nutrition

Why Should We be Healthy?
Food gives us life. Food makes us feel strong and gives us the energy to go about our everyday lives. Just two (read more)

White vs. Whole Wheat
You’ve heard it before, whole wheat flour/bread is better for you than white. Why is that, though? And does the same thing apply (read more)

The Big Picture of Artificial Sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners are a shady topic. I have done my fair share of research and have talked to others to get their opinion on diet (read more)

The Importance of Breakfast
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. What I think is breakfast is the (read more)

Calories: What are they, how many do you need?
If you were asked what a calorie is, what would you say? When New Yorkers were interviewed with this question in the documentary (read more)

Types of Calories: What, why, and when you need them
There are three types of calories that are each equally important to your body’s needs. They are carbohydrates, proteins, and (read more)

6 Meals a Day
Think of your stomach as a bucket. When the bucket overfills with too much food, guess where it goes? Your body! If you eat more (read more)

Metabolism
I think it would be hard for a lot of people to define metabolism, when it is such an important thing to know! After all, it is contantly (read more)

Fast Food Indeed
Let’s get real. It’s convenient to drive through a lane to get a meal that will feed your entire family for $10. In a typical supermarket, a few dollars could buy 1,200 calories of potato chips or 250 calories of whole vegetables. (read more)

The Journey of a Healthy Lifestyle
The reason I call eating healthy and exercising a healthy lifestyle is because that is what it really comes down to. It takes a healthy life (read more)

Fruit
Ahh… fruit, nature’s perfect carbohydrate. Fruit provides us with natural sugars that are converted to energy, making them a great (read more)

Water
Of course we know the basic benefits of water, but there is a lot more to know about the reason to drink a lot of water. Since our (read more)

Why We Crave
I’ve always had a pretty potent sweet tooth. When I was growing up I was one of those kids that would go crazy over a bag of (read more)

Raw Food
People with raw food diets always seemed a little wacky to me. Never adding heat to your food just seemed a little over the line (read more)

Eat dat salad
What’s so great about a salad? After all, it is just food. Think of salad as a plate of a wonderful antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. It’s (read more)

Family Meals
Times have changed and families have trouble getting everyone around the table for dinner, after all there is just a lot going on. Parents (read more)

Tofu
Have you tried or seen tofu but been kind of grossed out by its taste or texture? Well you haven’t had it prepared by someone who (read more)

Why Fish is so Good For Us – Choose Fish over other Meat
I’m pescatarian, which means I don’t eat any meat besides fish. People ask me why I eat fish if I am against animal cruelty, and honestly (read more)

Caffeine
Caffeine is a pretty controversial topic. There are some sides that say it’s natural and comes from a bean, and then some who say (read more)

Breakfast Cereal
Considering breakfast is so important, it would make sense to take a closer look at what many Americans eat so often for breakfast (read more)

Different Forms of Sugar
There are so many types of sugar out in the market nowadays and it’s hard to know which ones we should be consuming. Table (read more)

Finding your Health Balance
Awhile back, I decided to give up anything with added sugars for a month (yes, even like jam). After it had been a month, I decided to keep going. (read more)

Pumpkin-Spice Latte (Sugar-free, & no pumpkin puree)
I’m in heaven. So I love pumpkin and I wanted a pumpkin flavored iced latte. (After all, it is like the first day of autumn isn’t (read more)

Cinnamon Vegan Banana Bread (whole wheat)
This whole wheat banana bread turned out so delicious! As a lover of banana bread (or any type of bread really…) this vegan edition (read more)

Vegan Shortbread Cookies with Icing (optional whole wheat)
My dad’s coworker and his wife are vegan, and they have come over a few times bearing gifts of vegan food. They are the sweetest (read more)

Why Natural Peanut Butter’s Healthier
I’m a huge fun of peanut butter, and more so almond butter! I love the taste so much, I admit to being guilty of eating it straight (read more)

Acne and Dairy Relation
The acne that is spawned from dairy products is just another reason for me to believe that dairy/animal byproducts just aren’t (read more)

The Effects of Meat and Dairy
When a scientist and doctor, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn came together to connect the ideas of dairy and meat (read more)

An Overview of Nutrients
Of course we’ve all heard the term antioxidant, but do we really know why they are so important? In a nutshell, the reason they (read more)

Fiber
When it comes to dietary fiber, which is a complex carbohydrate, there are two types to consider. You have soluble fiber and insoluble (read more)

Plant Based Calcium
Osteoporosis is a bone disease that has been linked to a lack of calcium. Since dairy provides calcium and United States (read more)

Legumes
Speaking of fiber, legumes are an excellent source of that metabolism supporting carbohydrate. Legumes have it all because (read more)

Use Food as Medicine
We aren’t supposed to feel tired around noon, we are designed to be alive and well at this time. With an epidemic of malnutrition and over-processed food this isn’t how it’s turning out. We’re often stimulated by sugar and caffeine, or better yet Starbucks which contains both. We’re masking our constant fatigue with caffeine and
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Meat and Dairy’s Effect on the Environment
Did you know that Norway ships send cod to China to be turned into filets and then send them back to Norwegian supermarkets? What (read more)

Nuts and Oils
One of the biggest benefits of nuts and seeds that have been very prevalent in studies is reducing the risk of heart disease and heart (read more)

You Have the Power
It’s crazy that while animal based protein promotes cancer, high cholesterol, bone fractures, kidney disease, and aging, plant protein lowers (read more)

Staying Healthy at Restaurants
Ordering healthy dishes while eating out can get tricky. Chefs want you to come back by making their food taste good, so they’ll do whatever is (read more)

Tips and Resources for being Vegetarian/Vegan
I wanted to throw out there some tips and resources if you’re interested in going vegan or vegetarian. A side note, I don’t label myself (read more)

Healthy Popcorn Recipes
Popcorn is a whole grain since it contains the bran, endosperm, and germ, which makes it a great healthy snack. Three cups of air popped (read more)

Homemade Hot Chocolate
I love hot chocolate. Since I drink it so often in the winter, I usually make a soy sugar free version that tastes just as good as regular hot chocolate. (read more)

How are Industrialized Animals Treated? – An Overview
Cows have been bred to produce the most milk possible, which is 3x the amount they produced 50 years ago. Industrially raised (read more)

Eating Local
A British study calculated the traveling distance in miles of a single meal and found the total was 24,364 miles. Interestingly, (read more)

The Facts on Organic
Organic crops are grown without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and most herbicides. The soil fertility must be maintained (read more)

Is Being Vegan Ethical?
Let’s explore the facts. To produce meat we have to grow plants for animals to eat for us to eat. Feeding animals to eat reduces (read more)

Personal Story on TeenHealth.com
My personal story about healthy eating was posted on TeenHealth.com! You can check it out here http://kidshealth.org/teen/nutrition_fitness_center/nutrition/story_mikayla.html#. (read more)

Calorie Counter Spreadsheet
My dad wrote up this calorie counter spreadsheet where you can calculate your daily caloric needs, your carb (read more)

How to Avoid Getting Sick
Lately everyone in my family seems to be getting sick, so I wanted to write a blog a bit different and give the best methods to avoid (read more)

The Cheapest Place to buy Coffee Flavorings
I always see the DaVinci or Torani syrups at the grocery for a whopping six or seven bucks, and that is for a SMALL size! Luckily (read more)

Dark Chocolate Benefits (and cocoa powder)
Dark chocolate is similar calorie-wise to milk and white chocolate, but actually contains significantly less carbohydrates. Dark chocolate contains plant flavoniods, which lowers cholesterol, blood pressure, and reduces the risk of blood clotting and clogged arteries. (read more)

The Soy War
I’m constantly hearing arguments about whether soy is or isn’t healthy. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle. Here are the arguments. (read more)

Homemade Pudding
I’ve always been a fan of pudding but those pre-made packs you buy at the store are always so full of artificial colors, additives, ect. It didn’t even occur to me I can easily make my own homemade pudding at home until recently! All it requires is a few ingredients and about five minutes. (read more)

Q&A with a Reader – Maria’s Eating and Exercise Habits
I’ve been pen pals with a girl named Maria who and lives in Denmark! She’s very health conscious and I thought it would be fun to interview her for a blog. If this is something you guys like, let me know – it could be a regular thing! (read more)

Probiotics–Bacteria that’s GOOD for you?
Have you ever heard someone say how yogurt contains healthy “live cultures” or “bacteria”? Probiotics are bacteria naturally found in the body that help it run smoothly as opposed to the ones that make us sick. Many fermented food or drinks like kombucha or yogurt contain healthy probiotics. Fermentation is chemical breakdown of a substance by bacteria, yeast, or other microorganisms. (read more)

Ronald McDonald!
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Why Supplements are Suspicious
We’ve been taught to think of food in terms of what we need. Lacking vitamin A? Eat a carrot. Need calcium? Drink milk. But food does a lot more inside our bodies than nutrients ingested in pill form. There is almost no direct relationship between nutrients consumed and nutrients actually reaching its “main site of
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The reductionist flaw in our nutrition system
While a reductionist focuses on single processes within the body, a wholist focuses on the entire system and its health. The reductionist says: Lets study what a vitamin does in the body! The wholist says: Lets eat healthy, plant based foods! America’s nutritional system is very focused on reductionism. It has hidden the big picture
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