With flu season upon us, many people question whether or not they should get a flu shot. Instead of putting your health at great risk by getting a flu shot, a healthier option is to boost your immune system naturally and limit immune suppressors.
So much of Chinese medicine is linked to how our emotions are connected to our health and well being. In fact the very fundamentals of Chinese medicine are reflected in the five elemental theory. This theory states each major organ has a specific emotion that affects it. It also states that out of that negative emotion can come a positive drive. For instance, at one point in my life I got angry with the way that I was being treated as a patient. I was also upset that there were no options to help me in my condition. If that wouldn’t of happened I would have never thought of becoming a health care provider. Out of that anger came a passion to help others in their healing process.
Lately I have been hearing people claim that they are a “foody.” Initially, I had thought that term meant they are a fan of food. To me that was kind of funny because should we not all be fans of food? Our bodies need it and we all seem to be a fan of it from infancy and beyond. Ask any mother. Although the term “foody” according to the dictionary is, “a person having an enthusiastic interest in the preparation and consumption of good food.” Now that I can get on board with.
When a person undergoes an operation to have a small band placed
around the upper portion of their stomach, as is done with Lap-Band
surgery, chances are they have already tried many times to lose
weight and keep it off but were unsuccessful. The band is a very
useful device that restricts the portion size that a person can
consume at one sitting.
If you just shrugged your shoulders signaling an "I have no
clue" response, you are not alone. Most of us pay no attention to
the amount of calories we consume on a daily basis. Most of us
check the price before we buy a food item. Would it be wrong to
suggest that we just as importantly and intently check the calories
per serving as well?
Boys volleyball at Mountain Pointe is arguably one of the most
successful programs in all of Ahwatukee Foothills sports and Desert
Vista would be considered a good program against just about any
Another year has come and gone. For my money, 2010 was one of
the best years for movies that we've had in some time. I've already
given you my list of the worst movies of 2010 last month, so today
I'm going to count down what I thought were the 10 best movies of
How many times have you heard that eating before bed will cause
you to put on weight? Many individuals vow to "not eat after 6
p.m." to keep their weight in check. Others refuse to go to bed
hungry and eat whatever they want after dinner. Some of these
people are overweight and some are not. The reality is that the
total calories consumed daily or monthly are the main determining
factors for what they weigh. What time of day they eat is
irrelevant to their chances of gaining, losing or maintaining their
Every time I recommend eating more nuts, the typical response
is: "Won't they make me fat?" The fact that nuts are perceived this
way is troubling because any food can cause weight gain if too much
is eaten and nuts are easy to overeat. While it is true that nuts
are high in fat and calories, if eaten in moderation, nuts can
contribute significantly to a healthy diet. This is because nuts
contain mostly unsaturated fats. These fats (polyunsaturated and
monounsaturated) can help control cholesterol and aid in the
prevention of heart disease. That is why they are called "good"
fats and saturated/trans fats found in baked goods, ice cream,
fried foods and some animal proteins are called "bad" fats. Nuts
offer one of the best sources of plant proteins and are high in
fiber. Nuts are also high in Vitamin E (an antioxidant) and
As a dietitian, I appreciate the level of knowledge required to
understand the intricacies of food composition in all facets of
life, not just in weight loss. What I really do not need to explain
to one of my adult clients is the blueprint for what you should
base a healthy diet on. Do you know of any adults that could not
identify that a double cheeseburger is much less healthy for them
than a grilled piece of fish and steamed vegetables? Of course not.
Our obesity epidemic has prompted more nutrition information to the
public than ever before, and it isn't working as we are getting
heavier each year.
You may have noticed over the past few years that a popular
cereal brand was taking over almost every corner of your grocery
store. Yes, Fiber One is not just for breakfast anymore. You can
have your Fiber One yogurt with lunch, Fiber One cottage cheese for
a snack, and a Fiber One blueberry muffin with dinner. General
Mills, the maker of Fiber One products, seems intent on adding
fiber to almost everything we eat. The amount of fiber in one
serving of these products is sometimes more than many of us eat in
a whole day! Are our diets so devoid of fiber that a company can
profit from adding it to dairy products of all things? It sure
looks that way.
Researchers at Cornell University determined that we make more
than 200 food-related decisions per day. How many times can you
choose to go the healthier route when faced with these many
decisions? Let's say a co-worker brings in a box of doughnuts to
the office. You think to yourself, "I'm going to reject those
doughnuts and walk away." Great, a victory for you. Ten minutes
later, you discover there are still a few remaining and you again
make the decision to deny yourself the benefit of tasting one of
the greatest sweet treats man has ever produced. Two hours later,
there is one left and before you can blink, it's resting
comfortably in your stomach. It is amazing we get anything
accomplished with all this brain power dedicated to food decisions.
Because of the many times we think about food each day, the key to
success is keeping your environment healthy enough to allow
yourself to make easier decisions.
Have you ever eaten a cup of soup prior to your meal only to
find that you couldn't eat very much of that meal? Obviously the
soup had a hand in filling you up before the main course came. The
principle behind this is called caloric density and it may be the
key to your weight loss.
Hopefully, when making the decision to eat out, most of us at
least try to think we are going to order a "healthier" dish at our
restaurant of choice. The problem is, once we actually get to the
restaurant and find ourselves salivating over the highest calorie
menu item; an irrational decision may take over. The good news is
that many of Ahwatukee Foothills' restaurants have lots of
healthier, great tasting items on their menus that you can plan to
order before you even walk in the door.
For most of us, grocery shopping is a mindless activity. This is
exactly how the grocers like it. The less actual thought you put
into buying food, the more you can be manipulated into spending
more money. Supermarkets and food manufacturers will do everything
within their power to make your wallet lighter. Anything from using
creative labeling to make you think you are buying a "healthy"
food, to the placement of milk the furthest from the entrance of
the store to make you pass all those foods you had no intention of
By now, we all know that fast food is bad for us. We have books,
movies and news reports telling us this almost every day. Most fast
food is loaded with calories, saturated fats, sodium and just about
anything else our bodies could use less of. Why do some chain
restaurants avoid the negative press even though many of their
meals are just as high in calories, fat, and sodium?
What if I told you that you may not be consuming enough of a
nutrient that may decrease your chances of cardiovascular disease
by 50 percent, improves memory and lessens your risk of developing
Alzheimer's disease? You may wonder if it is too good to be true.
In this case, it isn't. The nutrient is omega-3 fatty acid (or fish
oil) and most of us do not consume enough of these each day.
It is universally known that fruits and vegetables are good for
our health and should be eaten every day. In fact, "5-a-Day for
Better Health" encourages consumption of at least five servings of
fruits and vegetables every day. Unfortunately, most Americans
don't even get this much. Have you ever attempted to eat 10
servings of fruits and vegetables in one day? What would this look
like? Think of a serving as the amount that can fit in the palm of
your hand and note this example day of eating: