Tuesday, January 17, 2017

January 19, Rid the World of Fad Diets and Gimmicks Day



Fad Diets

Fad diets usually refer to unconventional eating patterns promoting short-term weight loss, usually with no concern for long-term weight control. These diets become quickly popular and just as quickly lose appeal. Fad diets generally disregard or refute what is known about the basic association between dietary patterns and human health. Extreme fad diets may lack energy, protein, vitamins and minerals essential for growing children.

How to Spot a Fad Diet
Does the food plan make any of the following Claims or Statements?
1. Recommends a quick fix solution.
2. Sounds too good to be true.
3. Recommendations based on a single study.
4. Recommendations that ignore the differences between people.
5. Requires you buy a product or the program will not work.
6. Eliminates one or more of the food groups.
7. Draws simple conclusions from a complex study.
8. Dramatic results questioned by established scientific communities (Academy DA, AMA, NIH, etc..)

HCG: Dangerous to Dieters




This is an Example of a Fad Diet and it can Kill You!
The Tapeworm Diet



January 17, Celebrating Spinach and Popeye's Debut


Nutrition Information
Spinach is fat free; saturated fat free; cholesterol free; low calorie; high in dietary fiber; high in vitamin A; high in vitamin C; high in iron, high in folate; and a good source of magnesium.

Selecting and Storing Spinach 
1. Choose fresh, crisp, green bunches with no evidence of insect damage.
2. Store spinach loosely wrapped in a damp paper towel.
3. Refrigerate in a plastic bag and use within 3 to 5 days.



Oxalic acid and Spinach

The oxalic acid in spinach binds with iron, which inhibits iron absorption. You can improve the absorption of iron from spinach by eating it with foods that enhance iron absorption; such as foods rich in vitamin C.

Serving Suggestions
1. Add spinach to a pasta or rice recipe.
2. Enjoy a spinach salad with a variety of ingredients.




References

1. Spinach - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
2. Top 10 ways to enjoy Spinach, Fruits and Veggies more matters 
3. Spinach: Nutrition . Selection . Storage
Fruits and Veggies more matters 



Monday, January 16, 2017

Healthy Weight Week
January 16 to 20, 2017

This week is Healthy Weight Week. Green Mountain at Fox Run is the sponsor of Healthy Weight Week led by Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD, president and co-owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run.
 
During Healthy Weight Week attention is focused on Lifelong Healthy Habits; Self-Esteem; Weight Bias; Fad Diets and Gimmicks; Women’s Healthy Weight; Health at any Size and Professional Resources. The goals are to prevent eating disorders and weight problems.



What is Healthy Weight Week?
Frances M. "Francie" Berg, MS, LN is the founder of Healthy Weight Week. She is a licensed nutritionist, family wellness specialist and adjunct professor at the University of North Dakota School Of Medicine. Francie is the author of 12 books and the founder, editor and publisher of the Healthy Weight Journal (established in 1986).





Mission
"Healthy Weight Network (HWN) provides a critical link between research and practical application on weight and eating issues. Recognizing weight is a complex condition of increasing concern throughout the world, the HWN is committed to bringing together scientific information from many sources, reporting controversial issues in a clear, objective manner and the ongoing search for truth and understanding.

Recognizing weight is an easily exploitable health and social concern, the HWN is committed to exposing deception, reshaping detrimental social attitudes, and promoting health at any size. Our mission is to be a voice of integrity and insight in a field that has been much abused and neglected."


Francie M. Berg, MS, LN



Every Girl Is Beautiful / Self-Esteem PSA


Do You Think I'm Fat?
A Public Service Announcement from the
National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA).
For help visit http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/ 




January 16, National Fig Newton Day - Nutrition and How It's Made


Charles M. Roser is known as the man who created the Fig Newton recipe. He would later sell it to the Kennedy Biscuit Works (later known as Nabisco.) 


A Fig Newton is a soft cookie filled with fig jam. As of 2012, in addition to the original fig filling, Nabisco also makes several varieties of the Newton, including strawberry, raspberry, and mixed berry. The Fig Newton also comes in a 100% whole grain and a fat-free variety. There are Fig Newton Minis and a crisp version, called Newtons Fruit Thins. 



How Fig Cookies are Made



Reference

Wikipedia, Newtons (cookie) 
Fig Newton Products 



An educated consumer has the knowledge to make healthy decisions.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

January 15, National Strawberry Ice cream Day

January 15 is designated as National Strawberry Ice Cream Day. Many people associate ice cream as a high calorie dessert, but with portion planning you can turn ice cream into a healthy snack.

Portion Control


Strawberry Sundae with Granola
Ingredients.
1/4 cup Light Strawberry Ice Cream
1 Tablespoon Granola
1/4 cup Strawberries, chopped
1/2 cup Strawberries


Strawberry Ice Cream
with Granola
Ingredients.
1/3 cup Light Strawberry Ice Cream
2 Tablespoon Granola
1/4 cup Strawberries, chopped
1/2 cup Strawberries
1.5 teaspoons Strawberry Preserves

Nutrition Information. 165 Calories; 3 g Protein; 34 g Carbohydrates; 2 g Dietary Fiber; 3 g Fat (g); 7 mg Cholesterol; 49 mg Vitamin C; 120 mcg Folate; 48 mg Sodium


Strawberry Ice Cream Cone

Saturday, January 14, 2017

January 14, National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day


Ingredients
2 slices Rye Bread
1 tsp Mustard
Lettuce leaf
2 slices Tomatoes
oz Pastrami
1/2 oz Swiss Cheese

Directions
1. Top one sliced of
 Rye Bread with mustard, lettuce, tomato, pastrami and Swiss cheese.
2. Top with second slice of rye bread.

3. Heat in oven or toaster oven until Swiss cheese melts.


Notes
The sandwich is high in saturated fat and sodium. Balance the rest of your day by choosing foods low in sodium and saturated fat. An educated consumer has the ability to make wise food choices.


Nutritional Information









National Folic Acid Awareness Week
January 8 - 14, 2017


The National Council on Folic Acid (NCFA).
The mission of the National Council on Folic Acid (NCFA) is to improve health by promoting the benefits and consumption of folic acid.


National Folic Acid Awareness Week is January 8 - 14, 2017. Adequate folic acid intake is important for the prevention of birth defects. 

Healthy Food Choices for Folic Acid



Messages Folic Acid Awareness Week
wants all women 

of childbearing age to know.

1. Folic acid is a vitamin that can help prevent birth defects. Women of childbearing age need an extra 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day.

2. Women can get the recommended 400 mcg of folic acid by taking a daily multivitamin or by eating fortified foods. Check the label of your cereal to see if it has 100% DV (daily value) of folic acid.

3. Important growth of the baby happens very early in pregnancy, before most women know that they are pregnant. Folic acid can prevent birth defects of the baby’s brain or spine if a woman takes it before and during pregnancy.

4. If you are pregnant, remember to take a prenatal vitamin with iron and folic acid every day.



Nutritional Habits 
Although all enriched cereals and grain products in the U.S. are fortified with the B-vitamin folic acid, only one-third of U.S. women of childbearing age consume the recommended amount from their diet. Taking a multivitamin with folic acid every day is a key way that women can get the recommended amount of 400 mcg.
Be Prepared Before Pregnancy 
Women need folic acid, even if not planning to become pregnant, since 50% of all pregnancies are unplanned. Taking folic acid before pregnancy reduces the risk of birth defects of the brain and spine, called neural tube defects (NTDs), by up to 70%.
Message to the Hispanic Community 
Hispanic babies are 1.5 to 2 times more likely than others in the U.S. to be born with an NTD. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that Latinas in the U.S. consume the least amount of folic acid and have the least knowledge about folic acid among racial or ethnic groups.




Not only is this a father 
with a beautiful song, 
but he has an important message 
about folic acid and Birth Defects.

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