Nutrition and Fitness Articles 2015

As far back as I can remember, we have been told what foods are good for us and what foods we should avoid, some of these conclusion later retracted by the medical community. Food choices are strictly a personal experience based on one's genetics and predispositions to allergies among others things that alter what we eat. The best foods are fresh foods. Diets work if one sticks to them. Allergies to foods can cause physical damage to the body and must be explored. Obesity is an epidemic in many countries including the US. There's emotional eating and physical eating - we all know the deal. When you look good you feel good and so it goes in the cycle of health and fitness. Everything starts on the soul level, is processed by the emotions, then plays out in the physical body. We are programmed for everything we experience. Healing only occurs when a soul is programmed to do so.

In the News ...

Overweight Americans Want To Lose Weight, Aren't Serious About Doing So   Huffington Post - December 31, 2015
Most overweight Americans want to lose a few pounds, but only half say they are seriously trying to do so, a new poll suggests. In the Gallup poll, about one-third of the American adults surveyed said they weighed at least 20 lbs. (9 kilograms) more than their "ideal weight." And among those people, 90 percent said they "would like to lose weight."

Researchers discover how some organisms process oxalate, a molecule that can harm humans   PhysOrg - December 29, 2015

A wide variety of fruits and vegetables contain oxalate. But humans and most other animals lack the ability to metabolize this molecule - that is, to break it down while digesting it. And so for some people, a buildup of oxalate is associated with kidney stones, arthritis, and even kidney failure. At the same time, some plants, fungi, and bacteria are able to break down oxalate. Now MIT scientists, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Michigan, have identified a previously unknown mechanism through which this process occurs, a discovery that could help researchers drive toward new ways of lessening oxalate's harmful effects on humans.

Experts Question 'Fit But Fat'   Huffington Post - December 28, 2015

As BMI increases, so does the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, musculoskeletal problems and some cancers. Aerobic fitness is generally tied to a longer life, but the same can't be said for obese people, according to new research. In a study of nearly 1.3 million young Swedish men, the least fit normal-weight men were still less likely to die over the next few decades than the most fit of the obese men. The new findings suggest it's more important to be a normal weight at a young age than it is to be fit.

5 Herbs That Can Help Get Us Through Winter   Epoch Times - December 21, 2015

1. Cinnamon Stick
2. Ginger Root
3. Siberian Ginseng Root (eleuthero)
4. Elderberry
5. Nettle Leaves

The 10 Healthiest States In America   Huffington Post - December 14, 2015

10. Nebraska
9. Washington
8. Colorado
7. Utah
6. Connecticut
5. New Hampshire
4. Minnesota
5. New Hampshire
4. Minnesota
3. Massachusetts
2. Vermont
1. Hawaii

Are You a Sugar Junkie? Try This Trick.   Epoch Times - November 10, 2015

Pure Manuka honey has a thousand uses. An energy boosting and savory sweet treat is usually the first use that comes to mind.

November 3, 2015

National Sandwich Day

Meet the Earls of Sandwich

There will be deals and free sandwiches .

America's most popular sandwiches  
CNN - November 3, 2015

List of the cities with the most sandwich shops  
ABC - November 3, 2015

Weight Loss Programs That Began in Brooklyn

Weight Watchers, Oprah, Lean Chefs Ellie's Diet ...

Should You Work Out In The Morning Or Evening? An Investigation.   Huffington Post - November 3, 2015

no, at least not when it comes to working out. In fact, research shows that there are benefits to working out in the morning and at night. So which time is right for you? While there is no definitive answer as to when you should hit the gym (or the yoga studio, or the pavement), there are clear advantages and disadvantages to each time of day. Let's break it down:

Want To Be A Better Runner? Try Walking   Huffington Post - October 18, 2015

Walking doesn't mess with your overall pace. It helps you become a stronger runner. It helps with mid-run recovery. You may need a walk even if you don't think you do. It helps you have a more mindful workout.

Sitting no worse for health than standing   PhysOrg - October 12, 2015

Sitting down is no worse for you than standing up as long as you take regular exercise, a British study said Monday, casting doubt on the health benefits of sit-stand work stations. The study also challenged advice from the UK National Health Service (NHS) based on other studies stating that remaining seated for too long is bad for your health, regardless of how much exercise you do. The research found there was no influence on mortality risk for participants from sitting at work, during leisure time or watching television.

6 Things You Shouldn't Say to Someone With an Eating Disorder   Huffington Post - October 5, 2015
From the steady stream of diet advertisements on TV, to the calorie counts on menus at restaurants, our diet and fitness-obsessed world is a complicated climate for those who are in recovery from an eating disorder.

1. You look so healthy.
2. You look way too thin.
3. You don't look like you have an eating disorder.
4. I need to lose some weight.
5. I wish I had your willpower.
6. Why can't you just eat that?

10 Reasons To Run That Have Nothing To Do With Losing Weight   Huffington Post - October 1, 2015

1. Running makes you happier. One word: Endorphins.
2. It gives you a goal to work toward. The only person you're really competing with when is yourself.
3. It could help with depression.
4. Running makes you part of a community...
5. ...but it's also a great solo activity.
6. It's a healthy way to relieve stress.
7. Running helps you sleep better...
8. ...and it can turn you into an early bird.
9. It keeps your brain sharp.
10. Running makes you stronger in every way.

Top 10 Foods for a Better Mood   Huffington Post - September 21, 2015

1. Leafy greens.
2. Mussels, Oysters.
3. Fish and Fish Oil.
4. Walnuts, Almonds, Hazelnuts.
5. Blueberries and other berries.
6. Lentils, chickpeas, beans.
7. Dark Chocolate, raw cacao powder or nibs.
8. Pumpkin seeds.
9. Fermented Foods and Probiotics.
10. Turmeric.

4 Common Foods That Kill 15 Million People per Year   Epoch Times - September 15, 2015

1. Sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup
2. Trans Fats
3. Industrial Seed- and Vegetable Oils
4. Wheat - Including Heart-Healthy Whole Wheat

5 Things Healthy People Do Differently   Epoch Times - September 7, 2015

1. They Enjoy Exercising
2. They Eat Bad Foods In Moderation
3. They Eat Healthy Snacks
4. They Drink Plenty Of Water
5. They Go To Bed Early and Are Early Risers

10 Practical, Easy, Activities to Balance Your Qi   Epoch Times - August 1, 2015

1. Breath through your nose.
2. De-clutter your home and workspace.
3. Try yoga.
4. Give up perfectionism. Keep realistic standards for yourself.
5. Ask for help
6. Learn to say NO. You cannot take responsibility for everything and everyone.
7. Get sleep and some relaxation.
8. Eat foods that are rich in Essential fatty acids. squash.
9. If you are married or have a partner, make it a priority to find time for just the two of you alone every week.
10. And of course acupuncture is always a great way to balance your qi.

7 Mistakes Even Healthy Eaters Make   Huffington Post - July 16, 2015

1. Not eating enough protein with breakfast.
2. Having a snack.
3. Not counting the calories from alcohol.
4. Eating a salad for lunch.
5. Leaving the carb off the dinner plate.
6. Avoiding your 'bad' foods.
7. Trying the next fad diet.

How Exercise Keeps You Younger   Epoch Times - July 14, 2015

The decline in brain and body function with aging is caused more by inactivity than it is just by aging. A new study of 85 male and 41 female fit amateur cyclists, aged 55 to 79, found that most of them were physically much younger than most people of the same age.
If you have never exercised, start now.
If you exercise regularly, continue to do so.
Find an exercise in which you can keep moving almost every day: dancing, walking, various exercise machines, cycling, skiing, and so forth.
Those who choose to ride a bicycle should worry more about being hit by a car than about the disabilities associated with aging.
In our modern societies, people are living longer and often spend many years suffering terrible disabilities of both mind and body. Most North Americans over 70 cannot walk fast. One in eight people over 70, and one in two over 85, suffer from dementia. Exercise helps to slow damage to your mind and body associated with aging.
Lack of exercise is associated with increased risk for overweight, diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, many different cancers, and premature death.

The Pegan diet: When paleo met vegan   CNN - June 19, 2015

If you thought meat-loving paleo folks couldn't have less in common with vegans, it may be hard to believe the latest trend catching the eye of nutritionists and high profile doctors nationwide. Yes, the pegan diet (paleo plus vegan) has arrived. The idea: By taking the best of popular paleo and vegan plans, you get a surprisingly sustainable way of eating.

The 11 Most Nutrient Dense Foods on the Planet   Epoch Times - June 11, 2015

In order to maximize the amount of nutrients you take in, it makes sense to spend your calorie budget wisely. The best way to do that is to simply eat the foods that carry the greatest amount and variety of nutrients. How to Eat Pegan ... 1. Salmon
2. Blueberries
3. Potatoes
4. Liver
5. Shellfish
6. Egg Yolks
7. Dark Chocolate (Cocoa) + 4 more

Our ancient obsession with food   PhysOrg - June 6, 2015

Amateur cook-offs like the hugely popular Master Chef series now in its seventh season in Australia have been part of our TV diet for almost two decades. These shows celebrate the remarkable lengths we humans will go to to whet the appetite, stimulate the senses, fire our neural reward systems and sustain the body. Yet, few of us pause to reflect on the hugely important role diet plays in the ecology and evolutionary history of all species, including our own. So much of what we read about human evolution portrays the protagonists as unwitting players in a game of chance: natural selection acting through external environmental factors beyond their control and sealing their evolutionary fate. Yet, all species influence their environment through the normal ecological interactions that occur in every ecosystem, such as between predators and their prey. Such interactions shape ecosystems over long time scales and are profoundly important in terms of evolution. When a species alters its environment and influences its own evolution, becomes as 'co-director' if you will, the process is dubbed 'niche construction'.

Vegan Diet Eases Nerve Pain of Diabetes   Live Science - May 25, 2015

For people with diabetes, switching to a plant-based diet may ease the searing nerve pain that can come with the condition, and perhaps reduce their risk of losing a limb, a small pilot study has found. More than half of adults with Type 2 diabetes may develop diabetic neuropathy, a type of nerve damage resulting from poor blood circulation and high levels of glucose in the blood, previous studies have shown. Diabetic neuropathy can lead to ulcers and other infections on the legs and feet, and is the primary cause of limb amputation for people with diabetes. There's no cure for diabetic neuropathy; doctors usually treat the pain with medication and advise the patient to remain vigilant about cleaning wounds to prevent infections.

How Do I Know When To Stop 'Pushing Through The Pain' During My Workout?   Huffington Post - May 18, 2015

We've all heard the infamous training phrase, "No pain, no gain," but there is a limit to how many times we can mutter "ouch" during a sweat session, and how high on the pain scale we can climb, before suffering real consequences. To better understand where to draw the line, The Huffington Post spoke with Dr. Jordan Metzl, a sports medicine physician at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, about the ways in which he typically advises his patients.

Airplane noise affects perception of taste, boosting umami, dulling sweets   TODAY - May 16, 2015

A new study finds airplane noise can affect your perception of taste, enhancing some flavors while dulling others. Flavor is produced by our brain. It's related to inputs from the environment; it's related to the smell and taste of our food. But it's also related to our other senses, too. The study subjects tasted everything either in silence or while being exposed to about 85 decibels of noise designed to mimic the hum of jet engines on board a plane. In fact, the noise was recreated from actual airplane cabin noise recordings. It turned out the racket had two big effects: It dulled the taste of sweetness, but it made the taste of umami more intense.

Fresh and local is in, organics is out for farmer's market shoppers   PhysOrg - May 14, 2015

Goodbye organics, hello fresh local fruits and veggies. Shoppers heading to their neighborhood farmer's market this spring may be more interested in fresh local produce than buying organic food, says a new report conducted by student researchers at Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University. People are going to farmer's markets because of their perception that the produce is fresher, tastes better and is grown within a 100-mile radius. It's a farm-to-table mentality and about promoting local farmers," says Professor Rachel Dodds, the students' academic supervisor at Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

11 Reasons You're Always Hungry   Huffington Post - May 14, 2015

You're dehydrated
You're a restless sleeper
You load up on starchy carbs
You're a stress case
You drink too much alcohol
You need to eat more protein
You aren't eating enough fat
You skip meals
You're bombarded by food porn
You inhale your food
You're on certain meds

How 'Healthy Diets' Have Changed Over The Decade   Huffington Post - May 10, 2015

If you're confused about all the conflicting dietary and nutritional advice out there, you're not alone. Every week, it seems as if researchers are learning something new about the foods that will help us stay mentally sharp, slender and disease-free - as well as those foods that will make us sluggish, soft and bed-ridden. There's a reason for that, of course. Scientific knowledge is constantly in flux, with new findings and reinterpretations of data as time goes on. To keep up with it all, the U.S. government convenes a Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to review and summarize everything we know about nutritional research so far, with the hope that it will guide U.S. food policy and nutrition programs in schools, the military and other public institutions that prepare food, educate people about nutrition or provide food assistance.

6 Things You May Not Know About Weight Loss   Epoch Times - May 8, 2015

Your Hormones Could Be Out Of Balance
It's Sugar, Not Fat, That Keeps The Weight On
Bad Digestion Hinders Weight Loss
You Could Be Overdoing It On Grains - Even If You're Gluten-Free
Poor Sleep Habits Make Weight Loss Difficult
Stress Is The Enemy Of Weight Loss

The Unhealthiest of Health Foods   Epoch Times - April 27, 2015

Fruit Juices
Whole Wheat and Other Grains
Agave Syrup and Nectar
Sports Drinks and Energy Bars
Vegetable Oils and Fake Butter
Low-Fat and Fat-Free Foods
Breakfast Cereals
Choose Real Food Instead

When considering food - regardless of whether it's organic, local, from a supermarket or from a farmer's market, make sure you keep the following criteria in mind. Most often, the best place to find high-quality foods is from a sustainable agricultural group in your area. Make sure that your food is:
Grown/raised without pesticides and chemical fertilizers (organic foods fit this description, but so do some non-organic foods)
Not genetically engineered
Contains no added growth hormones, antibiotics, or other drugs
Contains no preservatives, artificial sweeteners, or artificial anything
Is fresh (if you have to choose between wilted organic produce or fresh conventional produce, the latter may still be the better option as freshness is important for optimal nutrient content)
Not grown/raised in a confined animal feeding operation (CAFO)
Grown/raised with the laws of nature in mind (meaning animals are fed their native diets, not a mix of grains and animal byproducts, and have free access to the outdoors)
Grown/raised sustainably (using minimal amounts of water, protecting the soil from burnout, and turning animal wastes into natural fertilizers instead of environmental pollutants)

How To Improve Your Running From Head To Toe   Huffington Post - April 28, 2015

1. Look ahead.
2. Relax your shrug.
3. Keep swinging.
4. Cut to the core.
5. Get glutes in gear.
6. Alleviate impact.
7. Stay springy.
8. Focus on footwork.

This Is What Sugar Does To Your Brain   Huffington Post - April 7, 2015

It creates a vicious cycle of intense cravings.
It impairs memory and learning skills.
It may cause or contribute to depression and anxiety.
It's a risk factor for age-related cognitive decline and dementia.

11 Weight-Loss Programs After 1 Year: Which Work?   Live Science - April 6, 2015

Among commercial weight-loss programs, Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig show the strongest evidence that they can help dieters keep weight off for at least 12 months, a new study suggests. Researchers found that after one year, Jenny Craig participants lost an average of 4.9 percent more weight, and people enrolled in Weight Watchers lost an average of 2.6 percent more weight than people who either dieted on their own, were given printed advice about weight loss or received a few sessions of health education and behavioral counseling.

Want to Live Longer? Optimal Amount of Exercise Revealed   Live Science - April 6, 2015

Doing a few hours of exercise every week will probably help you live longer, but doing a whole lot more exercise doesn't provide much extra benefit, according to a new study on physical activity and longevity. Still, doing as much as 10 times the recommended amount of exercise was not linked with an increased risk of dying during the study period. That's good news for marathon runners and triathletes who may have been concerned about the long-term health effects of such high levels of activity. In the study, researchers analyzed information from more than 660,000 people ages 21 to 98 in the United States and Sweden who answered questions about how much time they spent doing physical activity, including walking, running, swimming and bicycling.

Exercise, Not Diet, Has Most Impact On Weight As We Age   Huffington Post - April 3, 2015

It won't shock anyone to know that Americans tend to gain weight as they get older. But it is a little surprising that as Americans age and put on more body fat, the quality of their diets generally improves. In other words, Americans do try to correct their softening midsections with things like salads and lean proteins. And, unfortunately, that doesn't quite work, according to a recent analysis of physical activity, diet and weight among U.S. adults. Instead, whether or not a person engaged in moderate to vigorous physical activity was more likely to predict their ability to stave off age-associated weight gain. The study, which breaks down data points from 4,999 American adults ages 20 to over 70 years old, is large enough in sample size to depict an accurate snapshot of how Americans are aging -- and how their diet and exercise levels change over the years.

15 Ways Your Environment Makes You Eat More (Or Less)   Huffington Post - March 29, 2015

In a restaurant: Ask to be seated by a window. Wansink's data show diners who eat next to a window are 80 percent more likely to order salad. And if you're trying to avoid sweets, don't sit at a booth near the bar - according to Wansink's research, people who sit in that location are 73 percent more likely to order dessert. Choose a brightly lit restaurant with soft background music and you'll enjoy your meal more - you'll also consume fewer calories. Order whatever it is you actually want. "If you tell people to be mindful of what they order, they don't like it as much and they make up for it later," Wansink told Mother Jones. "They tell themselves they deserve ice cream since they virtuously ate a salad for dinner." Wansink's research even shows some very specific rules to remember should you find yourself dining at a Chinese buffet: Eat with chopsticks. Choose a smaller plate. Survey the entire buffet before making your selections. Don't sit close to the buffet, and make sure you're facing away from the food.

Special microbes make anti-obesity molecule in the gut   Science Daily - March 23, 2015
Microbes may just be the next diet craze. Researchers have programmed bacteria to generate a molecule that, through normal metabolism, becomes a hunger-suppressing lipid. Mice that drank water laced with the programmed bacteria ate less, had lower body fat and staved off diabetes -- even when fed a high-fat diet -- offering a potential weight-loss strategy for humans.

12 Food and Nutrition Myths We Could All Do Without   Epoch Times - March 17, 2015
This is a myth that even the most educated nutritionists fall victim too. The idea is that if we eat many small meals throughout the day our blood sugar will remain more stable and that it boosts metabolism. Maybe this is true if we're consuming sugary, high carb foods that create a blood sugar roller coaster. However for anyone who knows just how bad these types of foods are, eating 6 times a day shouldn't be a concern. While many small meals can speed up metabolism, it certainly isn't significant- nothing to call home about. Metabolism could just as easily be amped by eating more spicy thermogenic foods.

Fight Fatigue - The #1 Energy Diet Plan to Stop Feeling Tired   Epoch Times - March 16, 2015
Most peoples biggest health complaint is lack of energy. It's tiresome to wake up every day and still feel tired. We end up resorting to quick fixes, sugar laden coffees and sweet treats to give our energy a quick boost. This is the roller-coaster effect, we resort to sugar and refined carbs to give us short term energy, our blood sugar spikes and when it falls we follow along the same vicious cycle. Many of us have been experiencing the rollercoaster effect for a very long time. Action Plan for Cutting Out Sugar
Fat is Our Friend to Fight Fatigue
Use a Cleanse or Detox to Stop Feeling Tired
The Best Supplements to Fight Fatigue
Embrace a Better Quality of Life, You Deserve It!

  4 Ways to Break the Cycle of Emotional Eating   Epoch Times - March 4, 2015
There are no magic bullets. Breaking free from the cycle of emotional eating begins with understanding the pattern and committing yourself to recognizing it when it shows up. The cycle may continue to happen, but you will become faster at noticing and interrupting it when it does.
1. Build Awareness.
2. Address the Issue Directly.
3. Build a Toolbox of Healthy Habits.
4. Get to the Root.

  Coffee is practically a health food: Myth or fact?   CNN - March 4, 2015
If you chose fact, you're right. New studies this week add to dozens more reporting the health benefits of coffee, including protection from type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, liver disease, prostate cancer, Alzheimer's, computer back pain and more. But if you chose myth, you'd also be right. There are times when coffee is bad for you, and it depends on your genetics, your age and even how you make your coffee.

Newly discovered hormone mimics the effects of exercise   Science Daily - March 4, 2015

Scientists have discovered a new hormone that fights the weight gain caused by a high-fat Western diet and normalizes the metabolism -- effects commonly associated with exercising. When tested in mice, the hormone blocked the negative health effects of eating a high-fat diet. Hormones are molecules that act as the body's signals, triggering various physiological responses. The newly discovered hormone, dubbed "MOTS-c," primarily targets muscle tissue, where it restores insulin sensitivity, counteracting diet-induced and age-dependent insulin resistance. This represents a major advance in the identification of new treatments for age-related diseases such as diabetes.

Juice Cleanses: Separating Fact from Fiction   Live Science - November 28, 2014
With nutritious ingredients and good-for-you health claims, juice cleanses and liquid detox diets have received plenty of buzz. The craze has caught on among celebrities who see doing a cleanse as a way to lose weight quickly and eliminate toxins from their bodies, giving them a fresh start. But many health professionals aren't fans of taking this approach to a better well-being, saying there's little scientific evidence that these restrictive eating plans actually remove harmful substances from the system or live up to their health-promoting promises.

The palaeolithic diet and the unprovable links to our past   PhysOrg - November 28, 2014
We still hear and read a lot about how a diet based on what our Stone Age ancestors ate may be a cure-all for modern ills. But can we really run the clock backwards and find the optimal way to eat? It's a largely impossible dream based on a set of fallacies about our ancestors. There are a lot of guides and books on the palaeolithic diet, the origins of which have already been questioned. It's all based on an idea that's been around for decades in anthropology and nutritional science; namely that we might ascribe many of the problems faced by modern society to the shift by our hunter-gatherer ancestors to farming roughly 10,000 years ago.

Brown versus white bread: the battle for a fibre-rich diet   PhysOrg - November 28, 2014
There are two main types of bread, wholemeal, or brown, and white. But most people in Europe prefer white bread. That is a problem because white bread contains very little fibres. And the lack of dietary fibres in the European diet causes serious diseases like diabetes, obesity and even cancer. The EU funded HEALTHBREAD project, which was completed in September 2014, came up with a solution: providing the nutritional benefits of brown bread, while retaining other sensory qualities that people love in white bread.

10 Tips For Healthier Grocery Shopping, From The Nutrition Experts Who Know Best   Huffington Post - November 20, 2014

Make A List
Don't Go Hungry
Pick (Even) More Produce
Stock Up On Canned Foods
Go Plain
Be Selective When Buying Organic
Read The Label
Try Something New
Don't Buy At Eye-Level
Do A Final Check

Here Are the Healthiest Chain Restaurants in the US   Live Science - November 20, 2014

A new website ranks popular restaurant chains in the United States based on the healthiness of their food, and aims to make it easier for people to find healthy options when they eat out. The website, called Grellin, uses nutrition information from meals at 100 of the nation's restaurant chains, and ranks the restaurants based on the proportion of their meals that qualify as "healthy." The researchers call this percentage the "Grellin grade." Some of the restaurants that ranked as the healthiest include Au Bon Pain, Rubio's and Subway, which had more than 50 percent of their menu items meet the criteria for healthiness.

  Obesity 'costing same as smoking'   BBC - November 20, 2014
The worldwide cost of obesity is about the same as smoking or armed conflict and greater than both alcoholism and climate change, research has suggested.

Want Weight-Loss Tips? Beware of Top Search Results Online   Live Science - November 20, 2014

If you're looking online for weight-loss advice, it might be a good idea to bypass the first page of your search results, a new study suggests. About one-third of Americans are overweight, so it's not surprising that around 40 percent of Americans search online for tips on weight loss and exercise, according to research published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. But the problem is that most of the links on the first page of a Google search lead to unreliable sources and commercial websites that market unrealistic weight-loss products and techniques, the study found. Seeing top results full of unreliable information poses a problem for consumers, who usually only click on the first few links they see in their search results.

US States Are a Lot Fatter Than We Thought   Live Science - November 19, 2014

The obesity rates of many U.S. states are actually higher than previously thought, a new study finds. The new findings are based on doctors' measurements of people's height and weight, whereas many previous reports were based on people's reports of their own measurements. But the problem is not that people underestimate their weight - surprisingly, it's that they overestimate their height.

The Easiest And Most Delicious Work Lunch Ideas You'll Find On Pinterest   Huffington Post - November 19, 2014

We turn to Pinterest to collect 24 fresh, creative lunch recipes to liven up your work week. Pinterest - the home of all things Mason jar - actually packs quite a punch when it comes to simple and tasty lunch ideas. From hummus wraps to flavorful salads, these recipes are sure to leave you feeling full and satisfied. So the next time you find yourself staring forlornly at your boring sandwich, think outside the (lunch)box and whip up one of these Pinterest-perfect recipes.

Lose Your Love Handles in This 10-Minute Workout   Epoch Times - November 19, 2014

Love handles, like most types of abdominal fat, can be quite challenging to get rid of, and for many may hold even after you've lost weight elsewhere in your body. But, contrary to popular belief, targeting your abs with crunches or even targeted exercises for your obliques (the muscles under your love handles) will not specifically reduce fat in your problem areas.

Mediterranean diet is best way to tackle obesity, say doctors   BBC - November 16, 2014

Writing in the Postgraduate Medical Journal (PMJ) doctors said a Mediterranean diet quickly reduced the risk of heart attacks and strokes. It may be better than low-fat diets for sustained weight loss. The article also says adopting a Mediterranean diet after a heart attack is almost three times as effective at reducing deaths as taking cholesterol-lowering statin medication.

What Are You Really Eating? Wearable Camera Tracks Your Meals   Live Science - November 14, 2014

A wearable camera that hooks around the ear could become a constant meal companion for people who want to accurately monitor their diet. Many fitness trackers and exercise apps include a diet component, but all of them require users to self-report how much they eat. That method can lead to unreliable data, as people may forget to report some meals, poorly estimate how much they're actually eating or underreport their meals on purpose.

  5 rules to make your diet stick for good   NBC - November 12, 2014
Popular diets don't work long term
1. Choose an eating plan that works for your eating personality
2. Set realistic goals - and be patient
3. Find the right kind of support
4. Accept that you will get off track at times
5. Address your stress

11 Odd Facts About 'Magic' Mushrooms   Live Science - November 11, 2014

1. Mushrooms hyperconnect the brain
2. Slow it down
3. Magic mushrooms go way back
4. Magic mushrooms explain Santa ... maybe
5. 'Shrooms may change people for good
6. Mushrooms kill fear
7. They make their own wind ...
8. At least 144 species of mushroom contain the psychoactive ingredient psilocybin
9. Experimenting with 'shrooms
10. The counterculture cultivator
11. Animals feel the effects

Brain's taste secrets uncovered   BBC - November 10, 2014

The brain has specialist neurons for each of the five taste categories - salty, bitter, sour, sweet and umami - US scientists have discovered. The separate taste sensors on the tongue had a matching partner in the brain. The scientists hope the findings could be used to help reverse the loss of taste sensation in the elderly. It is a myth that you taste sweet only on the tip of the tongue. Each of the roughly 8,000 taste buds scattered over the tongue is capable of sensing the full suite of tastes. But specialized cells within the taste bud are tuned to either salty, bitter, sour, sweet or umami tastes. When they detect the signal, a message is sent to the brain. Although how the brain deals with the information has been up for discussion.

Ways to Boost Creativity   Epoch Times - November 10, 2014

Give some of these healthy creativity-boosting foods a try and see if they don't inspire you to make every moment a living art project infused with inspiration, clarity and masterful ingenuity. Complex carbohydrates provide the brain a steady stream of glucose throughout the day. Antioxidants keep our cells healthy by protecting them from free radical damage.

5 Reasons You Should Eat Grapefruit Today   Epoch Times - November 8, 2014

Weight Loss At at scant 42 calories per 100 g., grapefruit is a low-cal food loaded with dietary insoluble fiber.
Heart Health
Lower Stroke Risk
Radiant Skin

Seasonal Eating Guide: Autumn   Epoch Times - November 7, 2014

Reflections on the health and poetry of eating with the elements: New York Times food columnist Molly O'Neill describes how autumn cooking also feeds our emotional core: ŇAs the season leans more toward winter and squash changes from summer's watery sponge to dense gourds, life slows down and so does cooking, gradually.

Thinking About the Long-Term Impact of Your Food Choices May Help Control Food Cravings   Epoch Times - November 5, 2014
New research reinforces the idea that the brain can control eating behavior, and considering the long-term consequences of your food choices may help control food cravings. Two research studies showing the way you think about food can have an impact on appetite, and many others on the relationship between the brain and eating behavior, will be unveiled this week at The Obesity Society Annual Meeting at ObesityWeekSM 2014 in Boston, Mass.

  Decoding the restaurant menu: Words to avoid for healthful eating   CNN - November 5, 2014
For many of us, eating out happens more often than we would like to admit. It's only natural that with our busy, can't-catch-a-break lifestyles we farm out cooking to our favorite local restaurants. That's OK - it's not so much eating out that's the problem. Rather, it's what we eat at restaurants that can cause health issues. Too many carbohydrates, too much fat and too much salt can lead to obesity, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and cholesterol issues.

The 6 Golden Rules Of A Healthy Grocery Cart   Huffington Post - November 3, 2014

1. Your cart should have at least five colors.
2. Middle aisle foods should contain fewer than four ingredients.
3. "Goodie" foods should be limited to a single serving.
4. All carbohydrates should be 100 percent whole-grain.
5. Frozen meals should stay in the frozen aisle.
6. Water, coffee and tea should dominate your drink options.

Studies Determine Sugar, Saccharin More Addictive Than Cocaine   Epoch Times - November 3, 2014

Millions of prohibitionist-minded Americans have been exposed as complete hypocrites by research proving that refined sugar is more addictive than even hard drugs like cocaine. A compilation of scientific evaluations looking at both sugar and synthetic sweeteners reveals that these omnipresent substances often trigger the same or stronger responses in the brain as illegal drugs, and are sometimes much harder to break in terms of habitual consumption.

8 Healthy Habits to Adopt Now   Huffington Post - November 3, 2014

1. Stock up on healthy foods.
2. Eat sitting down - you'll eat slower.
3. Drink water instead of liquid calories.
4. Snack on fruit instead of chips.
5. Eat a colorful salad -- or veggies -- each day.
6. Chew your food well.
7. Put leftovers away - don't leave them out.
8. To thyself be true. - recognize what works - and doesn't for you

How Much Did Our Ancestors Drink - Are We Drinking More?   Epoch Times - November 3, 2014

Autumn is awash with alcohol, and not just because of the new vintage. Oktoberfest plays a part, too, the 16-day festival in Munich that we associate with massive beer mugs and plenty of debauchery. Its success has prompted copycat events around the world, from London to Ontario, Glasgow to Cincinnati. Such indulgence adds further fuel to the fear that we're getting drunker than ever. But are we? Recent statistics seem to bear this out.

High milk diet 'may not cut risk of bone fractures'   BBC - October 31, 2014
The research, conducted in Sweden, showed women who drank more than three glasses a day were actually more likely to break bones than those who had less. The researchers cautioned that their work only suggested a trend and should not be interpreted as proof that high milk consumption caused fractures.

10 Annoying Food Trends That Need To End Now, Immediately, Pronto   Huffington Post - October 31, 2014
Juice Cleanses, AKA the Liquid Method for Slow Starvation
Kale Creep
The New Quinoa
Food Being From a Farm
Pretending That The Paleo Diet is Incredibly Healthy
Excessively Gendered Foodstuffs
Putting Everything In Mason Jars
Instagraming Foodstagrammers

October 25, 2014

World Pasta Day 2014   Google

Pasta: History, Evolution, More   Wikipedia

World Pasta Day   CC - October 25, 2014
World Pasta Day takes place on October 25, 2014. This day was founded in 1995 at the World Pasta Congress by 40 international pasta producer and is celebrated annually around the world. World Pasta Day emphasizes that pasta is a global food that is eaten on all continents. Ideally World Pasta Day is celebrated with a plate of pasta.

  World Pasta Day 2014: Vegan Zucchini Pasta With Coconut Guacamole   Epoch Times - October 25, 2014

Today is 'International Pasta Day'   PhilStar - October 25, 2014
' Better get your plate of pasta because today, we are celebrating International Pasta day! On Friday, International Pasta Organization (IPO) conducted the IPO Annual General Assembly and the celebration of the event in Buenos Aires (Argentina). Carrying the theme 'Pasta: Added Value for Family Nutrition', the conference aims to recognize the health and economic value of pasta along with pasta recipes from around the world.

Bring These Sandwiches To Work, Save Tons Of Money   Huffington Post - October 25, 2014

Green Goddess Chicken Sandwiches
Avocado Caprese Wrap
Tomato Chutney And Brie Sandwich
Loaded Italian Chicken Sub Sandwiches
Deviled Ham With Pickled Jalapenos
Curried Chicken And Lentil Pita Pockets
Roasted Red Pepper, Arugula And Mozzarella Sandwich
Avocado And Marinated Kale Salad Sandwich
Cobb Salad Sandwich
Sirloin Steak Sandwiches With Horseradish Sauce
Chickpea Salad Sandwiches
Loaded Italian Chicken Sub Sandwich
Tomato Chutney And Brie Sandwich
Edamame Avocado Salad Sandwich
Chicken Tikka Sandwiches
Horseradish Roast Beef Wrap
Two-Pea Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwich
Tuna Nicoise Sandwich
Cottage Cheese Sandwich
Smashed Chickpea Greek Salad Sandwich

7 Tips to Stop Sugar Cravings   Epoch Times - October 24, 2014

1. Sugar is Not Food - It is empty calories with little nutritional value and actually causes your body to steal vitamins from other vital organs in attempt to process the sugar, leaving you undernourished.
2. Sugar Makes You Fat - It is filled with calories that are stored in your fat tissues.
3. Sugar Makes You Nervous - There is a clear link between excess sugar and disorders like anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia, because of extreme levels of insulin and adrenalin.
4. Sugar Causes Diabetes, Kidney and Heart Problems - Excess sugar can damage the pancreas's ability to function properly.
5. Sugar Kills Your Teeth - Sugar increases the bacteria in your mouth that erodes enamel. The biggest crime is that many popular toothpastes contain sugar which is not required to be put the on the label.
6. Sugar Suppresses the Immune System - Sugar interferes with the body by overtaxing its defenses.
7. Sugar Causes Wrinkles - A high-sugar diet damages collagen

8 Impossible Choices People Who Can't Afford Food Make Every Day   Huffington Post - October 25, 2014

Feel Hungry or Fill up on Cheap Fatty Foods
Go to the Doctor or Fill the Fridge
Enjoy a Meal or Water it Down to Make it Last
Eat Food That's Expired or Nothing at All
Pay Utility Bills or Put Food on the Table
Pay for Housing or Ease Hunger Pangs
Get an Education or Eat
Pay for Transportation or Some Food

Why sharing your cake makes you feel better   NBC - October 22, 2014
Want to feel better about eating that luscious piece of chocolate cake? Here's one way to make it guilt-free: Have a friend invite you to share it. That's because we don't feel guilt or regret about diet-busting choices when someone else takes the initiative, researchers reported in a study published in The Journal of Consumer Research. They set up a series of experiments to see if people's guilty feelings about eating calorie-laden foods depended on how much of a choice they felt they had.

10 Ways to Increase Your Fruit and Veggie Intake   Epoch Times - October 22, 2014

1. Buy More, Eat More (Veggies, That Is)
2. Change Your Approach
3. Make Cooking Ridiculously Easy
4. Make It Your Way
5. Breakfast in 60 Seconds
6. Drink Your Vegetables
7. Make an Eggsellent Omelet
8. Take Your Show on the Road
9. Cook Creatively, Dine Differently
10. Leave Room for Dessert

  Is Rapid Weight More Or Less Likely to Stick?   Epoch Times - October 19, 2014

Losing weight gradually doesn't change the amount or rate of weight regained, compared with more rapid weight loss, say researchers. The study also finds that substantial weight loss is more likely if undertaken rapidly. However, our results show that an obese person is more likely to achieve a weight loss target of 12.5 percent weight loss, and less likely to drop out of their weight loss program, if losing weight is done quickly.

Foods That Kill Cancer   Epoch Times - October 18, 2014
An alkaline, balanced diet with plenty of nutrition, and as few toxins as possible, makes the body inhospitable to cancer. Sugar feeds cancer. Processed and refined foods feed cancer. Raw, organic vegetables, especially when grown for maximum nutrient content (as opposed to large scale farming) should be the foundation of any healthy diet. We also recommend that anyone with cancer undergo a full body detox with a supplement regimen specifically designed for your current state of health.

What to Eat This Fall According to Chinese Medicine   Epoch Times - October 12, 2014

There is a belief in Chinese medicine that you should treat any symptoms or imbalances first by eating the right foods; and if that fails, only then should you turn to acupuncture and herbs for a cure. It's true that you are what you eat, or at least that your health is hugely impacted by your diet. Knowing this, many of my patients ask me what they should be eating.

Restaurant Weeks in Queens and Brooklyn   Epoch Times - October 8, 2014
Queens Restaurant Week 2014 runs Oct. 13-31, with more than 100 restaurants participating over 30 neighborhoods. From Aegea to Zenon Taverna, restaurants are offering prix fixe meals, most commonly a three-course $28 dinner, and $14 for lunch.

Orthorexia: When healthy eating becomes an obsession   CNN - October 8, 2014
Orthorexia nervosa - also known as orthorexia - is a proposed eating disorder or mental disorder characterized by an extreme or excessive preoccupation with avoiding foods perceived to be unhealthy.Three years ago, after suffering from chronic abdominal pain, digestive problems and a crushing breakup that left her depressed and sluggish, Ashley Bailey started researching whether "clean eating" could help her feel better. After learning that some people are intolerant to dairy, she cut milk and cheese from her diet and was relieved when her heartburn disappeared. But she didn't stop there.

Sex Hormones May Be Lurking in Your Food   Yahoo - October 8, 2014
Whether you love meat lover or prefer plant-based protein like soy in your diet, the idea of sex hormones in your food might make you a bit queasy. The use of hormones as drugs carries potential risks as varied as bone loss from steroids, and heart disease risks from hormone replacement during menopause. But is there reason to worry that you're getting dangerous amounts of added hormone in your food?

Healthy Food Is Growing More Expensive than Unhealthy Food: Study   Newsweek - October 8, 2014
Today, researchers in the United Kingdom published a study in PLOS ONE that gives yet more insight into this topic: not only is healthy food more costly than unhealthy food but the price gap between them has grown significantly over a 10-year period.

Untested Stimulant Found in 12 Supplements   Live Science - October 8, 2014
A new stimulant drug that has never been tested in people can be found in 12 weight loss and sports supplements, some of which are sold in mainstream vitamin shops, according to a new study. The synthetic compound, called 1,3-dimethylbutylamine (or DMBA), is extremely similar to another stimulant called DMAA, the researchers say. In 2012 the Food and Drug Administration banned DMAA because of reports of its side effects, including heart problems, nervous system disorders and death.

The 'Sioux Chef' Is Putting Pre-Colonization Food Back On The Menu   NPR - October 7, 2014
Like most chefs, Sean Sherman practically lives in the kitchen. But in his spare time, this member of the Oglala Lakota tribe has been on a quest to identify the foods his ancestors ate on the Great Plains before European settlers appeared on the scene. After years of researching and experimenting with "pre-colonization" foods, he's preparing to open a restaurant in the Twin Cities this winter that showcases those foods, reborn for contemporary palates.

Eating Comfort Foods May Not Be So Comforting After All   NPR - October 7, 2014
For many of us, chicken soup can soothe the soul and mac and cheese can erase a bad day. We eat chocolate when we feel gloomy, or when we've been in the presence of a Dementor. And we eat chocolate ice cream to help us get over a bad breakup. These comfort foods usually aren't so good for our arteries, but we tend to think they have healing properties - that they're the antidote for all our emotional afflictions.