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  • 21 Jul 2015
    Dealing with the Glut of Fast-Food Ads on TVLately, I've had a hankering for a Pizza Hut pizza. Nothing too surprising about that. But my hankering is for “a Pizza Hut any-size pizza for $10” pizza.I've also been yearning to unlock the box and dive into a Taco Bell $5 “Big Box Remixed” meal deal and maybe a couple of those adorable little BK burger minis at Burger King.Mmmm... or maybe I want a Subway $5 foot-long sandwich... or, perhaps a Dunkin' Donuts frozen hot chocolate or a caramel and mocha iced coffee.Sorry for my meanderings, but I tend to watch a bit of TV when I am not tied to my computer. And, if you recognized all those fast food menu items that I just mentioned, odds are, you too share a bit of your time with the telly.Ads featuring the fast food items I mentioned have been running on the hour – if not more frequently. But maybe it's because I am a hopeless channel changer who happens to catch them on multiple stations back to back.Or maybe not.I surfed the Web for a bit and found these eye-opening and waist-widening stats; it's Chapter 9 of a government report titled “Food Advertising in the United States” by Anthony E. Gallo.The meat of the chapter notes: Food manufacturers spent $7 billion in advertising in 1997 – and television was the favorite medium with over 75% of that $7 billion spent on TV ads. To add sauce to injury: fast-food restaurants allocated over 95% of their budgets to television ads!There's a term I learned a long time ago that really fits here. The term is “ad nauseum” which is defined as “to a disgusting or ridiculous degree; to the point of nausea.” And surer than spit that's what this glut of fast food TV commercials has become.Let's call it ad nausea... because I get sick to my stomach thinking about all that yummy-looking food that's calling out to me like the sirens did to the ancient mariners. Should I give in to their savory song my healthy eating will find itself on the rocks – and my resolve could end up broken beyond repair.OK, so maybe that's a tad too dramatic. But why can't I enjoy a baseball game or a silly sitcom without being tempted to hop in my car and speed to the nearest fast food joint for a burger, fried chicken, sub or pizza?So, what's so bad about watching one fast food ad after another?A Nov. 8, 2010 TIME magazine feature noted, “Constant exposure to fast-food marketing helps normalize the kind of eating behavior associated with such restaurants. It makes outsized portions look normal and encourages snacking.”Another stomach-turning stat that I found online: Kids in America are watching more than five fast food commercials per hour – and more than 70% of those ads feature fast food or sugary treats.Is Jordan 4 Shoes Store it any wonder childhood obesity rates are rising? Heck, is it any wonder why my weight stays on the high end of the scale?So the question begs: What can we do about this glut of fast food commercials? Well, since we live in a nation that honors free speech, not much. So if we can't shut 'em up why don't we shut 'em off?That works for me... sometimes. Since I am a notorious channel changer as soon as an ad pops up I am off to the next show or sporting event. It may not be the best way to fight back, but it does let me avoid the close-ups of the fast food that's been doctored to make it look irresistible. Did you ever buy a fast food meal that looks as good as the ones you see on the TV ads? Me neither.Here's another idea. You've probably heard of “drinking games” which usually involve gulping a shot of booze every time a certain phrase is uttered on a movie or TV show.Let's create a “shrinking game” and every time a fast food commercial appears we'll drop to the floor for push-ups or sit-ups! Or we can keep a few dumbbells – or a treadmill – near the TV and exercise with them during the commercial breaks.It's a thought. Too bad it's not as tempting as actually making a run for the border and having it my way at a fast food joint.What is your best advice Retro Jordan 13 Low Shoes for avoiding fast-food ads?   Via: please click here the link Connected Content   Related Article   Related Link:
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  • 01 Aug 2015
    Fighting the Ego and Seeing the Bigger Picture Note: I'm no fitness expert--that's Coach Nicole--so please don't use this blog post as a way to diagnose or treat any injury, pain or tweak you're feeling. Listen to your body, and consult a professional if you sense anything is amiss. Our bodies are complex systems, and even when we feel healthy and happy, they're not operating at 100% capacity or efficiency. No body is perfect, and sometimes identifying the source of a flaw can be difficult.When you're active, aches and pains are not uncommon. I don't mean injuries; I mean some soreness or achiness. (More: Smart Ways to Soothe Sore Muscles) I don't "no pain, no gain"; I don't subscribe to that myth. (Learn to spot the signs of   Cheap Jordan 13 Low Shoes   overtraining.) I mean the discomfort that sometimes accompanies exercise: the burn in your muscles, the stiffness in your joints, and all the other tweaks and twinges you feel in your body.Before I started working out regularly, I don't remember having many injuries or much soreness, aside from my weak low back. In the last New Fashioned Luxury-Nike Air Jordan 13 Black Grey Gold Shoes ID 8899623 year, however, I've noticed an increasing number of aches and pains. I often pose this question to my yoga teacher: Is it because I'm more active, or is it because I am more aware of my body and notice even minor changes?What's causing these ailments? Most of the time, the problem isn't my body--it's my ego. I stop listening to my body and let my ego take over."You can push harder--and even harder still. You can hold longer. You can run farther. You can go faster."I do.Then, I pay.Maybe it's a knee that's tender, a back that's knotted up, or an elbow that feels overstretched.What's the fix?I listen. I rest. I ignore the ego. I listen to my body.I know, this is something we've blogged about quite a few times in the past, but it bears repeating! Read these to learn more:Habits of Fit People: Listen to Your BodyWhen Your Body Speaks, Do You Listen?4 Lessons Learned from Listening to My BodyEvery tweak and twinge that has turned into something more serious could have been prevented if I had just ignored my ego and looked at the bigger picture.Would I rather do less today and tomorrow or push through and risk being sidelined for a week? Would I rather hold back in a pose and feel no discomfort or push through and end up injured?The ego is what tells us to add another two miles to our runs every day this week, even though we know we shouldn't increase mileage more than 10% a week.It's what tells us to mimic the woman next to us in yoga class, rather than modifying a posture based on our own body's limitations and capabilities.And it's what tells us that we've failed if we don't do more, better, faster, longer, stronger NOW!There's a fine line between motivating yourself and letting the ego take over. That line is different for every person in every situation, but the more time we spend listening to our bodies, the more time we spend learning about healthy living, and the less time we spend worrying about what everyone else thinks, the better off we'll be.Rest, ice, compression, doing less--those all help       me get back on the mat and working to my fullest potential. I remind myself that taking care of my body doesn't just happen during a workout or a yoga practice, it happens after, with recovery, rest, nutrition and sleep.Listen to your body. Ignore your ego.More self-care tips: Ouch! Avoiding the Aches and Pains11 Exercises that Help Decrease Knee PainBouncing Back after an Injury4 Easy Ways to Avoid Injury in the Weight Room5 Reasons I've Never Had a Running InjuryDo you fight with your ego during workouts?   Related Link:   Goods Shipped Air Jordan Slide Slippers Sports Sandal White Red Shoes ID 8899623 Goods Shipped-Air Jordan 6 Couples shoes men women Shoes ID 8899623 The Unique Colors Nike Air Max 2014 Colorful coffee orange Shoes ID 8899623
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  • 24 Jul 2015
    From Dr. Birdie: What You Really Need to Know about Breast Cancer For more than 25 years, October has been recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness month. This is the time of year when the familiar pink ribbons and, in more recent years, pink in general becomes more prevalent in our communities and in the media. Why does breast cancer awareness get so much attention?Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in females worldwide. In the United States, breast cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths in women (after skin cancer) and is the #1 cause of death in women ages 40-59. In Hispanic women, it is the #1 cause of death from cancer. What this means for you is that most of you either know someone directly or indirectly affected by this potentially life-threatening disease. In fact, 1 in 6 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, according to government statistics. In 2007 in the United States, there were 202,964 new cases diagnosed and 40,598 deaths related to the disease. (Editor's note: Some of you questioned Dr. Birdie's statistics, and she welcomes the debate. These statistics refer to cancer-related deaths, not diagnoses, and these numbers come directly from the CDC.)The Importance of Early DetectionBefore we learn about what you can do to protect yourself against breast cancer, I want to stress the importance of early detection. How to prevent breast cancer will be the focus of many discussions regarding breast cancer this month, but despite your best intentions and lifestyle modifications, you or a loved one may still develop the disease. Many of the most significant risk factors for developing breast cancer are not in your control: family history, sex and age. I want you to understand that if you have these risk factors you are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer but that the presence of risk factors will not predict if you will get breast cancer. So, the best weapon that we have in this fight so far is early detection. Thanks to early detection, many women go on to live long lives. Do monthly self-exams and get your screening mammograms. Screening mammograms typically start at age 50, but some women may need to start earlier based on medical or family history. Please check with your physician by age 40 to determine your screening New Colors Nike Air Force 1 Low USA Olympic Dream Team Shoes ID 8899623 requirements, as it will be different for every woman. Early detection is crucial to survival. In my opinion, every discussion about breast cancer needs to start with this critical reminder.Now that we have some very important business out of the way (early detection, self-exams, mammograms!) we can discuss some of the risk factors from breast cancer and what you can do to modify your risk of developing the disease.Risk Factors for Breast CancerWhat are some of the risk factors for breast cancer? There are many proposed risk factors, some more strongly associated than others. Many of the risk factors are non-modifiable (meaning that you have no control over them) and others are modifiable. Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website for more information.Risk factors for breast cancer (from the CDC):Age and SexEarly first menstrual period (before age 12)Late menopause (after age 55)Older age at birth of first childNever giving birthNot breastfeedingPersonal history of breast cancer or some non-cancerous breast diseaseFamily history of breast cancer (mother, sister, daughter)Treatment with radiation therapy to the breast/chestBeing overweight (increases risk for breast cancer after menopause)Long-term use of hormone replacement therapy (estrogen and progesterone combined)Changes in the breast cancer-related genes BRCA1 or BRCA2Using birth control pills, also called oral contraceptives (traditionally older formulations that contain much higher levels of estrogen)Drinking alcohol (more than 1 drink per day)Not getting regular exerciseAgain, it is important to note that even if you do not have one or more risk factors for breast cancer you might develop the disease. Many of these risk factors can be used to identify people who are at increased risk for developing breast cancer and are not used for predicting who will get the disease.What Can You Do?At SparkPeople we strive provide accurate information regarding diet, fitness, and living a healthy lifestyle. The intention is to provide this information so you can incorporate it into and to improve your life. That said, what are some of risk factors that you control (at least to some extent)? Diet and exercise are two very important factors that you can control, which ties in nicely why we are here on SparkPeople. What these two risk factors have in common is that they are linked by the hormone estrogen.How does estrogen play a role in breast cancer? Excess estrogen has been implicated in the development of breast cancer. In women, the more ovulatory menstrual cycles in her lifetime the more exposure to estrogen she has. But,       did you know that fat actually produces estrogen as well? As they age, obese women, and especially obese postmenopausal women, have an increased risk of breast cancer. This is likely due to the excess fat, which increases estrogen exposure. Estrogen levels do decline with menopause, but if you are obese, you are still producing excess estrogen through your excess fat cells.What about hormone replacement therapy? If possible discontinue or use short-term hormone therapy. Speak to your physician about the risk versus benefits of continued use of hormone replacement therapy and your risk of breast cancer.What about exercise and breast cancer prevention? Exercise is very important as well. Women who exercise have a lower risk of breast cancer. This correlation is possibly due to   The Link   exercise decreasing estrogen levels. Women who exercise tend to have lower BMIs and therefore less fat for excess estrogen production. So, this is a concept that may be new to a few of you. Excess fat stored on your body can produce excess estrogen which can increase your risk for breast (and other) cancers.Do the types of foods you eat play a role in developing breast cancer? This is controversial but various studies show that eating a high-fat diet can increase your risk of developing breast cancer. The concept of the "anti-inflammatory diet" is gaining popularity as more studies support the findings that some bad foods are associated with more disease.Does alcohol use play a role in developing breast cancer? Yes, moderate alcohol use (more than one drink per day) has been identified as a risk factor in the development of breast cancer.The information that I presented here can be overwhelming for those who are just learning about breast cancer. I always aim to teach so I will give you a few points that I really want you to take home:October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month.Early detection is critical for survival, so do your monthly self-exams and get your mammograms!Obesity in women (especially post-menopausal women) increases the risk of breast cancer.Excess body fat produces excess estrogen, which increases your risk of breast (and other cancers)!Exercise decreases estrogen levels, which decreases your risk of breast cancer.A healthy anti-inflammatory diet may protect you against breast cancer and other diseases!I hope you will start or continuing doing your self-exams and scheduling your mammograms! Doctor's orders! Continue to eat healthy balanced meals and exercise! Support breast cancer research and keep sparking everyone!Do you get yearly mammograms? And, do you do monthly self-exams?   Related Link:   Nike Air Flight 89 Women Shoes Shop Jordan 6 Shoes Store Nike Air Force 1 Shoes Shop
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  • 27 Jul 2015
    The 11 Healthiest Food Trends of the 21st Century By SparkPeople Head Dietitian Becky Hand, RD, LDDespite all the bad news out there about our collective health declining, it's easier than ever to eat right and improve your health. As 2010 draws to a close and we prepare for a healthy and happy 2011, we took a look back at the healthy eating trends that have transformed our supermarkets, our eating habits--and our lives--since the start of the 21st century. Read on to find out which 11 (in no particular order) top our list. Probiotics: Years ago, you would have cringed at the idea of billions of bacteria living in your intestines, but today you are probably among the millions who are looking for ways to increase these healthy guys, called probiotics. While we know that there are more than 400 different types of beneficial bacteria in the intestines, we are just beginning to uncover the various roles they play. We should definitely include foods that contain these probiotics, such as yogurt, drinkable and squeezable yogurts, fluid milk with added probiotics, fermented milk such as sweet acidophilus milk, and kefir. (You can also find probiotics in fermented vegetables such as kimchi and sauerkraut.) There is little regulation with probiotic supplements, so always talk to your doctor before using such a supplement. Probiotics: A Billion Good Bugs Exotic Eats: Kimchi The Unique Colors-Air Jordan 1 Retro 95 TXT Bred Shoes ID 8899623 Farmers Markets: Farmers markets are popping up in communities large and small with fresh, local produce that is affordably priced available to all. Whether you are looking for a creative way to expose your family to fresh fruits and veggies, wanting to support your local farmer, searching for more organic options, or showing support for environmentally friendly and sustainable farming practices, the local farmers market has something for everyone. A Beginner's Guide to the Farmers Market Farmers Market Food Finds Omega-3 Fatty Acids: After the fat-free craze of the 90s, a superstar fat took center stage. Found in flaxseed, fatty fish, soybeans, and walnuts, omega-3 fatty acids do a body good. These essential polyunsaturated fats have been shown to be beneficial in heart health, bone health, mental health, intestinal health and more! The Mega Benefits of Omega-3s 7 Super Sources of Omega-3s Better-for-You Yogurt: A few years back, yogurt hit its low point: sugary granola, cookie bits, and even chocolate candies were mixed in, and some varieties had more than two tablespoons of sugar (in addition to the natural milk sugars). Lower-sugar and plain yogurt have made resurgence on supermarket shelves, as has Greek-style yogurt, which due to the straining process is higher in protein, and usually lower in carbohydrates and calcium. Thick and tangy, it's livening up dips, replacing mayo and sour cream, and becoming a tart swap for whipped cream on health menus everywhere. Without all the sugar and additives, yogurts real health benefits can shine. How to Buy the Best Yogurt We Ate It: Greek Yogurt The Rise of Mixed Greens (and Decline of Iceberg): Goodbye pale iceberg, hello leafy dark greens. Yes, the likes of spinach, romaine, collard, and kale have added color, texture and taste along with an ample additional of fiber, vitamins and mineral to our salads and cooked vegetable side dishes. From fast food joints all the way up to the finest steakhouses, you can find salads with some heft to them. Your palate New Fashioned Luxury-Air Jordan 4 Laser Shoes ID 8899623 and your body will thank you for choosing a more nutritious salad blend. 9 Super Salads Best and Worst Salad Toppings Strategies for Salad Bar Survival Healthier Restaurant Food:You asked for it, you got it and you were in shock! That’s right, you wanted to be an informed consumer and know the nutritional breakdown of your favorite restaurant and fast food selections. Then when you saw it in print you gasped in horror at the damage you were doing to your body. Giant hamburgers and biggie fries climbed to more than 2,000 calories and an entire day's allowance of fat. Thank heavens that restaurants and fast food joints have started to help out by offering complete meal selections for fewer than 500 calories, along with baked chips, apple slices, carrot sticks, and yogurt as side options. Food on the Run series Dining Out Guide Whole Grains for Everyone:       Finally, the truth is out… carbohydrates aren’t evil, you just have to know how to select the healthier, whole-grain types in the correct portion sizes and amounts. Awareness and consumer demand has greatly increased your options, and it's easier than ever to find tasty and healthy whole-grain foods. With selections such as whole grain breads, crackers, and cereals, brown rice, and whole wheat pasta, it’s easy to stock up your pantry shelves. It is reassuring to know that you can now provide your body with the energy needed and feed your brain as well by easily selecting your whole-grain products. Easy Ways to Cook Whole Grains Whole Grains are the Whole Package Baffled by Bread? How to Choose the Best Loaf Healthier Breakfast Cereals:Remember those mornings when you gulped down bowl after bowl of brightly colored, sweetened shapes of highly refined grains that turned your milk pink or blue? You were fascinated by the cartoon character on the box, or the prize inside, and you didn’t realize that you were easily consuming a quarter cup of sugar along the way. This was the typical childhood breakfast for most of us, but the healthy alternatives were boring! Flash forward to today, when the grocery shelves are lined with healthier options that are now made with the whole grain and contain less sugar and more fiber and protein. No longer tasting like cardboard, these cereals can make everyone in the family happy. Top with some fruit and low-fat milk, and you do finally have a breakfast for a champion. How to Pick a Healthy Breakfast Cereal Ready-to-Eat Vegetables and Fruits: Steam packs, prechopped/washed slices and stick, a wider variety in the freezer case, and individual portion packs--they're a healthy eater's dream comes true. They're washed, prepped and ready to consume--a busy parent's secret weapon. Canned portion packs of fruits are perfect for anyone’s lunch. A freezer The Unique Colors-Air Jordan 9 French Blue Shoes ID 8899623 full of vegetable blends can turn any veggie hater into a veggie-connoisseur. You might be paying a bit more, but if you'll actually eat more vegetables, then it's worth it. The Shelf Life of Fruits and Vegetables Which is Better: Canned or Frozen Vegetables? Fiber, Fantastic Fiber:It’s been a well-known fact that different types of fiber have numerous health benefits in the body. Fiber is involved in the lowering of cholesterol levels, controlling blood sugar levels, preventing certain types of cancer, and of course maintaining a healthy gastrointestinal tract. However, when fiber was shown to be involved in helping with hunger management during weight loss, it took on a life of its own. While searching for high-fiber foods like fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains, you will likely come across foods that are highly fortified with fiber. However, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing, as this "stealth fiber" is teaching us. Delicious Ways to Boost Fiber Intake Fiber: Perhaps Not as Simple as You Thought 'Fake' Fiber in Your Food? How to Spot It Eating Meat, but Less of It: In the words of journalist Michael Pollan: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” While meat is an excellent source of protein that is used by the body to maintain   The Link   muscle mass and provide satiety during weight loss, it still needs to be viewed as a side dish, not the main entrée. That means including a 3-4 ounce cooked portion of lean meat, beef, pork, or fish that The Unique Colors Air Jordan Slide Slippers Sports Sandal Black White Shoes ID 8899623 covers just 1/4 of your 9-inch plate. Be adventuresome as well, and expand your recipe repertoire to include several meatless meals each week using soy products, beans, legumes, and nuts. Join the movement for Meatless Monday. Learn More about Flexitarianism Meat-Free Meals Which of these trends have most significantly impacted the way you eat?
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Diet Friendly Dining: Romano's Macaroni Grill
Nine months ago Romano's Macaroni Grill made some changes that included a new Chief Executive. Brad Blum's goal is to revitalize the dwindling Italian-food focused restaurant by changing a calorie-rich menu while maintaining happy customers. Earlier this year we highlighted the unhealthiest restaurants in America as outlined by Eat This, Not That. At that time, Roman's Macaroni Grill rated a D- because it did not offer one dinner entrée with less than 800 calories and 60 menu items contained more than 2,000 mg of sodium. So how do they stack up now?Since making the leadership shift some items have been removed from the menu while others are in the process of being reformulated to reduce fat and calories. A new menu focus is taking shape as well with a focus on Mediterranean-Italian cuisine. According to Mr. Blum, the new focus will include "lean meats, light pasta, fresh herbs, seafood, extra virgin olive oil and lemon." This focus will replace the previous focus on pizza, cream sauces, and rich desserts like tiramisu. The typical yearlong cycle from idea to rollout has been shortened and new items continue to appear on the menu so what we highlight today will likely grow in the coming months. As we take a closer look at healthier options at Romano's Macaroni Grill, remember our ongoing goal with our Diet Friendly Dining series is to aim for a complete meal that is 500 calories and 15-20 grams of fat or less. Cautions to ConsiderFrequently lunch portions provide a lower calorie, lower fat option compared to the dinner portions. The Mediterranean Grill and Signature Handcrafted Pasts both offer the same nutritional breakdown regardless of whether you select them at lunch or dinner. This will not be your best restaurant choice for pizza with most containing over 1000 calories and 3000 mg of sodium for an individual serving.Be aware of the Due & Trio options. Although individually they may not be outside our recommended guidelines, several together can blow them out of the water. Soups and Salads can be good options but they can also trick you. The newScallop & Spinach Salad at 420 nutrient rich calories with only 4 grams of fat, 26 grams of carbohydrates and 1510 mg of sodium can be a great choice if it is your entire meal. On the other hand, you would want to avoid the Chicken Florentine that will set you back 1020 calories, 17 grams of fat, 47 grams of carbohydrates and a whopping 2830 mg of sodium. Your best soup choice as a meal would be a bowl Retro Jordan 6 Shoes of Tomato & Cheese Tortellini Soup with its 440 calories, 9 grams of fat, 51 grams of carbohydrates and 2180 mg of sodium. If you are starting your meal with a salad, it is interesting to note that while you will get more nutrition from the Warm Spinach Salad compared to the Side Caesar Salad, you will also get more calories and double the fat and sodium. Your best salad choice as a meal starter surprisingly is the Side Caesar Salad with dressing offering 240 calories, 4 grams of fat, 13 grams of carbohydrates and only 510 mg of sodium. If you do not find a Handcrafted Pasta dish that meets your taste and style, consider making your own. Select from great lower calorie, nutrient rich options like Sautéed Shrimp (45 Cheap Jordan Shoes Store calories/0 grams fat/560 mg sodium), Grape Tomatoes (5 calories/5 grams fat/0 mg sodium), Fresh Broccoli (10 calories/0 grams fat/10 mg sodium), and Fresh Mushrooms (10 calories/0 grams of fat/5 mg sodium). Select the Pomodoro (160 calories/2 grams fat/580 mg sodium) or Arrabbiata (180 calories/2 grams fat/650 mg sodium) sauces as your lowest calorie options.Best Entrée OptionsGrilled Chicken SpiediniCalories – 360Fat – 1 gramCarbohydrates – 26 gramsSodium – 895 mgJumbo Shrimp SpiediniCalories – 290Fat – 1 gramCarbohydrates – 26 gramsSodium – 1075 mgSimple Salmon with sidesCalories – 420Fat – 5 gramsCarbohydrates – 6 gramsSodium – 770 mgCapellini PomodoroCalories – 390Fat – 2 Cheap Jordan 1 GS Shoes gramsCarbohydrates – 55 gramsSodium – 980 mgWere you aware Romano's Macaroni Grill was making an overhaul of their menu? Will you give them an opportunity to meet your nutritional and palate desires and give their new menu items a try?