New mothers have a few objectives to meet when it comes to their health, and that of their babies: recover from childbirth, keep themselves well-nourished and healthy, keep their babies well-nourished and healthy, and get back in pre-pregnancy shape. That’s quite a to-do list! And if they are breastfeeding, their own nutritional status may be… Continue reading Nutritious Foods for New Moms
“Superfood” is a buzz word now. Superfoods are the powerhouses of nutrition, packing the most nutrients, antioxidants, phytochemicals and other healthful elements, all summarized as nutritional density of food. If food’s nutritional density outweighs its energy density (calories), simply put – if food has a lot of nutrients and is low in calories – add… Continue reading Nutritious “Underdogs”
What are calories? We usually talk about calories with regards to weight management. Calories in access of one's energy needs are blamed for weight gain, while calorie reduction is believed to promote weight loss. Calories are units of energy. In nutrition, calories refer to the energy we get from foods and beverages we consume, and… Continue reading Do Calories Matter?
These days the human kind knows so much about physiology, anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology and medicine than ever before in our history. In terms of technology use in medicine - so many diseases can now be detected sometimes before any symptoms arise. There are treatments, medications and vaccinations to ailments that were deemed deadly in… Continue reading Treat Your Body as a Temple
Soy is one of the most controversial foods out there. For thousands of years it's been the center table food in Asia, and has been since losing its popularity due to unfounded health concerns that soy products allegedly promote - like breast and prostate cancer, its contribution to males' low sperm count and breast tissue… Continue reading In Defense of Soy
While the headline sounds familiar and somewhat overused, I am not going to write about specific foods, rather some food and eating concepts. My purpose is to bring awareness about some of our eating habits and food choices that do not support our health and wellbeing. Making your own meals: Preparing your own meals puts… Continue reading “Eat This, Not That”
Have you wondered, wandering through lengthy aisles of colorful bottles of supplements with some hard to even pronounce names - whether you should be taking any? It depends. When it comes to pretty much anything we put into or onto our bodies - one size does not fit all. We all have unique genetic, physiologic… Continue reading Do We Need Supplements?
When our kids get sick, we tend to blame their classmates, the season or occasional wind draft. However research shows that many reoccurring conditions are caused by food allergies, sensitivities or intolerances. While food allergies are defined as immune reaction with histamine and IgE antibodies release in response to a particular food and can be… Continue reading Ear Infection or Allergy? Food May Cause Many Ailments in Children
Dilemma Gluten-free diets have become very popular and many people jump on the band-wagon, sometimes without even realizing what gluten is and why they should avoid it. What is gluten? A dietary villain out to get you and make your life miserable? Not exactly so… Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and… Continue reading Bread-Lovers Dilemma & Solution
I got you there with the title, didn't I?!Well, don't get your hopes up, there isn't such thing! Or at least there isn't rapid FAT loss. When you lose weight, it's not all fat: depending on your weight loss strategy, some of it is fat, and the rest is water and lean mass (muscles). Often… Continue reading “Rapid Weight Loss”