Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Recent news reports indicate sugar intake is connected to obesity and hypertension resulting in the label of “toxic” being assigned to added sugars. What are the facts?
The latest hype on foods that are bad for you has risen to the level of toxicity. Is sugar toxic? Should it be eliminated? What forms of sugar are they talking about? And what does this belief do to your eating plan? Over the last several weeks, news reports have indicated that sugar intake is connected to obesity and hypertension resulting in the label of “toxic” being assigned to added sugars, so what are the facts? The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that we limit our intake of added sugars to between 5- and 10-percent of our daily calories with some segments of the populations being able to consume up to 15 percent. Added sugars are defined as; high fructose corn syrup, white sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, corn syrup …
Monday, March 12, 2012
March is National Nutrition Month.
March is National Nutrition Month, and this year the theme is – "Get Your Plate in Shape." The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans have been out for more than a year and MyPlate is just under a year old. Checking to see if your meal plate is balanced is more than overdue. MyPlate focuses on more plant foods, leaner or low-fat animal food choices and of course, appropriate portions. If you’ve thought about making changes in your eating habits but haven’t taken the steps yet, make National Nutrition Month the time to “Get your Plate in Shape.” If you’re not sure about how your eating habits measure up, visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, formerly the American Dietetic Association, and evaluate your plate. Make this the month you…
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Incorporate more fruit and vegetables into your diet.
January usually brings a resolution to lose weight, eat healthier or work out more, and often by this stage of the month the resolution has fallen by the wayside. If your goal was to eat healthier, there are some simple tips to make this happen. This week, I attended a workshop at the Culinary Institute of America. The goal of the workshop was to boost the inclusion of vegetables, whole grains and beans into the American diet. One of the main concepts of the workshop was incorporating beans, veggies and whole grains not just plopping them on a plate and hoping that your family will eat them. A few of the ideas for inclusion included using beans in place of some of the meat in chili, making oatmeal by adding a variety of other grains and …
Friday, January 7, 2011
For resident looking to shape up and slim down, they need to look no further than to Rock Hill's mayor.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Sean Kelly
Friday, January 7, 2011
Rock Hill Mayor Daniel DiPlacido had a problem. It was a common problem, and one many Americans become aware of every New Year’s Day: he wasn’t in the sort of shape he wanted to be. “Ironically, it was my profession of physical therapist that caused me to veer off course with my own personal fitness,” DiPlacido said. The mayor accepted a very demanding position as a therapist in a sports medicine clinic that required 10-12 hour days minimum on a regular basis. "I was so tired when I got home that I frequently didn’t have the energy to even make supper, much less head for the gym for a workout," DiPlacido said. "That job lasted for two years, but my absence from the gym lasted until this past summer, nearly ten years.” This year, DiPlacido …
Thursday, January 6, 2011
How this chubby food writer vows to eat well and still lose some weight.
I'm pretty sure someone once said, "Never trust a skinny food writer." This isn't a problem for me; I am definitely not a skinny food writer. In fact I'm a downright overweight food writer. Food is my very good friend and it loves me back - and front and all over, especially under my chin. This year, however, I vow to balance my friendship with food, create a healthier relationship, lose some weight and still be a great food writer. I may be making this resolution at exactly the wrong time. I've only just started my food column for Kirkwood-Webster Groves Patch, less than four weeks ago. I should be eating out more often, visiting and enjoying our local restaurants and reporting back to all of you. And I will, because I think I can …