health. Quinoa is unique in that it is the only grain that provides a complete protein (meaning that it has all of the essential amino acids that we need).

How to Eat Quinoa: