Monday, April 26, 2010

Favorite Foods for Losing Weight!

Morning all! well im sure we all will like this article. so enjoy. compliments of msn.come :] hope everyone had a great weeekend.

Why does the concept of weight loss conjure up images of, frankly, unappetizing foods? Why do carrot sticks always spring to mind?

The answer seems to lie in the common delusion that to pare pounds you have to barely eat, and the calories you do eat should be no more than what's required by a mouse. But researchers are repeatedly finding that food quality is more important than quantity when it comes to weight loss. Combined with adequate exercise, your meals can be regular serving sizes. The food just needs to be, well, wholesome.

“We’ve lost sight of that word—diet,” says Kristina Campbell, runner up in a weight-loss challenge held in Phoenix, Ariz. “Diet used to mean what your food is for the day, not losing weight.”

Below, Kristina and clinical nutritionist and author of Dare to Lose, Shari Lieberman, Ph.D., pinpoint some essential healthy foods for anyone who wants to lose weight and/or retain good health.

1. Yams and sweet potatoes

These are great diet foods because they’re low on the so-called glycemic index, says Lieberman. The glycemic index measures the values of various foods based on how quickly they break down and are absorbed into the bloodstream. The slower the digestion, the lower the score, the better the food is for regulating blood sugars, insulin, and overall metabolism—all of which affect fat deposition.

2. Oranges, apples and grapefruit

Lieberman recommends these particular fruits because they contain high levels of the soluble fiber pectin. Fiber slows digestion, helps eliminate toxins stored in body fat, and gives you a feeling of fullness.

3. Killer sandwiches

To lose 40 pounds in 21 weeks, Kristina relied on plenty of hearty sandwiches stacked with vegetables, such as tomato, cucumber, sprouts, lettuce and onion, as well as deli meats – but always oven-roasted turkey over anything vacuum-packed. For bread choice, Campbell suggests anything brown with lots of seeds and heavy grains you can actually see, because less-milled ingredients contain much more fiber.

4. Cereal

They can be a little hard to find, but low-sugar cereals packed with protein and fiber are hitting the market. The Kashi brand is one of the best, says Campbell. “I eat my cereal with skim milk and blackberries or raspberries, which contain about 8 grams of fiber per cup. That's like three or four slices of bread!”

5. Salad

"If you eat a salad, make it valuable," suggests Campbell, who's also a former five-star chef from New York City. "Get field or Asian greens and add a yogurt-based dressing. Plus you need a ton of vegetables and some good lean protein, like grilled salmon."

6. Quiche

Quiche made with egg whites and just a couple of yolks is one of Campbell’s favorite protein sources. She also tosses in a little low-fat cheese, broccoli and spinach.

7. Yogurt

And other dairy goods that come in great-tasting, low-fat versions.

8. Almonds

Nuts are loaded with monounsaturated fats—the good fats that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, known to lower cholesterol. Fats are as necessary to a healthy diet as protein and carbohydrates. "I recommend that 20 percent of calories come from [healthy] fat," Dr. Lieberman says. Small amounts of nuts are a good starting point.

9. Peanut butter

Likewise, other nut butters are a great source of those healthy, monounsaturated fats. Campbell likes unsalted, all-natural brands of peanut butter. But almond or cashew butter is considered an even healthier option. Enjoy your favorite, but in moderation.

10. Hummus

Also known as pureed chickpeas, garlic, and a little lemon juice. Great with whole-wheat pita bread or organic corn chips.

11. Salsa

Another favorite for dipping, and a homemade batch is easy to make. Fresh salsa is simply tomato, onion, jalapeno and cilantro. Now, tell me, what could possibly be unhealthy about that?

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Can vitamins treat sun-damaged skin?

A new study, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, evaluates whether the use of vitamins in skin care products can slow or reverse the effects of sun damage.

Based on a comprehensive review of the available published data on the role of vitamins in skin care products, a research team found that there is evidence to support the potential role of vitamins A, C, E and B3 in modifying the photoaging process.

However, they say that whether these vitamins are effective when used topically in skin products remains to be proven.

"While it’s evident that these vitamins can play a role in fighting sun damage, the question still remains whether these properties are effective when delivered in skin care products," said Dr. Jenny Kim.

Overall, researchers stress that maintaining a healthy lifestyle, eating a healthy diet and practicing sun protection is key to avoiding sun damage.

In addition, individuals are urged to get an adequate daily supply of vitamins to maintain a healthy lifestyle, since any insufficiencies may negatively impact the skin’s overall appearance.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Teen Drinking Tied to Breast Disease

morning! havent been here in awhile. anyways i hope everyone had a great spring break.. whether it was last week or the week before. anyways i found this article about teen drinking and how it might be correlated to breast cancer. read on.. have a great week everyone!

Young women who drink alcohol may put themselves at higher risk of developing breast disease that is a known risk factor for cancer, a new study suggests.

In a group of nearly 6,900 women aged 16 to 23, researchers found that those who drank six or seven days a week had more than five times the odds of developing so-called benign breast disease years later.

Women with benign breast disease have hard lumps in their breasts, which may in some instances turn cancerous. The broad group of conditions includes irregular cysts, breast discomfort, sensitive nipples, and itching, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Earlier reports have linked adolescent drinking to benign breast disease based on women's recollections many years later, but the new study is the first to survey alcohol drinking directly during adolescence and follow the girls into adulthood.

It's not clear why alcohol would have an effect on the condition, but researchers speculate that alcohol's effect on estrogen could promote breast tissue growth.

"Our study results give older girls and adolescents another reason to avoid alcohol," Catherine Berkey of Harvard Medical School, who led the research, told Reuters Health in an e-mail.

When the women were interviewed later at age 18 to 27, 67 — or about 1 percent — said they had been diagnosed with benign breast disease and had the diagnosis confirmed with a biopsy. Those who drank more were also more likely to suffer from the condition, with each average daily drink adding to the risk.

"We saw health effects with alcohol amounts that are not intoxicating, so teen girls would be wise to totally avoid alcohol at least until they are of legal drinking age," Berkey said

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