Thursday, November 13, 2008

Changing Your Mind Can Change Your Body Too!

By Jacqueline Stenson
MSNBC contributor

Change your mind, and you just might change your body, too. Psychologists say our “self talk” or “internal dialogue” can make or break a fitness routine.
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Friday, September 26, 2008

How to Lower Your Cholesterol With Better Eating

By Kate Stinchfield

About one in two American adults has borderline or high cholesterol levels, which increase one's risk of heart attack and cardiovascular disease.

Statins, medications that lower levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, are now among the most prescribed drugs in the country (and the world). But medication is only part of the solution: To keep cholesterol under control, maintaining a healthy weight and diet is just as important as taking a daily pill.

The guidelines for treating high cholesterol from the National Cholesterol Education Program recommend that patients try to lower their cholesterol through Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC), which include exercise and a healthy diet, before starting a statin. Read more

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Search For The Anti-Aging Diet

New studies suggest healthy eating may add years to your life.
By Peter Jaret, EatingWell.com

"What's the secret to a long and healthy life?" When I asked my great-grandmother that question on the occasion of her 90th birthday, her answer took everyone by surprise. "I always make sure to eat the fat and gristle off meat," she said.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Eating healthy when dining out is getting easier...

By Stacey Colins

In the dining room's soft amber glow, dozens of patrons peruse the menu at Rock Creek restaurant in Bethesda, Maryland. From a health standpoint, making a smart choice is easy.

Watch your portion size and inquire about the nutritional content of your meal when you eat out.

Whether it's the slow-cooked salmon with sesame seeds, warm bok choy salad, and miso mustard dressing or the jumbo lump crab cakes with celeriac-apple slaw and lemon-caper aioli, each meal contains 600 or fewer calories -- nearly half the amount found in a typical restaurant entree.

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Monday, August 4, 2008

Muscle Building Foods

1. "Quinoa" Move over white rice and make room for this South American grain," says Lynn Grieger, an online health, food, and fitness coach (lynngrieger.com). Although technically a seed, this protein source contains a complete set of branch chain and essential amino acids, making it a tissue- and muscle-building powerhouse. "Its nutritional composition is better than most grains, so try to have... Read more

Monday, May 5, 2008

Obesity and Dementia

A big belly now could spell trouble for your brain later

Health News
Want another reason to lose that gut? Researchers in California believe that excess abdominal fat in middle-aged individuals may raise the risk of dementia later in life.

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Monday, April 21, 2008

WOMEN: Satisfy Your Muscle -Recovery Needs

By: Brigitte Brodski & Dr. David Ryan

Often many of us girls hold back from training our hardest or we fail to continue working out after starting a gym program because of getting tired during the workout or the soreness and stiffness felt. Nutritional companies have spent millions researching the body's reaction to exercise for both strength and endurance training, and have developed many female friendly products to maximize recovery and nutrient replenishment.

Friday, March 28, 2008

10 Deadliest Drugs Approved by the FDA

10 Deadliest Drugs

Approved by the FDA—but are your meds safe?

By Maia Szalavitz for MSN Health & Fitness

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When the AIDS activist group ACT UP staged a protest in 1988 in which it “seized control of the FDA,” it responded to widespread frustration with the agency. The FDA was seen as slow, bureaucratic and unresponsive to the plight of patients who needed better drugs—immediately.
Shortly afterwards, the drug approval process was streamlined and dying patients without alternatives were given early access to promising medications. For drugs given “priority review,” approval times dropped from just under three years in 1986 to as little as six months in 1995.
Now, however, many wonder if the FDA went too far in speeding up the approval process of drugs. Critics claim tragic failures like the approval of the painkiller Vioxx, which may have caused up to 100,000 heart attack and stroke deaths, are a direct result of prioritizing speed over safety reviews.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

America’s Healthiest Restaurants

You work out. You watch what you eat. But you don’t want to have to prepare every meal at home for the sake of your health—nor should you have to. We surveyed chain restaurants and found 10 surprisingly healthy standouts. Hit our top 10 for whole foods, good-for-you fats, even green vegetables on—gasp!—the children’s menu. Read on for the winners, great fast-food options, plus, how to eat out without gaining a pound.

And Now ... America's Not-So-Healthiest Restaurants

by Tracey Minkin

The worst of the rest.
Not everything was so rosy out there. Below, some of the scarier items we came across in our travels.

Scary chicken: At Chili's, 1 serving of Crispy Honey Chipotle
Crispers (no dressing) just laid 1,890 calories at your door.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Lifting Weights: More Than Just Picking Heavy Objects

From BBC News:

Weight training could be as effective as endurance exercises like running when it comes to burning fat and warding off diabetes, a study suggests. American scientists created mice which carried a gene that, when switched on, gave them muscles similar to those produced by weight training. When the gene was off, the mice - which were fed a fast food diet - became obese and developed liver problems. But when on, the same mice burned up fat, the Cell Metabolism study said. In addition, the fatty liver disease it had developed while the gene was off disappeared, and it stopped being resistant to insulin, a condition which can lead to type II diabetes.

The team from the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) genetically engineered the mouse to grow a certain type of muscle - known as Type II - which develops as a result of resistance training. This is different to the muscle which forms as a result of endurance training such as running, known as Type I.

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Recession's Fast Food: 99-Cent Specials

More Food for Less Money As Fast Food Chains Chase Cash-Strapped Consumers

NEW YORK (AP) -- If you want to stretch your dollar without shrinking your appetite, you're in luck.

Fast food companies, looking for a way to attract budget-conscious customers and keep them spending, are increasingly offering more food for less money.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Lifting Weights 'Good As Running'

Weight training could be as effective as endurance exercises like running when it comes to burning fat and warding off diabetes, a study suggests.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Liposuction: Risks, Safety and Natural Alternatives

By Tom Venuto

Is liposuction safe? What are the risks? Could you actually die in surgery? Is liposuction even effective? Are the results permanent or can fat cells come back? Is the high cost worth it compared to natural alternatives for body fat reduction? Are you even a potential candidate? Before you consider liposuction, take a look at these interesting facts and get the perspective of a fitness and nutrition professional (not just a surgeon), then you can decide intelligently for yourself…

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

ACE 2008 Fitness Trend Predictions

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Jan. 3, 2008 – The American Council on Exercise (ACE) has completed its annual survey of its extensive worldwide network of personal trainers, group fitness experts, advanced health and fitness specialists and lifestyle and weight management consultants to identify the leading trends in the fitness industry. 2008 promises to be filled with water aerobics, boxing clubs and spicy Latin dancing. Some trends continue from 2007 including, functional fitness, balance training and increased access to personal training for all segments of society. The following represent ACE’s listing of the top ten fitness trends for 2008

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