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Archive for June 2012

No Time to Cook?

Q: I don’t have time to cook — can you suggest some quick and easy breakfast, lunch, and dinner options that don’t involve cooking? A: These suggestions depend a bit on what type of oxidizer you are, but here you go: Breakfast: Snack-sized containers of organic, low-fat Greek or low-fat plain yogurt (varieties with no…

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Pick Your Battle

Breast cancer is a terrible disease that affects hundreds of thousands of women (and men) in this country each year. It’s so important to regularly see your doctor, do self-exams at home, and get mammograms for this reason alone. Recently, a member on my Message Boards reached out and share what losing weight meant to…

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No Carbs Before Bed

To slip into stage 3 or 4 sleep, you need to have a high level of ghrelin before bedtime. Carbs depress ghrelin faster than any other nutrient, so eating anything, especially carbs, before bed can delay your entry into deeper sleep for several hours. If you don’t get enough restful sleep, you’re likely to be…

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Why You Should Get Seven Hours of Shut-eye

A full night’s sleep is not a luxury — it’s a basic necessity for healthy hormone balance. Once you dip below seven hours a night, you are increasing your risk of diabetes, cancer, heart disease, stroke, depression, and obesity. Some researchers believe that slow-wave sleep — the deep, dreamless sleep that you ideally sink into…

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Have a Burger, Hold the Toxins

Grilling meat does have one potential drawback. If you put fatty meats on the grill, the flare-ups they cause when the melting fat drips onto the flame may deposit carcinogens, called heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), on the meat. To avoid this, pick leaner cuts of meat and fish. If you’re just…

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Get Grilling This Fourth of July!

July Fourth is coming up, and for most Americans that means busting out the grill and getting ready for the family barbecue or block party. This is one American tradition that’s actually pretty good for you — provided you don’t stuff yourself — because grilling is one of the healthiest ways to cook. You don’t…

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Are Frozen Meals Acceptable?

Frozen entrées are a quick and calorie-controlled option, but the downside is that they’re usually processed — meaning they’re FULL of salt and preservatives. If you absolutely can’t cook a meal and want frozen meal options, there are a couple brands that do pass the health test for me — if you choose an entrée…

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