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We are inundated with unhealthy processed foods, fast foods, and soft drinks. Let's turn this deplorable state of affairs around together, for a healthy you!
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Super Unsize Me today:  History's weirdest fad diets... and more 

From history's weirdest fad diets to 3 strange mind tricks that cut calories, here is today’s harvest from the greenest and healthiest of the web:  History's weirdest fad diets As early as the...
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Little chefs go to college for healthy recipes - The Star

Little chefs go to college for healthy recipes - The Star | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it
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Little chefs go to college for healthy recipes
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Doncaster College joined forces with Park Primary School to show children how to cook healthy dishes and have fun in the kitchen.
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Good PR for the college too!

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Banish hunger with these quick recipes for healthy snacks

Banish hunger with these quick recipes for healthy snacks | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it
A quick recipe: blend (two fistfuls of) boiled chickpeas which are high-protein legumes, with two tablespoons of tahini (sesame seed paste), one crushed garlic, pinch of salt and pepper, two tablespoons of olive oil and lemon juice.
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I can see doing this in weekends, but not weekdays!

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People who read food labels stay thinner, study finds

An international team of scientists headed from the University of Santiago de Compostela has found that reading the labels on food products is linked to obesity prevention, especially in women. According to the study which used data from the United States, female consumers who consult food labels weigh nearly 4 kilograms less.Along with the Universities of Tennessee, Arkansas (USA) and the Norwegian Institute for Agricultural Finance Research, the University of Santiago de Compostela has participated in a study on the relationship between reading the food label and obesity.

 

The results indicated that the body mass index of those consumers who read that label is 1.49 points lower than those who never consider such information when doing their food shopping. This translates as a reduction of 3.91 kg for an American woman measuring 1.62 cm and weighing 74 kg.

The data was taken from the annual National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) performed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC -- http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm). Some 25,640 observations were collected on health and eating and shopping habits. These included various questions on whether participants read the nutritional information in supermarkets and how often.


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We can and should have a debate about the "cause and effect" relationship here - but what really counts is the result, doesn't it?

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Sarah Westaway's curator insight, July 19, 2013 3:54 AM

Reading labels has shown to have a link with obesity prevention!

Steve Kingsley's curator insight, July 27, 2013 10:17 AM

One can argue about the "cause and effect" relationship here - but what really counts is the result, doesn't it?

Jamie Robins's curator insight, March 10, 12:32 AM

Is this true of all readers of labels or is there a marketing angle associated with these claims?

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Edible coatings for ready-to-eat fresh fruits and vegetables

The scientist who turned fresh-cut apple slices into a popular convenience food, available ready-to-eat in grocery stores, school cafeterias and fast-food restaurants, today described advances in keeping other foods fresh, flavorful, and safe for...

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And the coating is all natural too: carnauba wax from palm oil. Thanks Dr. Pavlath and your team at the USDA!`

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Super Unsize Me today:  6 reasons why exercise makes you happy ... and more 

From the 6 reasons why exercise makes you happy to chefs who become chocolate designers for the Heart of America Foundation fashion show, here is today’s harvest from the greenest and healthiest of...
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‘Food, Inc.’ chicken farmer has a new, humane farm

‘Food, Inc.’ chicken farmer has a new, humane farm | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it

Carole Morison talks about her new pasture-based operation and the example she and her husband hope to set for other poultry farmers looking to change the industry.


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Way to go, as long as the "99%" of us can afford it!

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Losing weight on a budget - Press of Atlantic City

Losing weight on a budget - Press of Atlantic City | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it
Losing weight on a budget
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These strategies for healthy living are low-cost and sustainable: 1. Plan to cook at home. Instead of ordering takeout meals, which tend to be high in calories and in price, cook your own at home.
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Not only do you lose weight this way - you don't gain it back either!

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Company Charged for Covering Up Animal Deaths from GMO Corn - One Green Planet (blog)

Company Charged for Covering Up Animal Deaths from GMO Corn - One Green Planet (blog) | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it
Company Charged for Covering Up Animal Deaths from GMO CornOne Green Planet (blog)Biotech giant Syngenta has been criminally charged for denying knowledge that its genetically modified (GM) Bt corn kills livestock.

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Would be good to know more about the cause(s) and effect(s).

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#HEALTHYRECIPE - Easy Tuna Salad

#HEALTHYRECIPE - Easy Tuna Salad | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it
Mediterranean style easy tuna salad with cheating sauce. By adding truffle balsamic glaze, this healthy dish will become much more delicious.

 

"I was feeling lazy to cook today and want something simple and delicious. So I decided to cook tuna salad and used my cheating ingredient. " http://bit.ly/15cy2Vv


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Study Suggests Fish Oil Could Help Protect Alcohol Abusers from Dementia

A Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine study suggests that omega-3 fish oil might help protect against alcohol-related dementia.

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Won't this enable more people to drink more?

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Transplant of human gut bacteria could help make an obese person thin, study suggests

Transplant of human gut bacteria could help make an obese person thin, study suggests | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it

The microorganisms in the human gut appear to play a pivotal role in determining whether a person is lean or obese, new research shows.

 

The study, published in Science, is the strongest evidence yet that what’s inside an individual’s digestive tract influences the risk of obesity and its related health problems, such as Type 2 diabetes. The work helps explain the nation’s 30-year run-up in excess weight—and it may supply a potential solution to the resulting epidemic, experts said.

 

“Many factors contribute to obesity,” said the study’s senior author, Dr. Jeffrey I. Gordon, director of the Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology at Washington University, St. Louis. For people whose gut organisms are not equipped to fight obesity, it may be possible to “add microbes to fill the vacancies” needed to keep a person lean and healthy, he said.

 

Gordon and a multinational group of scientists sought to isolate the gut microbiome’s effect on obesity from better-known influences such as genes, diet and exercise.

 

They recruited four sets of identical female twins in which one twin was lean and the other obese. Through stool samples, the researchers gathered a representative collection of the bacteria, viruses and protozoans flourishing in each woman’s gut. They transplanted that microscopic zoo into a large group of mice whose intestines were essentially a blank slate.

 

Almost immediately, the mix of living organisms inside a mouse’s digestive tract began to resemble the one inside its human donor. Soon the mice came to resemble more and more the women whose gut microbiomes they had adopted.

 

Despite eating about the same amount of the same low-fat chow, mice that got transplants from an obese twin began to gain weight and lay down fat deposits. The mice that got transplants from a lean twin remained lean.

The intestinal flora of the lean mice also worked better at breaking down and fermenting dietary sugars than did their counterparts in the obese mice. In the mice that got transplants from a lean twin, undigestible starches passed through the digestive system more speedily, resulting in thinner mice.

 

“It was a very, very clear, elegant, well-thought-out study,” said Dr. Lawrence J. Brandt, a gastroenterologist at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City who wasn’t involved in the research. By stripping out the effects of genes and diet, the experiment helps refine experts’ understanding of the specific ways that the gut’s living organisms influence a complex phenomenon like weight gain, he said.


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The combination of probiotics (Primal Defense from the Garden of Life), regular excercise, and healthy, wholesome food have kept me lean and fit. Highly recommended!

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Ellen Diane's comment, September 9, 2013 4:31 PM
I have always gone with my gut instinct:) mind /body/spirit
Dorothy M Neddermeyer, PhD's comment, September 9, 2013 4:38 PM
Ellen: No pun intended, right? Gut instinct is far more effective when the gut flora is healthy. We live in a world where everything is connected to everything else. Everything we do, say, think and believe affects--Mind, Body and Spirit, others and the universe.
Ellen Diane's comment, September 9, 2013 4:43 PM
I am connected- to my gut-
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#HEALTHYRECIPE - Carrot Cake Smoothie

#HEALTHYRECIPE - Carrot Cake Smoothie | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it

"A dessert smoothie that can squeeze in your 2-3 cups/day servings of vegetables into ONE glass!" http://bit.ly/1dR10Pt


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Don't know about the "cake" part....

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Recipes that will keep your eyes healthy - Hilton Head Island Packet

Recipes that will keep your eyes healthy - Hilton Head Island Packet | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it
Recipes that will keep your eyes healthy
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In my ophthalmologist's office there are pictures of eyes everywhere. One frame contains the quotation "See the beauty in all things." What a lovely thought.
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Sort of like "an apple a day...?"

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Healthy Cookie Recipe Round-Up - Health.com

Healthy Cookie Recipe Round-Up - Health.com | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it
Healthy Cookie Recipe Round-Up
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Here's a tasty round-up of some of my favorite (ever) cookie recipes. From gluten- and egg-free to no-bake varieties, there's a cookie for everyone!
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I can go for the "no bake" kind!

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History's weirdest fad diets

History's weirdest fad diets | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it

As early as the Greeks and Romans people have been dieting. But while it was largely about health and fitness back then, it's the Victorians who really kick started the fad diet.

 

"The Greek word diatia, from which our word diet derives, described a whole way of life," says Louise Foxcroft, a historian and author of Calories and Corsets: A History of Dieting Over 2,000 Years.

 

"Dieting back then was about all-round mental and physical health. People really got a taste for fad dieting in the 19th Century. It is during this time that things tip over into dieting more for aesthetic reasons and the diet industry explodes."

 

So what are the weirdest and unhealthiest fad diets from history?


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So today's fad diets have had plenty of weird and/or just plain stupid predecessors.... 

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Steve Kingsley's curator insight, July 27, 2013 10:03 AM

And I thought today's fad diets were the weird and/or just plain stupid....

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3 Strange Mind Tricks That Cut Calories - RealDose

3 Strange Mind Tricks That Cut Calories - RealDose | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it
Do you have issues with cravings? Or do you often find yourself eating more than you want to? Be honest… If so, you are not alone. Overeating is one of the biggest reasons why people fail to lose weight.
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Getting used to eating healthy meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is the best "mind trick" I've found. It works!

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Steve Kingsley's curator insight, September 7, 2013 5:51 PM

Getting used to eating healthy meals fro breakfast, lunch, and dinner is the best "mind trick" I've found. It works!

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A Third Of Food Is Wasted, Making It Third-Biggest Carbon Emitter, UN Says

A Third Of Food Is Wasted, Making It Third-Biggest Carbon Emitter, UN Says | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it
ROME, Sept 11 (Reuters) - The food the world wastes accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions than any country except for China and the United States, the United Nations said in a report on Wednesday.

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I doubt the validity of the data, considering the extent of waste and lack of accountability at the UN... but the problem is real, nevertheless.

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How Clean Are Your Clothes? Pollution from China’s Textile Industry | I Commit to Green Blog

How Clean Are Your Clothes? Pollution from China’s Textile Industry | I Commit to Green Blog | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it
Susan Egan Keane, Senior Environmental Analyst, Washington DC More than 6000 water pollution violations from apparel factories in China – that is just one revelation in a stunning new account of water pollution from the Chinese&nb...

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Time to bring back the textile (and other) industries to the USA?

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Gwyneth Paltrow's breakfast juice recipes - The Guardian

Gwyneth Paltrow's breakfast juice recipes - The Guardian | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it
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Gwyneth Paltrow's breakfast juice recipes
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Gwyneth Paltrow juice recipes. Just about as energising as a cup of coffee with none of the letdown, green juice is an incredibly healthy, invigorating way to start your day.
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Freshly squeezed green juices are great energy boosters - wish I didn't have to do all the the prep work and cleanup! 

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Business finds healthy food lowers bills - Yahoo!7 News

Business finds healthy food lowers bills
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It started by introducing healthier meals in the cafeteria. Low-fat, low-calorie meals not only are marked as more nutritional, they're also cheaper.
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Absolutely! You'll find that wholesome foods, made fresh and cooked at home, are cheaper than junk foods, sodas, etc. Also - I haven't seen a doctor for almost 3 years. How about that for savings?

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Super Unsize Me today:  7 must-see infographics on hunger & nutrition… and more

From 7 must-see infographics on hunger & nutrition to food as art, here is today’s harvest from the greenest and healthiest of the web!  7 must-see infographics on hunger & nutrition These...
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6 Reasons Why Exercise Makes You Happy

6 Reasons Why Exercise Makes You Happy | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it
Sure, you know exercise is good for you. It keeps your weight in check, makes you stronger, and keeps you feeling youthful and staying active into old age.

 

But did you know that exercise can also make you a happier person? It's true.

 

When you work out and stay active on a regular basis, it's not just a coincidence that you feel less stressed out, less anxious, and generally happier.


Here are 6 reasons why exercise makes you happy:


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Regular exercise does lower my stress level. The emphasis is on REGULAR.

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Donovan Baldwin's comment, September 9, 2013 3:32 PM
I have been exercising regularly since 1971 and completely agree with the points covered in this article.
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Supplements that will help speed up weight loss - Natural News

Supplements that will help speed up weight loss - Natural News | Healthy Recipes and Tips for Healthy Living | Scoop.it
He''s a contributor to many premier source for health advice, fitness tips, and consumer reviews of nutritional supplements. ... Get breaking news alerts on GMOs, fluoride, superfoods, natural cures and more.

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Super Unsize Me Campaign to Make and Keep You Healthy

We, the overfed and sugared-out people of these United States hereby declare the end of the Super Size Me era. More than that — actually MUCH MORE THAN THAT — we are staring a new era:  the...
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Follow our blog for daily editions of the Super Unsize Me  campaign! ww.sugarlesse.com/our-blog-is-naturally-sweet.html

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