cancer patientsWe've all heard a whole lot of negativity when it comes to obesity. Maybe I'm just extra sensitive to it given that it's part of my profession to help people fight obesity, but really, there's a lot of bad out there. Here's more: obese patients are more likely to die from cancer, regardless of what type.
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Upon reading that fact, I immediately jumped to the (wrong) conclusion that it had to do with poor health, vascular complications, other diseases like diabetes and hypertension, or any of the many other downsides obesity brings with it. But perhaps the real reason? Doctors under-dose their chemo treatment.
Doctors are taught to calculate chemo dosages using "ideal weight." This is a number we use frequently as dietitians as well, but not for anything as life-and-death as cancer medication. We use it instead for choosing weight loss goals or evaluating health. One thing most dietitians learn early on in their careers is that this is
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Thu, Oct 3, 2013 11:58 AM EDT
cancer patientsWe've all heard a whole lot of negativity when it comes to obesity. Maybe I'm just extra sensitive to it given that it's part of my profession to help people fight obesity, but really, there's a lot of bad out there. Here's more: obese patients are more likely to die from cancer, regardless of what type.Read More »from The Surprising Reason Obese Cancer Patients Are Under-Treated
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Thu, Oct 3, 2013 11:54 AM EDT
Fresh FoodIt happens more often than I care to admit: I buy a pint of heavy cream for a meal I have planned, I put it in the fridge, things get crazy and my meal plan goes out the window and a few weeks later I find a carton of forgotten cream with a "Sell By" date that has come and gone. What to do? Often I'll smell it and it smells fine. But is it safe to eat? I'll be the first to admit that I really don't know that much about the shelf-life of various foods, nor do I have any idea what would happen if I served up a meal prepared with a food that was past its prime.Read More »from The Surprising Fact You Didn't Know About "Sell-By" Dates and Food Safety
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But then, what does "past its prime" mean, anyway? If that carton of cream is a few weeks old, could it still be "good" even if it's not "great"? Should I trust the date and toss it, or trust my nose and use it?
In the face of the realization that consumers as a whole are just as ignorant/uninformed about the "Sell By" and "Use By" and "Best By" dates stamped on our
- SHAPE magazine | Healthy Living – Thu, Oct 3, 2013 10:00 AM EDT
By Locke Hughes for SHAPE.comRead More »from 11 Things Your Mouth Can Tell You About Your Health
What can your mouth tell you about your health?As long as your smile is pearly white and your breath is kissable (go ahead and check), you probably don't give too much thought to your oral hygiene. Which is a shame because even if you brush and floss daily, you could be overlooking some clear signs of the state of your overall health.
"Research has shown that there is an association between oral problems and serious health conditions in the rest of your body," says Sally Cram, D.D.S., a periodontist based in Washington, D.C. So next time you pick up your toothbrush, stop and check your kisser for these clues that something may be amiss so you can remedy the issue.
1. Sharp tooth pain: A slight discomfort in your mouth is likely a piece of popcorn or nut lodged between teeth-something you can easily self-treat. But a sudden, sharp pain in your teeth when you bite down or chew is reason to see your dentist immediately, as it could indicate dental decay or a cavity, says Steven Goldberg, D.D.S., a Boca
How safe are headphones?Let's talk a little bit about how headphones came to be in the first place. Headphones were developed in 1910 by Nathaniel Baldwin in Utah. According to Smithsonian magazine, he sold the first pair of headphones to the U.S. Navy, who found them to be a vast improvement over the mechanism that Naval radio operators were using. Fast forward to just after World War II: John Koss, jazz musician and the founder of Koss Corp., developed the first headphones designed specifically for music, closely mimicking the sounds of a concert-filled hall and quickly attracting music-lovers.Read More »from Are Headphones Bad for Your Hearing?
For about 30 years, headphones looked the same until Sony came up with little earphones that fit in your ear to accompany its Walkman. They didn't reach their peak of popularity until 2001 when Apple and Steve Jobs introduced the iPod and shipped each one with white earbuds - instantly recognizable in the ears of millions of Apple-using teens and adults today.
Headphones have always been a danger to our hearing, if
It's good to sit back and remember the good old days.Remember basking in the glow of your senior prom and never wanting that night to end? And what about the excitement and joy you felt when you landed your first job?
If you find yourself recalling a fond memory and wishing you could recapture that moment, give in. It may give you the boost you need to deal with a current challenge, or to simply feel better-not just about your past or present, but also about your future.
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Nostalgia is much more than mere reminiscing; it's a feeling. "Nostalgia is the warm, fuzzy emotion that we feel when we think about fond memories from our past," explains Erica Hepper, Ph.D., a lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Surrey in England. "It often feels bittersweet-mostly happy and comforting, but with a tinge of sadness that whatever we're remembering is lost in some way."
According to Clay Routledge, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at North Dakota State University, reminiscenceRead More »from The Mood-Boosting Benefits of Nostalgia
- POPSUGAR Fitness | Healthy Living – Wed, Oct 2, 2013 8:05 PM EDT
POPSUGAR FitnessSource: High-Calorie Foods Women Shouldn't Avoid (and Why)
Watching your intake of high-calorie foods like ice cream, cookies, and french fries can be a key move in helping you reach your goal weight, but be careful about snubbing certain high-calorie picks that are actually good for you. These six foods may be high in calories, but they also offer your body essential nutrients to function normally and prevent disease.
- Avocado: Avocados contain monounsaturated fats (MUFAs), antioxidants, and beta carotene, which help memory, lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, and boost your HDL (good) cholesterol, as well as prevent heart disease. The recommended daily intake (RDI) of fat is 60 to 65 grams, and since one avocado contains about 30 grams and 322 calories, stick with eating just a half an avocado each day. Try one of these healthy vegan avocado recipes.
- Nuts and Seeds: Almonds, cashews, walnuts, sunflower seeds, peanuts, and the butters made from them are about 160 to 190 calories an
- POPSUGAR Fitness | Healthy Living – Wed, Oct 2, 2013 7:58 PM EDT
Source: A Fall Trifecta: Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free Pumpkin PieRead More »from A Fall Trifecta: Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin pie sounds healthy; I mean, it's made from pumpkins, right? But the crust is mostly butter and white flour, and the cream in the filling is high in saturated fat. Your heart will love you if you whip up this version, which is completely raw, vegan, and gluten-free. Did I mention it tastes good, too?
You'll never go back to regular crust again after taking a bite of this one made with almonds, cashews, dates, raisins, and coconut. It's irresistibly packed with sweet, nutty flavor and a satisfyingly soft and chewy texture unlike any boring buttery crust you'll ever have.
The filling is made with uncooked pie pumpkin, and for those of you weirded out about eating raw pumpkin, it tastes slightly sweet with a little crunch, similar to a mild-tasting apple. The banana adds some natural sweetness, and the spices make it taste like the holidays.
At 302 calories a slice, it beats the 319 for a traditional slice, plus it
- POPSUGAR Fitness | Healthy Living – Wed, Oct 2, 2013 7:52 PM EDT
Source: 10 Things Every Woman Should Do to Prevent Breast Cancer
There are several risk factors that can increase your chances of developing breast cancer. And while the risk increases as we age, there are certain preventative measures every women should do, whether she's in her 20s or in her mammogram years, to help reduce her risk of getting the disease. Read on for 10 things every women should do to help prevent breast cancer.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese can increase your risk of developing breast cancer because fat cells produce small amounts of estrogen, which can fuel some cancers.
- Check up on your family history. How many people in your family have had breast cancer? If you don't know, now's the time to check. Having close family members who developed breast cancer increases your risk as well since certain risk factors are genetic.
- Don't be a stranger to your girls. Self breast exams may not have been given a ringing endorsement from the
- POPSUGAR Fitness | Healthy Living – Wed, Oct 2, 2013 7:49 PM EDT
POPSUGAR FitnessSource: 8 Exercises to Help You Say Sayonara to Saddlebags
If you're trying to tighten up the extra padding around your butt and upper quads, you're not alone. This area is a problematic spot for women, and there's no single cure to change things overnight. According to celebrity trainer Anna Kaiser, increasing the intensity of your cardio and strength-training program is a great start. Anna's other piece of advice is to "Put down the fork. No one needs to be eating five bowls of pasta a week and think that they're going to get rid of saddlebags if they're doing 500 leg raises. It's just not going to happen." So stick to a healthy eating plan, add plenty of cardio to your workout routine, and try out these helpful exercises to help you feel more confident when slipping into a pair of leggings or skinny jeans!
Step-Ups: If these beginner step-ups are too simple for you, consider an intermediate or advanced variation:
- Find a step or a bench that, when you place your foot squarely on
- Step-Ups: If these beginner step-ups are too simple for you, consider an intermediate or advanced variation:
Source: How Kelly Ripa Stays Healthy, Fit, and HappyRead More »from How Kelly Ripa Stays Healthy, Fit, and Happy
Happy birthday, Kelly Ripa! This talented woman turns 43-years-old today, and we're always impressed how she looks fit and fabulous - while rocking a big radiant smile across her face! After speaking with her go-to trainer Anna Kaiser at a Class FitSugar event in NYC, we got a little more insight on how this talented talk show host works every day to keep up her fit physique and healthy lifestyle.
She doesn't discriminate: Kelly loves Anna's hybrid dance class AKT in Motion for sculpting her body while still keeping her heart rate up. However, Kelly doesn't believe in just doing one workout: she's known to mix things up with a little indoor cycling or has even "run a 5K when she's on vacation," says Anna. Cross-training as Kelly does builds up your endurance and strength more than sticking with the same old workout every day. Beyond challenging your body, varied workouts end up feeling more exciting and engaging.
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