The Road to Wellness

Vitamin D Revisited

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A new study by University of California-San Diego and Creighton University looked at the basis for the current RDA for vitamin D as recommended by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Institute of Medicine (IOM). What they found is nothing short of shocking. According to their research, the RDA recommendation is a mere one-tenth of what we should be getting. Looking at the Numbers Researchers analyzed the same studies that provided the basis for the IOM recommendations. They found lapses in the statistical analysis that led to the current RDA…read more

Fast Food Ads and Kids

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You have to give advertisers credit; they know kids. They know if a kid get fixated on something that there isn’t a force in this world to sway them. Fast food ads seem to be the worse of the bunch, according to researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Deceptive Fast Food Ads The research showed that advertisers failed in two areas that directly impact the food choices of children. First, they did not downplay the toys that make meal offerings attractive. Kids have to have their plastic superhero no…read more

Weekly Inspiration–Week 13, 2015

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“Once you understand the foundations of cooking – whatever kind you like, whether it’s French or Italian or Japanese – you really don’t need a cookbook anymore.” ~Thomas Keller photo credit: Star Wars Cookbook via photopin (license)

Shared Meal, Spanish Style

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For most meals, I plate the dish. I’m working on my techniques to make my dishes more attractive. But once in awhile, a shared meal is a refreshing change. If you think about it, it’s not something we do a lot. A fondue is probably the closest we come to it. For our change-of-pace meal, we went Spanish style and had paella. Layers of Spanish Style Flavor I strive for authenticity in my meals when preparing regional foods. This recipe from seemed to follow that principle, probably with the…read more

Lift Weights to Lose Weight

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You know that exercise is important for good health. In addition to helping you look great, scheduling time to lift weights may boost the benefits you get from working out. A study by Harvard School of Public Health found that weightlifting may keep your waistline in check. Controlling Belly Fat The researchers carried out the study that involved a cohort of 10,500 healthy American men. Between vigorous cardio activity and weightlifting, the latter had the strongest association with less belly fat accumulation. There’s more to your workout when you lift…read more

Antibiotics and Chickens

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You probably have heard about McDonald’s decision to phase out chickens raised with antibiotics. Now KFC is feeling the pressure to do the same. The question we need to ask is whether or not it is a necessary move. Poultry Industry To start, it’s a good idea to know what the situation is. We Americans love our chicken. Purdue University estimates that we consume 8 billion chickens each year. The United States is the world’s largest producer of poultry products. The poultry industry, like the agricultural industry as a whole,…read more

Weekly Inspiration–Week 12, 2015

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“Food, to me, is always about cooking and eating with those you love and care for.” ~David Chang photo credit: Mixed Veggies via photopin (license)

Weight Loss Myth Busted

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You may not know the physiology behind it. That’s okay. I didn’t know it either until I read about this study from the University of New South Wales. I did the same thing you probably did. I read an article that I found online. I fell for a weight loss myth. A Weight Loss Myth Busted Several misconceptions about weight loss run deep. The researchers asked a simple question: where does the weight go? Depending on your source, the answer tends to fall into one of four answers: Expended as…read more

Weekly Inspiration–Week 11, 2015

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“A dessert without cheese is like a beautiful woman who is missing an eye.” ~Brillat-Savarin, French gastronome photo credit: Comeda Manchego Deluxe! via photopin (license)

Inactivity and Weight Gain

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In one of the most cruel added insults to injury stands inactivity. We eat too much. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Americans consume 3,770 calories per day. This is well over the recommended 1,800 calories. Adding inactivity to the mix creates a deadly cocktail of obesity, health risks, and premature mortality. It happened so innocently. We might not have noticed it happening, let alone attribute anything bad to it. Let’s look at what has gone on. The Easier Life Equals More Inactivity Compared to…read more