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How Malnutrition Drives Food Cravings and Fuels Weight Gain

There's a very fine line between maintaining a healthy body weight and being malnourished. Truth is, in this day in age when thin is in, a lot of people are simply starving themselves. They are cutting calories too much, eating too little, and,…

The Real Nitty-Gritty on Whole Grain Foods

With the widespread popularity of low-carb diets, a lot of high-quality foods have been unfairly demonized. This holds especially true for whole grain foods. Don't be misled by all the hype, as whole grains are rich in quite a lot of nutrients.…

Unbelievably Delicious Ways to Build a Healthy Salad

If I had a dollar for every time someone told me "I can't go on a diet because I hate salads" I'd be a very wealthy woman! Indeed, salads are among the most common go-to dieting foods for people who are trying to lose weight or even maintain…

The Female Athlete Triad: When Too Much of a Good Thing Becomes Bad

In my early 20s, I took the notion of exercising as a hobby to another level. I generally ran during morning hours, averaging in excess of 60-70 miles a week. My evening hours were spent in the gym, during which time I engaged in highly intense…

Nutrition Strategies for Women Trying to Bulk Up

While more women than ever before are reaping the numerous health benefits of weight training, most still have an underlying fear of "getting bigger" or "bulking up". But, believe it or not, there are still many women with the ever so unique…

Seven Healthy Ways to Enjoy Your Sushi Experience

As a health-conscious foodie, I always make an effort to get the most nutritional bang for my buck, especially when dining away from home. Sushi has always fit the bill perfectly! Believe it or not, when the right combination of ingredients…

The Best Time to Eat Fruit

I’m a diehard salad connoisseur known for my flamboyant blends of veggies, fruit, and seafood. Interestingly, whenever I post a salad recipe or pic, someone almost always questions my choice of including fruit. Now, everyone knows that eating…

5 Simple Ways to Add Flaxseeds to Your Diet for Weight Management

Regularly eating flaxseeds can support weight management and overall good health. Problem is, many people just don’t know how to eat them. If you’re trying to incorporate flaxseeds into your diet, at first glance you might very well be…

Six Quick and Convenient Foods to Fuel Your Outdoor Runs

Second only to walking, running is indeed the most popular form of exercise worldwide. But, it’s also among the most intense. This holds especially true for outdoor running. Due to its intense nature, if you regularly run outdoors it’s important…

Simple Strategies for Deciphering Food Labels

As a healthy lifestyle blogger, shopping at Costco is by far one of my favorite pastimes. Not only is it a great way for me to stock up on affordable whole foods for the family, but it’s also an opportune time for me to observe the general…

Translating the Ingredients List of Food Labels

The "ingredients" list of food labels is where the food industry deceives unknowing consumers the most. You’ve probably heard this in some way before, but I'll just reiterate: If the ingredients listed on a package don’t sound familiar,…

Using Food Labels to Track Your Intake of Carbohydrates

A section denoted "carbohydrates" can be found directly in the middle of the Nutrition Facts label. The amount of carbohydrates (carbs) per serving of a food is always listed in grams and typically followed by 2-3 additional lines containing…

Understanding Cholesterol, Sodium and Potassium Values on Food Labels

You can find the cholesterol, sodium and potassium content of packaged products in the middle of the Nutrition Facts label. These values are always listed in milligrams (mg) and it’s important to monitor your intake of each. Now, I must point…

Interpreting Total Fat and Types of Fat on Food Labels

The Nutrition Facts label lays out the "total fat" in addition to the different types of fat contained in foods. Determining the type of fat can help you decide whether or not a food is rich in 'healthy' and/or 'unhealthy' fats. Trans fats and,…

Understanding Serving Size Values on Food Labels

The "serving size" of a packaged product is always shown at the very top of the Nutrition Facts label. This is essentially the amount of food recommended to account for one serving. Serving sizes are typically listed in pieces, grams, ounces,…

Decoding Calories and Calories from Fat on Food Labels

All food labels list the number of "calories" in a given serving of food. This information is typically displayed directly below or around the serving size. The calorie is a basic unit of measuring the amount of "energy" the body obtains when…

How to Boost the Flavor of Your Foods Without Salt

Growing up in Chicago, I spent a lot of time at my grandma’s house. I have very fond memories of tasting fresh cucumbers and tomatoes from her garden during the warmer months of the year and the cantaloupe and honeydew melons she bought from…

Why Water is More Important Than Food

Water is perhaps the most overlooked yet most essential nutrient in a healthy, balanced diet, as nearly every cell, tissue and organ system depends on it. While water doesn’t supply the body with energy in the form of calories, the body’s…

Nutrient Deficiencies All Vegans Should Be Aware Of

Those of you who either know or follow me are probably aware that I was formerly an avid vegan. I personally decided to adopt this style of eating following years of haphazard meat consumption to almost toxic levels. Although I’m no longer…

Five Strategies for Eating Well with a Lung Condition

When compared to the average person, individuals with lung conditions (chronic bronchitis, asthma, and emphysema) use way more energy during breathing. Such breathing problems are primarily a result of narrowing and inflammation (swelling) of…