June 7, 2013 · 5:53 am
Being in my fourth year of writing this blog on good nutrition and living longer, I have lots of rules floating around in my head that I follow. I am sure that you also have a lot of rules that you follow to a greater or lesser extent. So, I was intrigued when I saw the post by Janet Helm, MS, RD, on WebMD suggesting that she had six nutrition rules ‘worth breaking.’
Here is her first one verbatim.
“1. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store and stay out of the middle.
You’ll often hear this advice to help steer people away from processed foods. It’s true that the produce aisle, fresh meats, dairy and other “whole foods” are typically in the outer sections of a supermarket, but I think there are plenty of cart-worthy options up and down the middle of the grocery store. What about packages of whole-grain pastas, bags of brown rice or quinoa, nuts, canned beans, reduced-sodium soups, frozen vegetables and dried fruit? You won’t find these convenient, nutrient-rich items in a store’s perimeter.
In my opinion, we need to give families reasonable options and make it simple and doable. If we make the ideal so lofty, it doesn’t seem attainable. I think it’s more valuable to provide ideas on how to evaluate choices in those middle aisles instead of telling people to avoid them entirely. Plus, a lot of supermarkets are not even organized that way anymore, so the rule doesn’t always hold true.”
This is the kind of clear thinking that makes for positive results.
The other rules worth breaking included:
2. Fresh is best.
3. If it’s white, don’t bite.
4. Ban the salt shaker from the table.
5. Pass on pale produce.
6. Choose the ‘healthy’ option.
Check out her reasoning on each of these at the link above. I think you will find that it stands up well and it may give you some helpful insights into your own weight control program.
Remember, healthy eating is healthy aging.
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May 25, 2013 · 6:18 pm
There are experts on both sides of the question of eggs, I wrote an extended blog post back in January Is it healthy to eat eggs regularly that discusses this in detail. I also disclosed that for years I have eaten a hard-boiled egg every morning with no ill effects. So, I come down on the side of eggs, especially boiled as opposed to fried. As far as I am concerned a boiled egg is hard to beat. (Intended.)
WebMD has a slideshow on bad foods that are good for weight loss and it leads off with eggs. I guess that the ‘bad’ element is the cholesterol question.
Here is what WebMD says in favor of eggs, “When it comes to healthy eating, few foods have sparked as much debate as eggs. The latest research suggests an egg a day is safe and nutritious for most adults — and if you eat that egg for breakfast, you’ll boost your odds of losing weight. The reason: Eggs are packed with protein, which takes time to digest. Eating protein in the morning keeps your stomach full, so you eat less during the rest of the day.” Continue reading →
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March 23, 2013 · 3:12 pm
So, besides pushups and chinups, that I wrote about two days ago, what are some other useful exercises that you can do without needing the equipment of a health club? Squats and lunges are some good ones. When I took the conditioning course last fall, we did a lot of lunges.
WebMD suggests squats and lunges in their series of Effective Exercises.
I like these photos with right way and the wrong way. It’s good to keep in mind that you always want the front knee directly above the foot, not extended forward.
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