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Clean Eating Tools: A Food Diary (Part 4)

What are some challenges you may face when writing a food diary? Writing what you think you should be eating instead of what you actually did eat. Underestimating the amount you’ve eaten. Overestimating the amount you’ve eaten. Temporarily changing how you are eating during the time you are logging in your food diary. You must …

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7 ways to boost your immune system

Looking for ways to give your immune system a boost? Here are some tips on how to keep your immune system healthy: Avoid sugar and processed foods – Sugar and processed foods seriously hamper the immune system. Eating lots of fresh vegetables help the body to ward off those yucky cold and flu bugs! Not …

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The dangers of Vitamin D Deficiency

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There has been a lot of talk recently regarding the lack of vitamin D in our diets. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to get the vitamin D you need without putting in much effort.

First, lets talk about vitamin D and why it’s so important. Vitamin D’s major function is to maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus. Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium, which helps to keep bones strong. Recent research has also stated that Vitamin D may provide protection against osteoporosis, high blood pressure, cancer, as well as autoimmune diseases such as MS. Good stuff this Vitamin D, huh?

The problem is that Vitamin D deficiency is becoming epidemic in this country. Why? Lack of sunlight. Most of us, myself included, are “sun-phobic”. We have all become so paranoid about skin cancer so we slather ourselves in spf 5000 or whatever sunscreen the second we step foot outdoors on an even remotely sunny day.

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Clean Eating Tools: A Food Diary

Did you know that one of the best ways to lose and maintain weight is by keeping a food diary? Most people do not realize the impact food and diet can have on their health, now and in the future. Keeping a food diary can be the first step on the road to weight loss. It sounds so simple, yet writing down each and every bite you eat can be an enormous “wake up call”. Writing down all of the food you eat will force you to confront your issues with food, some of which may include:

  • overeating

  • undereating

  • not eating the right kinds of foods

  • eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia

  • eating too infrequently

 

Once you have the appropriate information, you can be in a much better position to make major improvements in your life in regard to your overall health.

This is the first in a series of posts on food diaries. Tomorrow I’ll be discussing tips on how to compose a food diary.

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How to start a food journal

If you’re looking to drop a few pounds then one of the best ways to do it is by keeping a food journal. This means writing down every single thing you put in your mouth for a few day, a week or even a month. Why is this so effective? Because the journal doesn’t lie. …

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Farm raised fish

By the end of 2009, the world wiill reach a historic milestone: Half of the fish and shellfish we consume will be raised by humans instead of being caught in the wild.

So how exactly does this affect those of us who enjoy eating fish?

We’ll be exposed to a whole different kind of fish than the ones that swim wild. Farm raised fish have eaten unused poultry trimmings, been vaccinated, consumed antibiotics, and have been selected for certain genetic traits.

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The Dirty Dozen

Have you heard about “The Dirty Dozen”? If you’re concerned about eating healthfully and have an interest in lowering your intake of pesticides, you need to know about this.

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Getting Kids to Eat Their Veggies Doesn’t Have to Be a Chore

Ok, let’s face it mom, if you’re child does not like vegetables, your home is probably not the happiest place when dinner time rolls around. Whether it’s because your child refuses to eat them or you are trying everything to think of to get him or her to, the veggie battle can no doubt be …

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Growing Your Own Foods is More Than Just Healthy

Many people shutter at the thought of planting their own gardens, but more people are realizing the health benefits of it go well beyond avoiding the processed steps most of the store bought food today goes through. Not only are these people avoiding the harsh chemicals used to mass produce these foods, but they are …