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Your Recipes and Making Them Healthier

Your Recipes and Making Them Healthier | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

We all have our favorite comfort foods, but these meal choices aren’t always the healthiest options.

Fortunately, there are many ways to make meals healthier without sacrificing all of the flavor.

As saturated fat can increase our risk for heart disease, we first want to look at cutting down on fat content in recipes.

Animal by-products, such as butter and cream cheese, often contain higher amounts of saturated fat. Therefore, try to use olive or vegetable oil in place of butter when preparing meals.

Reducing the sugar and simple carbohydrate content in our recipes is also important. Try to use a sugar-free substitute, such as Splenda, rather than real sugar when cooking or baking.

Also, replace refined white carbohydrates with more nutritious options, such as brown rice or whole wheat pasta, as these foods have higher amounts of fiber.

Many seasonings and marinades contain extremely high amounts of sodium, which can increase blood pressure and risk for heart attack and stroke.

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Passive smoking causes irreversible damage to children

Passive smoking causes irreversible damage to children | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

Exposure to second-hand smoke in childhood causes irreversible damage to children’s arteries - increasing their risk of heart attacks or strokes when they grow up, according to a large international study published on Wednesday.

The research, which lends weight to campaigns for smoking to be banned in private cars and homes, found passive smoking leads to a thickening of children’s artery walls, adding some 3.3 years to the age of blood vessels by adulthood.

“Exposure to passive smoke in childhood causes direct and irreversible damage to the structure of the arteries,” said Seana Gall, a researcher in cardiovascular epidemiology who led the study at the University of Tasmania.

She said parents, or even those thinking about becoming parents, should quit smoking - both to aid their own health and protect the future health of their children.



Read more: Passive smoking causes irreversible damage to kids’ arteries - Children's Health -Tobacco & Marijuana - http://www.health.am/ab/more/passive-smoking-causes-kids-arteries/#ixzz2vAPlTuLw

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Is It Too Late To Fix Your Friendship?

Is It Too Late To Fix Your Friendship? | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

In a perfect world, you’d treat your friends like a saint 24/7. But you’re human, and sometimes you mess up.

Maybe you spilled your friend’s secret after you swore to keep it on the DL, or you blurted out something hurtful in the heat of the moment. Deep breath: Your friendship is not doomed.

“Most of the time you’ll be able to fix the problem, but depending on what happened, you also have to be prepared for the possibility that your friend is just too hurt to reconcile,” says Carlin Flora, a friendship expert and author of Friendfluence: The Surprising Ways Friends Make Us Who We Are.

Take these steps to let your girl know that you realize you made a mistake—and you want to patch things up ASAP.

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Getting Angry Could Be Bad For Your Health

Getting Angry Could Be Bad For Your Health | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

Getting really angry might be more dangerous than you think.

A new study found people who experienced severe anger outbursts were more at risk for cardiovascular events in the two hours following the outbursts compared to those who remained calm.

"The relative risk was similar for people who had known pre-existing heart disease and those who didn't," says Dr. Murray A. Mittleman, senior study author and an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

The study was designed so that each patient was compared to his or her own baseline risk. "A person with pre-existing heart disease or cardiovascular disease, the absolute risk they are incurring is much greater than (that of) a person without cardiovascular disease or risk factors," Mittleman says.

"If we look at somebody at higher risk for having cardiovascular events, and they get angry multiple times a day, this can lead to 650 extra heart attacks per year out of 10, 000 a year," he says. "When we look at a person who is relatively low risk, but if they do have these episodes of anger fairly frequently, we estimate there would be about 150 extra heart attacks out of 10,000 a year."

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Are you ready for the Quantified-Self Movement?

One of the hottest trends to hit the health and fitness world is the practice of monitoring your activity.  Called the , Quantified-Self Movement, it is ostensibly aimed at helping people better understand their fitness activity and pinpoint their areas of opportunity. Have you ever been to a dietician and they asked you to keep a food journal? This is a lot like that!


Participants in the Quantified-Self Movement range from those wearing simple pedometers to track their number of footsteps to those who record and broadcast almost every moment of their lives. If you are at all a paranoid person, your skin is crawling right now and you might be looking for a paper bag to breath into.


Somewhere in the middle of these two extremes,  groups of friends are using apps to link their fitness tracking devices in order to inspire and motivate themselves and one another. It comes down to accountability. How much more likely are you to ditch your workout if nobody will know about it?


Technology can be a wonderful thing. The Quantified-Self Movement may very well be a passing fad. If it helps you to maintain your fitness and diet plan, go for it! If it's a little too Big Brother for you, you're not alone!

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I think I'm "plugged in" enough! How can I keep my indulgences indulgent if everybody knows about them?

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Are you ready for the Quantified-Self Movement?

One of the hottest trends to hit the health and fitness world is the practice of monitoring your activity.  Called the , Quantified-Self Movement, it is ostensibly aimed at helping people better understand their fitness activity and pinpoint their areas of opportunity. Have you ever been to a dietician and they asked you to keep a food journal? This is a lot like that!


Participants in the Quantified-Self Movement range from those wearing simple pedometers to track their number of footsteps to those who record and broadcast almost every moment of their lives. If you are at all a paranoid person, your skin is crawling right now and you might be looking for a paper bag to breath into.


Somewhere in the middle of these two extremes,  groups of friends are using apps to link their fitness tracking devices in order to inspire and motivate themselves and one another. It comes down to accountability. How much more likely are you to ditch your workout if nobody will know about it?


Technology can be a wonderful thing. The Quantified-Self Movement may very well be a passing fad. If it helps you to maintain your fitness and diet plan, go for it! If it's a little too Big Brother for you, you're not alone!

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I think I'm "plugged in" enough! How can I keep my indulgences indulgent if everybody knows about them?

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Natural Raw Apple Cider Vinegar Remedies and Cures

Natural Raw Apple Cider Vinegar Remedies and Cures | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

Apple cider vinegar, its not just for salads anymore! There are hundreds of uses ranging from cleaning aids to hair conditioner.

 

Vinegar itself is a powerful cleaning agent. Mix one part vinegar to one part water to replace glass and surface cleaners in your home. This is especially applicable in the kitchen where you want as few harmful synthetic chemicals coming into contact with your food as possible!

 

 

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Please do not publish. Still editing! 

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The Best Places To Eat

The Best Places To Eat | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

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Enzyme Inhibitors, How to Help Rid Them From Your Diet

Enzyme Inhibitors, How to Help Rid Them From Your Diet | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

Whatever diet you follow, soaking your grains and nuts before eating can be beneficial. Enzyme inhibitors are present in any "seed" type food, and negate many of the health benefits of consuming these foods. With a little practice and thinking ahead, you can always have these delicious and nutritious foods on hand for you and your family. 


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The key is "thinking ahead"! I sometimes don't have a plan of what's for dinner until it's time to make it! However, I don't doubt the legitimacy of the need to soak your grains and plan on trying to incorporate this into my kitchen tasking. 

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3-Parent Babies?

3-Parent Babies? | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
Would you change the DNA of your embryo in order to give your child a better chance at life without inherited disease?
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Mankind, as a whole, has an obvious God complex.
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'Eat Your Vegetables,' a healthy plate - Boston Globe

'Eat Your Vegetables,' a healthy plate - Boston Globe | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
'Eat Your Vegetables,' a healthy plate
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The commonsensical recipes in “Eat Your Vegetables” have been fixtures in print journalism for years, first at the Globe, and now at The Washington Post.
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What Gets You Motivated?

What Gets You Motivated? | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

Newton's First Law of Motion states that a body at rest will remain at rest unless an outside force acts on it. We all have different forces that act upon us, motivating us to get up and move! For the author, it was a lack of cooking supplies.

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Miso what?

Miso what? | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
Fermented foods have been around since time began. Where you have food, you will have fermentation. What's more is that the bacteria found in fermented foods is most likely some if the healthiest stuff out there to nourish our bodies.
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Yum! Good for you or not, miso is on my list of favorite foods.
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Obesity and Poverty

Obesity and Poverty | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

We live in the richest nation in the world, yet more than 15 percent of the population struggles to make ends meet. That 15 percent of families are only those that fit the technical definition of poverty: people making less than $11,720 per year or families of four making less than $24,492. Is a family of four living on $25,000 really much more able to afford fresh, healthy food for their kids?

The graphic below gets into some of the underlying issues that link obesity and poverty: safety issues, food deserts, and lower activity levels. There is one issue it doesn’t address that I’d like to add before sharing the graphic and accompanying article on poverty from our sister site Sustainablog.

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Children's Health in Peril

Children's Health in Peril | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

Sarah Clark was worried about her 3-year-old daughter. Adrienne had multiple temper tantrums an hour, hour after hour, and their house was constantly filled with her screaming. Sarah worried, too, about the affect the unrest might be having on her older son. Sarah and her husband doubled down on their discipline tactics, and on the advice of their pediatrician, they took Adrienne to a child psychologist. After several sessions the psychologist suggested ADHD medication. When none of that worked, the child psychologist recommended Adrienne be put on an anti-psychotic medication called Risperdal.

“Excuse me?” Sarah asked, thinking she’d heard the doctor incorrectly. “Are you suggesting that my 3-year-old is bipolar?” Sarah works as a speech therapist for an elementary school district. As a result, she knows a fair amount about Risperdal, and what it’s used for. She’s seen kids and their haggard parents come through her office door, and the kids who are on Risperdal are literally sedated.

“That’s exactly what I’m thinking,” the doctor replied

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Is Sugar Addictive?

Is Sugar Addictive? | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

Sugar could be addictive and the government may need to introduce a tax on it in order to combat obesity, England's chief medical officer said on Tuesday.

Dame Sally Davies made the comments to the Commons health select committee a day ahead of an announcement from the World Health Organisation on new proposed limits for sugar consumption.

Davies told the committee she thought that "research will find sugar is addictive" – a position that has been advanced by some in the US on the back of research by addiction scientists working for the US government's National Institutes of Health. The possibility is strongly disputed by the food industry. "We may need to introduce a sugar tax," she added.

UK groups such as the Children's Food Campaign have been lobbying for a tax on sugar in food and drinks. Doctors also supported the call for a 20% tax on sugary drinks in a report from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in February. The government, however, has appeared to be disinclined to look at food taxes as a way to tackle the unhealthy eating habits that lead to obesity, heart disease, strokes, diabetes and some forms of cancer.

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Children's weight and video games

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Children's weight is influenced by whether they have active video games and if there is a television in the bedroom, according to the results of two new studies.


Children provided with active sport video games had 50 per cent greater reduction in relative weight compared with children who played passive video games. (CBC)


The studies, done separately and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, had different outcomes: children who had television sets in their bedrooms gained weight, while children provided active video games along with information about weight management and nutrition lost weight.


In the first study, researchers from Temple University in Philadelphia, the UnitedHealth Group of Minnesota and the University of Queensland in Australia, conducted a 16-week clinical trial of children from YMCAs and schools in Texas, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.


The study involved 75 children who were deemed overweight or obese with a body mass index (BMI) averaging 2.15 and ranged in age from 10 to 12 years old. Children on medications that might contribute to their weight loss or gain were excluded from the study.

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This seems like a no-brainer. if your child has a TV in their room, why wouldn't they gain weight?

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Heart Healthy Exercises

Get Moving: Heart Healthy Exercises
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Although there are many contributing factors to overall heart health, one of the most effective ways to prevent heart disease is exercise.
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Fitness trackers for kids?

Fitness trackers for kids? | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

Fitness trackers are pretty cool! They count all your activity throughout the day and let you know how much you rock...... or how much you sit. Some weight loss programs even give you extra points for activity. Those points can translate into food!


Some researchers are hoping to use fitness trackers to make being fit more fun for kids.  By making getting fit a game, with measurable results (the child with the most steps is the winner?) some say that we can motivate children to lead more healthy lives.  Who will be the top player, who can score the most points?


Others point out that such an idea is out of reach for much of the population. With many of these activity trackers costing upwards of $100, who will be spending this on a piece of equipment that may very well get lost right out of the gate?


Then again, why jump thought hoops in order to convince children to do what should be coming naturally to them anyway? Don't kidswantto play? While concern over our Children's health and safety has grown, often their freedom and activity has decreased. Ride your bike to the park with your friends? I don't think so! In order to keep them from harm, some children are establishing sedentary habits early in life. 



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In a perfect world, we would not need to go to such lengths in order to motivate our children to be active. Sadly, the world is not perfect and each family must make these decisions based upon their own circumstances.

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A All Natural Deodorant

A All Natural Deodorant | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

Here is a great recipe for your own DIY deodorant.  Most store bought deodorants are unsafe for you and the environment. Make your own with essential oils.  All you need is a container, 1/4 cup of baking soda,12 -20 

drops of essential oil of your choice, shake and use. 

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This is a great recipe ! it has everything. Price, it's good for you and the enviroment. 

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Thyroid-Boosters, They're Not Just For Weight Loss

Thyroid-Boosters, They're Not Just For Weight Loss | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

Thyroid disorders are surprisingly common and often not diagnosed by doctors. It is certainly worth asking your doctor to test your thyroid levels if you have the symptoms discussed in this article, which also offers a few natural foods that you can add to your diet to give your thyroid a little help! Not only does your thyroid control your metabolism, but also everything from your mood to how well you sleep at night. 

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Thinking of Going Gluten-Free? Do Your Research!

Thinking of Going Gluten-Free? Do Your Research! | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

Going gluten- free means you are cutting out grains like wheat, barley, and rye, out of your diet. Don't automatically assume that this path is for you. Many people with certain conditions, such as celiac disease, need to reduce or eliminate gluten from their diets for health reasons. If you don't have such a condition, think twice before adopting the gluten-free trend.  It can actually be harmful to the health of some, as you can miss out on many nutrients that are found in gluten-rich whole grains. 

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Gluten-free is all the rage right now. Many of my friends have started eating this way, and some have had great results as far as weight loss goes. I've always been skeptical about cutting something as basic and natural as wheat from my diet. Thankfully, no one  in my family has gluten or wheat allergies. 

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More Realistic Labels For Our Food

When you check the nutrition facts, do you consider the serving size? The FDA has decided that food manufacturers must update the nutrition facts label to accurately reflect the serving size that people actually eat. For instance, one example given is the 1/2 cup suggested serving size given for most ice cream. The FDA posits that this is unrealistic. Most Americans, they say, are more likely to eat a full cup.
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This sounds like a great update to an outdated labeling system. Now if we can just get them to add what pesticides can be found in the food on the nutrition label?
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Super Easy Hummus - Healthy Snack Recipes - Weelicious

Subscribe to Weelicious: http://bit.ly/_Weelicious5 Get the Weelicious cookbooks for 300 recipes like this! http://weeliciousbook.com/ Hummus! It might sound...
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Raw Milk, the Benefits and Risks

Raw Milk, the Benefits and Risks | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
Don't automatically discount raw milk. Making an informed decision is easier after reading this article outlining a few important questions to ask of your raw milk source.
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