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It is still a new year

 What a friendly site to be back to.  My blogs have not been posted here as I have been working on my  new site.  It is incredible to think that we are already into the month of January 2010.  I still feel like I am putting away my Halloween decorations.  The holidays seem like such a blur and yet New Year’s Eve was just 15th days ago.  We are right now preoccupied with the devastation that is going on in Haiti and hopefully trying to find ways to help.  I was feeling overwhelmed today by not knowing what to do. I wish I could just drive there and offer first hand help to another human being.  Give someone clothes, a wash cloth to wipe their face and drink of water but that is not possible.  What I have settled on is a prayer each day and money to my church who will in turn send to organizations that are there on the ground working.  WIth tragedy like this it is hard to write about exercise, diets, workout gear, and ways to get in shape when these topics pale in comparison, drastically.

It is interesting that I choose tonight to write here and as most of my work is about fitness and health. However, the reality is I can’t put my life on hold feeling bad for those in need, that doesn’t do any good.  I can only help in the best way that I can financially, spiritually and be available to help physically when called upon.

Where I can provide some sort of assistance to those here is to continue to provide tips and education on health, nutrition and fitness.  Feeling stressed and even depressed about Haiti is normal.  How we deal with it is important.  Taking the time out from your day to deep breath and meditate.  Drink tea to calm the body.  Reduce sugary foods.  Increase fruits and vegetables.  Take yourself out for long walks.  Look at the trees, the sky, the snow, the grass and be grateful.  Listen to others and be kind.  We are all in some sort of need and right now need each other for support.

It is still a new year

 What a friendly site to be back to.  My blogs have not been posted here as I have been working on my  new site.  It is incredible to think that we are already into the month of January 2010.  I still feel like I am putting away my Halloween decorations.  The holidays seem like such a blur and yet New Year’s Eve was just 15th days ago.  We are right now preoccupied with the devastation that is going on in Haiti and hopefully trying to find ways to help.  I was feeling overwhelmed today by not knowing what to do. I wish I could just drive there and offer first hand help to another human being.  Give someone clothes, a wash cloth to wipe their face and drink of water but that is not possible.  What I have settled on is a prayer each day and money to my church who will in turn send to organizations that are there on the ground working.  WIth tragedy like this it is hard to write about exercise, diets, workout gear, and ways to get in shape when these topics pale in comparison, drastically.

It is interesting that I choose tonight to write here and as most of my work is about fitness and health. However, the reality is I can’t put my life on hold feeling bad for those in need, that doesn’t do any good.  I can only help in the best way that I can financially, spiritually and be available to help physically when called upon.

Where I can provide some sort of assistance to those here is to continue to provide tips and education on health, nutrition and fitness.  Feeling stressed and even depressed about Haiti is normal.  How we deal with it is important.  Taking the time out from your day to deep breath and meditate.  Drink tea to calm the body.  Reduce sugary foods.  Increase fruits and vegetables.  Take yourself out for long walks.  Look at the trees, the sky, the snow, the grass and be grateful.  Listen to others and be kind.  We are all in some sort of need and right now need each other for support.

Is Yogurt REALLY healthy?

If you are searching for a healthy breakfast or snack, you may very well grab a yogurt.  Yogurt has gotten a really great reputation for being healthy, even substituting ice cream as a ‘healthier’ option.  Besides the fact that yogurt is a great source of calcium, iodine and phosphorous, among other vitamins and minerals, yogurt’s biggest claim to fame is that it contains live active bacterial cultures which may help you to live longer and may fortify your immune system.  Unfortunately, along with these great health benefits comes a ton of sugar.  Refined sugar, otherwise known as simple carbohydrates, provide very little nutrition and a load of unnecessary, empty calories.  Further, most traditional yogurts that don’t have sugar are loaded with artificial sweeteners, which, as we know, are no good for you.  Lastly, if you are interested in getting fiber and protein which makes you feel fuller for longer, traditional yogurt doesn’t cut it.

So does this mean that yogurt isn’t a healthy snack or breakfast?  Not necessarily.  Here is a great way to make yogurt a healty choice:

  1. Choose a yogurt that is low in sugars.  And choose one that is plain.  If you choose one with fruit on the bottom, you are going to get a whopping amount of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup.  Fage Greek Yogurt in particular is the best choice and great tasting too.  In addition to lower sugar content, it has a higher protein content, making it more filling and nutritious. Look at the chart below:
  2.  Yogurt Nutrition Facts

  3. Use real fruit. For some sweetness, add a 1/2 cup of berries…either fresh or frozen.  Real fruit will provide you with fiber in addition to the natural sugars, which will help to keep you more satisfied longer.  The fruit that already comes in yogurt (like Dannon’s Fruit on the Bottom) has preservatives and added sugars.  If you want a little more sweetness, consider using a very tiny amount of stevia.
  4. Get in a little Fat. For an even more satiating experience, choose Fage’s 2% Fat which provides you with a little fat to keep you satiated even longer.
  5. Make it Fiber-licious.  To really boost your fiber intake, add a 1/4 of raw oats or some flaxseeds to your yogurt.  This will give it more texture and fiber, keeping your digestive tract happy and healthy.

So go ahead, have some yogurt for your breakfast.  Just be smart about the kind you eat.  It can be a great choice!

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Nutrition During & After Treatment

If you’re recovering from surgery, receiving chemotherapy or radiation, or having other breastcancertreatment, your main focus is on getting rid of the cancer. Eating well will help you stay strong by giving your body the nutrients it needs.

You and your doctor can’t predict exactly how your treatment will affect you. Your general health and weight before your diagnosis play a role. So do the type, amount, and length of treatment you are receiving. As you move through your treatment, listen to your body and respond to what it needs.

You may continue to enjoy cooking and eating and have a normal appetite. Or you might have days when you don’t feel like eating anything, days when you want to eat everything, and times when only some things taste good. It’s best to have a flexible, healthy eating plan to help you deal with your body’s changing needs and wants.

A healthydiet—one with a variety of foods that includes lots of fruits and vegetables and regular protein—gives you the reserves of nutrients you need to keep your strength up while you’re fighting breast cancer. These reserves also help rebuild your body’s tissues and keep your immune system strong to help fight off infection. Plus, a healthy diet can help you cope with treatment side effects. There is evidence that some cancer treatments actually work better in people who are eating enough calories and protein. While you’re having breast cancer treatment, it’s more important than ever that you eat a healthy diet.

For more on nutrition while you’re undergoing treatment, go to breastcancer.org. 

Marisa Weiss, M.D. is the founder of breastcancer.org and the co-author of Taking Care of Your “Girls”: A Breast Health Guide for Girls, Teens, and In-Betweens (Three Rivers Press, 2008).

 

Visit Breast Cancer: Healing the Whole Woman to read all of our breast cancer content.

 

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