Stress and Your Body’s Nutritional Needs

No doubt, you know the home remedy starve a fever, feed a cold. But how do you feed a cold? Well, you drink lots of fluids, of couse. You eat wholesome, nourishing foods such as the standard chicken soup. These help strengthen our bodies, supporting them in healing themselves. But what about when we’re stressed? …

Eating Well for the Holidays…and a Lifetime

Most holiday celebrations focus to some degree on food. Consider the Hanukkah tradition of latkes or the peanut soup of Kwanzaa. Think of the Christmas’ ham; the roast turkey and mulled wine of Solstice/Sabbat. Then, of course, there are all the other goodies – pies, cookies, fruitcake and such – we share with each other …

7 Ways to Get More Veg and Fruit in Your Diet

chocolate monster mel/Flickr Include a green garden salad with both lunch and dinner. Include a piece of fresh fruit with your breakfast each morning. And if you choose to have desserts with other meals, choose fruit. Consider your plate. Let any meat, starch and grain (potato, pasta, bread, rice or other cooked grains) fill no …

Flu Shots, Root Canals and Other Things that Are Less-than-Great-for-You Blogaround

Mark Sisson gives a terrific overview of why flu shots aren’t all they’re cracked up to be and offers some helpful tips for staying jab-free and healthy through cold and flu season. Jon Barron discusses the recent study on the superiority of root canals over implants – and why this doesn’t mean root canals are …

Junking the Junk Food for Real Food (Without Breaking the Bank)

The more the economy tanks, the more we hear about people shifting to cheaper food sources – even as Americans already spend less on food per capita than others in the world. These cheap foods tend to be very highly processed – high in sugars and fats, and less nutrient-dense than whole or lightly processed …

Food That’s Not Really Food and Other Impediments to Health

Colonel of Truth You know that annoying ad about the “KFC $10 Challenge”? If not, go be annoyed. Then read this recent Grist article in which Kurt Michael Friese describes how he handily beat the challenge. Be sure to check out the comments thread, as well, for some interesting back-and-forth on the issue.   Former …

Quick Links: Diet and Exercise Edition

89 Percent of Children’s Food Products Provide Poor Nutritional Quality, Study Finds (Science Daily) The Productive Diet (Washington Post) Regular Walking Nearly Halves Elderly Disability Risk (Science Daily) Active Lifestyle May Prevent Cancer: Japan Study (Reuters) Prolonged Sitting Turns Off Fat-Burning Enzyme (Natural News) Weight Watchers Vs. Fitness Centers (Science Daily)

While We’re on the Subject…Super Duper Wonder Foods vs. the Total Diet

We’re not really fond of articles like this: The 11 Best Foods You Aren’t Eating. Why? Because they always somehow manage to leave you with the impression that if you just eat these “superfoods,” you can directly cause a desired health outcome. Just as our parents and guardians tried to persuade us to eat our …