Registered dietitian Alissa Rumsey says steps to reduce food cravings include identifying food triggers, having healthy food options available and eating regular meals to avoid drops in blood sugar. Eating a balanced diet to help digestion and promote satiety also is important, Rumsey says, along with choosing more whole foods over processed products and getting plenty of sleep.
Canned foods can provide the basis for a healthy, quick and cost-effective meal, said registered dietitian Tanya Zuckerbrot. They contain the same fiber and vitamins as fresh produce, Zuckerbrot said, and canned tomatoes, tuna and beans can lead to great pasta, salad and chili dishes.
The Viva Health! campaign in the San Antonio metro area aims to give people information on a healthy diet and offer the easiest and most cost-effective ways to replace unhealthy meals with nutritious ones. The three key tenets of the program are having fruits and vegetables fill half the plate at each meal, using smaller plates for portion control and drinking water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages.
Consumers' perceptions of the terms "organic" and "natural" have grown in variety along with demand for natural and organic food, writes Laurie Demeritt of The Hartman Group, which has been surveying people on the issue since 1997. "Consumers idealize food that is as close to its natural form as possible, which typically means foods that are made simply and grown naturally," she writes.
Research showed food-insecure US adults were less likely to meet at least three of seven health metrics, such as diet, physical activity, cholesterol or blood pressure, compared with those who were food secure. The study in JAMA Internal Medicine, which included almost 8,000 people, showed 57.7% were food secure, 15.1% were marginally food secure and 27.2% were food insecure.
WalletHub's 2017 Fattest Cities in America list has the Jackson, Miss., metro area at the top and Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue in Washington state at the bottom. The list is compiled based on 17 weight-related measures, such as the number of inactive adults, projected obesity rates and access to healthy foods.
Researchers found that a 1 mmol/L increase in fasting glucose was associated with a 43% increased risk of developing coronary artery disease among patients with a genetic predisposition for hyperglycemia, independent of type 2 diabetes and other CAD risk factors. The findings in Diabetes Care revealed no association between the risk for type 2 diabetes and the 12 fasting glucose-raising genetic variants.
Knee lifts, squat punches and desk pushups are three exercises people can do at work that likely will not attract too much attention from coworkers, says certified personal trainer Ashley Greenblatt. Desk pushups help strengthen the back, chest and core muscles after sitting at a desk for hours, Greenblatt says, while knee lifts target the pelvis, arms and abdominal muscles.
The quality of food served in schools may affect student achievement, according to a study by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley. The researchers examined the nutritional content of school lunches in California public schools over a five-year period.