Study: Milk Consumption Associated With Bone Fractures

A study found that milk doesn’t do the body as good as you may have been led to believe. This doesn’t mean you should stop consuming milk. It means you should be aware of current findings about milk, health, and nutrition. A study called “Milk and Mortality” was published in the British Medical Journal in October of 2014. It used data from two large, long-term Swedish studies of adult men and women. The people in the study were asked about how much and what kinds of milk and dairy products they consumed. The study was led by Uppsala University professor … Continue reading

Why Does My Body Need Phosphorus?

Phosphorus is a mineral that has many useful roles for the body. It is used in energy metabolism, to help the body use some B-complex vitamins, for muscle and nerve function, and for kidney function. But one of the most important roles of phosphorus is to help the body maintain its calcium balance. This mineral is essential to the formation of bones and teeth, and bone and tooth health throughout all stages of life. Cool phosphorus fact: approximately one percent of an adult’s total body weight is phosphorus. However, most of that phosphorus (about 85%) lives in your bones and … Continue reading

Chocolate Festival Sabotage

I just learned that there will be the 1st annual Chocolate Festival nearby in a couple of weeks. They are featuring an “All You Can Eat” Chocolate Buffet. Hmm, do I dare go? I have to go because I have never been to one and I have to see what it is all about. There are going to be demonstrations, activities, and raffles as well. This should be interesting. Actually, chocolate has a lot of good in it, but for a dieter eating chocolate can make you lose your “mind over matter” motto. Every once in a while, especially if … Continue reading

All About Chocolate

Valentine’s Day is not so very far away and in our house, Valentine’s Day is an excuse to eat lots and lots of chocolate! How much do you know about this tasty treat? Read on, and see how much you already knew about chocolate! Origins and History The Mayans were the first recorded people to use chocolate. They mixed it together with chilies and spices to make a drink. The first ‘hot chocolate’ was used as an offering to the gods, as well as in royal ceremonies. It was very bitter and nothing at all like the hot chocolate we’re … Continue reading

Save Money on Sweets

I was blessed (or cursed) with a sweet tooth. My body seems to burn sugar right up. Have you ever taken a sugar test during pregnancy? During the test, you are required to fast for an hour or two and then drink a sugary drink that is basically highly concentrated soda syrup, minus the fizzy bubbles. Furthermore, you have to drink the stuff within a certain number of minutes, and the experience is just horrible. Sometimes, they would ask me to repeat the test, because even after drinking that whole thing, my blood sugar would be on the lower side … Continue reading

How to Get More Magnesium in Your Diet

Magnesium is available through a wide variety of foods. It is entirely possible to get enough magnesium solely through food choices and not need a supplement at all! Any green vegetable is a great source of magnesium. Why? Because the chlorophyll molecules that give a plant its green color have magnesium in the center. Good sources of magnesium include: Halibut — a three ounce serving contains 90 milligrams of magnesium. Dry roasted almonds or cashews can contain between 70 and 80 milligrams of magnesium per ounce. Dry roasted peanuts and peanut butter contain 50 milligrams of magnesium per serving. A … Continue reading

How to Make Sure You Get Your Daily Calcium

A survey of Americans in the late 1990s found that many children and adults aren’t getting enough calcium! If you’re looking to get more of this essential mineral in your diet, here are some tips that might help. Try using low fat or fat free milk in place of water in recipes. Substitute milk when making pancakes, mashed potatoes, and hot breakfast cereals. Try making smoothies for breakfast or for a snack. Mix fresh or frozen fruit with low fat or fat free yogurt in a blender. Sprinkle grated cheese onto salads. Sprinkle grated cheese onto soups. Swap one soda … Continue reading

Lose 20 Pounds of Fat in 30 Days

Timothy Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Work Week, makes everything look possible. In fact, if you visit his website, you’ll see that he breaks it down and darned near anything is possible if you follow his example! I haven’t yet tried his method of losing 20 pounds of fat in 30 days, although I should. (Pesky pregnancy fat plagues me.) Given his other ideas, I am inclined to think he may have some good ideas about how to do this so let’s take a look at his proposal, shall we? He claims that, in the last six weeks, he has … Continue reading

Preventing Kidney Stones

Kidney stones can be painful — but there are some things you can do to prevent them. Small diet changes can make a big difference in your body’s development of kidney stones. Drink more water! Six to eight glasses of water every day can help dilute urine. When urine becomes too concentrated, minerals like calcium, phosphate, and oxalate can crystallize, forming stones. The pain comes when the stones pass from the kidneys. Diluting the urine can help prevent the crystallization in the first place. Good old water is best, but you can also drink fruit juices or drinks from mix. … Continue reading

Dad’s Losing It: Birthday Suit

My daughter’s birthday bash has come and gone and I’m very proud to share with you that I showed wonderful restraint with my food intake throughout the entire day. We had only a few hours to clean and prepare the cake before the 2:30pm party and as a result breakfast this morning consisted of a pair of honey wheat English muffins with peanut butter and a tall glass of ice-cold apple juice – a perfect way to start a busy day. There was no proper lunch as we had plans to serve the pizza as an early dinner, of sorts, … Continue reading