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Find Ways — Other Than Eating — to Cope with Emotions

Keeping a food journal calls for recording what and when you eat and how you're feeling when you eat. Look back at your journal now and then: How many times did you record words that signal stress, sadness [more…]

High-Tech Methods for Assessing Body Fat Percentages

Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist size allow you to quickly compare your weight to the healthy weight range for your height and judge your relative “fatness.” [more…]

Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Suggestions for Good Health

Published in 2000 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the following list contains the ten Dietary Guidelines for Americans. [more…]

Food Label Terms and What They Really Mean

All the nutrients that a food contains are important; however, to achieve weight loss, the total fat and calories are the most important to track from nutrition information on a food label. Cholesterol [more…]

Martial Arts Promotions . . . Testing, 1, 2, 3

In most modern martial arts, in order to earn a higher belt rank, you must take a test. Unlike testing in geometry class, looking at your neighbor's paper won't help you here. That's why you need to be [more…]

Pinpointing the Importance of Clinical Trials

Research studies in all fields of medicine are known as clinical trials. These studies are conducted with an eye to the future, in hopes of finding safer or more effective methods to screen for, prevent [more…]

Treating Eating Disorders: Anorexia, Bulimia, Bingeing

Treatment works for at least 60 percent of people with eating disorders. They can return to and maintain healthy weights and eat normally. They can develop healthy relationships with people, raise families [more…]

Finding a Personal Trainer

Getting personal instruction at least three times is valuable for anyone who lifts weights. If you join a club, you should automatically get a free training session on top of a fitness evaluation. Ask [more…]

Watching Out for Multiple Sclerosis-Related Swallowing Problems

Swallowing isn't as simple as it seems — in fact, the process involves about 30 muscles in your mouth and throat and eight of your cranial nerves. So, as you can imagine, Multiple Sclerosis [more…]

Why Your Body Needs Some Fat to Be Healthy

A healthy body needs some fat, which contains essential nutrients. Your body uses dietary fat to make tissue and manufacture biochemicals, such as hormones. Fats in your diet are sources of energy that [more…]

How Anger Directly Affects Your Health

Emotions are not only distracting, but they can interfere with reason and cause you to make decisions or take actions that end up being hazardous to your health. Here are three of the primary behaviors [more…]

Posing Questions about Your Prostate Biopsy

If you have any questions about the results of your biopsy, whether it's positive or negative for cancer, be sure to write them down so that you can remember to discuss them with your doctor. [more…]

Understanding Essential Oils

Many of the aromatic compounds of plants are from classes of compounds that are volatile — they quickly dissipate into the air, even at room temperature. Many boil at 180 to 240 degrees Fahrenheit and [more…]

Getting Past that Old-Style Hypnosis

You've probably seen examples of old-fashioned hypnosis in the movies. The scene usually portrays the hypnotist as a slightly overbearing authority figure and the patient as an unquestioning, sheepish [more…]

Nutritional Guidelines and the Food Guide Pyramid

The Food Guide Pyramid contains the building blocks for a healthy diet. If you follow the recommended servings listed for each food group in the pyramid each day and eat lowfat, low-sugar, and low-sodium [more…]

What to Look For on Nutrition Labels

Since 1990, when the Food and Drug Administration’s Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA), went into effect, all packaged food products (with a few exceptions) carry labeling that states the nutritional [more…]

Eating Italian When You're on a Diet

Can you stick to your diet in an Italian restaurant? Most Americans think of heavy southern Italian food when they think of high-calorie items: meatballs, eggplant Parmigiana, veal Parmigiana, and lasagna [more…]

Choosing Unsaturated Fats over Saturated Fats in Your Diet

All fat has the same number of calories, but a diet that contains unsaturated fat instead of foods that contain saturated fats can help reduce your blood cholesterol level. [more…]

Knowing What Alzheimer's Is . . . and Is Not

Alzheimer's disease is a form of dementia. Although all Alzheimer's patients have dementia, not all dementia patients have Alzheimer's disease. The Alzheimer's Association defines Alzheimer's disease as [more…]

USDA Recommendations for Fats, Oils, and Sweets in Your Diet

The USDA recommends that you use fat and sugars sparingly in your diet. Most foods high in sugar and fat contribute many calories but few, if any, nutrients. However the USDA’s grouping of all fats with [more…]

Figuring Out Neuro-linguistic Programming Presuppositions

Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) presuppositions are no more than generalizations about the world. One of the first presuppositions is that the map is not the territory. [more…]

How Do You Get Cholesterol in Your Diet?

You don’t need to worry about including cholesterol in your diet. Most of the cholesterol that you need is made in your liver from the nutrition (proteins, fats, and carbohydrates) that you consume in [more…]

How Drying Affects Food’s Nutritional Value

Drying food preserves nutrients and protects it by removing the moisture that bacteria, yeasts, and molds need to live. Although drying destroys some nutrients like vitamin C, removing water concentrates [more…]

How to Change Your Perception of Your Body

About 95 percent of females and 30 percent of males have issues about the way their bodies look. You may never look like a supermodel, but that’s okay — virtually no one will. However, everybody can be [more…]

Acupressure or Reflexology: Sensations during a Session

When giving an acupressure or reflexology session to another person, you may expect to immediately be able to feel energy. In time, most people can feel the qi, or vital force, moving through the receiver's [more…]

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