Posts Categorized: Wellness

Healthy Chili over Couscous

Chili is a flexible dish with many permutations. Cayenne-Sprinkled Israeli Chili over Couscous is a healthy rethinking of the classic entree that could easily become a staple for your family. Created by Plainview Hospital’s Chef Xavier Haynes and Chef Otis Branch with Victoria Ott, RD, it debuted at North Shore-LIJ’s 2014 Ultimate Chef Challenge. Serving… Read more »

Pan-Seared Tofu with Ratatouille

This Meatless Monday, East meets West: Pan-Seared Tofu with Vegetable Ratatouille pairs traditional French stewed vegetables with tofu, a soy-based staple of many East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisines. Southside Hospital chefs Mo Saleh and Chef Tony Meloni created this low-calorie entree with Samantha Zito, RD for North Shore-LIJ’s 2014 Ultimate Chef Challenge. Ratatouille incorporates… Read more »

A Balanced Vegetarian Diet Is Good for All

A balanced vegetarian diet is healthy and nutritionally adequate at any stage of life, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence and for athletes, according to the American Dietetic Association. The same is true for a vegan diet. The association added that by reducing saturated fat and cholesterol and increasing fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, soy… Read more »

Teen Girls’ Fitness: More Crucial than Fat Concerns

Promoting teen girls’ fitness can hinder cardiovascular disease in the future, according to a new report in the medical journal Obesity Review. Fitness is the ability to perform physical activities that require aerobic capacity, endurance, strength and/or flexibility. It is a significant marker for future health. Genetics plays a role, but exercise is the primary… Read more »

Reduce Cancer Risk with a Healthy Diet

You can reduce cancer risk–including colorectal cancer, breast cancer and others–with a diet that is high in vegetables, fruit and whole grains and low in red and processed meats. Regularly eating food with good-for-you nutrients also reduces other health threats, like cardiovascular disease. Obesity is also a risk factor for many forms of cancer (breast;… Read more »

Re-Resolution: Easy-Does-It Exercise

With the best intentions, people jump into a vigorous training program—especially on January 1—only to lose interest quickly. This is usually because the exercise is too much like work or we do too much, too soon. New Year’s resolutions like that are hard to keep! Try a more realistic re-resolution to make exercise part of… Read more »

Kidney Disease Can Sneak up on You

Tomorrow, World Kidney Day, is a global effort to bring attention to a silent killer. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) can cause kidneys to lose 90 percent of their function before a patient experiences any symptoms. Untreated CKD can cause kidney failure, which requires lifetime dialysis or a kidney transplant to stay alive. CKD damages the… Read more »

Meatless Monday: No Worries About Protein

The Meatless Mondays campaign encourages people to improve their health by reducing their meat consumption by 15 percent. Americans generally eat eight ounces of meat daily–45 percent more than the US Department of Agriculture recommends, according to that agency. Going meatless once a week can reduce the risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular… Read more »

New Clues About Narcolepsy

Imagine feeling tired and sleepy all day, every day–even after seven or eight hours of sleep. You’re so tired that you can’t help falling asleep during the day, even while talking to someone, working or–even worse–driving. This is the brutal, everyday reality for people with narcolepsy. A debilitating sleep disorder, narcolepsy affects about one person… Read more »

Stay Heart Healthy at Every Age

Preventing or reducing the chances of heart disease is something you’re never too young–or too old–to think about. Leading a healthy lifestyle, starting from your teenage and early adult years, can significantly reduce your risk for heart disease later in life. Learn what you can do to stay heart healthy at every age: In Your… Read more »