It's been a while since I posted any blogs, kind of taking it easy these last few weeks and getting back to basics. However, an important blog post by a writer at healthfreedoms.org flew across my computer screen a few minutes ago highlighting the dangers of drinking diet soft drinks. I have written on this topic before - click on the post categorized under "artificial sweeteners" under Categories on the right hand column. I am reposting about it because I think that most people are under the illusion that artificial sweeteners are not only "not bad" for you, but that some people believe them to be GOOD for you.
Unfortunately, we don't really know as they've only been on the market in such high use for 10-20 years. Check out my post from September on the topic as well as the healthfreedoms.org blog post. It will definitely make you think a little before picking up that next can of Diet Whatever. http://healthfreedoms.org/2011/12/12/8-dangers-of-diet-soda/
Much Love and Happy Holidays,
From the Stamford Hospital Nutrition Newsletter (yes, I'm fortunate enough to work at a health-centered hospital. Not many can say the same):
"We tend to give up on resolutions that are too overwhelming or time-consuming. Try setting a few do-able goals to put health and wellness first this year:
Spend time with loved ones. Research shows that when couples spend just 10 minutes holding hands, the hormone oxytocin rises, which has a soothing antioxidant effect that helps decrease blood pressure. Other studies show that spending time with pets is just as beneficial in raising oxytocin levels--hugs from friends and family count too.
Get organized. If you didn’t wear it in the past year, get rid of it! Or, make a goal to empty out junk drawers or clean out the garage. Plan times for these projects and write them down on the calendar. Bonus: Light cleaning burns 170 calories an hour.
Schedule an annual physical and/or mammogram. Put your health first this year by making an appointment for a physical exam as suggested by your primary care physician. Women over age 40 should make an appointment to talk with their doctor about whether or not they nee for a yearly mammogram and have a yearly clinical breast exam in addition to performing monthly self breast exams.
Move more. Make an effort to take the stairs instead of the elevator, get up and talk to a co-worker rather than send an email, or park further away from store entrances to increase the steps you take on a daily basis. Research shows that three 10-minute bouts of brisk walking are as effective in decreasing body fat as one 30-minute walk.
Make half of your grains whole. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend substituting a whole grain product for a refined-grain product by looking for a whole-grain ingredient first on the list. Look for “whole wheat,” “brown rice,” “bulgur,” “buckwheat,” “oatmeal,” “whole-grain cornmeal,” “whole oats,” “whole rye,” or “wild rice.” For a quick switch, try natural popcorn instead of potato chips or brown rice instead of white."
You may have already heard about the toxins in our food supply and which foods specific experts avoid eating. But, I thought it would be important to reiterate. Even Fox News is talking about...maybe it's a liberal ploy to wipe out the current food industry?? J/k!
Check it out...http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/12/01/7-foods-should-never-eat/
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