Monday, April 30, 2012

What is The Dukan Diet and What Can It Do For You?

It's been a best-seller in France for years, but now The Dukan Diet is getting attention on this side of the pond. It's no wonder: The book claims to have helped 5 million French people lose weight. And singer Jennifer Lopez and model Giselle Bundchen are reported to have lost their post-pregnancy pounds on The Dukan Diet.

Read more at this link.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Health Street Workout

Check out the recently updated 18 minute a week HealthStreet workout! Great for those who want amazing results in minimal time. All you need to commit to is 6 minutes of high intensity activity per day.

Why We All Need Kefir!

Do you cringe when someone mentions probiotics because you really don't want to think about those zillions of bacteria living in your gut? Swallowing down some more to add to the pile may not sound like an appealing thought, but the truth is that taking probiotics is probably one of the best interventions you can do to stay healthy or regain your health. That's because those four pounds of little critters in your gut are to a very large degree your immune system. They hold the keys to your very existence.

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Obesity and Health Risks

When it comes to nutrition, it's easy to spend a lot of time worrying about what to eat. But how much you eat puts as much of a stamp on your long-term health as picking the right kind of fat or choosing the right mix of vitamins.
How much you weigh (in relation to your height), your waist size, and how much weight you've gained since your mid-20s strongly influence your chances of:

  • dying early,
  • having, or dying from, a heart attack, stroke, or other type of cardiovascular disease,
  • developing diabetes,
  • developing cancer of the colon, kidney, breast, or endometrium,
  • having arthritis,
  • developing gallstones,
  • being infertile,
  • developing asthma as an adult,
  • snoring or suffering from sleep apnea,
  • developing cataracts, or
  • having a poorer quality of life.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Great Upcoming Events For Baruch College Students

(Source: Baruch College Student Life E-Newsletter)

Union Square Green Market Tour – One of the most amazing farmer’s markets is only a 10 minute walk away! Come speak with local farmers about their food, eat samples, and learn why eating local food is so important. Monday, April 16 at 11:30 a.m. Meet outside of the Office of Student Life. We will be leaving campus for tour at 11:15 a.m. RSVP to Megan AronsonCo-sponsored by Sustainability Committee, Food Matters, Women in Islam, and Health & Fitness Club.

Nutrition Workshop, Part I – Learn why it is so important to support variety and incorporate all foods into each meal to maintain a healthy and balanced diet. This is the first lecture in a three part series. Tuesday, April 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., in NVC 3-215. Co-sponsored by Food Matters and Health & Fitness Club.

Farmers’ Market Demonstration with AVI Fresh – Enjoy free, local, and organic apple, pear, kale, cheese, and spring vegetable samples. Wednesday, April 18, from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., in NVC cafeteria. Brought to you by AVI Fresh, Health and Wellness, and the P.A.W.S.  

Recognizing Addiction to Alcohol, Drugs, and Beyond – Come to an interactive program that will give you an opportunity to discuss the pressures that you or your friends might be struggling with, in a safe environment. We will discuss how students can prevent slipping into harmful behaviors that can endanger themselves and their friends.Wednesday, April 18, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., in NVC 3-215. Co-sponsored by Hillel.

Grow Your Own Garden! – Celebrate Earth Day with U.S.G.’s Sustainability Committee and Health and Wellness by decorating your own pot and starting a garden in it.Thursday, April 19 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., NVC Lobby.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Cancer Rates Decline Overall, but Obesity and Tanning Lead to Upticks

Rates of many cancers have continued to fall in the U.S., according to a national report, but the authors say that obesity and persistent use of tanning beds are contributing to increases in related cancers.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Studies Link Daily Doses of Aspirin to Reduced Risk of Cancer

Taking aspirin every day may significantly reduce the risk of many cancers and prevent tumors from spreading, according to two new studies published on Tuesday.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Sex, Alcohol and Fruit Flies: An Experiment

Scientists are gathering evidence that sexual frustration drives males to drink.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Yes, You May-o!

Homemade mayonnaise is one of my favorite foods on the planet, and contrary to my prior assumption, it's practically a health food. Composed almost entirely of mono- and polyunsaturated oils, with a bit of egg and some flavoring thrown in for good measure, real mayonnaise benefits the heart and brain while tantalizing the taste buds.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Colleagues Who Can Make You Fat

They Bring in Treats To Build Teamwork, Celebrate a Birthday ... Or Just Because

Some 29% of people on diets say colleagues pressure them to eat more, make fun of their diets or order them restaurant food they know isn't on their diets, according to a recent survey of 325 dieters by Survey Sampling International for Medi-Weightloss Clinics, a Tampa, Fla., franchiser of physician-supervised weight-loss clinics.

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Breakfast Not Optional!

What’s your excuse for not eating breakfast?

•  “No time?” How much time does it take to eat a bowl of cereal? Make toast and eat it on your way to work. Make your breakfast the night before. Making time for breakfast is making time to be healthy.
•  “Not hungry?” To get started, don’t eat anything after an early supper. Finish supper by 6:30 p.m.
•  “Might gain weight?” Eating breakfast will actually help you reach and maintain your healthy weight. Your appetite will be satisfied longer. You’ll be eating food when you can best burn the calories. You’ll feel great. Eat breakfast.
•  You “don’t like breakfast foods?” You don’t have to eat traditional breakfast foods. You can eat leftovers, or a sandwich. Any healthy food is fine. Caffeine may mask hunger.
•  You “don’t like eating breakfast?” It is in your best interest to eat breakfast. Take the step. Do the right thing. Eat breakfast. 

Simple, easy ways to add Breakfast:
•  Start Small. If your not a breakfast eater, begin with whole wheat toast and/or a piece of fruit. In a few days, add more food.
•  Choose Fruit for Breakfast. Fruit gives you fiber. Fresh fruit is the best choice. There are many to choose from: oranges, grapefruits, apples, bananas, grapes, kiwis, mangos, melons, berries. Eat two servings of fruit every morning. Canned fruit packed in juice is also a good choice. Add dried fruit to your cereal.
•  Eat High Fiber Hot Cereal. Hot cereal is the best choice, but there are several brands of cold cereal on the market that are high in fiber and low in sugar. Oatmeal is a favorite hot cereal. Try a seven grain cereal and experiment with different grains such as millet, brown rice, quinoa, corn grits for a variety. Try cooking grains in a crock pot overnight and it’s already the next morning. Or cook up a large batch and re-heat the next day. Make your own granola. Add a high fiber cereal to your favorite low fiber cereal. Gradually increase the amount of the high fiber cereal and decrease the amount of the low fiber cereal. For example, if you like cornflakes, add Wheat Chex to the cornflakes. Each morning add a little more Wheat Chex and a little less Cornflakes.
•  Choose Whole Grain Bread. Eat two slices of toast in the morning or a whole grain bagel. Spread with fruit spread or applesauce or your favorite nut butter.
•  Make Healthy Pancakes or Waffles. Have you ever considered topping your pancakes or waffles with fruit?
•  Instead of scramble eggs try scrambled tofu. You’re in for a great surprise.
•  The sky’s the limit. The only limitation is your imagination. Make it a priority. Eat breakfast.

High fiber, ready to eat cereals and whole grain breads.
--Choose a cereal with at least 3-5 grams of fiber per serving.
--Choose cereal that have 5 grams or less of sugar per serving.
Remember 4 grams of sugar=1 teaspoon.
--Choose bread with at least 2 grams of dietary fiber per slice.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Do You Know Your BMI Index?

Aim for a Healthy WeightWe all aim for a healthy weight... Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women. Using the link below, you can calculate your BMI right now and see where you are. (Courtesy of National Heart Lung and Blood Institute)

Calculate Your Body Mass Index

Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Newest Superfood... Coconut!

Coconut Research Center is an entire site dedicated to this super-food.


Red Meat Not Linked to Heart Disease!

After years of worrying that tucking into red meat could lead to a heart attack or cancer, you can relax and enjoy the Sunday roast, say researchers. A report demolishes the ‘myths and misconceptions’ about the meat, saying that most people eat healthy amounts which are not linked to greater risk of disease.


Did Steve Jobs' Diet Contribute to His Early Demise?

Interesting article on how a high carbohydrate, vegan diet may actually contribute to cancer. Read More

Is the FDA food pyramid a myth? Mark Hyman, MD: Says it may be bad for you.

Got milk?

These days, it seems like almost everybody does. Celebrities, athletes, and even former president Clinton's head of Health and Human Services, Donna Shalala, are all proud to wear the white "milk mustache." After all, everyone knows that you need milk to be healthy...

Dairy is nature's perfect food -- but only if you're a calf.


Wednesday, February 29, 2012

What's HOT in 2012?!

The National Restaurant Association's surveyed nearly 1800 professional chefs to predict hottest menu trend in 2012. You can find the result in below video :)


Five new government restrictions on food, medicine, and health freedom.

The following five government restrictions have gone into effect beginning January 2012.

1) Synthetic cannabinoids added to controlled substances list in California

2) California bans beer that contains added caffeine

3) California restricts non-prescription cough medicines to individuals 18 and over

4) California and Oregon ban sale, possession of shark fins

5) Unfounded superstition about the 'dangers' of tanning beds leads California lawmakers to restrict their use by individuals under 18

Although these are only for California, many other states are expected to pass similar laws.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

5 Healthy Food Trends for 2012

1- Craft Beer
Americans are drinking less imported beer and gravitating toward craft brews, which in a nutshell are beers made by small, independent microbreweries, often using unique recipes and ingredients, from hemp seeds and chocolate to raisins, coffee, lemongrass and coriander. Beer has a reputation as being fattening and not the beverage of choice for health conscious consumers, but that's changing.
2- Local Seasonal Superfoods
Finally we've embraced the notion that buying watermelon in the middle of winter just doesn't seem right. Today most fruits and veggies travel about 1,500 miles from where they're grown, so they're often picked before they peak, and the minute they're harvested they begin to lose nutrients. But produce that has been grown and sold locally can be harvested at its peak, which means it will be chock full of vitamins and antioxidants, which are partly responsible for taste, color, aroma, firmness, mouth feel, and even sound (e.g., the snapping of a string bean or cracking when biting into a crisp apple). That's why local in-season fruits and veggies are not only better for you nutritionally speaking, but they're also a feast for your senses. 
3- Sorghum
Whole grains are white hot, and as options like quinoa and black rice becomes mainstream consumers will be looking to expand their whole grain repertoire. By all indications sorghum is primed to move into the spotlight. This gluten-free whole grain, which requires less water to grow than corn, has long been a staple in Asia and Africa. Published studies have found that sorghum's antioxidants and other natural properties may fight cancer and lower cholesterol, and its incredibly versatile. 
4-Plant-Based "Dairy"
Dairy products are generally made from the milk of mammals like cows or sheep, but "milk" can also be made by pressing a variety of plant-based foods, from grains like brown rice and oats to a variety of nuts and seeds. As the movement toward plant-based diets builds we"ll surely be seeing a crop of new products. For example, many stores now carry almond milk yogurt and sunflower seed milk. 
5- Exotic Herbs and Spices   
In cooking, baking and even mixology we'regoing gaga over exotic and ethnic spices like sumac (Mediterranean), charnushka (also called black cumin used in North India, Iran, and Egypt), hyssop (a Biblical herb used to make bitters), and ajowan (a relative of dill and caraway used in Indian cooking). Experimenting with natural seasonings is a great way to fall in love with eating healthfully. In other words you don't have to choke down plain, steamed veggies or flavorless meals.