Archive for August, 2008

The Cookie Diet?

Posted on August 31, 2008 - Filed Under Behavior Change, Fad Diets, Weight Control | 3 Comments

Tonight I was checking out the health sections of some news websites and I came across a video of Dr. Sanford Siegal pitching his “Cookie Diet.” Apparently his special cookies are able to control hunger and help people lose weight.
According to the video (see it here), the people on Dr. Siegel’s Cookie Diet eat a [...]

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Stressed? Physical Activity Can Help

Posted on August 28, 2008 - Filed Under Exercise, Mental Health | 3 Comments

One of the huge benefits of regular physical activity is the way it helps us handle stress and other emotional aspects of our lives. We all have things that get us worried or stressed -whether it’s family, work, school, our health, or anything else. Whatever it may be, regular exercise can help.

Here’s what [...]

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The Power of Eggs

Posted on August 27, 2008 - Filed Under Nutrition | 9 Comments

For the longest time, eggs were thought of as a “bad-for-you-food”. In recent years, studies have shown that eggs really aren’t the worst thing in the world to eat, and, in fact, they can be part of a healthy diet.
Eggs do contain relatively high amounts of cholesterol -for which they were thought of as [...]

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Think Long Term

Posted on August 26, 2008 - Filed Under Exercise, Nutrition, Prevention | Leave a Comment

I’m not a big fan of how the word “diet” is used these days. For most people, it means something like a temporary change in eating habits so they can lose weight. There’s tons of these “diets” out there. There’s Atkins, South Beach, The Zone, etc. Then there’s always the debate [...]

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For the Love of Triathlon

Posted on August 25, 2008 - Filed Under Exercise, Triathlon | 4 Comments

Last weekend I did another triathlon. This one was a pretty short one (400 meter swim/10 mile bike/5k run), but still fun and still an accomplishment. I love participating in and finishing triathlons -anyone who has done one knows they are kind of addicting.
I had a time of 1 hour 19 minutes. [...]

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Too Heavy? It Will Cost You in Alabama

Posted on August 22, 2008 - Filed Under Behavior Change, Prevention, Weight Control | 3 Comments

Alabama is now telling its overweight state workers that they should get healthier. If the workers choose not to, it will cost them $25/month for insurance.
The workers have until January 2010 to get free health screenings. If the screenings uncover serious issues with blood pressure, cholesterol, obesity, or glucose, the workers will have 1 year [...]

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Protect Yourself from Heart Disease

Posted on August 21, 2008 - Filed Under Prevention | 1 Comment

You can prevent heart disease and other chronic diseases in your life by living a healthier lifestyle. There’s no question about that. You can’t make yourself immune, but you can definitely reduce your risk.
Some risk factors for heart disease can’t be controlled. Those include age, sex, and family history. But just [...]

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National Weight Control Registry Findings

Posted on August 20, 2008 - Filed Under Weight Control | 5 Comments

The National Weight Control Registry (NWCR) was created in 1994 to identify and study the characteristics of those who have succeeded at long-term weight loss.
To be eligible to join the ongoing study, you must be at least 18 years old and have maintained at least a 30 pound weight loss for one year or longer. [...]

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Eat at Home

Posted on August 19, 2008 - Filed Under Nutrition | Leave a Comment

Today’s quote is from Marion Nestle’s What to Eat. I haven’t read through the whole book yet, but I have enjoyed what I have read so far. On the importance of preparing meals at home:

Bottom Line: Food prepared at home will usually be healthier than the same dish prepared elsewhere.

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Phelps Phan

Posted on August 18, 2008 - Filed Under Shout Outs | Leave a Comment

To me, Michael Phelps is the greatest Olympian of all-time. I have really enjoyed watching his record-setting and clutch performances. I didn’t know if he really could do what he did. Well, he did it. 8 gold medals in one Olympics. 7 world records. This guy is unbelievable. [...]

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