Healthy Eating

Healthy meals: 3 easy steps to success – Harvard Health Blog – Health Article

Healthy meals don’t just happen — you need to make them happen. Here are three easy steps to get you on your way. Step 1: Make a plan The first step is to plan your menu for the week. It doesn’t need to be elaborate, just jot down what you and your family would like to eat. Then think about ways to make your choices healthier. Substitute chicken breast for steak and add more vegetables, for example. Can you streamline…

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Relish the bounty of summer | Health Beat – Health Article

Farmers markets offer a great opportunity to introduce your kids to new types of fresh fruits and vegetables. (For Spectrum Health Beat) The growing season is here—and that means it’ll be easier than ever to get your fill of fresh fruits and vegetables. But only if you keep seasonal fare top of mind. Spectrum Health dietitian Caren Dobreff has plenty of tips to help you and your family make the most of summer produce. It could pay off in your…

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Your Fall Tune-Up List – Health Education Article

Forget January—the fall is a great time to focus on your goals and recommit to your health. The reinvigorating cooler weather and changing leaves are great motivation to get outside and get moving, especially now that the humidity of summer is gone. It’s also a great time to check in with diabetes self-management, so make sure everything is on track before the craziness of the holidays. Is your A1C where you want it to be? How are your blood pressure…

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Strategies for Cooking Fall Treats – Health Education Article

  by Stephanie M. McPherson, science writer and video producer for Joslin I’m all about fall. When the air chills and pumpkins adorn doorsteps, my tastebuds turn to cravings for caramel apples, pumpkin seeds, and cider donuts. With such a short window to celebrate this season, I try to cram as many of these treats in while I still have time. But since I started working at Joslin, I’ve become acutely aware of nutrition and calories. So this year I decided to…

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Attack of the dad bod | Health Beat – Health Article

If your cute and cuddly physique is an improvement from a year ago, then you’re on the right track. (For Spectrum Health Beat) For the sake of illustration, let’s pretend a man’s picture of good health falls someplace on a horizontal line. On one end, you’ve got the late John Candy; on the other, you’ve got the very much alive Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. For the average guy, there’s probably going to be a comfortable middle somewhere along that vast…

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How many cups of coffee in a day can cause harm? – Health Education Article

An estimated three billion cups of coffee are enjoyed every day around the world, Knowing the limits of what’s good for you and what’s not is imperative says Professor Elina Hyppöne. Latte, cappuccino or short black, morning coffee is essential for many people looking to kick start their day. But while the humble coffee may be a vital feature of the daily grind, how much is too much? While the pros and cons of drinking coffee have been debated for decades,…

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Turkey Breast Versus Chicken Breast: Which One Is Better for You? – Health Article

Chicken and turkey are both poultry products and rich sources of protein. They are also the most consumed lean meat the world over. Breast meat is loved by fitness enthusiasts because of the high-protein and low-calorie content. There are no major differences between the two, and it will all depend on your diet goals although turkey has a slightly different and distinct flavor than the chicken. Without further ado, here are the facts that might help you decide the better…

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National Cancer Control Month & National Minority Health Month – Health Article

April is both National Cancer Control Month & National Minority Health Month    At Cook For Your Life we are not necessarily in the business of cancer prevention, rather we aim to be the primary cooking resource for those touched by cancer including patients, caregivers, and survivors. However, time and time again, amidst fad diets, and diets that promise to “cure” cancer we remain true to the idea that the first step to healthy eating is cooking at home –…

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Planet-friendly, plant-based home cooking – Harvard Health Blog – Health Article

With all the news about the health and environmental advantages of eating less meat, many people are trying to eat more plant-based meals. But where do you begin? Instead of trying to cook an entire vegetarian meal from scratch, start with one small step and build from there, says Dr. Rani Polak, founding director of the Culinary Healthcare Education Fundamentals (CHEF) coaching program at Harvard’s Institute of Lifestyle Medicine. “For example, buy some canned beans. You can then make a…

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Calories In Steak: Is Beef Good For Health? – Health Article

Weightlifters and gourmands alike swear by steak as one of the best meats in the world. Bodybuilders love steak for its rich iron content and high protein density, which stimulates muscle growth and strength after an intense workout. Food aficionados, of course, love steak for its delicious flavor and the many ways it can be prepared. But how many calories are in steak? If there’s a high amount of calories in steak, does that mean it’s bad for wellness? What…

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Sustainability and the Mediterranean Diet – Health Article

We’ve all heard the praise for the Mediterranean diet and the abundance of health benefits it brings along. This diet is primarily constituted of plant-based foods, like whole grains, beans, fruits, vegetables and nuts, fish and seafood twice weekly, and a limited amount of red meat. Several studies have shown it improves heart health, weight loss and diabetes. Most recently, the Mediterranean diet was deemed the #1 best diet overall by US News! But with the rising concern surrounding climate…

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