Food/Fitness

Thu
09
Jul

Fish oil pills: Why the fabulously popular supplement may not be so healthy after all

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For anyone wondering about whether to take a fish oil pill to improve your health, the Web site of the National Institutes of Health has some advice.

Yes. And no.
One page on the Web site endorses taking fish oil supplements, saying they are likely effective for heart disease, because they contain the “beneficial” fatty acids known as omega-3s.

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Wed
08
Jul

Is Juice Really Worse Than Soda?

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"Apple juice is worse for you than soda," I declared on social media recently, unleashing a torrent of comments that I was being sensationalistic or overstating my case. Others expressed confusion about why fruit juice, which often parades around in grocery stores with an undeserved health halo, could really be so bad.
Consider the difference between a carrot and carrot juice, an orange and orange juice. You wouldn't sit down and eat four oranges, but you could easily consume that amount in a glass of OJ.
"When fruit is stripped of its skin, pulp, flesh and other fibrous parts, it's distilled down to its sweet essence," writes Corrie Pikul. "That means that orange juice has roughly the same amount of sugar as the demon of the nutritional world, soda -- about 5 to 8 teaspoons per cup."

Mon
06
Jul

6 Easy Tips for Clean Eating on a Small Budget

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Ever thought about cleaning up your diet but worry about the price tags on all that healthy food? You're not alone. Whole Foods Market, often nicknamed "Whole Paycheck" for its prices, recently announced the launch of a new, budget-friendly store geared toward millennial shoppers who share these cost concerns.

Tue
30
Jun

Why More Men Should Practice Yoga

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When I first picked up yoga as a regular practice, it was like pulling teeth to get anyone I knew to come to class with me. Maybe it was the mythology, maybe it was the cultural stigmas ("yoga makes you too skinny," "it's for girls"). By the time I started teaching it, the reception was still mixed, with most of my friends choosing a "restorative" class (deep stretches meant to improve relaxation and flexibility, among other benefits) over a rigorous workout class.
As more celebrities step into the spotlight as yogis, I'm happily seeing more and more men give it a shot. Thanks to yoga, they are now enjoying better flexibility, improved performance in other sports, and less injury. So I'd like to finally address some of the issues that keep many men away from this ancient practice, and why it's exactly what they need.

Tue
30
Jun

Are You Eating Too Much Fruit?

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Loading your diet with fruit seems like a no-brainer, right? Your body gets a boost from nutritious superstars like fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants, plus juicy berries might even satisfy your sweet tooth. But that doesn't mean maintaining a 24/7 fruit free-for-all is good for your health. "Fruit is high in a sugar known as fructose. Even though the sugar is coming from this healthy source, you still have to use moderation," says Brigitte Zeitlin, MPH, RD, CDN, a dietitian at B-Nutritious.

Mon
22
Jun

Is It Better to Do Cardio or Strength Training First?

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By now you know if you want to build a lean, fit body, you can't stick to the treadmill or elliptical alone. It takes some heavy lifting to get that strong and chiseled physique. In fact, even if you want to be a better runner, you still need to incorporate strength training into your routine.

Mon
22
Jun

Fewer People Are Sensitive To Gluten Than Commonly Believed

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It seems as if everyone is going to great lengths to avoid gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and many processed foods. Are there real health benefits associated with going gluten-free, or is it just another passing fad?
A recently published study in the journal Digestion found that 86 percent of individuals who believed they were gluten sensitive could tolerate it. Individuals with celiac disease, a hereditary autoimmune condition that affects about 3 million Americans, or roughly 1 percent of the population, must avoid gluten. Those with extremely rare wheat allergies must also remove gluten from their diet. In addition, those with gluten sensitivity, a condition that affects 6 percent of the population (18 million individuals), should also avoid gluten.

Thu
18
Jun

10 Food Scraps You Should Always Save

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Looking to save money? How about cut food waste? Or maybe you just want to make some really excellent meals? Consider food scraps—those bits and pieces of leftover fruit, veggies, meat, and yes, even cheese, that you’d normally throw away or compost.
According the National Resources Defense Council, we Americans chuck about 20 pounds of food every month, costing us anywhere from $28 to $43 per person. Part of that is an aversion to food we might consider below-standard. "We're used to perfect-looking produce and food in pretty packages in the supermarket, and we also take abundance and cheap food for granted," says Kristen Miglore, Executive Editor of Food52.com. "But that can't last. There's been a movement in the past couple years to start embracing ugly but still perfectly good food, and educating cooks about the food scraps they shouldn't be tossing.”

Wed
17
Jun

Fitness blogger reveals that before-and-after photos aren't always as they seem

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It's officially beach season and we've got good news for you: It may be easier to show off that "bikini body" than you think.
TODAY spoke with Sophie Kay, a personal trainer and fitness blogger, who proved that the "before-and-after" fitness makeover can be as easy as taking a selfie.

Mon
15
Jun

Is a Clean Eating Challenge Really Worth It?

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A few weeks ago, I realized that I hadn't woken up feeling "good" in a long time. As someone who prioritizes sleep, exercise and eating a healthy, balanced diet, I had gotten a little off track. I wasn't sleeping enough, I was drinking more alcohol than usual and my busy schedule gave me an excuse to grab overpriced smoothies, slices of pizza and sandwiches on my way home or to work.
There was no question that I needed to slow down, prioritize exercise, cut back on booze and start cooking more. I'd been combing through Buzzfeed's Clean Eating Challenge for a few days, and a lot of the recipes looked easy, healthy and delicious. It was only two weeks, and I would certainly save money by cutting out alcohol and restaurants. Plus, I wanted to feel better. What did I have to lose?

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