Could Ikea Be the Next Health Food Store?

The Mediterranean diet—rich in beans, fish, fresh vegetables, nuts, olive oil, and whole grains—is widely considered a heart-healthy way to lower cholesterol, lose weight, and reduce a variety of health risks. The diet is based on traditional foods eaten in Greece, southern Italy, and Spain. But what if you live someplace where cultural differences and [...]

Volunteering Is Good for the Heart–Really

volunteering reduces cardiovascular risk

volunteering reduces cardiovascular riskSomehow, when our parents told us that it’s better to give than to receive, we never really believed them. But according to a new study, they may have been telling the truth. The study, which tracked more than 100 Canadian 10th graders, found that those who did weekly volunteer work had lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease later in life than those who didn’t volunteer. Those risk factors included BMI (body mass index) and cholesterol levels, which researchers measured before and after the study.

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Feeding Us the Truth about Nutrition

eggs are actually good for you

Dear Mr. Dad: My wife and I try to set a good example for our kids by buying—and eating—only the healthiest foods along with quality vitamin and mineral supplements. But lately it’s getting nearly impossible to keep track of what’s good and what’s bad. Is there any sure way to know?

A: In a word, no. Unfortunately, things that used to be considered good are turning out to either do nothing or possibly cause harm. And things we thought were harmful are turning out to be either neutral or possibly even good for us. Here are the results of just a few very recent—and completely contrarian—research.
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New Diabetes Prescription + Be the Mom + Sergeant Major of the Army + Nat Mil Fam Assn

[amazon asin=098254412X&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 1: Aaron Snyder, author of The New Diabetes Prescription.
Topic: Taking control of your diabetes—instead of having it control you.
Issues: Is it possible to cure or reverse diabetes? How you can stabilize you blood sugar, lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, lose weight, regain energy, control your emotional eating, and get off as much medication as possible.


[amazon asin=1589976843&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 2: Tracey Lanter Eyster, author of Be the Mom.
Topic: Overcome attitude traps and enjoy your kids.
Issues: Seven “mom traps” that moms often fall into (martyr moms, busy moms, mirror moms, and more); how to avoid and escape those traps in your own life.

Interviews with:

  • Guests 3: Sergeant Major of the Army, Raymond F. Chandler III, and Jeanne Chandler
  • Guest 4: Michelle Joyner, National Military Family Associationwww.militaryfamily.org/


Nuts about Nuts–Well, Pistachios, Anyway

Seems like news about a new superfood comes out once a week. Broccoli, oats, spinach, tomatoes, blueberries, pomegranate juice, blackberries, garlic, almonds, and fish oil, just to name a few, have all had their 15 minutes of food fame.

The health benefits of all of the above have been pretty well documented, which was why hearing that pistachios were the latest nutritional miracle didn’t come as much of a surprise. [Read more...]

Women are healthier than men–except when they aren’t

A new study by the Centers for Disease Control found that men are more likely to get in 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise per day than women (who averaged 18). 30 minutes/day seems to be the magic number, reducing one’s risk of metabolic syndrome, which is associated with cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and cholesterol, and diabetes.

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