Archive for February, 2012

February 29, 2012

How Soft Drinks Impact Your Health

February 28, 2012

Amar’e Stoudemire

February 28, 2012

Fitness and Vitamin C


After hitting the gym we often find ourselves grabbing the essential protein bar and a bottle of water. We tend to forget about one substance which is crucial to the formation and maintenance of our muscles- Vitamin C.

Not only is Vitamin C is the most intensively studied vitamin in sports nutrition but it’s positive effects on athletes and bodybuilders are measured and documented. There are several reasons why Vitamin C is so important to consume in conjunction with working out…

In addition to building and releasing steroid hormones like testosterone, Vitamin C acts as a crucial assistant to several metabolic functions in our body.

Vitamin C is a key component of our metabolism. Our metabolism is what maintains our body and it is also the function which burns body fat. Having your metabolism working in optimal condition is ideal for anybody, and especially for someone who is working out their body. These processes all take place on a cellular level in our body. In 2002 the University of Colorado at Boulder studied Vitamin C intake and metabolism in adults. Doctor Bell measured resting metabolic rate in adults before and after a direct infusion of Vitamin C. The results show that following the infusion, “resting metabolism increases on average by almost 100 calories per day” (Science Daily 2002).

In addition to enabling our metabolism to work more efficiently, Vitamin C helps form the protein, Collagen. This is important to know for building muscle because collagen serves as the matrix on which bone is formed. Collagen basically holds things together (like your bone and muscle) so this protein is crucial for body builders who lift strenuous amounts of weight. Collagen is an important protein for your muscular, skeletal, and cardiovascular system. Vitamin C also aids the health of our muscles because it stimulates the absorption of iron into our blood stream. Iron then provides oxygen in the bloodstream to travel to our muscles which helps enable maximum performance.

Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) also acts as an antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals. This is valuable to the structure of the muscles as it protects the muscle tissues against oxidative stress and contributes toward muscle recovery and growth.

If you’re convinced you need to start taking advantage of Vitamin C during your next work out, it can be taken in supplement form or can be incorporated into your diet through citrus fruits, peppers, and dark leafy greens…

February 28, 2012

Mommy Tip: Vitamin D3

WIC (Women Infants & Children) nutritionist told me when breastfeeding, mothers need to increase their intake of vitamin D3. Not only does this vitamin support the bones, but it has shown great effects on the immune system.

February 27, 2012


February 27, 2012

Breast Crawl

February 27, 2012


Hey, check out this fairly new method of farming. It was featured in 2009 by TIME Magazine as one of the World’s Greatest Inventions. What do you think?

“This patented technology was developed to grow food naturally in bustling urban environments and represents a paradigm shift in farming and food production. Providing up to 20 times the yield of normal field crops, while using only 8% of the water typically required for soil farming.

Utilizing a unique, suspended tray configuration on a moving conveyor system, VertiCrop™ provides optimal exposure to either natural or artificial light along with precisely measured nutrients for each plant. Designed to grow healthy, leafy green vegetables in closed loop and controlled environments, VertiCrop™ eliminates the need for harmful herbicides and pesticides, while maximizing taste, nutrition and food value.”

February 27, 2012

This Generation’s Tobacco: Sugar

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The sweetest and saddest mistakes we make in life often pertain to good intentions combined with not knowing any better. In reality, a majority of parents would pass a lie detector test if they claimed that they would do anything for their child, even die. This is what makes it so unbelievably sad when we see parents who want to give everything to their child, but just don’t know how to do it the right way.

The first mistake we see parents make has to do with poor food choices. Parents often find themselves in this whirlwind of having a crying child who will only quiet down when they are fed with sweets or carbs.

If the parent caves into quieting a child with food, the child quickly become accustomed to being fed sugar or food to calm their nerves. The physical and mental associations formed at this point are outstanding and unfortunate. Once the sugar wears off withinin the child’s system, the tantrums begin again and parents who want to immediately calm down their child will just slip them another toxic food item. The cycle is vicious, never-ending, and worst of all a pre-cursor to full life sugar/food addiction for the innocent child.

What we need to understand as adults in America, is that we live in one of the most obese countries in the world. We are not perfect and just because something is on the shelves of super markets, doesn’t mean it is healthy or okay to feed to a child. Sugar addiction can form within any human, but because a child is so untainted by any substance and the fact that they are so much smaller than us makes it extremely easy for them to form a very strong sugar dependency/addiction which becomes extremely hard to get over.

Physically, a child’s body becomes dependent on the sugar which is why they don’t “feel right” if they haven’t had their sugar fix. Mentally, because they are so used to crying or throwing tantrums until they are given sugar, they form an association with the feeling of calm and safety to sugar. This is the subconscious monster which can ruin a teenage/adult life. Even if at the older ages they understand the addiction, there is something rooted deep inside of them which associates sugar and food with safety and comfort.

The best thing you can do as a parent is be aware of the toll that the drug, sugar, can take on your child. Try your hardest to educate yourself on how to raise a healthy happy family. One of the biggest common misconceptions is that healthy food is so much more expensive than unhealthy food. I’m telling you right now that it is not! Compare prices of a bag of potato chips and a head of broccoli… you do the math! Then compare calories, sugars, and fats and see which one is really the most costly to you.

I’m just a gal studying nutrition, but to back up the above information, I just want to mention that government officials have been having an ongoing debate on considering a sugar tax. “We tax tobacco and we tax alcohol. We decided as a society that those things are causing enough problems that a tax was justified. Are we at that point with sugared beverages?”-Kelly Browne, Director of Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity

To answer Kelly’s question, many health conscious individuals think so including Barry Popkin, PhD, author of The World is Fat: The Fads, Trends, Policies, and Products that are Fattening the Human Race. He claims, “A tax will reduce energy intake for all age groups, and will produce reductions in weight and the risk of diabetes. Every scholar in the world knows this except a few funded by the sugar industry.”

So it’s up to you mom and dad! Listen to the frustration of your child and the latest medical and political information being released about sugar, or continue filling your offspring with one of the deadliest chemicals known to man. You set the example.

February 27, 2012

Product Review: Starbucks Fruit & Cheese Bistro Box

The box contains cheeses like Brie, Gouda and Aged Cheddar. The cheese is complimented by crisp slices of green apple and wholesome 9-grain crackers. Also included are roasted almonds and sweet dried cranberries.The box was just as satisfying as it was healthful.

The Bistro Boxes are sold as snacks, and even the cashier made sure I knew he thought the Bistro Box was just, “the most delicious and perfect snack”. Unfortunately I don’t believe that the Bistro Boxes should be treated as “snacks”. One Bistro Box can run you close to 500 calories. Not only that but more than half of the calories come from fat.
As delicious, healthy and wholesome as the Fruit & Cheese Bistro Box is, it is important to keep in mind that the cheeses, and almonds create a high-calorie, high-fat small meal. If you grab a Caramel Frappuccino with your Bistro Box, keep in mind that you are adding another 410 calories to your “snack”. One afternoon snack at Starbucks can add up to almost 900 calories!
I would definitely recommend trying the Bistro Boxes at Starbucks, but just keep in mind they might not be the best deal if you’re on a low-cal, low-fat diet.

February 27, 2012

Your Inner Skinny

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