The Un-Sugar Coated Truth About Sugar

If you haven’t seen the documentary, Fed Up, you should. It examines the roots of obesity in America – ultimately blaming sugar – and offers some staggering statistics related to sugar consumption in the United States. From 1977 to 2000, Americans have doubled their dietary sugar intake. In 1980 the number of documented type two… Read more »

Brown Bag Whole Grain Lunches

September is Whole Grains Month and what better way to celebrate than by packing healthy, whole grain foods in your child’s lunch box? Here are ten ideas for brown bag whole grain lunches. Popcorn – it’s a 100% whole grain snack you can easily make at home. Avoid the pre-packaged, flavored varieties. PBJ – it’s… Read more »

How Meal Replacement Can Work For You

Meal replacement shakes and drinks have been around for a long time. They are typically marketed toward those wanting to build muscle and lose weight. But just like with any diet or major lifestyle change, it is important to do your research and determine if it’s the right choice for you. Weight Loss Researchers at… Read more »

Omega-3s Without The Danger of Mercury

Consuming fish for beneficial omega 3 fatty acids may be more harmful to your health than you think. Ideally, you would be able to get all the omega-3s you need by eating a diet that included fatty fish once or twice per week. Unfortunately, studies show that eating fish can potentially expose you to a… Read more »

Gluten Sensitivity and Vitamin D

If you shop the health food aisles of your local grocery store, you’re likely noticing more and more items labeled, “Gluten Free.” Gluten sensitivity is on the rise, almost reaching epidemic proportions. Research estimates that 18 million Americans suffer from non-celiac gluten sensitivity. According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearing House, that’s 1 in… Read more »

The Five Worst Foods for Heartburn

Heartburn is a painful condition affecting roughly 20% of the population every week. The symptoms of heartburn are a tight, painful feeling through your chest. Heartburn is actually caused by acid reflux, which happens when stomach acid is released into the esophagus. The stomach acid eats away at the lining of the esophagus and can… Read more »

Energy Boosting Snacks

Instead of reaching for that afternoon coffee, trying one of these energy-boosting snacks instead.   They’ll provide a quick pick-me-up, without the caffeine slump a few hours later. Apple or Banana with Peanut Butter – You don’t even need to keep a whole jar in your desk anymore. There are single serving containers of peanut butter… Read more »

Five Reasons to Skip Energy Drinks

Across the country, students are preparing to return to school.  Long hours of homework await and students often reach for a quick pick-me-up to get the job done.  Hence the rise of the energy drink industry. But before you or your student reach for that Red Bull, consider this. Energy drinks are usually packaged like… Read more »

Energy Bars are Glorified Cookies

While an energy bar may sound like a great pre-workout snack, many of them are nothing more than glorified cookies. Many of these bars can pack a staggering 300-plus calories, far more than the ones you’re probably about to burn off. When energy bars first appeared in grocery stores in the late 1980s, they were marketed… Read more »

Seven Stress Relieving Foods

It can be hard juggling the demands of life and work commitments. Stress is almost inevitable. But it’s how you handle the stress that can be the difference between feeling like you’re barely surviving to actually thriving. Stress is a health hazard that has been linked to everything from diabetes and high blood pressure to… Read more »