Eating at Fast Food, Full Service Restaurants Linked to More Calories, Poorer Nutrition


“The United States is one of the most obese nations in the world, with more than one in three adult men and women in defined as obese,” said Dr. Nguyen. “Just as obesity rates rise, there’s been a marked increase in total energy consumption consumed away from home, with about one in four calories coming from fast food or full service restaurants in 2007. Our study confirms that adults’ fast-food and full-service restaurant consumption was associated with higher daily total energy intake and poorer dietary indicators.”

I have a Page on Fast Food Nutritional Information which gives breakdowns on calories, fats and carbs.


Originally posted on Cooking with Kathy Man:

For adults, eating at both fast-food and full-service restaurants is associated with significant increases in the intake of calories, sugar, saturated fat, and sodium, according to a new study. The study, appearing early online in Public Health Nutrition, finds on days when adults ate at a restaurant, they consumed about 200 additional total daily calories whether they ate at fast- food restaurants or at full-service restaurants.

Previous studies looking at restaurant food consumption have found that adults who reported eating fast food consumed more calories, fat, and sodium, as well as fewer fruits, vegetables and vitamins compared to than those who did not report eating fast food. Studies have also linked meals consumed at both fast-food and full-service restaurants with higher caloric intake.

For the current study, Binh T. Nguyen of the American Cancer Society and Lisa M. Powell of the University of Illinois at Chicago used more recent data…

View original 269 more words

About these ads

Leave a comment

Filed under fast food, Uncategorized

Garlic – witchcraft or real cure?


Witchcraft it might be, but there is clear evidence that consuming garlic can be effective in influencing a wide range of diseases and conditions.

Originally posted on Focus on food safety:

Hippocrates was an early supporter of the healing effects of garlic.

Hippocrates was an early supporter of the healing effects of garlic.

Garlic is widely used around the world for its pungent flavour as a seasoning or condiment. It is an important component in many dishes of various regions, including Asia, the Middle East, northern Africa, southern Europe and parts of South and Central America. Garlic has also been used as a medicine in many cultures for thousands of years. This blog entry will focus on its potential healing properties.

Early ‘medicos’ like Hippocrates, Galen, Pliny the Elder, and Dioscorides, the personal physician to the Roman Emperor Nero, all mention the use of garlic for many conditions, including parasite invasion, respiratory problems, poor digestion, and low energy. The question is should healing of such a range of ailments be seen as witchcraft or can it actually be true effects?

Proof of effectiveness

Witchcraft it might be, but there is clear evidence that consuming garlic can…

View original 905 more words

Leave a comment

Filed under garlic, Uncategorized

R.I.P., Robin Williams

I have been a fan of Robin Williams since he exploded on the public consciousness with his antics as Mork, the alien from Ork in 1978. For more than three decades he never failed to bring me to outright laughter in his manic public appearances. His humor was so powerful that I often had tears running down my face and couldn’t catch my breath from laughing so violently. It is so tragically ironic that the battle with depression, of all things, cost him his life. I feel like I have lost a wonderful, funny, crazy friend.


I posted on depression just over a year ago – How Bad is Depression?. You can read the entire item by clicking the link.

Here are some highlights:

One of the first things you need to know about depression is that it is a disorder of cognition not just mood, according to Robert D. Edger, M.D. speaking before Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Healthy Transitions Program®.

Depression is significantly more than feeling down or feeling sad.

Dr. Edger said that depression is the leading cause of disability in the world according to the World Health Organization. Women outnumber men by a factor of two-to-one. Only a quarter of the people who suffer from depression ever get treated. (Emphasis mine.)

The Mayo Clinic said, “More than just a bout of the blues, depression isn’t a weakness, nor is it something that you can simply ‘snap out’ of. Depression is a chronic illness that usually requires long-term treatment.

WebMD wrote today, “One of the most urgent signs, which calls for immediate action, is talking about death or suicide.

“Other warning signs, according to Schneider, Krakower, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, may include:

“Talking about hopelessness, helplessness, and worthlessness
Feelings of being trapped, desperate, or anxious
Having persistent sadness or depression
Becoming more angry or irritable
Losing interest in life or loved ones
Having sleep problems
Contacting people and seeming to say goodbye”

Williams was only 63 years old, a young man by modern standards. Certainly, he could have counted on another decade or two if he hadn’t gotten derailed by the depression.

If any good can come from this tragic loss, perhaps it will be to awaken us to the dangers of depression and raise our level of consciousness on the subject. Maybe someone, or someone’s family, will address the problem instead of taking the easy way out and ignoring it. As funnyman Robin Williams has demonstrated, depression is no laughing matter.


Leave a comment

Filed under depression, Mayo Clinic, mental health

Eating More Beans, Peas, Chickpeas and Lentils May Help Manage Weight


Dr. Sievenpiper noted that 90 per cent of weight loss interventions fail, resulting in weight regain, which may be due in part to hunger and food cravings. Knowing which foods make people feel fuller longer may help them lose weight and keep it off.

In addition to these legumes, I have written about chia seeds and hemp seeds which are also superfoods which work well on weight control.


Originally posted on Cooking with Kathy Man:

Eating about one serving a day of beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils can increase fullness, which may lead to better weight management and weight loss, a new study has found.

A systematic review and meta-analysis of all available clinical trials found that people felt 31 per cent fuller after eating on average 160 grams of dietary pulses compared with a control diet, according to senior author Dr. John Sievenpiper of St. Michael’s Hospital’s Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Centre.

His group’s findings were published in the August issue of the journal Obesity.

Dr. Sievenpiper said that despite their known health benefits, only 13 per cent of Canadians eat pulses on any given day and most do not eat a full serving, which is 130 grams or ¾ cup.

Pulses have a low glycemic index (meaning that they are foods that break down slowly) and can be used to reduce…

View original 234 more words

Leave a comment

Filed under weight control, weight loss

The Joy of Spokes

Regular readers know that I ride my bicycle pretty much daily here in Chicago. I have benefited from this experience in hundreds of ways, my waistline is about the same as when I was in high school, as is my weight. My resting heart rate clocks in under 50 beats per minute vs. a normal of around 80 for a guy like me in his 70s. I am probably enjoying the best health of my life for a number of reasons, but biking is high on the list. Despite all that, the reason I ride is because I love it. I feel like I did the first time I even got a two-wheeler going under my own power as a child. The photo below of Albert Einstein riding his bike tells it all. I have a copy on my living room wall.



To read more check out The Joys and Benefits of Bicycle Riding – May is Bike Month. There is an award-winning video in this which was featured in the New York Times. I think you will enjoy the 15 minute experience.

What are the Benefits of Walking and Bicycle Riding? National Bicycle Month – Health Benefits.

Try it, you might like it.


Leave a comment

Filed under aging, biking, weight control

Link Between Vitamin D and Dementia Risk Confirmed


Dementia is one of the greatest challenges of our time, with 44 million cases worldwide – a number expected to triple by 2050 as a result of rapid population ageing. A billion people worldwide are thought to have low vitamin D levels and many older adults may experience poorer health as a result.

Vitamin D is indeed the rockstar of vitamins. I have posted on it numerous times:
How Good is Vitamin D For You – Infographic, Vitamin D Deficiency May Compromise Immune Function, Vitamin D Improves Mood and Blood Pressure in Women with Diabetes, Calcium and Vitamin D Help Hormones Help Bones, Vitamin D and Your Body – Harvard.


Originally posted on Cooking with Kathy Man:

Vitamin D deficiency is associated with a substantially increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in older people, according to the most robust study of its kind ever conducted.

An international team, led by Dr David Llewellyn at the University of Exeter Medical School, found that study participants who were severely Vitamin D deficient were more than twice as likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

The team studied elderly Americans who took part in the Cardiovascular Health Study. They discovered that adults in the study who were moderately deficient in vitamin D had a 53 per cent increased risk of developing dementia of any kind, and the risk increased to 125 per cent in those who were severely deficient.

Similar results were recorded for Alzheimer’s disease, with the moderately deficient group 69 per cent more likely to develop this type of dementia, jumping to a 122 per cent increased…

View original 693 more words

Leave a comment

Filed under aging, Alzheimer's, dementia, Vitamin D

Healthy Diet Set Early in Life


“The toddler years are a critical age in the development of long-term food preferences, but this is also the age that autonomy, independence and food fussiness begins,” Ms Byrne said.

Originally posted on Cooking with Kathy Man:

Promoting a healthy diet from infancy is important to prevent childhood obesity and the onset of chronic disease.

This is the finding from a study published in the latest issue of Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

Led by Rebecca Byrne from QUT, the study described quantity and diversity of food and drinks consumed by children aged 12-16 months.

“The toddler years are a critical age in the development of long-term food preferences, but this is also the age that autonomy, independence and food fussiness begins,” Ms Byrne said.

“Childhood obesity in Australia has doubled since 1986, with about 21% of children aged 2-3 years now classified as overweight or obese.

“Liking a nutrient-dense diet that incorporates all five food groups is important, as evidence suggests that food preferences develop at this early age and persist into adulthood.

“Iron deficiency also remains an issue for toddlers in both…

View original 45 more words

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

10 Habits Of Emotionally Resilient People


happinessRemember, where attention goes, energy flows. So why not cultivate more of what you want instead of what you don’t. There’s always something to be thankful for.

Ultimately, emotional resilience is all about attitude. By practicing these ten responses to stress, you’ll be able to spend more time living with ease and grace, spending more time in the light with fleeting moments of darkness!

For more info on emotional resilience, check out:
Happy people, Happy People Live Longer – Time Magazine, Can I be Happy? Some Super Tools for Handling Stress.


Originally posted on Our Better Health:

BY AMITA PATEL    MAY 11, 2014

Ever notice how some people are stressed during transitions while others can just roll with the punches? It all comes down to emotional resilience. While some of it may be biological, there are ten traits that you can start cultivating today to start living life with less resistance and more ease:

Here are ten things that emotionally resilient people do when faced with a difficult situation:

1. Wait for what’s right instead of acting on what you want right now.

Yup, just like the classic Stanford marshmallow experiment, this is about impulse control — the ability to stop and consider whether you want to act on a desire. For example, when a family member makes you angry, your immediate response might be to lash out. However, impulse control allows you to pause and assess whether that’s really the best course of action in…

View original 534 more words


Filed under aging, happiness

‘Gluten-Free’ Now Means What It Says


Before the rule there were no federal standards or definitions for the food industry to use in labeling products “gluten-free.” An estimated 5 percent of foods formerly labeled “gluten-free” contained 20 ppm or more of gluten.

I have posted on the gluten issue previously. Check out:What is Gluten-Free – FDA Has an Answer, Should you try a Gluten-Free Diet? Gluten-Free Diets Don’t Equal Weight Loss Plans.


Originally posted on Cooking with Kathy Man:

In August 2013, the Food and Drug Administration issued a final rule that defined what characteristics a food has to have to bear a label that proclaims it “gluten-free.” The rule also holds foods labeled “without gluten,” “free of gluten,” and “no gluten” to the same standard.

Manufacturers had one year to bring their labels into compliance. As of August 5, 2014, any food product bearing a gluten-free claim labeled on or after this date must meet the rule’s requirements.

This rule was welcomed by advocates for people with celiac disease, who face potentially life-threatening illnesses if they eat the gluten found in breads, cakes, cereals, pastas and many other foods.

Andrea Levario, executive director of the American Celiac Disease Alliance, notes that there is no cure for celiac disease and the only way to manage the disease is dietary—not eating gluten. Without a standardized definition of “gluten-free,” these consumers…

View original 833 more words

Leave a comment

Filed under gluten, gluten-free

Infographic: ABCs of UV – The Difference Between UVA, UVB, and UVC


Really useful info here. As a skin cancer sufferer, I know how dangerous the sun on your unprotected skin can be. As my dermatologist said to me, “There is no such thing as a healthy tan.”

To read further on the dangers of sun exposure, check out: What you Need to Know – Skin Cancer Awareness, Important Facts About Skin Cancer, How to Protect Yourself from Sunburn and Skin Cancer, Do I Have Skin Cancer? Myths and Facts About Sunburn and Sunscreen.

Originally posted on Cooking with Kathy Man:

Broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 blocks up to 97 percent of the sun’s rays. You’ll need about one ounce (or a shot glass full) of sunscreen to cover your whole body and face. Reapply every two hours, or more often if you’ll be in the water or sweating heavily. The sun’s rays shine the strongest between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM, so use extra caution during that time period.

Learn more about the ABCs of UV in the infographic below:

Enlarge Chart ….

Source: University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences

Today’s Comic

View original

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized