Lately, there have been a lot of questions and speculations concerning sugar consumption and cancer risk. While researchers are working on finding any such connection between the two, it is important to remember the role sugar plays in the body. Understanding sugar and following our healthy eating tips can serve as a spring tune-up for the body.
Carbohydrates and sugar break down into glucose, also known as blood sugar.
Carbohydrates come from foods such as fruits, starches, beans/peas, and vegetables. During times of low carbohydrate intake or intense exercise, glucose can also be made from fat and protein. Continue reading →
March is National Nutrition Month and while the benefits of healthy eating are numerous, many people think eating healthy is expensive. With a little extra planning, there are many ways to save money on the healthy foods you eat. Here are some budget-friendly tips for eating right.
Before you head to the grocery store, plan your meals and snacks for the week. When you shop with a list, you will be less likely to buy extra items that are not on it or buy an ingredient you already have on hand. Continue reading →
If you find yourself reaching for a bag of chips or a handful of cookies whenever the going gets tough, you may be a stress eater. Stress or emotional eating can be a physical condition caused by high levels of cortisol, also known as the stress hormone. In high levels, cortisol can increase a person’s craving for high-fat foods and salty or sugary snacks. For some, these foods bring comfort during stressful situations, but they can do more harm than good in the long run.
Stress eating can become a habit that overrides healthy eating habits and good nutrition, but it’s a cycle that can be broken. Try one of these effective strategies:
If you know you’re about to experience a stressful situation, prepare. Being prepared will help you handle the oncoming stress. Eat regularly during the day – every three to four hours – to help keep your emotions balanced and minimize your emotional eating. Continue reading →
Each trip to the grocery store is an opportunity to discover ingredients for heart-healthy meals. Joyce Patterson, University of Michigan clinical dietitian, says the healthiest selections can be found around the perimeter of the store. “Here, you’ll find whole foods that are naturally full of heart-healthy nutrients.”
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