Diet And Nutrition Category

Our Diet and Nutrition section is not just about weight loss. These articles are also about healthy eating, understanding what makes a good diet and nutritional information to keep you informed (so you can make informed choices about your diet). Enjoy!
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Tips For a Healthier Coffee Habit

To many of us, a day without coffee is a day without sunshine. Coffee is liquid sunshine. A hot cup of good coffee is comforting. It is energizing. The warm cup in our hand feels like we are hanging-up being with a good friend. Coffee always seems to be there when we need it and even when we don't. Bottom line: We coffee lovers need our coffee. Yet, many health experts criticize the coffee habit that many people have. They would rather that coffee lovers breakup their … [Read more...]

How to Get Along With Your Bathroom Scale

Anyone who has wandered into the realm of weight control is aware of the notorious, steadfast tool known as the bathroom scale-- and the love/hate relationship that goes with it. If it isn't the prompt that springboards an individual's resolve to lose unwanted pounds, it's used to track the progress of a diet that's already underway. More often than not, it is also the very thing that knocks dieters off their regimen regardless of how long they have (or haven't) been on … [Read more...]

Chia Seeds: A Pet Plant and an Ultra-Healthy Food

Chia is one of the most useful plants in the Northern Hemisphere. Chia is cultivated in Guatemala, southern and central Mexico, and the southern regions of the United States. Though most Americans associated 'Chia' with the fun potted plants called 'Chia Pets', in Mexico and South America chia is better known as an ultra-healthy food, especially the chia seed. And, in case you are wondering, the 'Chia Pets' really is the chia plant you can eat. Recently, chia seeds have … [Read more...]

The History of the Cookie (The One You Can Eat)

The Merriam Webster dictionary defines a cookie as a “small flat or slightly raised cake”. Merriam Webster also defines a cookie as "a small file or part of a file stored on a World Wide Web user's computer". That type of cookie is not much fun to put in your mouth. What we are going to talk about is the history of the cookie you can eat. To begin with, 'a cookie', to many people (especially those who grew up in another country) is an unfamiliar … [Read more...]

Why Do I Crave (and Eat) So Much Sugar?

It is not like we do not know about sugar. We know all about weight gain, insulin resistance and the risk of developing diabetes, but somehow we cannot stop consuming the sweet stuff. The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), a federally funded program partnered with the National Institute of Health (NIH), says that the increase in diabetes diagnoses is of “epidemic proportions,” yet we still cannot stop eating pound after pound of sugar. We … [Read more...]