Tag Archives: sodium

Girl Eating AppleA recent study by the American Diabetes Association looked at the cost of health care and work-related costs associated with diabetes. This is an increasing issue for businesses as well as individuals, since both share in the costs.

The U.S. has seen a 41 percent increase in the costs associated with diabetes since 2007. That’s a huge increase! Most of that increase is a result of more people being diagnosed with the disease, not increased medical costs for each person, and that’s even scarier!

We know from other studies that excess weight is a leading contributor to diabetes, so it … Read the rest

Posted in healthy eating, healthy lifestyle | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A recent study found that most children’s meals at the nation’s top restaurants are failing when it comes to good nutrition and healthy eating. The study was done by the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the findings are downright scary!

Among other things, the study found that 91 percent of children’s meals at the restaurant chains studies do not meet the National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell menu standards. Specifically, 50 percent of the children’s meals contained more than 600 calories, and many were more than 1000 calories! To put this in context, the government’s dietary guidelines recommend … Read the rest

Posted in eating out, healthy kids | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

It turns out that the recent economic recession has resulted in at least one good thing – less eating out. A recent study by NPD Group found that millennials (those aged 18-34) are eating out in restaurants less, and this is something that no generation has done before them.

This is not good news for the restaurant industry, but it may be greatnews for your health. Most restaurant meals are significantly higher in sodium, fat and calories than similar meals cooked at home. So, eating more meals at home should result in a reduced intake of sodium and fat, and … Read the rest

Posted in healthy eating, healthy lifestyle | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Like most people, every now and then I like to eat fast food. I sometimes just have a craving for a Big Mac or a Soft Taco Supreme. So, how can you eat healthy and still enjoy fast food on occasion?

First, it’s important to remember the “on occasion” part! We advise people to follow the 90/10 rule when eating – eat healthy 90 percent of the time and then give in and eat whatever you want the other 10 percent. This means that you shouldn’t eat fast food every day, but once in a while it probably won’t hurt.… Read the rest

Posted in healthy eating | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A lot of people ask us if a vegetarian or vegan diet is better for them. The short answer is “it depends.” First, let’s be clear about what these diets are. A vegetarian diet is one that eliminates all meat. A vegan diet goes further, eliminating meat and all animal byproducts like milk, eggs and even honey.

Now, there are lots of reasons beyond health that a person might want to follow a vegetarian or even a vegan diet. These include religion, cost, concern for animals, and the environment. These are topics for another day. Here I want to focus … Read the rest

Posted in healthy eating | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment