The Road to Wellness

Tortillas for a Healthy Meal

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Want a quick dinner that is both healthy and delicious? All you need is a tortilla, tortilla recipe, and your favorite toppings for a meal guaranteed to please. Also, tortillas contain fewer calories and less fat than other options, making them a good choice if you’re counting calories. And you can’t beat the flavor of homemade tortillas–or their versatility. You can use in your favorite enchilada recipe or serve them with eggs for huevos rancheros. Flour or Corn? You can make your tortillas from either all-purpose flour or corn flour….read more

Weekly Inspiration–Week 21, 2015

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“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” ~Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own photo credit: Course 5 via photopin (license)

Chipotle’s Misguided Anti-GMO Push

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The restaurant chain, Chipotle’s, did something that no other chain has done in the United States. It eliminated genetically modified organisms (GMOs) from its menu. Unfortunately, it’s a move based on misinformation and pseudoscience. It is, in fact, a step backward with serious implications for the people who would be hurt most. GMOs Are Safe The crusade against GMOs is based on several fallacies, driven by some clever spins. One of the main fallacies is a version of the argument from ignorance. In this case, the anti-GMO message that GMOs…read more

Weekly Inspiration–Week 20, 2015

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“Food should be fun.” ~Thomas Keller photo credit: Lobster.jpg via photopin (license)

How to Read Science-Based News

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Every day, we are bombarded by news, sometimes of a dubious nature. Science-based news is no exception. In fact, you may find it increasingly difficult to navigate through the jungle of misleading information, pseudoscience, and fake experts. Welcome to the jungle! There Is No Proof The first thing to understand is that proof does not exist in the scientific literature. If you see any website, commercial, or blog post suggesting that science has proved something, you know that what follows is misleading at best. Rather, what science does is explain…read more

Get Off Your Duff and Live Longer

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We all know that sitting for long stretches is bad for you. At the very least, you’re burning the least amount of calories possible. On the other extreme, you increase your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other negative health outcomes. Get Moving! But wait, there’s more. A study by the University of Utah Health Sciences found that walking just two minutes a hour for each waking hour could offset some of the risks. The benefits come in part from the extra 400 kcal a week that you’ll burn. That’s…read more

Weekly Inspiration–Week 19, 2015

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“Cooking is an art, but you eat it too.” ~Marcella Hazan photo credit: Marinara via photopin (license)

Oh, For Another Burner!

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Okay, so I like cooking. I mean, I really, really like cooking. And once in awhile, I like to take on the tough challenges. That was exactly why I decided to take on the Boeuf Bourguignon challenge a lá Thomas Keller. A Labor of Love Boeuf Bourguignon or Beef Burgundy is definitely a labor of love. I wouldn’t say it was because of the difficulty. The secret ingredient definitely is time. Keller’s recipe is a two-day affair—at the least. The other challenge with the recipe is waiting. His recipe, as…read more

Getting the Most Out of Your Wearable Device

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So, you did it. You bought your first [Fitbit, Jawbone, etc.]. Congratulations on taking the first step toward a healthy lifestyle! While dieting offers a quick way to reduce calories, a combination of diet and exercise is the best way to control weight for the long-term. Your device is there to help. Setting Goals with a Baseline No matter what goals you have, you need to begin with a baseline. As the old saying goes, you can’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been. That’s why you…read more

Weekly Inspiration–Week 18, 2015

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“Non-cooks think it’s silly to invest two hours’ work in two minutes’ enjoyment; but if cooking is evanescent, so is the ballet.” ~Julia Child photo credit: Olga Spessiva in Swan Lake costume, 1934 / photographer Sydney Fox Studio, 3rd Floor, 88 King St, Sydney via photopin (license)