Is cheap food really a value?

A popular fast food chain offers its “Value meals” at a remarkably low price. And grocery stores often advertise various packaged and processed food items at a huge discount. So it oftentimes seems that the healthier foods such as fruit, veggies and chicken breast are way more expensive. BUT, truthfully, it all depends on how…

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Fatigue Busters

Do you rely on Starbucks and energy drinks to get you through the day? Do you oftentimes feel that you haven’t had enough sleep? There are many causes of fatigue, some more serious and complicated than others. If you’ve had fatigue for more than 2–3 weeks, and 8 hours of sleep at night doesn’t seem…

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Stop Food Cravings

Can you resist temptation when there’s a box of fresh doughnuts in the break room at work? Or those delicious-looking brownies a co-worker brought in to celebrate his/her birthday? I think it’s fair to say that most of us have food cravings from time to time, and it’s usually not kale and brussel sprouts we…

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Dangerous food ingredients

I was very dismayed awhile back when I read the label of a poppyseed dressing which I had recently purchased to make a pasta salad for a special occasion. Guess the #1 ingredient–high fructose corn syrup! I was embarrassed to discover that I had unknowingly served a nasty food-like substance to my guests. High fructose…

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Are you “D” Deficient?

Are you experiencing the post-Holiday blues? Feeling more fatigued than usual? Although it’s somewhat normal to feel a bit more sluggish at this time of the year (part of our mammalian brain just wants to hibernate and wake up in the Spring), another source to consider is vitamin D deficiency. According to a recent report…

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Heart disease in women

Do you know that the number one killer for women in the US is heart disease? Surprisingly, only one in five American women believes that heart disease is her greatest health threat, despite the fact that heart disease is the most common cause of death in both men and women. Although men normally experience severe,…

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Deadly foods

Is it possible that you’re killing yourself with your fork? I mean that figuratively, not literally of course! On a recent visit to Chicago, I was totally disgusted by the food-like products (I’m not even sure that I would classify them as food) that were offered at the hotel’s FREE continental breakfast. They did have…

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The Dirty Dozen: Are you eating them?

The Farmers’ Markets are brimming with delicious local produce this month. But do you know which foods are the most important to eat organic, and which foods are considered to be “clean” (minimal pesticides)? Every year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) publishes its list of the Dirty Dozen, foods such as apples and strawberries that…

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Stevia, Equal or Sugar?

Real sugar or artificially sweetened–what’s better? With hot summer weather now here, many of us are reaching for cool refreshing drinks, and this raises a common controversy about choosing sweetened drinks, such as Coke, Pepsi and lemonade, or artificially sweetened beverages such as Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi. Many of us probably remember the research…

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Diabetes & Prediabetes escalating

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 47% of US adults now have diabetes or prediabetes, a whopping 700% increase in the past 50 years. And an estimated 23% of adults have undiagnosed diabetes. These numbers are staggering and are contributing to rapidly rising healthcare costs in this country. According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, MD,…

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