Posts Categorized: Wellness

Is It a Diet–or an Eating Disorder?

Let’s get on the same page about anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and overeating for Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Eating disorder statistics show that they affect 10 to 15 percent of us, yet only a tenth goes for help. And with the highest mortality rate of any behavioral disorder–between 10 and 20 percent–it’s important to know… Read more »

How to Reduce Cholesterol with 3 Healthy Foods

A heart-healthy diet contains plenty of vegetables, fruit and whole grains. While no single nutrient prevents heart disease, some foods lower cholesterol naturally with soluble fiber, which prevents binds cholesterol in the digestive tract and helps block it from entering circulation, or with polyunsaturated fats, which lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Here are three foods… Read more »

Shoveling Snow? Watch Out for Back Injuries

Snow isn’t dangerous only for driving conditions. Shoveling the stuff causes tens of thousands of injuries or medical emergencies every year, according to the American Journal of Emergency Medicine—and that’s just counting people who wind up in an emergency department. The stress of removing snow most frequently hurts the lower back, causing muscle strain and serious back… Read more »

The Super Bowl — A Four-Quarter Feast

While Americans debate the east-versus-west coast battle on Sunday and more than 100 Super Bowl players push their bodies to the max, most of us will be practicing hand-to-mouth drills — even though more than 60 percent of our country is already overweight. During the Super Bowl, our best efforts at healthy eating can take… Read more »

Beating Holiday Stress for People with Diabetes—and Everyone Else

Holiday excitement is fun–and it can be stressful, too. Since added stress increases glucose production regardless of what you eat, it helps for diabetes patients to recognize it first in order to handle it. The following techniques can reduce stress not only for people with diabetes, but for the rest of us too. Take a… Read more »

Healthy Holidays for Folks with Diabetes and Their Loved Ones

Nothing beats gathering with friends and family for Thanksgiving. While traditional dishes are delicious, they’re not always nutritious, so it can be hard for people with diabetes to eat as they should. When a member of my family was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, we all embraced healthier eating habits to enjoy adapted versions of… Read more »

4 Steps to Quit Cigarettes for a Day—Then a Lifetime

Tomorrow, people who want to stop smoking will participate in the American Cancer Society’s 37th Annual Great American Smokeout. Quitting may not be easy, but it’s possible—and worth it. Steep prices aside, tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disability in the US. Smoking causes a third of all cancer deaths and… Read more »

More Cause for Concern About BPA: Obesity

Prenatal and childhood exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) and obesity are “significantly associated,” according to a recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. BPA is a chemical used in manufacturing certain plastics and as a lining for many food and drink containers. The new research re-affirms prior studies that demonstrate a link… Read more »

Organic Food: What’s the Difference?

While they look like their “conventional” counterparts, organic foods’ differences are more than skin-deep. Organic food farmers use no petroleum-derived fertilizers, chemical pesticides or antibiotics during growth and production, and work to conserve soil and water and while reducing pollution. These extra measures are usually reflected in the price, so it’s important to know what… Read more »