Reap health benefits using the power of the plate

health benefitsYour plate can be a powerful weapon! No, we’re not talking about using it as a projectile object for self-defense. Instead you can wield your plate to prevent disease, help with recovery, manage stress, boost your memory and even slow down aging, plus so much more! Focus on adding foods that provide the benefits specific to your needs and you will likely reap additional health benefits. Continue reading

The Mediterranean diet: the gold standard for heart-healthy eating

May is National Mediterranean Diet Month

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Extra virgin olive oil in the diet has been shown to reduce cardiovascular disease

Are you looking for the most “heart-healthy” meal plan?

For years, the recommended diet to prevent heart disease was a low-fat diet. Then, as research began to reveal the negative effects of sugar and refined carbohydrates — often included in low-fat meals — many people turned to a low-carb diet. But low-carb does not necessarily mean “healthy.”

Now, more and more evidence points to a traditional Mediterranean meal plan as one of the healthiest eating patterns. A study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine (2/25/2013), shows that a Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease by 30 percent in people at high risk for heart disease.

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Breastfeeding is Best, Unless…

When Breast Milk isn't the Right Choice

siide view of young african woman playing with her babyNew moms know the recommendation; breastfeeding is best for both mom and baby. Breast milk is loaded with all the things babies need for a healthy start in life. Nutrients and antibodies in breast milk strengthen baby’s immune system in ways that formula can’t match. However, in some cases, mom must choose formula because breastfeeding may be unsafe. A health condition such as these may be the cause:

  • Infant has inability to metabolize milk sugar
  • Mom has a severe medical condition
  • Mom is currently taking certain medications, illicit drugs, or on chemotherapy treatment

Talk to a dietitian about healthy choices for mom and baby. Breastfeeding is always encouraged in healthy infants and moms as the best possible nutrition for them.

To learn more about this topic, as well as nutrition during breastfeeding, and the different types of formulas, visit the healthy eating tip of the month website at: www.med.umich.edu/pfans/services/tip.htm


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Lauren Wolfrum is a dietetic intern at University of Michigan Health System. She received her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Bradley University and is originally from Wheaton Illinois. After completing the internship she hopes to become a pediatric dietitian.

 

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 For more than 160 years, the University of Michigan Health System has been a national leader in advanced patient care, innovative research to improve human health and comprehensive education of physicians and medical scientists. The three U-M hospitals have been recognized numerous times for excellence in patient care, including a #1 ranking in Michigan and national rankings in many specialty areas by U.S. News & World Report.

Prevention is the best “cure” for cancer: 8 things you can do to prevent cancer

cancer preventionPrevention really is the best cure for any disease. This holds true for the dreaded “C” word as well. The number one best way to prevent cancer is simple: Achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Why? Because up to one third of all cancers have a positive relationship with being overweight and obesity.

Narrowing cancer prevention down to this one goal sounds simple, but actually achieving a healthy weight can be more difficult. It is doable, if you commit to little changes at a time. Just try the following: Continue reading

Small Steps to Lose Big

Healthy Lifestyles Promote Weight Loss

iStock_000055883548_small“I’m on a diet – again.”
“Losing weight is too much work.”
“I just don’t know where to start!”

Sound familiar?
Getting to your healthy body weight doesn’t have to be difficult. Small steps toward living a healthy lifestyle can begin your journey to improved overall health, well-being and weight loss.

Set goals for small changes
Begin with focusing on what is important and attainable to you at this moment, and then steadily work toward your ultimate goal. Everyday changes like dishing out a smaller portion and keeping track of your eating and exercise patterns are a great place to start.

Take the next step
Learn more ways you can create a plan to a healthier life.


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Breanna Leas, a dietetic intern at UMHS, possesses a strong passion for food and health, learning and is preparing for a career as a Registered Dietitian. She is a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota with a degree in dietetics. Breanna enjoys traveling, experimenting in the kitchen, staying active outside (as much as possible), and yoga.

 

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For more than 160 years, the University of Michigan Health System has been a national leader in advanced patient care, innovative research to improve human health and comprehensive education of physicians and medical scientists. The three U-M hospitals have been recognized numerous times for excellence in patient care, including a #1 ranking in Michigan and national rankings in many specialty areas by U.S. News & World Report.

You can have your Thanksgiving feast and eat it, too

Thanksgiving feastThanksgiving brings to mind tables covered with rich foods, desserts and good company. It may also bring worry about derailing your healthy eating plan but you can have your Thanksgiving feast and eat it too – without guilt – if you follow five basic principles.

It’s a holi-DAY not a holi-SEASON!

  1. Start thinking of the holiday as a day, not a season.

No one can be perfect 100% of the time, so try to eat a healthy diet 90% of the time and Continue reading