Eating Done Right: Oatmeal – Food of the Week

For sheer versatility, oatmeal is hard to beat. Besides serving as a hearty breakfast cereal, oatmeal can be added to meat loaf or baked in cookies, cakes, bread, muffins and scones. Oatmeal can also be ground in a blender to create oat flour that can be used as a coating for fish or chicken. Oatmeal is credited with numerous health benefits. Regularly consuming oatmeal lowers cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of heart disease. Oatmeal also enhances the immune system’s …

Four Lessons to Slim and Trim Your Body

If we are to succeed in the lifelong quest to look and feel our best, we must become good students and learn from what others can teach us. Sometimes the instruction comes from the laboratory; other times, we learn from individuals who’ve achieved personal breakthroughs. Here are four lessons worth incorporating into your fitness program: Synthetic Fats Are Not Good for Weight Loss: A study conducted at Purdue University demonstrated that fat substitutes may cause dieters to gain weight. According …

What Dietary Pattern Describes Your Diet?

Researchers have defined five dietary patterns that are influenced by age, race, region, gender, income and education in a presentation at the American Heart Association’s 2012 scientific session. The study was based on a detailed questionnaire completed by 21,636 black and white adults age 45 and over. The five dietary patterns are as follows: 1. Alcohol-proteins, alcohol (wine, beer and mixed drinks) and salads 2. Healthy-mostly fruits, vegetables and grains 3. Southern-fried foods, processed meats and sweetened beverages 4. Sweets-large …

Why Do We Eat Too Much?

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, a nineteenth-century poet, was not thinking about food when she began her sonnet “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Yet her sonnet always comes to mind when I count the ways I love to eat. Eating in response to hunger is, of course, an obvious way I enjoy food. Celebratory eating associated with special occasions, such as eating a piece of birthday cake, is another. Closely related to celebratory eating is ritual eating, …

Food for Thought

Eat this, not that. Portions the size of your fist. Or was it a deck of cards? How many points is that? How about calories? Yikes, what zone am I eating in? Here, have a cow. Don’t touch meat… Enough! Getting a trainer and working out last week were painful (yet rewarding) steps in the right direction for Segunda and me. (It also didn’t hurt that our trainer was easy on the eyes.) While we’ve already started slimming down and …

Check Those Buns: The Best and Worst Burgers To Order

Of course you love a thick, juicy, all-American burger. Even First Lady Michelle Obama, anti-obesity advocate and nutrition-conscious mom, recently ordered a burger and fries at D.C.’s Shake Shack during a lunch with friends. But there are burgers and there are burgers. Some can be nutrition nightmares, packing in a day’s worth of calories, fat and sodium between two buns. By making smart choices, you can still indulge without undermining your health. Health.com recently took a look at the best …