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Diet & Fitness

Diet and fitness are essential to healthy living. Learn about the pros and cons of all the latest diet trends and exercise programs. Get food swap advice and learn new exercise programs.

Restaurants and takeout fuel overeating epidemic

Restaurant pizza. Large size leads to overeating
Too many Americans are too big these days. Let’s not mince words—they’re fat, and getting fatter. This is not a momentary thing. It’s been trending for decades. The average American man? Today, just under 5’10” tall and 196 pounds—up 15 pounds from 20 years ago. The average American woman? Just under 5’4″ and 169 pounds, […]

Vegetarian Diet: What are the risks and benefits?

It wasn’t so long ago that vegetarians were considered kooks—old hippies and treehuggers. No longer. Millions of Americans now call themselves vegetarians or vegans. And it wasn’t so long ago that a vegetarian diet was considered nutritionally insufficient. That’s no longer true either. A fully nutritious vegetarian diet does require some planning to ensure you’re […]

Are Frozen Vegetables as Healthy as Fresh?

frozen vegetables in plastic bags and on a cutting board
Fresh organic produce is some of the healthiest food you can eat – if not the healthiest. But millions of people don’t have year-round access to it. Some have no access at all. Canned and frozen vegetables are sometimes the only options. And it’s no secret that canned foods are loaded with added sugar, sodium […]

Five Signs You Need to Eat More Vegetables

Vegetables laid out in a feast
Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the results of a study that looked at the dietary habits of American adults. Shockingly (or perhaps not), the results showed that just one in 10 adults meet the federal recommendation for daily consumption of vegetables. The current guidelines state that adults should eat […]

Blog Post: Four Steps to Preventing Foodborne Illness

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 48 million (one in six) Americans acquire a foodborne illness every year. If you’ve ever been one of them, you know it’s sheer misery…nausea, vomiting, cramping, diarrhea, and dehydration that can last up to 48 hours. Most people recover fine at home, but nearly […]

Fun Food for Dysphagia: How to cook for people with difficulty swallowing

dysphagia appropriate fruit caviar
Among some of today’s most challenging diseases are those that make it difficult or impossible to chew or swallow food. It’s a complicating condition called dysphagia that usually requires that all foods are consumed as liquids or purees. And…as you can imagine, taste and presentation are typically an after-thought at best. Thankfully, health-focused foodies are […]

Processed Salad is a Food Safety Danger

Summertime is salad time.  Nothing beats the summer heat like a bowl of cool, crunchy greens and other veggies—if they don’t make you sick. Unfortunately, one of the coolest, crunchiest greens recently did exactly that. Last March, a nasty strain of E. coli bacteria attacked people who ate contaminated romaine lettuce. The U.S. Centers for […]

Q&A: Picnic Safety

set up for a picnic on the beach in the evening
I love eating outdoors. What meal wouldn’t be better when paired with fresh air and rays of sunshine? But when you take your meals outside, you open the door to a few safety risks – some of which you may not consider a risk at all. Here are some common questions about safety considerations when […]

Ketogenic diet: Benefits and Costs. Is it for you?

For a diet that’s been around for 80-some years, it’s amazing how much controversy surrounds the ketogenic diet (keto). You’d think everyone would be on the same page by now.  But no, keto has avid supporters and avid critics. At the end of the day, that’s healthy.  The more people scrambling for the truth, the […]

Blog Post: Summer Safety

Today’s record temperatures can be dangerous to your health. But dive in with me and we’ll beat the heat.  We’ll deal today only with some serious summer threats—dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke. Being outside, in the heat without taking certain precautions can lead to serious trouble. But follow some simple rules, and there’s no need […]
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