What are the Benefits of Healthy Food? – Infographic

We hear every day how important it is to eat healthy foods and not to junk up our systems with the many forms of junk foods available. It gets to feel like a cliche after a while. So, here is a graphic explanation of why you should eat healthy foods. Exactly what good does it do us to eat healthy foods?

Speaking of junk foods, you might want to check out my post A Love Letter to Hostess Ho Ho’s – NOT for further details.

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10 Health Benefits of Oranges

I don’t know if this even qualifies as an infographic. I think it is a really good list of the benefits of eating oranges, so I thought I would post it for you. Orange you glad I did? (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

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Survey: The 7 Biggest Diet Trends in 2015

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There are tons of blogs out there that dish about healthy eating—and 42 percent of nutrition experts say that that’s where many of us are getting our health info. But many of those experts also say that not all of the blogs are giving out the right info, and there may be even more misinformation out there as the new year progresses. In fact, the majority of the experts surveyed say that there the wrong info found on nonprofessional websites may be more likely to lead to confusion. The upshot: When in doubt, ask a registered dietitian, who can provide you with the most up-to-date and accurate nutrition information.

Note for the record. This blog is written by a retired financial journalist who is now a health aficionado. I worked for Reuters for 20 years. I always source my posts and, when possible, also include links back to the original item. So, the observation about unprofessional websites does not apply here. 

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Originally posted on Cooking with Kathy Man:

This year’s “What’s Trending in Nutrition” Survey from Pollock Communications and Today’s Dietitian surveyed more than 500 dietitians to see what they think will be the biggest trends in the coming year—and here are a few of them.

1: Seeds and nuts.

54 percent of the surveyed dietitians said that these will be the go-to superfoods in 2015 (even though they acknowledged that kale, Greek yogurt, avocado, and coconut products—like coconut oil—will continue to see an upswing).

2: Anything but beef.

The nutrition experts suggested that fish and seafood, eggs, legumes and nuts, poultry, and dairy are the healthiest, most high-quality proteins (followed by soy). The nutrition pros think red meat is less healthy—most likely due to the saturated fat, cholesterol, and high environmental demands required to produce beef.

3: Going gluten-free.

The vast majority of dietitians think gluten- or wheat-free diets will continue to be a thing in 2015…

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What are the Top Habits of Healthy, Happy, Productive People? – Infographic

I have to tell you that when I stumbled across this infographic on Pinterest, I was amazed. There is so much good information in this, I can hardly believe it. I hope you will promise yourself to dig into it and read and evaluate every little point. This is like a full course on being healthy, happy and productive. In a word – POSITIVE.

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I have no doubt that if you study this infographic and adopt its positive practices, your life will change for the better. I know because I began the practice of positive psychology several years ago and my life has never been better.

Here are some posts on living a positive life:
What is Positive Psychology?
Breaking down 8 Barriers to Positive Thinking – Infographic
How to Become a Positive Thinker
Positive Thoughts To Dwell On
7 Exercises That Train Your Brain to Stay Positive
How to Harness Positive Psychology for You – Harvard
Positive, Happy People Suffer Less Pain

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Is It Possible to Reset Our Biological Clocks?

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Since humans are fundamentally diurnal creatures, staying awake at night can significantly disrupt all of the body’s internal biological clocks. These disruptions are far from harmless: over the long term, they can lead to a high incidence of various health problems, such as metabolic or cardiovascular problems or even certain types of cancer.

Originally posted on Cooking with Kathy Man:

Imagine being able to easily get over all of the discomfort and problems of jet lag or night-shift work. Science is not quite there, but recent work by Marc Cuesta, Nicolas Cermakian and Diane B. Boivin from the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and McGill University has opened new therapeutic avenues for improving the synchronization of the body’s different biological clocks.

Physiological changes over the course of a day are regulated by a circadian system comprised of a central clock located deep within the centre of the brain and multiple clocks located in different parts of the body.

This study, which was published in The FASEB Journal (published by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology), included 16 healthy volunteers who were studied in temporal isolation chambers. These results show, for the first time, that the peripheral biological clocks located in white blood cells can be synchronized through the…

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A Key to Decoding Your Food Cravings – Infographic

Many people have food cravings and those cravings can stand in the way of successful weight loss and a happy healthy life. I hope this infographic will help to cast some light on this emotionally-charged area.

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I have written about food cravings previously. To explore this area further check out:
What is a Healthy Way to Handle Food Cravings?
What Food Cravings Really Mean
Is There a Way to Control Your Cravings?
Sugar Overpowers Fat in Cravings Test
Taking on Your Food Demons

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9 Rules of Brain-Healthy Eating – Infographic

I don’t know what the Amen Clinic is, but this is a wonderful infographic of foods the help your brain function better.

Don’t forget that, like your body, your brain benefits from physical exercise, too. To read further on that, check out my Page – Important Facts About Your Brain (and Exercise Benefits).

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5 Healthy Eating Habits to Adopt This Year

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If taking them all on at once seems overwhelming, try a “step-ladder” approach—focus on one change until it feels like a normal part of your daily routine, then add another, and another. Sometimes taking it slow ups the chances that behaviors will stick, so come December 2015, you’ll be celebrating a year of accomplishments.

Originally posted on Our Better Health:

January 1, 2015    By Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD

Nutrition is a hot topic these days, yet many of my clients still struggle with consistently following through with “the basics,” and the stats show that missing the mark on many healthy habits is the norm. For example, the median daily intake of produce for U.S. adults is 1.1 servings of fruit and 1.6 servings of veggies, far below the minimum recommended five daily servings.

If you’re going to set just one goal for 2015, I think eating more produce should be it, but I’ve also listed four others below. I know you’ve heard them before, but they are without a doubt the most tried-and-true, impactful eating habits you can foster—both for your waistline and your health. And despite knowing them, you may not be achieving them, so they’re worth considering as you choose your resolutions.

If taking them all on…

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What are the KEY Numbers to My Good Health? – Infographic

Regular readers are by now keenly aware that I love infographics. As an old journalist, I am knocked out by the amount of information they can convey in a very short space or period of time. I think your investing a minute or two to dig through this one will yield you some very useful facts for keeping your body in tiptop shape.

I love the little one in the corner that says, “300 is the amount of extra calories often consumed by those who don’t get a good night’s sleep.” That one alone was worth your visiting the blog today.

I hope you have a happy productive day!

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How Does Your Heart Feel About What You Eat? – Infographic

When it comes to controlling our weight, a lot of people talk a good game, but the fact remains that 60 percent of us are overweight, 30 percent outright obese and adult onset diabetes is hitting our kids in their teens. So, we don’t do a very good job on controlling what we put into our systems. I thought this was a super infographic because it gets the reader to focus on what the impact of that slice of pizza is on his system.

As I wrote on my Page How to Lose Weight – and Keep it Off – everything you eat and drink becomes a part of you.

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Why Should I Avoid Fast Food? – Infographic

Fat food seems to be everywhere we turn and can be a lifesaver on a busy day, but making fast food a ‘go to’ solution on a regular basis is a prescription for medical problems.

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Check out my Page – Fast Food Nutritional Information for more details.

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An Optimistic Outlook May Be Good for Your Heart

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“There’s a lot of psychological research linking pro-social behaviors to better health,” she said. “Gratitude, for example, has been linked to lower impulsivity, higher salaries, better sleep and stronger relationships. And this strikes me as yet another study that reinforces an intuitive knowledge that probably most people have that our mind and body are linked.”

Regular readers know how strongly I feel about living a positive life. Here are some previous posts:
Breaking down 8 Barriers to Positive Thinking – Infographic
How to Become a Positive Thinker
7 Exercises That Train Your Brain to Stay Positive
How to Harness Positive Psychology for You – Harvard
Positive, Happy People Suffer Less Pain
What is Positive Psychology?

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Study of more than 5,100 adults found a strong correlation between the two.

Accenting the positive may be good for your heart, with a large study suggesting that optimistic people seem to have a significant leg up when it comes to cardiovascular health.

“Research has already shown a link between psychological pathology and poor physical health,” said study lead author Rosalba Hernandez, an assistant professor in the school of social work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “So we decided to look at whether there’s also a link between psychological well-being and good physical health.

“And by looking at optimism as a measure of psychological well-being, we found that after adjusting all sorts of socio-economic factors — like education, income and even mental health — people who are the most optimistic do have higher odds of being in ideal cardiovascular health, compared with the least optimistic,” she added.

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How Often Should I Weigh Myself?

As is usually the case with a question like this, the answer depends on your situation. Are you just starting out trying to lose some pounds, are you in the midst of a weight loss program or have you achieved your goal and are now working on weight control? Also, are you a mature  adult or do you get emotional about setbacks, real or imagined? If you get emotional, daily weighing can work against you.

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The Wall Street Journal asks that heavy question this week and offers several opinions. Marlene Schwartz, director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut, weighs in on what self-monitoring routines work best and why Wednesday is golden.

“Doctors’ views vary widely on how often people should weigh themselves, Dr. Schwartz says. Once a week is the most common recommendation in the obesity-treatment arena, where patients learn about smart-food choices and what triggers overeating episodes, rather than singling out a number on a scale, she says. ”

She added that three times a week or more is good for a person trying to trim pounds. That way you catch weight changes as they happen rather than get caught by surprise.

I have warned elsewhere in this blog that you can weigh every day, but you need to keep in mind that water retention and elimination can through off your total by a full percentage point or more, so you need to know the trend, not just day’s figure. Some medications can also contribute to weight changes.

The National Weight Control Registry says that 44 percent of their members who have lost 30 pounds or more and kept it off for more than a year weigh themselves daily.

Livestrong.com makes some good points. “Your weight on the scale is only one factor in the weight loss experience. In some cases, waist circumference provides a more accurate assessment of your health. Scale weight and body mass index don’t account for muscle weight. Pacing yourself to lose 1 to 2 lbs. a week increases your chances of keeping the weight off.” (My emphasis.)

“Daily weighing can work for you if you use if for self-monitoring without allowing normal fluctuations to derail your program. In a 2006 study that included 1,800 women and men who were trying to lose weight, the people who weighed themselves daily lost twice as much weight as people who weighed less often, the University of Minnesota School of Public Health reports,” Livestrong.com said.

When I lost my 50 pounds in 52 weeks, I weighed myself once a week, on Friday mornings after my shower. It was a weekly report card on my program. I like the weekly weigh in and use it now years after achieving and maintaining my goal weight.

What works for you? And where are you in the weight loss experience?

(Addendum January 16, 2015) After reading some of the comments to this post, I would like to clarify that diet and exercise can result in body changes besides weight loss. You grow muscle and burn fat which alters your body composition as well as your weight. More muscle and less fat will slow your weight loss, but your clothes will fit better and you will look trimmer and healthier. It is good to get a handle on your body fat percentage before you start and as you progress. Check out: What is the Best Way to Measure Body Fat? for more a great tool to do it.

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46 Sneaky Names for Sugar – Infographic

The myriad ways that food manufacturers slip sugar into their concoctions is mind boggling. Here is a key to decoding their work.

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Too much sugar is very damaging to our health. Check out these posts for more details:

How Much Sugar is in Your Favorite Drink?
What Are Added Sugars?
John Oliver’s Amazing Rant Against Sugar
Sugar Substance ‘Kills’ Good HDL Cholesterol, New Research Finds
Sugar: the Evolution of A Forbidden Fruit
Is sugar killing you?
Why You Need to Cut Back on Sugar Consumption
Daily Sugar Guidelines Lowered – WHO
Sugar Overpowers Fat in Cravings Test.

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6 Super Facts About Bananas – Infographics

I think they taste great and are utterly simple to eat, but isn’t it nice to know that there are wonderfully healthy aspects to eating bananas, too?

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Top 10 Foods That Burn Belly Fat – Infographic

On the premise that one picture is worth a thousand words, herewith a killer graphic on burning off your belly fat.

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Belly fat is no laughing matter at least to the possessor. To read further, check out:
What About Belly Fat – Central Obesity?
How Dangerous is a Big Belly?
What are the best and worst foods for belly fat?
How Bad is Extra Belly Fat?

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